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The Launch of HMS Implacable, a near tragedy
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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 22 Feb 2006.
I saw the launch of the aircraft carrier HMS Implacable from Fairfield Shipyard. I think it would be 1944/5. I watched it from the electrical workshop of A. Stephen's & Sons, the adjacent yard. Between the two yards was an expanse of wasteland, known to youngsters as the sawnny (sandy) desert and along the riverside of this space ran a path with a spiked iron railing between it and the river.

A crowd of spectators were gathered along this path and as the ship entered the river
it's displacement caused the water level to rise and very quickly it was obvious that it would flood the riverbank. I can still see the panic as the crowd, including elderly and some very stout ladies carrying shopping bags scrambled across this uneven ground endeavouring to beat the rising tide. Many were unsuccessful and got a good soaking about their legs but worse were two little boys who had perched themselves on the bar of the railings and found themselves marooned above the swirling waters. Fortunately they stayed there, either through good sense or because they were petrified and rooted to the spot but when the waters eventually subsided they were able to climb down to safety but it could so easily have been a tragedy.
Rena Cameron from Beauly. Posted 6 Mar 2006.
I remember my father leaving us to sail to Australia with the Royal Marines to defend against Japanese Invasion. I was 6 years old at the time.

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