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Doc Vernon
5th September 2008, 12:45 AM
A revival of this Thread for all the New Comers Hope we get some good Experiences!

Hi to All
OK i know quite a few have been here before on the old site,but that is all gone now,so i thought that we might all just recap the things we have done other than in the MN??(Well include that as well of course)
Thanks,and i will start the Ball rolling!

The following Jobs span the Years from 1956 (16Years old) to 2005 (65Years old)

As far as i can recall not necessarily in order!
Cape Town

Junior Messanger Boy Cape Town Privincial Adminstration (Wale Street)
Learner Cable Jointer Cape Town Postal Services
Learner Bespoke Tailor James Hinton Lever Cape Town
Learner Pattern Cutter African Clothing Factory Cape Town (Woodstock)
Silver Service Waiter South African Railways and Harbours
Bus Conductor Cape Town City Transport Dept
Trainee Traffic Officer Cape Town Traffic Dept Gallows Hill Road
Tally Clerk (Stevedore) (Mitchell Cotts Stevedore Company) Cape Town Harbour

Knysna (Groot Brak Rivier)

Painter and Decorater Groot Brak Rivier (Knysna) Cape Province
Telephonist Groot Brak River Exchange
Builders Asst and Roof painter Groot Brak River Cape Province
Brick Maker and Painter
Waiter and Barman The Fairy Knowle Hotel Wilderness


Fork Lift Driver South African Railways and Harbours Durban
Overhead Gantry Painter South African Railways Durban
Train Guard (Passenger and Goods) South African Railways
Shunter/Brake Catcher South African Railways Durban Bluff Goods Yard!
Fireman/Ambulance Asst Durban Fire Dept Durban
Traction hand and Rail Bonder South African Railways Durban
Bus Driver Durban Corporation (Single Deckers)
Paint Mixer Prolux Paints Jacobs Durban
Lagger and Painter RJ Southey Durban
Flour Mill Manager Union Flour Mills Umbilo Road Durban
Night Shift Technician Sugar Mills Durban
Batch Mixer (Chemicals) Durban Chemical Products (Sea Cow Lake Road)
Heavy Duty Petrol Truck Driver Shell Company


Tram/Bus Conductor Johannesburg Municipal Tramways (Fordsburg Depot)
Shop Assistant Fattis and Monis Delicatessen Johannesburg

Orange Free State South Africa

Gold Miner Orange Free State S Africa (Harmony and St Helena Gold Mines)

From Cape Town and then UK

1st and Tourist Asst/stwd Union Castle Line SA to UK/ Mail and Intermediate runs

United Kingdom

Wireless Operator Enlisted initially at RAF Cardington, then Training RAF Bridgnorth/then Compton Basset/ then Innsworth/then awaiting shipment to Aden

Tube Drawer Halesowen Steel Works,Mucklow Hill Halesowen Birmingham UK

Bus Conductor Leicester City Bus Corporation 1961
Pig Slaughterer Abbatoir Birmimgahm
Brickies Labourer Birmingham Construction UK
Dining Room waiter Ilfracombe Hotel South Coast UK
Barman Hagley Court Hotel Hagley Birmingham
Vacumn Cleaner Salesman Multivac Company Southampton


Legionaire FFL signing up at the old Fort at Vencennis Paris.


Storeman and Packer Barere Surgical Company Sydney City Australia
Storeman GCE Electrical Auburn NSW Australia
Storeman/Issuer TAFE Colledge Granville NSW
Storeman Frost Engineering Yennora Australia NSW Australia
Cutter Ladies Under Garments Berlie Australia
Storeman/ and Telephone Sales Blackwwods Engineering (Smithfield) NSW Australia
Ticket Collector Central Station NSW (then promoted to)
Ticket Examiner Sydney Central Station NSW Australia
Band Saw Cutter Superior Saws Gipps Rd Smithfield NSW Australia

I know there are a few more that i have forgotten,but will come to me in time! Memory lapse!
Life was a sort of Jigsaw puzzle to me never knew exactly what came next!
Always just played it by Ear!:)

Now old and Grey,and wasting my time away! haha!

Wouldnt change a thing for quids if i had the time all over again!

Ian Walsh (paddy)
5th September 2008, 01:52 AM
Vernon,i'm embarassed to even try to follow that list but,here goes,
McCairns motors,Santry Dublin,Trainee Manager.
New zealand Shipping Co. D.H.U--E.D.H.
Sutton Service Station,mechanic.
Kilbarrack Service Station,Mechanic.
Skillet Sailing School,Kinsale,sailing instructor.
Delivery crew 52' ketch to Hamble.
Tug Capt/laborer Walcon Construction,Hamble.
Irish Shipping Co.E.D.H.
P.R.Reilly,Dublin. Truck driver
Interpart,Rugby,Warehouse Manager.
Roger Springett Racing,F3000 f1 shadow,crew chief.
M/Y Southern Breeze 170' yacht,Bosun--Chief Officer
Capt,various yachts,currently 16 years on 58' Hatteras.

Still working because I've never made enough money not to!!!

happy daze john in oz
5th September 2008, 05:10 AM
Well Vernon will try to recall what i can.
Paper round, worked on pig farm holidays, Left school, worked on pig farm, went to sea, in hospital (Hernia) barman, head barman Theatre restaurant, book salesman, store handyman (4 days) barman, assistant cook Jersey, assistant cook Bournemouth, relief work angency, contract catering management, owned two pubs, one restaurant, came to Oz, food services manager departrment store, assistant store manager Safeway, food services manager University, (longest job ever of 14 years), agency work, maintainance/cleaner/dogs body retirement lodge, retired, volunteer local community centre. Here endeth the story so far.:):cool:

john sutton
5th September 2008, 06:50 AM
7 years at sea on deck
painting bridges over the peace river,alberta
painter and decorator
roofer(1 day)
baby photographer 1 week
2 years oil rigs in western canada(roughneck,motorman,derrickman)
selling encyclopedias to american troops in germany
selling cars to american troops in germany
car salesman(uk)
oil rep
insurance salesman
Financial adviser and pensions broker(owner)
gentleman of leisure for past 11 years

Bill Dobson
5th September 2008, 10:38 AM
I had over 35 years experience in the operation, maintenance, and repair of electrical and mechanical installations and equipment in both the public and private sectors.

