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 on: 17 July 2021 07:44:50 am 
Started by Tina2768 - Last Post by Tina2768
Thank you so much. I really appreciate your time and help

 on: 17 July 2021 07:40:41 am 
Started by Tina2768 - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

He joined the RN 19 March 1945 and initially went to HMS Royal Arthur
This was a New Entry training establishment at Skegness (it was Butlin’s holiday camp, which was taken over by the Navy in WW2)
Then to HMS Gosling, between 10 April 45 to 27 January 46.   This was a training establishment for Air Mechanics at Risley, near Warrington.    He was trained as an Air Mechanic (Ordnance) – this means he was a specialist in maintaining aircraft weapons, from torpedoes and depth charges, to bombs and guns
-   there is a scribble alongside the Gosling entry,  which may be a detached duty … but I regret I cannot read it
To HMS Merlin, 28 Jan 46 to 16 April 46.   This was the naval air station at Donibristle, Fife.
To HMS Daedalus 17 April 46  until discharge 28 April 1947.  This was the naval air station at Lee-on-Solent




 on: 16 July 2021 10:58:15 am 
Started by Tina2768 - Last Post by Tina2768
I recently found my Uncle’s service record and wondered if anyone could help me decipher it.
I would love to know where his travels took him.
My uncle Leonard is the young man on the left
Many thanks

 on: 16 July 2021 10:10:48 am 
Started by karingthor - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Have you obtained his Service Record ?   That will tell you what ships he served on and when ...

As for 'Gispin', then it clearly is mangled - perhaps Crispin?

 on: 15 July 2021 11:18:54 am 
Started by karingthor - Last Post by karingthor
Evening Everyone,

I need your help. I'm trying to research someone that Served in Royal Navy in 1940's during World war two.

I've confirmed 1944 he served Cruiser on HMS Berwick (

His Marriage certificate says 1948 he was serving on "HMS Gispin" (it was in handwriting so could be wrong) but I cant find any ship with that name on it.

Can anyone help me find the right ship name?

 on: 15 July 2021 04:06:30 am 
Started by brp - Last Post by brp
Can anybody please identify this HM Ship? Photo taken between December 1924 and March 1939.

 on: 13 July 2021 10:03:39 am 
Started by CS.Lancs - Last Post by Musicdarren

I know This is an old post but could the original poster please comment on this as I have the same photo of I think my family member


 on: 07 July 2021 05:19:35 pm 
Started by Anne Bacon - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

It is a Tank Landing Ship (LST) -  LST3510 - named SLINGER from 1947

She is shown entering Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta

 on: 07 July 2021 10:19:57 am 
Started by Anne Bacon - Last Post by Anne Bacon
Please could anyone help me identify the ship attached? If possible the port too. I am currently writing a digital version (plus my own research) of my father's (Herbert Heseltine)diaries which he kept all his life. He was a marine engineer in the Merchant Navy before WW2 and then the Royal Navy during WW2. The attached photograph was found in amongst his photo albums but with no information and as the ship has only a number on the hull and no name I cannot connect it to any of the ships mentioned in the diaries so far.

Any help to locate the ship's history and the port in the photo would be most appreciated.

Many thanks  Anne Bacon

 on: 24 June 2021 08:45:14 am 
Started by LStewart - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

The following summary of her career appeared in Naval and Military Gazette 30 December 1865

Dart, 5, screw gun vessel, Com. Frederick W. Richards, which has just returned to be paid off was commissioned at Portsmouth March 8, 1862, by the above named Officer who had previously  commanded for some time Vixen in the Pacific. She arrived in Plymouth Sound March 31, and having replenished coal proceeded the following day. She left Madeira April 17, and on July 11, while on the West Coast of Africa Station, captured a slave brig, name unknown, when in company with Falcon.

Having had her copper repaired in July by the diver of Arrogant, she sailed from Loando August 11 for Sierra Leone, and was Bathurst, River Gambia, Sept. 25 where she remained Oct. 26. She left Bathurst Nov. 9 and arrived at Sierra Leone on 19th. She returned to Bathurst in January 1863 and was employed cruising off the North Coast. In June she visited at Fernando Po, and after cruising for some time off the Island captured, July 7,1864, a schooner, name unknown, and on the 22nd of the same month, captured another slave brig, named Melvira alias Charles.

In July 1865 she was at Accra; on Nov. 24 at St Vincent; and arrived at Plymouth Sound Dec. 23, She left Plymouth on 26th, arrived at Spithead on 27th, and was to go into harbour at Portsmouth on 28th, dismantled preparatory to being paid off. Her Commander F. W. Richards, and Assist.-Surg. David B. Thomas have served in this vessel throughout her commission.

Accessed at The British Newspaper Archive:

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