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Duke Drennan
2nd June 2013, 02:55 PM
A thought came to me a while back regarding trips up the Lakes. I remember being in Montreal and in the mess for smoko one day. This guy comes aboard, comes into the mess and offers to let anyone tie him up in a chair, on the premise that he would wriggle his way out of it. I stood there bemused at this and obviously a bit green behind the ears. I asked another crew member why someone would come aboard a ship just to get tied up. The look I got in response said it all, the guy got off on being manhandled by the guys. Anyone else remember this guy in or around Montreal in the mid '60's?

Captain Kong
2nd June 2013, 03:36 PM
There was a guy in Montreal in the late 50s,
Mervyn, or `Merv the perv`. used to hang out in the House of Scouse, the Liverpool House.
opposite the berth where the Empress liners tied up.
He did a few `crazy things`

Louis the Amigo
2nd June 2013, 03:56 PM
Hi shipmates, Hi duke Drennan He was on other ships if hes the same one? I was on The bridgepool one of Ropeners 1968 I remember some of the lads done a job on him in the drying room opened a steam pipe after hanging up on the drying rails and gave him a good beating, then they came back with the spray FLITT and more of the same treatment !!! I was told he was there for a couple of hours in pain after that. They were rewarded with $ 20.00 each {theres more to this } but not for mixed company

john sutton
2nd June 2013, 04:16 PM
there was a guy used to come aboard the paper boats in st johns who liked to be tied up.one of the A.Bs tied him up and shut him in the oilskin locker then went ashore and forgot about him until he got up in the morning

Jim Brady
2nd June 2013, 06:24 PM
I remember Merv always sat in Ma Greeks, a great big flash car outside,I think he must've been about 25 stone.I never seen anybody talk to him,he just sat there drinking coffee and looking at people.I wasn't there this night but I believe a few guys run in to Ma Greeks and kicked hell out him for some reason,he was squeeling like a pig on the floor.

Captain Kong
2nd June 2013, 07:28 PM
That is right Jim
A big fat slob but loaded, a big Cadilac style car. I got his card off him it said he was a Show Biz Agent,
A girl I was courting at the time fancied herself as a Club singer, she was awful . but I couldnt tell her. Then she kicked me into touch so as a parting gesture I gave her Mervins card and told her to contact him and he would get her into the big time.
I never saw the girl again so dont know what happened.
I believe, tho` I DO NOT KNOW THIS, ONLY HEARD, that he would sit on a door step and pay seamen to urinate over him.
We always ended up in Ma the Greeks for our supper after the House of Scouse.

Frank Appleford
3rd June 2013, 04:08 AM
I remember my first ever run ashore in Montreal in 1965, I was walking up the street and asked somebody the way to St Catherine street, he replied f--k off English bastard. Lol, my first introduction to our great world.

happy daze john in oz
3rd June 2013, 06:06 AM
` I DO NOT KNOW THIS, ONLY HEARD, that he would sit on a door step and pay seamen to urinate over him.
We always ended up in Ma the Greeks for our supper after the House of Scouse.

Sounds as if someone was taking the p15s.

Des Taff Jenkins
4th June 2013, 01:48 AM
Hi Frank.
Same thing happened to me and my mate, first time in Montreal asked this bloke [French] the way into the main part of town, he pointed, we went that way; 20 minutes later we were re directed to the way we were going in the first place.
Cheers Des

Frank Appleford
4th June 2013, 03:08 AM
As monte python would put, 'all a part of growing up and being British'

Jim Brady
4th June 2013, 08:49 AM
Frank #7.people calling you an English bastd.I was walking down the St.Laurent Blvd, this guy was saying hello to people in English the calling them French bstd.He said hello to us (we were only kids,bellboys on the Britain) when we answered in English he was delighted and latched himself onto us.He was telling us that he was born in Liverpool and married some French bstd,you could tell he was alcoholic, he carried on walking with us down towards the ship.I was looking at him thinking I'm sure he is my uncle John.My uncle john emigrated to Canada, when the war came on he joined the Canadian army and came over here,he was at Dunkirk.We had a photograph of him in his army uniform in our house.Anyway we got be about the Rodeo I think and about 4 police cars screeched up,get going back to your ship boys this guy said and that was the last I seen of him.I was running to Montreal on and off over the years and always seen my other relations,I always asked about uncle John but nobody knew where he was.Anyway just before I left the sea I said to my uncle Frank all the years I have been coming here and I never got to meet uncle John.I'l take you to see him but you'll be sorry.We went to this tavern and lo and behold it was the same guy that I had met all those years before on the St.Laurent Blvd. so Frank knew where he was all those years but he didn't want me to get involved with him.He did become a bit of a pest and used tobe waiting at the gangway when we docked,I took my life in my hands every time I went ashore with him the way he used to speak to those big French barmen.

