1976 Ark Sailor series

RNFLUNKY

Lantern Swinger
#1
Been xmas duties down HQ1 and watched my copy of Sailor for the 1000th time. It still raises the hairs on my neck when i see the old girl cutting through the oggin. It got me thinking what has happened to the main peeps, are they still alive? Waht are they up to? And is there anyone on here remember it as part of the ships co. Any good dits?

I picked out two old ship mates of mine. Terry Massey the CANMAN & Jumper Collins the Flunkie.
 

slim

War Hero
#3
Remember it well, I was on 809 squadron living in 2J4 POs mess. Wonder what happened to father Jim the RC padre? He was always under stoppage and frequented any mess in the ship where he thought he would get a whet?
The PMO Doc Adams was good for a laugh and what a Joss we had in Uncle Tom.
 

RNFLUNKY

Lantern Swinger
#4
Just found a webite saying that the padre is dead along with capt wilf. thats two gone what i know of. do you think twink is still alive? he did love a scoop.
 

R12_CV

Lantern Swinger
#5
Watched this series obsessively as a school kid in the 70's and was the inspiration for me joining. I was at Raleigh when she paid off in guzz and was in awe seeing the cap tallies around Raleigh soon afterwards.
Superb old girl...

Got both DVD & VHS; the video box set is up for grabs if anyones interested...?
 
#9
Frigate34 said:
Big ships! Get a life. Spent 2 1/2 years on the "Centaur"(`60 - 63), thats why I went into boats.
:thumright: So you didnt sail in big ships??? then :whew: Ark/ Vic / Eagle :w00t:
 
#11
Flunky, as far as the Aircraft Handlers Association are aware, Twinkle is still alive, albeit not a member at this time.
Tom Wilkinson FMAA, is still around too.
Roofs
 
#13
The guy being "helped" up the gangway,as he is hammered, was Paddy Smyth. Worked with him at Yeovilton. AFAIK he's still about, probably still pickled...
 
#15
Remember watching the series with interest. Is it available on DVD by any chance. yes i know that must make me sad, but anything to do with The Forces is better than watching the crap they put on the goggle box these days.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
#16
Pongoonboard said:
Remember watching the series with interest. Is it available on DVD by any chance. yes i know that must make me sad, but anything to do with The Forces is better than watching the crap they put on the goggle box these days.
Don't know about DVD, but the following download appears on a UK TV focused bit-torrent site called TheBox.

A BBC Documentary, filmed in 1976, on board the aircraft carrier Ark Royal. A look at the day to day life of the crew.

In 1976 BBC camera crews were invited on board Britain’s best-loved warship, the aircraft carrier Ark Royal, to record what was intended to be her last voyage.

As the Ark Royal sailed for America, the cameras captured a unique record of daily life on board for the officers and ratings, as well as the workings of an operational aircraft carrier with full a complement of fighter and bomber aircraft and helicopters.

Sailor remains one of the best series ever made about the Royal Navy, as well as providing a historic record of the passing of one of Britain’s greatest fighting ships.

The BBC follow-up programme - Sailor Eight Years On - revealing the sad fate of the now decrepit Ark Royal in dock and going in search of its crew members to discover how their lives have changed.

Also present we find another Ark Royal documentary, this one made in 1971 by the Central Office of Information and titled Med Patrol. At only 15-minutes it’s, of course, nowhere near as detailed or nuanced as five hours worth of Sailor, but then it provides an interesting comparison point.


The episodes included are:

Sailor - E01 - Last Run Ashore (1976)
Sailor - E02 -The Squadrons Are Coming
Sailor - E03 - Happy Birthday
Sailor - E04 - Thoughts Of Home
Sailor - E05 - Puerto Rican Banyan
Sailor - E06 - Officer Territory
Sailor - E07 - A Theatre Workshop
Sailor - E08 - Florida. USA - (1976)
Sailor - E09 - Homeward Bound - (1976)
Sailor - E10 - Back Home - (1976)

Eight Years On - (1984)
Med Patrol - (1971)


Off now to hit internet bandwidth!
 
#20
When I was working as a Prison Officer Dog Handler @ H.M.P, Long Lartin, Evesham, We had training days on fields and woods belonging to the B.B.C.residental training schoool at Wood Norton. Tom [joss from the Ark] was a sort of housemaster there. Got to know him quite well. He said that he was still kicking arse and wiping noses.
 
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