1963-1968: Apprentice Electrician, Skinningrove Iron & Steel Works, Carlin How, Saltburn, Cleveland.
1968-1969: Shift Electrician, Skinningrove Iron & Steel Works, Carlin How, Saltburn, Cleveland.
1969-1970: Assistant Electrical Officer, P. &. O. Shipping Co. Ltd.
1970-1971: Travelling overland through Europe and Asia to Austrlia
1971: Electrical Fitter, Garden Island Naval Dockyard, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.
1971-1973: Electrical Officer, Esso Petroleum
1973-1974: Maintenance Electrician, PSA, RAF Fylingdales.
1974-1975: Shift Control Engineer, PSA, RAF Staxton Wold.
1975-1978: First Electrical Officer, Ellerman City Lines
1978-1981: Electrical Technician, BOC Ltd., Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Cleveland.
1981-1985: Process Technician, BOC Ltd., Grangetown, Middlesbrough, Cleveland:
1985-1986: Technical Officer (M&E), PSA, DWO Stockton-on-Tees:
1986-1988: Maintenance Electrician, North Tees General Hospital, Stockton, Cleveland:
1988: Field Service Engineer, DMR Electrical Ltd., Bedford:
1988-1989: Maintenance Engineer, Forrester Foods Ltd., Bedford:
1989-1991: Technical Officer (M&E), PSA, RAF Henlow, RAF Cardington, RAF Stanbridge
1991-1994: Assistant EWC (M&E), Sovereign Consultancy Services (formerly PSA), RAFSEE Henlow, RAF Cardington, RAF Stanbridge
1994-1996: Engineer (M&E), Serco Consultants Ltd., RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Buchan, HNB Faslane, Serco EWC Head Office (Stepps)
1996-1998: Assistant EWC (M&E), Sovereign Consultancy Services Ltd., RAFSEE Henlow, RAF Cardington, RAF Stanbridge
1998-2000: Senior Engineer (M&E), Scott Wilson, RAF Cardington
2000-2001: Senior Engineer (M&E), Scott Wilson, RAF Henlow
2001-2002: Senior Engineer - DEWC (M&E), Scott Wilson, ATR Bassingbourn
2002-2003: Agency Work – Delivery Driver, General Assistant at a Cash and Carry, Picker at National Distribution Centre for House of Frazer and Mini-bus Driver for Employment Agency
2003-Present: Self employed – now restoring photographs

I came out of engineering because I was fed up of being sat behibd a desk and legislation and the bureaucracy was just getting too much.

Just over 4 years to retirement:D

Frank Ferri
5th September 2008, 01:16 PM
OK YOU asked for it VERN, Here goes. not as glamerous as yours though. ;)
Past Employments
Milk Delivery boy age 13
Newspaper Delivery boy age 13
Trainee Cooper
Butchers Boy
Brewery labourer
Chipper & Painter, ship yards
Merchant Navy
National Service
Warehouse Labourer
Labourer in confectionery factory
Senior Sales in Gents & readymade & bespoke tailors (occasional modeling the clothes at shows)
Progress Clerk Ferranti Electronics
Senior Technical Clerk,.. Ditto
Planner (technical drawing) ..Ditto
Computer Data computer processing ..Ditto
Senior Clerical Assistant, Education Department Local government.
Administration Officer Ditto
Finance officer Ditto, Water Board
Billing Manager Ditto.. Retired
Incidental stuff..
Bingo caller part time
Extra in a movie
Vocalist in a band
Steward in Beat Club (60s)
Non Paid Stuff
Shop Steward, Union Recruitment Officer, Local Community Leader,
Social Convener (Social Club) Secretary (Bowling Club)
Now a senior Rum and Indian Curry taster
Unions member of in the past.. MSU (MN), Secretary of NUof MW, NALGO (Unison)

Graham Payne
5th September 2008, 02:13 PM
ref post #1

No way I can match you Vern,
as far as I can rember
"Nicked" 1960 for hopping school, sent to a kids home under a "Fit persons order" Sidcup SE London
'61 to '63 "T.S.Indefatigable" pre sea training, Angelsey N Wales.
'63 to '72 Merchant Navy ( 2nd BEST TIME OF MY LIFE)
'72 to '80 Painter & Glazier, married and divorced.
'80 to 2006 hospital porter to telephone manager (they trained you well if you had the aptitude) met my Wife a Ward Sister and never looked back (BEST TIME OF MY LIFE), now retired early at 59. Not bad for a "Toe rag" as I was called as a sprog.

Russ Kennedy
5th September 2008, 02:47 PM

Crikey Vernon, What did you do in your spare time?????????????? Compared to yours mine is a doddle:
Paper boy aged 13
Apprentice Fitter and Turner Doxfords 1956/61
Marine Engineer 6th to Junior 2nd 1961/1968
MOD Birtley, Mechanic Examiner/Draughtsman/Ass. Foreman/Production Foreman 1968/78.
Shell Expro Aberdeen, Head of Maintenance Info Systems/Senior Maintenance Engineer 1978/94
AMEC Aberdeen, Senior Maintenance Engineer/Project manager 1994/99
Mini Stroke then Mini Heart attack, beat a hasty retreat and retired!

Russ K;)

Michael Lawrence
5th September 2008, 03:04 PM
Here Goes
Paper Boy, Butchers Boy.
Left School
Trainee Electronic Eng., (lasted 3 months)
Carpet cleaner and Dyer in Dye works( 9 months)
Vindi ( Thank God)
Hudson Firth
Braemar Castle
Esso Stockholm
Esso Canterbury
Drackengerg Castle
Post Office
Storeman Furniture Factory
Putter of money into ATM
Technical officer local council
Mon,Weds,Fri Gym for workout
Tues,Thurs, Swimming and then teaching swimming evening at local club.
Line painter for local football team
Gym, Swim and Football all unpaid but great to be wanted. Mike:p;):D

happy daze john in oz
6th September 2008, 06:51 AM
I had one repercussion from some of my early life. Second steward said to me one day re-signing on,' see you worked part time on a pig farm, have just the post for you, officers steward'. He was the same one who tried to ration dry tea to two cups per blood per day. Now I know why we called it the Union Cattle Line.:eek:

12th September 2008, 02:18 PM
Paper Boy,Grocery delivery boy,Apprentice fitter,junior engineer,commissioning and testing engineer,ash & dust plant,Tilbury"B",4th engineer,Power house shift engineer,Carborundum,Manchester,third engineer,First assistant,Chief,Service engineer,Azteca class patrol boats,Mexico(Veracruz,Mexico city,Acapulco)Industrial woodworking machinery service engineer,Aluminium extrusion plant service engineer,Shift charge engineer refuse disposal plant(Avonmouth),Maintenance engineer(gas) HMP Gloucester,Cullam Science Centre,mobile.Now retired but not happy about it-particularly after Messrs Blair and Brown have decimated my pension.Alan:cool:

Duke Drennan
12th September 2008, 05:11 PM
My jobs since leaving the boats:
Post Office: Glasgow 6 months
Rigger: Glasgow 12years
Rigging Supervisor: Toronto 11 years
Rigging Manager: Orlando, Fl 16 years
Still at it, same line of work for 39 years. The first rigging job was advertised as "Ex Seaman Preferred", never looked back.

