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Ulsinus

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Watch keeping WW2 destroyer detailed explanation sought
« on: 31 January 2022 10:23:35 am »

I would be interested to receive a detailed explanation of watch keeping on a destroyer with a complement of approximately 180 men under the various conditions met in wartime.
I've read various online online sources but I can't get a handle on how to visualise what actually happened in practice at various points of the day and under what combat conditions.
Did watches do 4 on 4 off, 4 on 8 off as a matter of routine?
Of particular confusion what happened during the first dog and last dog watch.
Who was involved and indeed what was involved.
As always grateful for your forbearance and help.
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Philip L

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Re: Time Wathces (From Manual of Seamanship, 1937).
« Reply #1 on: 27 November 2023 08:52:35 am »

Some information from Manual of Seamanship, 1937 (Printed 1941). Volume one. By Authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Refer to Books.

TIME-WATCHES
Page 28 and 29 (Page 28 is different subject. Cap Badges). Time, Divisional Organisation.

Page 30 and 31. Watch Organisation, Duty Men.

Page 32 and 33. Tricks, Other Duties provided from the Watch on Deck, Special Sea Duty  Men.

The information may give some idea of Watch keeping on WW2 Destroyer.

Philip L
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