The March of Time

image005[1]gangesmastganges mast 2How sad the way time erases the past so cruelly. I join HMS Ganges in March 1955, a time when the mast was HMS Ganges point of pride. This wonderful mast(143 ft) could be seen from miles around. The spectacular sight of a Sunday parade with a thousand young sailors marching and manning the mast, the bugle band playing “Heart of Oak” We stepped out smartly in our best uniform on the commands of our leaders, pride overflowing as we stride past the dais saluting.  Every boy in step with gleaming boots sparkling in the cold early morning spring sunshine. Grand memories of a bygone age. I have posted three photos, one of the mast fully manned with the band below. Another photo taken by the button boy at the very top of the mast looking down. Finally a photo taken more recently of an overgrown parade ground with the  forlorn and dilapidated mast in the background. How sad an end to this amazing piece Royal Naval history.  Now probably well beyond hope of being restored, yet a little hope lingers, it is designated a heritage site. Fond memories “Ready Aye Ready”

God Bless and Merry Christmas

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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1 Response to The March of Time

  1. baconburner says:

    As a former Boy SOLDIER and lover of Military History. I too was disappointed at the current state of HMS Ganges Governments spend lots of our taxes on foreign and some non essential items. They must learn to preserve ones own History. My Cousin Rodney was a ganges boy and spent 22 years in the RN. He currently resides in Devon and says that not much is being done to preserve Ganges. So Sad.
    Have a Great Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Years.

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