HI Shaun and Tony
Way out Tony, I'm afraid, but I can understand the confusion. It actually IS Olwen, we had a pole derrick rigged especially for the 3 mine sweepers we were taking home from Simonstown to Devonport. M1133 Bossington was another one and I forget the third.
Those were the days
Well hush My mouth, that was good one Sheriff. on reflection, I hope I'm not puting my foot in it again but I was in the Black Ranger in 63 and I don't remember ever doing a starboard side RAS. I'm feel sure that there will be someone waiting in the wings to put me right.
Aye Shaun, thats a very true observation. I joined her in1967 and I think she was less than a year old then. Great ship, I stayed on her for over 2 years, very good crew, only partially spoiled by cantankerous old Captain Robson, I think he was 105 then so he will no longer be with us.
True Tony. I think they were more concerned with protecting their port side as Bossington had scraped our starboard side paint off a couple of hours earlier. It was caused by RN steering of course, it is unthinkable to imagine we were at fault!!!!!!!
Yes, it seems they did have a difficult job Tony. Although bragging is not my forte, I believe I had RAS steering off to a T. As you know, both vessels screws drew the sterns together, so correction was always towards the ship alongside. I used to anticipate her going off and would put on 5 or 7 degrees of helm for about 20 seconds and she would sit there beautifully. When I applied and got the Deck Storekeepers job . Captain Williams report about me stated - above average - .
Oh well, self-praise over for the day!!!!