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Offline Colin walsh

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2020, 02:11:12 PM »
As a point of interest to me ,are there any members of health physics team 2 on the forum? There were originally 6 members, I now for certain at least 2 of those have shuffled of this mortal coil ,any one of the other three left? If so get in touch .n.hope this is in the right section ,

Offline Colin walsh

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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2020, 04:12:44 PM »
Castle 261'the short answer to your question is no,there is no "safe"level of radiation,all radiation has an adverse affect ,The "safe"dose at that time was many,many times higher than the "safe"level today we used the REM system :-radiation equivalent man.today I understand it's the"sievert"mesurment some thing I have no idea about,much more could perhaps be said about how "business "was conducted in the nuclear complex,but we all signed the official secrets act.so it's be like. Dad keep mum.

Offline Colin walsh

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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2020, 03:51:47 PM »
Granderog,yes I knew Mick Field he was a Leading Monitor,part of the health physics team set up,he was assistant to the duty Health physics Inspectors,I think the basic requirement for the job was you had to be a time served yard tradesman prior to obtaining city &guilds stage I and 2 then pass a set number of verbal examinations ,

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2020, 12:00:25 PM »
My cousin Mike/Mick Field was at the dockyard Nuclear Complex ,think he was a safety monitor or something similar. Some of you may know him . He moved to Hampshire when the yard closed.


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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2020, 11:56:14 AM »

I went several times in the 50's. Sea Hawks flying low while the guns fired at them. The unforgettable sight and sound of the Fairy Gannet making one pass with a prop stopped. Westland Hoverfly(?) scooping a casuality out of the water. And a submarine part diving so only the top of its tower was visible. The Royal Marines band doing 'Sunset' at the end of the day. Great day out!
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Offline castle261

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2020, 11:53:21 AM »
Next to shoot999.


I was asked to go to relieve, a man who had injured his hand while working on Tug Emulous.
I spent most part of the day, chasing the tug around No 1 basin. Whenever he drew alongside
a ship, I was there, ready to climb aboard. The skipper kept waving me off, so it was in the
late afternoon, before I could board, using THAT long ladder. That meant the uinjured man
could not get off, either. I was on there greasing that tug -- for two weeks.

Offline castle261

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2020, 11:41:42 AM »
First to Colin Walsh.
I was in the Nuclear Complex on a crane on No 6 dock. The time when 2 subs were in 6/7 docks +
One sub all the wall of No 1 basin (we only had 4 hunter/killer sub`s then.) + a tank for water from
the sub I working on. Now Colin, I was in a fixed position, the crane was holding a job up, & I was
not too pleased, I asked for a health person to use the gieger counter over the tank.
He said `the reading was so & so `. My question ` what is a SAFE reading -- for that tank `. 

Offline Colin walsh

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« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2020, 11:01:48 AM »
Navy days were usually about Easter time,I was a helth physics monitor in the nuclear complex,on duty in the cab of the big crane,(a very rare occasion) had the unique experience of looking down on two naval jets "attacking "the yard  ,came in over,the RE training hard. And departed over bulls nose 

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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2020, 10:44:07 AM »
I was on the Dockyard tugs in the 60s/70s. We used to maintain a 24/7 Duty Tug crew and not surprisingly us younger ones would always volunteer to cover the Navy Day Duty Tug period. 'Hello ladies; would you like to look around our tug?' :) 

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2020, 10:16:16 AM »
I have a programme from a Chatham Navy Days dating from the late 1970s at home. I'll dig it out, scan it and post it.
"I did not say the French would not come, I said they will not come by sea" - Admiral Sir John Jervis, 1st Earl St Vincent.

Offline Lyn L

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2020, 07:17:53 AM »
We used to go to Navy Day while late hubby Bob was in the RN and after he left ( 69) Handy sometimes as he often saw old oppo's on ships that weren't open to the public and we often went down to the mess with them. He had wanted to go on subs, but was too short ! so he plumped for the next best thing for him Sonar Operator. Had fantastic hearing right up until the day he died.

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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2020, 10:26:16 PM »
I can remember being at Chatham Navy Day's when I was only about 6yrs in 1954.......went in the submarine and on my Dad' shoulders, remember it was fun ducking down.
There were some torpedo like things also in the basins shooting up and down in the water never did know what they were?
Helicopter dropped Sonar Buoys?


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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2020, 10:24:57 PM »
I can remember going to Sheerness Navy days too, we used to go to Chatham most years in the 70s. Did get a bit repetive though-how many times could the marines storm HMS Triumph? My main memory of Sheerness is of the water washing through the hulk of the Cornwallis

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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2020, 08:13:37 PM »
I too remember going to a at least one Navy day. Dad was a rigger in the Dockyard. went into at least one sub. Would also have been in the mid 1950's

Offline Smiffy

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Re: Chatham Dockyard Navy Days
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2020, 10:36:43 PM »
Lived in Chatham, dad and brother both in the RN, but I can't remember ever going to a Navy day!