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CRANFIELD



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The Royal Navy fleet tanker TIDEPOOL, built at Hebburn in 1961/3, was photographed passing Hoek van Holland inbound for Rotterdam on 9th July 1970.

Later: 1982 ALMIRANTE JORGE MONTT (Chile)
· Date: Thu, 1 August 19 · Views: 368
· Filesize: 32.0kb, 330.8kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 616 ·
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Keywords: TIDEPOOL
Location photo was taken: Hoek van Holland
Date photo was taken: 9.7.70
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dab
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Thu, 1 August 19 14:19

My first and last ship whilst in the RFA. I stood by her build at Hawthorne Leslie in 1963 and sailed on her for 18 months. In 1970 after being made T/A senior leckie to bring Resource back from Malta I reverted back to first leckie to join Tidepool for this trip to Rotterdam. I left the outfit after arriving back to the UK. Also did a spell on her mid 60s when we in the Gulf of Tonkin refuelling the US carrier Coral Sea. This was not spoken about at the time.
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CRANFIELD
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Fri, 2 August 19 03:22

While serving on board Resource do you recall medical officer George Wilson?
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Les Gibson
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Fri, 2 August 19 10:16

Dab
What's a T/A senior leckie?
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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Fri, 2 August 19 11:29

Temporary Acting.

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REGARDS.TONY. (OLD STRAWBS.)(DISCHARGE BOOK No R691311) CAREER (1956-1958) T S ARETHUSA(215, QDST, 21 MESS)/ (1958-1963)/ RFA/ (1964-1965) AUWE / (1965/1973) SHORESIDE/ (1973-1995)PAS/RMAS (PORTLAND NAVAL BASE)/ (1996-2002) RFA/ (2002-2005) HMP WEARE.
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Les Gibson
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Fri, 2 August 19 11:41

Thank you O.S.
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dab
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Fri, 2 August 19 13:43

Sorry Cranfield do not recall name. A photo might help. I joined Resource fitting out at Scotts in 1967 and did 18 months on her before rejoining in Malta November 1970.
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FG86
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Sat, 3 August 19 15:01

I would be interested on views of ex Tide boat crew, as to which was the most popular / reliable, Tidespring or Tidepool?
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dab
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Sun, 4 August 19 02:56

Having sailed on both I can honestly say there was nothing between them. Tidepool was my favourite simply because she was my first ship. I left when they were 7/8 years old. Tidepool went on to have an extended life with the Chilean navy after the Falklands war.
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FG86
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Sun, 4 August 19 17:04

Thanks Dab. I briefly worked with Tidespring in the mid 80's, she was our support tanker 'up north' in those lovely cold war sub hunts. She was a tired lady by then, huge rust patches and holes in the deck, however she was a firm favourite with the detached flight (814 squadron) preferred even to the popular 'O' boats.
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dab
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Mon, 5 August 19 03:25

Flight crews loved the RFAs because of the accommodation. Each had their own cabin. I think the more relaxed atmosphere also went a long way to their enjoyment.
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