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2nd October 1925

Naval Officers attached to Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm service were authorised to wear a badge consisting of a foul anchor superimposed upon the wings of an albatross.


9th October 1836

Admiral Lord James de Saumarez, 1st Baron de Saumarez died. He is chiefly noted for his engagement at Algeciras in 1801 while serving in HMS Caesar, during which his squadron destroyed two Spanish ships and captured 1 French ship. Between 1808-1813 he was Commander in Chief in the Baltic and his fleet were able to prevent Napoleon's northern forces from supplied during his invasion of Russia, thus influencing the out-turn of the campaign there. He died at the age of seventy-nine at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, his place of birth and he was buried in his native parish of Catel. A 99 foot obelisk was built in his memory but demolished by German forces in 1943.


12th October 1847

Tea and sugar available free in lieu of grog.


20th October 1997

HMY Britannia sailed from Portsmouth on her last cruise, a clockwise circumnavigation visiting seven UK ports.