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Glenearn and Glengyle : A Shining Example in Time of War

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Glasite Hall

St Andrews Church

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Dundee

DD1 2JB

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Glenearn and Glengyle : A Shining Example in Time of War - Andrew Jeffrey

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Dr Andrew Jeffrey will tell the extraordinary story of the two most important ships ever built on the shores of the Tay, the 10,000-ton motor vessels Glenearn and Glengyle.

Built by the Caledon Shipbuilding Co. for the Glen Line, a subsidiary of Liverpool shipping line Alfred Holt, in the last months of peace, they were described as the finest ships ever built for the Far East service.

Fast and immensely capable, they were requisitioned by the Admiralty in October 1939 and converted into Landing Ships Infantry (Large). Fitted with 27 landing craft and able to land 1,000 troops apiece, they saw service in every major amphibious operation of the Second World War from the evacuation of Crete to North Africa, Italy, D-Day, the Pacific and, in 1945, Japan.

Glenearn survived several bombing attacks in the Mediterranean and Red Sea before suffering a direct hit from an enemy shell during the D-Day landings. Glengyle survived the notorious Malta Convoy run and the ill-fated Dieppe Raid before taking part in the relief of Hong Kong in 1945.

As the two ships were returned to their owners in 1946, Field Marshal Montgomery wrote of the, ‘…superb gallantry and devotion to duty of those who served in ships like Glengyle, whose ship’s company are a shining example of what can be done by human endeavour in time of war.’

Glenearn survived another bombing attack by communist Chinese aircraft in 1950 and both ships sailed on under the red ensign until 1970. Their incredible story remains as a remarkable testament to craftsmanship of the Tayside shipbuilders who created them.

The talk will take place on Thursday 6th June (the 75th anniversary of D-Day) at 1pm, in the Glasite Hall on King Street. It's free entry to all FDCA Lunchtime Talks and everyone is welcome - you don't need to be a member of the friends. See the FDCA website for more information.

Refreshments will available prior to the talk for £1 donation.

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