Martyn Greenhalgh
20th February 2009, 11:38 PM
I don,t think I can better most of you lot ,but here goes.
1964-assistant milk man-aged 14
1966-cadet eng MN
1972-mechanical fitter NCB above and below ground
1980-casual worker national press in Manchester.employed bythe union-NATSOPA
1982-sent by the union to an ink makeing company.Jobs included-factory operative,warehouse,van driver,7.5ton driver,hgv class 1 driver,factory supervisor.(18 years with same Co)
2000-agency driver
2000-hgv driver delivering kitchen worktops
2003-back being a colour mixer in a small ink works.Still there after 5 years only 5 more to go.

21st February 2009, 04:57 AM
Since leaving school I have had around 120 to 125 jobs. That is being paid off and starting a new job, I worked for 3 companies as an electrician 3 times so that's 9 jobs.

Paper boy.
Butchers boy.
Worked at dairy.
Deck boy/galley boy survey vessel.
Apprentice motor (car) mechanic.
MN 12 entries.
Trawler 2 trips oldest galleyboy they had ever seen.
Army stupid, stupid, stupid.
frozenfood plant.
Pea picking.
Builders labourer.
Plasterers labourer.
Painter (toshing).
Laggers labourer.
Scoffolders mate.
Plastic factory.
Rigger (non Union)
Pipe Fitters Mate.
Sorting Christmas Post GPO.
Fitter installing SS Slat Conveyors.
Electrician (Installation) in England. About 40 different jobs mainly industrial.
Electrician (construction) America. About 45 jobs mainly Commercial buildings.
Retired, Thank ....!

You would have thought out of that lot there would have been one job I was good at.

happy daze john in oz
21st February 2009, 05:04 AM
Hey Casso, you were in the M.N. you would have been good at that job or you would not have survived.:eek:

21st February 2009, 05:21 AM
No John.
I failed by my own standards. I left after reaching the dizzy height of S.O.S. the thought of being a responsible E.D.H. must have scared me. I'm sorry now I didn't stay on but that would have altered the rest of my life, the last 25 yrs of which have been very happy.

alf corbyn
22nd February 2009, 02:08 PM
hi vernon. good idea. started at 8 years old working for a travelling library.trailer on back of bike, visiting houses every night and all day sat & sunday in the blitz. paper boy and milkboy early mornings. started work at 14 in a cable factory, sea school (gravesend) at 16. MN until 1957 ish.grease monkey and undersealerand car washer in garage, another garage, passed driving test, servicing tipper lorries and going out on breakdowns on my own, chaging front and rear axles towing back to garage etc.was doing mechanics job but not the pay. left. collecting bones & fat from butchers transferring to eight wheeler and delivering all over country. then delivering telivisions, fridges & new furniture. had three year break through health, driving ambulance (voluntryuntil) i retired.
cheers. alf :D:D

David Williams
22nd February 2009, 05:32 PM
Hi Vernon.
Nothalf as many jobs as you,not half as interesting :-

Apprentice Mechanic.Gave it up to go to the Vindi.
Merchant Navy 1952 until 1959.
Self Employed in Parents business.
Piano Factory.
Car Factory
Milk Roundsman.
Gas Board until offered redundancy,took it.
Self Employed in Parents business,now full time.While
doing these other jobs,was still in the business,evenings
and weekends.Carried on until the wife,who had run these
shops was sixty,then sold up and was lucky to sell the shops
to one person in one go.Since then,the life of Reily,never
been so busy,got a small boat and eight Grandchildren to keep
us busy.Will speak to you soon.

Dave Williams(R583900)

Mike Hall
22nd February 2009, 05:35 PM
1957--warehouse packer
1958--merchant navy,catering,from galley boy to cook
1962--bus conductor/bus driver
1972--bus driver
1976-- plastics factory,machine operator,inspector,auditor,goods inward/assembly inspector
1992--machinery supplies,goods inward inspector
1993--car parts factory,inspector,auditor
1999--bus driver
2002--n.h.s. warehouse,packer/trainer/auditor

Doc Vernon
22nd February 2009, 09:15 PM
Hi All so far who have replied!
I must say that it is very interesting to see what we all did during our life!
Its amazing to say the least that we have so much in commoN even besides the MN,and looks like a lot of us have been around some as far as other jobs are concerned!
Keep the posts coming Lads!

Well will wait for more on this post! Now come on all of you lets hear you side of life!:)
Cheers and thanks

Mike Newell
9th September 2010, 10:20 PM
Paper boy,
plastics factory goffer and machine operator
Sparks, MN
Scaffolders labourer and fixer
Brickies labourer
Plasterers labourer Road tarring labourer and driver
Electricians mate Plumbers mate
Demolition labourer
Tipper driver
Machine operator in fur fabric factory
Minicab driver
Salesman in radio/tv shop Storeman and driver in garage
Shipping clerk in readymix concrete co.
Self employed erecting conservatories
Site liaison rep. Readymixed concrete
Self employed General building
Retired and running a holiday letting business with the Mrs

These are all the right jobs, but not necessarily in the right order!!;)

Dennis McGuckin
9th September 2010, 11:38 PM
Hell Mike, Not much that you didn't do.
Makes my experience look insignificant by comparison..
Have a few jobs around here you could help with. if you could pop over?[No wages, but lots of wine.]

Baker/confectioner apprenticeship.
Merchant Navy..
Car Assembly line [Coventry]
Emigrated to Canada.
Saw mill.
Tire salesman.
Gas Jockey [one week-fisty cuffs with the boss]
Dug out my apprentice papers,
Back to baking.
Retired at age 52.[shoulder disability]
Taught skiing for 20 years after that.. Quit last year.
Full time husband, father and Grandpa.
Now a Snow Bird [Canadian expression for someone who spends the winter down south in the sun.]

