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    Default Historic day December 4th 1944

    On that day I arrived at Sharpness to start training as a seaman. Twelve weeks Well you know the rest!,, But looking back what I learned could have been cut to 8 weeks. I mean we spent a week boxing the compass which never once did i use it in hundreds of hour on the wheel it was always steer by degrees. Flag recognition was another Blue Peter and Red flag. I learned more in my first voyage in a couple of weeks.
    I enjoy all the stories on here, I could not tell half of then or you would be shut down

    Here is one for all of you How many Bars named "The First and Last" have you been in ?


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    Hello Brian
    That will be a good one i think and i am sure you may get many replies!
    Just now i cannot post my list as i will have to sit and think back,but will get back here LOL

    As for the time spent Training yrs like me (Not at a Vindi etc) but at a place called SASSAR Training establishment for Catering in Cape Town for the South African Railways and Harbours then
    We had to stay a full Six Months and behind a closed in Fenced Area. It was like a prison ,but not quite as bad LOL
    This all could also have been done in way less time,so i think that really speaking it was Money involved for a longer duration in training ??
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    Hi Brian.
    Welcome to the site, post the names of your ships, you never know someone on site may have sailed with you.
    My brother Roy was at the Vindi just before you, left on 6th June 44, and by coincidence I was there the exact same dates as him but in 49 .
    Can't say I can remember any Last Chance drinking holes.
    Des

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    Have to agree with that.
    In catering we had to do Life Boat, never ever got to use it.
    The polishing the floor of the hut on Saturday before inspection, never did that again.

    But getting a wake up call at 0530 hours for the galley, did plenty of that.
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    Hi Brian
    At T.S. Indefatigable we had to do a year and a half training.
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