Thanks to all that attended this year it was a huge success, I thought last years was great but our new found ex-shipmates took us all to a whole new level of fun again thanks to you all for making it one heck of a weekend to remember
Sadly this year we lost Gerry (Brad) Bradbery, Robert (Jock) Laidlaw and Malcolm (Albertoss) Ross who have crossed over the bar.
Hull is certainly a vibrant City and to be there during the 2017 City of Culture celebrations was a rare treat.
Friday October 6th, 2017
40 of us met in Hull and 19 of our partners joined us which made it a great weekend.
Friday night was just another great night of beer and communication and the conversation flowed as well as the beer. Tot time and then a buffet dinner and some more alcohol and lots and lots of laughter saw this tired matelote off to bed about midnight.
Saturday October 7th, 2017
Started with great full English breakfast and lots more conversation and swapping of information. Had our AGM and settled for Pompey for the 2018 location. Discussed our plans for the day and then disbursed most of us headed for the marina and a private tour of Ocean going barge Spider T and the infamous HMS Pickle now owned and Captained by Mal Nicholson. I could write a book about the Pickle having spent the afternoon aboard her and later at the Gala dinner listening to the stories of Captain Mal Nicholson he has a true passion for HMS Pickle.
Shave Shower and Shampoo as they say and get ready for tot time and the evening meal in our private dining room. Food and service was great and the hotel staff did a fantastic job. This year we had arranged for a guest speaker Commodore Phil Waterhouse but a last-minute case of laryngitis scuttled that plan but Captain Mal Nicholson of the Pickle stepped in and saved the day and along with his wife and two sons joined us for dinner and they did pretty good job of cleaning up in the raffle as well. Mal gave us all a history lesson regarding the Pickle and its truly amazing journey from Gibraltar harbor to Hull it is truly amazing that he made it back to the UK with the Pickle. If you are not familiar with story of HMS Pickle I would suggest going to
Also visit https://www.facebook.com/schoonerpickle/ Mal posted a piece regarding our visit and tot time.
The night went really well with lots of piss taking which we all still seem to be good at. Our raffles brought in over £500 which was great and covered our costs for website, tot time, port etc. Turned in again at some ungodly hour and slept like a baby.
Sunday October 8th, 2017
Sunday morning was a full English breakfast for me again and a debrief by everyone of last nights dinner etc and those booked only for two nights including your truly packed up and reluctantly headed for home around 11:00am.
A lot of us now stay for Sunday night and it is a great relaxing day and a good time for sightseeing We toured the fishing trawler Arctic Corsair and I learned that I joined the right service fishing is way to dangerous and the hours stink. We visited the Maritime Museum and visited quite a few pubs. The architecture of Hull is amazing and it is a great place to visit. The Royal Hotel is attached to the main railway station in Hull and you literally walk out the back of hotel under cover onto the railway platforms.
Many thanks to Phil Yarwood who found the chart that used to be posted by the Coxswains office that showed our daily position. Some information is missing but fortunately Jeremy Sanders has that information archived and will be updating it and we then hope to have it laminated and displayed at our reunions.
Paul Smith has some Royal Navy ties with the Troubridge crest on them so I will send out a broadcast with pictures etc of the ties should you want one.
Bryan Pace HMS Troubridge 1966-1969 16 mess Junior Seamen.