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Caro

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Photos from HMS Caronia
« on: April 07, 2012, 12:01:39 pm »
Eleanor Williams, who is editing the transcribed logs of HMS Caronia, has supplied naval-history.net with a fascinating photographic collection made by her great grandfather, Harry Russell, who served as chef on the Caronia.
You can see the photos here: http://www.naval-history.net/WW1Memoir-Caronia.htm
« Last Edit: April 07, 2012, 12:17:49 pm by Caro »

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2012, 01:06:01 pm »
Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures with us, Eleanor, and thank you Caro for posting this thread.
As a transcriber I can only say thank you for 'giving life' to some of the logs remarks, like rifle practice or gun practice :)

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2012, 01:24:12 pm »
I wish we had those sorts of pictures for all the ships - I loved the painting and scrubbing ones - we certainly "see" enough of those activities!  ;D

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2012, 02:14:22 pm »
The thoughts of washing the decks when it's just above freezing!

I'm so glad these have been preserved for posterity.

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2012, 03:25:40 pm »
What a find!  Looking at the stokers at work, I'm not surprised they seem prone to going AWOL or returning drunk - it must have been a grim place to spend your days.

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2012, 10:04:02 am »
What wonderful photos. Seeing the precarious way they were painting the ship's side I understand why they were always losing brushes.

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2012, 12:12:08 am »
The rifles in the pictures look like Lee-Metfords they were replaced by the lee-Enfields pre-WW I but were put back into service at the start of WW I do to a shortage of rifles. The RN the early years of WW I used these as well as 7mm mauser rifles made for Brazilian or Chilian warships building in British docks at the start of WW I. They also used some 6.5 mm Type 38 Japanese rifles and some canadian Ross rifles.
 Field drill in the RN back then often ment the sailors had to go on a 20 mile or so hike with rifles, ammo ect. this was not popular with with ORs as can be imagined. They also practiced basic infantry tactics in case the ship had to send a landing party ashore. Which did sometimes happen in WW I.

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Re: Photos from HMS Caronia
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2012, 01:37:45 am »
The rifles in the pictures look like Lee-Metfords ...
Yes.
I was not aware of the Ross rifle
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They also used ... some canadian Ross rifles.

but when looking it up, I found something I'd never seen before:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Periscope_rifle_Gallipoli_1915.jpg
The recoil would have made it interesting.