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HMS KING GEORGE V paying off

HMS KING GEORGE V flying her paying off pendant approaches Portsmouth

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KGV post WWII at the end of her comission streams her paying off pendant (yes they were still called pendants in the RN at that time).
Can anyone give an explanation, plausible or true, why she mounts a massive cockerel on B turret ?
 

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(yes they were still called pendants in the RN at that time).
Maybe but they were pronounced pennant by seafarers.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pennant
 

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Greatly under-rated ships, they had a very heavy armoured belt - thicker than all their contemporaries. A little let down by the hitting power of the 14" gun as it's shell only weighed 1,590 lbs - an RN 15" weighed 1920 lbs.
The reliability of the guns is often raised but the truth was they were no worse and no better than most other weapons of that era, and it should be remembered that the Prince of Wales when tackling the Bismarck had only had her turrets installed for about 5 -6 weeks and had only test fired them 5 times and still managed to hit her target 3 times causing a loss of fuel oil that ended her voyage and ultimately brought about her end.
 

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A few websites mention that she was decommissioned into the reserve fleet in 1949, so would presume that dates the photo.
 

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Pennants, pendants, I know, I know, there were threads on the subject a whilse ago.
In Nelsons day and before the triangular masthead flags and numerical code flags were named pendants and pronounced pennants. it wasn't until the early 1960s that the RN generally started to use the spelling pennant.
Cavalier was the fastest vessel but I don't remember a cockerel being displayed - have to look into that one.
Come on guys, surely someone has the answer to the B Turret cock !
 

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Back in the good old days, when we had a Med Fleet, there were the regattas!!!

Competition was fierce to win the coveted Cock. Probably awarded to the winner of the Heavy Ship pulling (and sailing?) section. Possibly awarded to KGV as overall winner?

Toss that one around.......
 

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pat thompson,
Hi,
Yes I have established that when CAVALIER won "that race" she was awarded a cock. Not quite as big as the KGV one. About 12in or so high it was commissioned and presented by Bass the brewery people. Not significant enouogh to stand ontop of B turret it was displayed for many years in the wardroom. Present whereabouts unknown.
I'm still trying to get positive info aboout the KGV cock !
Cheerio
Bob
 

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