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From: "Peter Richardson" <>
Subject: RE: [CHS] : HMS WOOLSTON
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 18:29:25 +1000
In-Reply-To: <31c.4d6dc82.31a36879@aol.com>


Hi Ricky,
As reader of all rootsweb e-mails I am constantly amazed at the range of
stories/replies you come up with ... you should produce a book of Cheshire
short stories !!!
Keep up the good work.
Peter Richardson
Melbourne

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Subject: [CHS] : HMS WOOLSTON

Hi Listers,
This is about Cheshire - Honest.
At the end of WW1 we had an embarrassment of "State of the Art" Destroyers
recently completed. More than 50 in fact. These had been designed to go in
fast
against the German ships - fire torpedoes and then run away at a great rate

of knots. We had little alternative but to let them grow old whilst waiting

for WW2.
Because we had so many destroyers - there was no incentive to build any

more or produce any design improvements.
WW2 was a different war for the Destroyers, they were not expected to
fight German ships with their guns and torpedoes. The new enemy was up in
the
sky and down under the sea. One of the first destroyer casualties happened
at
the Dunkirk evacuation - she was sunk by enemy aircraft with little
armament
suitable to defend herself.
Quick refits were necessary - half of the torpedo tubes were removed
together with some of the 4" guns. High angle guns and Anti Aircraft guns
were
fitted and off they went to do battle in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and
North Sea.
More trouble and more refits. Convoy escort Destroyers required
endurance, so these had a steam boiler removed and replaced with more fuel
containers. Anti submarine Destroyers required loads of depth charges and
the means
to propel them, so these were fitted at the rear end. By this time, new
modern Destroyers such as the type 3s were being introduced, replacing the
old WW1
stock.
In 1942, the civil population had a "Warship Week" where towns could
adopt a ship.
Congleton adopted a WW1 Destroyer called "HMS Woolston". How did I find
this
out ?
Because I joined the Local History Society recently. How did I know about
these destroyers ?
Because I built a model of one about 10 years ago. So what ? Well there is
nothing in the Museum to recognise Congleton's "Boat" and I still have the
plans to build a new model.
I'm thinking about it. Could HMS Tanatside do more than the old Destroyers'

35 knots ?
For those interested in the social side - the toilet facilities were
minimal, the sleeping arrangements were "one out-one in", most sailors went
to
Russia and back without a change of clothing, lifeboat drill was not
practised on
the Russian convoys - what was the point you only lasted 4 minutes in those

temperatures, boots were seldom removed because the decks were continually
awash, you couldn't touch anything outside the ship or it would take your
skin
off.
I'm off for a hot cup of tea.
Ricky Cooper.


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