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Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by Mark Gawler » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:28 pm

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Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by SeaSkye » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:55 pm

That's one striking, poignant very cool monument.

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Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by Northern Blue » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:44 pm

A transcript of the text from the plinth under the paddle would be good.

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Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by adventureagent » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:16 pm

Many years ago, I was paddling Toronto Ontario's Humber River. An older man approached me as I was carrying the boat to my van. He explained that he'd been in the Navy and was indeed a member of the Cockleshell Heroes. I'd seen the movie, so I was impressed by this claim. I count this among the really special days in my paddling career. Thanks for sharing this, Mark. I'm going to post it to my friends on Facebook, many of whom are paddlers. From my ATS mum's stories of the Blitz I can only imagine the bravery of these men. Mum was so shell-shocked that when a thunderstorm occurred, she would pull my brother and I in with her in the linen closet, under the first, low shelf. It was a very, very, very small space. My Canadian Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers dad had left her alone in this "wilderness". She always remained a fighter.
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Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by Northern Blue » Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:32 am

Northern Blue wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:44 pm
A transcript of the text from the plinth under the paddle would be good.
I'm loving this piece of art and I'm halfway to getting the wording....


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Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by nigelhatton » Sat Dec 16, 2017 7:34 pm

I don't know too much about the cockleshell heroes or how long it took them to paddle their boats from outside the Gironde Estuary to Bordeaux but it took me several hours. Starting at Royan it was 85 Kms before I camped overnight at the start of the Garonne. Next morning I continued to Bordeaux about 15 Kms up the Garonne. These cockleshell fellas must have taken at least three days, presumably paddling at night to Bordeaux and the German ships.

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Hopefully a photo of mine will display above . Taken at the southern entrance to the Gironde Estuary several weeks ago about operation Frankton
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Re: Cockleshell Hero honoured

Post by garya » Mon Dec 18, 2017 8:38 am

If you are ever near Maldon in Essex take a trip to the Combined Services Museum http://www.cmsm.co.uk/

They have lots of original archive material about the preparations for the raid and equipment too. They also have one of the original boats that was damaged as they pulled it through the submarine hatch and was subsequently returned to the UK.

It is a good day out and can be combined with a trip on the river Chelmer and Blackwater estuary


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