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    Exclamation Hms collingwood, victory, menetheus and formidable

    Does anyone have information on the bove ships during the period 1942 - 1946. This a family research Request.
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    this is not definite but there was a royal navy training vessel im sure at some stage on the tyne an hms collingwood......hope this helps

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    the collingwood was a royal navy shore training stone frigate in fareham no doubt thousands of royal naval personel no of its training facilities....regards cappy

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    Default Re: Hms collingwood, victory, menetheus and formidable

    As above: HMS Collingwood is a training centre in Fareham, a shore establishment of the Royal Navy, HMS Collingwood opened to new recruits on January 10, 1940.

    Quite a few Shore Establishments were named as HMS Victory. There were 8 of them in WW1! The main barracks were in Queen Street, Portsmouth and named HMS Victory. Naval Regulations insist that every sailor is allocated to a "ship".

    It's now called HMS Nelson, and is Portsmouth Naval Barracks. The Barracks opened in 1903, when the Flag CinC Portsmouth moved from HMS Excellent to HMS Victory (ship) then to shore. The Barracks were then called HMS Victory but was renamed HMS Nelson(1.8.1974).

    MV Menestheus was a Blue Funnel Liner launched in 1929. She was requisitioned by the Royal Navy for conversion to the auxiliary minelayer HMS Menestheus. She joined the 1st Minelaying Squadron based at Kyle of Lochalsh (port ZA) laying mines for the World War II Northern Barrage. When minelaying was completed in October 1943, she was retained for conversion to an amenities ship as part of a mobile naval base for British Pacific Fleet warships. She underwent further conversion at Vancouver in 1944 including installation of a movie theater and canteen staffed by mercantile crews of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service. Conversion included a brewery to make beer for shipboard consumption. The ship had been painted grey for service in the North Atlantic, but was repainted white for service in the western Pacific. Conversion was incomplete when hostilities with Japan ended, and she was returned to Blue Funnel Line in 1946.

    HMS Formidable was an Illustrious-class aircraft carrier ordered for the Royal Navy before the Second World War. After being completed in late 1940, she was briefly assigned to the Home Fleet before being transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet as a replacement for her crippled sister ship Illustrious.

    Touch wood all is correct as far as I am aware.

    Keith.
    "Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque

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