Royal Navy Submarine Museum fundraising talk

Tickets for a new season of fundraising talks at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum have gone on sale. The Third Thursday Talk season will start on Thursday 19 September at 7pm with a special 70th anniversary commemoration of the daring attack on the German battleship Tirpitz, “Operation Source”, and in particular, the life of submariner Godfrey Place who was then awarded the Victoria Cross.

The September evening talk about midget submarine commander Lt Godfrey Place will be given by author Paul Watkins who has published “The Life of Godfrey Place VC”.

The talk will explore some of his achievements and exploits during a unique career.

Paul Watkins, author said, “Described as an incredible and audacious mission, the attack by X-craft on the Tirpitz by Godfrey Place and his colleagues in the immediate face of the enemy was supreme.

It’s amazing just how many incredible submarine stories there are to be told.

Bill Sainsbury

He continued: “Godfrey Place was a truly remarkable man and the only naval officer to go to war above, below and on the waves.”

Other talks planned for the Autumn Season include a look at the life of submarine inventor J P Holland, known as 'the father of submarines' by curator at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Bob Mealings and in November a look Georgian Navy’s world-wide expansion in the 18th Century which necessitated the development of huge support facilities in Gosport at Haslar, Royal Clarence Yard and Priddy’s Hard by local author and historian Mike Williams.

Bill Sainsbury, Events Manager at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum said, “Our Third Thursday Talks are popular and always informative.

"It’s amazing just how many incredible submarine stories there are to be told.”

Tickets for each talk are £10 and 40% can be saved when booking for all three talks by joining the Submarine Museum’s Third Thursday Talk Club.

All proceeds will go to support the Saving HMS Alliance Appeal. To book visit www.supportusalliance.co.uk or call 023 9254 5036.