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    Hi there,
    I joined the group a while ago but have not been active for a while, so I thought I would start again. My first post was as “ deck boy “ aboard the Trinity House vessel Winston Churchill in the early 70s based in East Cowes, although I spent most of my time polishing brass and being an errand boy, we sailed mostly around the south coast and the Channel Islands it gave me a taste of life at sea. Unfortunately my time with Trinity House was not to be a long one, after 4 months I needed to wear glasses and was not permitted to work on deck. I then progressed on to sand dredgers working on some tubs ( the Friargate built in 1935 ! ) Echo ( a converted barge ) working from Cowes, I then had a short spell with A R C Marine on the dredgers before a spell on the Stone Marshall ( another sand dredger ) with a fantastic crew as we were all poached from ARC Marine ! After a spell working from Lowestoft London and Gillingham we were laid off. Then the best of all, about 5 and a bit years with Fyffes line on the M class banana boats mostly working from Central America to the East coast of America up to Halifax and all ports Europe / Mediterranean / and hot gulf ports. Had the best of times on ships like Mazatec, Matina, Manistee all named after South American rivers, even managed to progress to PO Opps ( ships Chippy ). Loved my time at sea as a single man, but eventually met a lovely girl at home and left the life to get married and spend the next 30 years as a postie !
    No regrets, just great memories, defiantly life at sea is special that’s why I joined this group
    Last edited by Roger Blair; 12th February 2020 at 09:51 PM. Reason: Spelling

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    Hello Roger
    Welcome can i say Back! I ask as i have looked and cannot find any other Posts from you, this is the only one i see.?
    Anyway nice to have you with us and i hope now that you will continue to Post and read all that we have on offer.
    Enjoy and thanks for returning
    Cheers
    Senior Member and Friend of this Website

    R697530

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    Welcome back Sir
    Ron The batcave

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