Sunday, 30th August 2015
Spams, scams and bloody junk email!! I pointed out last week that there has been quite a bit of activity from scammers and spammers recently and once again I remind you that if something you receive seems too good to be true, ignore it. If I took up all the offers made this week I would be writing today's Log in some far off luxury hotel room before sailing off on my yacht to Nirvana. Yes, I had won an all expenses holiday overseas worth thousands of dollars. The young lady that called was very convincing till she asked for credit card details to confirm my identity. It is amazing that many people willingly give their money to these Nigerian princes, less amazing is the fact that the most gullible state for falling for these scams is Queensland according to the police.
Facebook has also been a trap, be wary of requests from people that you know, they may have been hacked so check first before accepting their request. One such victim was Rod Peters who has only just recovered from being hacked through Facebook "I am back on line I have resolved the hacker problem that I had, however if you receive an email supposedly from me and it does not contain the letters DBF in the subject line it is not from me. Delete it." Be warned!
Old Bill and his wife Jean were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when jean wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary. "Let's have a party, Bill," she suggested. "Let's kill a pig." Bill scratched his grizzled head. "Gee, Jean," he finally answered, "I don't see why the pig should take the blame for something that happened fifty years ago."
Today's Log has been hard to compile, not a lot of 'items of interest' received this week, may be time to rest the Log for a while.
That's your lot for this week!
Around the Traps
- Fred Lawrence is bedridden, still at the hospice and his condition has not changed a lot, he is at Bethesda Hospital Palliative Care unit in Claremont (08) 9340 6311. Visiting hours are 0800 to 2000. Stays for up to an hour and not more than 3 per visit.
- Peter Russell has broken his left fibula (one of his lower leg bones) and also needs an operation on his ankle. He has been admitted to St John of God Hospital Murdoch. He will having an operation on Monday 31 August. He is allowed visitors, from 3pm onwards, but please check with their switchboard. Peter is need of our support please ring him or visit him. Peter is in St Francis Ward Room 18 and his telephone Number is 94288728.
- Buster Keating, Slinger Wood and Terry Rowell are all recovering from their recent operations.
Last week the SAA in the West were aware of an ex-submariner in need of help. He was in a bad way in hospital having a broken down, was homeless and needed someone to talk to. Paul Meakin, the Branch Secretary investigated. He found that an Organisation called 'Veterans off the Streets' in Perth was able to find him short term accommodation while he got himself together. We found he is not a financial member of the SAA but the Branch is following up with him and providing assistance where it can. This shows the importance of Associations such as the SAA in assisting shipmates in need. It also reinforces my requests to you all to keep your ears to the ground and ensure that friends in need are not forgotten. Remember, a simple "RUOK" could save a life.
Robyn 'Dixie' Ford wrote "I feel your trepidation 're the colonoscopy, I got mine and the gastro one next Thursday. I have just been told there is no treatment for me, so I have got 1 to 5 years. The RSL are looking after me and Alice, so gonna enjoy what we have." Sorry to hear the prognosis is not the best mate, but there are a few of us that, despite setbacks, have passed the 5 years mark and are still around to give everyone the shits. Make the most of it mate. One good thing about the colonoscopy, I slept through it. Lucky I stayed awake for the cleansing process. If you have not had one yet, read this article, will remove the stress.
After I posted Ken Rylands item last week naming the alleged killer of Nigger, Ken Rylands wrote "Well discretion being the better part of valour is definitely out the window. Glad I did not mention a few other charming incidents that took part in the wets at Penguin." Yes, there were some wild nights at Penguin, would never happen today I am sure.
Ken added "We also have had visitors this week in Ballarat; Mick and Eileen Wood dropped in, on their around Australia odyssey, had three great nights and days with them, ate drank and ate some more. Lovely to see them and they were more than happy to go along with the house fish rule and depart on the third day."
Len 'DacDac' Carr and his wife Tanya have just returned from 61/2 weeks in the US, including Hawaii, making the most of his Long Service Leave. Good life for some mate.
Another to visit the USA is Howard 'Tex' Rutter who said "I am visiting the USA on holiday at the moment. While walking around Union Square in New York, wearing my Australian Submarines cap a young man approached me and asked if I was a veteran. When I replied yes he shook my hand and said "Thank you for your service" He then said "You Australians are doing a great job down there". I was humbled." Yes, the Yanks know how to appreciate 'Service'.
Scott McNally posted this photo taken in Ballina today and said "So many things wrong here. Anyone know him?"
Richard Coathup added "He is another lost sole, be gentle we all have our bad days, its a shame why people do it but mental health is a real problem as well. The other issue is replicas are to easy to get so you can get a rack with the lot and have no entitlement to the honor or awards." At least this one isn't wearing Dolphins! If you see someone that you believe is not for real, pull him aside and have a quick chat, let him know it is illegal.
While on the subject, Darren Thompson wrote "The subject of Wearing of Dolphins with deceased family member's medals raised by Dave Strangward. Its a qualification badge and nothing is laid down regarding being worn with a deceased medals. Unofficially it is encouraged and should be fully supported by the SAA. We could approach Navy to seek clarification, however that could lead to refusal." It is not uncommon for them to be worn, many wives do too.
David Bryant said the current atmosphere of "Political Correctness" and where our submarine force stands at the moment with all the hype about RAN procedural, generational, gender, sexual orientation, occupational and all out "Can you do the job" makes me yearn for the good old days, with thanks to Sandy 'HiRob' Freeleagus!
Yes David, those were the days, I miss them! I think that those that served on Oberons were lucky, life wasn't meant to be easy, but it was fun!
Indonesia has only 2 “Cakra Class”/ U209 submarines in its fleet, and this video shows KRI Nanggala (402) arriving at Naval Base Banten. A couple of things interested me in this video; the impracticality of the casing and the tangle of lines that would impress any scratcher. Makes a coming alongside at Plats look almost professional!
Kreig Leitchze posted "I live in NZ now. It suits me incredibly. But there's one thing I miss; whilst I am a member of the local RSA (NZ equivalent of RSL), there are zero submariners here. Obviously. And it sucks. I've got this town on a string; I am becoming known and respected here. And I love the genuine nature of Coasters. I feel at home. But I miss having a beer or rum with blokes who know what 50 pairs of boots smell like on your way to an under water 'coffin' bed."
The crew of the attack submarine USS California is still talking about the ice cream they had to leave on the dock in Haakonsvern, Norway. In restocking for their next voyage across and under the Atlantic Ocean, they had no space left to store the frozen dessert. That was more than six months ago. It still bothers them. So starts this very interesting article from the magazine Forbes.
Submarines Association News
In view of the very low numbers being able to attend this Sunday’s (30th) AGM of the SAA Tasmania Branch we have decided to postpone the meeting for a few weeks in the hope of getting a better attendance. The rescheduled date is now Sunday, 11 October 2015. The venue and time remain unchanged at this stage - 11:00 at the TPI Headquarters at North Hobart Oval Administration Offices on Argyle St. I will send out an updated flyer with time and venue address details, etc. next week. I hope that those of you unable to make it this weekend will be in a position to attend the rescheduled meeting in October.
Secretary, Tasmania Branch
South Australian Branch
The SA AGM was held on the 9th August the following is the committee
President, South Australia Branch
Health & Welfare
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- Acute lymphoblastic Ieukaemia
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- Chronic lymphocytic Ieukaemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
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SAA Events September
|11 September 2015 1900||Friday||AE1 Memorial Service||SSMCC & SAA NSW||
Venue: St Johns Church. 754 Pacific
Highway, Gordon NSW 2072
The AE1 Memorial Service is held each year in conjunction with the SSMCC & SAA NSW Branch. Father Keith Dalby conducts the service. The AE1 was lost on 14 September 1914 and the memorial service is held the Friday night before the loss of the submarine and is followed by coffee, biscuits and rum.
The SSMCC then participates in the Wall to Wall Police Memorial Ride to Canberra on the Saturday. http://www.walltowallride.com/
For details contact Secretary, Carol Wilson
|13th September 2015 1330||Sunday||AE1/2 Commemoration||SAA VIC||
The Branch will be laying a wreath in memory of the loss of HMA Submarines AE1/AE2 at the Shrine of Remembrance. The ceremony will commence at 1345. All to muster at 1330.
Contact Branch Secretary Ian Tanner 0450 642 835 for details.
|14th September 2015||Monday||The Ocean Bed their Tomb Memorial Dedication||National Maritime Museum||
The Memorial, to be located in the
water between the display pontoon and North Wharf pontoon just
outside Action Stations. This work of art commemorates the loss, in
the early months of World War I, of Australia’s first submarine AE1
with its 35 Australian and British officers and crew.
‘...the ocean bed their tomb’ is part of the ANMM collection and is supported by the Australian Government’s ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund. Full story at this link.
27th September 2015 - from 10:30am till finish
|Sunday||Picnic in the Park||SAA QLD||
This is an open invitation to all
members, family and friends to join together for a Picnic in the Park
at Rocks Riverside Park - Counihan Street, Seventeen Mile Rocks When : from 10:30am till finish
A chance to socialise and to catchup with mates, BBQ's are available or just bring a Picnic Lunch.
Please indicate by email if you are able to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have ever wondered how a missile guidance system works this video is worth watching. It avoids all the technical crap that greenie tiffies confused you with and puts it in plain language, in only 90 seconds!
Or why not watch this is video on the USS Pennsylvania, a nuclear powered submarine that has been running since 1989 without having to refuel. This is interesting, even to those that have served on nukes.
