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    I think from Memorie there were a couple of Port line ships that were Aircraft carriers too , Port Vindex maybe. Glenn Baker

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    Glen they where the Port Vindex and the sister ship Port Victor. I sailed on the Victor. John I would hate to do my time at sea again if it was to be on the modern ships. Yes all cargo ships are more or less floating barges but when we where at sea we had to work and maintain them now that does not happen I could see that the modern crews would be bored sh8tless on them especially as there are so few of them now. I bet they do not have a bosun or donkeyman anymore as the crew are now multi tasked. Imagine Six months on one of them and only blisters on the fingertips to show that you had been to sea. No we had the cream of it that is for sure. Plenty of work, overtime galore and mateship that can never be replicated. Not to sure how it was in the catering but on deck it was great even if we did use to whinge about everything but then that is human nature is it not. It is true that one does not know how good it is until it is taken away.
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    hi lads. the pretoria and edinburgh castles were built with specially strenghthend decks for easy conversion to aircraft carriers. i was on both of them. i also enjoyed my time on blue star and shaw savill.as a steward we ate the same as the bloods and the cabins wern't too bad. we didn't have much to do with the deck crews as they finished work about six pm unless on watch and we were still working sometimes until ten pm. but when we were ashore we got on well with the deck lads. alf
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