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VANJON, VANJOHN, or VANTY Ward room names for the card game of "Vingt-et-un" or "Pontoon".
V.C. VC - Victoria Cross The first naval Victoria Cross was awarded to Mate J.D. Lucas, June, 1854, for throwing overboard from his ship a live shell during the bombardment of Bomersund. The event, in fact, took place before the Victoria Cross was instituted and was the furthest back that awards of the Cross were back-dated.
VELMA Velma Suchard A special brand of Chocolate (q.v)
VICAR The Vicar A familiar name for the Chaplain on board. see CHAPLAIN
VICARAGE An unofficial name for the chaplain's cabin on board.
VICTORY HMS Victory Laid down at Chatham 1759, launched 7th May, 1765; built of 100 yr old oak cut from the New Forest said to have cost £83,000, she was the most powerful line-of-battle ship of her time, armed with 104 guns. 2162 tons, length overall 227 ft., extreme beam 52 ft., complement 840 officers and men. Not commissioned until March, 1778. In seagoing service wore flags of 14 Admirals. Prison and Hospital ship at Chatham 1797-1799; refitted and modernised 1801-1803. Nelson's flag hoisted (C. in C. Mediterranean) 18th May, 1803. On 19th July, 1805, Nelson went ashore at Gibraltar - his first time on shore since 16th June 1803. After the battle of Trafalgar, the VICTORY was towed to Gibraltar whence she sailed home in November, 1805, with Nelson's body on board (see BLOOD) in bad weather. The ship had a further refit in 1806 and again in 1815; she was then laid up in reserve at Portsmouth. She wore the flag of the Portsmouth Port Admiral on and off from 1824 to the present day. Large numbers of visitors to the ship inspired by Queen Victoria's visit in 1844. Replaced as Port Flagship at Portsmouth by the DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1869-1893 but ever since has been the Port Flagship. Shifted from Portsmouth Harbour to No. 2 dry dock in Portsmouth Dockyard (the oldest dry dock in the world, dating from the time of King Charles II) in January, 1922, then completely restored to her 1805 condition.
VICTUAL The Victualling Department of the Royal Navy Founded by Samuel Pepys in 1665. Prior to that date the Captains and Pursers of H.M. Ships used to make their own arrangements for victualling their ships, and took a suitable 'rake-off' in so doing. It was because of this that Mr. Pepys instituted the Victualling Department. see also FOOD: PURSER
VIGO The Battle of Vigo Attack by British combined naval and military force under Admiral Sir George Rooke (Duke of Ormonde in command of the military) on Spanish treasure fleet escorted by a strong French squadron in Vigo bay (N.W. Spain) on 12th October, 1702. Within one hour the port was in our hands and all the enemy ships captured or destroyed. The main outcome of this victory was that Portugal was so impressed that she opened negotiations for a treaty with Britain. This gave the Navy the use of Lisbon as a base for Mediterranean operations and led to Portugal becoming our oldest ally.
VINE Vine Street Unofficial slang name for the office of the Master-at-Arms on board - from the well-known London police station.

The Grape Vine Slang expression for the wonderful way in which a rumour spreads.