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HMS Worcester with Calypso behind
HMS Worcester with Calypso behind

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passing Gravesend on the River Thames circa 1978.
· Date: Sun, 1 August 10 · Views: 536
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wazim

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Registered: January 2008
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Sun, 1 August 10 15:25

Anychance its HMS Worcester?

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stan mayes
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Sun, 1 August 10 15:30

HMS Worcester passing Tilbury and being towed from Greenhithe to Belgium
to ship breakers....a sad sight of a well known ship...
Stan
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barrypriddis

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Sun, 1 August 10 16:55

3 years of my life on her. Set me up for my subsequent career at sea, nautical education and HMCG. I have a lot to be thankful for.

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waiwera
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Mon, 2 August 10 03:45

Surely that cannot be the former SSA Southern Cross passing the Worcester?
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KYRENIA
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Mon, 2 August 10 04:29

Think it is the CALYPSO ex SOUTHERN CROSS on the Tilbury Landing Stage.
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gingerbeer73

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Mon, 2 August 10 04:56

What a great picture. HMS Worcester on her last voyage - not that she had many I suppose.
Thanks for posting it.
Can I use it on my Worcester Web site with a link to here ?
Cheers
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Thamesphil

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Mon, 2 August 10 08:52

Definitely CALYPSO ex SOUTHERN CROSS on Tilbury Landing Stage with MIKHAIL KALININ astern. Wondering if it was taken around the same time as this http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/....php?lid=32363, in which case I somehow missed the WORCESTER being towed downstream on her final voyage.
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John Rogers

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Mon, 2 August 10 09:11

When in service how many guns did she carry.

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barrypriddis

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Mon, 2 August 10 11:26

If memory serves me right, Worcester was built as the Exmouth and was a fleet support vessel, thus never had any guns. No doubt, those wiser and with better memories than me will provide the full facts.

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Enri
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Mon, 2 August 10 11:43

I always thought she was built as a school, and that the previous Worcester was ex naval.
I did my pre sea and phase 1 ONC on her in the early seventies, and remember trying to play snooker on one of the many snooker tables she had. As ships passed all the balls would roll around, made it very interesting! There was even a cadet who went boating in one of the tin lockers they supplied for ones gear (didn't get very far before it sank and he had to be pulled out of the water). But the main thing was waking up in a mist filled sleeping area, when the fog came into the ship through the lower decks and filled it.
The Captain (ex headmaster was a Capt Argles), I don't think he really understood the difference between the first trip cadets who had been to sea and then came back for the phase 1 and the school kids he used to teach. As a school the students had a tradition of walking around the mast, which was very quickly lost.
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Stumps
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Mon, 2 August 10 11:58

Amazing . Any opther nation would probably have preserved her as a museum ship or something , but, no, not here. Off to the 'knackers yard' and be quick about it. Maritime Nation ? Oh yeah.
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barrypriddis

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Mon, 2 August 10 13:08

Enri, I think you will find that most people who were on Worcester as pre-sea will resent being referred to as school kids. The tradition - because that is what it was - of walking around the upper deck during evening rounds was known as "slewing". We forget history and our past at our peril. Anochronistic though it may seem, slewing achieved the purpose of clearing the lower decks for rounds and also encouraged social intercourse. Nothing wrong with that.

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Kinnie
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Mon, 2 August 10 13:09

"At over 300' long, the 'Exmouth' - which became the third and last 'Worcester' - was an unusual vessel,
since she was built in 1904 of steel and iron especially for nautical training and had many improvements
over the converted hulks previously used."
Full story here - http://www.hms-worcester.co.uk/history.pdf
Not such an historical treasure as she looked.
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gingerbeer73

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Tue, 3 August 10 05:00

If anyone would like a look at a couple of sites about the Worcester please do. Firstly my site contributed to by many ex Worcesters.
http://www.hands-on-illustrations.co.uk/mn/ Now changed to http://www.hms-worcester.me.uk/
and
http://www.hms-worcester.co.uk/
Cheers
Colin
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Stevo

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Tue, 3 August 10 06:20

Why was she built to an obsolete design, as beautiful as it looked surely a more modern design such as a pre Dreadnaught or a HMS Warrior look was in order?
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