American soldiers in Shannon , British Navy in Dublin…
A reader of this blog , driving along the Dublin Quays today , noticed a small crowd gathered in the one spot , parked her car and walked over to have a look . The crowd consisted of the curious and the annoyed – the source of same was the HMS Tyne , a British Navy ship which was built in Woolston Docks, Southampton and which is normally based at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.
The ship , which our reader suspects might be in for repairs , is heavily guarded on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay –
armed Irish Special Branch on the quayside and armed ‘Royal’ Marine’s on board , and is flying the ‘Union Jack’ flag in front , over one of its machine guns. One of the ‘Royal’ Marine guards , eager to impress a local lass (!) said he hoped to meet our reader later on tonight in the Temple Bar area , where “…they kicked up a storm last night..”
She told him to hold his breath and passed-on her wishes that he get a good night’s sleep…
The ‘Tyne’ is a ship with a bloody past and one which its crew has been awarded a ‘Freedom Award’ which they described as “… one of the highest awards that can be bestowed upon a ship of the Fleet. It is a privilege which in days of old formed a contract between the military and the civil authorities of a city or borough such that in exchange for protection the military unit would be able to march freely through the place, bearing arms and flying their colours…”
So , if you’re out and about in Temple Bar or another night-spot in Dublin tonight , keep an eye out for those ‘colours’ , won’t you…..
A few more photographs from today :
….and , if you can’t make it to Temple Bar tonight , the ship’s crew expect to be out ‘socialising’ Monday and Tuesday nights as well – a ‘British Bulldog’ told our ‘little Bird’ that they ‘up anchor’ on Wednesday morning…