Rodney Mills
12th September 2010, 06:13 PM
Date age Position Company Location

1951 14 Hoop-la stall attendant Kursal Southend on Sea, England
(played hookey from school)
1952 15 drill operator Machine shop Southend on Sea, England
1952 15 brick maker * Shoeburyness Brickfields Essex, England 1952-53 15 fry cook * * Regency Grill Bar Southend
1953-58 16-20 Galley boy-2nd asst. cook M.N. Port Line, Burries & Markes,
Union-Castlle Line.
!958 20 Cook Lord Simco Hotel Toronto, Canada
1958 20 Cook Park Plaza Hotel Toronto, Canada
1958-59 21 Stock Broker's clerk Burns Bros & Denton Toronto, Canada
1959- 62 25 Gaudemanger-Sous Chef Marathon Hotel Marathon, Ont. Canada
1962 25 Banquet cook-Saucier Ambassador Hotel Los Angeles, CA. U.S.A.
1962 2 Exec. Chef Wonderlodge Hotel Bakersfield, CA. U.S.A.
1964-66 28 Exec. Chef Hacienda Hotel Fresno, C.A. U.S.A.
1966-68 31 Exec. Chef Hacienda Hotel Los Angeles, U.S.A.
1968-71 33 Exec, Chef Los Angeles Country Club L. A. U.S.A.
1970-76 38 Director of Food & Bev. International Hotel L.A. Airport. L.A. U.S.A.
(became Hyatt Hotel)
1976-79 42 Managing Director Boatel Iran (U.S. Co.) Tehran, Iran
1979-80 43 Senior V.P. Operations International Boatel Companies. Manhatten, N.Y.C. U.S.A
1980-85 47 President and C.E.O. International Boatel Companies. Manhatten, N.Y.C U.S.A.

1985-? 47 Retired and still loving it. South Carolina, U.S.A.

* Hardest job I ever had, thought manual labor was a Mexican General.
** Fryed 2.5 TONS of chips on Coronation Day for 1s 6p an hour, 14 hour shift,no overtime.

alf corbyn
13th September 2010, 01:44 PM
forgot to mention.after retirement, got a nice little number as an escort driver(no john not ford).
tdrive girl to client she gives massage??? then gives me £25.00, then on to the next one twas a hard life. sorry it stopped haha alf

Roger Dyer
12th October 2010, 04:22 AM
ENGLAND , 1953..VanOffsider(employed by an uncle) delivering confectionery in the London and Home Counties area
1953..Fairground worker ('Coconut Shy' - 'Hoopla Stall - Merry-Go-Round), Brentwood, Essex.
1954..Paper Boy (W.H.Smith & Son) based at Shenfield Railway Station, Essex.
1955 to 1956..Training Ship 'Arethusa', Upnor, Rochester, Kent.
1956..Builder's Labourer, Rayleigh, Essex.
1956..General Hand in Sausage Making Factory (Hardings Ltd), Rayleigh, Essex.
1957(May) - 1966(Jan).. Deck-Boy to A.B. in M.N.(Port Line, G.S.N.C., United Baltic Corp.,MacAndrews,
Buries Marks, etc.) For a few months during 1964 was employed as a Labourer in a bottle making
factory (Standard Bottle Co.), Bounds Green, North London.
1966..Bus Conductor (London Transport) Wood Green Garage, North London. - "Hold very tight please, ding! ding!"

1966 (Nov.)..Emigrated with family to AUSTRALIA.

1967..Oil Refinery Worker (Shell Oil) Clyde Refinery, Sydney, N.S.W.
1967..Machine Operator (Acrow Ltd.), Lidcombe, Sydney, N.S.W.
1967 - 2000..Police Officer (N.S.W. Police) western suburbs of Sydney, N.S.W. Although, in those days, it was considered a 'no-no', at various times during this period I 'moonlighted' in the following jobs....Nursery Hand (vegetables and roses).....Builder's Labourer......Truck Driver.....and Courier Driver (sub-contracted to TNT, delivering pharmaceuticals to hospitals in the Sydney area).
2000..In retirement now and loving it, but occasionally have earned a dollar varnishing and anti-fouling pleasure craft, which means I'm either on or near the water, which suits me just fine.
...........best wishes to all, Roger.

Gordon Turnbull
21st November 2010, 08:59 AM
Mine is pretty damn easy:

Paper boy at Causewayhead Post Office when I was 11
Comis Waiter in the Green room for the summer of '71
Merchant Navy from Jan '72 (catering boy)
Encyclopaedia salesman (it was pots and pans but you got free encyclopaedias!!!) in NSW in '73 till I got caught
Back to sea until '97(catering Boy and upwards)
Offshore till 2000 (Chef to Facilities Manager)
Back to sea till 2003 (Superintendant)
General Services Manager Bonny Island
Senior Operations Manager for Nigeria.
Camp and General Services manager, Escravos.

13th December 2010, 04:25 PM


Doc Vernon
13th December 2010, 06:15 PM
Hi Mick-A

Yes Mick, i have had a very varied life ,some really good and some really bad,but in all i dont think i would change much,as its given me a much broader outlook in this sometimes Weird but also Wonderfull World!

But no matter what anyone has done in their lives,it seems that many of us Ex MNavy Bods certainly have seen a bit of what life has to offer!
I think in the days we were at Sea etc,there just seemed to be so much more to do,and it was also i think a lot easier to obtain various Jobs!
Like me ,i seemed to be able to just walk out of one place into another with no troubles! And with only a Standard Six behind me as far as Education was concerned,learnt any Job as if i had done it for Years! Funy that as nowdays that doesnt seem to be the case!

But as siad before,except for the time i spent in the Merc, (should have stayed a lot longer) i wouldnt have done any different at all!

Pete Leonard (Bruno)
13th December 2010, 07:12 PM
I agree with you that anyone who has been to sea can turn their hand to most things. I think it comes from not being able to alter things once you have sailed, and getting on with it. Even if you make a cock up of something you have time to learn and do it right next time.

I left school at 14 having failed my 11 plus.
Apprentice car mechanic.
Greengrocers assistant.
Bakers roundsman.
1949 NSTS Gravesend
1958 Last ship P&O Arcadia
Dispatch clerk in electronics factory.
Inspector in glass bottle factory.
Wholesale ice cream salesman
Area Sales manager for HP Sauce
Sales manager Ledbury Preserves
1972 Complete change into selling office refurbishment.
Retired early in 1997 (company went bust)
Unfortunately lost my wife in 2005, still miss her, but still managing to enjoy life here on the Norfolk Broads.

Jim Brady
14th December 2010, 08:09 AM
I'm proud to say I was in the same line of business for 40 years after leaving the sea,with only three different companies
Same wife 50 years.
Same house 40 years.
Same type of work 40 years.
Does that sound boring?I can assure you it was'nt,if your doing something that you are happy with stick with it.

happy daze john in oz
14th December 2010, 08:38 AM
From my perspective I am of the opinion that those of us who went to sea are far better equiped to deal with what life throws at us than those who never went. Somehow the displine, the neec to be able to adapt and quickly, the ability to fix thing even when we did not have the correct gear and the need to be able to live with some we may not like and often in confined spaces. It is this that I think made us what we are today.

