December 23 (Sat) 1944, Gibraltar Harbour

december-23-1944-mapSecured alongside Berth 38, Gibraltar Harbour, about 1030 this morning. The weather during passage from Greenock was generally good. Fog, in patches, was met with on Thursday morning and a certain amount of alarm was caused a short while later by the approach of an unidentified plane. This fortunately turned out to be a Halifax of RAF Coastal Command. Ships met included escort vessel [HMS] “Hydrangea” [corvette] on Thursday afternoon and [HMS] “Berwick” early next morning. “Action stations” was exercised on Friday morning.

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Gibraltar Harbour, on the west of the town, with Berth 38 (centre)

On arrival in the Bay, we had to hang round for a while before berthing. Shore activity seemed practically nil as far as tugs were concerned anyway, so the Captain began to take the ship in &¬†alongside. This entailed pointing ship at the southern end of the harbour. When we were finally secured, it was found that the ship would have to be wound [turning a ship end for end at a pier]. This took just over an hour, & on completion, ship’s head was pointing south.

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