The note read: 'For me to accept this bottle, you need to have a Mercedes in your garage, a million dollars in the bank and 7 inches in your pants...... After reading the note, the stoker decided to compose one of his own in return. He folded the note, handed it to the waiter and instructed him to deliver it to the lady.
It read: 'Just to let you know things aren't always what they appear to be: "I have a Ferrari Maranello, a BMW Z8, a Mercedes CL600 and a Porsche Turbo in my several garages; I have beautiful homes in Sydney and Melbourne, and a 10,000 acre farm in Queensland. There is over twenty million dollars in my bank account and portfolio. But, not even for a woman as beautiful as you, would I cut off two inches. Just send the wine back.' Note: No, the woman was NOT Jacquie Lambie!
And that's your lot for the week!
Sunday, 23rd August 2015
Another to comment on me in overalls was Blue Walker "Photos of you in overalls, never, only saw you in them once, back in 68. You were fuelling on the "Osiris" I think, and I had just poked my head out of Otter's ER hatch. Our first introduction." He added "Things remain good in downtown Freeling SA bloody freezing though, health is deteriorating slowly, might have to consider moving back to God's own country soon!"
Blue, God's country has a limitation on the number of tiffies and unfortunately the limit has been reached, try Tasmania, they take anyone.
I see that two SAA Branches have had their AGM's already this month, with more to come. My congratulations to those elected (or re-elected) to office. It is unfortunate that volunteers are not forthcoming to fill these roles. Not criticising those that have been re-elected, they are to be commended, but I am sure that some would welcome a break, they only stay in the role because there are no other nominations. In the long term this is not good for any organisation and can lead to stagnation. There are many of you out there that would make great candidates for office, not just within the SAA but in other organisations in your community. The satisfaction that you get from volunteering some of your time is a great reward. Think about it, get off your bum and volunteer, deep down you know it makes sense.
The cows from across the road got into my yard again yesterday, it really pisses Niggs off. Not saying he is scared of them, but he barks from the verandah and won't venture into the yard! I can manage to get one back into the paddock, but four was a little harder, my guests were as useful as tits on a bull when it came to rounding them up.
The sugar cane is being harvested and this year quite a bit of it is being burnt off to destroy some weeds that have taken hold. This is a bit of a worry, snakes and mice are on the move to avoid the fires and already I have been busy with the mouse traps, not seen any snakes yet though. This is less of a problem when they harvest mechanically, they can outrun the harvesters.
Had guests this week which has kept me busy, have not achieved much at all. Great to have them, greater to see them leave. Fridge and pantry are bare and their dog has left Niggs' biscuit barrel empty! I think I may institute a 24 hour rule for guests!
It rained for a while yesterday and again this morning, not much but enough to postpone getting a delivery of water next week. August used to be a wet period here, but things seemed to have changed over the past two years.
Had to help a neighbour out this morning, he has a 10mx10m aviary but for the last month or so, every few days he loses a bird. We have some large pythons around here which may be the answer, but there does not appear to be anywhere one could get into the aviary? We tightened up all the wire and we can only hope that this will solve the problem.
I am in for a colonoscopy later this week, not looking forward to it. It is the crap that you have to drink beforehand and the crap that happens after drinking it that bothers me. Oh to be young again! Ever wondered what could be worse than a colonoscopy. You will know the answer after watching this short, absolutely hilarious video.
Old Bill was looking down in the dumps this morning and when I asked why he replied "Both of my marriages have been disappointing. My first partner left me, and Jean hasn't." I asked what was the cause of his current depression and he said "Last night we had a fight and after it I took off my pants and told Jean to put them on. The waist alone was twice her body. She said: "I can't wear your pants." "That's right," I told Jean, "And don't you forget it. I'm the one who wears the pants in the family."
Bill continued "Jean then took off her panties and asked me to put them on. No way I told her, I can't get into your pants." To which Jean replied "That's right. And that's the way it will be until you change your attitude." Will he never learn?
I want to express my gratitude to all those that contribute to the Log, without your support and articles it would not exist. That's it for today, off to Maryborough to do some shopping, maybe Chinese for dinner tonight. Take care!
Around the Traps
Tony Critchley's first book was published from New York this week on Amazon and as an eBook from Kindle Nook and Barnes and Noble. The book, called "Enemies of the Mind" is an account of a Soldier in the 1st British Parachute Regiment and his experiences during WW2 who ends up a POW after dropping into Arnhem 90 Klms behind enemy lines. The book also explores how his experiences affect his family after war. Tony said "It is as cathartic for me as it is my family journey."
Mark Lundie wrote "Proud day for a proud dad watching my boy Nicholas in his Navy passing out parade. It's been just over 30 years since I walked that same parade ground and looks like nothing much has changed." The tall one in all the photos are Nicholas, I think he may need to duck a lot!
John Smithies reminded us of an important event this week. "A Submarine legend joined the navy in 1957, was at Maralinga when the Poms were testing the A bomb then went to England with me in '66 to submarines. He did half his part three on Oracle and got a crash draft to Oxley in Scotland and brought it home to Australia served. He served on Oxley many times, Ovens and Platypus. He paid off in 1978. He liked a drink on a hot day; of course it was Ross Alexander Cameron (known as Sexy). Ross is in a nursing home at Frankston, we went for a drive and lunch and swapped a few war stories, some of which were true. A lovely day with my old mate." I have some great memories of Ross, he and I had a few Gin drinking competitions, some of which I won. One memorable event was while we were in Samoa, I don't recall who won that one, but I was crook for a week after it?
Alert: We seem to have entered the season of spam and hackers so be alert. Ignore offers that are too good to be true, they aren't, and be wary of strange email that come from someone you know. Rod Peters has been hijacked and I am getting email from several email addresses that have his name as sender. Another scam that has resurfaced is the one from a friend abroad such as this I have received from Rod Bain "I am in Limassol, South-Cyprus at the moment and I just misplaced my bag containing my phone, passport and money in a Cab. I am trying to sort things out with the necessary authorities. I need your assistance, let me know if you can be of any help." I received quite a few of these last year, they are back.
Phil Solomon wrote "Someone was asking about Klaxon sounds etc a while ago. These may be of interest. Just stumbled across them searching for something else. Just follow this link" Thanks Phil.
Tom Johnston reports "Like you I put Windows 10 on and did not realise what was going to happen. Lost bits and pieces, different formats, headaches. Have had the computer doctor in and he has sorted it all out for us. Not looking forward to Windows 11." It amazes me to see so many dinosaurs actually using computers, it seems that there is hope for everyone.
Noel Lowrie wrote "I found a couple of photos taken circa 1969 when some of Oxley's crew went by road from Adelaide to Fremantle. I thought it maybe interesting to see if anyone can identify them." Identifying the two at the border was easy, Ray Clarke and Bubbles Boyce, can't remember who the lost looking one is, must have been a mullet? (Click to enlarge images)
As Chief Stoker, Ray always managed to arrive at a port before the boat did, someone had to organise stores????
In an attempt to demonstrate his technical knowledge John 'Boot' Hatfield posted a photo of a wheel spanner and writing "No words need to be spoken". The post generated a lot of interest (but no interesting comments as usual) and one, from Bruce Patch was uncalled for! He wrote "As I recall Bung, your speciality was a ratchet on a Kingston Valve?" This remark was based on an incident that I had on Ovens' first basin dive in Scotland. We had to shut 5MBT Kingston valves and my rachet was ratshit, had to hold the pawl down with my finger. Bad move, chopped the top off my finger, very painful! The had to surface and pack me off to hospital where a Scottish butcher wrapped it up and sent me home. When the guys got home after the dive I had to be returned to hospital as I was still bleeding. Still got a stumpy finger with a missing tip, it didn't grow back. Footnote: Graeme Gilbert, the Chief Stoker, was not impressed when he was served up a fingertip on a plate for morning tea.......
Peter Donovan wrote "Lots of thinking done this week, 33 years since HMS Onyx returned to HMS Dolphin after 121 days at sea where we did our part in the South Atlantic Falklands War. Sailed in April, back in August and the only time off the boat was for a shower on HMS Intrepid. Some of the memories are still so clear and vivid." This reminded me of an article "The Falklands Remembered" I received from Martin Clarke who was 22 and serving on HMS Onyx in 1982 when the news broke that the Falkland Islands had been invaded by Argentine troops. Martin's account of what was to follow is worth the read.
Enemies of the Mind Paperback – August 19, 2015 by Anthony D Critchley
Amazon books describes Tony's first book as a harrowing and emotional read. "A powerful, dynamic and psychologically believable book. This book explores a soldier's personal life experiences through WW2 including his POW confinement. How those war experiences impact on his once happy personality and relaxed nature and how those experiences impact within his family. The Author pays tribute to all who have experienced war and to all families and friends that experience the effects of post war." Order from Amazon books. Also available from Kindle Nook (for $2.99) and Barnes and Noble
Greg Pennicuik sent this useful item. "This web site is the DVA approved supplier of all the necessities for those who have the misfortune of incontinence or other such problems. Friends of mine who are not military or covered for such items have found this organisation are far cheaper than any other around. Prostate cancer has struck many of us and any assistance to reduce costs is a big help. I have had product sent to me at no cost to anywhere in Australia when we were travelling." Incontinence in men and women is an embarrassing fact of life, it is good to see that assistance is available for sufferers. Visit the Continence Aids Payment Scheme website for information.
