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    I thought she was towed To Sharpness not Sheerness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Griffin View Post
    I thought she was towed To Sharpness not Sheerness
    Correct Greg she was towed from Gravesend to Sharpness to avoid German bombing.
    Des

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Griffin View Post
    I thought she was towed To Sharpness not Sheerness
    Having been to both, in my opinion there is not much difference.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    John ,Rats or no,rats we still ate it being so hungered.

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    So there I was doing my galley bit, call at 0500 hours for one week in there.
    All part of the catering program we were told.
    So just stir this pot said the chef and make sure it does not stick at the bottom.

    Stirring away when something small dropped from the deckhead above followed by a second.
    Told the chef who said, don't worry lad just keep stirring we know there are rats nests up there, looks as if a couple of young ones lost their way.

    I did not eat the steak pie that day.l
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    Sounds as though things changed from time to time on the Vindy. I had no resident instructor just a Deck Boy in charge and one night we tied him in bed put a blanket over the the rope, then watched the instructor hit him with the ropes end until the blanket fell off. Upon which he said 'You let catering do this' and gave him a few more with the ropes end.
    Was there in December 1945 and it was very chilly, don't remember any Vindi songs and have never been so fit as when I left the Vindi Our hut were proud that no one ever left and went home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John F Collier View Post
    Hi All, The Vindi started her life as ship 338 in the Kingston Yard Port Glasgow, May 1893 made of steel she took five and a half months to build, was 1,946 gross tons 207ft X 39ft with three mast, launched 03 Oct 1893 as the Arranmore. she had many mishaps and was to survive for 73 years. She was sold to a German Company called Folshe for 4,000 in 1909 and renamed Waltraute. She
    served Folshe until 1914 when damaged beyond repair in a storm she was sold as a store ship to Hamburg Harbour Authority. A few months later WW1 had started and she was commandeered by the German navy. she had another deck added from bow to stern and her sides enclosed, so she started to resemble the ship that we all knew, she was completely redesigned inside transforming the original ship into a parent ship used for accommodation and submarine training. After the war in 1922 The Shipping Federation was shown as her owners and she was now called Vindicatrix, in 1923 she was towed to Gravesend and fitted out as a MN training school where she stayed until being towed to the safer mooring at Sheerness in 1939, she was fitted with two Lewis guns manned by the Army for anti aircraft protection. On the12 Jan 1967 Vindi was towed to Newport to be Broken up. 70,000 young men had been trained on the Vindi for their life at sea, with so many of them not making it through the war. RIP. These Vindi songs were going strong in 1956, who knows when they began or how long they went on for? I'm hoping some of you might remember them.
    We are some of the Vindi Boys we are some of the boys, we know our manners we flog our fags for tanners we are respected wherever we go, and as we go walking down the street, doors and windows open wide open wide, al the lads and lassies cry the Vindi boys are passing by, we are some of the boys. : They say that on the Vindi the food is mighty fine, a roll jumped off the table and killed a pal of mine, Oh I don't want no more of Vindi life, GEE MA I wanna go home. They say that on the Vindi the beds are mighty fine, but how the hell do they know, they've never slept on mine. Oh I don't want no more of Vindi life, GEE MA I wanna go, but they won't let me go, GEE MA I wanna go home.: Bless them all bless them all, as back to the Vindi they crawl, bless all the Bosuns and their Bosuns mates, bless all the Stewards and their empty plates, cos we're saying goodbye to them all as back to the Vindi they crawl, they won't go to Heaven, they'll stay by the Severn, so cheer up my lads bless them all. : On your first trip, if you were in catering and headed for the Panama Canal you were told by the wags to save cabbage leaves etc for the Panama Mules, and then the Golden Rivet. Then there was the crossing the line ceremony, when you were left with very little dignity after having all sorts of foul smelling concoctions poured over you, and a pretend haircut then finished off with a hosing down. This was the day that I discovered that Neptune was really a Scouser. Happy days with great mates, from all around the UK. PS, does anyone remember that Officer who got great pleasure out of banging on the door to wake us up and shouting, hands off c**k's put on your socks. And being told to report under the clock for any wrongdoings. Hope this rings a bell for some of you. All the best, John.
    i think that was an officer called Mr piper (1966)

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    Quote Originally Posted by james mcquade View Post
    i think that was an officer called Mr piper (1966)
    Hi James I was at the Vindi in May 55, to be honest I've forgotten the officers names, I enjoyed my time there but once out of the gate
    for the last time I only had one thing in mind and that was what life would be like at sea, glad to say I wasn't disappointed and loved my
    time in the MN, cheers.

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