March 1 (Thurs) 1945, Alexandria, Egypt

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Working on screws in dry dock, HMS King George V, 1940. Image copr. IWM A1493

This morning, having squared things off & disposed of all hangers on, we proceeded with the aid of 3 tugs, to AFD5 [floating dock], beyond the coaling wharf. In quick time we were shored up, & well before nightfall, the ship was high & dry. This dock is after the same pattern as the Helensburgh affair. I believe the ship’s bottom is to be painted & the screws overhauled. The semtex [green trowelled-on latex-based non-slip composite material] on the quarterdeck has been torn up & we all hope that the relaying will be a success this time.

 

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