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Old 14th December 2011, 00:18
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Sir Winston Churchill

Looking to find some evidence that I was on her in 1966 - does anyone know where I should start looking.
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Old 14th December 2011, 10:45
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Do you mean the Trinity House vessel, based at Cowes Depot at that time? Had a few hours on her myself when she did the lighthouse and lightship reliefs in the area. I think there are a few ex Trinity people on the site who may be able to help if that's what you're after.

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Old 14th December 2011, 11:24
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OTOH, if you mean the training schooner operated by the Sail Training Association, STA, which became the Tall Ships Youth Trust, TSYT, then your first point of contact would be:

Tall Ships Youth Trust
2A The Hard
Portsmouth
Hants, PO1 3PT
Tel. 023 9283 2055
Email. info@tallships.org

She would have been brand new in '66, perhaps not quite in operation - anyway, last sailed for the STA around the turn of the century before being sold.
I believe she was refitted as a cruise vessel for 12 passengers and now charters under the Greek flag for about €7000 per day.
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Old 14th December 2011, 11:36
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Yes thats the one. Sailed from Portsmouth to Dartmouth and then to Chatham. Its a long time ago so the memories are a bit hazy but I remember banging along round Dungeness under sail with the engines going, heeling over with the gunwhales awash with snow accumulating all the way along the mizzen boom. Cold but fun - my first experience of the sea - magic!! I'll try the address you quoted and see where I get. Many thanks for the information.
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Old 30th December 2011, 10:43
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Got the info ! The Tall Ships Youth Trust came up with the voyage report for the time I was on her - voyage No 2. I'd forgotten most of it - strange how the memory is so selective, I've attached the voyage report for those it may interest.
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Old 1st January 2012, 21:54
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I remember seeing her being built at Hessle. Dunstons I believe. Then when I was at sea heard on the VHF one time up in Scotland we was at standby near Leith
on the UTC Euroman first trip sparkie.

all the best
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Old 1st January 2012, 22:14
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She fell over while they were building her, fortunately the men were having a break when it happened. I worked at Dunstons for a short while.
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Old 2nd January 2012, 13:41
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I was on the tug 'Workman' we escorted her for sea trials and to render assistance if need be, thankfully all went well. We had photographers on board, I have some photos somewhere, I'll dig them out if I can find them.
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Old 2nd January 2012, 16:40
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I remember her falling over while being built,Industrial and Maritime Riggers put her back on a even keel.
I worked for that firm but i was not involved.
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I was a 16 y-o at the Boulevard Nautical School, a group of about 20 lads from the school were selected to warp her round Dunstan’s yard at Hessle in readiness to “sail” to KG Dock I think (May be it was to be Alex Dk).
A week before this great event she toppled over and snapped her masts so obviously we were stood down, I went to sea about a month later in the January of 1966 so actually missed out in the shift whenever that actually took place.
Saw her a few times while she was in service with the Youth Trust and more recently I have been working with one of the Trusts “voluntary navigators” he can tell some fascinating tales the young crew members, virtually kids, form all sorts of backgrounds.
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