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j.sabourn
17th May 2017, 05:49 AM
On the Beechwood in the 70"s lying at General terminus (Glasgow) right opposite that house of good repute Bettys Bar we had occassion to sail with an unwanted guest, as I made a point of going round the ship at about 0700 hours every morning to make sure the ship was clear of such before the Dockers came on board and sullied their reputation, I was a bit put out that she had escaped my good eyesight in those days. We sailed with one woman too many. Fortuanetly we were going to Liverpool in ballast and not straight out foreign. She was berthed in the Bridge pilot room for the short passage. The master at the time had a bad habit of bursting into the wheelhouse unexpectedly and asking how our passenger was faring to which my reply was , how should I know she is behind a closed door. She was handed over to the police for protection for her passage from Liverpool back to Glasgow. Another time sailing from Port Talbot to Narvik I was ashore and happened to bump in to a Port Talbot maiden which seemed strange to see in Norway. I didnt ask how she got there as didnt want to know, so suppose she must have come off one of the other ore carriers. As I was used to turfing her off the ship I was on first thing in the morning, as she had a soft spot for one of the ABs, didnt tell the AB in question in case he got upset and didnt trust her anymore. I have not mentioned other cases and especially New Zealand where the ships used to be nearly always manned by ladies who werent signed on. these are only a smattering of memories on this site labelled My Memories .. JWS

Jim Dixon
17th May 2017, 08:30 PM
Beechwood(ex Bishopsgate) and the smaller Cherrywood (ex Silvercrag) great little ships of John I. Jacobs.

j.sabourn
17th May 2017, 11:22 PM
The Cherrywood was the Port Talbot runner as was smaller and built for the port at that time re the locks etc. Cheers JWS

Des Taff Jenkins
18th May 2017, 01:42 AM
Hi John.
I sometimes used to think that without the help of the ladies some ships on the NZ coast wouldn't have sailed at all, in Auckland they were in a hurry to get to Wellington whereas in Wellington they were in a hurry to get to Auckland as there was always some sort of party to go to.
Cheers Des

happy daze john in oz
18th May 2017, 06:25 AM
Apart from bloods the only ladies we ever saw were the wifes of officers travelling with them. Most were good but there were a couple who made life hell for the other officers and the stewards.
Could well have done without them.

cappy
18th May 2017, 06:26 AM
Hi John.
I sometimes used to think that without the help of the ladies some ships on the NZ coast wouldn't have sailed at all, in Auckland they were in a hurry to get to Wellington whereas in Wellington they were in a hurry to get to Auckland as there was always some sort of party to go to.
Cheers Des###any seaman who went to aukland in the 50s and 60s would nowhat a valhalla it was ...crumpet galore and could they go ...it was paradise .and i must say no presents that i knew aboard iether ....cappy

Doc Vernon
18th May 2017, 07:06 AM
I always loved the Ladies! LOL

John F Collier
18th May 2017, 04:08 PM
###any seaman who went to aukland in the 50s and 60s would nowhat a valhalla it was ...crumpet galore and could they go ...it was paradise .and i must say no presents that i knew aboard iether ....cappy

I knew a lovely Maori girl in Auckland cappy, her name was Josephine, she really was beautiful I dated her for a couple of
trips and she gave me a present, but thankfully not the sort you're talking about, this one was a greenstone "Jade" Tiki which
I still have today, there was one lad though a first tripper who did get a "Present" in Auckland and he duly received the
"Umbrella treatment" he was a know all type of bloke but you had to feel sorry for him :). cheers John F

happy daze john in oz
19th May 2017, 06:16 AM
I knew a lovely Maori girl in Auckland cheers John F


On the whole John there were far less ladies there who gave 'presents' compared with some other ports of call.
Down the East coast of Africa they were very generous with them.

John F Collier
19th May 2017, 02:26 PM
On the whole John there were far less ladies there who gave 'presents' compared with some other ports of call.
Down the East coast of Africa they were very generous with them.

