The 60 gun frigate HMS Winchester

Back when I started blogging a catchphrase used to castigate the mainstream media was “Don’t these people have editors?”

Can;t use it these days as of course they don’t.

17 thoughts on “The 60 gun frigate HMS Winchester”

  1. @Mr Lud

    I like Harrygate – it keeps giving

    Harry and Meghan have closed their Buckingham Palace office and sacked all 15 of their British team. Despite all their protestations about dividing their time between Britain and Canada, you could hardly find more a cold-bloodedly definitive statement that they are gone for good — and seem to care nothing about the damage they are leaving behind.

    Harry and Meghan have departed in search of greater privacy, more fulfilling careers — and no doubt more opportunities to take private jets to lucrative events such as the one in Miami they attended last week to talk about ‘mental health issues’

    And odd as it may seem, this is where Harry and Meghan may well perform their greatest service: as the ultimate cautionary tale, a lesson in self-pity and shameless freeloading.

    One reason that George VI was so popular, after all, was that he was not Edward VIII. Whenever people needed to remind themselves what they liked about him, they merely glanced across the seas and shuddered at the spectacle of the former King in self-imposed exile: a maudlin, self-obsessed moaner with a spoiled, whingeing American wife….

    I feel very sorry for the Queen and Prince Philip being repeatedly kicked in the teeth by petulant and selfish Harry

    @Mr Tim W

    Yesterday on ConTel you had a shortage of “e”s, today another shortage

    A gift: eeeeeeeeeeee ”””””””’

  2. I thought HMS Winchester timbers were going to be used in rebuilding Notre Dame.

    ‘Sixty-gun frigate HMS Winchester is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking data.’

    The Royal Navy still uses semaphore?

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    I don’t know about semaphore but the Navy used Aldis lamps when we were on radio silence as we got close to the Falkland Islands.

    A mayday relay is used when the sender can’t be heard by the coastguard. I heard one when sailing in the Solent. A small fishing boat caught fire just off St Catherine’s Point (southern most point of the Isle of Wight) and his mayday was picked up by a Navy frigate that was undergoing final sea trials and so had a full complement of crew, including surgeon. They had him out of the water and in their sick bay in no time. It certainly counts as the luckiest mayday response I’ve heard about and if he’d had to wait for lifeboat it could have been quite serious.

  4. As pointed out in the other place, the naval vessel involved was actually HMS Westminster. Dictation over a dodgy line? (Not that I imagine anyone files copy that way any more.)

  5. I remember back then that they used to make fun of bloggers as ‘guys in pajamas’ – because they did what they did from home and not in a large, open-plan office, under supervision and with direction.

    Now, across the internet, the dude’s in pajamas are more professional and take more care with their work than the people who think that what they do constitutes a ‘profession’.

  6. @Gamecock

    Semaphore is still used by RN & USN (especially ship-ship replenishing), as is Aldis lamp.

    Semaphore also used in Aircraft marshalling

    Maritime flag signalling still used as it works, same as Windsocks at airports. Old isn’t bad

    Do septics still use forks? We do

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