Précis of activities of the 8th Superb 1955 - 1956

 

 

Ships movements 1955 - 1956

Captain The Earl Cairns

 

 

1955

 

1 March        Ammunitioning at Folly Point

3                  Embarked freight and passengers for Malta

4                  1600 Sailed

 

5                  Portland

6                  Plymouth

 

12 March      Received order to make for Cyprus

                    Arrived Malta disembarked passengers & re-fuelled

                    Sailed

                    Suez Canal

17 March  ?  Aden on a Sunday

                    Bahrein

                    Umm Said 2 days there

                    Dubai

                    Kuwait

                    Bahrein

13 April        Colombo

 

15 June        Arrived Mombasa

25 June        Sailed

26 June        Arrived Zanzibar

 

                    Dar-Es-Salem

                    Mombasa - re-fuelled

                    Seychelles {Port Victoria)

 

Trincomalee

 

20 October sailed Trincomalee

Bahrein arrived

 

31 October sailed

- engaged in War exercises remained at anchor for 14 days

 

Sitra  arrived 15 November

12 December sailed

 

25 December at Bahrein

 

1956

21 January  sailed

27 January Equator crossed

28 January Mombasa re-fuelled

30 January sailed

5 February Simonstown arrived

12 February sailed

Freetown

Dakar

 

3 March arrived Sheerness

 

4 March arrived Chatham

 

May Rehearsals in the Moray Firth

 

27 May  Review of Home Fleet by HRH Queen Elizabeth

Headed the flotilla

 

28 May Review of Home Fleet by HRH Queen Elizabeth

Royal party boarded

 

29 May saluted the Royal Barge

 

 

The ship steamed 42,600 miles

The personnel

Ate 474,000 lbs. of potatoes

Drank 2,115 gallons of rum

Received 38,124 messages on the Ship’s broadcast

Deposited £38,968 15s 2d in the P.O.S.B

Smoked 4,700,000 cigarettes

Baked 169,864 lbs. of bread

Licked 108,500 ice creams

Guzzled 80,000 “goffas”

Slapped on 3,100 gallons of paint

Ran 2½ miles of electric cable

Were paid £246,876   7s   7d

Cooked in 140º F in the galley for 3 days in Trinco

Dhobied in 30 tons of fresh water PER HEAD

Used 21,500 tons of fuel oil

Burned 4½ million units of electricity- enough to supply the

average house 600 years!