HMS Manxman myth?

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  1. vinnye

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    During some reading around WW2 Light Cruisers, I came across a reference to HMS Manxman.
    I knew that she had served in the Med during the War, but did not know what happened to her post War.
    I found this in Wiki ;

    In 1956, she was deployed for headquarters duties during the Suez operation. A story - or legend - has grown that, during the Suez Crisis of 1956, Manxman outran an American Carrier Group. Manxman reportedly shadowed them; the US Admiral increased speed, eventually to over thirty knots - and then Manxman swept past at full speed, showing the signal "See you in Egypt". It is far from clear whether this episode happened; 'knowledge' about it was common in the Merchant Navy of the 1970s.

    Does anyone know of any other sources that can confirm / refute this?
     
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    It might be a fable, but the HMS Manxman was there and she was capable of a top speed of 38 knots.
     
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    On navy dot net in a thread about RN's fastest ship i found this ;

    I spent a short time on Manxman whilst waiting to join Antrim(still building in John Brown's, Glasgow at the time, 1970). Manxman was Dartmouth training ship at the time and I can remember a big flash plaque on board proclaiming that she was the Navy's fastest ever warship at 43 knots.

    Now that's quick!
     
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