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Brocklebank's Maidan (II)

Brocklebank's Maidan (II)

Maidan II was built for Thos.& Jno. Brocklebank in 1925 by Charles Connell & Co. of Glasgow as a steam turbine vessel driving through a single propeller. She cost £167,600 and was the first of a class of 5 ships, the other four being Mahronda II, Mahseer I, Mahout I and Matra II.

On 28 October 1940

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On a cold November's evening with the convoy under weigh
Stood gallant Capt Fegan on the bridge of the Jervis Bay.
Just an old fashioned Merchant Cruiser
With some ancient 6 inch guns but she fought a pocket battle ship.
(Sorry I've forgotten the rest, but I remember a shipmate singing this in his cups, he was in the convoy on the Rangitiki. The final verse went as far as can remember , " On board The Mighty Sheer flew the ensign at the dip. To the crew and the Commander of a gallant British Ship.
What more can I say
 

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