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We did a bit more work on the boat last Sunday - ~Little Titch is now housed in one of the open sided sheds (daylight!)
I helped Bev finish off the engine beds and did yet more filling and sanding. And hoovering...
We'll need a big push-on now to finish caulking and to do the epoxy coating the hull (that below the waterline). The engine is all ready for installation. Please let Chris and or Bevan know if you can help over the next few weeks -
NEXT WORKDAY SUNDAY 28TH JUNE
Project Pickle - by Chris Levy
On January 21st a project was under taken to create a 20 foot long Model replica of the Schooner HMS Pickle by Petty Officer Chris “Chevy” Levy. The vessel weighing half a ton took over 300 hours to build over a four month period in a Hanger at the Gibraltar airport.
The 20 foot long, 14 foot high vessel was created for Pickle celebrations for the Warrant Officer and Senior Rates mess in Gibraltar as a centre piece for their yearly event and future events to come.
During Pickle celebrations last year, PO Levy made a promise to the mess president to create a new ship for the mess to replace the old a dilapidated vessel.
On Friday 29th May 2015 the new Pickle was commissioned into the Navy by the Commander of British Forces Gibraltar, Lord Nelson (Malcolm Blagg – Nelson impersonator) was also at the ceremony mingling with all those who attended the event. “It was a grand occasion said Nelson, the ship is a fine specimen of craftsmanship and fit for any officer and crew to sail on her” said Lord Nelson.
Pickle was blessed with a bottle of Champagne and a tot of Rum raised by everyone present to toast the new ship and her crew.
The event was a complete success and onlookers were treated to a 5 cannon broadside firing of Pickles new cannons, a BBQ followed the ceremony and the mess celebrated into the night grateful of their new ship, HMS Pickle.
We are welcoming Chris as a new associate member of HMS...
We put a full shift in yesterday , fitting a hardwood coaming within the cuddy (cabin or refuge) roof and cladding the bulkhead with T&G pine.
The cuddy roof is now sanded down and is as smooth as... We have decided to have a canvas covering for authenticity.
The frame that forms the coaming is where the Vickers MG will be situated but covered otherwise.
The white socket is the paternoster for the mast.
Author Alaric Bond is a member of HMS - click on the image to see his personal website and for detail on his published work - featuring his 'Fighting Sail' series
HMS were honoured to be at this event at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire on 25th April
The event was very well-supported and included many Special forces veterans and also the last surviving member of the crew of HM Submarine TUNA, the sub that transported the crews of the Mark 2 canoes that were to carry out the raid that was popularised as "The Cockleshell Heroes Raid" - actually Operation Frankton - in 1942
If you are interesting visiting then see the following sites for details.
On the 25th April we will be supporting a dedication ceremony for a memorial grove that has been created by The Allied Special Forces Association at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
HMS has been asked to deploy its WW2 Mark 8 Canoe on the day.
The principle focus of the event will be to remember Operation Frankton, popularly known as the Cockleshell Heroes raid, yet the organisers asked us to show our boat as the Association is representative of a broad range of WW2 and post-war operations and units - including the SBS and SAS.
Please do come along if you can, it being a public event.
HMS members spent their Saturday playing roles ina film for Canadian TV following up on the discovery, last September of the remains of one of the ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The Erebus and the Terror (both ex-bomb vessels) set off to find the North-west passage to the East Indies.
After becoming ice-bound off king William island, both ships and their entire crews were lost. The crew died from a combination of hypothermia, starvation, scurvy and lead poisoning. The lead poisoning is currently thought to be from the ship's distiller water system, not from the tin cans. Starvation was largely due to taking the wrong stores for such a voyage. Cannibalism is also supposed to have existed!
The last men seen to be alive were reported by local Inuit some time in 1851, 4 years after the death of Franklin.
In September 2014 the Canadian government announced it had found the well-preserved wreck of the Erebus.
The Erebus may yet provide some more information as divers and ROV's are sent down to it.
The film HMS was involved with aims to put some meat on the bones of this well-known story.
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