February 2021

BZ to Mick Hilder for discovering the You Tube  film The Secret  War_5 The Deadly Wave. c.50 minutes.  It recounts the story of discovering the Magnetic Mine and development of Countermeasures during WW 2. Sequences are re-enacted by serving personnel but with the ACTUAL mine worked on by Lt Cdr Ouvrey, Lt Lewis and PO Thompson and their team. Gripping Stuff with excellent photos and diagrams … Read More »

January 2021

We have formed a White Rose Committee to try to organise a weekend away to celebrate our tenth anniversary in June this year. I have roped in Terry Foreman, Clive Dennison and Dave Parrish. Corvid permitting, we have opted for the weekend Friday 11th - Sunday 13th of June. People would have an option of one, two or three night stays. Terry is looking at hotels in Scarborough, as it is on the coa … Read More »

New Sub Specialisation Badges

Info received from Commander Nobby Hall RN. TCA Vice Chairman New (renewed ?) Mine Warfare badge and the new Seaman/Visual Signals Branch badge recently introduced by the RN. Seaman have now taken on the role of Visual Signals, (Bunting Tossers), but no longer sub specialise as Gunners, TAS, or RP. Those branches are now part of the Warfare Branch and all wear the generic Warfare Badge. Each su … Read More »

John Soanes - Crossed the Bar

It is with great sadness that we have to advise that John Soanes, TCA Vice President and former Chairman from 1995 - 2018 sadly Crossed the Bar on 30th December 2020 after a long illness, bravely endured. He had been in a nursing home since 10th  December and had become quite frail. Ann and their daughters had been able to visit him daily and were with John on the preceding evening. We have se … Read More »

White Rose January Meeting

Unfortunately Thomas's who have looked after us so well in the past has recently been sold and the new owners plan to turn it into a Nightclub/ Cocktail bar. Clearly York does not have enough of these …. Until we find an alternative venue we will revert back to the Longboat Bar of the Premier Inn, Blossom St, near Micklegate, York. . We had hoped to hold a meetingthere on 16rh January but, I … Read More »

DASHPOT Fall 105

Look up the latest edition of DASHPOT, [Fall 105] the newsletter of the USN Association of Minemen, in the Further Information Section for four articles of special interest to TCA: Page 6 - An account of the attack on British ships by keg mines during the American War of Independence in 1777 Page 12 - Report on a Russian Airborne ASW exercise which included minelaying by aircraft in Primorye (Fa … Read More »


PAXMAN of Colchester, manufacturer of Deltic engines is to close with loss of over 100 jobs. German parent company MAN is rationalising its manufacturing capacity across Europe. … Read More »


Author Mark Hankin is writing a novel set in 1988 which features HMS Nurton in her deployment to Brighton in October of that year to protect the Conservative Party Conference from seaward attack. He would like to contact any member of that crew for background detail. Please e-mail him at Enable JavaScript to view protected content.Read More »