- Stu was asking about the Foudroyant. She is, in Hartlepool, fully restored to original condition and open to visitors. Just to add, my mum worked on her in the
early 1950s and I've still got her reference written on watermarked and headed paper.
Peter Maw was talking about the explosion up harbour. (July 1950) It was a barge full of mines at Bedenham Pier. What's left of the barge can
still be seen at low tide. A funny story was, it was pay day and one of the workers had just got his wages, put them in his wallet which he kept in his jacket. He hung the jacket in the little hut on the pier
for safe keeping. After the explosion, when the area was all clear to go in, he went to get his coat but there was no hut. Thinking that's his money all gone, he went home. A while later he was summoned
into the office where, he was given his coat and wallet with wages in, which were found by someone in Portchester.