These traditional Royal Navy toasts will give you a reason to raise your rum glass every day
Royal Navy History
The history of the United Kingdom is the history of the Royal Navy. We are an island nation and sea has
always been a vital factor. It is the means of people arriving from overseas, a barrier to invaders, a highway
for trade and the basis for a once-global empire.
The White Ensign, at one time called the St George's Ensign due to the simultaneous existence of a
cross-less version of the flag, is an ensign flown on British Royal Navy ships and shore establishments.
It consists of a red St George's Cross on a white field with the Union Flag in the upper canton
HMS Franklin (J84) was a Halcyon-class minesweeper (officially, "fleet minesweeping sloop")
of the British Royal Navy, which was commissioned in 1938 as a survey ship. She served as such
throughout World War II, continuing in that role until decommissioned in 1953.There were 21 ships
in the Halcyon class, built in two groups; the first using reciprocating steam engines, with steam turbines in the latter.
They were generally smaller versions of the Grimsby-class escort sloops.
The photographs on this site are a mixture of those from David Page's own collection of
many years, some which were "Rescued" from an unofficial "Fly Tip" rubbish site during early
1997, and many more which have been donated to him, to display on this website with the owners full blessing,
from the private collections of his sites many visitors
Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping.
Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE. Also lots of excellent photos and many video clips
The Royal Navy's Shore Establishments train our men and women for the challenges of life at sea in the 21st Century. They offer everything
from new entry courses and intensive commando training through to modern apprenticeships and post graduate degrees.
The Naval Bases are home to the Royal Navy's Surface and Submarine Fleets. Each base supports the ships and submarines of their flotillas in the areas of personnel, engineering and supplies.
The largest naval base in Western Europe, Devonport has been supporting the Royal Navy since 1691. The vast site covers more than 650 acres and has 15 dry docks, four miles of waterfront,
25 tidal berths and five basins. The base employs 2,500 Service personnel and civilians, supports around 400 local firms and generates around ten per cent of Plymouths income.
HMS - When is a ship a real ship, and when is it a shore base? In Royal Navy and Royal Marines service records, personnel will be shown as serving on a ship. This does not necessarily mean
they are at sea; instead they may be at a shore establishment. There were hundreds of these across the years and there are still many today. These are some you may come across in service records.