HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FORT LAUDERDALE MARINERS CLUB MARCH LUNCHEON On March 6th, 2014, FLMC Members and guests gathered at the Embassy Suites Hotel to hear from our speaker, Lesley Warrick, Executive Director of the Seafarer’s House on the Seafarer’s House Mission. The discussion reminds us that is does not take much to help the most vulnerable people in our industry--the seafarers that get 90% of the world’s products to their ultimate destination. Lesley also discussed the upcoming International Golden Compass Award Dinner in April. We hope you will join us for our next luncheon, details on the first page of this Newsletter.
Photos Courtesy of Seafarers House
Snapshot of Upcoming Events
Monthly Luncheon~ May 1, 2014 ~ Timpano Italian Chophouse, Ft Lauderdale, FL Marine Industry Cares Foundation, 6th Annual Spinathon ~ April 25, 2014 ~ Esplanade Park, Ft Lauderdale, visit www.marineindustrycares.org for more details.
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Sailor’s Corner: WW I: Dardanelles and Gallipoli Campaign By Rear Admiral Sir Hugh Turnour England
HMS “Harpy” 1916
After the evacuation of Gallipoli Captain Coode kindly allowed me to go home on leave and arranged for me to be appointed to the “Harpy”, a Beagle class destroyer then refitting at Southampton, where I relieved my old friend, Gerald Dickens. I travelled home overland with another friend, Edward Courtney Boyle, who had been awarded a Victoria Cross for being the first submarine to break through the minefield at the Narrows and operate in the Sea of Marmora.
We had an interesting journey across Europe spending a day in Rome where I remember admiring the young Italian ladies who carried themselves so well in the Via Roma. On arrival in London I lunched with his family in Onslow Square and it was delightful to see how proud his father was of him. At lunch we heard that Winston Churchill was going to make a speech in the House of Commons that afternoon, appealing for the return of Sir John Fisher to the Admiralty, so we decided to go hear him, and had no difficulty in being admitted to the House showing Edward Boyle’s blue V.C. ribbon. It was the first and only time I had been there and it was most interesting, Winston Churchill thumping the dispatch box and Mr. A.J. Balfour looking completely unimpressed with his feet up on a sofa opposite Winston.
It must have been April 1916, that I sailed in my new destroyer, “Harpy” from Southampton to rejoin the 5th Flotilla off the Dardanelles. I remember being a rather sleepy Captain on sailing, as the previous evening I had hired a car to go to London and have dinner with a friend of mine, Geraldine Mills, whose father was Chairman of the New Zealand Shipping Company.
Asia Minor Operations
Arriving back and patrolling off the entrance to the Dardanelles was very dull but “Harpy” was soon ordered to relieve Andrew Cunningham in “Scorpion” and Adrian Keys in “Wolverine” who were carrying out active operations against the Turks on the coast of Asia Minor, between the islands of Samos and Rhodes in the Aegean Sea.
Operations against the Turks were planned by a Professor Myers, later Sir John Myers, who had been given a commission as Lieutenant-commander R.N.V.R. He was a distinguished scholar, Wykeham Professor of Ancient History and a fellow of New College, Oxford. Spending most of his holidays in peacetime on the Island of Kalymos he knew every inch of the country and had assembled some two or three hundred Greek irregulars, arming them with old Lee-Metford rifles and raided the Turkish posts on the mainland. They were always greatly superior in numbers to the Turks manning the posts, and did not hesitate to ask for covering fire from the destroyer, being encouraged by the Professor who was a fire eating old gentleman. Andrew Cunningham had wisely had steel plates fitted round his bridge to replace the padded mattresses which were no use against rifle fire. I delayed doing this as the steel plates would have affected the compass and we had several minefields laid off the coast.
