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Uncatalogued: Tibbits, David Stanley, Captain, Sir, 1911-2003


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Biographical details Tibbits was a navigation specialist and had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and Trinity House. He served in several of the most active theatres during the Second World War. He was on the cruiser HMS YORK until she was attacked by Italian motor boats and had to be abandoned off Crete in 1941. While serving on the cruiser HMS DEVONSHIRE, he won the DSC for his role in planning the invasion of Vichy French-held Madagascar. His first command was the frigate HMS SNIPE, based in Bermuda in the period 1949-1951. His later appointments included command of the minelayer HMS MANXMAN, then one of the fastest British warships, the navigation school HMS Dryad at Portsmouth, and the new aircraft carrier HMS HERMES. Tibbits resigned his commission in order to take up a post at Trinity House in 1961. After promotion to Deputy Master, he oversaw the modernisation of many areas of the service, including the automation of lighthouses and light vessels, and the streamlining of pilotage operations. During this period he was also a Trustee of the National Maritime Museum. He was knighted for his services to Trinity House on his retirement in 1976. He then settled on Bermuda, where he was involved in many aspects of the island's maritime affairs.
Description Navigation course notebooks (3 volumes), 1932-1934. Navigating Officer's Notebooks (25 volumes), 1934-1946. Navigation sighting work books (11 volumes), 1934-1949. Visitors book of the cruiser HMS YORK, 1931-1939. Notes on the trials programme of the battleship ANSON and track chart showing her voyage to Hong Kong, 1945. Joint Services Staff College booklets on the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army, 1949. Technical notes on the Comprehensive Display System for warships, 1949. Correspondence and notes regarding the trials programme and commissioning of the aircraft carrier HMS HERMES, 1959. Captain's Order Book of HMS HERMES (2 volumes), 1959-1961. Three framed photographs showing the cruisers HMS DEVONSHIRE (1927) and HMS EURYALUS (1939). Mounted photograph showing a painting of the troopship ASSAYE (1899) at sea, by Johnson & Logan, Portsmouth. Photograph of Tibbits outside the pig farm at HMS Dryad. Please contact archive staff for more information about ordering from this collection.
Date made 1931-1961

Finding Reference MSS/76/141
Access conditions Please contact archive staff for more information about ordering from this collection.
Catalogue section Uncatalogued material
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Extent 3 boxes, 12 folios, 1 bundle (framed photographs)
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