Category Archives: Sailing ships

HMS Pickle at Dover

These photos of HMS Pickle’s brief time in Dover Harbour following her momentous trip from Gibraltar under Mal Nicholson’s command were kindly sent by Neil Batey, the Sailors’ Children’s Society’s local community engagement and family support officer for Dover & Ramsgate. Thanks Neil!

The charity looks after the children of seafarers who are disadvantaged in some way. See also the  website for seafarer’s families Find the Sea Families.

Folks in Dover enjoyed and appreciated her visit so much that on the 31st October Royal Cinque Ports YC is holding a Pickle Night with entertainment by Dover Tales and The Old Lone Gin Band from 7.30pm, with profits to be divided between the Sailors’ Children’s Society and the RNLI. I’m told the event will feature a debut rendition of The Ballad of the Pickle.

The blessing of HMS Pickle

After all that investment of time, hard work and money, and facing a big voyage, I guess a ceremony was in order!

HMS Pickle on the telly!