It was on 16 November 1916, that after we had done a successful raid on a Turkish post during the night in the Mandelia Gulf, “Harpy” was waiting for daylight for the irregulars and some prisoners to be brought onboard, that the Professor suggested we should go into a small landlocked bay with a village at its had called Chuluk, as he thought there was a Caique on the beach which should be destroyed. After having a good look through my glasses at the narrow entrance, and observing some recently made trenches with loopholes on the port side, I said it was not worth the risk and I could see no signs of a Caique on the beach. The Professor then spurred me on by saying that he had often been into the bay in “Scorpion” and had encountered no enemy action, so I gave into him saying I would go in provided I could see no signs of the trenches being occupied. Having had another good look at close range, and seeing no signs of the loop holes in the trenches being manned, I went in, but took the precaution of having no one on the upper deck except my foremost gun’s crew which was completely ready for action.
The Turks held their fire as we approached but when we were abreast the trenches about a hundred yards away, they opened fire with what may have been rifles of heavy caliber and I was hit, subsiding on the bridge with my led in two pieces. My foremost gun’s crew soon quelled the rifle blasting the trenches to pieces, and I was very glad to knew there were no other casualties. Professor Myers was profuse in his apologies, adding that he was sure I would recover and that after the war I must come dine with him at New College, where they did not have a very good cook but excellent Port Wine. He also observed that I was looking a bit pale and ordered my Coxswain to get me some whisky, which the latter was delighted to do bringing a tumbler of neat whisky, which did me good.
It was a foolish way to get shot but in hindsight it is never any good and afterwards I believe the raids were stopped so Professor Myers lost his job and I never met him again. After I was wounded “Harpy” was ordered to proceed to Mudros where I was placed onboard the hospital ship “Karapara” when an operation was performed on my leg before I was evacuated to Haslar Hospital in England. I travelled home in the new White Star Liner “Britannic”, then fitted as a hospital ship and was treated royally, a steward bringing me the wind list at every meal, but she was torpedoed by a “U” boat on her next outward voyage when fortunately there were no casualties onboard.
Historical Derivation of Maritime Words and Phases
There are few of us who have not at one time or another been admonished to "mind our Ps and Qs," or in other words, to behave our best. Oddly enough, "mind your Ps and Qs" had nautical beginnings as a method of keeping books on the waterfront.
In the days of sail when sailors were paid a pittance, seafarers drank their ale in taverns whose keepers were willing to extend credit until payday. Since many salts were illiterate, keepers kept a talley of pints and quarts consumed by each sailor on a chalkboard behind the bar. Next to each person's name a mark was made under "P" for pint or "Q" for quart whenever a seaman ordered another draught. On pay day, each seafarer was liable for each mark next to his name, so he was forced to "mind his Ps and Qs" or get into financial trouble. To ensure an accurate count by unscrupulous keepers, sailors had to keep their wits and remain somewhat sober. Sobriety usually ensured good behavior, hence the meaning of "mind your Ps and Qs."
Nautical Dates in March
April 1, 1946 Massive tsunami triggered by Alaskan earthquake
April 11, 1859 Mark Twain receives steamboat pilot license
April 14, 1912
RMS TITANIC strikes iceberg at 11:45 p.m. and sinks 2.5 hours later with loss of 815 pax
April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling Rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico
April 24, 1916
Sir Ernest Shackleton sets off in the JAMES CAIRD for the 800 mile journey to Antarctica
April 27, 1865
Mississippi Steamer SULTANA explodes 1,600 die
April 28, 1789
British sailors mutiny aboard HMS BOUNTY
This Month In History
The New York Times March 14, 1914 Page 1
PRISON FOR CAPTAIN FISH
Five Years for Burning His Yacht to Get $15,000 Insurance
BOSTON, March 13. – Capt. John A. Fish of New York was sentenced today to five years in the Federal prison at Atlanta for burning his yacht Senta in Edgartown Harbor on Oct. 25, 1910, in order to gain $15,000 insurance money.
An appeal on a writ of error was taken by counsel, which acted as a stay, but Fish’s bail was increased from $10,000 to $15,000. It was furnished by a surety company and he was released.
In moving sentence, United States District Attorney French said that Fish when 21 years old deserted from the United States Army. At that time he was an orderly at West Point.
Several friends of the prisoner from New York asked the court to be lenient and his counsel recounted the bravery while in the British Army in South Africa which earned him service medals.
The fire that destroyed the yacht occurred at night. Fish aroused his guests in time for them to escape. He denied that he knew how the blaze originated.
Article provided by Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
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