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The Submariners Association - Recognised by the Ministry of Defence.

In 1900, George Goschen
First Lord of the Admiralty.
"The Admiralty are not prepared to take any steps in regards to submarines, because this vessel is the weapon of the weaker nation. If, however, this vessel can be rendered practical, the nation which possesses it will cease to be weak, and will became really powerful. More than any other nation we should have to fear the attack of submarines.

Sir Winston Churchill
"Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners."

Commander Jeff Tall RN
"There is a touch of the pirate about every man who wears the dolphins badge."

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Quotes from "The Submariners"

by John Winton

Quote 1

Very few Submariner Officers knew how to apply an antiseptic dressing properly and it was common practice for crew to help themselves to articles in the chest indiscriminantly, thereby soiling rolls of cotton wool, cyanide gauze and bandages. Scissors were frequently used for purposes for which they were not designed and in one boat the crew habitually consumed soda-mint tablets as sweetmeats

image01Surgeon Commander A.D. Cowburn RNVR, Depot Ship - HMS Ambrose

Quote 2

I do not think that five submarine sailors in 100 clean their teeth at sea. Their teeth are usually in an unsanitary condition and, due partly to this and partly to constipation, their breath is normally bad at sea. I think the constipation of ratings is due to their own carelessness and ignorance, and it is difficult for officers to deal with this as the men do not willingly report their condition

image01Commander J.G. Brown DSO RN, Commanding Officer K.12

Quote 3

The chief handicap to the efficiency of the submarine seaman is his tendency to constipation induced by over-eating. Lack of exercise and inadequacy of conveniences. Some boats had not W.C. at all. Relief was generally discouraged until the boat came to the surface at night and I have heard of cases where men went without relief for four or five days. personally I made a man take a pill every two days unless I was assured he had no need of it.

image01Lieutenant-Commander G.P. Thompson OBE Commanding Officer E.35

Quote 4

Excluding the various forms of gas poisoning, I have seen no condition peculiar to the Submarine Service

image01Surgeon-Commander C.R. Rickard, Depot Ship HMS Maidstone

Quote 5

The practice of using the right eye only at the periscope is very common. I cannot see how it can be done away with entirely but efforts should be made individually to use both eyes equally.

image01Commander C.S. Benning DSO, HMS Adamant

Quote 6

I myself suffrered from aform of this disease (Pyorrhoea) known as 'French Mouth' and a dental specialist blamed it on tinned food. This view was sufficiently well looked on by the admiralty to make them refund me a very large bill for dental treatment.

image01Lieutenant-Commander G.P. ThompsonOBE, Commanding Officer E.35