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Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London?

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Posted by Robin Selby on January 21, 2019 at 03:03:21 user RobinSelby.

In Reply to: Re: Why did the Admiralty summon Cdr Walker to London? posted by Martin Honor on January 20, 2019 at 12:31:29:

There’s no doubt that Cdr Walker was posted to Ganges as a permanent member of the Establishment, eg:

‘He’s going to be stationed at Shotley…’ (p23, We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea, Jonathan Cape, 2004)

‘They looked up at the buildings on Shotley Point, houses, a water tower, and a flagstaff on the naval school as tall as the mast of a sailing ship. On one of the black, wooden piers were a lot of grey naval cutters and whalers and gigs. If Daddy’s coming to Shotley meant sailing in those boats, and living somewhere up there, able to look down on Harwich harbour and on the ships coming in and out, things were going to be very good indeed. They looked at the place as people look at a stranger with whom they know they are going to have a lot to do.’ (p60)

“Commander Walker took his passport out of his pocket and handed it over.
‘We heard you were coming, sir,’ said the elder man as soon as he had read the name in it.” (p329-330)

The Customs officer must have known that Cdr Walker was a senior officer at Ganges. He would have been less likely to know the name if Cdr Walker was only visiting to carry out a review.

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