HMS Belfast, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH
The Headmaster and the Old Stoic Society Request the pleasure of your company at the Old Stoic Dinner, which will take place on Wednesday 7 November 2018, in the Ship's Company Dining Hall, HMS Belfast, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH, from 7.00pm onwards.
Mike Stewart (Chandos 62) will be our guest speaker and will address guests at various points throughout the evening. In 1981, Mike led a diving expedition to the Barents Sea, which recovered five tons of Russian gold from HMS EDINBURGH, lost in 800 feet on Arctic Convoys. HMS EDINBURGH was sister ship to HMS BELFAST.
The evening will include an opportunity to explore HMS Belfast immediately after the Drink Reception. Please arrive promptly at 7.00pm if you wish to make the most of your time within the Ship's museum.
Tickets are £75.00 per person to include a Drinks Reception, Three Course Dinner with wine, coffee and chocolates.
Dress code: Black Tie*
* Ladies must wear flat shoes aboard HMS Belfast due to uneven surfaces throughout the vessel.
Click on the link above to book tickets using PayPal (you do not need a PayPal account) or telephone 01280 818252 to pay with a credit or debit card.
Please give any dietary or access requirements upon booking. Guests are welcome attend this event but should note that the majority of guests will be Old Stoics as traditionally this has been a members only event. If you wish to sit with Old Stoic friends or host a table of guests please mention this upon booking. A table plan will be produced for the evening, with members seated near their Old Stoic contemporaries.
Please note spaces are limited to 130 guests for this occasion due to the size of the Ship’s Company Dining Hall.
Michael Stewart (Chandos 61) worked in and on the oceans of the world for over fifty years. He held a Short Service Commission in the Royal Navy, specialising in divingand bomb & mine disposal and went on to manage diving operations globally, from the North Sea to New Zealand and the Atlantic to the Pacific.
His most challenging project, right on the edge of diving technology in 1982, was masterminding and leading the British expedition that year which recovered five tons of gold from the wreck of the Cruiser, HMSEdinburgh (sister ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Thames), lost on the Arctic Convoys during World War II.
The consignment left Murmansk in Northern USSR, destined to pay the Allies for war materials when the Flag Ship was torpedoed by “U” Boat 456 and sank in over 800 ft in the Barents Sea on 2 May 1942.
Once located and surveyed, divers penetrated deep into the hull and recovered four hundred and thirty five gold ingots stowed in her fully loaded bomb room. This created a world record in human subsea endeavour which remains to this day.