Re: <tap><tap><tap> Is this thing on???
- From: Robert Sneddon <fred@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2007 22:06:04 +0000
In message <slrneqid4o.rp2.hellsop@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Peter H. Coffin
Because, of course, hilltops are the PERFECT place for a navy to operate
My father, Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve aka Wavy Navy, was detailed
during WWII to go to the big US Naval base in Orlando, Florida USA for
training on US Naval engineering practices in preparation for training
up RN personnel to run the obsolete Lend-Lease four-stacker
destroyers the US was dumping on the UK. In the end he lucked out and
ended up on a Flower-class corvette on the Murmansk run instead.
I note with some interest that Orlando is about as far from seawater as
you can get in Florida (other than vertically downwards).
 They had four boiler-rooms, requiring a lot more skilled
engine-room ratings and EOs than the more modern twin-boiler destroyers.
They also had no radars and no sonars making them pretty much useless as
sub-hunters until they spent a year in refit. Their only real value to
the UK was in propaganda. We still had to pay gold for them, sterling
promissory notes not being acceptable to the US government at the time
for some reason.
To reply, my gmail address is nojay1 Robert Sneddon