By Tony McCrum
Captain Tony McCrum's naval occupation 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 means of Stukas.This publication covers the second one a part of his naval occupation 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 institution 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 used to be additionally Deputy Fleet Communications Officer. He was once in line with 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 quite a few ports within the united states, Caribbean Islands and the Baltic. In May...
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Extra resources for Abandon Ship!. The Post-War Memoirs of Captain Tony McCrum RN
There was none of the socialising with local bigwigs and much more ship visiting and entertaining ships’ captains and officers. I organised the programme of visits to ships and tried to keep the Admiral informed of what was going on. The latter was a tricky matter. One had to use one’s discretion as to how much to pass on from one’s own social contacts and knowledge of the ships. Some captains thought the flag lieutenant was a sort of spy and if they thought I was reporting back to the Admiral I would lose their cooperation.
Two daughters, a swimming pool and a private beach’ – a high score, but I and two friends were after something out of the ordinary and we plumped for a farm in the hills outside Kingston, to see something of the countryside. The Admiral had a private engagement so I was let off the leash. Locals who offered their hospitality were known to us as ‘barons’ as they were usually wealthy and had opulent establishments. A large car came to pick us up and we drove out to an impressive mansion set in the hills above Kingston with rolling farmland all around.
Back at the Signal School we turned to partying to relieve the boredom. There was much drinking and, because there were no drink-driving laws, we rocked around the country pubs, carried by my self-drive naval car that allowed me precious, unrationed petrol, which was like gold dust at that time. How come I had the benefit of this luxury at a time when private cars were almost unobtainable? I had picked up a part-time second job as Command Signal Officer for the Plymouth Command, which took me all of two days a week.
Abandon Ship!. The Post-War Memoirs of Captain Tony McCrum RN by Tony McCrum