Repair ships WW2 Royal Navy, HMS Artifex
November 6, 2012
I served aboard HMS Lancashire in WW2 and she was an accommodation ship for HMS Artifex. Who was a heavy fleet repair ship and was based at Manus Island at the latter stages of WW2 HMS Artifex had extensive workshops for molding casting all common metals with heavy, light and grinding machine shops.
Also were plating shop shipwright shops etc. I transferred to HMS Artifex in August 1945 and we left Manus for Hong Kong where we spent 6 months carrying out repairs to city facilities and dockyard etc We returned to UK via Australia and I have a "Courier Mail" photo of Artifex in dry dock in Bribane approx Feb or March 1945. i also have the xmas day luncheon menu for xmas 1945 signed by all members of my ERA's mess.
Thank you. Should the Courier Mail photo date be 1946?.