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WARSHIPS No. 199

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In this 72 page issue, Ian Buxton continues his selection of fascinating extracts from the diary of Sir Stanley Goodall, Director of Naval Construction, for 1942. Goodall’s interests extended into every aspect of warship design and construction. He confided pithy comments to his diary on the many shortcomings he encountered in the Admiralty and industry. David Chessum describes the foreign …

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AGM CANCELLED

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Please note that the Annual General Meeting in Rendsburg on the 17th-19th May 2020 has been cancelled. This decision has not been taken lightly. The World Health Organisation has stated that Europe is the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic and many countries have already restricted movement/public gatherings/shop openings etc., and by May it is expected that many more measures will …

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POSTPONEMENT – 42nd Annual WSS Naval Meeting – 6th June 2020

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NEW DEVELOPMENT – THE MEETING IS BEING POSTPONED From Richard Osborne – The developing coronavirus pandemic situation means that I have no choice but to postpone event until later in the year. Hopefully it will be possible to tun this event in late October/early November. 42nd Annual WSS Naval Meeting To be held in the Bristol Commonwealth Society, 14 Whiteladies …

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Warships number 197

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In this 44 page issue, Ian Buxton has selected fascinating extracts from the diary of Sir Stanley Goodall, Director of Naval Construction, for the year 1939 when he was heavily involved in new construction as war loomed. Tom Adams reviews the RN’s aviation training ship/hospital ship ARGUS, a mercantile conversion. David Chessum shows how the Admiralty may have acted outwith …

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“MARINE NEWS” SHIP INDEX 2019 (Volume 73)

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The 2019 Index can be obtained from Brian Franklin 1 Sherwood Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. HG2 7HE, UK E-mail brian.franklin532@gmail.com United Kingdom – £6.50 Europe – 15 Euros (Airmail) Rest of World £9.00 (Surface mail) or £10.50 (Airmail) Prices include postage and packing Please make Remittance payable in £ Sterling or € Euros. to B. Franklin (not World Ship Society) …

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Marion Browning

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It is with great sadness that the Dorset Branch has to advise that Marion Browning, their long standing and much admired secretary passed away on Monday 23rd September. Marion was the branch secretary of the Dorset Branch for over twenty years until having to relinquish her post in May due to ill health. Marion was one of the original members …

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Warships number 196

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In this 44 page issue, David Chessum describes a 1937 US proposal to lease destroyers to the South American Republics. Tom Adams details the Arapaho concept of a “bolt on “ system to adapt large container ships to serve as helicopter carriers resulting in the RFA RELIANT. Michael Pryce tells the story of Operation Lucid which in 1940 intended to …

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Isle of Mann branch closure

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The branch had its final meeting in April 2019. This was presented by our long standing and excellent friend, Jim Charnock, who, as ever, entertained us very well. Thanks again to everyone involved in the society and we wish you continued success for the future. We have had a branch on the island for over 50 years and have received …

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South East Socials 2019

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We are pleased to announce that once again there will be two events in Gravesend in 2019. These are open to both members and non-members. The Spring meeting will take place on Saturday 6th April. I am still finalising the speakers for the day, and will send an update in the New Year when everything is confirmed. As with previous …

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Call the Midwife filming at Chatham

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The Society’s Archive and Library at Chatham Historic Dockyard was closed from Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st August 2018 to allow a film crew to create ‘Haywards and Co.’ Paint Factory for filming episode 4 of Series 8 of Call the Midwife. The front of the building was suitably dressed and the reception area was changed to represent the entrance …