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My interest in HMS Manxman is not a long story.
Some time ago while visiting my wife's Mother in Hospital I got talking to a guy (Charlie Kidd) about ships and the services etc. He had been in the Royal Navy during the War and got himself in to many a scrape including getting torpedoed off the coast of Algiers while serving on the tanker Empire Commerce.
The next time I saw him he presented me with some photos of H.M.S. Manxman. I found them quite fascinating and wondered about the lives of the people who served on her.
I have recently got into computers, read up on building web sites but couldn't think of a subject! Then I remembered the photos and that's about it.
In the Life on board section I try to paint a picture of what it was like to crew this remarkable ship through the memories of men who served on her. HMS Manxman was 418 ft long with a beam of 40ft and could steam at 40 knots, it must have been very exhilarating !
There are images of the Manxman and Crew (Ship Mates from the 1950's and 60's) in the Photo section.
Manxman had a long and colourful career A PROPER WAR SHIP we shall probably never see its like again!
A special thank you to :-
Alan Barsby R.N. A.W. Hills R.N. (Tony The Hills) C.P.O.John Hoodless R.N. (The Scribes) CharlesKidd R.N. Paul Lazell Ld Se Peter Moss (Mossy) Geoff Wincott R.N. John Bradford R.N. (Brad) Fountain Galbraith R.F.R. (Curly) Pat Stokes R.N. W.H. Cheeseman D.S.M. (Bill) H.W. Smith R.N. (Bert Smith) P.O. J.Larken R.N. (Sky Larken) Rod Solomons R.N. Alex Kasterine Geoffrey Dann RN. Ghana navy and RAN 1948 to 1987. Jimmy George R.N. Jeff and Reg Ottwey R.N.>
As I find more information I will up date. There are still a lot of gaps in the history page. If you have any thing to add please .
Regards David Taylor.
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