LET'S kick off proceedings by sailing straight into our TRM Trawler Corner, a feature, I know, that so many of you enjoy.

This week, once again, our voyage goes back a long way. The ship is the Paramount R193. A steel-sided drifter, built in 1911, by Cochrane's of Selby. 95 tons. 87' long.

The one local owner named was the Drifter Trawler Company (H.E.Rees) The Docks, Milford.

She sailed from Milford on a regular seasonal basis…from June to October 1928…Feb 1929 to Nov 1939…May 1949 to June 1955.

Skippers included…Harry Gander and W. G. Setterfield.

Like many of the British trawlers, she saw service during both world wars…in December 1914 she was requisitioned for mine sweeping duties, and in November 1939, as a patrol boat, and mine sweeper.

Her history shows that in January 1928, in heavy seas, and in the early hours of the morning, she went aground on a sandbank by the east pier wall of Ramsgate. Tragically, Second Engineer Harry Offen (26) was drowned, and Chief Engineer William Surman (38) was badly scalded by an explosion in the engine room. The town fire engine was used to pump out the water in her.

In January 1940, after the Protesilaus was badly damaged after striking a mine, just SW of Swansea, the crew were rescued by HMS Paramount, Skippered by C.E. Blowers RNR.

In 1955 the Paramount was broken up in Llanelli.

And from the picture catalogue of the late ‘Stevo’, here's a snap of the ship, plus one of her crew from March 1955.

Back Row…L-R: 2nd Eng…REg Edwards; D/hand…Terence Negan. D/hand/trimmer…Ronnie Thompson.

Front Row…Ch Eng…Fred Williams…D/hand…Willie Musk…Cook…George Stratton…Skipper…Harry Gander…Mate…Gerwyn ‘Blondie’ Coombs…D/hand…Charlie Ellis.

Now it's time for more of My Story of the Pembrokeshire and Dyfed Army Cadet Force...by Lt. Col. Douglas Joyce. A.C.F Rtd.

When we left it last time, Doug had reached 1958.

"My first camp was in 1958, at Monmouth, where, for the first time, I met all the officers of the regiment, including the commandant Lt.Col Brundun and Major Roddy Davies.

“The camp itself was very basic, including bucket loos. The accommodation was corrugated huts with one round stove in the middle of the floor. In those days we had to bring our own cooks and helpers, these consisted of some ladies from Milford and Hook.

“The training area consisted of woodland and fields, with the River Monnow running through it. We had a number of flat bottom assault boats which we used for training, but, in the evenings, we would have races with the cadets, when we all would always end up in the water…lots of fun and laughter by all.

“Within walking distance of the Camp was Monmouth Grammar School, and they had their own swimming pool, which they let the cadets use most nights of the week, escorted by a number of adults. A lot of fun was had there.

“One or two younger cadets I remember at this time, were Dai Davies, in later years to become an Adult Instructor with me, and a good friend. His pet subject was orientation, and was a great help in the county, in leading a cadet team to win the Cambrian March competition, which included quite a lot of map reading.

“One of his pals was Phillip Jones, in later years to become a superintendent with the council. Both of them were the plague of my life, playing jokes on me whenever the opportunity was there, but great fun with both. I often see them now and they have not changed a bit."

The next instalment of Doug's fascinating Army Cadet recollections includes meetings with the fabulous Ken Dodd and the Diddy Men.

His mention of the Monmouth Grammar School swimming pool gives me a perfect excuse (I don't need much of one) to remind ourselves of the days when we had our own, special Rath pool.

And talking about the Rath, there must've been one helluva party down there last week…I noticed the grass was half cut!

Teaser time. I had lots of incorrect answers to last week's puzzle…what do you put in a container full of water to make it weigh less?

The answer was...A HOLE! And those who worked it out were…Neil NIBCO Griffiths; Marie Parr; Les Haynes; Joan Earles; Charles Weatherall, and Brian Phillips. Thanks to all who got in touch.

Here's another from Les Haynes. What is the modern name for what was once known as OPTOPHONE or FARSCOPE?

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Brian Burgoyne, the most famous Milford Robin of them all. It was my privilege to know Brian, and, a few years ago, included a special TRM tribute to his footballing days. We will never see his like again.

I'm back next week. Take care.