Category Trouble at Sea

The man who earned the first Victoria Cross

It was on Wednesday 21st June 1854 that 20 year old Charles Davis Lucas won the first Victoria Cross. He came from County Monaghan in Ireland and had joined the Royal Navy when he was thirteen. Now twenty, he was a Mate on HMS Hecla as part of an Anglo-French fleet at the eastern end […]

Music on and from the North-Sea

It was on this day – Saturday 28th March 1964 – that Radio Caroline began broadcasting from the middle of the North Sea.  Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was a pirate radio station that never actually became illegal, although after the 1967 Marine Offences Act it became illegal for […]

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 […]

The strange case of Commander Crabb may now be closed

Back on Friday 11th May 1956 we left the British apologizing to Russia over the incident of Frogman Crabb, and three juniors of a department of British Intelligence being moved to other units.  It appeared that the case of ‘Buster’ Crabb was officially considered to be closed. But we asked ‘was it?’ and asked you […]

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 […]

Buster Crabb and a note of his past

It is interesting how one thing can lead to another – and that the ‘other’ can be in the past rather than the present. On Wednesday 19th April I posted the first part of the Buster Crabb story and promised that the next step would appear on Saturday 29th April.  That promise remains – however […]