Ships Dogs

We intend to display photographs of ships dogs. Any contributions will be welcome especially dits about these pets.

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Scrumpy of HMS Appleton

Scrumpy & Oppo

 

 

Run Ashore at Aden

 

 

Pictures courtesy of RO2(T) Neil Morris (with my apologies for mislaying them)

 

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“RUSTY” Ships Dog of HMS Maryton

‘Rusty’ with the football team of HMS Maryton 1962 when the ship was in refit and the ships company living at HMS Terror

Courtesy of Bill Platt bottom right

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Here is a photo of “Hickleberry Hound” of HMNZS Hickleton during the Indonesian Confrontation. He was our mascot from 62 to 64 until he met his demise at the hands of a disgruntled L/S. Everyone knew what had been done but no action was taken due, probably, to lack of evidence. Regards Ernie Pope, LEM on the Hickleton from 63 to 64 ( 2nd commission).

Hickleton Ships Dog

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Luck Beachampton HK 1980Luck‘ HMS Beachampton 1980

FlakersFlakers‘ Courtesy of Martin Slater

Ships Dog Flakers

‘Dit’ about ‘Flakers‘ of HMS Brinton 9th MCM Bahrain

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 Askit Beachampton Bahrain 69 01 Askit Beachampton Bahrain 69 02 Askit Beachampton Bahrain 69 03

Askit“, Beachampton, Bahrain 1969

Hi All
I have the final photograph of ‘Askit’ from HMS Beachampton in Hong Kong before we had to take him to the Gurkha Barracks in the new territories because of the rabies laws. My brother in law was serving with them at the time (REME) and I would like to assure everyone that he was looked after and made their mascot. I missed him and so did everyone else. When we went to sea he used to take up station in the wheelhouse. We used to take it in turns to take him home with us to our married quarters at the weekends. He was sadly missed from the ship but the law was the law.
Ian (Jimmy Green) ex Leading Seaman.

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More ‘Askit’

I have at last got round to sorting out the pictures I have of ‘Askit’ on board HMS Beachampton.
The picture of the ship’s crew was taken at the end of 1969 – beginning of 1970 (I am 3rd from left, middle row).
One of the pictures shows me holding Askit on the dock just after he got back from the vets after being run over in Dubai.
Regards David Pearce
ex Leading Seaman on Board HMS Beachampton.

Askit of Beachampton 0102 03 04

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Dumbo & Dave Spurling Dumbo & Friend D Spurling

Dumbo” with Dave Spurling & Friend

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Fenton Ships dog Muffy D NormanMuffy” HMS FENTON, Courtesy of D Norman

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comordores inspection gulf 1971.jpg sam and hass wiston

hass up the gulf..samHass” & Sam Cook, HMS WISTON 9th MS Squadron 1970/71 Gulf. Hass loved his run ashore where he was usually treated to steak & milk. It is thought that he died after eating something during his wanderings on the jetty. He was buried with full ceremony behind the accommodation block in Jufair.

pilot and sam yarton pilot yarnton ...samPilot” with Sam Cook, HMS YARNTON, Hong Kong Squadron 1972/73

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Ships dog SippersSippers& with ‘Jacko’ DILSTON 1957 courtesy of Tony Claxton Jacko with Sippers Dilston 57

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marytonHerbert” in the lifebuoy & “Charlie“. “Mary” another of the ships dogs had gone walkabout. Singapore 1965/66, 6th MSS “The Blackfoot Squadron“. Picture courtesy of Sam Cook.

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Skipper HMS Highburton 1974Skipper” HMS HIGHBURTON 1974 at Rosyth. Courtesy of Alan Thackray.

Chokka Shavington A Locke Leading Seaman Chokka longest serving member of HMS SHAVINGTON. Picture courtesy of Andrew Locke (if anyone has a better copy please forward)

And here is a slightly better picture of Chokka in his No 1s now “Two Badge Leading Dog Chokka” of HMS Shavington. Picture courtesy of John Lawler

19 Responses to Ships Dogs

  1. Hi, `Sippers’ was the Dartington dog, Singapore 1960s

  2. Hi
    I have the final photograph of Askit from HMS Beachampton in Hong Kong before we had to take him to the Gurkha Barracks in the new territories because of the rabies laws. My brother in law was serving with them at the time (REME) and I would like to assure everyone that he was looked after and made their mascot. I missed him and so did everyone else. When we went to sea he used to take up station in the wheelhouse. We used to take it in turns to take him home with us to our married quarters at the weekends. He was sadly missed from the ship but the law was the law. I will post the photo if someone will keep me right in how to do it.
    Ian
    (Jimmy Green) ex Leading Seaman.