Some people can be so unkind! Garry Coombe said "I had to chuckle at Noel Robinson receiving a friend request that turned out to be a scam. He need not have put in the effort to find out that it was false, we all know that nobody wants to be friends with "Robby the Rag!"
Peter Smith wrote "Just finished reading Up Periscope and wish to advise you that in the history on the mascot Nigger. Nigger did make it to the UK and was on display at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport. I do not know whether it was bad taxidermy or the English climate but poor Nigger’s skin started to deteriorate and could not be saved, I have been informed that his remains were buried in the rose garden at the Museum."
Blue Walker wrote "Just finished reading your magnificent Log again, it's my Sunday night ritual and always enjoy it very much. The tale of "Nigger" bought back some memories of tales related to me when I was a young tiff having just returned from the UK. Our inimitable Kellick stoker Ross (Sexy) Cameron told me about Nigger in Penguin. Evidently the Jimmy of Penguin decided that it would be a good move to utilise goats to help with the mowing round the grounds and accordingly obtained " x" number of these lawnmowers which were strategically tethered round the base to do their allocated task Mowing. Now Nigger, having been educated fully by the RNers' was a typical rootrat and was seen to herd one said goat round and round a tree until it came up short, then Nigger moved in and had his way with the obviously pretty goat. Does this remind you of any of our illustrious fellowship ? I could volunteer some names but what happens off the "Gregory's" stays there. I believe Nigger's fatal accident was caused by being struck by a Submarine CO's car, no names no pack drill."
Ken Rylands added "Thanks again for your efforts mate enjoy reading it each week brings back a lot of old memories. I notice you did not mention Nigger was actually run over by Johnson-Hall later the Captain of Oxley I guess discretion is sometimes the better part of valour."
Antony Lee (ex SM4 HMS Tabard) confirmed part of the story "I read about Nigger in the last Chief Stokers Log, after he died he was stuffed (no pun intended) and sent to UK in a big case marked Engineers Stores and opened in the engineer's workshop in Dolphin. My mate Mal Bugler (RAN) opened the box and there was Nigger. He was put into a glass case and placed in the submarine museum in Dolphin. I am told that after a long time he started to fall to bits so he was taken out to Spithead on a boat, I don't know which one, and buried at sea I believe via a for'd tube." Antony added "Some of us may remember a much loved MAA called Swoops, he had a thing about pommy submariners wearing pyjamas! He would put on a raid at night with his offsider to check this out if they were doing so, however it could be chaotic after returning from a trip and a session in the wets. Swoops would turn the lights on on that top floor messdeck and proceed to shake people in their bunks, he came to a bunk shook it no reply so ripped the blankets off and there was Nigger. Swoops had a fit, I only wish we had dressed Nigger in some pyjamas."
It seems that a lot of blokes out there are finally getting their memorabilia sorted out, I have seen a few good examples recently. Mike Russell recently purchased a set of gold woven submarine crests from the Slops Van and posted this photo saying "This is where the gold Oberon badges went, my dedication to our beloved 4th Australian Submarine Squadron." Looks good mate!
In another post Mike said "The greatest part of being a Submariner is the unique bond we share. When I worked in Russia I presented Yuri (ex-Victor XO) with an Australian Submariner Hat, Polo Shirt and Dolphins. The day after he sent his staff car and gave me this photo, 100 Years Submarine Medal, Kursk Medal, Soviet & Russian Dolphins, and 2 of 5,000 Nautical Mile dived pins. Don't you love submariners."
Pat Heffernan wrote "I received a get well card from all the crew at the submarines Association. I appreciated it very much, and thank the crew. Regrettably, I can only get better if anyone in the Association has a spare set of healthy lungs, at the bottom of their kit bags, to give me. However, I'm not dwelling on my lung condition and I'm just carrying on enjoying life. We're preparing for a trip to China, at the end of September, as well as looking forward to the SubCon cruise next year."
An excellent article on Mike can be found in a 2014 edition of the SAA victoria's magazine Flood Q at this link.
I received my copy of the book from Joan M Wilson OAM, Associate Member of the RN Submariners Association - Australia's Eastern States Branch. She wrote "Mike has just written a book - well booklet -126 pages - on his life. Have had most flattering comments about the book, I think it is amazing, and shows his memory of dates and places of naval engagements, plus of his own life, and hope you are interested. He is still driving his car – at the moment digging in my garden – and still very much on the ball, even at 92 years. I have been helping him get the book printed – but he has written it. It has created quite a lot of interest here in Sydney. The Eastern State Branch have ordered 40 copies to sell at next function, also Holbrook Submarine Museum have ordered copies. We look forward to hearing from you and hope you enjoy ‘The Mike Hickie Story’."
Joan continued "I also have some things from my dear late husband Lieut Commander Donald Wilson DSC RANVR - we believe the only RANVR to command a British sub in WW2. This includes an original of 'Jane and her little dog' painted by Pettit - the cartoonist of the war time series. Not sure what to do with them - worry they will only go away in a box at the War Memorial."
Joan added "Nice to read about Gordon Selby in last week's Log - great man, he lived near us and would come and read to my Don in the last few months. Also we were out to dinner with June Nobes - Barry Nobes widow - last Friday."
Books can be ordered from Joan Wilson by email. They sell the booklets at $20 per copy (plus postage) and give Mike $10 per copy to cover costs.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett has been updated on a plan to build a $2 million sculpture to acknowledge the contribution of sailors to Australia's history, during his recent visit to HMAS Stirling in Western Australia. The imposing public sculpture on North Mole at Rous Head, in Fremantle Harbour, is a national project to mark the role of sailors in the discovery, settlement, development and defence of Australia and, in particular, Fremantle.
Project convenor, Gavin Ryan, and director Commodore Bob Trotter (Ret’d) told Vice Admiral Barrett that attention had turned to seeking the balance of required funds from businesses and the community.
The Royal Australian Navy is a major foundation supporter of the project. The Federal Government, through Navy and the Department of Defence, the Western Australian Government and Lotterywest have committed a combined $1.07 million of funding. The Government has also supported Fremantle Ports in providing the land for the monument and ensured the Western Australian Maritime Museum will be in a position to maintain it. Minister for Defence Kevin Andrews has given his support and encouragement to the project.
The monument will feature a bronze sculpture of a sailor leaving home to join a ship, a 10 metre high polished stonecast gnomon in the shape of a ship’s bow that will act as a sundial and will be clearly visible to ships approaching the coast while they are still below the horizon, along with a series of free-standing information panels. The gnomon will weigh approximately 40 tonnes and be one of the largest of its kind in the world.
Vice Admiral Barrett thanked the team for their work and said Navy was pleased to be a major supporter of the project. “The monument when completed will be a wonderful tribute to the men and women of our Navy, along with so many others that have served before, some paying the ultimate sacrifice,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
Mr Ryan said detailed design by sculptors Charles and Joan Smith, who’s many outstanding works include the HMAS Sydney II memorial at Geraldton, north of Perth, and the National Memorial to the Australian Army in Canberra, was almost finished and preliminary engineering testing of the site had been done. “The magnificent monument will be a fitting celebration of the many years that the men and women of our Navy, along with so many others, have been going down to the sea in ships,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Ryan served in the communications branch of the Royal Australian Navy before carving out a successful career in finance and banking. Commodore Trotter ended a 35-year Navy career as Commodore Fleet Bases and is National President of the Submarines Association Australia and a former director of the Finding Sydney Foundation. The other three directors of the Australian Sailor Monument project team also have Navy service.
Reprinted from Navy Daily - Published on 17 August 2015 LCDR Brian Lane (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)
The Australian Sailor Monument will be a unique public sculpture that acknowledges the role of sailors in the discovery, settlement, development and defence of Australia and, in particular, Fremantle in Western Australia. The project to build the monument coincides with the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy. Full details are available on the Australian Sailor Monument website.
Submarines Association Australia News
Western Australia Branch
The WA AGM was held on Sunday 16 Aug 15 and following were elected:
I thank the committee for the re-election and continuing support in the operation and administration of the WA Branch.
President SAA WA Branch
The Submarines Association Australia (WA Branch) is seeking personal donations from industry, submariners and the public for an Australian Submarine Monument. For more information or to make a donation follow this link.
The NSW AGM was held on Sunday 16 Aug 15 and following were elected:
- President – Geoff Anderson
- Vice President – Ken Norris
- Treasurer – John Chambers
- Secretary/Minute Secretary – Carol Wilson
- Social Committee – Peter Smith (chairperson), Daryl Cross, Gary Payseno, Greg Jones (to renew his membership)
- Grants Officer – Ken Williams assisted by Ken Norris and Kevin Hayton
- Pension/Welfare Officer – TBA
- Public Officer – Ken Norris
- FNSA Representative – Warren French
NSW SAA submitted a proposal on 14 July 2015 (below) with plans for a memorial based on a design submitted by Paul Cleary and utilising the anchor provided by General Grant. It also incorporated the design of the Submarine seats from “Submariners Walk”. What the future holds is unclear due to there being no funding for the next stage.
Landscaping is nearing completion and we have been advised that a memorial could possibly be installed from 2016. NSW are therefore seeking to finalise the design, obtain costing and then seek any available funding. This is being led by Ken Williams with the assistance of Geoff Anderson and Ken Williams.
Further information can be obtained at the SHFT website http://www.harbourtrust.gov.au/planning-projects/platypus-project
The SA Branch of the SAA held their AGM on Sunday 14th August at the Metropolitan Hotel. Fifteen members, eight partners and one visitor Darren Thompson (all the way up from the Apple Isle to watch his beloved Tigers have their stripes removed by the Crows) made for a successful meeting followed by an equally successful meal and frothies.
