Saturday, March 5, 2011

A few of Gregg's old navy photos


Please feel free to enlarge all the photos if you would like a more detailed look.

I know I am out of season and we still have a way to go before the US celebrates Thanksgiving. I was going to wait to post these in November but as I scanned them this morning and Gregg asked if I was going to post them on my blog today, I could tell he liked that idea so here they are.

On arrival in England he was sent to HMS Bulwark for four months. While on Bulwark he went to Gibraltar, Cyprus, Istanbul, Rotterdam and Trevemunde. Much to his surprise and delight and because he was the only American on board, the Hong Kong Chief in charge of the wardroom gave him a surprise Thanksgiving Meal, and he had the honor of cutting the cake.

He sent these photos along with the menu, and a letter to his family back in the States, and his Mom kept everything, bless her. We have been recently going through all these old photos and have found some treasures.
He then served on HMS Ariadne, his second Royal Navy ship and the one where we met. Below is a copy of the United States Naval Academy class ring, and when on route from Singapore to the coast of Mozambique via the Island of Gan, he put his class ring on a ledge in his room, and he thinks as the ship rolled the ring fell into the garbage can, which was later emptied over the stern of the ship. The ring now probably sits in 5,000 feet of water in the Indian Ocean.

I asked Gregg where he went on Ariadne and here's the list: he joined the ship in Singapore and then went to the following places. Hong Kong, Maccay (Queensland, Australia), Littleton (New Zealand), Napier (New Zealand), Sydney, Singapore, Gan (Maldives), spent two weeks off the coast of Beira (Mozambique), Mauritius (Indian Ocean), Cape Town, went by St. Helena, an island in the Atlantic off Africa and sent a helicopter to pick up the mail, Gibralter, Devonport (UK), back to Gibralter, Malta, Messina (Sicily), Laspizia (Italy), Izmir (Turkey), Antalya (Turkey), Ajaccio (Corsica), Toulon (France), Gibralter again, Devonport, Portland (in the UK), London, Flensburg (Germany via the Kiel Canal), Middlesborough (UK), Rosythe (Scotland), Scapa Flow (Orkney's), Greenoch (Scotland), Devonport and Torbay (and on to the good ship HMS Denise - that's me and yes I am smiling)

24 comments:

Roy said...

My goodness, he's a young Lad Denise, I hope Gregg was able to get a replacement ring.?

Kay said...

This is such a great heirloom post for your son and his children. That was so sweet of the Hong Kong Chief!

Oh dear, Gregg lost a ring too, hunh?

uncle steve said...

Whata foresight of Gregg's mom to save all the photos and mementos.

Linda Reeder said...

What wonderful treasures you have, thanks to MOM!

Sharon said...

How great of Gregg's Mom to save those things! You have a scrapbook in the making! It must seem funny to look back and see how so many things have gone on since!

Great post, Denise!

Marina said...

Βeautiful photos!!! They brought me so many memories of my dad's naval career! You see he was in the Greek Navy at exactly the same period...What a pity your Greg didn't visit Greece back then, but as we all know we had serious political problems in those years!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

A treasure trove of memories to pass along to your son and family.
Kudo's to Gregg's mum for saving them.
He certainly did get to see the world, as the Navy promises :)
Great post Denise, thank you for shring with us.
Hugs,
~Jo

gigihawaii said...

Nice photos! Gregg should take you to Hong Kong and Macau some day. I still have fond memories of our trip there last year.

EG Wow said...

These family heirlooms are among the best I've ever seen! :)

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

You will understand when I say that I know EXACTLY how you felt when you found old photos and letters that Gregg's mom kept all these years. Aren't moms great! Gregg saw a lot of the world, while in the Navy!

As an aside, I like the "bio" picture of you and Gregg that is located on your sidebar!

Mama-Bug said...

Denise thanks for sharing those wonderful memories with us. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nothing like looking at old pics. Thanks for sharing.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Lovely to see the old photos Denise and how interesting to read all the places Gregg visited. He has certainly seen a fair bit of the world. I used to live near Portland, was born in a house overlooking Chesil Beach and spent many happy hours there. A x

jabblog said...

Lovely memories! How nice to have a Thanksgiving for the one American on board - I'm sure Gregg was very touched.
I had to look up Crullers - never heard of those before.
Shame about his Naval Academy ring - irreplaceable.

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Beatrice P. Boyd said...

More interestinb reading, Denise. Thanks for sharing more of your life and Gregg's. Too bad about his ring :-(

eileeninmd said...

A nice post your hubby's Navy days. It is wonderful that he traveled around the world, I'm sure he got to see some great places. It is awesome you have all the old photos and letters and memories.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that was really interesting Denise, thanks for sharing.

Gill

Margaret Cloud said...

I really enjoyed this post and the list of places he has been to. Sorry about the class ring. With my metal detector I can't remember all the class rings I found on the beach with it. I actually tracked down the schools and returned all but one, they could not find the student. Reading about Greg reminds me of my husbands Navy days, he served from 1949 to 1953. He had two Navy books of their world cruise and I took and cut the one up and made him a scrap book and surprised him at Christmas one year with it. Thank you for coming by, have a nice week.

Callie said...

Wonderful photos! So glad you have them. Gregg has been to so many places. Please be sure and post this again in November around Thanksgiving time. Thanks for sharing. I bet everyone enjoyed celebrating Gregg's American holiday.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Denise, this post is so sweet!Thanks so much for sharing your memories and lovely pictures!
Léia

diane b said...

You have found some treasures there. Greg has had a very interesting career and been to many places. It must have been exciting for him.

Jane and Chris said...

I see Gregg is wearing a cummerband (sp?);Chris used to call his a 'crumb catcher'!
Jane x

Ola said...

Interesting story and good idea to scan old pictures!