    • Ian many thanks for contacting us and with the good news about Askit. We were talking about Ton dogs during the TCA reunion weekend from which I have just returned. I am going to post your item on the Ships Pets page of the website if that is ok.
      Regarding the photo. Is it a hard copy or do you have it on your computer. If on your PC open a new e-mail and click on ‘Attachment’. Find the photo on your hard drive click and it should appear as a title at the top. Then send to me.
      If it is a hard copy would you lend it to me via royal mail, I will scan it and then return your original. Any expenses we will happily refund.
      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Best wishes
      Bob

    • Ian, Interstingly, I knew of the Askit incident. Your shipmate, and my friend then, Grantham D. Charlton (“Charlie”) asked me to help Askit to find a home or he would be put through euthanasia. By the way, I looked at your group photo and could not locate Charlie. I suspect that the groupie was taken earlier. I knew Charlie around 1971-72. Could you kindly help me reach Charlie? Thanks, Andy

  3. Good afternoon Bob. Sweeps was our mascot on HMS Ashton in Malta 1966 but unfortunately I have no photo. I’ll try Facebook to see if anyone out there has one.

  4. So good to see Askit on HMS Beachampton. He was our mascot in 1970/1971 in the middle east and as you say he used to take up station in the wheelhouse. I often wondered what happened to him when I left the boat, so please to see he was well looked after. I remember him going overboard a number of times when he would come out of the wheelhouse and run up the FX and tried to stop on the wet plate on the deck for the anchor and slid straight under the guardrail into the sea. I also remember when he got run over by a car in Dubai and was taken to the vet. I think we all thought that was his lot but the coxswain brought him back as right as rain. I have a picture of me holding him on the dock in Dubai somewhere, I will try to find it for you. I may even have some others of him. Please let me have an e-mail address to send them to.
    Leading Seaman David Pearce.

    • David,
      Thanks for contacting us and for your dit about ‘Askit’. I will probably include it in the ships history acknowledged to you.
      Any pictures, press cuttings and dits can be sent to fenton1135@gmail.com
      You will find a link to my e-mail address on the Committee page of this website.
      Best wishes
      Bob

  5. the picture of Hass onboard H.M.S. Wiston in the gulf 1970/71 I am sure is the same as the Hass that we had onboard H.M.S. Chawton in 1969 however that year we sailed for home via the cape so did we hand him over to the Wiston for safe keeping?
    Jeff Heard ME (1)

    • Jeff I’m not sure about this but if Sam Cook reads your dit I bet he will know. I might give him a nudge when he visits us on Monday.
      Best wishes
      Bob

    • hass was handed over to us from gavinton.
      sam

  6. Bob, i believe we took Hass from Chawton in Cape Town in about 69 (Gavinton) and passed him over to Wiston , i think the photo of Hass on his own was taken by Bud Abbot Gavinton, or so he thinks,not sure about that,but Hass loved his hands to bathe it was a struggle to keep him inboard when we stopped,we were told to keep him out of the pool or we would be barred (Jufair) he also had a liking for sheeps hearts the Goanese chef was always chasing him down the Burma way with a cleaver . Happy days, Willy Wills

    • Thanks for the dit about Hass Ian. I may well copy and put into the ships history.

      Best wishes
      Bob

    • Ian wills
      ref the photos of hass…
      .the black and white.one of hass was taken by myself,have the neg and photo,
      the colour ones were taken by a snaps , from jufair at commodores divisions…
      sam

  7. I furnished a phot of Hickleberry Hound for your website but as yet has failed to appear

    • Ernie,
      Apologies. My wife has been ill and due to being chief cook and bottle washer I am woefully behind with just about everything. I will seek it out (hopefully) and place it in the appropriate page.
      Regards
      Bob

    • Ernie,
      Have had a bit of PC trouble but I think I have found the picture of Hickleberry Hound you supplied. I have placed it on the Ships Dogs page of the website. Would you be kind enough to have a look to confirm I have the correct photo etc.
      Many thanks
      Bob

  8. I first met Hass who I think was 6 months old at the time when I joined Chawton as a junior Seaman at Gibralter October 67 we then sailed for the gulf in January 68 arriving late March.

  9. Bob,
    On Wednesday 27th Jan as promised forwarded photos to of Askit on HMS Beachampton to you, hopefully to be included.
    regards
    Dave.

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