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    Brian, Lands End For Orders, That was always the dread of being months on a Tanker, I was only in one but the tales I had heard I never tempted fate, I didn't pack my bag until we were alongside Tilbury. Terry.
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    Even the cat on the Beaverfir got the Channels. As soon as the Pilot was on board at Folkestone it would appear on the bridge again. It never appeared on the bridge except when we were either going up the St. Lawrence seaway or as said before, after the pilot boarded at Folkestone.
    It would wander around the bridge and chartroom getting under every ones feet, leaping up onto the table where the coffee and tea were made and staring out of the windows.
    The minute we entered the KG5 locks it was off like a shot, no doubt searching for a tasty rat or seagull for a fresh meal that had not been ruined by our cook or even a female companion.
    10 or 14 days later it would it would come sauntering up the gangway at our berth in Vic. dock looking like the cat that got the cream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Quartermaine View Post
    Ah, the Channels! That wad of big white five pound notes to be stuffed into the hip pocket.
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    Unfortunately for most Richard those Wads did not last too long ! LOL
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    Jim, in 1951 when I was working by in Cammell Lairds I bought a suit in Burtons. My mother worked in the Bradford (Yorks) woolen mills as a teenager and taking me around the shops as a kid would feel the materials as she went around and comment on their quality. When I called in to Sydney she said it was "Reet loovly material, lad". It was indeed, 24 years later I was still wearing the pants to my job in the site office of Turriff Taylor at Coupar Angus, Scotland.
    A canny purchase wouldn't you say, Vernon considering the options.
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    Oh indeed Richard!
    There were so many other things one could do with that Wad mate! LOL
    Funny though you talking about Suits,i remember my first Suit I bought in Southampton
    cannot recall the Tailor but it was a good one! Those days the Jackets were quite long (the in Style) and the Pants were narrow at the bottoms haha! But anyway it was a lovely Grey and had really bright Blue Silk lining in the Jacket,gosh was I a proud Chappy!
    Walked around like a dressed up Peacock! hahah!
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    Mine had a waistcoat, Vernon living in the tropics later it was as goods as new - it's probably in a bottom draw here, I'd better check with winter around the corner.
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    Strange thing is lads we may have paid off looking like a million dollars whistles purchased abroad, Most signed on looking like Robinson Crusoe Schooner rigged
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    The best channels i ever had and i have had a few like you guys was after being away from home three and a half years away getting near the River Mersey on the Monawai we just did not sleep we laid awake and talked of what we was going to do when we getback home it sure was a great feeling

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    Hi Terry.
    Many a time in the channel on a tanker with the bags packed and getting ready with the suit hanging on the outside of the locker all ready, when sparks would spoil everything, next thing Rotterdam or Antwerp and back out to the Gulf , I suppose all part and parcel of life at sea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Vernon View Post
    Oh indeed Richard!
    There were so many other things one could do with that Wad mate! LOL
    Funny though you talking about Suits,i remember my first Suit I bought in Southampton
    cannot recall the Tailor but it was a good one! Those days the Jackets were quite long (the in Style) and the Pants were narrow at the bottoms haha! But anyway it was a lovely Grey and had really bright Blue Silk lining in the Jacket,gosh was I a proud Chappy!
    Walked around like a dressed up Peacock! hahah!
    Cheers
    Any one remember the Tailor coming aboard before we sailed?
    You would choose the material, then he would measure you up, and your suit would be delivered to the ship when you returned.
    Remember once arriving in NZ.
    It had been a long trip out.
    Couldn't wait for a run ashore.
    Went to get my one and only go ashore suit out of my locker.
    It had turned green, and had a strong smell of mold.
    Don't think I had much luck with the ladies that night!

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