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Old 27th April 2014, 19:48
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HMS Athena

Hi all,

I have just joined the forum and am trying to find out some information on the HMS Athena and a proclamation that is given to a crew member. This proclomation was given to my grandfather who served on this vessel. I would appreciate any information on this subject from anyone that is aware of this proclomation.


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Old 27th April 2014, 22:20
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Old 27th April 2014, 23:36
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Also on behalf of the 'SN Moderating Team', welcome aboard Colin.

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Old 28th April 2014, 12:37
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A warm welcome to SN. I hope that you will enjoy your membership.

I am unable to find any record of a ship or shore station named Athena in the Royal Navy, or any other Navy. There was an HMS Athene, a Clan Line ship converted into an aircraft transporter, but no HMS Athena.

Could your document be part of a joke?
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Old 28th April 2014, 16:03
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Perhaps this is the vessel you seek:

http://www.bandcstaffregister.co.uk/page2051.html
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Old 28th April 2014, 19:30
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A warm welcome to SN. I hope that you will enjoy your membership.

I am unable to find any record of a ship or shore station named Athena in the Royal Navy, or any other Navy. There was an HMS Athene, a Clan Line ship converted into an aircraft transporter, but no HMS Athena.

Could your document be part of a joke?
Thanks for your response, and I incorrectly quoted the ship name, it is the HMS Athene which as you say was originally a clan line ship that was requesitioned by the navy and converted into an aircraft transporter. I have since found that the document I mentioned is a neptunus rex certificate which is issued on the crossing of the equator. I am still researching this as there seems to be different types of this document. Again many thanks for your help.
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Old 28th April 2014, 20:14
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It is simply a certificate given to someone who has crossed the equator for the first time and has been covered in gunk and god knows what else.
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Old 28th April 2014, 21:02
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Thanks Chris,

All this research to say he went from a pollywog to a shellback.

Thanks for your help
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Old 29th April 2014, 09:35
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Old 29th April 2014, 12:23
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Hi Colin
My father served in HMS Athene during WW2 and just recently my mother gave me a Crossing the Line proclamation that was his (he died in 1965).
Could this be the sort of proclamation that you refer to?
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Old 29th April 2014, 19:24
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Hi JT,

Thank you for your response, It was my Grandfather that served on this vessel and his name was W. Collins. The proclamation you refer to seems to be what I have, a neptunus rex certificate that is given to a seaman that has crossed the line for the first time and presume that these all look the same for this vessel. I would like to take this time to thank yourself and all the other members that have forwarded information for me considering that I have only joined this site 2 days ago. Thank you all for your input, it is much appreciated.
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Old 25th May 2020, 20:19
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My grandad also served on the Athene and I have a copy of his certificate. His however commemorates ten crossings of the equator and lists the ports and destinations they sailed to. My struggle however is finding crew lists (only so far from forums like this and adding a name to my list such as Colin's granddad). Also, knowing the Athene didn't sail until 1940, it's finding what my granddad did before then other than the naval equivalent to basic training. Then there's a story where he was picked up trying to get back on board a ship after extended shore leave (potentially going AWOL) as he was found under a coat covered in ice. That has sparked stories of him being involved in Arctic convoys but they didn't commence until 41 and my granddad was on the Athene at that time and I don't believe it was involved in those particular convoys. Plus I am pretty sure you don't have to be in the Arctic to have a coat covered in ice.
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