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No Grave but the Sea, Liverpool, Naval War Memorial

By the River Mersey, Liverpool, lies this memorial to Merchant Navy personnel who died serving in the Royal Navy and have no known grave. The names are engraved on the brass panels:-

Liverpool, Naval War Memorial

Central pedestal:-

Central Pedestal, Liverpool Naval War Memorial

Inscription. “These officers and men of the merchant navy died while serving with the Royal Navy and have no grave but the sea. 1939-1945”:-

Inscription, Liverpool Naval War Memorial

Reverse view:-

Reverse View, Liverpool Naval War Memorial

HMS Queen Elizabeth and Isle of May

HMS Queen Elizabeth is the Royal Navy’s latest aircraft carrier. (That’s the one there’s not enough money to fit out with any aircraft.)

She sailed out from her fitting out at Rosyth in the Firth of Forth for her sea trials in June 2017. We happened to be in Cellardyke, Fife that day and caught a glimpse of her near the Isle of May.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (yacht in front) and the Isle of May from Cellardyke Harbour:-

HMS Queen Elizabeth and the Isle of May

HMS Queen Elizabeth and Isle of May closer view:-

HMS Elizabeth and Isle of May

HMS Queen Elizabeth closer view:-

HMS Queen Elizabeth

Isle of May:-

Isle of May, Firth of Forth

HMS Queen Elizabeth and another ship:-

HMS Queen Elizabeth on Sea Trials

Commemorative Plaques, Wick, Sutherland

HMS Jervis Bay was a merchant ship requisitioned by the Admiralty on the outbreak of the Second World War and converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She was sunk by the German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer on 5/11/1940 while trying to draw fire onto itself to protect the convoy it was escorting.

This memorial plaque is on a wall in Wick town centre.

HMS Jervis Bay Memorial Plaque, Wick

Nearby is a memorial to HMAV Isleford, a Royal Navy Auxiliary vessel wrecked with all hands in a blizzard in Wick Bay on 25/1/1942, in sight of the shore.

HMAV Isleford Memorial Plaque, Wick

Rosyth

Below is a photograph of the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier as viewed from Rosyth. This is the one that apparently won’t have any aircraft once it’s fitted out as we can’t afford them. Trident yes, it seems; warplanes no.

On Friday I realised that T Ronald Dump’s hair reminded me of this:-

Aircraft Carrier

The reason we were at Rosyth was to go on a cruise. On the Fred.Olsen Lines ship SS Black Watch. This was the ship’s (mascot?) Not figurehead. It was facing to the rear.

Ship's Figurehead/Mascot

Sunset over the Forth:

Evening Sky, Firth of Forth

Anstruther WW1 Memorial

Erected in memory of the crews of Royal Navy submarines K4 and K7 lost off Anstruther, Fife, on 31/1/1918.

Anstruther Memorial

The plaque:-

Anstruther Memorial Plaque

New Aircraft Carrier

We were along the Fife coast a fortnight or so ago; at Limekilns where there is a good view of Rosyth Dockyard and the Forth Bridges.

Currently fitting out at the dockyard is the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier – the one there won’t be any planes for once it is completed. Both bridges are in the background.

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