Jim Brady
14th December 2010, 09:03 AM
You are right about that John.I did'nt have a great school education,I joined my first company ashore as Asst.Manager I was promoted to manager after just 8 months (some Asst. Mngrs had been in the company for years)The big boss who promoted me said (because he knew I had been away to sea)"You have been trained in the greatest Academy in life, going away to sea and meeting people" The job of course meant dealing with 40 staff and quite a few thousand customers.

Richard Quartermaine
14th December 2010, 11:58 AM
Yes, the continual discipline and shipboard life is valuable training. I spent six years at primary school, leaving when I was 13. At 15 I replaced the saloon boy on a Port Line ship and it wasn't until in Curacao that I proudly announced that it was 16th birthday. They were quick to pay me off in Melbourne 4 months later for you couldn't join the Merchant Navy until you are 16. But I had gold. A discharge which I put straight to use.

As my 80th birthday is only a couple of months away I am well out over the water on the plank of life and am trying to assemble all my photos and memorabilia the best way I can for those who may care to look through my eyes on the past. It is too late now to write a story so I am bringing together bits an pieces as they come to mind.

I am very, very impressed with the great success of this Merchant Navy website and I see that you all feel the same. Brian and Carol and team in the UK and Vernon out here in the Blue Mountains work so hard for us all. What a great service you are providing, Brian, quietly and efficiently. I thank you and my Margaret and I wish you and yours much happiness and prosperity over this Christmas period and into the future.

I have built a simple website for my fellow retirees, post MN, and am trying to get others to contribute but it is like drawing teeth. It does give me the opportunity to put out my bits and pieces in cyberspace for those who are interested to see them. We can all take the tales we should have told to the grave but bu**er it, if it is worth telling it should be told even at the risk of being branded a braggart.

Anyway, for what it is worth here is my website. www.queenslandinsuranceoldies.org

happy daze john in oz
15th December 2010, 05:49 AM
Hi Richard, I went to your site and had a look at the photos there. Yes way back then a suit with collar and tie was the dress of the day, how things have changed. Suits while still seen today are in the minority on many an occasion. Now here in Melbourne we have some city pubs that will not allow anyone in if they are wearing a tie, makes the place look too formal is the cry. We now have the 'shuit' that is suit jacket with matching shorts and runners. Have to admit I no longer own a suit though do still have a decent jacket. Informal and casual clothing is the go now and while we now live in a less formal society it is nice to see people dressed at times, some of the gear worn now would even make a tramp blush.

Richard Quartermaine
15th December 2010, 10:54 AM
Hi John. We come from an era when you were first judged by what you wore, then by how you spoke. That, thankfully has generally now gone by the bye. I still think that you can get a pretty good idea of how someone ticks by what he or she goes out in.

Incidentally, you said in a post that your sister was in West Sussex. In 1971/2/3 we had Leith Cottage in South Harting, between Midhurst and Petersfield, Hants. A lovely part of the world.

Have a great Christmas - I imagine there will be a VB or three at The Shed.

happy daze john in oz
16th December 2010, 08:52 AM
ref post #55

She is in East Grimstead in a part known as Furnace wood. Yes mate, a VB or two cases that is, have a great one.

Lou Barron
17th February 2011, 01:17 AM
hi jim you seem to have done pretty good when you left the sea it just about the same as me same job 38 years ending up as head storeman same house 50 years and the same wife 63 years oh boy what a life

27th February 2014, 03:54 AM
Will have to start a bit further back to get my knowledge of shore employment in. !950 to 1952 Butcher Boy, Shoemakers run around. Big ships Small ship, big ships, small ships and just plain hardship. Looking for gainful employment at Christmas by growing a beard and applying for employment as Santa Claus. John Sabourn

Lou Barron
27th February 2014, 11:37 PM
What some amazing stories I have just read as for myself at school (not very good ) paper boy delivery ,then off to sea ,galley boy ,deck boy ,os .Then in july1942 joined the German Navy (not voluntary) for a short period then transferred to the Imperial Japanese Navy (also not voluntary ) then a labourer for the Japanese Army .Then back to sea as a ab from February1946 till August1948 spell .Ashore scaffolder,railway worker . fisherman,seed storeworker back to sea for a short spell head storeman for the same firm the manager for 35years .In the mean time got married and raised a family Not as the boss .Now I am the boss and retired

Keith Tindell
30th March 2014, 07:14 AM
After leaving the MN i tried several jobs, did not like any of them and eventually joined the Fire Service where i was to spend 30 happy years. The following is a true story, which happened about 40 years ago while serving on a station in Hampshire.
I was on the night shift, and it was about 2300hrs on a foul night, pouring with rain. At the front door of the station was an emergency call button, and at the said time the button was activated which put the station bells down, in Fire Service parlance this is known as a *running call*, although as events unfolded it was more of a *shuffling call*. All hands started to dress at the kit rack, and the watchroom guy went and answered the door, outside stood a soaking wet what appeared at first glance to be a dwarf, on closer inspection we could see that this was a guy doubled up in pain. it transpired that this guy was about 200 yrds from the station, when he was caught short, and had to take a leak. While busy taking a leak, two young girls appeared very suddenly, and the guy zipped up with considerable speed and force, and he had not just nipped his old fella in the zip, but had managed to sew about 3inches of the old fella into the zip, there was considerable blood, and we could see small baubles of flesh between each zip link.
The guy was fish belly white in colour, and we could not deal with him easily, we could not sit him down, or lie him down, and to go near him he yelped in great pain, so we called for an ambulance. In the meantime one of the guys had a good idea, he had gone to the hose repair store, and come back with a large pair of pointed scissors, we managed to spear through the guys trousers above the zip, and hack through the zip, we then very gingerly pulled the two parts of the zip apart, and release the offending item. At this point the guy literally collapsed on the floor with relief. When the ambulance arrived he was taken to the hospital in Southampton, where we were informed later, repair work was carried out!!.
In those days a handwritten incident log book was kept, and forwarded to HQ the next day. The entry in the log book heading was, incident type, action taken, equipment used. Our log was thus filled out, Extracted mans penis from trouser zip, using large scissors. This was queried the next day, as HQ had assumed we had amputated the item!!!. There was much mirth round the messroom table later that night, but all of us crosslegged. So you guys, just remember when out and about, take it easy, regards KT

Doc Vernon
31st March 2014, 06:21 AM
Yes Keith T
Its amazing what we did in various jobs,and like you I too was at one time in the Fire Department (just another one of my many many jobs)
I was searching for my Thread about the various jobs we did,but cannot locate it!

