My name is Paddy Doyle. I am researching material for a personal family book about their deceased husband and father, Lionel Whitehead. I came across your website while doing that. Lionel was an engineer on Royalist prior to and at the time of the engine room breakdown at sea. I realise your site seems to be limited to those involved in communications but I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where I might find information about other crew like Lionel who served on Royalist.
As an aside, I had a tenuous connection with Royalist myself. I was in the original Police Dive Squad who did the Navy diving course at Philomel. One of the exercises was to jump off the bow of Royalist which was at that time moored in the basin, (32 feet as I recall) and then climb up a jacob’s ladder back to the deck! Great fun !! Kind regards Paddy Doyle
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