Category Archives: HM Submarines

More on the Cadet Program.

The recent courts martial of a commanding officer of the Charlottetown Army Corps caused me to think of my own time in the program. I served for twelve years as CO of the Summerside Sea Cadet Corps and then created … Continue reading

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The Royal Navy and Me

The Royal Navy and Me Posted on January 31st 2020 by irishroverpei This is a story told through the eyes of a young sailor who joined the Royal Navy in 1955 as a Boy Seaman 2nd class, the absolute lowest … Continue reading

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The Forth Bridge

This morning doing my usual scan of FB I came across a photo that stirred memories of long ago. In 1942 I crossed the Forth Bridge by train heading to Rosythe. I was three years old and had never seen … Continue reading

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Salty Sailor Tales from the Mess Deck!

The most popular time to hear the most outlandish tales aboard ship happened at Tot time (rum issue). Some were almost believable others less so. There was the story told by an officers steward. On my last ship there was … Continue reading

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HMS Dolphin, submarine base.

”The land mark that has graced Gosport since the early 1950s is to be decommissioned. I hate to use the word obsolete! Because that word also applies to me. I first ascended the 100ft tower of water in the summer … Continue reading

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Cadet Instructor Cadre

I note that the former Commanding Officer Todd Bannister of the Charlottetown Army Cadet Corps has pleaded guilty to the latest charges of sexual misconduct. The fact these incidents occur comes as no surprise to me. I served twelve years … Continue reading

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Madrien Ferris – Wearing her late husbands medals!

I was sad to read of the passing of Madrien Ferris, on 27th December 2019. I didnt know her well, only met her once in the 1980s when she was a local NDP candidate in Charlottetown. My next encounter came … Continue reading

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Community Service or Veterans

Where do I begin? This is very tricky, and perhaps from the public’s point of view not easy  to fault the legion for providing community service. Equally difficult to explain to veterans why the legion feels they can use the … Continue reading

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Christmas in Auckland 1956.

Auckland Christmas 1956 Posted on 12th December 2019 by irishroverpei Christmas 1956, Auckland New Zealand We tied up outboard of HMS Consort in the city of Auckland on the evening of 23rd December 1956. Danny and I were off duty … Continue reading

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Footprints in the Sand

Posted on December 11th 2019 by irishroverpei This is a story from a Ganges Boy that seems appropriate at this special time of year. I’d like to share it with you. Many years ago two young boys were called upon … Continue reading

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