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HMNZS Royalist

HMNZS Royalist
 

In 1955 little did Prime Minister Sid Holland know that the Admiralty was seeking someone to take the orphan cruiser Royalist off their hands and recover their ill-advised expended funds. Royalist was a modernised sister ship of Bellona and Black Prince that the British Excheque... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780473424893
Published 31 March 2018 by NZ / SP Author Self Published
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wright, Gerry
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ISBN-13 9780473424893
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Publisher NZ / SP Author Self Published
Publication Date 31 March 2018
Publication Country
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Wright, Gerry
Category History
Naval Forces & Warfare
Navigation & Seamanship
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 457
Dimensions Width: 300mm
Height: 210mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Dewey Code 359.3253
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In 1955 little did Prime Minister Sid Holland know that the Admiralty was seeking someone to take the orphan cruiser Royalist off their hands and recover their ill-advised expended funds.
Royalist was a modernised sister ship of Bellona and Black Prince that the British Exchequer had strongly criticised. So the Admiralty orchestrated a plan to get rid of this orphan ship.
Royalist had been poorly maintained while in Reserve after 1945. While the bridge superstructure, radars and fire control systems had been modernised to a high standard, little had been done to improve the hull, machinery and accommodation. The cruiser required 550 men to crew her with accommodation for only 500 maximum, with an outdated messing system and little air conditioning. No other British warship had her type of guns.
At great cost New Zealand kept Royalist operational until a fortnight before the end of her final commission, when on 1 November, 1965, when she suffered condenseritise.

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Author's Bio

The author, Gerry Wright, has published many books about the Navy and twice served in Royalist; as a rating in 1959 and an officer in 1963.

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