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 on: Today at 10:48:27 am 
Started by Ken Ripper - Last Post by Ken Ripper
I am looking for some help with half a dozen items on the service record of Moses Jenkins, as per the attached extracts. The National Archives has three record sheets under different numbers for Moses and I've worked out of most of it. Could somebody please help with these items? I hope it's not too much to ask and not too much of a challenge. Thank you.
Part 1, item "a" - What is the word in the rectangle? Moses was on Calliope when it was being towed out of Plymouth by a tug and he was on, or near, the unsecured capstan which shed its shafts and spun with calamitous impact on several men. Moses suffered contusions of the leg and, with others, was sent to the Naval Hospital. Calliope sailed for New Zealand in early April without Moses who was either still in hospital or considered unfit. How would he have acquired his ticket so that he would be paid?
Part 2, item "b" - I have interpreted this "S" as "Superior" Petty Officer and that this would enhance his pay. Have I understood this correctly?
Part 2, item "c" - What is the "W" an abbreviation for? The date (16 Dec 1861) on this and other entries on the record is usually about a week after the first date (7 Dec 1861) on the next posting.
Part 2, item "d" - This discharge has been accompanied by a "Letter". Would this be a standard document and what is the significance?
Part 2, item "e" - This discharge has been accompanied by a "State[me]nt". Would this be a standard document and what is the significance? Would this have anything to do with his change of status from Captain's Coxswain to Able Seaman?
Part 3, item "f" - What is "DSO" in this context? I guess the "DS" may be Devonport Services, but what about the "O"?
Thank you again for any help you can offer.

 on: 09 May 2022 10:59:01 am 
Started by KevD - Last Post by KevD

The memorial web page is now up, thanks to Pierre Kosmidis of

It contains historical photos, more 3D wreck images and a survey description of the of the wreck itself.


 on: 07 May 2022 10:43:17 am 
Started by KevD - Last Post by KevD
Well, having now sent several massages as asked to on the RNAR page (and posted here as below advises) all I get in reply each time is the following, but still no follow-up.

What gives? How does one get a 'reaction'?


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 on: 05 May 2022 01:01:31 pm 
Started by KevD - Last Post by KevD
Gents (and Ladies),

Been working for some now time with Stefan Draminski on a 3D rendition of the wreck of HMS Exeter, depicted in the condition as we discovered her in 2007, using several expeditions worth of survey data, so here is a preview.

Just a little taste for the moment, I'll have a web page up with various angle views in the not too distant future, and a fly-around on YouTube also, or so I am told.

PLEASE NOTE: The 'gash' across the aft deck is not, repeat not the result of a torpedo hit, although the one across the bow certainly is. The other torp hit, right between the funnels, can only be seen on the 3D 'bottom' views, as although it hit the starboard side, it blew out part of the bottom of the ship. The gash across stern deck (and partway down port hull side there) was simply caused by 'gravity', i.e. the weight of the two inner-most props, and rudder, 'pulling down' / collapsing the very stern over a certain amount of time underwater, as the stern was, obviously, never built to support aforesaid weight while laying on her side.

And just so no confusion as to what the stern looks like, another image below. A diver could (has) swim under wreck where the elongated 'V' like bend in starboard deck edge is (on the seabed), and come out at props, and inspected / surveyed the starboard hull under there, and no (torp) hole there.

So, even though the salvagers might have taken her body and soul, we will still have something that many can see, that was made in her and her sailors honour to remember them both / all by.

Enjoy, (I hope).

 on: 05 May 2022 09:45:44 am 
Started by KevD - Last Post by KevD
I recently tried (several times, as it said 'try again') without success to make a comment on this page;

That is, after filling in all the required details, and then some, when I went to submit it told me I was "missing a security token". (see attachment below).

What is a security token and how does one get one?

 on: 03 May 2022 10:45:48 am 
Started by LSHDC - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Try contacting the Commanding Officer of today's HMS Raleigh -

 on: 02 May 2022 08:32:49 pm 
Started by LSHDC - Last Post by LSHDC

We are commemorating the centenary of the wreck of HMS Raleigh at Point Amour,  Labrador, Canada.  We are installing a commemorative monument hopefully inscribed with the ships badge. Can anyone please advise where I can get a copy and the permission to use?

 on: 18 April 2022 01:41:02 pm 
Started by mroadster - Last Post by DulcetTone
This would not be an Acheron, owing to its vertical cut behind the foredeck and apparentl lack of 12-odr guns on the cheeks there.

It is a later ship with exclusively 4-in guns.


 on: 08 April 2022 03:20:14 pm 
Started by Crabfat - Last Post by PhiloNauticus

Coins were wooden wedges, used for elevating cannon. 'Coining' simply means elevating

 on: 08 April 2022 07:11:57 am 
Started by spooks1959 - Last Post by Bellboy
G'day Spooks,
I have a mention of said bell at:
I usually search in Google images first in my own ship research.

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