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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:21 pm    Post subject: Excellent and Vernon Question Reply with quote

Greetings,

I was happy to find this forum in the hopes that I might be able to tap on the collective knowledge of this group for what could be rather esoteric queries.

Let me preface query by writing that I am an American author working on my third book project which is on Captain Guybon C.C. Damant and his activities concerning the gold salvage aboard the Laurentic as well diving intelligence operations from sunken U-boats that he led for Blinker Hall during the war. The group that did this work were known in later days as the "Tin-Openers."

My question concerns the "Excellent" and the "Vernon." The former was the gunnery school and the latter the research/training base for torpedoes, mines, and other aspects of anti-submarine warfare. Were these establishments separate organizations both in Portsmouth or were they administered as the same organization? As a secondary question, I am noticing in some of my primary source material that when somebody is at either base they are said to be "aboard the Excellent" or "aboard the Vernon." Is this the correct jargon even though they were stone frigates?

Any information would be greatly appreciated. I have other questions, but I figured I'd break the ice with these.

Take care,

Joe
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, Joe.

These were separate organizations. Vernon's broader mission encompassed electricity, phone systems, hydrophones and radio in this era.

I will see if Simon is around to offer more.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much.
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