I was always very aware of that John and luckily the only presents I was given by girls was a silver St Christopher a Jade Tiki
and a small leather encased travelling clock, and I've always kept them and the happy memories they came with. cheers John F

Jim Brady
20th May 2017, 12:55 PM
Jws talking of girls coming around the land from Glasgow to Liverpool two girls did just that on a Clan boat.My brother was a Liverpool docker was working on the quay at the Clan boat when there was a hell of a commotion it turned out that one of the girls was in the water and in trouble,the Indian crew were at the rail looking on doing nothing some dockers on the quay also.My brother anorak off boots off and in he went,the girl couldn't swim and she was pulling him under,he shouted for a pallet board and managed to get her laying on it.They were taken out of the water and taken to hospital where the girl signed herself out and did a runner.One of his mates told him later that when he was in the water it started to rain so one of his mates said we better put Brians boots and anorak in the shed they are going to get wet and here was he soaked through to the skin.Some days later he went into the Caradoc this docker said to him you must be mad fancy risking your life to save a whore,my brothers reply was, she is a human being and with your attitude you wouldn't rescue an effin dog.
Regards.
Jim.B.

He was presented with the Humane Certificate and a watch for his trouble.

Lewis McColl
20th May 2017, 01:35 PM
On my first Blue funnel trip as a very young 4 th eng. It did not take long to find out why Bangkok & Phuket were so aptly named. Thankfully I never got any presents to bring home. I will admit though that one night in Singapore's Bugis street after a few to many I got the shock of my life, shall we say the lady in question had a bigger pair than me as I legged it.

Captain Kong
20th May 2017, 03:18 PM
He was presented with the Humane Certificate and a watch for his trouble.
#JIM

Very good and brave of him Jim.
I would have died 63 years ago but for a lad doing the same for me.
When my mate, Ken Hignett , from Birkenhead was drowning in the sea off East London, South Africa, I went in to save him, but was swept away by the current, I held on to him until he died and lost his body. another lad, `Mo` Riley also swam out to help, We were both in severe difficulties a long long way off shore in a heavy sea.
Then 15 year old South African lad , David Brinton swam out and rescued us both, I ended up in hospital there.

I never saw the lad, David Brinton, again. but 48 years later I finally found him with the help of the Salvation Army Search Team. in Stranraer Scotland.
We finally met after the 48 years on stage on the Esther Rantzen Show on BBC TV.
He was never awarded anything even tho` I had recommended him,
I still keep in touch with him.

Cheers
Brian

Tony Skilton
24th June 2017, 11:26 AM
Had to chuckle at this thread title - when the 'Rena' (container ship) ran up on Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga, NZ, at full speed a couple of years back, the first 4 'persons' to disembark to the first tug were the 'ring-bolts' from Napier!! It was the Rena's masters 44th birthday - he wasn't celebrating with booze, but with women!!
Cheers,
Skilly

John Arton
24th June 2017, 03:34 PM
Talking of ladies on ships. As a cadet on the Beaverfir in St. Johns N.B. in 69, there were that many girls on board that the lads got fed up with having to shag 2-3 girls a night. One evening I walked through the crew mess room whilst the boys were having dinner (Saturday night steak night) and lying naked on the table pleasuring herself with a Heinz tomato ketchup bottle was a very nubile young girl and nobody was taking a blind bit of notice of her. The 5th Engineers girlfriend was a local reporter and a rampant sex maniac who even after screwing the 5th into the ground would prowl the alleyways looking for someone else to shag her.
In C.P. on the chemical tankers loading Veg. Oils around the Philippines there were so many of the Philippine crews wife's/girlfriends etc. on board that we were regularly over twice the lifeboat capacity to such an extent that the office got wind of it and had to put a stop to it, so the wife's used to hire a bus to follow us round from port to port.
My first trip as mate out there on going into my cabin in the first load port (Davao) I was greeted by 3 of them that the Bosun had organised. Being married I had no desire to partake of the goods on offer but the Bosun insisted if I was not going to sleep with them, could I let them clean my cabin and do my laundry...which was nice!!!
rgds
JA

Jim Dixon
24th June 2017, 05:31 PM
The carriage of wives onboard seems to have started in the early 70s and I think initiated by the tanker companies. It is unfortunate that some assumed the rank of their husbands Mrs Capt & Mrs Chief and so on. It did cause problems if such was not nipped in the bud. A whisper in 'hubbies' ear usually did the trick. Heard this facility was extended to ratings later. God knows how things panned out.