Frank Appleford
5th June 2013, 08:48 AM
Any other part of Canada except Quebec is great though. I have a lot happy memories about that part of the world.

alf corbyn
9th June 2013, 10:09 AM
two of us went ashore off the Samaria in Quebec carrying roller skates and asked a couple of girls where the roller rink was. i'm sorry they said we can't speak English, speaking in English.

Louis the Amigo
9th June 2013, 05:37 PM
Hi shipmates, I was told in Montreal in war-time British Merchant seamen were looked after and giving the best treatment by the locals, My dad was given a poem in the local seaman misson saying how great the merchant seaman were, I have not to this day found another place in wartime, who did the same !!! But some french dont like the british this still happens in Paris today?

Jim Brady
9th June 2013, 05:59 PM
Quite honestly I travelled all over the place on the buses to my relations and out to fairgrounds etc in Montreal and never had a problem.I remember one time in Woolworths on the corner of the St.Laurent and St Catherine a shop assistant said "I don't speak English" my cousin (born in Montreal)said if we would've reported her she would've been fired as you have to be bilingual to work there.

Duke Drennan
9th June 2013, 09:15 PM
Talking about being looked after by the locals, I remember being in Chicago during an American public holiday, the exact one escapes me. A bunch of locals showed up and asked to come aboard. Turns out they were bearing gifts for every member of the crew, boxed up and a greeting written on the package. All of them contained the necessities that most of us needed but usually didn't have much of like gloves, socks, woolen scarfs and hats etc. I always remembered that act of generosity from people that were total strangers but had the insight to realize that we were far from home, tired, cold and could use the friendly gesture. Even today, living in the U.S. I still recognize that warmth from the people that, at times, are ridiculed and berated by others around the world when, in fact, it's the American government that causes the stigma that most associate with the American people. I wonder if Nev and others that live here feel the same.

9th June 2013, 09:35 PM
I spent three weeks touring the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2011 , what wonderful people I met , genuine , helpful , and a little annoying that they asked if I came from anywhere near London , when I said seventy miles , they would ask , if i knew so and so , who lives in London , I think they think London is a village

10th June 2013, 12:08 AM
Every place i went to the locals were friendly and the women wow they were really friendly

There were the odd 1 or 2 over the years that were ignorant but hey you cant judge the whole town on 1 or 2 people i suppose it just depended which bar you happen to be in at the time

Tony Wilding
10th June 2013, 09:24 AM
Went there a few times with Watts Watts, had my first Hamburger there in the Mission, Blueberry Pie and Cream after, great ! then Coffee with more Cream, was a good place to buy warm winter clothing, once we was there nearly froze to death, never seen so much snow ashore, ice in the River, wore a pullover down the Engine Room, Quebec and Three Rivers was worse for not speaking English. found most Canadians very friendly.

Jim Brady
10th June 2013, 11:38 AM
I don't know if any of you have been to Montreal since the container base is well out of town you don't go under the bridge now.I was there in 2000 and I was lucky enough to have my sons colleague from the office to come down to the ship and give me a run ashore.We went into town and went to a bar by the Notre Dame,it was a shipping bar every one in there was engaged in shipping one way or another,Mathew whom I was with was addressed as captain by all those that spoke to him.The manageress was from Cardiff,there was Irish,Scots,Italian and people from various parts of England,a great afternoon.Anyway Mathew had to go back to the office so I asked him to drop me off somewhere where I could get a pint.I ended up in a motel not having a clue where I was.I got talking to two guys at the bar the oldest of them could not genuinely speak English,if I would've approached him on his own I would've thought he was an ignorant French B.I called for two beers for them,my next question was how do I get back to the ship,no problem I will run you back to your ship which he did.The old French guy had been to the casino so he gave me a couple of decks of cards to take back to the ship,so they are not all bad.