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    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria Moss View Post
    If women on board ( not passenger ships) cause so much problem why was it allowed? Surely there must've been some protocol for this type of thing? LOL
    It was rules made by people who'd never been to sea and didn't realise what they were doing. Possibly made their decision with all good intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Also caused malcontent with ratings, if the Captain could have his wife on board, why couldn't the greaser have his wife on board, was the captain's wife more important as a person than the greaser's wife as a person. Yes rank always has its privileges, works ashore on an Army Base, doesn't work on a ship, as those who have been at sea can testify.

    Again a lot depends on the attitude of those at the top, a young woman (or older woman) can lounge around in a bikini on the boat deck, but the deckhand is instructed not to work topless whilst on the boatdeck and officers are forbidden to remove their shirts, which is something I've experienced, that attitude is not conducive to a well run ship.

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    #80 Cappy, Glad to hear that you were not a broker of untruths. A true seaman!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria Moss View Post
    If women on board ( not passenger ships) cause so much problem why was it allowed? Surely there must've been some protocol for this type of thing? I couldn't think of anything worse couped up with a bunch of men in a ship with nowhere to go to get some peace!
    Luckily my sailing experience was temporary in that I went from A to B then escaped asap on shore so I could get the freedom to be on the move again. LOL

    Victoria, in our time it was only passenger liners that had them, and not a lot of them a that.
    As to protocol, I doubt any of us knew what that was about back then.
    Females, booze and a good time was the only protocols we worked on.
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    I sailed with a number of female deck cadets and sparkles and can honestly say they were more hard working and concentious than most of their male counterparts. Single berth en suite cabins on all ships so no problems with accommodation but one pervy 2nd mate did burn his bum on the radiator in the drying laundry room, attempting to sniff one of the females underwear.
    Regularly had wives and occasionally children on board when deep sea and never had any problems and they were an asset to the social life on board, especially on festive nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Arton View Post
    I sailed with a number of female deck cadets and sparkles and can honestly say they were more hard working and concentious than most of their male counterparts. Single berth en suite cabins on all ships so no problems with accommodation but one pervy 2nd mate did burn his bum on the radiator in the drying laundry room, attempting to sniff one of the females underwear.
    Regularly had wives and occasionally children on board when deep sea and never had any problems and they were an asset to the social life on board, especially on festive nights.
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    Probably a later period than the 50's and 60's John and having their own facilities would have caused less disruption. Glad someone had a positive experience.

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    Ivan mate, we all had some positive experiences, but for some they would rather forget about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Morrison View Post
    Women crew members. I never sailed on any ship where they were members of the crew. There were some stewards who dressed like women but not the real thing.
    When reading accounts from the days of sail many masters had their wives and children with them on long voyages and most crews thought it lead to a good atmosphere
    on the ship.
    In a book I have is a photograph of a Mrs Gamble, well known skipper in sailing rig. It would be around the 1880's have tried researching her to no avail. It may be true or fiction!
    If true she looks very capable.
    I'm intrigued Bill, do you have any other details of Mrs Gamble? Christian name of her hubby and/or the photographer and the whereabouts of his studio? Any wee snippet please.

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    Not entirely sure if I'm allowed to post this here but it is to do with a woman and nostalgia which most here enjoy. I love looking at old photographs and the social history they capture and the following ones could have been taken in any industrial city of it's time in the UK. These particular ones are from the Salford area. Sadly, the photographer passed in 2014, aged 82. Enjoy

    Home - Shirley Baker photographer

    About - Shirley Baker photographer

    The Street photographs - Shirley Baker photographer

    People and Dogs - Shirley Baker photographer

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    Life as we once knew it and enjoyed to the fullest.
    Life the kids of today will never know and would be far better citizens if they could.
    It makes one appreciate what we now have and how we had to work for it.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marian Gray View Post
    I'm intrigued Bill, do you have any other details of Mrs Gamble? Christian name of her hubby and/or the photographer and the whereabouts of his studio? Any wee snippet please.
    Well Marian, The photo is from a book by a local historian, the caption reads ( Mrs Gamble, well-known skipper in sailing rig ) I have research many avenues but still have drawn a blank.
    Photo attached Bill
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