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Old 11th June 2012, 21:15
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Another child of Sir William Reed - part XI

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Another child of Sir William Reed - part XIV

His radar and we are starting with ready ship ...
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Another child of Sir William Reed - part XV

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4 pictures of his model and on the end a whole model in our board museum.

I know what most of you will think - is it any normal in a new crew of Bembridge?

Good question...

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There is a Fund Raising effort presently taking place, the purpose being to have a Memorial to the Smith's Dock men who lost their live's during the Trial's of the Free French Corvette " La Bastiaise" which hit a mine in Tees Bay on the 22/6/1940. There were around 12 Smith's men lost along with 2 French Crew. The Memorial is to be placed in Smith's Dock Park.
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There is a Fund Raising effort presently taking place, the purpose being to have a Memorial to the Smith's Dock men who lost their live's during the Trial's of the Free French Corvette " La Bastiaise" which hit a mine in Tees Bay on the 22/6/1940. There were around 12 Smith's men lost along with 2 French Crew. The Memorial is to be placed in Smith's Dock Park.
Interesting! My grandfathers journal talks about that incident. I provided some info to a guy on another forum -

http://www.worldnavalships.com/forum...php?p=10012695

It's not very clear but his journal is saying that the loss was 18 of the 25 British people killed, 41 of the 48 French were killed. Looks like he got the French count radically wrong!
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Peter, I am a great believer in the word(s) of a person/people who were there at the time, therefore I would not dispute your Grandfather's figure's. The article I read about the fund raising could well be wrong when it came to the total lost in this sorry episode. They were a great loss to the Corvette build programme and indeed some that were lost may well have been on the Bembridge Trial's. Regard's.
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Rafal, congratulations on producing a really excellent and very well researched article. This was well before my seafaring years, but I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through every posting, and what a superb model has been produced too to compliment the splendid display.
If only there was the same dedication available in this once fine seafaring country, we would be all the more richer for it.
Thank you once again for producing this wonderful archive.

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Interesting that K166 "Snowberry" was scrapped at Middlesbrough (1947) to provide Smiths with spare's for the ex Corvette's which had been purchased for Whaling.
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Dear Donald - many thanks for your kind words. We just want to restore his biography - you can imagine or not but nobody know it.

Dear Peter - will be nice to publish on www.bembridge.pl scans of your grandfather's journal - at list part related to Smith's Dock.

Dear Chadburn - what was a nice story - many whale catchers build in SD were taken on the beginning of WW II to army and than converted for escort vessels. After a WW II all of them were converted once again for a whale catchers or for fishing trawlers. We did not know that some of corvettes were taken apart to supply a spare parts for whale catchers.

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Dear Donald - many thanks for your kind words. We just want to restore his biography - you can imagine or not but nobody know it.

Dear Peter - will be nice to publish on www.bembridge.pl scans of your grandfather's journal - at list part related to Smith's Dock.

Dear Chadburn - what was a nice story - many whale catchers build in SD were taken on the beginning of WW II to army and than converted for escort vessels. After a WW II all of them were converted once again for a whale catchers or for fishing trawlers. We did not know that some of corvettes were taken apart to supply a spare parts for whale catchers.

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Rafal, one of the longest Tow's ever undertaken in those day's Post War) was a former Corvette when Whaling broke it's Crankshaft and was Towed back to Smith's for a replacement. The Corvette's were eventually found to be unsuitable for Whaling Catching and were then used for Towing the Whale's from the bouy's where they had been left by the Whalecatcher's up to the Factory foreshore. As you know Smiths was a Family firm and there was very little turnover in labour that along with Shipyard's being a Reserved occupation during the War leads me to believe that some of the people killed on the French Corvette may well have worked on your vessel when she was in build and on Trial's pre-War.
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Small refreshment of this subject

Let me remind this thread. We are still looking for more details about a Father of all Corvettes, so Sir. William Reed.

If anybody can help me by photos, documents or any new data already placed in this thread I will be more than happy.

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