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My walks by the Marina almost always take me passed H.M.S Explorer, but I’ve never noticed anyone on board, so manage my surprise the patrol vessel positively buzzing with activity! Curiosity got the better of me and I shouted, in my heartiest voice, “Going anywhere nice?!” An officer and a gentleman (judging by the way he naturally stepped forward out of the crowd of uniformed figures on the bridge and the tone of his voice) replied, “Whitby!” I was quite envious, to be honest with you, but I doubt Her Britannic Majesty’s Royal Navy is so desperate for recruits that they would take me aboard!