Friday, 28 December 2012
The tale of the African bishop's legover
Called MV Chica, she has a good war record. She (the boat, not my Mum), ran guns through the Mediterranean, smuggled cigarettes and alcohol through the Straights of Gibraltar and according to local folklore, was one of the "little ships" that saved lives at Dunkirk.
Switching sides later in 1940, she is believed to have been a German supply ship sailing inshore waters around Trondheim.
Apparently, an African bishop once "swung his leg over a Chica hammock". My research has failed to come up with any primary sources to confirm this but I shall believe it none the less.
She now lies rotting at Dutton Lock, near Weaverham, Cheshire.