Massive Storm Event Encountered off New Zealand on April 29th-May 2nd, 1952 whilst aboard HMAS CULGOA F408

When: Monday, 26 June 2017 at 7:00 pm

Where: Waverley RSL 161 Coleman Parade Glen Waverley (Melways 71C3)

Doug Jenkin has been a ‘Round the World Yachtsman’, a member of the RANR, and is still a Yachtie. He began his Naval journey as a cadet aged 16 and by the time he was called up to be part of the second intake of the National service Scheme in 1952, he had already had 2 weeks sea training in the Corvette, HMAS Gladstone.

On April 4th 1952, after 3 months training, seaman/gunner Jenkin embarked in HMAS Culgoa, together with his fellow 76 N.S. trainees  left on their ‘Big adventure’.  First port of call Sydney, and then they were to experience the circumnavigation of New Zealand. These ‘Rookie’ sailors got more than they bargained for!  To quote from the Captain’s report: “The conduct of all aboard was of the highest order. Those who kept watch in the engine room, and those who kept hot/soup beans and hot meals going in the galley, together with the men who steered the ship deserve particular praise!  Looking back it is no exaggeration to say that ‘the ship fought for her life, and won’.”

The Waverley RSL is conveniently situated opposite the station in Glen Waverley, and the RSL Car park is free but you need to display a ticket on your dashboard.(obtainable from reception)

ALL WELCOME: 'The Warramunga restaurant' opens at 5.30 pm and a number of us take the opportunity of enjoying a lovely meal and a few drinks before the meeting. You are very welcome to join us! We need to book tables and suggest you contact our Rodney Phillips who is co-ordinating the tables for us. Rodney can be contacted on 0466 983 313 or

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