“Tirpitz” HMS Glasgow and Tirpitz (pig) Tirpitz was a pig captured from the German Navy after a naval skirmish following the Battle of the Falkland Islands in 1914. He subsequently became the mascot of the cruiser HMS “Glasgow”. Early life Pigs were often kept on board warships to supply fresh meat. Tirpitz was aboard […]
Ships named “Glasgow” Eight ships of the Royal Navy have been named HMS Glasgow after the Scottish city of Glasgow: HMS Glasgow (1707) was a 20-gun sixth rate, previously the Scottish ship Royal Mary. She was transferred to the Royal Navy in 1707 and was sold in 1719. HMS Glasgow (1745) was a 24-gun sixth rate launched […]
John Francis Elton Watkins Served in the Royal navy from 1940- 1949. Born 20/09/1918 1939. Educated at University of Aberstwyth, Wales. 1940. Joined Royal navy as a Ordinary seaman. 1941. (January) Commissioned to Sub Lieutenant. Royal Naval reserve. 1943. Promoted to Lieutenant. 1946. Demobilised. 1949. Rejoined and graduated B.Sc (Agric) June 1952. War Duties: Gunnery […]
HMS Devonshire. A brief history of notable events from 1929 to 1942 including the sinking of the German Raider “Atlantis”.
On Saturday, March 18th, 1950 whilst on passage from Jamaica to Gibraltar, H.M.S. “Devonshire” celebrated her twenty-first birthday.