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    I was at what was known as Dickie Bonds in the 1960's on a 6 week course for my Chief and Ships Cook Certificate.
    During the course we moved from the old building to a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monty montgomery View Post
    I went to the college in 1969 to complete my Ch/Stwds cert(Purser/Cat/Offs cert, just wondering if anyone on the forum was there around the same era, and is there any info on what became of the college.
    I have to say it was a most enjoyable time there,lots of socialising,during and after a days action.
    I remember a few visits to a night club (a converted ferry) think it was named "Clubship Lighthouse", anybody got memories of that abosutley jumping place.
    Hello all my name is John Rooney and i attended Liverpool Nautical Catering college Canning Place Liverpool from Easter 1966 till Easter 1967 went i went to sea as the Galley boy on BP,s British Statesman. (Sir Winston Churchill)
    i am Liverpool born it was the bus in every day to College. My time there was fun and they did have function nights for Students. Again there was the tales of the sea from lads doing Second Cook and cook.s tickets. The Seaman home was next door, A big early century as in 1900.s building, the gates to the building are now on display outside what would have been where the building was at the bottom of Paradise Street. The area of the college is now a John Lewis department shore. I left the sea in 1070 due to a skin complaint . I did return in 1986 to do some more tickets but the new GP positions at sea did not appeal . Shame young people do not get these chance to see the World and grown up quickly. To my fellow seafarers and ex Seafarers Merry Christmas

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    I did 15 years with Harrison Line in the lete 50's/60's/and earl 70's. On being appointed Chief Steward i did 6 weeks at the College to get the Chief Cooks ticket.
    As you say you learned on the job. My first trip as Chief Steward was with a senior Chief Steward who showed you the ropes. What made it different it was a new ship doing it's maiden voyage during which we had quite a few parties for shore people
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    I went to the Catering college 1968 for my ships cooks certificate plus done my higher grade certificate at the same time ,stayed at the Flying Angel , had a pal Mike who was Chief Steward with Fyffes banana boats , we used to go for a pint in the Grapes ,in Matthew Street. Those were the days

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    I went to sea in January 1946 and I never heard of a Ch/Stwds's Certificate either although I did get my Ship's Cook Certificate at 20 years old .I also passed my Higher Certificate a couple of times as it had to be renewed every 3 years
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    #15 I never did either Terry although it may have been there later. The Chief steward was usually the chief Cook made up to Chief steward . However I was away from British flag for about 5 years and when came back only into federated ships for a few years before going offshore as deep sea was kaput or about soon to be . However sometime in those forgotten years the Chief steward received titles such as chief steward /purser and became a member of the MNOPF, so was maybe a golden handshake whilst the other hand held the chopper. A lot of ships today don’t even carry a Cook , think when I left in 2002 only had to carry If in excess of 11 on board , this was Aussie rules mind you and the same as their football is slightly different . Cheers JS
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    I don,t know if this might be some sort of record, but I sailed with two chief stewards (different trips) who were twin brothers, with the surname of Keith. They came from the town of Keith in Moray. Both good guys and excellent ch. stewards.

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    Looking back i think most chief stewards were ex ships cooks ......but with a shifty look about them ......lol cappy r683532

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    In the 70's some bright spark decided to bring in a recognised certificate for catering officers/Ch. stewards etc. which was issued after a course at the college I did my certificate in the mid 70's having passed my 2nd cook and bakers and certificate of competency as a ship's cook in previous years there. The certificate was called the Head of Catering Department non passenger vessels. While doing the course you also had to write a small thesis to pass and to be issued with a diploma from The National examinations board for supervisory studies. The thinking behind the course was to gain managerial qualifications which were recognised ashore. This might have proved handy at a later date as within 10 years most seamen were redundant.

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    #19. One of my In-Laws started his working life in the galley of a British Tanker and proceeded to become Cook. He went further in catering and got his City and Guilds in such, and went onto various jobs the likes of teaching in the Prison Service to young offenders to those who wanted and showed interest in the culinary arts. He was catering manager one time in Bermuda at one of the big hotels. when the fleet,came back from the Falklands he was high up in the Portsmouth Council which supplied the various Banquets and homecomings of the fleet. For those who know Betty’s in Harrogate if you bought a Xmas cake there this or past years , the chances are he made it, as is a part time job in retirement . Cheers JS
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