After the Albion the navy took pity on me and decided that an ex-Chatham rating really shouldn’t be given too many big ships – so I got a draft chit to join the Reserve Fleet and was given the Vanguard!! I had a short break when I was sent scurrying up to Buckie to oversee a Coastal Minesweeper under construction on the little slipway there. It had all the makings of a ‘perk’ job. I was boarded out in some sort of Scottish lodging house. Conditions were a little bit primitive but the food was excellent and there was usually somewhere to go in the evenings. I was just beginning to carve out a comfortable existence for myself when some astute pen-pusher checked up on his records and discovered that Hygate had never done the course at Napier’s, so I was recalled to Vanguard. Ah well, you can’t win them all.