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Royal Navy Museum, Hartlepool - September 30th/October 1st
by Stephen Carr

The show at the National Museum of the Royal Navy is likely to be my last public show of 2023. While only 16 miles from home, I didn't want to spend a fortune on fuel at the end of the season, so decided to take the Dodge the first day and the Jeep the second. I took the Dodge on the first day because of possible rain during the afternoon, so that I had some cover to hide in. Andy was there with his Jeep, so we set up a maintenance diorama with the Dodge and his Jeep.

A number of the usual local groups were set up around the historic quay with HMS Trincomalee as the backdrop. HMS Trincomalee provided the background for the first 1940s event at the museum. The Trincomalee is one of two surviving British Leda-class sailing frigate, built shortly after the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Work on the Trincomalee began in May 1816 and was launched on 12 October 1817. Trincomalee holds the distinction of being the oldest British warship still afloat, as although HMS Victory is 52 years older, the Victory is displayed in dry dock.

The Royal Navy Bomb Disposal display, demonstrated disarming a parachute mine during the show and the Wizz Bangs gave a talk and firing display of various weapons once each day. The rain held off until mid afternoon, so I got wet on the trip home and while packing the Dodge away into the garage.

I took Jessie for the second day and was joined by several other vehicles that weren't there on day one. Most of the re-enactor displays were the same, although a couple had gone, to be replaced by the Seatones singers. It was mostly sunny today and quite a bit warmer than Saturday.

Photos for both days were a combination of DSLR and phone images. High shots of the vehicles were taken on my phone on a selfie stick, using the timer on the shutter release.

This appears to be my last event of the year, ending the season at Hartlepool, very close to Heugh Battery, where I started the 2023 season.