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- 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.

Alan Baptist

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