The New Extension

 Due to the current facilities now being full to capacity Mike managed to talk Jo into approving an extension to house new items of Memorabilia which you will see below as they become available.

We start with pictures of the new structure.

Waiting for a 'Dabtoe' with a paint brush.

Survivor Lifeboat Transceiver

Technology: Tube transmitter, solid state receiver.

Modes: Transmits on 500, 2182 & 8364 KHz.. Receives on 500 & 2182 KHz.

Auto keying facilities are included to transmit the 12, 4 second dash alarm signal plus SOS. Hand keying is also provided plus a boom mic fitted to the headset for speech transmission.

Lifeboat Radio

Under Construction

Completed

Gate Guard

Latest Additions October 2018

Fleet Air Arm Badges at Marshland Maritime Museum

 

 The recent acquisition of pair of paddles, which may have come from a

 Carley Float, decorated with the badges of half a dozen RN Naval Air

 Squadrons has led to some interesting detective work to discover their

 history.

 Museum owner and TCA member Mike Smith recently bought the

 paddles at a Collectors Fair in Peterborough but the seller had no

 knowledge of their provenance.

 

 The Starboard Paddle [ left ] has the badges of the SAR Flight of HMS

 CENTAUR and 849 and 801 Squadrons and the Port Paddle [ right ] has

 the badges of 810, 891 and 845 Squadrons.

 Wikipedia and selected FAA Memoirs quickly yielded the fascinating

 histories of the Squadrons and Lt Cdr Malcolm Tennant RN (Rtd),

 Curatorial Volunteer, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton identified the

 following details:

 The squadrons were all embarked in CENTAUR during her second

 commission:

 

  801 NAS    Sea Hawk           Jan 59 - Jul 60

  810 NAS    Gannet AS4        Jun 59 - Jul 60

  845 NAS    Whirlwind HAS7  Jan 59 - Mar59

  849 D Flt    Skyraider            Nov 58 - Jun 59

  891 NAS    Sea Venom         Nov 58 - Jun 59

 

 We still have to discover why the paddles were produced - perhaps to

 commemorate the end of the commission ?

 Some of the squadrons, such as 891 were relatively short lived, others

 such as 801, 849 AEW and 845 (the Junglies) are with us today, after

 adding to their reputations during the Falklands and Afghan Campaigns.

 

 These WWI pattern RN Binoculars & HETHER LANTERN continued in service into the 1970s.

This pair is fitted with an 'Improved' Hether Lantern, Mk2, Patt. 16466, introduced in service in the Royal Navy in the 1950s.

The Hether Lantern was designed for use during night operations when ships were 'darkened' and showing no lights. The design of the barrel meant that the flashing light could not be seen peripherally and only if the reader was looking straight on.