The Cod Wars-HMS Eastbourne.



I was a young sailor aboard HMS Eastbourne, in 1958 when we were sent to protect the British trawler fleet fishing off Iceland. The Icelandic Government had increased the territorial waters from 3 to 12 miles. The British Government refused to recognize the new limits. They sent a Royal Naval frigate to protect the trawlers. Iceland had three Gun Boats and they attempted to arrest the trawlers. In one incident we captured an Icelandic boarding party. When we tried to give them back to the gun boat ‘Thor’ she sail away. We had nine prisoners for a month. At the end of our patrol we were ordered to put the Icelanders ashore, not an easy task with nothing but a rock face coast line. We solved the problem by letting the prisoners row themselves to freedom in our whaler. I’ve been told the whaler is now in the Reyikavik Maritime Museum but have never been able to confirm this. Have any readers been to this museum and happen to know if my old whaler is there???.
Cheers and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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