Out of the Woodwork

These three images will stir some memories.  Thanks Ditz for the memories.

The first is HMNZS SANTON leaving the Singapore Station in 1966 and heading for Portsmouth.  Decommissioning pennant flying

A class from the ‘Rock’

A class from who knows where!

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6 Responses to Out of the Woodwork

  1. Jim D says:

    Bottom pic – Frank Saunders on the left next to Ditz.

  2. Lindsay Roberts says:

    Santon my old ship.(Cox’n 2nd crew) She along with the Hickleton were to my belief the only HMNZ ships that never visited NZ. Ask a sailor today who they were and I guess you would probably get a blank stare. Read Gerry Wright’s book “A Kiwi on our Funnel” for their story. I think the Museum may have it for sale

  3. Bob Anderson says:

    I was lucky enough to be part of the crew [ as Buffer ] that took the Santon back to Portsmouth. Hickleton was part of the journey. First stop was Maldive islands and then Aden. Santon broke down and was in Aden for around 10 days, not a particularly pleasant place to stuck, around 40 C and the natives were unfriendly, remember watching the aftermath of a British army jeep being blown up by a bomb from the local insurgents, Aden at that time was under transition, the Brits were in the process of pulling out. Hickleton carried on by themselves after we broke down, not sure if we ever caught up with the Hickleton crew again.Malta was the next stop and Sardinia after, because we broke down in Aden we missed Sardinia and went straight onto Gibraltar. Our skipper was George Glyde, not a very good sailor, suffered from sea sickness, going across the Bay of Biscay was a real challenge for him. A lot of good memories from the trip. I brought back the Santons ship crest, last time I saw it was in the Fleet mess, if that still exists?

    • Ditz says:

      Gidday Bob. Yep, good memory mate. Remember the game of soccer we had against Cable & Wireless? I think we got thrashed. Got a coup of black & white pics of it with moi (of course) throwing in the ball and on the field – can send if u wish. Cheers Ditz

    • Frank Lewis says:

      I remember meeting up with both Hickleton and Santon while on transit to the FES on Blackpool. If I remember we handed over water bread and some spare parts to one of them.

  4. Dave Wistrand says:

    Think I may have been the only one who was ever posted to both Hickleton and Santon. Was on the last Hickleton crew and just flew in, but a sparker on Santon (who was about to sail to the UK) was “unwell” so I got a rush pier jump to Santon and sailed almost immediately. Remember meeting up with Blackpool in the Med somewhere and Waikato was working up in Portsmouth when we arrived. Aden was unusual remember three of went to get ice for a Wardroom Cocktail Party and had to leave the Naval Base but on the way out had to have a pistol and ammunition and had to be loaded and sign a “Licence to Shoot” and off we went. Missed out on Sardinia because of the breakdown. Penang (?) – Maldives – Aden – Suez Canal – Malta – Gibralter – Portsmouth. Second from right is RP “Tom” Dooley who along with the Coxswain Stan Harper and myself were posted to Haku in early 1967. When the crew flew out of UK I wasn’t allowed to fly as my passport said “Naval Rating” so had to wait a week in RAF Hendon while that was sorted out in London, then flew via Kuwait to Singapore to wait for the RNZAF flight to NZ. While there I was getting a bit scruffy with hardly any uniform or money and got a job of escorting a RAN rating to Tanglin. He was immaculate in whites and I was in 10a’s and sandals – anyway when we arrived the guards took the handcuffs off and started marching me away to jail. I was resisting and they were getting stroppy and it was only the Aussie rating laughing that they finally got the right man.

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