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    HMS M.33
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    RNinMunich
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    "Manxman was about when I was in the RN in the sixties."
    Yes Nick, but by then apparently not in her original form, role or speed!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    "Summary of Post War Service.

    HMS MANXMAN was first deployed to support the repatriation of British and nationals of allied nations and carried stores and supplies from Sydney to Japan. On later trips she went to Shanghai and Hong Kong which was used as the base for the BPF in 1946 and 47. in June 1946 the ship returned to UK and was refitted at Sheerness before returning for further service with the BPF in February 1947 as relief for HM Cruiser EURYALUS. At the end of that year she was nominated for reduction to reserve status and returned to join the Reserve Fleet at Sheerness.

    In 1951 this ship was brought forward for operational use and following a refit joined the Mediterranean Fleet in September 1951. After two years she was again placed in Reserve and laid-up in Malta where she remained until again refitted. The after 4โ€ mounting was removed and she re-commissioned in February 1956 for duty as Flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet Flotillas. During this service she took part in relied operations after an earthquake in the Lebanon as well as taking part in NATO and Fleet exercises in the Mediterranean. She was deployed for headquarters duties during the Suez operation later in 1956 and the next year returned to Malta to lay-up in Reserve.

    Refitted for further service after tow to Gibraltar in 1958 she returned to lay up Malta until 1961 when she was selected for conversion into a Support Ship for minesweepers at Chatham where she was taken in hand by HM Dockyard on 17th July that year. During this work the other two 4โ€ mountings and two boiler rooms were removed which reduced her speed significantly.
    Additional accommodation and support workshops were fitted to suit her new role and work was completed during February 1963. Whilst on trials in April 1963 she visited the isle of Man where she grounded whilst in Douglas Bay. On returned to Chatham the ship prepared for service in the Far East and re-commissioned on 23rd September that year for support of the 6th Minesweeping Squadron at Singapore. She deployed in that role until late in 1968 and arrived at Portsmouth on 12th December."

    "In reserve at Malta and refitting

    She was refitted in Chatham in the early 60's and converted to a minesweeper support vessel. When the forward boiler was removed and the compartment was fitted with diesel generators to supply outboard power to minesweepers, she was fitted with a dummy forward funnel, which housed the diesel exhausts and ventilation for the compartment. Much of the mine stowage was removed to make way for additional accommodation. Commissioning in 1963, she was subsequently stationed in Singapore.

    Returning to the UK in 1968, Manxman was used for engineering training at Devonport and following a fire, was transferred to the reserve at Chatham Dockyard until broken up at Newport in 1973."
    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
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    Manxman was about when I was in the RN in the sixties.
    She was involved in an exercise with the Yanks. The yanks were controlling things and designated Manxman as a hospital ship . She was restricted to ten knots or so.
    At the end of the exercise about the middle of the Atlantic.
    The whole fleet were heading for Pompy for some shoreleave.
    Cin C USN told Manxman to make 15 Kts. Then later make twenty if she could!
    Now Manxman was one of the last RN ships that actually LOOKED like a warship.
    Captain of Manxman had by now worked out what was transpiring.He sent a signal to Whitehall explaining what was what.
    Signal to Manxman.... Flash boilers three, four, five and six and proceed independently to Portsmouth.
    Shortly after this she circled the whole fleet twice at forty knots and disappeared over the horizon in a cloud of spray and steam!
    Her crew where home on leave for at least two days before America's finest turned up in Pompy!
    Regards Nick Viner.
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    RNinMunich
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    Hi John,
    When I retired I one of my savings funds matured and I used it to renew the 'chariot' (Toyota Verso Exec) and used some of the 'leftovers' to treat myself to the Manxman and also a kit for an Akula 2 Russian sub; complete with all necessary static diving and safety equipment. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Next expenditure on that scale for model ships will be in the next life. if I'm reborn as a cat or a warthog I'll have a problem ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
    BTW you can also get a hull only from Deans. ยฃ91.40.
    http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/26_33/products_id/541
    And I have a complete set of plans in pdf format if you're interested.

    Think you're right about the anecdote, the version seems to depend on where the sailor recounting it was serving or had served ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Anyway; the Abdiel class ships were well capable of doing that.
    The USN Carrier Groups run out of 'puff' at about 32-34 knots (Nimitz class) whereas Manxman still had 6 to 8 knots in hand ๐Ÿ˜
    All the best, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    BTW; What were you up to 'somewhere in the China Sea'?
    Ten years or so ago I spent about an hour n a half circling above the Yellow / East China Sea after take off from Seoul, S. Korea. I had just spent an interesting week at the Daewoo shipyard.
    Plane had some problem with the undercarriage, wouldn't retract according to the cockpit display!๐Ÿ˜ฒ so we circled dumping fuel before landing back at Seoul. Nobody was sure if it would fold up on landing or not, it didn't, big PHEW! ๐Ÿ˜Š
    http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/26_33/products_id/541
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    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
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    Phew Doug you're right about the price. Too rich for my pocket I'm afraid. Re the anecdote it's somewhat apochryphal I think as I heard of a similar tale somewhere in the China Sea. The signal was see you in Saigon I think. I don't recall the vessels involved though.๐Ÿ‘
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    RNinMunich
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    Satellite view!
    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
    steve-d
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    I only live a handful of miles away and have a dockyard ticket that runs out at the end of the year so have already planned to go down next week and take a ton of pictures.
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    RNinMunich
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    Apropos info Steve,
    I guess you can pop along to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a gander and measure up on the original! ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy crawling about ๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug
    https://www.wikiwand.com/en/HMS_M33

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    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
    RNinMunich
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    I know the feeling Steve
    I have the same problem with my 1/96 Deans HMS Manxman ๐Ÿ˜ฒ
    Happy Monitoring, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
    steve-d
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    I will do a blog but for now the build will have to wait until I have space. With an almost six foot long boat on the bench there is no space.

    Steve
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    ... and then start the Build Blog Steve ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
    Bon chance, Doug
    Young at heart - slightly older in other places ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers Doug
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