Anyway I too had quite an experience (also one of many) when in the Fire Dept!
It was in Durban,and all of the Firemen had to also do Ambulance Duties at some stage!

To not make this too long,i was called out on an Ambo Emergency,so with all Sirens going full blast off to the scene!

Well when arriving there,i was rather shocked at what me and my sidekick found!
There were a few steps going down to the Public Toilets near the Town Hall, and they had been locked for the night!

I then heard first of all this very weird groaning,so rushed down the steps,to see that there was a Guy pinned on the Steel Door on one of the Spikes!
The Spike was right through his Groin,and he was stark naked!

I had to get a huge wad of cotton wool,hold it against his groin and then lifted him up and off the spike!
This was very very unpleasant ,as when I started to shove upwards,as one can imagine the Blood just started to rush out and all over me too!
It also made a squishy sound,made my Heart pound I must say!

Apparently this poor Guy was dead drunk (lucky in a way for him as that I am sure eased the pain) he had fallen asleep in the Toilet,and they never checked when locking up!
On awakening he then took his cloths off to try and get through the gap at the top of the steel door,and slipped.
Through all this operation he never actually cried out in pain,just a moan,and asking for Water,something unfortunately at that stage we couldn't give him!

Anyway rushed him to Addington Hospital,with me sitting at the back of the Ambo holding this great big wad of cotton wool,with as much pressure as I could muster!
Got him there and later found out that he made a full recovery!
Lucky Guy!

True Story Lads!

Lou Barron
1st April 2014, 11:36 PM
One of the jobs I did when I was going to leave the sea was a galley boy in the Dunedin Prison kitchen non paying

Doc Vernon
2nd April 2014, 01:59 AM
Bugger that for a laugh Lou!
Sure there were better things to do!

Lou Barron
4th April 2014, 12:44 AM
No way Vernon it was better than some of the other jobs given to the prisoners and I got better food

4th April 2014, 02:59 AM
Was that for jumping ship Lou ?

Captain Kong
4th April 2014, 03:53 PM
I left school at 15, was apprentice engineer at De Havillands, got sacked because a woman told the Manager I wanted to join the MN , So he told I could join Now.
So went down the Coal Mine, Dark when I went down , dark while down there, and dark when I surfaced, never saw the sun, did 6 months, left and went into a cotton mill shoving raw cotton through a machine. full of Cotton Dust which can give you lung cancer, Bysinosis.
Then went to the Vindicatrix and away to sea.
Did ten years, then went ashore when I got married, became a Steel Erector, building Motorway bridges over the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, building factories etc. laid off for the winter so became a silk screen printer, got sacked cos I was on nights, 10 to 6 am, a mate clocked on for me, one night as I was at a party. So worked on a building site. got sacked. I filled in the big Irish Foreman when after digging a hole 7 feet deep for the sewers and stopped for a chat and a ciggie, He said , "If your shovel can work as fast as your mouth you would make a good Navvy." So we climbed out of the hole , threw him in it and threw the soil on top of him, Never got paid that weeks wages.
Then got a job in a plastic coated fabrics factory inspecting rolls of coated fabric, stuck behind a machine. was going potty so I packed in. I was going to Night School, at the college learning salesmanship. wanted a job as a Sales Rep so I could have a new car and work in a white shirt and tie and a suit. There is no future working with your back and hands, always in and out of jobs.
I became good at it, big money and traveling around. I sold Gas fires and Cookers etc for a while then Burtons Biscuits and Ryvita, then Dulux paints and wallpaper to the trade. Excellent job,
Sometimes never left home, did a lot of the business on the phone, phoned my secretary with the orders and then went to play golf for the rest of the day. Nice car and expence account.
Then one day my brother who worked for ESSO turned up and said he wanted to use my phone for the Office, They told him to fly to Singapore to join the ESSO Yorkshire, he then said joking , Ar kid is here anymore jobs? he put me on, Do you want to fly to Singapore , I said No, I am busy, so he said , Do you want to fly to San Francisco in four weeks to join the ship. I just said Yes, and then I was back to sea. the wife went nuts.
So 12 months later ESSO paid for me and my brother to go to College, on pay and all expenses and fees paid, for 2nd Mates, So it was the best move I ever made. meanwhile the wife did a runner. met Anne and bought her her own Flower shop as she was a professional Florist, and then when I retired at 63 I worked in the shop doing deliveries and making bouquets, became quite good at that. from a Roughy Toughy Sailor I became a Roughy Toughy Florist.
then we sold the shop and the business and made a lot of money out of it. and both retired.
So life was quite interesting.

Mike Kelly
4th April 2014, 05:39 PM
packed up the ships 1962 took up trucking , for 43 years all over the uk and europe got to say i loved both jobs retired 9 years ago and went to live in a small village in southern spain great life

Ivan Cloherty
4th April 2014, 05:51 PM
packed up the ships 1962 took up trucking , for 43 years all over the uk and europe got to say i loved both jobs retired 9 years ago and went to live in a small village in southern spain great life

Remarkable how many seafarers when they leave the sea, turn to bus driving, trucking, firemen etc, is it because we cannot settle down to a 9 - 5 occupation which would not give us the variety we are used to, but on a smaller scale. I know 9 - 5 would have driven around the bend.

John Albert Evans
4th April 2014, 06:22 PM
I left the sea in 1964 and joined the Cheshire Constabulary as a PC. served at Ellesmere Port. Congleton, Crewe, Runcorn and Manchester. I served for 21 years mostly in the CID (18 years),I was one of the founder members of the Underwater Search Unit based in Cheshire. I finished my service as a Detective Sergeant In the No1 Regional Crime Squad based at Longsight, Manchester. (Long since disbanded) I then went into business with my wife in 1985. Retired in 2000.We bought a small property in 2001 in Nova Scotia. Canada, lived there for three years then our visa renewel was refused and he were given 14 days to leave the country or be arrestd and deported Not much option there, was there, so we had to leave but no regrets. Had to sell property quickly arrange for our animals to fly back and go in to quarantine for 6 months. Now we live quite content in small bungalow in the beautiful Tanat Valley, Powys.
Blimey one potted life history in eight typed lines.:I-Am-Smiling:
John Albert Evans.