During the meeting Election of Office Bearers was conducted. There were no names submitted for any of the Executive positions so those in the seat get to enjoy it again and again and again (if you get my drift) for another year.
- President: Ray Kemp
- Vice President: Fred Butcher
- Treasurer: Ken Grierson
- Secretary: Allen Francis
Allen 'Connie' Francis
Secretary, South Australia Branch
North Queensland Branch
There has been an issue with the SAANQ.ORG email addresses which we have not been able to solve as yet. The committee is working on the problem at the moment. The following email addresses have been affected:
Committee page of the website. I will advise members once the issue has been resolved.
Look forward to seeing you all in October at Airlie Beach
Secretary, North Queensland Branch
You are reminded that the Branch AGM is next Sunday. Thank you to all those who have responded. For the others could you please let me know ASAP if:
- You are attending the AGM at North Hobart Oval at 1100
- You are attending the BBQ afterwards in Austins Ferry at 1330 (Please note change of venue for the BBQ in the attached flyer)
- You are bringing any guests
Please find attached the Agenda for the meeting and the Minutes of last year’s meeting. A copy of the audited financial records will be provided at the AGM.
Due to circumstances beyond our control we will not be able to have the BBQ aboard CURLEW as originally planned so Sue and I will host lunch at our home instead. For catering purposes, etc. could you please let me know ASAP if you will be attending the BBQ after the AGM and if you are bringing guests. (BYO drinks only).
Secretary, Tasmania Branch
John 'Buster' Keating, President of the RNrs Submariners Association - Australia Branch, sent their August ‘Down Under’ Newsletter. Download it now.
Who said sailors can't be persuasive? A desperate looking woman stood poised on the edge of a high cliff about to jump off. An old Coxswain wandering by stopped and said, "Look, since you'll be dead in a few minutes and it won't matter to you, how about a shag before you go?" She screamed, "NO! Bugger off you filthy old bastard!" He shrugged and turned away saying, "Okay, I'll just go and wait at the bottom then." She didn't jump.........
TPI Federation’s Petition
The Australian Federation of Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women has begun a campaign to lobby the Federal Government for fair economic loss compensation to be afforded to our most disabled Veterans. These most physically and psychologically disabled Veterans can no longer produce an income for themselves or their families because of the Service they have given to this country and its citizens. Do You Know What a SR/TPI is? For More Information click HERE
Our campaign is being launched today with a change.org petition which can be found HERE and you are encouraged to –
- Sign and support our petition: and
- Forward the address of the petition to your colleagues, friends, families and acquaintances as a show of support for the accomplishments of your Australian Defence Force over many decades.
ACT Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women Inc 02 6291 9185
And that's your lot for the week. Remember to ask someone "RUOK?" this week.
Sunday, 16th August 2015
After reading last week's comment on my lack of success with citrus trees Jim Dennis wrote "Be aware that lime trees and citrus generally do not like wet feet I am about to shift my lime to a better drained position as it has gone nowhere in some three years .When it did start to shoot at one stage it was a race between the bugs and the possums as to which got there first! There is a some good info on the Net which I found useful." Yes mate, I have been taking a lot of advice and I think this time is it!
Running late as I had visitors turn up today, so some mail has not made it online but I will catch up next week.
Old Bill was having a chuckle when I visited him yesterday and when I asked why he replied "Jean and I were at the pub in Tiaro having a counter lunch and two locals sitting at the bar next to them talking over a cold beer. After a while the first bloke says to the second, "If I was to sneak over to your house and make love to your wife while you was off fishing’, and she got pregnant and had a baby, would that make us related?” The second bloke crooked his head sideways for a minute, scratched his head, and squinted his eyes, thinking real hard about the question. Finally, he says, "Well, I don't know about related, but I reckon it’d make us even." Bill said Jean nearly fell off her stool!
And that's your lot for this week, time to feed the dogs and guests! Take care!
Around the Traps
Those that wish to visit Fred at the Bethesda Hospital Palliative Care unit at 25 Queenslea Drive, Claremont (Phone: (08) 9340 6311) are advised that visiting hours are 8am to 8pm with a rest period (i.e. no visitors from 1 pm to 3 pm). Stays for up to an hour and not more than 3 per visit. The Hospital website is http://www.bethesda.asn.au/default.aspx and contains information for visitors. For Members in WA Please ring the hospital before visiting as he may be moved soon to St John of God Murdoch when a bed is available.
Sid added "Our thoughts and prayers are with Fred, Barbara and daughter Yoli. They can be contacted by E-Mail on email@example.com or home Phone Number 0894902977. His daughter Yoli has a very interesting blog http://ozzyols.wordpress.com called the “ A Skippers Tale” detailing Fred’s journey to date. You can also leave messages on this blog. Most IMPORTANTLY , If you can visit Fred or ring Barbara and Yoli to show your support as they go through this journey this would be very much appreciated. Barbara, due to her own health problems, cannot go up as much as she wants so visits to Fred would be greatly welcomed."
Philip 'Blue' Lees posted a link on Facebook of the memorial service and said "You will enjoy this, it is only a small part of the ceremony. If you ever get a chance to attend please do. A very moving day and I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend a few years ago." Let us not forget our fellow submariners that died on Kursk.
Terry 'TJ' Rowell wrote "Like many of our vintage I have been to the Urologist and had the bloody troublesome thing removed totally, it was in a bad way and had to come out, (who needs it at our age anyway) reports so far post op are good but who knows better than you it is a matter of watch this space, on the more positive side I am saving heaps on the wife's headache pills as they are no longer required. In the meantime keep well old mate and thanks for your efforts in the Log, so many of us really appreciate them." I hope all goes well mate, you have joined a growing list of those that have prostate problems. Take care!
Rumour has it that Philip 'Blue' Lees is off to Burma (Myanmar) in September. I have had some good reports from a neighbour who has recently returned, hope that you enjoy it Blue.
Brian Mateer is on the move and wrote "We have found our new home in Wakerley (that's Wakerley Quinny there's no 'N' in it) on the Southside of the Brisbane River near Manly. We move into our home on the 3rd September, three weeks time on Wednesday. This time we stuck to the requirements list, unlike Gleneagles Rd, which didn't tick a single box. We don't have a pool, however, we have a spa in a Balinese setting. Upon first inspection I saw Kerri's face emotionally light up, so I knew this was it. It's about seven minutes from the North/South Brisbane Motorway so is reasonably accessible in going to see our grandchildren in Arana Hills and down on the Gold Coast and about 20 minutes from the airport. Still getting excited in my 50s."
Chas Bonnett is a brave man "We will be "off air" for the next few days, the computer is going in to be updated to Windows 8.1 and have a more powerful hard drive installed. I keep getting messages telling me that my system is "old and tired" - somewhat like its owner!!!! It will take me a few days to find my way around once I get it back." I hope that he does not get the Windows 10 upgrade, still issues with it and a huge learning curve!
Lloyd Blake sent this excerpt from from the 'Royal Navy Submarine Yearbook 2015': In 1970 HMS Auriga won the RN Submarine flotilla Gunnery Competition held off Bergen, Norway. She competed with HMS Andrew being the only other RN boat to still have a gun. The Norwegians provided a tug towing a large canvas target. The competition required that each boat would surface, fire four rounds and dive again; the winner being the boat scoring the most hits with least amount of time exposed on the surface.
Andrew went first. Surfaced 1000 yards from the target, fired four rounds scoring two hits. She dived and withdrew.
Auriga then made her approach, "Is there any rule about range Number One ?" the Captain said. "No ruling on range Sir" replied the XO.
Auriga closed to 400 yards, surfaced, fired four rounds for four hits and dived. Terrified the target Tug crew....... and really pissed off Andrew!
CMDR Sean 'Paddy' O'Dwyer is off on long service leave soon, then transferring to the reserves. Sean was the last CO of HMAS Onlsow and HMAS Otama. He served a term as the Operations Officer for CTF 58, developing plans across the broad range of missions for which the TF was responsible.
The 10 year old that wrote the essay on why he wants to be a Captain obviously met one or two that I served with to have such a wonderful insight into 'Those that must be obeyed'!
On the 13th August one of the world’s most advanced hunter-killer submarine put to sea for the first time - HMS Artful departed Barrow to begin her maiden trials in the Irish Sea. Once her sea trials are finished, the third of the Silent Service’s Astute-class boats to be completed, will join her older sisters Astute and Ambush in Faslane - she will be joined in the future by Audacious, Anson, Agamemnon and Ajax. Read more at this link.
Warning: I have been receiving requests from 'hackers' pretending to be people I know and requesting to be friends. The latest to report similar attempts is Noel Robinson who reports that he received a message supposedly from Rod Peters, as did others. "I was contacted by this person today pushing something called CDFA community development finance authority. suggesting I had win money and should contact the head guys Mark Davis to claim my prize. I asked this person to name the boats we had served on together, surprisingly no answer. Its a con account I have reported the account to FB."
The AE2 replica is finally underway, we have applied for a grant to refurbish the Museum's lighting system with LED including lighting HMAS Otway. Next year we will apply for another grant to use Solar Panels to virtually alleviate our power costs.
We are opening a new exhibition on Sunday 30th August at 1030, everyone is invited to come along to see the Navy in WW1 it will run through till early December."
The exhibition is the graphical history of the Navy in WWI which has been receiving good reviews from those that have seen it. It was put together by the Australian National MAritime Museum and coming to a town near you.
