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It was always my intention after I finished my course at Imperial College that I would join the Navy and seek a commission in the Engineering Branch. During my final term I attended an Admiralty interview Board and was accepted.
However at about that time VE day occurred and the war in Europe was over, but there was still war in the Far East so no change in plan was contemplated.
It soon became clear what HMS Glasgow's next mission would be. We were going to tour British colonies that bordered onto the Indian Ocean on a mission to "show the flag" for the first time post WW2. After WW1 a similar tour had been made by HMS Hood in the 1920's. Details and many photographs of HMS Hood's voyage are to be found on Wikipedia. Our old friend William Stone, who recently died aged 107, would have been aboard her at that time. I am not aware of any other such voyage being made in the 1930's . Perhaps they were only made to make up for lack of visits to our colonies while we were fighting wars. In 1946 WW2 was finally over and the British Empire was still intact and none of us had any idea that this situation would soon change.
In order to highlight that things were returning to normal HMS Glasgow had been repainted from the wartime grey into the pre-war colour for the East Indies station, namely all-white hull and superstructure with yellow funnels. She looked most impressive in those colours, like a huge yacht. This picture shows her at anchor off Port Louis, Mauritius.
On arrival at a port the ship would be open to all. Gangways would be laid out if we were alongside, otherwise a shuttle service of ships boats and shorebased ones would ferry people out to the ship. Ordinary townspeople would be shown around and entertained by the sailors, but VIP's and local bigwigs would come onto the quarterdeck where they would meet with the Admiral and the Captain and senior officers.
On the way back to Trincomalee, seeing that our bottom was clean, it was decided to carry out a full power trial so for the first time since I joined the ship we had all four boilers and engines at full capacity. The machinery achieved full power without any problems. Later the officers on the bridge reported that the ship had exceeded 30 knots so despite the wartime service she had seen HMS Glasgow could still reach her designed speed.
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