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    'So we were the last of the Seafarers, the World will not sea our likes again'


    You are so right Brian-it was a privelege.Even though I got in at the tail end,before containerisation and 60 day sea passages on big bulkers ,I treasure my time learning my profession on slow dawdle -awhile here-and-there-proper cargo ships ,balmy days on trans-oceanic crossings,the occasional typhoon to remind you of the awesome might of the sea,the laid-back 'manana' atmosphere and another night in a tropical port,going ashore in the cool of the evening after showering, in a crisp white shirt with dollars in your pocket,or at anchor having a BBQ and Walport film up on No.3 Hatch deck with the tropical smell of the shore ,heady with jasmine and campfires,with twinkling lights of villages mirrored by the indigo blue equatorial night sky speckled with a million scintillating stars.....I should have been an author-eat your heart out Joseph Conrad ! But as I said-what memories to sustain us ...... Today's seafarers will never see that.It must be just like
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    I have read this post several times now and each time I enjoy it all the more. Landlubbers in their homogenised little worlds would never believe the half of this post. Absolutely brilliant. Gordon

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    #12 Denis what better place to leave it. One of my favourite places in the world.

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    The world will never see the likes of us again, 'aint that the truth.

    Modern ships in and out in a day, all the crew see is the dockside.
    If they do get ashore, and some do here in Port Melbourne, they are often picked up by the Seamans Mission bus and taken to the Mission.
    Life of a seaman now is so different we would know nothing of it.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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    Memories are made of this it's funny but only the good ones remain and those are usually the best

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    #25 Called "selective memory" do you think????? Only remember the best ones.
    Bad ones usually locked away somewhere else for self preservation in my experience.

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    #26 Goes with selective hearing which is so easy to obtain as one gets older , just leave the hearing aids out. JS...
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    #27 Reminds me of when my elder boy got "glue ears" The school nurse asked me why I hadn't noticed he was going deaf.
    I just though the boy was using selective hearing esp. when chores were mentioned! He did get the problem fixed with things called grommets inserted to clear the ears.

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    Victoria, You mean to tell us that Grommets dog went in and licked it clean? I wear two hearing aids, all the better to switch off when my wife calls, I lost one cutting the hedge replacement cost $30, then another one after having a hair cut, which the barber found three months later behind a cupboard, to late to save me another $30.
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    #29 Des those hearing aids what's with them? I don't think I've ever heard anyone say they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.
    The Grommets dog did a marvellous job. I still think it was "parent deafness": LOL

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