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Storm Dennis – 325 Year Old Ship Aiding The RNLI

Not HMS Winchester, the 60 gu8n frigate aiding the RNLI during Storm Dennis

Shades of the Flying Dutchman here. Storm Dennis is battering Britain, a man washed overboard and:

Sixty-gun frigate HMS Winchester is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking data.

Hmm. The Royal Navy has’t been running 60 gun frigates for a century or more. In fact, the last 60 gun HMS Winchester was launched in 1693 and sank in 1695.

Perhaps not, eh?

Perhaps it’s just that the modern media don’t know anything?

Sixty-gun frigate HMS Westminster is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking.

Hmm:

Sixty-gun frigate HMS Winchester is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking data.

Maybe:

Sixty-gun frigate HMS Winchester is believed to have responded to a relay call band is in the area, according to ship tracking data.

The solution seems a little odd though:

Gusts of up to 50mph can be expected in some areas, with the Met Office predicting 100mm of rain will drench Britain.

The organisation’s director of flood prevention, John Curtin, is most concerned about rainfall in Lancashire, parts of Yorkshire and Cumbria.

He said it “feels like we’re at a tipping point, this is to do with climate change.”

He added: “We need to think differently.”

Climate change is raising centuries old ships from Florida reefs?

So it seems:

“A police RHIB is also on scene. HM Coastguard broadcast a relay to vessels in the area, and a Royal Navy vessel is assisting.”

Sixty-gun frigate HMS Winchester is believed to have responded to a relay call and is in the area, according to ship tracking data.

Alternatively, someone at one of the agencies cocked up and no one has bothered to edit it. Which shows quite how much care and attention does go into the daily press these days.

Originally spotted by Dee Castleton-Reid

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Quentin Vole
Quentin Vole
1 year ago

The last HMS Winchester was broken up after WW2 and the RNLI don’t appear to have anything with that name. Typo for HMS Westminster (type 23 frigate)? It would appear so:
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/body-found-in-search-for-missing-man-222177/

David Neave
David Neave
1 year ago

The journalist also talks about a “relay call” when I think they mean mayday. There is a “mayday relay” call when someone passes on a mayday call they have heard but the emergency services haven’t received, but I doubt if that’s was meant here.

wat dabney
wat dabney
1 year ago

In fact the last 60-gun vessel of that name appears to be from 1822:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Winchester_(1822)

wat dabney
wat dabney
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim Worstall

I shall be a pendant and go with the rating.

Either way, it’s on a par with The Daily Star’s outraged reporting of the Navy’s 183 million pound purchase of a five inch gun: “the length of a toothbrush.”

Snarkus
Snarkus
1 year ago

two browser tabs open, cut n Paste strikes again maybe ?

FrankH
FrankH
1 year ago

According to Wikipedia there have been seven RN ships called HMS Winchester. They list six of them. I can’t find anything about the seventh, no doubt it’s a top secret spy ship that Wikipedia isn’t allowed to talk about.
Or something. 😉

John B
John B
1 year ago

At last! A potential sighting of the elusive, oft forecast, ‘tipping point’. Worth a 60 gun salute.

When’s the next tipping point due?

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