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Merry Christmas to one and all , I thought I would share this story as it’s maritime related and a reminder of how lucky we all have it now.

A wee family story about how my Grandad spent one of  his christmas days and a reminder of how lucky we all are, it was writen by his son in law.
Before he died I spoke to Uncle Ownie (my grandads brother)about his wartime experiences. He mentioned he
had been stationed on Gibraltar when a troop ship came in which had been attacked and
damaged by the Bismarck. He'd found out his brother Edward (Ned) was on board and he
asked for and received permission to visit him on board. It was to be nearly six years
before Ned saw any of his family again. The troopship was on route to Egypt and he was with the Eight Army through North Africa and Italy until the end of the war. !
The Bismarck encounter didn't sound right so I did some digging on the Internet and came
up with the following.!
The Empire Trooper, a captured
converted German liner, left Greenock
on 18th December calling at Liverpool
and joining Convoy WS5A. 600 miles
west of Cape Finnestere, early on
Christmas Day 1940 the Empire Trooper
having fallen behind the convoy, was
attacked by the German heavy cruiser
Admiral Hipper. A shell struck the ship
below the waterline. Reports of casualties
vary between two and sixteen troops
killed. A small corvette escort ship
attacked the Hipper and probably saved
the troopship from being sunk.
The troops spent most of that Christmas Day lined up along one side of the ship trying to
keep the damaged area out of the water while makeshift repairs were made. The ship then
sailed to the Azores
where temporary
repairs were made
before going on to
Gibraltar and the chance meeting of two brothers.
(I copied and pasted it so sorry for the gaps)

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Yes, Merry Christmas to all and thanks for some stimulating but ultimately good natured discussions. BFE has always been a civilised place to be on the Internet and we all appreciate that, together with the light touch of the moderation team to keep us on the straight and narrow. My thanks to them.

And in the spirit of Chritmas amity and despite some of my previous comments, Mrs B and I are now considering a French tour for 2018 (in addition to Greece of course....!) :D

Colin

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Merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous, healthy and stimulating New Year to all.

And thank you to all contributors. You have enlightened me, exasperated me, baffled me, delighted me, agreed with me and even chided me. At the end of the year, I know more about BF, its ships, services and crew, and its destinations, not to mention more about port shops, wine, beef and strikes than I did at the beginning of it. That's what it's all about! We also joined Club Voyage and sailed on BF ships more than ever before.

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Seasonal greetings to all from a sunny, but chilly, southern France.

They don’t do Christmas Pud down here ........... fools!   Fortunately, friends brought one back for us a few days ago.

 

 

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Have come from Plymouth to London - natives here seem friendly, but as no BF Christmas cruise coming this way and no ferries running we had to drive up the tiresome motorway. Greetings to all sailors. 

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My turn to work next Christmas Day I don’t mind to be fair as it’s appreciated by the folk I work with , this came up on my Twitter feed makes it all worth while 

 

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A slightly belated "Season's Greetings" to all - hope that you had a good Christmas, and best wishes for 2018 :)

I've come to my client's office today to find they have already removed all the Christmas decorations and Santa has not delivered my Christmas wish for 'better coffee'. Bah!

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On 28/12/2017 at 11:19, Jim said:

'better coffee'.

Jim, at some point you'll have to accept the sad truth that people (your bosses) were lying to you all along and better coffee doesn't really exist. It's just a myth to get people to come to work earlier and behave themselves for the rest of the year. Once you have got over the shock, you will be less stressed in the minutes leading up entering the office/coffee room, but can still perpetuate the myth with the younger,  more gullible members of the workforce. :D

Ed

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On 30/12/2017 at 14:56, Cabin-boy said:

Jim, at some point you'll have to accept the sad truth that people (your bosses) were lying to you all along and better coffee doesn't really exist. It's just a myth to get people to come to work earlier and behave themselves for the rest of the year. Once you have got over the shock, you will be less stressed in the minutes leading up entering the office/coffee room, but can still perpetuate the myth with the younger,  more gullible members of the workforce. :D

Ed

Ha - thanks Ed... alas it's my client rather than management who built hopes up. At least at my 'home' office there's a coffee chain on site which whilst not the best stuff is infinitely more preferable to the sludge that comes out of our canteens.

I look forward to a decent cup of the French stuff in February. 

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