I was taken aback by the last paragraph in Rogers email "Normie when you get time could you send me your own Submarine history including the time over which you have put in doing Up Periscope with a couple of pics of you in the rig with one in ovaries if you have any?" First, my memory is shot and have no recollection; and two, he must have forgotten that I was a Chief Stoker so I doubt if any photos of me in overalls exist!!!
Gus Mellon asked "Can you please put me in touch with Gary 'Annie' Oakley, the POLTO. I tried the AWM but they tell me he is only working there casually at present. I am glad to hear that you will continue to host the Up Periscope website. Despite being an infrequent contributor, I read it nearly every week and I also read the 'back issues' when I have been incommunicado for a few weeks. Your contribution to keeping us all informed is well appreciated." Unfortunately Gary has not updated his contact information, if you're out there Annie, please contact me.
Michael Date wrote "As you are probably aware I am riding in the Black Dog Ride to Uluru in August. We are raising money to raise awareness of depression and suicide prevention. I am aiming to raise $20,000.
All the funds donated go to the Black Dog Ride which has so far donated more than 1.8 Million dollars for Mental Health Services. Mainly through Lifeline, Suicide Call Back Service, Lamp Inc, Mental Health First Aid Australia. This years Red Centre trip is focusing on Lifeline and Mental Health First Aid’s Youth MHFA program in Australian secondary schools.
Mental health affects everybody in every walk of life whether you are in a plane such as the German Wings incident where the pilot was said to have suffered from depression when he flew his plane into the mountain in France or you attend schools where kids commit suicide because they do not know how to cope and who to turn to.
None of the money raised goes to me or any of my costs associated with this trip it is all donated directly to the charity.
Ian Appleby is another SAA Member competing in the Sydney City to Surf this year. "I am dragging my sorry carcass around the course again this year and raising funds for Soldier On. Should be easier this year as I'm one kidney lighter. As a veteran, I understand the needs of the veterans community, and the very important role organisations like Soldier On play in supporting our veterans once they come home. In this Centenary of ANZAC, I ask you to support me and other veterans in returning to "normal" life." Donations can be made at this link.
Carol Wilson, NSW SAA Minutes Secretary is also competing and Carol's goal for this year is $1,000. she has not reached the target yet, do the right thing and donate today. She said "Any donation over $2 is tax deductible. Any amount is very much appreciated as it all counts to help the sick kids. As usual all money raised will go to the Oncology Department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead." Just follow this link, you know it makes sense.
The Four-Legged Submariner
This is the tale of "Nigger", the ratings dog. He was a black Labrador that followed one of the lads back aboard HMAS Penguin one night. The owners were contacted and they said we could keep him. He had an aversion for the Captain of Penguins dog and many were the times we were told he had to go, but he never did. Whenever there was a boat alongside he was always there for his tot and was even taken inboard to HMAS Platypus to have his ration if no boats were at Penguin.
This large black dog wandered into HMAS Penguin in Sydney, Australia, and was adopted by the Fourth Submarine Division He was christened "Nigger" and over the course of time became the mascot of the squadron. Nigger remained with the division and was cared for entirely by the ship’s company, including his Veterinary Surgeons fees an item never insignificant in his early fighting days and again latterly as he grew older. With unfailing regularity Nigger saw every submarine off to sea and again on return to harbour, boarded any transport with submarine ratings in it and kept HMAS Penguin clear of lesser dogs.
His early days were full of energy and vigour, he has been known on many occasions to leave Penguin at the same time as the bus to Neutral Bay, a distance of 7 miles from the depot, and, no matter how hard the bus driver tried, Nigger would always be on the jetty before the bus arrived. He took an active part in all sports. He was a good swimmer and a great footballer (as many a league referee found to his confusion). He would run after the ball and if by chance took hold of the lacing it was a long and hard chase that followed.
Putting small sharks in the swimming pool when the WRANS were about to do their swimming test, always seemed like a good lark at the time. Of course they would have been noticed long before those bathing beauties even dipped a toe in the pool. Nigger was fascinated with the sharks and wanted to jump in there with them but luckily was restrained by two sailors before he dived in; funny how they always blamed the submariners for those pranks. Parades were not one of the submariner’s favourite pastimes and fortunately they didn’t come around too often. But when they did watching the submariners march past was not a pretty thing even with Nigger tagging along behind us (much to the GI's annoyance.) Trouble also arose in that they played a march which had among the words "we’re a bunch of bastards" otherwise known as the “Dockyard Matey’s March” to which the lads sang as we marched along. Needless to say this all went down like a lead balloon with the skipper of Penguin.
Nigger meant a lot to the Fourth Submarine Division and he will be sadly missed, by all those in the Submarine Service and the Royal Australian Navy, who knew him. It is hoped that eventually he will be put in a place of honour in the Submarine Museum in HMS Dolphin as a lasting tribute to his faithfulness.
Footnote: I spent time at Penguin waiting to go to UK for submarine training and the statement "Despite the fact that Nigger loved salt water he hated the fresh variety with a vengeance and it would take some considerable effort by three or four stalwarts to drag him into the bathroom for a wash." raised a couple of questions in my mind:
- How did they manage to get three or four pommy submariners that understood the term 'wash' let alone practice the art?
- How did the find the bathroom?
And that's your lot for the week!!
Sunday, 9th August 2015
I seem to be having some success in the garden too. The lemon and lime trees that I planted this year, my third attempt, have started to sprout a lot of new growth. I am keeping fertiliser and water up to them and they seem to appreciate it. The grass is looking sad and I may replace parts of it in spring with roll on turf. Trouble is watering can be a problem, I am not on town water and am dependant on regular rainfall, not always the way out here.
I am off to Quambone on Tuesday, got a few jobs to do there, it seems that I have a problem with the water, a puddle has started to form in the front yard. I am on town water there and I suspect that the water is leaking from the mains. Probably a job for a plumber, but I will check it out. Last time I needed to carry out repairs I discovered the pipes to the house were only 9 inches or so under the ground, makes gardening difficult!
I submitted my resignation as the Submarines Association Australia web manager this week. I would have submitted this at the AGM, but as we did not have one this year and the next one is not till 2017, I thought the time was right now. Bob Trotter, the National President, is currently addressing communications with Branches and Members to ensure it meets the needs of all. It is important that the challenges of modern technology be considered and I believe that this is the ideal opportunity to hand the duties of web manager to someone that can look at the challenges ahead with a clear mind and appropriate skills. I have been doing the role for too long and this shows, the site is looking as old and shabby as I am and the technology is becoming too much to keep up with. I will continue in the role of caretaker until a decision on my replacement is found. If you have experience with web development and have an hours or so a week to spare why consider taking on this honorary role. If interested, or have any suggestions, please contact David Bryant, the National Secretary.
However, life goes on! What a lot of people do not understand is that the SAA web site (submarinesaustralia.com) is separate to the Up Periscope site which contains The Log. This is my site and it will continue into the future. I thought of calling it a day on this site too, but I believe it serves a useful purpose in bringing members of the submarine community together. This has been proven by the number of email I receive, so it will continue for the immediate future. One observation often made by some SAA Branches was that Up Periscope was often thought to be an 'official' SAA web site and raised concerns that content may have been thought to be 'approved' by the Association. Therefore Up periscope will no longer be seen to be an adjunct to the SAA site, but I will continue to promote the SAA when information is submitted by the National Executive or Branch Committees. I will be looking into how to improve the site and will soon conduct a survey to determine what visitors to the Up Periscope site want to see.
Changed to Windows 10 this week...... a big mistake! I normally wait till upgrades have been around for a while so that the bugs can be ironed out, I wish I had this time. I have had utilities disappear, losing email and other strange things happen. Think twice before accepting the free upgrade. And a warning, if you receive an offer by email to upgrade, ignore it as it is ransomware! This is not how Microsoft operates, the email asks for all of your details. If you receive an email offering a free upgrade to Windows 10, delete the email and do not open it or any attachments!!!!!
Old Bill came in for a beer and to get away from Jean, yes he was in the dog house again. When I asked why he said "Last week I was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife Jean, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off Bill asked what she'd like to have for her birthday. 'I'd like to be eight again', she replied, still looking in the mirror .
On the morning of her Birthday, Bill arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Puffs, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, the water slides..........
Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Jean's head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure!
Finally she wobbled home with Bill and collapsed into bed exhausted. Bill said I leaned over with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being eight again?
Jean's eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed as the penny dropped. 'I meant my dress size, you bloody idiot!!
Bill said, the moral of the story is; Even when a man is listening, he’s gonna get it wrong.
Not a lot of mail this week so an early day for me today, will tidy this up and then take Niggs to the river for a swim. Till next week, take care!
Around the Traps
I thought that Roger Hardwicke had gone quiet, now I understand. "At this time am laid up at home after having had left knee replaced. What had happened was that I dislocated the old one which wasn't fun. After the operation my doctor said my knee was in a terrible mess and there was a mass of black goo. This did worry me, but all is well, Denise is whipping me and I can walk without canes or sticks. PS: got thinking re the black goo and realised it must have been LG 280 needed to carry Chief Stokers and helping Chief Tiffs into their Bunk." In your dreams Hardwicke! We all know what you used the LG280 for!!!
