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    #9 Brian another senior moment how my addled brain came up with Singapore Green island is Hongkong, thanks for the memories from your stories. Rgds Den

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Bodiam View Post
    I lasted 2 trips on the Queen Mary, and started off in boiler room but was selected for the job of forced fan greaser. This entailed much walking through passenger accommodation to get to some of the spaces i had to check. Was always parties going on in cabins and always seemed to get invited in. Very hard to refuse when you're 19 or so and good looking women inviting.
    After 2 trip and on arriving at Southampton was told i was not coming back.
    Good while it lasted but there were always other ships and better times coming.
    Trevor one would assume it was per chance classified as BROACHING CARGO

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    Look at all the brass on that bridge!
    So glad I was not an apprentice on that vessel

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    Would probably finish up drinking the brasso and painting the brass. JS
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Mattocks View Post
    When I worked on Carmania (1971) there were some crew on board who had worked on Mary and Lizzie. I seem to remember that one of the two ships was much more popular than the other, does anyone remember if they had that impression too and if so which one was the more popular?
    I've got the feeling it was Lizzie, what a heartbreking end she had.
    Hi, I also sailed on the "Mary" and "Lizzie" plus the "Mauri" but I found that the "Mary" was more a club than a ship but the "Lizzie" was a much more friendly and inclusive ship.
    Phil Hughes.

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    Your reputation must have got out Trevor!!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    Sailed with so many Queens I have lost count, but then again with UCL there was little choice.
    Didn't seem to do you any harm,John dear!...or did it?
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    Here's one ex-steward who most definitely ,probably,maybe, was 'butch'-allegedly. The Rt.Hon John Leslie Prescott;Baron Prescott MP,' aka Two Jags' .

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    'John Leslie Prescott signed on the “Saxonia” of the Cunard Steam-ship Co Ltd in Liverpool on the 21st August 1955 as a Boy Waiter after 6 months previous service on the "Franconia" ,his first ship. The ship arrived in New York on the 23rd December 1955 He was also signed on the “Saxonia” again on 3 occasions in 1956 February, March and December'

    He also recalled meeting some of the old "Britannic" crew,as he recalled in a Liverpool newspaper item having an enjoyable meeting with the lads.It was probably at a reunion because she was scrapped in 1960,although it is just possible he sailed in her.'
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    Please note lads and lasses I have put this post up just for information,and was posted in these forums a few years back.Then,as now,no derogatory comments please about Mr.Prescott,as that would be disrespectful to him and his family.
    Thank You .Graham.










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    One trip on the Lizzie was certainly enough for me, I joined her on her first or second trip after the 1966 strike and she was short crewed, so a long time ago but I think that I was on watch in number four Boiler room which should have had two Firemen, but it was just me which was ok until stand by coming up the Hudson, I think the Pilot liked the sound of the ships telegraph because he seemed to make changes every couple of minuets, I just seemed to be racing about from one boiler to the next and as soon as I had knocked fires off I was putting them back on again, the Engineer who was on watch did exactly that just watched, I said to him don't you over do it you could end up with a sore throat shouting all those orders.
    But as wee all know the hard times are soon forgotten and out weighed by the good times.

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    I can beat that! - I did one trip only and looking back it was the experience of a lifetime. I used to ship out of the Royal Group of Docks, London. Me and my
    mate were queueing up at the Pool and they were offering the Queen Mary, probably because it had a bit of a reputation and couldn't get enough crew in
    Southampton. Everyone was turning it down but as we hadn't been to New York we accepted and were given a Rail Warrant and told to report to Cunard
    the following day only to find out we were only "Standing By" - We were given a voucher to stay in the Mission and reported next day. Just before sailing
    we were told there no jobs on Deck but we were offered jobs as Trimmers in the Engine Room. Three days of painting the stabilising gear and we were at
    Pier 90 New York. I had received much advice on the way out and we went to the Blood Bank and got $15 each for our blood and then on to the massive
    Sam Goody's Record Store on Broadway. My job in port was 4 to 8 smoke watch. I was on the Boat Deck and had to keep an eye on the three funnels. If any smoke
    came out I had to report it to the engine room. I think even in the early sixties New York was hot on smoke emissions. One memory of the ship was the Burma Road
    working alleyway and the Pig and Whistle Crew Bar. It was like a gambling casino, Crown and Anchor, Blackjack, you name it. Once back in Southampton we decided
    to get back on cargo boats where you had two in a cabin, sometimes single berth whereas on "The Mary" it was about 6 per cabin, inboard without any portholes.
    Happy days

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    [QUOTE=Graham Shaw

    Please note lads and lasses I have put this post up just for information,and was posted in these forums a few years back.Then,as now,no derogatory comments please about Mr.Prescott,as that would be disrespectful to him and his family.
    Thank You .Graham.

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    Aw.... okay

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