Richard Quartermaine
4th April 2014, 10:19 PM
You copped the lot, John. Reminds me of when our son Rick turned 21 in Singapore and was given two weeks to get out as he was no longer our dependent For 3 months we drove across the causeway to Johore Bahru Malaysia, had a nasi goreng or whatever, drove back home and Rick got a tourist visa for two more weeks.
He was not quite 5 years of age when he first entered Singapore apart from some time in Indonesia and Britain in between. Oh yes, he went to boarding school at Welshpool in Wales whilst we were in Indonesia.

The dogs from Singapore to Britain back to Indonesia and then, plus a ferret and a rabbit to Singapore is another story.

Great post in a nutshell, John.

Lou Barron
4th April 2014, 10:40 PM
WOW what some wonderful stories from you guys it just shows a ex MN guy can do anything

5th April 2014, 12:47 AM
Very true Lou, Have said in previous post how I tried (half heartedly, I suppose) to come ashore in the 60 "s after being married. Most jobs that I went after and was unsuccessful were about half the salary as well. At the back of the mind was also, and I suppose with a lot of others was the fact that one had committments to meet and Bills to pay and a family to look after. I really do congratulate those who had the guts and stamina to make the break, and make a good go of it. Going to sea I think as many have said goes a long way to given one both a physical and moral backbone to face the uncertain times they had to face. Nowadays things come in some cases too easy to some with the backing of all the welfare systems in place, and which a lot use to their advantage. I know there are a shortage of jobs, but life never was easy, and in this respect is possibly going to get worse. Starting life at sea however gave one a feeling of self reliance. Cheers JS

Charlie Hannah
5th April 2014, 01:52 AM
This was before i went to sea,Peddled all the way to orrell on pushbike and got a job, "wait for it" Bunling fire wood 2 and a 1/2pence a hundred bundles the fore man spent best part of the time i was there trying to convince me what a good job it was by pointing out another kid and saying to me see that lad there he makes over seven quid a week.To cut it short i told him to stick his job were the sun dont shine collected my cards allmost had to fight the B----- to get them pedelled home again worked there all of two hours . Some bloody job that was.

happy daze john in oz
5th April 2014, 03:44 AM
As Lou said we put our hands to anything but after time at sea no matter the department you had to become a littlle efficient in many tasks. As to the hours when I went ashore i remained in the hospitality industry and there is plenty of early starts, early finnish if you want them. Suited me as many of the lazy shore bums did not like to turn to early.

Doc Vernon
30th March 2015, 06:38 AM

Just again trying to revive this Thread for any Newer Members that have joined our Ranks recently!
I am sure thee must be some out there (Newbies) that have some interesting Career moves during their lives and loves!
So come on you newer Lads and lases why not join in the Fun!
Don't be shy! LOL

Cheers and thanks!

How about some new blood on this Thread,its always interesting to read on what others did in their lives so for all the New Members that have missed this thread (its quite old) how about your times!

How about some of the Newer Members joining in this Thread!
I am sure some of you must have some interesting jobs that you have done in your life!
Now come on Lads don't be bashful LOL
Its all in good fun and makes for some interesting reading!

30th March 2015, 06:55 AM
1948 to 1952 Paper boy, butcher boy, cobblers, boy. 2002 to 2015 Weed puller outer, bin putter outer, dodger in general. JS

Bill Cameron
30th October 2017, 10:40 PM
This thread, by Doc Vernon, brought me back onboard, it’s the things I like about of this great website
1955, left school with no qualifications, tried to join the Royal Navy, but my eyesight was bad, the nice recruiting CPO, directed me to the pool in Dundee, was told come back when your 16, I started my career as a “Creeler” an apprentice carpet weaver.
Then Gravesend Sea School, and my first ship Mv Broughty, and for the next few years sailed the world, met a Leith lassie, got married, and in May 1983, I burnt my suitcase, and began a career on shoreside.
A chef derang in the Commodore hotel Edinburgh
A cocktail barman, in the Sighthill inn, until the manager ran away with the weeks takings, all staff sacked
Then I was a wine butler in a very exclusive gentleman’s club
Next a postman in Leith
Now I went to the dark side, I became a poacher, turned gamekeeper, I joined HMC&E, where I did many jobs,but never a rummage squad, or vat man, I’ve been an intelligence officer, a job I enjoyed greatly, catching bootleggers, and junkies, and helped put a few behind bars.
I then went into Estate Management, Ergonomics, and finally I was Transport Manager for Scotland Wales ad Northern Ireland, loved the Customs, and in between I was a Royal Naval Reservist rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, so I had a good life, but my short time in the Merchant Navy were my happiest years

Doc Vernon
31st October 2017, 01:12 AM
Thanks Bill
You like many of us here seem to have had some varied careers in life,and I am sure its that wide experience that helped many of us to not only enjoy life to the full,but to understand what life was all about especially when young! It stand us in good stead nowdays.

You certainly had a few too! No not Drinks LOL

happy daze john in oz
31st October 2017, 05:13 AM
Bill you are a sight for sore eyes, wlcome back indeed.

31st October 2017, 07:32 AM
This thread, by Doc Vernon, brought me back onboard, it’s the things I like about of this great website

I had a good life, but my short time in the Merchant Navy were my happiest years###welcome back bill......good to see you posting ......when its not right ......dont have it ......till it is right .....its called freedom and freedom of choice its what its all about .....respects to you ...cappy

31st October 2017, 07:44 AM
Cappy you werent one of those policemen in Shields that Peter in NZ described were you, I know you don’t like being called petal. Has the Lake District settled down again ? Go for the he analysis of all these medical tests on Thursday and if. Gwen and self fit to travel will gird up my loins and attempt the journey at the turn of the year maybe, perhaps. Remember that tv show with Richard Boone , Have gun. will travel, that’s me although the suit maybe a bit tight these days. Cheers Bruv. JWS...

