There were 100 officers in the Wardroom and an amusing event occurred during our voyage to Invergordon. During a lull in the exercise, the ratings were piped to dinner and we, in the Wardroom, sat down to a well – earned meal. A long dining table seating about 40 officers was laid with a white table cloth on which were the cruets, sauce bottles, water jugs and silver. Soup had just been served when the ship gave a huge roll. Someone had forgotten to lock the two middle parts of the table together with the consequence that one end slid across the deck, the heavy jugs and silver descended through the large gap, dragging the table cloth down with our soup plates, knives, forks and glasses. We were left sitting on our chairs `round two bare pieces of table underneath which was the most awful mess of soup, cutlery, sauces, plates and so on.
George Campbell Ross C.B., C.B.E. (9 August 1900 – 30 July 1993) Chief Engineering Officer Lieutenant Commander, HMS Rodney (the ship that sunk battleship Bismarck).