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Old 24th August 2019, 19:43
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What ship is this? Phoebe? Jamaica?

I need a bit of help.

I am trying to find what ship this is and when the photo was taken. It was sent to me by the son of someone who served on HMS Phoebe from 1948 to 1951.
I can't find a similar image anywhere, but I thought it might be from when Phoebe was hit by a torpedo from U-161 in 1942.
Last week, the guy who sent it to me said it might be HMS Jamaica. The trouble with that is, I didn't think Jamaica suffered any such damage, even during the battle with the Scharnhorst in 1943.

Also, if it did, I'm fairly certain this old site would have mentioned it - https://web.archive.org/web/20160426...a/jamaica.html

Anyone any thoughts?
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Old 24th August 2019, 21:30
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Yeeyaw. I've got it from a reply in another group. This is HMS Swiftsure after being rammed by HMS Diamond in 1953.

https://www.alamy.com/oct-10-1953-th...e69285209.html

Now I need to update http://brisray.com/dad/phoebe.htm again.

Ray
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Old 25th August 2019, 07:55
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My Father’s cabin is in amongst that damage. He was a Commissioned Engineer on Swiftsure and was on watch in the engine room at the time of the collision. He then moved to be in charge of the damage control party. He lost all his kit in the fire. I can remember him telling me that the hole was repaired with planks of wood and cement - I didn’t really believe him at the time. There is a famous signal involved, when Diamond’s skipper was asked what he was going to do now he replied “Buy a chicken farm”. Swiftsure ended up being stuck in Chatham for ages. We lived in Southampton and I can remember, as a nine year old, the excitement of having my Father home most weekends when I didn’t usually see him for months on end. After the incident was over my Father was asked by the Engineer Commander why he hadn’t logged the start time of the fire pumps. He was actually relieved by someone else so that he could go to his damage control station but the reply “My pencil wasn’t long enough Sir” was not appreciated.
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