YO! Liverpool
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: A ship named 'Friday'.

  1. #1
    Michael miguel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Princes Park
    Posts
    38
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default A ship named 'Friday'.

    Years ago I read an intriguing story in Readers Digest, allegedly true, that has a Liverpool connection. Can anyone throw any light on it? As all sailors know it is unlucky for a ship to set sail on a Friday.
    During the 2nd World War there was such reluctance by sailors to sail on a Friday the Ministry for War (now The Ministry of er, Defence) decided to end such silly superstition once and for all. So, they built a small warship at Cammel Lairds.
    They laid its keel on a Friday. They launched it on a Friday. The called it 'Friday' (not sure SS or MV) and it set sail on its maiden voyage on a Friday -
    - neither it nor its crew were ever seen again. So I am told. Over to you.



    ADVERTISING


    War is the terrorism of the rich... Terrorism is the war of the poor. - Peter Ustinov

  2. #2
    jimmy jimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    160
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Read articles stating the fact that there was never an HMS FRIDAY in the Royal Navy, I believe the story of HMS FRIDAY was a joke told by Dave Allen on one of his shows in the 70s.

  3. #3
    Senior Member ChrisGeorge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Posts
    3,623
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by miguel View Post
    Years ago I read an intriguing story in Readers Digest, allegedly true, that has a Liverpool connection. Can anyone throw any light on it? As all sailors know it is unlucky for a ship to set sail on a Friday.
    During the 2nd World War there was such reluctance by sailors to sail on a Friday the Ministry for War (now The Ministry of er, Defence) decided to end such silly superstition once and for all. So, they built a small warship at Cammel Lairds.
    They laid its keel on a Friday. They launched it on a Friday. The called it 'Friday' (not sure SS or MV) and it set sail on its maiden voyage on a Friday -
    - neither it nor its crew were ever seen again. So I am told. Over to you.
    Hello Michael

    Check out the websites thrown up by the Google search I have just done on the "HMS Friday myth."

    All the best

    Chris
    Christopher T. George
    Editor, Ripperologist
    Editor, Loch Raven Review
    http://christophertgeorge.blogspot.com/
    Chris on Flickr and on MySpace

  4. #4
    Michael miguel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Princes Park
    Posts
    38
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Default

    Oh well. It seemed like a good story! (smile). Lots of other good ones, which are true.
    War is the terrorism of the rich... Terrorism is the war of the poor. - Peter Ustinov

  5. #5
    Senior Member ChrisGeorge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Posts
    3,623
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Default

    Hi Michael

    Yes indeed. I was an organizer and also spoke at a War of 1812 symposium in Baltimore on Saturday and we heard an interesting talk by Ellen Wilds on "Holes in History" in which she was talking about difficult it is to separate verifiable fact from legend and distortions of the truth. Whole reputations have been built on claims that can't be verified. For example, the symposium I was talking about was at the museum of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore where flagmaker Mary Pickersgill made the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore. What she did is documented and yet the better known flagmaker is Betsy Ross, with some million or so Google hits who cannot be shown to have made the first American stars and stripes... it was apparently all made up at the time of the centennial in 1876 by a descendant.

    Chris
    Christopher T. George
    Editor, Ripperologist
    Editor, Loch Raven Review
    http://christophertgeorge.blogspot.com/
    Chris on Flickr and on MySpace

Similar Threads

  1. In Memory of Auntie Friday (CTG)
    By ChrisGeorge in forum Christopher T. George
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-29-2011, 04:44 PM
  2. Liverpool One named Shopping Location of the Year by Retail Week
    By Kev in forum Liverpool Streets and Areas
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11-21-2009, 11:33 AM
  3. can you help find relatives named mcgee
    By jacj mcgee in forum Liverpool Genealogy and People Search
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 07-18-2009, 11:30 PM
  4. Good Friday
    By gillian in forum Liverpool People Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-16-2006, 07:15 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

For daily updates, to support us further or to join in the conversation: Follow us on Twitter @YOLiverpool / Like our Facebook Page: @LiverpoolInPictures / Join the Facebook Group: Liverpool In Pictures (YO! Liverpool)

YO! Liverpool has taken me over 10 years to develop and maintain. If you like the website, please donate via PayPal!