In addition to the birthday party there was a guided tour of HMS Dolphin as we knew it - plenty of familiar places however Dolphin like many other naval establishments is being run down and turned over to commerce. e.g. Haslar Hospital has become a trendy village of expensive townhouses, former HMS Vernon is now a major shopping centre. Part of the tour took us to the SETT which looked familiar as we climbed into the 100' pressure chamber - later rode the lift to the top floor to find the water warm and bubbling along - training ascents are banned due to risk of liability/injury OHS et al ! Training is dry classroom stuff. Maybe they have a wet tank in Faslane where all the boats seem to be now.
Dolphin's role is to warehouse for military medical equipment. There are dozens of sea containers packed with medical /equipment at standby for immediate lift to battle fronts along with rows and rows of field ambulances which look like a huge Hummer wagon style vehicle fitted out with bunks and mobile hospital gear etc
If you have not visited downtown Gosport in recent times - High St is now a paved walk thru Mall. The RA and Dolphin III Pubs have been demolished. Close to the ferry jetty once stood the Arc Royal pub - now a coffee shop.
Many people made me aware of the illegal immigration big problem in UK. The refugees from the Mediterranean countries are mostly headed for UK via the tunnel. The tunnel has barbed wire fences etc which the refugees are attacking with chain saws purchased in Calais ! ..........Be grateful we live on an isolated island....."
Doug Bews is another currently spending the kids inheritance. He wrote "Now in Moscow traveling to Kazan for World Masters Swimming for 8 days then to St Petersburg for 5 days." Sounds good, he reports that the temperature was 26c, better than Bauple's 22.
Zeke Halley wrote from Canada. "I had an email from a bloke I was on Walrus with wishing me a Happy Tot Wake Day. I'd forgotten that the RN last tot was on 31st July 1970. When did the RAN do away with it, or do you still have it? Life still good in Canada. I'm 70 and working as a boiler inspector. I do a lot of fishing when I should be looking at boilers, so it's all good. I read Up Periscope constantly and get a kick out of it. Joke for you. A police woman in the southern US was on patrol in a rural area when she saw something strange going on in a field. She put her searchlight down on a guy humping a pumpkin and asked what he thought he was doing. He looked down and said, 'Oh, is it past midnight already'. And that's the only way you'll get away with humping a pumpkin." I served on HMS Onyx with Zeke about 100 years ago, he moved to Canada when he paid off.
Wikipedia: The United States Navy was the first to abolish the rum ration, removing it in 1862. While the Royal Australian Navy never issued the rum ration, their sailors were entitled to the rum ration when they were on Royal Navy ships. The Royal Canadian Navy abolished the rum ration in 1972. The last navy issuing the rum ration regularly, the Royal New Zealand Navy abolished the rum ration in 1990.
Geoff Anderson reminds Members that the NSW Branch of the Submarines Association Australia will be having their AGM next weekend, Sunday 16th August at 1100 to 1230. The venue is the Hunter Room at the Parramatta RSL. Note, this is a change of venue to that originally publish. The latest status of HMAS Platypus remediation will be tabled as well as the recent submission to the SHFT for a Memorial to lost submariners. Members and guests are invited to stay for Lunch afterwards. For details contact Branch Secretary Carol Wilson.
Apparently at McDonalds in the USA, Chicken McNuggets are not available at 1030. Watch this woman’s reaction when she is told that they are not available. How would you liked to be married to this sweetie…
A funeral procession pulled into a cemetery. Several carloads of family members followed a black truck towing a boat with a coffin in it. A passer-by remarked, "That guy must have been a very avid fisherman.” "Oh, he still is," remarked one of the mourners. As a matter of fact, he's headed off to the lake as soon as we bury his wife.”
Plans are underway for all Past and Present R.A.N. personnel to attend an ALL NAVY REUNION at Maroochydore in October 2016. You are asked to express your interest in attending the event which will be hosted by the Naval Association of Australia’s Maroochy Waters Sub Section. Events include a Meet and Greet, Remembrance Dinner, BBQ etc. For further information please contact Sue Meehan or Bill Hayward.
Dave Strangward is after a bit of advice. "I am hoping you or one of our members can help me with a request. I was asked what is the protocol for partners of deceased submariners wanting to wear their partner's dolphins. My initial thought was that it would be like wearing their medals, on the right hand side but I must admit I cannot recall a person wearing dolphins as well as their deceased partner’s medals. This person does not want to be disrespectful by wearing them if there is some rule against it (I cannot think of one but would like to check). Can you help?
John 'Smudge' Smithies will be in Melbourne from about the 10th till about the 17th August and said "If anyone wants to meet up give me a bell on 0414 692 320, staying with daughter in Preston."
While on the subject of Nirimba, Mick Hamilton posted on Facebook "Some photos of my time in 1st term (January to June 1969) of the 26th intake." It includes photos of a very young Ron Bateman."
HMS Alliance's 70th Anniversary
Veterans who served on board a submarine came from across the world to mark its 70th anniversary. Former crew members of HMS Alliance gathered to exchange stories, catch up and get a tour around the submarine which is now a museum. The event drew people from across the globe including Australia and Canada.
Australian Lloyd Blake also travelled to the UK for the reunion having trained on Alliance while an Australian submarine was being built in Scotland. He said: ‘It has been great seeing everyone and it is good to see Alliance again. ‘When I joined the submarine, there were four of us Australians training. Then when our submarine was complete, we sailed it home.’
The reunion was organised by Terry Fearnley, from Gosport. He decided to invite people to the town so they could see what HMS Alliance looks like as The Submarine Museum. He also said it was a good excuse to see old friends. Follow link for full story.
David Byrne wrote "The AGM of the Submarine Association Australia, Tasmania Branch, will be held on Sunday, 30 August at the TPI Headquarters at the North Hobart Oval Rooms on Argyle Street at 1100. The meeting, which will take approximately 60-90 minutes, will be followed by a BBQ lunch onboard Gary Hamer’s home, ex-HMAS CURLEW at Margate Marina. Full address and other details will be issued with the agenda in a couple of weeks. In the meantime could you please submit any agenda items to David Byrne by COB on Saturday, 15 August. I will also send out Proxy Voting Forms along with the agenda for those who will be unable to attend."
Frank 'Tug' Wilson asked "Wonder if you or any of your members can assist? On a recent visit to the UK for a reunion of HMS/M Resolution, a few people had a mobile phone ring tone that was a diving alarm, it is hilarious, the look on the faces of anyone standing close by when it goes off. Since my return to Australia I have tried without success to get it for my phone, I thought perhaps one of your many talented, knowledgeable, good looking, intelligent readers can explain to me in words that a simple ex forward stoker,if and where I can obtain one?" I have it in wav format, not sure if this works on phones.
Ray Kemp SAA National H&W Coordinator writes "Please see letters below regarding changes in Assets Test and Gold Card effective from 1/1/2017."
Graham 'Spider' Webb sent the following information; With the imminent changes to the Pension in early 2017 (not even one and a half years away) there is a scheme run by the Federal Government called the Pension Loans Scheme of which members are more than likely unaware. I say that because when I inquired recently with Centrelink the person I spoke to told me he hadn't spoken to anyone about it for more than 6 months.
After leaving the mob I spent 32 years in the finance and insurance industry and up until 3 or 4 years ago I had not heard of this loan scheme either. I guess that is not surprising as I discovered that the Hawke government created this Pension Loans Scheme in 1985 and by 2011 there was only 710 loans on the books !
But also I have never heard a financial planner explain this to their clients - and for good reason - there is nothing in it for them.
Even though the new pension rules have not been legislated as of yet, there will be some areas of concern depending on a persons financial position. The Centrelink FISO I spoke to last week told me the government are still 'tinkering' with people receiving defined benefit pensions and no final decision has been made on the way they will be income tested for pension benefits.
How it works
The PLS allows people to top up a part pension to the full rate or, for those not eligible for any pension, receive fortnightly payments equivalent to the full rate. It is open to people of pension age (or their partners) who have equity in Australian real estate that they can use as security for the loan. To be eligible the person or their partner must receive no pension or a reduced rate of pension due to the income or assets test (but not both). It is not available to those receiving the full rate of pension. Compound interest is charged on the loan and it is normally repaid if the home is sold or from the person’s estate after their death.
Follow this link for full details on the Pension Loans Scheme
We have worked together over these many years to do what we could for the AE1: to find her, to commemorate her crew and to support the Descendant Families but AE1 Incorporated in now wound up. As Ian Roberts has kindly reported, the company is now wound up at both at the State level for the company itself (NSW) and at the federal level recognition of it because it operated across many State boundaries.
I would like to congratulate you all on the effort. One part of the team or another has mounted searches for AE1, held commemoration ceremonies with the big ones being in 2014 on the centenary of her loss, established plaques in various parts of Australia, in PNG and in the UK and done our best to support and extend sympathy to the descendant families of those lost in her. I set out pretty full details of what you have all achieved in my President’s Report to the 2015 AGM in April, which Report I attach in case you want to read it over again. I think we have done pretty well and achieved many goals with the only one not achieved being the actual finding of the boat.
However, the search does go on and Find AE1 Ltd, under Peter Briggs, Terry Roach, Ken Greig etc are active in conducting searches. They had one in January of this year and Peter and the team are currently preparing for IX Survey company and others to conduct another search in the coming month or so but with the equipment to search thoroughly down past 200 metres and with 2 ROVs to look closely at any likely contacts. Peter will accompany the search himself and will report on it afterwards. Although the Navy Minesweeper, ‘Yarra’, did a search to about 200 metres without finding her this next search will either find her or definitively establish that AE1 is not in that depth range. THEN we will know we have to search with equipment for deep water in the steep fall off from the Duke of York Island areas between New Britain and New Ireland down to 2-3,000 metres. If only we had a fraction of the effort devoted to AE1 that is being spent on the Malaysian plane lost in the Indian ocean we would very likely have found AE1 by now. The web site for Find AE1 Ltd is being finalised and will be up and active within the new week or two and will carry details of the searches, so check it out when it goes live (http://ibastille.com/AE1/).
