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TIDEPOOL

The Royal Navy fleet tanker TIDEPOOL, built at Hebburn in 1961/3, was photographed passing Hoek van Holland inbound for Rotterdam on 9th July 1970.

Later: 1982 ALMIRANTE JORGE MONTT (Chile)

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My first and last ship whilst in the RFA. I stood by her build at Hawthorne Leslie in 1963 and sailed on her for 18 months. In 1970 after being made T/A senior leckie to bring Resource back from Malta I reverted back to first leckie to join Tidepool for this trip to Rotterdam. I left the outfit after arriving back to the UK. Also did a spell on her mid 60s when we in the Gulf of Tonkin refuelling the US carrier Coral Sea. This was not spoken about at the time.
 

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Temporary Acting.
 

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Sorry Cranfield do not recall name. A photo might help. I joined Resource fitting out at Scotts in 1967 and did 18 months on her before rejoining in Malta November 1970.
 

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I would be interested on views of ex Tide boat crew, as to which was the most popular / reliable, Tidespring or Tidepool?
 

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Having sailed on both I can honestly say there was nothing between them. Tidepool was my favourite simply because she was my first ship. I left when they were 7/8 years old. Tidepool went on to have an extended life with the Chilean navy after the Falklands war.
 

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Thanks Dab. I briefly worked with Tidespring in the mid 80's, she was our support tanker 'up north' in those lovely cold war sub hunts. She was a tired lady by then, huge rust patches and holes in the deck, however she was a firm favourite with the detached flight (814 squadron) preferred even to the popular 'O' boats.
 

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Flight crews loved the RFAs because of the accommodation. Each had their own cabin. I think the more relaxed atmosphere also went a long way to their enjoyment.
 

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