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Forum: The Pig & Whistle 14th October 2021, 15:45
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Posted By Finkenwerder
The article describes RFA staff as "part of the...

The article describes RFA staff as "part of the Merchant Navy, although employed by government as civil servants". Well, it can be one or the other but not both!

I worked with one ex RFA chief...
Forum: Mess Deck 2nd October 2021, 14:54
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Finkenwerder
I accept that there were many variations of...

I accept that there were many variations of uniform at company level, including some like Ben Line, who used RN 'executive curls' albeit with narrower stripes (that said up until the 1950s or 60s...
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 28th September 2021, 13:49
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By Finkenwerder
Magic Moments at Sea

1. At anchor off Lae circa 1973 waiting for alongside berth. Anchor watch 0000 to 0400, humid and warm, heavy rain, gentle rolling, watching the rain falling on the fore deck glistening in the deck...
Forum: Mess Deck 28th September 2021, 13:41
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Finkenwerder
Uniform

In the MN there were quite a few variations in uniform and indeed when and where it was worn. I personally thought that whatever the dress, decent standards of work were more important.

However,...
Forum: General Cargo Ships 28th September 2021, 13:32
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By Finkenwerder
Going To Sea

Before I went to pre-sea school (Warsash) I lived in Hong Kong (service brat) and spent many happy hours gazing at the "Fragrant Harbour" and all the ships anchored or on the buoys. I never ceased to...
Forum: Ben Line 28th September 2021, 13:27
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By Finkenwerder
Most Unusual Shore Leave

Most unusual shore trip I did was when a cadet in Ben Line. We were anchored off Port Suez (Benvannoch the 1940s one) waiting for a north bound convoy in 1966. When the time came to weigh and proceed...
Forum: Bank Line 28th September 2021, 11:57
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By Finkenwerder
The Not Quite First Bank Boat 1970

Apart from a coasting trip on Rowanbank in 1969, my first deep sea Bank Boat was Avonbank. The telegram from the Crew Dept - what we now call HR - said readiness join Avonbank in West India/Millwall...
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 22nd July 2021, 14:14
Replies: 11
Views: 5,932
Posted By Finkenwerder
The museum is well worth a visit and as has been...

The museum is well worth a visit and as has been said, there is enough to keep one occupied all day. Next door they do the Yeovilton Air Day in early July most years but covid has put paid to that...
Forum: Looking for Information on Shipmates, Ships, Family or Friends? 22nd July 2021, 13:54
Replies: 0
Views: 242
Posted By Finkenwerder
Question Lost Contact

I wonder if anyone can help with this:

James (Jim) Lough from Eyemouth in Berwickshire. He was a cadet with me in Ben Line from 1966 to 1969, including an MAR course in 1968 at King Teds. Contact...
Forum: Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service 6th July 2021, 15:37
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Finkenwerder
Thanks Makko and J Copp a very interesting photo...

Thanks Makko and J Copp a very interesting photo and it leads me to wonder what happened. I know the Wild Duck Class mooring vessels were capable of taking the bottom but not I imagine in a scenario...
Forum: Ben Line 6th July 2021, 15:19
Replies: 3
Views: 546
Posted By Finkenwerder
The Jungle Bar

Does anyone remember The Jungle Bar in Port Swettenham (Port Kelang as it is now)? A choice establishment with all the luxuries one would expect - no air conditioning, open sewer running through it...
Forum: Life After The Sea 27th June 2021, 16:12
Replies: 49
Views: 45,786
Posted By Finkenwerder
Leaving the sea - swapping a maritime boss for a...

Leaving the sea - swapping a maritime boss for a domestic one or in the parlance of 'Rumpole of the Bailey' - "she who must be obeyed". Various Command Orders issued along the lines of - cook, peggy...
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 27th June 2021, 15:34
Replies: 2
Views: 13,610
Posted By Finkenwerder
Well well, someone else who experienced the...

Well well, someone else who experienced the wonderful world of Helmville - I've just discovered this post. I Served on Jocelyne for a short spell; supposed to join as 3rd Mate and ended up being...
Forum: Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service 27th June 2021, 13:54
Replies: 12
Views: 713
Posted By Finkenwerder
Rmas pintail

The 1960s built Wild Duck class mooring and salvage vessel RMAS Pintail was photographed in the mid 1980s completely aground on a drying patch in the Hamoaze (Plymouth), It was rumoured that the...
Forum: Tugs 27th June 2021, 13:49
Replies: 5
Views: 6,019
Posted By Finkenwerder
Depends if you like a challenge! There again when...

Depends if you like a challenge! There again when manoeuvring a large ship at a speed around 6 to 8 knots then the indirect method works fine with Voiths or ASDs. Something that would take a lot...
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 24th June 2021, 13:17
Replies: 9
Views: 6,549
Posted By Finkenwerder
The RMAS had a lot of specialist vessels, mostly...

The RMAS had a lot of specialist vessels, mostly designed around the armed forces requirements. Fleet and experimental trials vessels, Admiralty mooring vessels, sonar propagation vessels,...
Forum: Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service 7th June 2021, 14:59
Replies: 1
Views: 2,917
Posted By Finkenwerder
A bit cramped for houseboat I would have thought...

A bit cramped for houseboat I would have thought but when in Richmond seeing family I've often seen her moored up, slightly downriver of Richmond Bridge. The Leading Seaman who 'drove' the one in...
Forum: Bank Line 5th April 2021, 15:51
Replies: 7
Views: 6,694
Posted By Finkenwerder
Hi Alan, 1969 to 1983 and would have stayed...

Hi Alan,

1969 to 1983 and would have stayed longer if family matters hadn't intervened. Yes, have visited your site often. I did an article for you under 'Command at Last'.

All the best, Mike
Forum: Bank Line 5th April 2021, 15:47
Replies: 7
Views: 6,792
Posted By Finkenwerder
That would be a Trumpeting Cap!

That would be a Trumpeting Cap!
Forum: Bank Line 3rd April 2021, 12:48
Replies: 7
Views: 6,792
Posted By Finkenwerder
Further to my last post, herewith photo of...

Further to my last post, herewith photo of baseball cap, just in case anyone doesn't know (a) what a baseball cap looks like and (b) who or what Bank Line was! Only joking folks!
Forum: Bank Line 2nd April 2021, 15:34
Replies: 7
Views: 6,792
Posted By Finkenwerder
No T shirt but I do have the baseball cap from...

No T shirt but I do have the baseball cap from when Brian Lucy chucked the last ones at us at the last or last but one reunion dinner. Pity they didn't have them years ago.
Forum: Bank Line 21st March 2021, 16:34
Replies: 7
Views: 6,694
Posted By Finkenwerder
Having just found this site I'm not surprised to...

Having just found this site I'm not surprised to see that you and Alan have beaten me to it! To be honest I was getting a little frustrated by SN and was looking for something more akin to the...
Forum: Say Hello 21st March 2021, 16:25
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By Finkenwerder
Greetings

A quick post to say hello. I'm a retired ancient mariner who misses the seagoing life but having found this site will hopefully be able to reminisce!
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