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Saturday, 10 March 2012

ULUNDI Scanned Data

ULUNDI Ship No 78


Leica Scanned Data,

We are amazed to be able to show you the actual scanned data from the old Leith built ship the tug ULUNDI built in 1927 at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

The ship was scanned by Brad Wakefield in Durban South Africa using Leica scanning equipment.

This gives a 3D all round picture of the ship as she is and surely is the way forward for the preservation of all old vessels as steel and wood will not last forever no matter how well the ship was built, but perhaps cyberspace as they call it will be around for as long as we can imagine.

For all you model makers out there this can give you so much information which would be unavailable to you without actually going out to measure the ship.

We will have the link to this info available to you very soon so you can see one of the oldest ships still left that was built at Leith for yourself.

Our thanks to Brad at Leica Geo-systems in South Africa for giving us access to this info and for taking the time to scan the ship for future posterity.

HMS NESS -in pictures

HMS NESS




A truly amazing record of this fine ship and her crew from 1943 until wars end in August 1945 a remarkable journey through the camera lens of Philip Forrest if a picture is worth a thousand words then this collection is worth many thousands of words.


The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys
This book contains the Naval Staff History originally issued by the Admiralty in 1957 as a confidential book for use within the Royal Navy. It has since been declassified and is published here for the first time, along with an extended preface. This volume describes the dangerous convoy operations in the Mediterranean which were necessary to relieve the garrison and people of Malta, covering the period from the beginning of 1941 until the end of 1942. These convoys had to be fought through against determined attack by German and Italian surface, submarine and, particularly, air forces. Although casualties were proportionately higher than in Atlantic convoys, Malta was successfully re-supplied and remained a considerable impediment to enemy's attempts to supply their armies in North Africa. These operations reveal the dedication, courage and professionalism of the sailors (of both naval and merchant services) as well as the airmen who supported them. A new preface sets the scene for the Staff History. The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys will be of great interest for students interested in the Mediterranean Convoys, Second World War and naval and military history.


We are very pleased to be able to bring you this collection of photographs taken by Leading Signalman (Telegraphist) Phil Forrest during his wartime service on the “River Class” Frigate HMS NESS Ship No 326 built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and launched 30th July 1942.

This collection of photographs has never been published before and are excusive to www.leithshipyards.com you will find the collection on HMS NESS here.

Friday, 9 March 2012

HMS WARDEN


HMS WARDEN seen here at Malta

The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys
This book contains the Naval Staff History originally issued by the Admiralty in 1957 as a confidential book for use within the Royal Navy. It has since been declassified and is published here for the first time, along with an extended preface. This volume describes the dangerous convoy operations in the Mediterranean which were necessary to relieve the garrison and people of Malta, covering the period from the beginning of 1941 until the end of 1942. These convoys had to be fought through against determined attack by German and Italian surface, submarine and, particularly, air forces. Although casualties were proportionately higher than in Atlantic convoys, Malta was successfully re-supplied and remained a considerable impediment to enemy's attempts to supply their armies in North Africa. These operations reveal the dedication, courage and professionalism of the sailors (of both naval and merchant services) as well as the airmen who supported them. A new preface sets the scene for the Staff History. The Royal Navy and the Mediterranean Convoys will be of great interest for students interested in the Mediterranean Convoys, Second World War and naval and military history.

The Leith Shipyards website is happy to say that we have some exclusive stories from some of the men who served on Leith built Ships during World War II and after.
The first is from Tony and tells of his time when in charge of a Z-Craft they were towed across the Med from Cyprus to Egypt during the planned invasion of the Suez Canal.
You can read his story on the website.