Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Royal Wedding plus other history.

Royal Wedding plus a trip to the Med and Exodus. ....................................................................................... The wedding of Princess Elisabeth and Prince Phillip on Wednesday November 20 - 1947 did not get my full attention being there were far more important things afoot that were soon to add another facet to that what was expected of me as a Naval person. Sailing that day from Portsmouth taking passage on A/C HMS Illustrious of WW2 fame, we called into Gibraltar on our way to Malta. On arrival I joined HMS Mauritius, commanded by Captain Lord Ashbourne, which after training, I became a Member of the Boarding Party. Up to the the time my duties came to an end on May 15 - 1948 when Ben Gurion Took over the reins in Israel - formerly Palestine. I with others had boarded five vessels containing So called Illegal Immigrants most vessels carrying several hundred souls mainly recruits for the Haganah (Ben Gurion's followers opposed to those of the Stern gang), The largest Ill/Imigrant numbers involved were the PAN"S IE the Pan Crescent and Pan York each carrying Seven thousand souls. A boarding Crew from HMS Phoebe took on the Pan York, and our boarding crew twelve of us the 7,000 plus on the Pan Crescent....... Dressed in leather backed Yankee helmets, boots gaiters number 8's shin and arm pads also cricket box, .38 revolver and a large baseball bat. I had a very bad feeling,. However, we arrived in Famagusta Cyprus where the Army took over, after a couple of days at sea with little sleep. most of us on rejoining our ship discovered the only legacy of our visit was a dose of crabs......... Google The Pans 1948 for more info..... Back soon ...Vest.

2 comments:

Vest said...

No comments yet but here is the joke of the week sent in by my Nephew Malcolm.


The Liverpool manager flies to Kabul to watch a young Afghani play football. He is suitably impressed and arranges for the player to come over.

Two weeks later Liverpool are 4-0 down to Chelsea with only 20 minutes left. The manager gives the young Afghani striker the nod, and on he goes.

The lad is a sensation. He scores 5 goals in 20 minutes and wins the game for Liverpool. The fans are delighted, the players and the coach are delighted and the media love the new star.

When the player comes off the pitch he phones his mum to tell her about his first day in English football.

'Hello mum, guess what?' he says 'I played for 20 minutes today, we were 4-0 down but I scored 5 and we won. Everybody loves me, the fans, the media, they all love me.'

'Wonderful,' says his mum, 'Let me tell you about my day …

Your father got shot in the street, your sister and I were ambushed and assaulted, your brother has joined a gang of looters and all while you tell me that you were having a great time.'

The young lad is very upset. 'What can I say mum, but I'm really sorry.'

'Sorry?!!! Sorry?!!!' says his mum, 'It's your bloody fault we came to Liverpool in the first place!'



Lower deck lawyer. said...

Liverpool and its surrounding areas are the breeding grounds for crime in NSW Australia.
Non A/S ethnic groups in this area share a ratio of three times greater than other areas of NSW.