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Paul Cope

This story was sent to me by Paul Cope about "Fred and the door."

Your Dad and myself had a habit of wandering around the ship in the afternoons if we were not busy in our cabins, partly for exercise partly to ease the boredom and to find people to "wind up" I remember this day well, we had been down in the engine room annoying the 4th engineer ,we went to the Radar Room but no one was about, at the other end of the alleyway under the bridge was this door I think it must have been a gun platform in days gone by. Anyway I said "Fred I have not been out there for couple of years shall we take a look", your Dad said ok as he'd never been out there. As I opened the door the hinges which were rusted thru fell off, and I was left holding the door. Being a quick thinker in those days I said "Fred hold this door a minute" and whipped out a cheap and nasty kodak camera which was in my pocket, Fred entered the spirit of the occasion by posing. I took the shot and said to him "if you tell anyone I broke the door I will just say it was you and show them the foto" at that we both fell about laughing laid the door on the deck and beat a hasty retreat!
Days later due to a complaint from one of the techs about the draft in the radar room Angus Mcleod the bosun tied the door in place with rope. The next day I was passing the wardroom, the door was open, and Capt Norman Fraser was there talking to Stuart Norwell 1st mate, and I overheard the old man say, "no one knows who did it but I bet it was one of those 3 buggers Sleigh, Van Dyke or Paul Cope, my ears went red as I made a run for it!


John Van Dyke playing bagpipes onboard Reporter in 1970 with France 1 in the background

Paul Cope


Danny Sleigh Weather Reporter 1970

Paul Cope


Fen Kelly & John (Taffy) Hughes, Weather Reporter 1970

Paul Cope


Hughy O'Kane & Seaman (Standing) with Reporter in background at Ocean Station India 1970

Paul Cope


Martin Kingsley, Weather Reporter 1970

Paul Cope


John (Taffy) Hughes sunbathing, Weather Reporter 1972

Paul Cope


Danny Sleigh studying in Reporter's balloon shed in 1972

Paul Cope


2 unknown Met Assistants preparing for a balloon launch, Weather Reporter 1972

Paul Cope


Met Assistant (possibly John Gordon) with a Radar reflector, Weather Reporter 1972

Paul Cope


Fred Brooker, Weather Reporter 1972

Paul Cope


John Bogle & Paul Cope at the Loch Striven NATO refuelling base

Paul Cope


Jeremy Gillham Killing a Redfish at Ocean Station Alpha 1972

Paul Cope


Alastair Mars on Weather Reporter's Bridge

Paul Cope


Dicky Elliot sizing up a shark for tea!

Paul cope tells me "Dicky also specialised in squid, we caught them off the stern at night with a light hanging over. The Metmen/Radio and Radar people on duty would fry them up diced with pepper in the Met office storeroom!"

Photo Dave Offiler


Bobby Dyer

Paul Cope


Ian Harvey radio supervisor

Paul Cope


Angus Macleod onboard Adviser in 1965


Chief Officer (Mate) Larry Sutherland from Adviser in 1965


Ken Schoch on Reporter's welldeck holding Smokey the cat

Ken Schoch


Ken Schoch onboard Reporter with Rockall on the horizon

Ken Schoch


Derek Ogle and Roger Philp in Ken Schochs cabin (Weather Reporter)

Ken Schoch


Roger Philp, Paul Cope & George McKinven partying in Ken Schoch's cabin

Ken Schoch


Norman Fraser, Marty Dunning & James Clark onboard Weather Monitor


Playing deck cricket


Sunbathing onboard Weather Monitor at Station Kilo


Petty Officers relaxing onboard Weather Monitor


John Gibson and Radio Supervisor Ian Richardson in Monitors radio room

Tommy Sandham


Tommy Sandham in Monitor's radio room

Tommy Sandham


Met staff on the Monitor's balloon deck, Chris Griffiths, Dave Pickerell , Gordon Higgins, Ben Haworth

Tommy Sandham


Tommy tells me "The Air Ministry put a real artist aboard for a trip to teach us all to paint. Radio Operator Bob Russell had a natural talent and I always remember he produced a brilliant painting of Ailsa Craig."

Tommy Sandham


Tommy Sandham

Tommy Sandham


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