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Hi all

For those of you who are WSS member you will have noticed a nice pic of the Glen Strathallan on the cover of this months Marine News.

I have most of the history I need on her but would very much like to now what she got up to during WWII

Anybody got any info???

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NigelC
 

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No personal knowledge of this ship, but the following extracts from dive sites-- she was apparently purposely scuttled on the owner's instructions to form a diving reef?--

1)Glen Strathallan is pretty much over looked these days, but is a wreck that was purposely sunk for divers and isn't a million miles away from the Scylla.
She was built in 1928 as a 330-ton trawler, measuring 150ft by 22ft. After a short life as a trawler, a multi-millionaire by the name of Colby Cubbin bought her. He spent £30,000 converting her into a pleasure yacht (you got a lot more for that kind of money 75 years ago!)
During WW2 she was commandeered by the Royal Navy and used as an Escort Ship. She survived and was returned to her owner after the war. Mr Cubbin continued cruising until his death,
He requested in his will, that the ship then be used as a training ship for boys until past it's useful life and then was to be scuttled in deep water.
Fort Bovisand intervened and convinced the executor of the will to sink it near by for use by Divers as a training facility.
On 27 April 1970 she was sunk between Bovisand and the Mewstone.

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2)At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Glen Strathallen was lent to the Royal Navy and refitted as an escort vessel
 

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Hi Chris/John

Thanks for the info

Regards

Chris - I was one of those trainee R/O's that came down from Norwood Technical college in 62.
 

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Hi Nova Scotian / Nigel .....

How do I get a copy of the Marine News here in Canada?

Thanks.
Why not join the World Ship Society !

Take a look at the website (http://worldshipsociety.org/) where you will find all the info, including the contact details for the Canadian co-ordinator who resides in Vancouver.

Nigel : [/QUOTE] ... I was one of those trainee R/O's that came down from Norwood Technical college in 62. [/QUOTE]

Like you I was at Norwood Tech, from 1968 to 1970, and was due a 'cruise' on her, but she was condemmned just before we were du to go, so I missed out. Her engines weren't sunk with the hull, but ended up in the Science Museum in London.

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Andy

(25+ yr member WSS).
 

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Hi Andy

Yes I had heard they were in the Science Museum

Must get up to the Smoke and see them sometime.

Have just posted a note on you Norwood Tech thread, I just remember that I have a pic of myself climbing on the Statue at the main entrance, will try and find it and post it on the N.T. thread

NigelC
 

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Great Picture

I suspect there must be quite a few SN members who sailed on her in their training. When I was on her ( 1963/64) the master had previously sailed on all aft ships - you had to be fast with the basket fenders when leaving and arriving in the local at the london docks!
 

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Great Picture

I suspect there must be quite a few SN members who sailed on her in their training. When I was on her ( 1963/64) the master had previously sailed on all aft ships - you had to be fast with the basket fenders when leaving and arriving in the local at the london docks!
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I see blogs from you around the place. Why Waiwera ? She has a special place in my heart. First ship after King Teds. Summer 1962
Nine months voyage NZ, Aussie, Greece, Italy, France, UK, etc.
Snaith was the old man. Good memories. Worked hard and played hard !
 

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Glen Strathallan when she was handed over to King Edwards VII N.C. was a coal burner. I spent two memorable weeks digging nutty slack out of her bunker holds along with other cadets. We also tore out the old wood linings from the fish hold. I remember coughing up plenty of black lumps as most of the coal had turned to dust. We cadets then went on holiday during which time the fish hold was converted to cadets accommodation and the engine was changed to diesel. Next term I had the pleasure of going around to Dover and a few trips up and down the Thames on her with Capts. Miller and Glen Griffiths. Happy Days!!
 

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Glen Strathallan when she was handed over to King Edwards VII N.C. was a coal burner. I spent two memorable weeks digging nutty slack out of her bunker holds along with other cadets. We also tore out the old wood linings from the fish hold. I remember coughing up plenty of black lumps as most of the coal had turned to dust. We cadets then went on holiday during which time the fish hold was converted to cadets accommodation and the engine was changed to diesel. Next term I had the pleasure of going around to Dover and a few trips up and down the Thames on her with Capts. Miller and Glen Griffiths. Happy Days!!
She was never diesel powered. She was converted from coal to oil burning but she retained her boiler and triple expansion steam engines.
 

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Whilst in TS Arethusa 1956/58, the "Glen" was actually berthed alongside us for at least during my time aboard anyhow. I do recall going aboard Her, as we all did at times in one of of the rooms or even the old saloon or messdeck there was a Control instrument( Very like the one shown in "The cruel sea" used in Compass Rose) for the old WW2 Asdic system. So whether or not She was actually fitted with a dome underneath Her hull I have no idea. Could She have been used for Anti Submarine patrols perhaps?. I note John Shaw's post that She was used during WW2 for Escort Duties.
 

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Yes you are quite correct the boilers were oil fired. I think we used diesel oil to fire the boilers instead of coal.
 

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Hello guys what fond memories are rekindled on here.
I trained on the Arethusa from !958 - 1960 following
old strawberry I bet you can remember shacs
Captain Lemare to name but a few. Incidentally some
of us had special duties my claim to fame was boiler boy
on the Glen Strathallan it was a dormitory for officers tied
up alongside The Arethusa with a large wooden fender
between the two vessels large enough to walk on or use as a fishing platform. I carried coal from ashore and the ashes
back on a daily basis keeping the boiler going which provided the
heat for her cabins (Glen Strathallen) An honour for a 13yr old Lad.
Best Regards Canadian
 
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