Royal Navy Cap Tallies
Posted 05 June 2004 - 11:22
Posted 05 June 2004 - 16:48
I do know that during WWII, Royal Naval personnel were forbidden to wear the ship's name on their cap, for security reasons, so each 'tally' normally only had 'H.M.S.' on it. There were some who were allowed to have 'destroyer' or 'minesweeper' on it, but not the ship's name.
Posted 05 June 2004 - 17:41
Posted 05 June 2004 - 17:50
Posted 09 June 2004 - 00:50
Luckily Haw Haw was wrong. She happily made it through the War in one piece, despite being torpedoed off Normandy. She was scrapped in 1948.
I get ever so hot in my anorak in this weather........ wub.gif
Posted 09 June 2004 - 01:09
The ship was attacked on the night of 14th October 1939, by the U47 commanded by one Gunther Prien. She still lies there today, apparently visible from the air at low tide. All i saw was the marker buoy close to the shore and possibly a dark shadow in the water. An official War Grave to 833 men. It was a very moving experience for a naval buff like myself.
Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:04
Posted 15 June 2004 - 06:19
Posted 10 October 2005 - 18:15
The Royal navy (I am almost certain) dived and removed what oil they could from her.
Also in the past few years special permission was given to place the ashes of a widow of a crew member on the ship, this again was done by the Royal Navy.
Posted 10 October 2005 - 18:41
Just of interest to the Chairman, i have actually visited the site of Royal Oak in Scapa Flow. It involved a short but quite scary ferry journey over the Pentland Firth at Orkney, one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world (which i can certainly vouch for).
As I don't know the area, why is the ferry ride scary, and what makes the waters treacherous.
Nice cap tally Mr Chairman
Edited by Laurence Strong, 10 October 2005 - 18:42 .
Posted 10 October 2005 - 21:27
Posted 17 May 2011 - 17:20
Edited by SICHERHEITSDIENTS, 17 May 2011 - 17:22 .
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