By Tony McCrum
Captain Tony McCrum's naval profession began in 1932. He survived the sinking of HMS Skipjack at Dunkirk and went directly to serve on minesweepers and at sea throughout the landings at Salerno. His wartime reports have been lately released as Sunk by way of Stukas.This ebook covers the second one a part of his naval profession among 1945 and 1963. Having arrived again in Plymouth from Trincomlee as a lieutenant aboard the destroyer Tarter in November 1945, his first appointment was once as senior teacher on the RN indications university in Devonport. There then appointments as Flag Lieutenant; first to Admiral Pridham-Wippell, CinC Plymouth Command after which Admiral Sir Rhoderick McGrigor, CinC domestic Fleet, the place he was once additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He was once in response to the admiral's flagship, the battleship HMS Duke of York which he joined in 1947. The fleet exercised within the Atlantic and Mediterranean and 'showed the flag' in a number of ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...
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Then my job was to send out all the invitations and list the guests in their order of seniority and prepare a table plan in strict order of precedence. In my office there was a large leather-bound book going back to the 1850s, which recorded every official dinner party at Admiralty House: what was eaten, the wines, who the guests were and what the occasion was, plus the occasional scabrous comment about the guests by the flag lieutenant of the day. This ‘bible’ always had to be consulted to ensure that no one ate the same food twice.
After the ball I had to be up again at 0700 hours to prepare for a day of official calls and sightseeing with my boss. On our second evening the Admiral held a big dinner party for all the local top officials from the Governor downwards. My job was to meet the guests on the jetty and escort them on board in the Commander-in-Chief ’s barge. On the way back to the ship I had to memorise their names so that I could introduce them personally to the Admiral. I always assumed that the lady of a couple was a Mrs of the same name and trusted that the man hadn’t brought his mistress.
The yacht club was on some sort of a pier or pontoon jutting out over the water and it had been enclosed in a marquee. The setting for the ball was magical, with a dance floor over the sea and a multi-coloured awning above also festooned with fairy lights that reflected in the waters of the bay. It was truly romantic. The young ladies of the island wore long ball gowns and the men were in white tuxedoes with black cummerbunds and black bow ties. We weren’t outsmarted with our naval uniform, mess undress (nothing undressed about it), a short jacket buttoned across the waist with gilt buttons and the gold lace of our rank on the sleeves, bow tie and miniature medals, if we had any, on the lapel.
Abandon Ship!. The Post-War Memoirs of Captain Tony McCrum RN by Tony McCrum