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    Ref. Your time at the Tasmania maritime College Michael , do you have recollections of the time there. My cousin was a lecturer in Engineering there in 1998 and a number of years before that . He initially starting lecturing in South Shields Marine School after a varied career similar to yourself, started off at sea with the RFA. I had a conducted tour around the same College the Xmas and New Year period 1998 , and had new year at the head of Colleges house , can’t remember his name off hand ,but he was ex RN in the Engineering Branch , a very intelligent man and an excellent host , think his wife was an expert in wines . Just the sort of place one should be this time of the year . A very belated welcome and merry X marks the spot Christmas JS
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    what would a captains pay in 1969 i went from 26 pound a month too 180 pound per week after coming home?jp

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    I only had a few jobs during my lifetime started of at 13 collecting money for a local farmer who supplied eggs and potatoes in the local area which was in Pollock a Glasgow housing scheme. It certainly tought me a bit about life, there was the really rough looking houses and people who always gave me a tip and the ones with the smart gardens who used to put the lights out and pretend there was no one at home. Took a bit of bottle to shout through the letter box I knew they were at home.
    Then moved on to serve my apprenticeship with the MOD at ROF Bishopton (explosives factory) which I got through nepotisim as my father had worked there since the War.
    This lead on to joining Denholms in 1974, as J/E, who put me through my chief's ticket.
    Moved on to Swecal and then BP for a couple of years before going offshore in 1989.
    In the drilling industry I worked mostly as a Maintence Superviser/Chief Engineer but with stints as Asset Manager and Technical field support engineer.
    In my adult life apart from the time serving my apprenticeship with the grind of a Monday to Friday job I always worked away from home all over the World and I would not change a minute of it.

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    #142 You could pick a figure out of a hat John.if you wanted the NMB rate you would have to look in the NMB 1969 edition. In 1969 I was mate on a Hong Kong Company ship registered in Gibraltar. My wages as mate was 32 pounds a day, The chief engineer was 33 pounds a day and the master on 34 pounds a day. 3 years previous in the evil 1966 I was on 101-7/6 pounds a month. It is a hard answer you are looking for as too many variances such as leave and bonuses etc. The best wages and conditions I personally saw for seamen was 1991 to 2002 in Australia.
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    thanks john the only thing was i never had chance to spend any 12 on 12 off 7 days a week driving machines digging the new seaforth container terminal out 55 million yards out..jp

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    #145 John the rates on Australian offshore ships in 1991 were on 6 week swings 1 on 1.165 days off.
    master $ 70281 per annum
    mate and 2 engineer $62250 p.a,
    cheng. $68875 p.a.
    I R. (AB) $51539 p.a.
    there are 6 pages of agreements re bonuses etc. travelling expenses etc. these agreements were re-negotiated every year with a usual substantial increase . dont forget this was for less than 6 months labour. JS
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    My mate when he came ashore became a diesel fitter.
    He would go to the local market, pick up clothes and say,

    Dees will fit her.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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