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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2010, 02:53:04 pm »
The Welland was the first ship assigned to me. I have transcribed from Jul 1917 to Jan 1918. Couple of interesting events.

1. Action off the Dardanelles engaging coastal batteries
2. Voyage to Port Said, Egypt for a few days escorting a minesweeper(?)
3. Came to aid of SS Panama which was listing. Panama sank the next day.
4. Got fouled in harbor net and spent the better part of a week getting that sorted out.

For the past month or two ship has mainly sat in port with the odd voyage to another port and then return.

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2010, 11:19:24 pm »
Hi The reason Iam following Bluebell is that it also figures in WWII. HMS Bluebell sailed with 2 Escort Group [Capt. Walker RN] as did HMS Whimbrel on at least 2 patrols - North Atlantic and Arctic Convoys. HMS Whimbrel [WWII] was my Dad's 2nd ship, HMS Dunbar being his first after basic training at HMS Royal Arthur - or Butlins Skegness to those in the know!

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2010, 02:34:07 pm »
I chose HMS Bristol because that's where I was born and I've also been on a later incarnation (now also scrapped).

I was surprised that she was only in service for just over 10 years (Dec 1910 to Mar 1921), although she was the first ship to see action in WW1, engaging the German raider Karlsruhe on 6 August. Unfortunately Karlsruhe used her superior speed to escape.

She is currently (April 1915) in Fortescue Bay, Chile with divers overboard every day working on the rudders that were pranged on a sandbar a couple of weeks ago when I was only a cadet

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2010, 05:59:58 pm »
I chose Hampshire because my grandfather served aboard this ship from Jan 1914 to Feb 1916.  The log is fascinating, especially as he was actually on board at the time!


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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2010, 08:44:37 pm »
I chose the Foxglove because she was a sloop and thus not as glamorous as say a battleship and she had a small crew.  Also, now, she has a Wiki article - I have a friend who is something of an expert on little known ships and who creates wiki articles for them - I called him to find out where the heck she was in June of 1921  ;D because I couldn't read the writing!  :D - I feel quite proprietary towards her now!

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2010, 02:32:50 pm »
I've already transcribed on quite a few different ships, but now I'm "captain" of HMS Curlew I don't want to lose my rank.  In addition, the other day I read a post on this forum (though I can't find it now) where a member had posted photos taken by his grandfather when he was  in Bermuda on this very vessel.  The photos were doubtless taken in the period that I've been transcribing.  It really brought this work to life for me.  I just love it. 

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2010, 09:23:50 pm »
I picked Torch because my Great-Grandfather served on her between 1873 and 1875 when he progressed from Boy 1st Class to Able Seaman - sadly that was the Torch before this one but it seemed a good enough reason. I am looking forward to going back in time to the ships he did serve on but working as these first is important I know.

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2010, 02:04:46 am »
At first I looked for a ship with a small amount of crew - 3 only at the time - we now at 37!! (anyone looking for a good ship take a look - we just left NY heading back to the Uk) Became captain of the Roxburgh on the first day and over the last 2 weeks have enjoyed looking at articles linked to the ship - even called in at the National Archives to look at log's further on in her history (these we will get to in time - 1918 she rams and sinks a Uboat). So I guess she choose me?

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2010, 10:55:07 am »
I chose Laurentic because it didn't have a very big crew, and was only 2% complete. I've thought a couple of times about changing to a more interesting ship, but I'm too involved in the Laurentic now, even if we just bimble around Sierra Leone doing not very much!

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2010, 11:22:45 am »
I might have spoken too soon about it being uninteresting - I've just had a couple of blank pages, and then jumped from April to August - wonder what went on there?

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #25 on: October 29, 2010, 05:35:23 pm »
I chose HMS Dragon, light cruiser because no one was working on it 2 weeks ago. Just a random unused pick and suddenly I was plunged into a battle I'd never even heard of - The battle for Latvian and Estonian independence in 1918 during the Russian revolution. Fascinating. Following the ship & crew is now an addiction - like looking in on family. I love history, especially naval history.

Capt. newface1, HMS Dragon

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2010, 05:46:24 pm »
 :D Good day Captain newface1. I am in the same area a year later on the  Pegasus. Love the History.

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #27 on: October 29, 2010, 07:23:43 pm »
I choosed my Cyclamen cause there were only few on board.
But now were staying at port in Colombo for over 4 weeks and there seems no end, bit boring, nothing really happens.  :'(
But as Captain i couldn't leave my ship, so the crew has do to do much painting and cleaning. ;)
Hope there comes more moving adventures 8)

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #28 on: October 29, 2010, 08:02:57 pm »
Hi Jens
I'm also in Colombo (May 1922) on the HMS Crocus.  :D

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Re: Why did you choose the vessel you are following right now?
« Reply #29 on: October 29, 2010, 08:15:58 pm »
Hey! Waving to ElisabethB at HMS Crocus :)
I stuck there from mid of June 1922 until now, 21.July. So I need to take a look at the events if we met there

EDIT: And really, we arrived at June 15 and at 16 one sailor from Crocus joined my staff ;)
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