Paul White has pulled together an archive of photographs and reminiscences of the Ship's Company of the 6" cruiser HMS Tiger, taking the history of the ship from her keel laying in 1941, her commissioning in John Brown's yard in 1959, through her conversion to an ASW helicopter carrier from 1968 to 1972, to her retirement in 1978 and final demise in 1986. In between we see from the illustrations her worldwide service; there are walk on appearances by Harold Wilson and Princess Grace of Monaco; the elegance of flag-showing is compared with the realities of gunnery, replenishment at sea, helicopter operations and roughers.
- Paul White
This is an elegant souvenir for any of the thousands who served in Tiger over the years. There are also items on such RN arcana as the rum issue, Crossing the Line, Bugis Street, and Jenny's Side Party that may make the book attractive to other ex-naval people and interested members of the general public.
The book is available from the printer (peecho.com) as a landscape format 30 x 21 cm 58-page hardback @ £23 [https://www.peecho.com/print/en/237810 ]
The picture (not from the book) shows the ship floodlit in Stockholm in 1959, on her first foreign cruise to Gdynia, Stockholm, Kiel and Antwerp.