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    Default Re: Soap issue while on board

    Quote Originally Posted by fraser bell View Post
    Buttermilk was the issue soap, but surely all merchant seamen used Lux.
    only rarely

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    Can't remember the soap on ships, I left the MN and went to rigs in the 80s and it was always Lux soap there.

    The pic is thowing bars of soap into the Bonny river in Nigeria and watching the boys diving for them, 1987.
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    I don't remember what make the soap was, but I always had a shower and used it at least once a week, even if I wasn't dirty.

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    Always sailed with a bar of LIfeboy soap. not sure why, maybe because my mother used to slip one into my case,
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    I think I did a post on "Soap on Board " but may not have hit the right button, if this is a double up, just hit the delete.
    While we were in Newcastle, In either late 1950 or early 1951, loading coal for either Melbourne or Port Adelaide, there was a medium sized Australian owned and crewed ship tied up at the Western end of Lee Wharf, ( no longer there, high rise units now, yours for about $1 million)
    The crew were on strike for a change of soap, not sure now ( 91+ ) if it was for a change from Lifebouy to Palmolive or Lux, but it took; three days to settle the strike, ah those were the days in Australia.
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    John.
    Maybe she thought it would save you from drowning if you fell overboard.
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    Or maybe could survive in one of the hopeful bubbles it produced. ? JS
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    In those days any thing was a good reason for a strike here in Oz.
    But long term did them no favors.
    No Oz MN now and most docks owned by overseas companies.
    The biggest crane operation is owned by the Brunie royal family.
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    John.
    The strikes had nothing to do with the demise of the Aussie shipping, it was cheaper to hire a Chinese,Jap, or any other Asian ship.
    Britain didn't have a strike after the 60s but they have no MN either, and their wages were cheap enough.
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    #119 Des another seminar I did in London after the seamanís strike DTI and shipowners and reps from the MN me being one of them. Examinations and audits of all flags were taken by accredited auditors , and the second cheapest ships to run and only by coppers was the British Flag , the cheapest by half a head being the Greeks. Says something but what ? It appears on face value that the decline of British Shipping was government augmented. If this was the case it was an extremely poor decision and many will have cause to regret it. I had cause to see this for myself as for the time I spent on foreign flag vessels I never once got as low as British payments. Cheers JS
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