And so to conclude, thank you all for a splendid effort over these years and well done for your many successes in so many parts of the world. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that Find AE1 Ltd will find AE1 soon and then we can bring to a close this final mystery about the resting place of our first naval loss. All the best and it has been a great pleasure to me to work with you and I wish you all the best for the future.
Dr Michael White QC,
Former President of the former AE1 Inc.
- A huge, clear, heated pool - 50m long, 1.8m deep and wide enough for even the biggest submarines to turn & dive with ease
- Lots of poolside shelter for both equipment and elevated running
- A lovely ocean-side location on the NSW Central Coast
- Make sure you have a look at our 2013 and 2011 photo galleries of some of the many submarines that enjoyed this great location
Sunday, 2nd August 2015
Been a great week, early spring and weather has been really good, although we have had a couple of chilly mornings. A bonus has been all the new growth on my citrus trees, a first. This is my third attempt and with luck I may have some limes for my Gin next year. Unfortunately my block is quite shaded and they only get the morning sun.
My new John Deere ride on mower packed it in this week, only has 30 hours on the clock. Fortunately it is still under warranty but I have to take it to the nearest JD agent which is in Gympie.
I bought a new generator and I am having it connected to the house, that way I can watchkeep on it during the blackouts. Not sure if it is a good move though, they have put a lot of work into the network around here and it is supposedly more reliable. However, 6 day blackouts will be a thing of the past, one way or the other.
So much for the DFRDB rise last month, received notice last week that, as a result of the rise, my service pension was being decreased. You can never get ahead.
Old Bill gave me this item he pinched out of one of Jean's books and said "How things have changed, I remember the old days with such fond memories" Maybe the 'old days' weren't so bad after all?
After his exam the doctor asked the old Bill: "You appear to be in good health. Do you have any medical concerns you would like to ask me about?"
"In fact, I do," said old Bill. "After I have sex with Jean, I am usually cold and chilly, and then, after I have sex with her the second time, I am usually hot and sweaty."
Later, after examining the Bill's elderly wife Jean, the doctor said: "Everything appears To be fine. Do you have any medical concerns that you would like to discuss with me?" She replied that she had no questions or concerns.
The doctor then said to Jean: "Bill had an unusual concern. He claims that he is usually cold and chilly after having sex with you the first time, and then hot and sweaty after the second time. Do you know why?"
"Oh that crazy old fart," Jean replied. "That's because the first time is usually in January and the second time is in August."
And that's your lot for the week, keep writing.......
Around the Traps
Greg continued "I am going deep for a few days so that the Urologist can have another go at the plumbing. Will receive skeds in due course. Had a funny incident the other night, an ex Mobie come electrical Commander trying to blow a Bosuns call to gain the attention of the boys at practice for the Australian Welsh Male Choir, sounded like a dying duck. I gave him heaps. The big question, RUOK - I still have concern for you all."
After completing his training at HMS Dolphin Greg served on HMS Opportune and HMS Alderney and on his return to Australia served on HMAS Oxley, HMAS Otway, HMAS Ovens, and HMAS Onslow. He paid off in 1982 as a CPOUCSM.
Fred Butcher wrote "I Hope you are keeping well and enjoying a mild winter as we are freezing our A*$# off in South Australia at present." Retire mate and move to God's country, a beautiful 25 forecast for today!
Ian Spencer has taken me up on my free offer to promote business's of submariners and it will be included in Up Periscope soon. Ian wrote "I saw in "The Log" that you will promote a business. My Bernie has a business providing counselling services and lifeskills training, she works from home and is trying to get as many promotional kick alongs as possible. I will get her to send you an email with her details." Do you have a business that you want promoted, 'Free' then contact me.
I received a call from a mate this morning, his Thai wife just died from prostate cancer! My thoughts go out to him at this sad time.
The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were being released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.
Follow this link to see some amazing photography of Sydney skyline brimming with colours during this years Vivid festival. Australian photographer Nate Smith hired a chopper to capture the images from 2100 ft above Sydney
Stunning images capture Sydney as it is transformed into an amazing canvas of light. The annual outdoor lighting festival ran from May 22 to 8 June this year. I am putting next years event in my calendar.
George Chapman wrote "Thanks for the mention in the Log – much appreciated. Can’t believe I was the only one who named Ziggy Hobson as the garden gnome last month!" Actually I received several others, but george was the first.
Stephen 'Slinga' Wood had surgery last week to remove a lesion in his liver. Word is that he is doing really well.. He is at St John of God, Murdoch Hospital. Get well soon mate, we are all thinking of you.
Stop snorting! Captain to the control room! Blow one, etc. main ballasts! The snort mast ball was wandering a bit around its polar axis. Us important lot made it to the bridge in record time. No question...we had a worry. Engineer officer to the bridge please. He duly arrived and stared at this abomination with his customary malevolence for anything outside the upper lid. The outside ERA was voice piped with the news that the snort ball appeared to be hanging from only one bolt. The usual hiatus in matters submarine. From the outside ERA. Don't muck him about. Which fucking bolt?"
Tim added "Us on Oracle had a worry with the delivery performance of our ballast pump. We muddled about on the surface to give that mob back their generous time to sort it out. The following exchange followed:
Engineroom: Bridge; it's all sorted out and fixed.
Bridge: Thanks engines. What was the problem?
Engineroom: Two thick sloodges
Engineroom: Aye. Woon in poomp an tuther tryin' to fooking roon it."
Note: After completing his submarine training at HMS Dolphin Tim served on HMS Oracle, Alderny and Astute and was commissioning XO of HMAS Onslow. (Note: This Log originally had Tim as commissioning CO, it was a typo, sorry.)
Colin MacDonald (ex Platypus doctor) wrote "Would you be kind enough to forward this photo to the editor of “Up Periscope” in defence of Jim Moon. From one of our social gatherings of ex- submariners in Ballina, 13 June 2105 at Rod Fayle’s home. Also present Taxi McLennan, Squizzie Taylor, General Grant, Fingers Fielding, Doc Macdonald (photographer) and guest member Darcy Hassett (ex commando – been in and out of more subs than many submariners.)" Colin, thank you for the photos. I have two questions, are you starting your own submarine squadron and did you check your silverware after they left!. (Click to enlarge images)
Cec Gretton leaves for Scotland on Monday 17th for a month and he will be kept warm by his new Australian Submarines Rugby Jumper and Flying Jacket. Enjoy the trip Cec!
A new Kursk submarine documentary is available on YouTube, interesting if you have 47 minutes to spare. It includes clips from life onboard, I was glad to see that Russian submariners also had access to female attire at sea. Interesting section on recovery of wreck.
Sea Wolves' by Tim Clayton
Scarpa Broomfield Just finished a library book called 'Sea Wolves' by Tim Clayton - all about the RN subs in WWII, mainly operating in the Med. What a great book and full of interest throughout. Of particular interest was a chapter on our late great President Gordon Shelby. I think that it was headed 'Selby's Curse'. My word I would have thought that having Gordon serving on a submarine would make all the crew very nervous. Apparently most of his submarines were lost with all hands once he posted off! In the book was photo of Gordon with some crew members. (I have sent the book's publisher several emails asking to use the photo on the website but they never responded to any of them so I have attached it). There is an excellent obituary of Gordon at the UK Daily Telegraph website (type Gordon Selby in the search engine and pick from there). Also there is another article called 'Gordon Selby: The Luckiest Survivor of WW2' - also interesting with a photograph of Gordon as a CPO Coxn.
Interestingly Oxley and Otway were also mentioned, but rather unflattering. Along with HMS Oberon 'they proved too slow, unstable and electronically unreliable and were relegated to the training role'. I have always been under the impression that Oxley was sunk by RAF Coastal Command after failing to give the correct signal of the day, however the book gives a very detailed account on how she was sunk on the surface by HMS Triton. Apparently Triton was also on the surface and knew that Oxley was in the area and the signaller flashed a challenge that Oxley failed to acknowledge, Triton also sent up ID flares that also were not answered. So Tritons skipper determined that the sub was hostile and fired torpedoes. Triton went to the scene and rescued the lookout and the skipper LCDR Bowerman.
Apparently the report from LCDR Bowerman was that they saw the flares (grenades) and tried to respond with their own that failed to ignite and they were in the process of getting another when the torpedoes hit. Interestingly the grenades were 1917 vintage and were known as unreliable. The Admiralty hushed up the sinking to prevent public outcry, however I do have the article from the Daily Express dated 09 Nov 1939 that lists the names of the crew but it did not detail the event although it stated that the loss was 'several weeks earlier'. Interestingly the article did not report any survivors.
I commend the book to all SAA members. (Click image to enlarge)
when returning down the conning tower after completing his task. All on board often wondered how much of the gin ever touched the periscope windows."What job did you think was best onboard?
Ian Roberts, ex Hon Secretary of AE1 Inc reports that it is finally no more. NSW Fair Trading issued their Notice in the NSW Government Gazette on 19/06/2015 and finally the ACNC revoked the registration of AE1 Inc by Email this morning to take effect from from the 29th May 2015.
