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    Can I have a little voice for women at sea - I am old - no make that ancient (93) and sailed as a telephonist first with Union Castle - Pendennis Castle.

    Three of us the first female telephonists Union Castle had (come to think of it the first seagoing telephonists they'd had.)

    After that did some trips on Oriana. Maiden voyages on both ships.

    I have a lovely female friend from those days who sailed first with me on Pendennis Castle and subsequently went to P. & O. too.
    Still the best of friends although we now live at opposite sides of the earth.

    Anne Hamilton.

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    That’s not old Anne I know a lady along the street who is 102. Now if you were Lady Hamilton who was associated with I beleive with Horatio Nelson you might have a better claim to being old . Your presence on the site is much welcomed I am sure and your experiences will be much appreciated. Regards JS
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    Ann
    I'm only a youngster compared to many on here, now retired but sailed with a number of female crew members, purserettes on the empress of Canada , female radio operators on tankers and deck and engineering cadets on bulk carriers and tankers. In all cases they were treated as equals with no favouritism but I have heard of one or two senior officers who attempted to take advantage of their position but got short shift from the rest of the crew. My wife also sailed with me a number of times and enjoyed her time visiting parts of the world.
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    Wonderful post Anne, a piece of modern seafaring history.

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    Hello Anne
    As said you are not old or ancient, as the saying goes One only is as old as one feels! LOL

    As i was with the UCL Line in the 50's , i really cannot recall any Lady Crew except for the Purserettes i know for sure there were no Asst Stewards then.

    Just an Article on one Purserette here quite a Story as well.
    Yours is a nice one i must say!

    Cheers

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    Senior Site Moderator-Member and Friend of this Website

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    Anne, I see you are registered in Melbourne, what part?

    Remember the telophonists on UCL all very bright and happy, only others before the Transvaal were the ones in Pursers dept and the nurse.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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