John Pruden
31st October 2017, 07:52 AM
I worked for a demolition company from the age of 12 by 14 I could use burning gear like the best of them the firm had a lot of railway contracts so one day you could be in other parts of the country the next somewhere else worked on the dock sheds at Vitoria dock Birkenhead and laughed at the lads in a lifeboat rowing around little did I know I would be one of them a year later? I have never been out of work done all things in construction and a floating crane piling drains you name it mostly plastering joinery loved the building game? jp

31st October 2017, 08:03 AM
#good to hear john ......it will be good to see you again dont forget ...its damp and miserable here early in the year best month is always i think june .....the powers that be are forcasting big snow early on ....and into jan a feb ......hope all goes well in the results ....but we are getting older and must expect to have these probs...but as we always say ...worse things happen at sea we no all about that game ....only one copper ever bothered me in shields the name of footman ,,,,and a big bugger too didnt like a seaman being with his daughter .....but she did lol .....i think he was just jealous.....lets no when you get your results ....regards cappy ...ps you owe me 7 and six and mary 3p:rolleyes:

31st October 2017, 08:05 AM
#101 Would very nearly have joined you John if my old man had kept his mouth shut after my first trip. I couldn’t let him be right and go to work with him. We had an old black and white photo always on display in the house taken in the early 1900s with all the family dressed in their crinolines and bowler hats . In front of the family home with a billboard stuck on the house saying Sabourn and sons Builders and Chimney Sweep. Maybe the chimney sweep bit raised my hackles. Still have the photo somewhere. Cheers JWS

John Pruden
31st October 2017, 10:19 AM
john back in the days after working for £30.00 a month within two days at home earning £180.00 per week working on the building of the seaforth terminal 12 hour shifts driving heavy plant most caterpillar Euclid motor scrapers my father was terminally ill that put an end to my sea going but family always comes first I have always earned good money the only thing is after my first stroke and heat attack I gave it all away?jp

Jim Dixon
31st October 2017, 12:48 PM
Well John, that is interesting and in keeping with what I have always believed that those with a background as a deck rating were resourceful and could turn their hand to most things.The above may 'fly in the face' of the age old belief that to succeed in the transition from ship to shore one needed a trade. I do not believe this is always the case.
Those of us who went the conventional route in the deck dept in many cases stayed at sea too long and even when the transition was made one stayed in marine related work. What a waste of life!!!

John Pruden
31st October 2017, 01:41 PM
jim its half the battle if you look as if you know what you are doing? I went for a job on the john Howards tugs and finished up driving a caterpillar DH8 and many other plant machines. the captain of the tugs just started a fella a couple of minutes before I got to him we had a chat on where I had just came from still sunburned and the GF of dick Hamptons parked his car next to the captains fella called les they said good morning to each other and the captain said les this is an old mate of mine could you give him a job I had only known the capt for a couple of minutes talk about seamen looking after each other and I never met the captain again i had more money than I could spend 12 hours a day 7 days a week and the seaforth terminal is 92ft deep I know I have walked on the bottom of it and feet dry?? jp

Keith Tindell
31st October 2017, 03:23 PM
When i was in London taking my ABs ticket, we were sent to West Ham fire station for a one day fire fighting course, bit of a joke really as it was just firing off some extinguishers in the yard, however on completion the guy gave us a talk, and the first thing he said was that London Fire Brigade were desperate for firemen (sorry about the term, but no women firefighters in those days ), and that The fire service would take all you seaman, no questions, ex merchant navy is exactly what we are looking for. That was logged in my brain, and 5 years later i joined the Service, and completed my 30 years, the other candidates we also liked was tradesmen, kt

Dennis McGuckin
31st October 2017, 03:48 PM
Thanks Den ,it's a nice thought mate. Maybe one day if we ever get this place sold. Be nice to see BC again. And your good selves of course!
What ever happened to Mike Newell?

Bill Morrison
31st October 2017, 09:37 PM
Well John it's strange how thing seem to cross our path. My grand father when de-mobed from the R.N. in 1919 started up in business in the building trade. my father lost it all after the Second World War. This is an advertisement from the 1922 P.O. Directory note chimmey sweep!

31st October 2017, 09:59 PM
Bill during the war apart from being a choir boy for a very brief time I used to attend Sunday school. For good attendance I won a book called Tommy’s little grains of sand, I think in this kids book reference was made to kids being pushed up chimneys to clean. Maybe subconsciously that had something to my being averse to. Working with my father. Cheers, as to your ref. Working for HMC and E. Going into Yarmouth one time, where there can be a bit of ground swell , the bond locker door fell off. As I was quite busy at the time I just jammed it close , I had about 6 packets of cigarette tobacco in there which also fell out. Coming off the bridge I picked up this tobacco and stuck it in the ships safe and forgot about it. Customs on board with the rummage squad the 2 two ringers In my cabin quaffing my whiskey. A searcher comes in cabin to search and wants the safe opened and finds this tobacco which I had forgotten about , the 2 ringers fined me 40 quid. Couldn’t get my whiskey back which they had quaffed but took their glasses back and told them to eff off. They tried again in Aberdeen but caused them a bit of inconvenience so left me alone for awhile. No doubt I am still in the book although this was 30 odd years ago. Cheers JWS

John Pruden
1st November 2017, 06:14 PM
one thing I can say a heavy day/night drinking there I woke up on my doorstep now seamen always search for the wallet that was there the watch that was there still money in the wallet they paid for a taxi and paid for it say what you like about coloured clubs but when you are in with them you are looked after?true jp

1st November 2017, 07:14 PM
one thing I can say a heavy day/night drinking there I woke up on my doorstep now seamen always search for the wallet that was there the watch that was there still money in the wallet they paid for a taxi and paid for it say what you like about coloured clubs but when you are in with them you are looked after?true jp#####john it was always testicles spetcticles wallet and watch..... once woke up in the hold off a japanese fishing boat ..it was tied up at the ferrry terminal ........there was 3 of us we were covered in old fish scales .....as we climbed up the ladder on too the ferry landing the ist guy up saw the japs were all dressed going to work with briefcases...he roared like a lion and i remember them japs all shuffling away and bowing we had a good laugh at the one....jeez we were kings of the world...cappy

Captain Kong
1st November 2017, 07:25 PM
I was on a Shell tanker, AURIS, in Curacao, after a heavy drinking session with some dagos I awoke on a coil of mooring ropes on a sailing ship bound for Venezuela,
I arrived back in Curacao six weeks later and rejoined my ship after sailing around the Orinoco and Barbados . Learned to sail a SAILING SHIP..
I told the Captain I had been shanghaied on a sailing ship and Captain Brown who served his apprenticeship on the famous Windjammer MONKBARNS , let me off.
Lucky that the AURIS was in Curacao for two months.

1st November 2017, 07:36 PM
###after being a guest of her majesty in oz ...i tried for a job on a barley ketch in wallarroo .....the old man was a kraut or a dutchman when iwent aboard a big islander with a feckinbone through his nose said coma bakka after cap no here.....wellnever ben worried at the big guys so i thought ...i went back later as i walked down the quay there was three or four off then all big black guys all with a bone through there noses...retreat being the better part of valour i shot off sharpish they were called katangas or similar name ......looking back now in one sense i should have gone but later discovered one of them barley ketches went missing and the other was wrecked around fiji or thereabouts............now that was one learning curve i missedthat in 59 cappy