Tuesday, June 03, 2008
As a future head of the Armed Forces, Prince William can look forward to having the Royal Navy's biggest warships under his overall command. But even a king in waiting has to start at the bottom of the ladder, as his first experience of taking the helm of a Royal Navy ship proved today. His first training boat does not exactly look like the high-speed vessel he might have expected when he was told part of his time with the Navy could involve him going in armed pursuit of Caribbean drug smugglers. The Prince's second day at Naval college also got off to a shaky start when he was given the job of 'slipping' a ship's anchor. It is a Navy tradition that if a sailor fails to do the job of lowering the anchor properly he has to buy the rest of the crew a drink. William duly stepped up but fluffed the first attempt and joked his mistake meant he owed a colleague a 'crate of beer'. Fortunately, he fared better when he took to the helm of the 40ft boat on the River Dart in Dartmouth and was praised for his boat handling skills. Sub-Lieutenant Wales, as he is known in the service, will spend the next three weeks undergoing basic naval training.
Hee hee ... you know ... I expected something sexier from Sub-Lieutenant Wales ... perhaps a watercraft that is a little bigger than a dingy? Ah well ... I guess he should start at the bottom and work his way up just like everyone else has to. I can't wait to see pics of Prince Wills, er I mean, Sub-Lieutenant Wales battening down the hatches, swabbing the poop deck and other such colorful ship tasks. I'd like to see him in those white bellbottom pants too, you know, just because :) [Source]