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You are right about merchant seaman being treated as crap. My father in law was torpedoed when transporting food to Britain. When under attack from stukas the unarmed crew could only throw potatoes at the propellers.
Green day tommorw peeps o r not ????
MV, Good Evening,
Lovely reading your about your past in the Navy....etc
Watching a film now called *1917*, been told it's a good film.
Have a gear evening....Cheers, Falky
They don't make comedy anymore, mores the pity.
I sailed around the world to bring you a leg of lamb and some pears lol
Or a proper education... MVankaway.
LLoyds in nautical terms is listing to port ,due to the cargo not being secured and moving.
If a ships officers handled a ship like the B of D of lloyd's do they would all lose their officers tickets.
There were some real characters , once likened the Merchant Navy to a floating Foreign legion , quite a few from all over the world all there for varying reasons. I went because I loved the ships and the travel, but it was an education in many ways.
Until morrow Lloyds flat and maybe rest of year .
"basic rate payers would be up to £750 better off each year"
Really...What with the 1.5% rise in NI, a 2% rise would not make much of a difference.
Give with one hand and then take away with the other.
Tories need to be voted out.
We need tax cuts now not 2 years down the line
Likely, ED was Liverpool based. K
I have wondered where your choice of name came from and you have now explained .
About 17 yrs back was in a pub in Majorca and I can't recall how I ended up talking to him , but remember the amusing story he told . This gentleman was in the Merchant Navy and they docked in Saigon during the Vietnam War . Whilst ashore they ended up in a watering hole that served food . Full of burly US Marines he ordered his steak , chips and peas . Some grunt asked him what Brits were doing here :-
"We're carrying a shipload of timber to Hanoi to build the biggest bandstand the world has ever seen "
"What for ? " says Yank
"So we can watch the Vietnamese kick your arse out of their country . "
At 5' the Marine missed his target , his peas went flying under the table and the whole place erupted into an Almighty brawl .
" I spent the duration of the brawl rounding up my peas under the table and eating them "
I think an Arctic convoy medal came out about 15 yrs back . Merchant seamens losses must have been on a par with RAFs bomber command of 55k .
Bringing back some memories this sunday.
On the MV Arawa, we had some transvestites mainly stewards, I was just a lad and had never come across anything like that in my short life. They would go ashore (in some ports) dressed as women with the wigs and make up on and they looked ok . On board they went under female names, they would make their own clothes on a sewing machine and put little curtains over the port holes , but they were sound blokes. But I did learn one thing, if you ever want to have a go at someone make sure you known to handle your self. I was in a bar one night and a couple of locals tried to take the pxss out of one called Patsy real name Jack, he floored the pair of them , they did not know what hit them.
I recited some stories to my parents when back home, my dad laughed my mothers face went some funny colour and she wanted me to get a proper job!.
Didn't the Elder Dempster Line, have a cadet training school in Liverpool by the river?
There were still some old salts about when I went into the merchant navy as a lad.
There was a Master at Arms (Ships police man) who would tell us some stories, about the convoys etc, he said he was on a old freighter that did about 9knots, they were in a storm for three days and basically they did not move.
I did stand on the deck some nights when it was pitch black and wonder how it must have felt in WW2 knowing there could be something out there waiting to send you to the bottom, it was a sobering thought.
The only time I was scared on a ship, was one night in the Indian ocean, a warm night nice flat sea and I was standing at the aft of the ship looking at the water and the ships wake. I got a sudden urge to jump over the side into the sea, it scared me to death.
On WW2 the service that had the highest casualty rates was the Merchant navy. I was told, and they were treated like crap by the government . At one time they were offering prisoners £100 to sign on to a ship , and when a ship went down the men's pay was stopped at the moment the vessel sank. No pay for being in a life boat or dead !.
Brought a lot of timber and plywood to Liverpool ex Takoradi, mostly Elder Dempster.
