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  The Orkney Branch of the Royal Naval Association meets on the Third

  Thursday of every month. On alternate months the meetings are held
  in the Royal British Legion Clubs Kirkwall and Stromness.
  Please see the notice below for the date and venue of the next meeting.


Thursday 1st November 2018
Starting 1930 at Stromness Legion

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Hi Shipmates, 21st October 2018. 213 years ago today the great Battle of Trafalgar took place. Lord Nelson was shot and died during the heat of the battle but learned of the victory on the Victory before he died. We as a nation have celebrated that day on this day ever since.


Memories page. Closing of the Hole in t' wall bar Gibraltar.

The Vault HMS Royal Oak story and video have been moved to the vault.

Also still there the three preserved ships HMS Cavalier, HM Submarine Ocelot and HMS Belfast.

To keep the space on the front page up to date with current information older items will be passed down into the cellar vault for archiving. Press the Vault button, but beware the steps are slippery and the floor is damp, watch out for the spiders and rats and if you stay too long the musty smell will linger on your clothing.

Royal Navy
Trafalgar pic

This is the prayer that Nelson wrote down on the morning of the Battle of Trafalgar Kneeling in his cabin he prayed.

”May the Great God, whom I worship, grant to my Country and for the benefit of Europe in general a great and glorious victory; and may no misconduct in anyone tarnish it; and may humanity after Victory be the predominant feature of the British fleet.
For myself,individually, I commit my life to Him who made me, and may His blessing light upon my endeavors for serving my Country faithfully. To Him I resign myself and the just cause which is entrusted to me to defend.
Amen. Amen. Amen.”

'Allo, What's going on in Orkney'?

Whatever you do DON'T Click the face

ship faced
Bendy deck

I don't remember bendy decks when I was in the Andrew.

What a discriptive name for a motor yacht I wonder whether the owner was a wee bit that way at the naming ceremony???

(A wee tip to avoid mixing the pic with the text: When scrolling down if there is a pic/video in the text it is better to put your mouse arrow outside the green area and use the wheel, otherwise use the right hand side bar to move the page up or down)

(I've added another website link to an organisation dealing with Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness (MAACenter) Anyone with questions or concerns can click on from our links page)

This site was last update on Sunday 21st October 2018

TS Thorfinn Orkney Sea Cadets provided a splendid Trafalgar Dinner on Friday 19th Oct.
A traditional menu included a Melon balls and parma ham starter, Roast beef main course and Poached pears and chocolate sauce dessert, finishing off with coffee and port. The toast of the day was “A willing foe and sea room”. Speeches from historian Brian Budge BEM and Harvey Johnston OIC Vice convener were followed by a raffle and auction to raise funds for the Sea Cadets.

The branch will hold its annual dinner on Saturday 27th October at the Ferry Inn Stromness at 1900 for 1930. Menus are available from Catriona via e-mail or phone as the restaurant would prefer to have some idea as to the requirements before the evening but you can still order on the days should you wish. This time of year has become our preferred annual dinner and social evening in lieu of the Christmas dinner which due to the weather and venue availability was always more difficult to manage. Please bring a raffle prize so we can all buy tickets and win out raffle prizes back.

The annual remembrance ceremony for the sinking of HMS Royal Oak to place on Sunday 14th October. A service took place at the garden on remembrence at Scapa conducted by Lt Cdr Mike Browning RN(Rtd) followed by wreath laying over the wreck. Members of the HMS Royal Oak Association came from near and far. RNA Orkney branch was in attendance to lay a wreath along with the Lord Lieutenant, RN Northern Diving Group and The Royal British Legion Scotland along with many other groups and individual.

Notes from the Sept meeting
Stromness Academy has asked the Stromness Legion/Pipe band/RNA etc., if they would participate in a parade and service of Remembrance on Friday 9th November 2018. This is being organized by the school to mark the ending of the First World War. The senior classes will be taking part and will provide all the preparations, prayers and readings. The Legion and RNA branch Standards will be carried. The parade will start from the Primary school and return there on completion. More details later.

A discussion took place regarding our annual dinner, as decided last year we would be looking to have a dinner to mark the anniversary of the start of the branch as opposed to a Christmas dinner. Some dates were looked at and Sat 27th October seemed to be the favoured day. Also it was felt that we should try Stromness for a venue. More details later as Catriona is going to investigate possibilities.

The 2nd August 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first landing of an aircraft on a ships deck whilst underway. Edwin Dunning landed a Sopwith Pup on the deck of HMS Furious in Scapa Flow on 2nd August 1917 thus paving the way for the aircraft carrier age. Unfortunately he never lived to see it as on his second attempt a few days later his aircraft lost power over the deck and landed heavily, it was then was swept overboard by strong winds killing him in the process. A plaque erected on the 75th anniversary at Swanbister the closest point of land to the event has been eroded by the weather, with 100 years past since the landing a new weather resistant plaque will be unveiled today at Scapa memorial garden by RN personnel, HMS Queen Elizabeth will be present in the Flow this morning and a flypast is due at around 1140.

HMS Vanguard 1917. 7th-9th July A busy weekend of commemoration has just concluded with events taking place over the wreck site, Lyness Cemetery and culminating in a service at St Magnus Cathedral to coinside with the exact moment in time at 2320 100 years on from when an explosions onboard the ship anchored in Scapa Flow set off a series of explosions destroying the ship in seconds, 840 sailors were lost in the single most disastrous non enemy accident in Royal Naval history. Officers and members of the Royal Navy (Including some current HMS Vanguard's ships company) and Royal Marine bandsmen were in Orkney to take part along with dignitaries, officials from the Government, Orkney Islands Council and over 40 descendants and family members of those lost.



As part of the Orkney Aviation Festival weekend HMS Tern was open to the public on Sunday 17th September. The Airfield has several of it's original buildings standing, notably The Fire Station, Control Tower which unusually also incorporated the operations room, the brick front part of the cinema and many other important buildings. Unfortunately the accommodation blocks, dinning hall and recreational buildings ie NAAFI, Gym and Sports halls were all dismantled. But there is still a lot to see. (Search HMS Tern for a lot more info). The Birsay Heritage Trust are in the process of conserving and reinstating as much as they can. A long term project??

Shipmate Ian MacDonald played the Lament while wreaths were laid during the ceremony of remembrance at the Vanguard memorial Lyness War Graves Cemetery.

Vanguard memorial.

A rare photo of a PO and CPO smiling

PO and Chief smiling

This little skit by Bird and Fortune is brilliant, a must watch to the end. OK it's a couple of years old now but still very funny and dare I say still relevant.

average person to sailor

Now it depends on where your loyalties lie which one of these you deem to be the truest statement. Or you may feel both have equal merit?

Gas Gas Gas
Officers Compass

A couple of lighthearted pictures to make you smile from The Real Navy Facebook page. I hope any ex or serving officers will not be offended.

Here is a short advert to encourage people to learn English

Even if you have seen it before it always raises a laugh and as an ex Coastguard myself those very words can send a shiver up your spine.

Any Ex Glamorganites out there? do you see yourself? 1967 when this film was made all this was high tech? Seems positively archaic now.

And for the submariners a flim made in 1943 about a sub patrol. But I suspect a little bit of a setup rather than a real partol??

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