An impressive selection of cakes – lemon, cherry Bakewell, apple crumble and, of course, chocolate – cup cakes, scones and even some bacon baguettes.

The display drew in the crowds (and more importantly donations) and an extended morning break was arranged to allow as many of the ship’s company as possible to sample the delights.

Unknown to the rest of the crew, the ship’s Officers-under-training had been charged with the task of baking a cake each – decorating it in a style befitting the cause.

The results – a Macmillan coffee cup, a reconstruction of the volcano on Montserrat and Wave Knight’s own crest – were put on display and sampled towards the end of the coffee morning ahead of a judging by a team of cake connoisseurs, including the tanker’s Commanding Officer Capt Chris Clarke RFA.

Cadet Feuillade’s volcano was the best design; Cadet Baggott’s cup tasted the best.

The final fundraising effort was a ‘guess the number of coffee beans in the jar’ contest at £2 a go. All told, the tanker raised £350 – with money still coming in.

Wave Knight is one half of the Royal Navy’s presence in the Caribbean at present.

Together with frigate HMS Lancaster she’s supporting the international effort to stop drug trafficking in the region – Operation Martello – as well as supporting Britain’s overseas territories in the region and being on stand-by to offer assistance should natural disaster strike one of the many islands.