Visited several times, some beauties as you say. ??
My wife's grandfather on her mothers side was in the merchant convoys during WW2. He was on several ships that were sunk. He was also one of the British seaman that were prisoner on the German pocket battleship Graf Spee who were released in Montevideo before the ship was scuttled after the British Navy hunted it down in the South Atlantic.
My dad was from lslington mum from Bermondsey that why Brixton moi
I am decrepit , Malta about 5 years ago .
Your like this ! My dad had a time share there and he walk into "got try get this right but forgive if not accurate " Russian embassy to get his Russian star medal awarded to him cos he was on Russian convoys WW2 our government didn't want to know .
When were you in Malta? I was born there in 1959. Both my parents are from London, father Battersea and mother Fulham. My father was stationed there in the Royal Navy at the time. I have no recollection of the place as he got posted back to UK when I was 15 months old. I have never been back there but it is on my "to do list" before I'm to old and decrepit like you to see what it is like.
Hampshire thats where my ancestry originates 1000 years back ish on dad's side
Mum's dad came over from Ireland at the age of 11 and was abandoned on London Bridge. I've not been out of Europe other than Malta. 4 kids a shared pool house in France.
Never made New Zealand in my sea going days. Have however worked 5 years West Africa, mostly Ghana, and 4 years Trinidad. The crew loved working in Ghana, we were working out of a port called Takoradi. I was Captain so had to dish out subs to the crew when going ashore when in port. Crew were in their element, the local girls were very obliging and 10 US$ went a long way with the girls! Being Captain I was also in charge of the medical stores, and had to dish out copious amounts of free condoms to the crew when they went ashore as well as subs. Some very pretty women in West Africa, and some heavyweights as well!
What gives you the impression I am Scottish? I have lived in Scotland, in the Northern Isles, since I was 17, but come from Hampshire. Still a fanatical Portsmouth fan though, and they got dumped out of FA Cup yesterday by Harrogate FFS! lol
That's my favourite story .
Hardup your Scottish so you've been all round the world, bet you've had some ugly birds .
Good morning,I am up because the dog got me up(the one with four legs) here is a story and a true one which for obvious reasons I have never told my wife. Back in 1969 I was on a cargo ship and we docked in Wellington New Zealand, dropped of our final load of outward stuff. The crew were out at night and Wellington was a nice place the girls were very helpful, well a couple of the lads brought back 3 working girls to the ship and got them on board no security then! and we set off for a beautiful little spot called Opua . Which is around the coast to pick up a full load of fruit and lamb. Well back to the girls, they had a financially rewarding little cruise, they did not have much time for sun bathing, for they must have been very tired for they never left their cabin. And the lads were so concerned that there was always a line of boys taking them food and drinks. Well after arriving in Opua which is in the bay of Islands, they were very much better and left the ship smiling and all the lads were smiling too. I was about 17yrs old and I got my first smile.
It's probably good for growing cacao, sorghum, coffee, sugar, bananas, cotton: anything which grows well in a climate which averages about 28 Celsius during the daytime.
If I was them I would give up mining metal ores/and refining metal ore into metals - all the profit goes abroad and does nothing to benefit the economy of The Central African Republic.
Could be a good place for tourism. Line the swimming pools with a reflective material and put thousands of small transparent hollow plastic balls on top. No need for heating. The reflected sunlight under those conditions (with the plastic balls stopping the water evaporating, and also drastically slowing the heat loss) should mean the water gets to a temperature of around 40 degrees Celsius without any, "external manmade heat source, such as solar panels coupled to an electric heating element." The plastic balls covering the pool might prevent swimming but would not prevent general sploshing about, doggy paddling, larking around, and enjoying the warm water.
Probably better station a couple of tanks - one each end of the swimming pool - each with anti-aircraft cannons and manpad stinger missiles. Can never be too careful in those sorts of places not far area from the areas of mineral exploitation of poorer countries in Africa.