FITTLETON stateboard on Permanent Loan to TCA from RN Patrol Service Museum
Left to right:
Alf Muffet (curator RN Patrol Museum)
TCA Hon. Sec. Peter Down
Leo Whisstock (National Secretary RNPS)
The Ashore/On Board stateboard has had an interesting history having been rescued from the hulk of HMS FITTLETON when it was returned to Chatham. It had been at the bottom of the North Sea when the ship capsized and sank following
a collision with HMS MERMAID on the 20th September 1976 (see full details on the TCA website www.tca2000.co.uk
The back of the board has a pencil inscription "Curzon Job No 2/846, which suggests that it may be a 'rabbit' made in a dockyard during a refit. As the antiques people say, this proves the 'provenance' of the item.
The stateboard had been donated to the RNPS Museum by Philip Eason of
Shoreham on Sea, where Fittleton/Curzon was based, he had served in the
RN and RNR and his father, who had also been a CPO in the RN, had been
a ship keeper to Sussex RNR unit. Together they slipped Fittleton when she
departed on that fateful voyage. Father had gone to Chatham when the hulk
returned to salvage any usable naval stores from her and found the
stateboard jammed under the Loop Reel. He also recovered the ensign from
the staff which had been snapped off by the collision but which was luckily still
aboard, caught up in the debris on the sweep deck.
The TCA has placed the stateboard for safekeeping with the collection of
Ton Class memorabilia at the Marshland Maritime Museum, where it will join
Fittleton's ensign which Philip Eason had donated to Marshlands in 2013.
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information about the latest
Ton Class Association project
Deltic Engine Starter
HMS KIRKLISTON 01
Painting used to illustrate the cover of 'Last of the Wooden Walls'
HMS KIRKLISTON 02
Refurbishment of an OROPESA
Unofficial 'Sweep' flag of HMS GAVINTON
Doreen & TCA Hon. Sec. Peter Down on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Peter was instrumental in suggesting that this website be set-up & has been the source of supplying material from the museum for its construction.
Ton Class Association Publications
A superb working model of a TON Winch
Lifebuoy from HMS Stubbington donated by Commodore Steve Kirby who was CO of the ship as a Lt/Cdr
The Ton Class Minesweeper commanded by HRH Prince Charles
On the left a 3D drawing of a Ton with views of the Sweepdeck under.
Above a Cut-Away drawing of a Ton converted for diving purposes.
To the right diagrams of sweeping techniques.
RN Aldis Lamp ex HMS Iveston
M314 Alta. Not a 'Ton' but the Norwegian equivalent
A Selection of Ton Class Cap Tallies
Ton Class Labels
The HMS ABDIEL ships badge & photograph
have been kindly donated by an ex CO of the
ship Jim Merrett 1982 - 1984.
The Abdiel is at anchor somewhere south of
Lorient with the NATO Squadron which
consisted of 2 German, one Hunt, one
Belgium, 2 Dutch & a Dane rafted alongside.
"Door Cover'' donated by "Forever Jack"
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Signal Lamp from HMS IVESTON
Check with TCA Stores Officer for availability
INSHORE FLOTILLA FAR EAST MAGAZINE CHRISTMAS 1966
Ten Little Sweepers looking for a mine one got a contact and then there were NINE.
Nine little sweepers all rather late. One tried 20 knots and then there were EIGHT.
Eight little sweeper, one went to heaven (Alias Bangkok) and then there were SEVEN.
Seven little sweepers doing lots of tricks. One tried a transfer and then there were SIX.
Six little sweepers C.D.s set to dive. One found a mermaid and then there were FIVE.
Five little sweepers playing at war. One hit a sand bank and then there were FOUR.
Four little sweepers in a stiff breeze. One turned turtle and then there were THREE.
Three little sweepers sailing in the blue. One hit another one and then there were TWO.
Two little sweepers shooting off a gun. One dropped an ammo box and then there was ONE
One little sweeper sailing on and on. That green *$^%~@ was PUNCHESTON
We wish them better luck in the Middle East
The Museum has obtained a number of souvenir books relating to the Inshore Flotilla. They are scanned copies of Flotilla newsletters & photographs.
Due to the age and condition of these books only limited reproduction is possible for display on this site. However they can be viewed by researchers and other interested parties by prior arrangement.
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