George Smith: Outer Hebrides and Stornoway Extracts c. 2011

Brochure – Visit Scotland: What See & Do – 2010-11 – Outer Hebrides (Na h-Eileanan an lar) – Page 28

My maternal grandfather – Arthur Gibson (1911-1997) – and George Smith (1924-2016) both sailed on the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS) the HMS Beaumaris Castle (FY 992) – patrolling the North Atlantic seas in and around the Outer Hebrides. On May 8th, 1945, at around 1600hrs, a Nazi German U-Boat surfaced near to the HMS Beaumaris Castle (FY 992) and raised the agreed upon ‘black flag’ signalling the end of hostilities and a willingness to ‘surrender at the nearest suitable port. Submarines could not ‘surrender’ where they surfaced in the conventional sense, as these machines required specially trained crews to successfully and safely operate them. It would have been impractical for the German crews to have been took-off and a British crew to have taken their place, as this would have involved tens of thousand of men familiar with German U-Boat technology, together with the means to transport the new (British) crew to the submarine and the old (German) crew away from the submarine! To remedy this, the British Admiralty decided upon a ‘black flag’ so as to denote a ‘partial surrender’ with an intent to ‘completely’ surrender! The HMS Beaumaris Castle (FY 992) encountered the Nazi German U-Boat as it was patrolling around the Butt of Lewe (situated at the Northern tip of the Isle of Lewss. The U-Boat was then escorted by the HMS Beaumaris Castle (FY 992) to the port at Loch Ewe – which is situated 138 miles South by Southwest of the Butt of Lewes. What follows below are various other extracts sent by George Smith between 2010 and 2013:

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