Francis Drake - Wikipedia Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England. Although his birth date is not formally recorded, it is known that he was born while the Six Articles were in force.
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hms leopard F14 – Royal Navy Memories HMS Leopards first commission. Ports of call, ships company. Stories and photos
hms leopard F14 – Royal Navy Memories The Story Of The First Commission 19581960 LEOPARD1634 The first was built Passage Through Chile S Tierra Del Fuego Around Cape Horn A thirdrate ship of 387 tons and manned by 180 officers and men In 1655 she was taken by the Dutch 1659 Built at Deptford a firthrate 52 gun ship of 676 tons with 280 officers and men Purposely sunk at sheerness 1699 to secure the gravingplace 1702 The 3rd in line A forthrate 50 gun ship of 683 tons Built at Rotherhithe In 1702 rebuilt at Woolwich and her tonnage increased to 762 tons She was broken up at Plymouth in 1724 1741 Another forthrate 50 gun ship of 872 tons Manned by 300 officers and men Built at Blackwall Had an uneventful life and broken up at Plymouth in 1761 1776 Forthrate 50 gun ship of 1056 tons she was laid down at Portsmouth in 1776 In 1785 the frame was transported to Sheerness this must have been an immense undertaking done solely with men and animals and should be reckoned a remarkable achievement She was launched at Sheerness in 1790 Manned by 343 officers and men She was lost in the St Lawrence River in 1814 1850 Built at Dartford she was one of the first paddlewheel frigates of 1412 tons 560h p and mounting 18 guns After an active service she was eventually sold in 1867 1897 Built at Barrow in 1897 she was a torpedoboat destroyer of 385 tons and 6300 h p Armed with one 12pounder and thee 6pounders After First World War action she was sold in 1919 1950 September 15th The Eighth Leopard is laid down She was originally ordered in 1944 1955 Launched on 23rd May by Her Highness Princess MarieLouise the grand daughter of Queen Victoria Click pic thumbnails to enlarge Historical fact HMS LEOPARD was the first ship to be built in Portsmouth Dockyard since WWII with the all welded fabrication method Part One The WorkUp HMS LEOPARD was Commissioned on 30 September 1958 Monday 6th October 1958 Leopard put to sea for the first time The first days sea trials went well with kind weather and not to bad a sea This was short lived as the second day and many days thereafter were a severe test for those tender bellies unused to small ships or delicate from to many years shore based Sea legs were soon found which was just as well for much rougher weather would soon be met when we headed to the South Atlantic October The most part of which was spent at sea around the Isle of Wight anchoring each night at Spithead to disembark dockyard and contract personnel who had joined us each morning for the acceptance trials November We are back alongside in No 2 basin in the dockyard During this time a ships company dance was held in the NAAFI Club Was this a ploy by the Captain to butter us up for harder times ahead Landing parties were trained during this damp cold month together with survival courses and any other course that could be thought up December continued with more ratings from various departments going to the survival school at Lee on Solent Here we were a bunch of hairy arsed sailors learning how to survive a bitterly cold month with the help of a parachute a knife and compass Talk about the cold war The New Forest proved to be a very hard training ground All survived to tell the tale Surely we won’t have to do this for real 10th December Enough fun and games it was time was sea We slipped a cold Pompey dockyard for further trials returning on the 17th the ships company to start a well earned Christmas leave There were a series of visits to the ship by various dignitaries and on Friday 19th we enjoyed the company of the First Sea Lord Admiral of the Fleet Earl Mountbatten of Burma No doubt his visit proved successful and he was able to reassure his colleagues for we saw nothing of them after that That same afternoon the Captain in the presence of his officers signed for the ship having been received from the dockyard sound in wind and limb The eighth Leopard had now officially joined the Royal Navy January and February see no let up in the training Almost every day parties were landed to play soldiers at Tipner gunners to Fraser Gunnery Range at Eastney or the poor odd sole who could not swim to learn at Flathouse No one was to escape this continuous hard forced training Even the cooks were sent across to Tipner to set up a field kitchen so as to serve up a decent bit of grub for the Landing Party training lads a change from the eternal oggie Lectures on first aid and damage control abounded Radar plotters went to Harrier for a bit of directional training whilst the Anti submarine warfare lads did their bit on Grafton down at Portland and the boarding party were sent away in a whaler to return and seize their own ship Then before we knew where we were an early Easter leave had started March The leave period finished on 18th March and on 24th and 25th our final and wholly successful sea trials took place After a swift “forty eight” to each watch on a sunny Easter Monday we slipped our berth on HMS GAMBIA headed up harbour turned and sped downharbour and out to sea watched by a throng of Navy Days visitors We were on our way to the long awaited and half dreaded workup at Portland That same evening saw us anchored in Weymouth Bay HMS Gambia Next morning we entered Portland The afternoon consisted of Divisions and a walk round of the ship by Flag Officer Sea Training FOST Rear Admiral Crawford Flag Officer Sea Training Next morning the courtesies all over the gloves off we sailed for hectic days of “action stations” gunnery drills boarding parties which set the pattern for the weeks to follow The date 1st April April fools day April Guns fired at aircraft towed drogues Targets towed by tugs and many other objects that were put in our sights Squid fired grenades dropped to suggest a direct hit on a submarine Ops plotters plotted Directors and radar turned turrets elevated and spun and of course our landing party landed The signal was received that a party of guerrilla saboteurs Wonga Wonga tribesman had been operating in the LULWORTH COVE area and Naval Intelligence reported that they were using an old ruined barn to the northeast of the cove as their head quarters In a shallow valley and well covered by trees and bushes it afforded a reasonable good defensive position due to the nature of the two ridges one to the south and the other to the north of the barn Lulworth Cove Lulworth Cove who’s beaches and beer supply being thoughtfully reconnoitered by the Gunnery Officer and the Gunner the previous weekend The Battle of Lulworth Cove took place at 1645hrs on 14th April the seabourne assault being made by one company of ratings from LEOPARD and BATTLEAXE The company would be made up of one Platoon and Company HQ from LEOPARD and two Platoons from Battleaxe Lt Lennox Gunnery Officer of Leopard was to be the Company Commander The plan was to land the major part of the assault force in Lulworth Cove at 1645hrs in ships boats under gunfire from LEOPARD then to capture the high ground to the east and southeast of the beachhead clear the wooded and scrub covered cliff dig in and wait the remainder of the force also brought in by ships boats The capture of the rebel headquarters was to be achieved by the simultaneous flanking