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    Was there a few times and never saw ships with their flags painted on side, we certainly didn’t. I was second mate on the Hazelmoor. Maybe Runcimans couldn’t afford the paint ? Cheers JS
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    In Blue Flue we always had giant Union Jacks on wooden boards slung overside under the lifeboats and illuminated at night. We also had Union Jacks painted on old hatch tarps which we laid on the hatch covers the day after leaving HK northbound. Same drill coming south after leaving Kobe. Apprentices had Bridge wing lookout duty to watch for overflying aircraft and junks. At night we sometimes had to darken ship if local news was a bit feisty. Occasionally we would hear of ships being strafed but were never sure which side was doing the dirty work. Certainly saw some venturesome low fly pasts of a range of aircraft, but my cheapy camera couldn't cope unfortunately. On the Glen boats, our Chinese QMs wrote letters home from HK and left them with the boss lady of our Kowloon wharf. An aspect of "just in case" I guess. Bit twitchy when the Old Man refused to put the radar on. Had an American destroyer creep up one night on the 12-4 and suddenly put searchlights on. Nearly needed a change of underwear - boy that was a close encounter, saw the phosphorescence of his bow wave before I saw the ship he was that close.

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    At the end of the Falklands war have already mentioned previously on a conversion vessel out into the Bristol Channel for a 3 day acceptance trial before handing over to the RN. As regards the blackout out one of the many trials was checking was this was checking the red battle stations conditions of the indoor lighting. The nearest I could come to describing the same would be to say it was like waking up in a brothel , I am told of course. When working with the SBS the first you saw of them was behind a gun barrel , their outboard engines were all electric and silent. JS .
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