Ping-Pong Paris

Do you like to play ping-pong? One of my friends suggested that I remind you ping-pong players to pack your paddles. Almost all of the parks have concrete ping-pong tables, free of charge. You could try the beautiful Jardin de Ranelagh, Paris 16 (Metro: Muette, Line 9; RER C – Boulainvilliers station) at the same time as visiting the Monet Museum (Musee Marmottan Monet) or the Square Pierre de Gaulle when you are visiting the Rodin Museum or the Hotel des Invalides (Paris 7).

The Morlaix was in ballast and on passage from Macduff for Sunderland, was sailing independently and none of the crew was lost.

On 18 December 1944, the Finlande was wrecked off North Head at Peterhead while voyaging from Iceland to Hull.

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The wreck is orientated in an ESE to WNW direction and lies on a seabed of hard sand and gravel, in a general depth of 58 metres (LAT). It is upright, intact and fairly substantial, standing 5.2 metres high at the stern to midships section, with decking and some superstructure visible, but her bows to the east are reported to be broken off.

The wrecksite covers an area of 55 m in length by 10 m across, with the upper structures coated in a beautiful array of soft corals and large plumose anemones. The ship’s bell, which may still be around, will most probably be inscribed Oran 1911. Shoals of various fish have adopted the wreck so it will make a reasonable boat-angling venue.

The Hornchurch (Official No. 139154) was a steel-hulled 2,159-ton British steam cargo ship measuring 85. 34 m in length, with a 12. 31-m beam, a 5.61-m draught and a moulded depth of 8.45 m.Osbourne, Graham and Co.

At North Hylton, Sunderland built and completed her as Yard No. 200 in September 1916; she was launched on 17 May 1916 for J.Hudson and Co. Ltd, London, who was also the owner at the time of loss.

The single steel screw was powered by a 225-nhp, three-cylinder triple expansion steam engine that used two single-ended boilers working at a pressure of 180 psi, with six corrugated furnaces, 9.75 sq. M (105 sq.

Ft) of grate surface and 308. 43 sq. M (3320 sq. Ft) of heating surface, which gave 10 knots.

Clyde Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd, Port Glasgow, manufactured the machinery. She had one deck, a well deck, a 28. 65-m quarterdeck, a 7.

01-m poopdeck, 15. 84-m bridge deck and an 8.22-m forecastle. The Hornchurch was also armed for defence on completion. Final voyage On 3 August 1917, the Hornchurch, with Captain J.

W.Gagen in charge, detonated a mine and sank 3.5 miles off Coquet Island. The KDM submarine SMU UC 29, commanded by Oblt.z.

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