Navy Days Memorabilia

Projects seem to take forever these days! The Navy Display Board that I started in January is still progressing….very slowly.

Found quite a bit more to include as well, and getting a bit of a layout together.

Lieutenant shoulder boards, some 50 cal cartridges, a 5.56 cartridge, (and to display to either side on a shelf, 2x 5″ cartridges and 1x 4.5″ cartridge!

The 5″ came from the ANZAC Class fridge TE KAHA, and the 4.5″ came from the twin gunned Leander Class Frigate WAIKATO.

There is also the torch I used for years, climbing over (and under) the steam pipes in the boiler and engine rooms, conducted boiler and tank inspections, and did many, many salinity tests of the water being produced by the dual evaporator water purifiers (that produced around 4 tonnes of clean water per hour).  On the other side is a valve spanner – a critical tool for opening and closing big steam valves, especially when they have become stiff.  Such a simple design, that works exceptionally well.  And in the boiler room, where it is 100F and 120dB, it can also be thrown to land on the plates (the metal floor) right next to someone who is dozing off.

Ah, the days of old before political correctness, OHS and all the other trappings of modern life wrecked the seagoing experience.

There are other things I want to display – commissioning parchment, various watchkeeping certificates etc that will be more traditionally framed.  The final item I have only just become aware of in the last month or so: turns out that I will be receiving a medal from my days in the military, which is very, very cool.

It is the New Zealand Defence Service Medal, and will definitely be in pride of place when it arrives (it will take 2-3 years, so patience is a virtue!)

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