Took a while to reach this section of gallery. If that cable from the port bow fairlead is to shore, the rating stood by the jack-staff is either waiting to take the Jack down when cable is released, or has just put the Jack up when cable was secured ashore. Standard "Grey Funnel" practice.
Named after Thomas Masterman Hardy - the bloke whom Nelson either asked for a kiss from but more likely said Kismet Hardy.
Designed as a super cheap and smaller ship than the Whitby class (type12) the type 14 Blackwoods were a ASW frigate, initial hull problems wre overcome by strengthening they proved their worth in their ASW role and in fishery protection.
L 310' B 35' draft 15'06" disp 1,530 tons full load
machinery : Single screw driven by geared steam turbines, two Babcock & Wilcox boilers 15,000 SHP 25 knots
Armament : Initially three but reduced to two 40mm C60 Mk Bofors, Two Mk10 Limbo 3-barreled ASW mortars
Hardy was built by Yarrows, Launched on the 25th November 1953, and commissioned two years later on the 27th November.
Iin 1971 she became a harbour training ship and was sunk off Gib as a target in July 1983
There is an excellent website on these grand little ships HERE
When she was in the 2nd Frigate Squadron there was a rumour going around the rest of the Squadron that she had a condemned hull and was not allowed to do more that 18 knots. As would be expected this was strongly denied by those who sailed in her!
The subject of this post is actually the ANITA LAMEY (144212),188grt a very interesting tug. Owned by J. H. Lamey Ltd, Liverpool she started her career as the Steele & Bennie Ltd, Glasgow coal burning steam tug THUNDERER, 172grt built by Bow, MacLachlan & Co Ltd, Paisley in 1920 and fitted with the builders own triple of 1000ihp. In 1953 she was purchased by Lamey and continued as a steam tug until 1961 when she was re-engined with 6-cyl Crossley, her funnel shortened, boiler room ventilators removed and other modifications carried out. It is in this guise that she is attending HMS HARDY.
Continuing to ignore the tug (which I'm sure is a fine example of its type)...... AncientBrit. The status of the line is irrelevant, when dressed ship, the Jack remains hoisted when underway in harbour.