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A FAMOUS SHIP

SALVING THE RIVER CLYDE,

Tlie River Clyde, the famous ship from which the troops landed, oh to "V" beach, Gallipoli, ,is to be salved. Already work is in progress; and it is expected that she will 1 be refloated very shortly. In the temporary repairs which are being made in order to take 'her, to the United Kingdom care i.s being taken not to obliterate any of her distinctive features. Thus,' when she arrives in British waters for permanent repairs,,-she will be, to all outward appearance, as she was' throughout the trying months of the Gallipoli campaign right up to the last days, when thousands' of men, with feelings of relief, tempered by the sad consciousness of leaving a .task unfinished, walked .up the • gangways^ through the great doors in her bows, along her decks, aiid on to the trawlers waiting alongside. Her high bridge, tall funnel, and squat masts,' with crosstrees and numerous derricks, will be recognised by any of the Gallipoli survivors who chance to see her.

The conspicuous part she played m the memorable landing in the early dawn of April 25, 1915, will- be recalled. Amongst the men she had on board were the gallant Ministers, Dublins, Hampsliires, and details,-such'as a beach party of the Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, field ambulances, sappers, and signallers. The idea was that she-should be run aground, and that lighters should form a pontoon from her bows to tlie beach.

The Turks withheld their fire until the men surged from- tlie doors in her bows on to the lighters. Then a murderous fire was poured into them from machine-guns which lined the crest of the amphitheatre of high ground encircling """-V" beach. The dead .were piled up on the lighters, and very few men succeeded in reaching the beach and sheltering beneath a ridge of sand. Nothing daunted, other men pressed on oyer the bodies of their fallen comrades, only in their turn to be shot down. The overwhelming difficulties of the few survivors were added to by the fact that the end of the pontoon nearest the' shore carried away on the strong tide and swung into deep water. With absolute disregaifl of their own safety, Commander Fdward Unwi". R..-N., Midshipman Malleson, and Midshipman Drury plunged into the water carrying lines, and the lighter w»° again secured. * But it broke adrift again, and connection with the shore was, for the time being, severed.' But the men who landed hung on like grim death, and. together with those who had landed in rowing boats, held th? position, supported by the accurate fire from machine-guns in ■ the bows of the River Clyde. The price paid was appalling, but the landing was secured, and a page added to the gallant history of the nation.

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A FAMOUS SHIP, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919

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A FAMOUS SHIP Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9593, 24 April 1919

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