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Saturday, December 8th 2018, 11:59am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

23 December No less than five minesweepers were searching an area around the wreck of the Phoebe Ann, so far nothing else had turned up and no other mines found. The salvage operation was put on hold until after Christmas and better weather but several bodies had been recovered and were buried at a service led by the Mayor of Hull, the families agreeing the shipmates should rest together. In the German-phobic parts of Scarborough, who remembered the shelling of the town in the Great War, rumours...

Saturday, December 1st 2018, 11:08am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

Lol, nice joke Brock! *** December 21 There was a small party on the fantail of the Aveley . "You ok 'Rattler'?" The diver, ensconced in his cumbersome gear, face barely visible though the open porthole of his mask, replied. "Aye, ready as I'll ever be." Leading Seaman Knowles flipped down the faceplate, screwing it down tight. The brave Welshman now fully enclosed gave a thumbs up. Knowles replied the same and 'Rattler' was helped to the side of the boat. Soon he was clambering down into the wa...

Thursday, November 29th 2018, 3:56pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

20 December Speculation was rife in the press and among the fisherman of Hull and Grimsby, there was much talk about the likely fate of the SS Phoebe Ann. From initial information gained from the two survivors and the crew of the nearby trawler, the Cleveland Success, it appeared to the Royal Navy investigators that the cause was probably a mine. Since the arrival of a minesweeper, one of the available vessels in the area, the Navy had begun a search for the wreck. The inshore survey craft HMS A...

Sunday, November 25th 2018, 11:43am

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

19 December The SS Phoebe Ann had plied the Tyneside coal trade between Jarrow and London since 1909, this scruffy little collier had performed hard service and was still going strong. Tim Beales, the ship's boy, was bringing the Skipper, Captain Mike Judd, and the helmsman their mid-morning cuppa. He had just started to climb the ladder to the wheelhouse when the ship leapt and trembled as if a giant hand had punched and lifted her bows. A sound like all the waves from all the storms he had eve...

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 5:57pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

20 December The MTB replacement programme has got underway and today five new boats, ARA M30, M31, M32, M33 and M34, commissioned with the 1st MTB Squadron at Viedma replacing older boats. 22 December The football club, Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys, has won the Primera División Argentina. San Lorenzo de Almagro were runners up.

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 5:56pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

20 December The steelmakers Société Métallurgique d'Espérance-Longdoz have today confirmed their reputation as the largest producer of sheet metal in Belgium with the public announcement of a yearly production of 142,000 tonnes achieved this year.

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 5:55pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

22 December For the first time in many years the Navy has managed to complete two submarines in one year. The O-22 and O-23 have commissioned and formed the new 8th Submarine Flotilla based at Den Helder. These are the lead vessels of the new O22 Class which has an advanced hull design for increased underwater speeds and quietness. It is thought that at least one home and one DEI-based flotilla will be formed with the new class during the remainder of this decade and during the early 1950s.

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 10:00am

Author: Hood

New Peruvian Ship Concept

I like the concept and the SS report seems very feasible. Not sure I can add anything specialist to this design, it looks a useful little craft. Surprised on the lack of anti-piranha miniguns though!

Saturday, November 24th 2018, 9:56am

Author: Hood

German News and Events, 1948

Interesting stuff. Colchester where I was born and raised, so I know The George Hotel quite well. Nice to see it as part of the story.

Thursday, November 22nd 2018, 9:32am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

A couple of years ago Argentina might have gone for these, but I'm maxed out with destroyers now. If only our Mexican scrap dealers were still in operation!

Wednesday, November 21st 2018, 9:55am

Author: Hood

Ships on market

Just curious, why is Peru selling them? Is it just because of fleet size issues?

Saturday, November 17th 2018, 5:50pm

Author: Hood

Signs of life

Haha, yeah well we all know the Germans are the bad guys!

Saturday, November 17th 2018, 1:46pm

Author: Hood

Signs of life

Welcome back! Things have been quiet around here lately, so the 'bad guy' is more than welcome!

Tuesday, November 13th 2018, 4:45pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

10 December The steamship company Oranje Lijn has announced the commencement of a new Eastern service to Canada in addition to its usual routes to South America and East Asia. 14 December Two new destroyers have joined the fleet today. The Z95 Class destroyers Z-111 and Z-112 have commissioned with the 4th Destroyer Flotilla at Amsterdam. Their two sister ships, Z-109 and Z-110, built in the DEI will shortly commission with the 5th Destroyer Flotilla at Soerabaja on 18 December. 16 December A ne...

Monday, November 12th 2018, 5:44pm

Author: Hood

Noticias Argentinas 1948

18 December The D’Silva Beef Company has set up a subsidiary in Paraguay, D’Silva Foodstufs & Exports S.A. The company is run from the large D’Silva ranch run by the formerly disgraced tycoon Antonio D’Silva. The ranch is the only business holding he retains after the State stripped him of most of his assets following his trial in the mid-1930s for treasonous acts.

Monday, November 12th 2018, 5:42pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

14 December The well-known biscuit producer McVitie & Price Limited has merged with another Scottish family bakery, Macfarlane, Lang & Co., Ltd. and Crawfords Ltd. to become the United Biscuits Group, the largest producer of biscuits and crackers in Britain. 15 December The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh's one-month-old son is christened His Royal Highness Charles Philip Arthur George of Edinburgh. The Royal Egyptian Navy today formally commissioned four new sloops which have recently been built ...

Sunday, November 4th 2018, 12:57pm

Author: Hood

British Empire News 1948

8 December Patrick Blackett wins the Nobel Prize in Physics "for his development of the Wilson cloud chamber method, and his discoveries therewith in the fields of nuclear physics and cosmic radiation". 9 December At Chatham five of the new and advanced 1948 Class long-range submarines were today commissioned into the Royal Navy with the 9th Submarine Flotilla at Chatham. HMS Oberon, Odin, Olympus, Osiris and Otter have replaced five of the older P Class submarines commissioned nearly two decade...

Sunday, November 4th 2018, 12:55pm

Author: Hood

United Kingdoms of the Netherlands News 1948

2 December Phillips has announced today that its subsidiary, Philips Electrical Co. (India) Pvt Ltd. in Kolkata will begin manufacturing radios alongside its successful lamp-manufacturing factory. 4 December The modernisation of the escort fleet of the Navy continues unabated after years of delay. The FF46 Class frigates FF-55 and FF-56 have commissioned with the 14th Escort Flotilla at The Hague and will be followed by the DEI-built FF-57 and FF-58 which will join the 1st Escort Flotilla at Bal...

Sunday, November 4th 2018, 12:53pm

Author: Hood

Belgian News 1948

1 December The Navy’s first purpose-built torpedo retriever, ZM-2 Seraing, commissioned with the 2nd Support Squadron at Zeebrugge this morning. The boat is based on the Herstal Class minesweeper with only minimal changes for her role. The Navy is hoping and easier and quicker retrieval of practice torpedoes will reduce waste and increase efficiency and cost effectiveness. The Navy has recently placed an order with Cockerill for 20 additional practice torpedoes of a new type for use aboard destr...

Tuesday, October 30th 2018, 9:52am

Author: Hood

Yugoslav Designs for 1949

That makes sense. Looks a good design overall.