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The Loss of the Truculent: The Lack of a Seaman’s Eye? – IMT Autumn Talks

6th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Loss of the Truculent: The Lack of a Seaman’s Eye? – John Johnson-Allen

In January 1950 the submarine HMS Truculent collided with a coastal tanker. The tanker was sailing from Purfleet to Ipswich; the collision occurred off Southend, near the Oaze bank. Truculent was ripped open and sank to the bottom. Sixty three men lost their lives. The last survivor, Fred Henley, was on the bridge at the time. Now age 95 and living in Clacton, he was extensively interviewed for the book ‘They Were Just Skulls: the Naval Career of Fred Henley’. The book’s author and our speaker, John Johnson-Allen, has written a number of books on naval history, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Talks start at 7.30pm and all are welcome at the Waterfront Building, University of Suffolk. The cost for attending a talk is £3.50 for members and £4.50 for guests.

Car parking is available in the nearby Duke St car park (£1.70 per hour), or at IBC pay car parks (only £1 after 4pm) at St Peters Wharf by Stoke Bridge or at Fore St Baths.


6th November 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Ipswich Maritime Trust


University of Suffolk Waterfront Building
University of Suffolk, Waterfront Building, 19 Neptune Quay
Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1QJ
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