Category Navy

Britain becomes Nuclear

It was in January 1947 that a British Government’s cabinet sub-committee decided, in response to an apprehension of American isolationism and fears of Britain losing its great power status, to resume British efforts to build nuclear weapons. A key part of this project, of course, was the need to have a location to test them! […]

The story of King Henry’s Mary Rose

Sunday 19th July 1545 was the day that the Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII’s fleet, sank off Portsmouth 34 years after coming into service.  The wreck was located in 1971, raised and is now a museum that attracts visitors from across the world. The reason why she sank, however, remains a matter for […]

Britain’s apology doesn’t make everyone happy.

Two days later on Friday 11th May 1956 it was reported that the British had apologized to Russia over the incident of Frogman Crabb.  A note from the Foreign Office said that the frogman who had been discovered swimming between the Soviet destroyers was, in all probability Commander Crabb.  “As has already been publically reported”, […]

The Prime Minister responds to a previous query regarding Lionel Crabb

It was on Wednesday 9th May 1956 that the Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden made a brief statement in the House of Commons.  “It was,” he said, “not in the public interest to disclose how Commander Crabb had died”.  What was done was done without the authority or knowledge of Her Majesty’s ministers and “appropriate […]

The newspapers report the death of Lieutenant-Commander Lionel Crabb

We’ve seen our strange 20th century story begin with Messrs Khrushchev and Bulganin arrival in Britain and our ‘introduction’ to Lieutenant-Commander Lionel Crabb. Your scribe promised the next steps would arrive on Saturday 29th April 2017.  You will also have noticed that nothing appeared.  That can be blamed on a late arrival of the newspapers […]

A strange 20th century story begins

There are many, still unanswered, questions in Britain’s history. The story I am beginning today is just one of them.  I use the word ‘beginning’ because the end has yet to be confirmed! The story starts when the Russian Sverdlov class cruiser ‘Ordzhonikidze’ brought Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin on a diplomatic mission to Britain.  […]

the year changes – and so do the stories; but disasters, celebrations and the weather remain

The world moves on from one year to the next. As always there are good times and bad – celebrations and disasters. What does the future hold? We’ll find out in the next 360+ days