It’s funny the things you come across, and the people you have conversations with in the strangest places, when researching! On Saturday we went to the St Andrew and St George’s Christian Aid book sale in George Street, Edinburgh. Friends had warned me it was a bit of a rammy, and that it would be absolutely packed, and indeed, they were absolutely right. However, with David standing over me so I wouldn’t be trodden on, I crawled around under the tables, met a couple of interesting chaps who gave me some pointers about research and passed over books they thought might be of interest to me as I reciprocated with ones in their particular fields eventually emerging triumphant with the volume which forms the title of this post.
This volume (originally printed in 1964, my edition is a second edition printed in 1980) painstakingly aims to detail every ship of the British and Dominion Navies involved in WWII beginning with the listing of those in service at the outbreak of war and then those both constructed and ordered during the war. The inclusion of ships ordered but cancelled has thrown up some extra information for me which will fill some of the gaps in my table of Robb’s ship orders and the details of what happened to them and of the ships’ specifications also fills in some missing information.
Finding out how many ships were lost really puts it all in perspective … Hesperia, Hickory, Mastiff, Moa, Nith, Petunia, Pink, Polyanthus, Sword Dance, Wallasea, to name but a few. Over the last few months, which are now sneaking into years, I have come to know these ships like friends, reading of their demise is like losing a friend of a friend, you feel the loss but almost feel guilty for not being able to have been there for them. One thing is certain, I will be returning to talk about them at a later stage, on the blog or in the book.
However, on a more cheerful note, there were a few photos I had not seen before of three of the Bustler tugs on which I am currently focusing, so I hope you enjoy these!
My thanks to Baird for the cartoon which appears at the top of this post.
You may also be interested in a more recent posting: Bustler Tug model on display in Museum
Copyright: Ruth Patterson 2011
Cartoon Copyright: Baird 2011