Grandson’s company endured Force 10 winds for 12 days

Towering waves in the north Atlantic in 1942'(unnamed ship)
Towering waves in the north Atlantic in 1942'(unnamed ship)

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The recent picture of the Portsmouth-based Type 42 destroyer HMS Edinburgh ploughing through mountainous seas in the south Atlantic, brought a wry smile to the lips of Tom White.

John and Evelyn Mole, of Beaumont Rise, Fareham, wrote to The News thanking us for publishing the picture because it put their minds at rest about their grandson.

Picture of an oncoming giant wave taken by LT John Jackson onboard HMS Edinburgh. The ship was en route from Cape Town in South Africa to THe Falkland Islands.

Picture of an oncoming giant wave taken by LT John Jackson onboard HMS Edinburgh. The ship was en route from Cape Town in South Africa to THe Falkland Islands.

He is serving in the ship and had e-mailed them to say the ship’s company was enduring 12 days of Force 10 winds.

He wrote: ‘It’s getting rougher here at the moment. It’s now Force 10 and it’s increasing every couple of hours.

‘I’ll be going to bed in a bit to try to ride it out!’

This sent Tom to his photo albums where he dug out this photograph he took in 1942 during a gale when his ship was on convoy escort duty in the north Atlantic.

Tom, of Southways, Stubbington, Fareham, says: ‘My ship was a destroyer less than half the size of Edinburgh and the off-duty sailors would be in the small, cramped mess deck in the forecastle in crowded hammocks.

‘There was no going to bed to ride out the storm and no e-mails. My parents would get a letter once in every two or three weeks to know that I was still afloat.’