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H.M.S. WRANGLER.

H.M.S. WRANGLER.

Aground near Villefranche, Feb 5th 1955.

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Greetings,

H.M.S. WRANGLER was transferred to the South African Navy in 1956 becoming SAS VRYSTAAT so she was probably less damaged than her Commanding Officer's career.

She had quite a chequered career, have a look HERE

Villefranche, could have made a fortune hiring out the bridge binoculars to the boys as the boatloads of topless (and sometimes bottomless although they did have bottoms (geddit)) totty sailed past us at anchor.
 

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Perhaps that was the problem Pat the Bridge Watch eye's where elsewhere.
 

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Interesting that ceremonial has not been forgotten despite the cir***stances. The jack has been hoisted as the ship is "moored", and presumably the ensign is in its harbour position. But two black balls(red in those days?)? Surely one would suffice in this case. ;-)
 

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The correct signal for a vessel aground was 3 black balls in a vertical line ...(Rule 11e, 1952 Rules).
The lower one may not be visible. By night 2 red lights in addition to anchor lights.
It still is under Rule 30.
 

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I think the commanding officer might have been hung by them for that little debacle, lol (Jester) (Jester) (Smoke) (Smoke)
 

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