Wally Whitfield had a short visit from Alex and Larell Payton this week. He said "They were on the way to Bathurst, it was great to catch up with them."
Sandy 'Hi Rob' Freeleagus wrote "About Next of Kin Numbers, I believe I was No.257. Brian Coultas told me this when Otway went Subsmash when we wandered off during an exercise. Said that he had just finished preparing the Telegram to Rob when we were 'found'. Also my Senior Sailors' Mess Badge Number was 69. I was on Otway in the first refit and up at CoDock, but enjoying a dinnertime sess in PLATS when I was approached by Commander 'Big White Father' Dalrymple. He asked me if I had 'the number' to which I replied that I did indeed have No.69. He then told me that he wanted it. I told him that I'd swap it for his SSM Badge Number 1. He said that he wanted both of them and stared at me. I said that the only way he could get my badge was to request it on a signal. He told me that he would send a signal that afternoon. I told him that by this afternoon I'd have lost it. He called me a rude name and walked away.
"That Badge sits bolted to my memorabilia shelf (right next to the plaque "HMAS Shropshire No.125 Stbd Torpedo Tubes". (It fell into my tool box when I was working on the instructional tubes at Watson) and the tally plate "D.B.C6B/1-1 Oxygen Genr. Stn.105 Port". (ex-Otway).
Also, if anyone is having trouble getting into their foot locker, see me as I have two keys here as well.
"Got a full set of electrical planned maintenance schedules and a book on changing a main generator armature and an insulated battery spanner. The only thing I probably haven't got is a full set of tools as I think my tool box was the stand-by ready use locker aft of 77 bulkhead.
I am worried though as it is looking like I'm running out of submarine gash bags - and it's only been 34 years since I paid off. Just as well that I took a couple. NIRIMBA trained me well." I always wondered where all the gear out of the ERUS went, always thought it was Diesel Dann or Tom Johnston, now I know!
Submarine Association News
Alan Cooper is going, to organize an event during VETERANS HEALTH WEEK on October 10th. This will be held at Sandhurst Health Club, followed by lunch in the dining area. The staff at the Centre have a programme to suit our general age group and (lack of) fitness.
As our last event was held in 2012, quite a few of those people, will be unable to attend this time, so Allan will have to recalculate numbers for reasons of catering and to submit to DVA for funding. Alan has intentionally made this on a Saturday as all our events are normally held on Sunday, and Saturday may appeal to some people for whatever reason. I hope we can all get together to do something different.
All members, their family and friends are all entitled to attend, and the more the merrier. To lodge your interest please contact Alan direct by phone on 03 8317 4552 or email him.
Don't forget that we be commemorating VP day at the ESU on the 16th August, bring a friend.
0450 642 835
Bruce has done a fantastic job in designing a polo shirt, but they are concept, until they can get minimum numbers. They pay homage to our predecessors in AE2 and will retail for $65 which includes postage and handling. They are individually numbered 1-100. Interested parties should contact our Treasurer, Bruce Dunster by email.
Our last meeting of the year will be held over the long weekend 2-5 October at Airlie Beach. The meeting will be on the afternoon of the 3rd followed by dinner and drinks. The venue will be advised as soon as confirmed. There will be a function arranged for the partners on the Sunday.
Today we had our first executive committee meeting since the 2015 AGM and I will leave it up to Paul Gapes to send out further information on other outcomes however due to new work commitments I have had to relocate to the ACT for a rather long term period and as such in the best interests of the association I have decided to raise the following motion at today's meeting:
"As I am now residing in ACT due to work commitments, my ability to represent SAA QLD Inc at local events and attendance as chairperson at meetings is restricted. Therefore I propose that Derek O'Donnell - VP and myself exchange positions for the best interests of the Association and ensure the smooth running of the Association."
I intend on maintaining an active role with the SAA and will continue to do so and represent the Queensland Branch as Vice President for the foreseeable future until the next AGM.
It has been a pleasure to be acting as your State President over the past 12 months and I thank you all very much for your support.
I just want to remind everyone how important it is to do the following:
- If you have the ASM with Special Ops and haven’t applied to have your Qualifying Service to be recognised then you need to submit DVA form D0506.
- Serving personnel ensure you fill out the injury form ASAP if you are injured.
- Before paying off get a copy of all Medical records, Ex serving members get a copy of you Medical records ASAP.
- Do not under any circumstances attempt to do your own DVA claim. You must ensure that you have a diagnose for each illness of injury and it meets a factor in the SOP’s (see rma.gov.au for the SOP). It is no good putting on your claim "my knees hurt when climbing stairs". DVA love people that do their own claims, you normally fail. If in an area where there are no Submariner P&W officers then try the VAA, VVF, NAA or RSL.
SAA National Welfare Coordinator
Wearing of Medals
I often get requests asking for information on wearing of Awards and Medals and the "It's an Honour" website contains the official guidance on their wearing. Visit the website for details.
In October last year many of you will have received an email advising you that the SAA 2014-2015 Annual Subscriptions were due by 1st December. Despite the good news that the cost of membership has once again been held to $10 per annum, the price of two cups of coffee, some have yet to pay their 2015 subs.
Unfortunately, over the past few years we have had a lot of Members not renew their membership. This can happen for many reasons, the main ones being forgetfulness or a change of your contact details not passed on to the Secretary. If you fall into this category and are not aware of your status and want to check, follow this link. The good news is that, in most cases, an amnesty is available for overdue subscriptions and you can renew your membership by paying back fees and current subscription - no need to pay the joining fee again.
Despite being sunk and lost in the Sea of Marmara in Turkey 100 years ago, the pioneering RAN submarine AE2 may yet outlive us all. The 700-ton World War I submarine is famous for being the first to breach the once impregnable Turkish defences during the Gallipoli campaign. Before any troops landed in the disastrous dawn campaign on April 25, 1915, the AE2 had already begun to glide beneath dark waters of the heavily guarded Dardanelles Strait at 2.30am. After navigating The Narrows and later torpedoing a Turkish gunboat, the hunted AE2 was finally scuttled by its Aussie captain, Henry Stoker, a cousin of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.
To achieve the almost impossible task of stealthily getting to that location and avoiding the guns of the enemy forts above, the intrepid submariners tackled treacherous cross currents, then slowly threaded their way blindly through Turkish minefields. Many considered it a costly diversion, a suicide mission even. AE2 Petty Officer Harry Kinder later described it this way: "In terror I counted 18 sets of scraping, menacing mine cables [along the hull] as I crouched in the darkness of the submarine."
"The AE2 is still there untouched, 73 metres down. It was only found about a year ago," Kevin Sumption, the director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, said on a recent visit to Newcastle.
"It's in the perfect marine environment on the bottom. There's a layer of salt above and it's in a dense freshwater band. Despite corrosion, it's in excellent condition. "We know flags and wooden items inside are still preserved to this day because a ROV [remote operating underwater vehicle] has been down there. We still have to be careful around it though as it still has an unexploded torpedo on board. "Being preserved on site, 10 tonnes of zinc anodes are now being used to stop the corrosion and actually reverse it, so in 10 years time the metal might be stronger than it is today".
"But to finish this science experiment and see if it is a success, we'll have to wait 10 years." "Here's hoping it is, as Australia has taken over custodianship of the AE2 submarine, a project of the Silent Anzac Foundation. We at the Maritime Museum see the centenary of World War I in 1915 as a unique opportunity to commemorate the significant role of the navy on the front line.
"The land war at Gallipoli tends to overshadow the achievements of our Australian Navy in World War I. It tends to get very little public mention, which we're now trying to remedy." To help achieve this, the Maritime Museum's free travelling exhibition War at Sea: Australian Navy in World War I is being held at Newcastle Museum at Honeysuckle until August 16. "It's a four-year commemoration. After opening in Sydney, Newcastle is the first cab off the rank to view the exhibit," Sumption said.
Featuring many rare World War I artefacts ranging from uniforms, POW items, to documents and even short films, the display highlights the personal stories of those who sailed aboard Australia's first warships during that war. Details of the Exhibition at this link.
Newcastle Maritime Museum Society 23 May - 16 August 2015
Museum of the Riverina 29 August - 11 November 2015
Western Australian Museum - Geraldton
Frozen Carburetor Incident: In the fun world of the administration of justice, not all the laughs are in the courtroom. Indeed, giggles and guffaws can erupt at almost any time or place. For example, on a bitterly cold day a few weeks ago in Central Tasmania where the temperature reached minus 12.1 degrees Celsius, a constable on patrol came across a motorcyclist, who was swathed in protective clothing and helmet, stalled by the roadside.
"What's the matter?" asked the Policeman.
"Carburetor's frozen," was the terse reply.
"Piss on it. That'll thaw it out."
"I can't." said the biker.
"OK, watch me closely and I'll show you." The constable promptly warmed the carburetor as promised. The bike started and the rider drove off, waving.
A few days later, the police station received a note of thanks from the father of the motorbike rider. It began: "On behalf of my daughter Jill....."
This video clip gained 3rd place at the recent, "Tropfest", short film festival. Made by a Sapper in memory of those serving or have served.
I am sure all; especially Sappers, will appreciate this young man’s efforts. A well put together video clip for those who have served their country in war and peace!
The Rugby Jumpers and Flying Jackets ordered recently have arrived, although a few that were out of stock will arrive this week. If you ordered a Rugby Jumper or Flying Jacket they were posted last week and if you haven't received yours it should arrive this week. Feedback has been great, the embroidery is excellent.
I have a few left over so if you are interested you can order at the Slops Van now.
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