Waterbodies & Maritime => Vessels => Topic started by: Bilgerat on May 27, 2012, 00:42:48

Title: HMS Arethusa (1934 - 1950)
Post by: Bilgerat on May 27, 2012, 00:42:48
Now found at https://www.kenthistoryforum.com/index.php?topic=259 (https://www.kenthistoryforum.com/index.php?topic=259)
Title: Re: HMS Arethusa (1934 - 1950)
Post by: cliveh on May 28, 2012, 14:26:06
Thanks Bilgerat - a great post!

cliveh
Title: Re: HMS Arethusa (1934 - 1950)
Post by: mikeb on May 28, 2012, 16:17:56
An excellent post, thanks, it made a good read.

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For the rest of August 1940 and throughout September into October, the ship was at Chatham undergoing a refit. It was during this time that HMS Arethusa fired her 4" anti-aircraft guns during an air-raid whilst in dry-dock.
My grandfather told of this happening, stating she was in No. 9 dock at the time and additional shoring had to be put in place, urgently, to stop her shifting on the blocks from vibration. Apparently the Navy failed to tell the Constructor that they intended to fire her guns whilst dry-docked. So he said!

A ship Chatham can be proud of indeed.
Title: Re: HMS Arethusa (1934 - 1950)
Post by: busyglen on May 28, 2012, 18:52:05
Great post, very interesting.

I may have got this wrong, but wasn't the Arethusa used for a short time off Upnor as a training ship for boys until it started to deteriorate? 
Title: Re: HMS Arethusa (1934 - 1950)
Post by: mikeb on May 28, 2012, 21:04:13
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I may have got this wrong, but wasn't the Arethusa used for a short time off Upnor as a training ship for boys until it started to deteriorate?

Right name, wrong ship busyglen. The Arethusa at Upnor was the former sailing ship "Peking". She was one of the German "Flying P Line", sister to the Passat, Pamir, etc. Now a museum ship in New York.
Title: Re: HMS Arethusa (1934 - 1950)
Post by: busyglen on May 29, 2012, 11:26:01
Aah! Thank you mikeb! :)  I was beginning to doubt my sanity!