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Fort Grange - 1984

Fort Grange - 1984

Fort Grange at either South Georgia or the Falklands in 1984.

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Was on her then. Enjoyable trip. Pretty sure it`ll be the Falklands, probably Pt Stanley way. In South Georgia i dont think we secured to a buoy or had vessels alongside. Thanks for bringing back some memories Ranger
 

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Good Morning Old Grangers
I remember this period rather well. There was a Class 1 mooring at San Carlos Water - very badly needed for SMP's etc and another in South Georgia - Leith Harbour I think as you say, Pat. I am fairly certain there was not one at Port William, and I remember some anxious periods at anchor. We used to put the second underfoot to try to minimise the alarming yaw. Coming back to the picture it looks like San Carlos to me, and we certainly would not have the Yoko's out at South Georgia as there were no other ships present. With a good bow thrust it was a doddle going to the buoy in Leith Harbour - much more difficult when I tried it a year later in REGENT ! I shall never forget the passage back from South Georgia in the GRANGE - we had a Seaking ranged on deck ready for a sortie to Bird Island but the barometer started to fall vertically and we aborted. Soon we were in storm force winds and the helo began to wreck itself, so we turned down sea to give a window for moving the bird into the hangar. The two turns necessary brought the ship the nearest to capsize I have ever experienced. The barograph trace showing a near vertical V is in the RFA archive at Bellingham, signed by all the deck officers as a souvenir.
Those were the days - I miss them on my little tractor !
Regards to all Rex
 

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It certainly looks like San Carlos. All the buoys in the Falklands and South Georgia have now gone; the Single Point Mooring in Mare Harbour and an Admiralty Mooring buoy in East Cove remain. A great pity as the buoy in Port William was superb and meant that you could relax a tadge and go ashore in Stanley.

Shaun
 

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Greetings,

Perhaps I should have been a little more clear in my post. Fort Grange only went onto the buoy at Leith Harbour in that deployment, or at least before I joined her down south relieving Derek Yeomans. The OM was James A and Navs was Ian Pilling.
 

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