The Merchant Navy Man | The unusual dog Bamse | Did you know?
For she displays a well-shaped knee regardless of the season.
She scorns the man whose heart is faint and doesn't show him pity.
And like a girl she needs the paint to keep her looking pretty.
For love she'll brace the ocean vast, be she a gig or cruiser.
Be firm with her and she'll behave when skies are dark above you.
For such she'll brace the roughest gales and angry seas that crowd her.
Yes ships are ladylike indeed, for take them altogether
The Merchant Navy Man
You have seen him in the street, staggering on groggy feet,
You have shuddered in disgust as he grovelled in the dust,
You have cheered our naval lads in their stately iron-clads,
You mourned the loss of every steamer, and the cost it made you brood,
He fights the lurking Hun with his eighteen pounder gun,
The unusual dog Bamse:
He died on one of the ships in Montrose (not far from Aberdeen, Scotland) on July 22-1944 and that's where he's buried. The locals take good care of his grave, which has a large, white cross with his name painted in blue and the text depicting him as a faithful friend to all who served aboard Norwegian ships. In connection with the 40 year anniversary for his death, Scottish newspapers had several articles about him, with pictures of him and his grave. He's also mentioned in a book about ship animals, entitled "Skipshunden Bamse og andre hunder" (The Ship's Dog Bamse and other Dogs) by Ottar Obstad.
On Sept. 30-1984 he was post humously "awarded" Norges Hundeorden (a special award for dogs) for his war services on Thorodd from Febr. 9-1940 until his death on July 22-1944. He had previously been awarded the English Dickin Medal (the animals' Victoria Cross). See also my page about Thorodd and this posting to my Ship Forum.
Here's a similar story (external link)
that seagulls were protected by law in Gt. Britain after the 1st world war because they could "report" the presence of a U-boat by the way they flocked together above it?
that the term displacement comes from Archamedes principle, which states that the upthrust on a vessel is equal to the mass of the volume of water displaced, and until the mass of displaced water equals the weight of the ship, the ship will sink. The displacement will decrease or increases according to what is placed on board, or taken off the ship, so that it's virtually impossible to quote a 'correct' number. That's why different sources often give different displacement values.
that the question of awarding Norwegian war medals to British citizens came up in 1982 and 1983, but was categorically rejected both times by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, saying it was "a decision taken personally by the Sovereign based on traditional honours policy which indeed dates back four centuries to Queen Elizabeth I". However, in 1984 Australian authorities gave their citizens permission to receive the Krigsmedaljen and Deltagermedaljen (see my War Medals page), but on condition that these are regarded as private, and are not to be worn for official appearances.
that the word "knot" (as in a ship doing 10 knots) originates from...
and when did the custom of using champagne to christen a ship start? Answer is here..