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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.
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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. . 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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    I trained on the Vindi in 1962, enjoyed every minute of that experience, especially going there straight from care.
    I played the bugle for lights out and wake up. I remember loading the coal from the barge alongside into baskets, also the immaculate shining floors in the accommodation and the perfectly made up bunks, the Sunday inspections, but most of all the friendly camaraderie of the trainees and tutors alike. Most exciting was leaving the Vindicatrix and my first trip aboard a real ocean going vessel.

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