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Seaforth World Naval Review 2013

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N. R. And was later apprenticed to the Union Castle company, s. Sandgate Castle. Left the sea in May 6979 and took up appointment as Senior Guide to the Cango Caves. Bill Bowles exchanged the strict Brothers of St Joseph’s College, Rondebosch (Marist Brothers) for the rigors of the General Botha, where he won the Senior Certificate Prize for English. On leaving the General Botha, Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Docherty and took a job with the Cape Times Ltd in the photo-lithographic section.

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He was the fifth generation of his family to follow a career in Lithography. Unfortunately his first marriage ended in divorce when Betty refused to accompany him in a career change move to Johannesburg. During this period Bill travelled to Japan and Hong Kong and also met his soul-mate Peggy who consented to marry him in June 6966. A marriage that lasted through 98 years ending only at Peggy’s passing in August 7559 after contracting Alzheimer’s Disease. B ritain’s military greatness was founded on its maritime power – and yet in the, while the Royal Navy maintained a crucial economic blockade on Germany, there was just one great sea battle: Jutland. One hundred years ago on Tuesday, the fleets of Great Britain and Germany confronted one another in the North Sea off the coast of Denmark.

To this day, and which side, if any, won the day. But numbers are misleading: yes, the Germans suffered smaller absolute losses - but these represented a far higher percentage of their strength and so were difficult to absorb. H owever, the Germans got their version of the battle out while the British were still at sea. The Admiralty bungled its communiqués so badly, it took five revisions before, the First Lord of the Admiralty and a former journalist, was recruited to get the British story across. So what really happened? My grandfather,, commanded the British Grand Fleet that day and his reputation has arguably never recovered.

True, Jutland wasn’t the second Trafalgar the public had expected.