BRAINWAVES
VI.  Quotations
Target Practice Martin's Grandfather, Captain H. T. Mosse, RN, on his experience as CO of HMS King Orry, a converted Isle of Man ferry, while it was being used for target practice during World War 1. "When   I   was   in   the   King   Orry   in   the   days   when   we   were   in   harbour,   it   was   my job   to   tow   targets   to   any   ships   that   were   firing,   but   on   one   particular   occasion,   I think   it   was   the   2nd   Battle   Squadron,   they   were   doing   their   firing   at   about   20 miles   and   all   of   a   sudden   I   felt   something   had   hit   me,   and   the   First   Lieutenant went   down   and   chased   out   about   it,   and   we   discovered   that   a   6"   'proj'   had come   in   about   a   foot   off   the   water   and   gone   straight   across   and   through   and out   the   other   side.   Fortunately   nobody   was   hurt   but   I   had   two   holes   in   my   ship, only   about   a   foot   above   the   water,   and   did   not   think   it   good   enough,   so   I   hauled down   the   firing   flag   and   intended   to   come   back.   Then   I   remembered   that   the 2nd   Battle   Squadron   had   just   about   finished   their   firing   and   there   was   going   to be   a   division   of   cruisers,   when   I   saw   them   approaching,   and   I   signalled   to   the Admiral   that   I   had   been   hit   and   I   thought   it   better   for   me   to   go   back   into   harbour because   we   hadn't   got   watertight   doors   or   anything   of   that   sort   and   I   was   put into the dockyard for 5 days and they made good the repairs." From the tape, 'GRANDFATHER: Captain Harry Tylden Mosse, R.N., talks to his son-in-law Col. Richard Arthur Rupert Fanshawe (1972)'. King Orry Perhaps   in   recognition   of   the   extraordinary   bravery   that   such   a   task   must   have   required,   King Orry ,   with   HTM   still   in   command,   was   given   the   signal   honour   of   being   allowed   to   lead   the defeated   German   Grand   Fleet   into   Scapa   Flow   in   1918.   This   is   commemorated   in   a   painting still   on   view   in   the   Isle   of   Man   Museum   in   Douglas,   which   later   featured   on   an   IoM   postage stamp. HTM modestly passes over the event on the tape.