In late 1965 I was nearing the end of my time with the 6th Squadron and would soon be returning to the UK. I recall a couple of items we had aboard in those far of times. One crew member had purchased in Halifax a can of Nova Scotia fresh air, something that could possibility become very useful on a submarine. For the crews entertainment there was the ships record player that was hooked into the broadcast system. When we played a record everyone throughout the boat could listen. Of course when on the surface with main diesel engines running not everybody could listen! Or when dived and running in silent routine, of course no one could listen. Nevertheless, the old turn table got plenty of use and probably the most popular song on the boat was a Catherine McKinnon album “A voice of an Angel” and for me my favourite song was “Farewell to Nova Scotia”. I had the pleasure of meeting Catherine some years ago when the only way on or off the island was by ferry. I told her of her popularity and fame aboard the British submarine Alcide. I think she might have been a wee bit impressed knowing so many of us handsome sailors swooned when she sang!!! Great memories of bygone times.
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