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    In USA after I was picked up at the JFK memorial by some friendly cops in Miami, they knew someone who had a ship going to the Bahamas. Hadn't planned that but took up the offer.
    6 berth cabins, if someone wanted to get dressed the rest of us had to wait outside. Cramped wasn't the word for it, sardines would've described it. Still who cares I got to go to the Bahamas, spent most of time on deck anyway.
    Got met by those same police back in Miami when I returned who escourted me to the nearest Greyhound terminal to make sure I moved on.LOL

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    Not mine but
    Went aboard a French Sub one time long ago (Still have the Astrays given to me ) anyway talk of accomodation!
    Gees i really dont know how those poor Guys survived in them let aone under the Water as well.
    It was worse than a Sardine can.
    But so clean you could eat off any place
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    On UCL ships #12 you were a bit unlucky.
    Most of the alternative females on the later ships were mainly in first class, wingers or BR.
    They were all in the one area of crew accommodation so there was little chance of two in a bed in other parts of the accommodation thankfully.

    Though I recall one peak steward who would do the rounds of early shake down with the call of

    'Hands of c**s, on with socks'
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    'Wakey wakey rise and shine you had your W**k, now I want mine'

    cherrie sort of soul
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    No John you got it all wrong mate!

    Wakey wakey rise and shine you ugly Mob of the Union Castle Line. LOL
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    #20 One of the reasons you got washing machines on ships, idea was that one of the stewards would act as laundryman for a few Bob every month . We got machines in Dalgliesh s just prior to 1966 , they’were 3. Small household machines . No one volunteered to be the laundryman , so they became a fixture for personal use. laundry carried on being sent ashore , and Dalgliesh was 300 pounds poorer. Maybe why they came out of shipping at a later date ? JS
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    On the SA Vaal, cabin had washbasin, day bed three quarter width bun bed, chest of drawers and day bed. On the Clan Ranald, all of the above, with the exception of a large fitted desk with drawers under.
    Clan MacIntyre, all of the above including shower/toilet. Officers accommodation was ex passenger.
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    Joined a little flatty, The Tarring, in Swansea she was run by the gas or electric company running coal around the land, There was 6 of us on deck she had 2 tiny cabins and one shower in the seaman's alley both cabins had 2 hammock's swinging of the deck head one taff aboard her was in her for 3 years. IS LUVERLY ISNT ITTTT. Terry.
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    BP had washing machines, can't remember if they all had them, but I don't think we washed our sheets.
    We went on strike on one ship, the Karu in NZ as there was no washing machine, and running from Auckland to Bluff in the winter was no joy trying to get your gear washed. If I remember correctly the strike went on for a week, then they sold her from under us for scrap, she sunk when being towed to Asia, she was that full of rust we were lucky she didn't go down when we were on her. That was my last ship.
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    Vic #26, yes wash basin in the cabin , very good.
    Only ever on one ship where I had the luxury.
    Great at 0200 hours when you needed a leak, no rushing to the heads.
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    I used to admire the tenacity of the Crewe boys down the West coast of Africa, Always remember when i was in the Kano Palm, Them guys came aboard in Freetown they cooked/ate/slept/washed shaved/ and just about everything else in the Foc,sle head i got invited for dinner by one of them one night Pepper Soup contained just about everything at there disposal fish heads included, Good nose bag actually and boy did it keep you regular.
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