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Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Raleigh

Here is the complete reproduction of a recruiting booklet published by the RN in January 1974 (brochure CP 46) concerning entry as ratings into the mob. It has numerous photographs of both HMS Ganges and HMS Raleigh (as it was then).

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andym

War Hero
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

thats the life for me!I'm off to join up!!!
 

dondon

MIA
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

The memories , quite enjoyed reading that booklet "AAC", cheers mate,
 

2badge_mango

War Hero
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

Excellent AAC, thank you.
Brings back many happy memories of Raleigh - particularly the second movement of the "unfix". The SLR may have been a bit iffy as a weapon, but it was superb for drill, and during my time as an instuctor in the sixties, with a good class you could get some outstanding drill with sound effects to match! Although I trained with the Lee-Enfield and an 18 inch bayonet which at 16 topped me by about four inches, and was nearly as wide! Wasn't introduced to the SLR until I was a 3 badge PO.

Do you think they'll extend the recruiting age to 72? Imminently?

Happy, Happy days!

2BM
 
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

Reminds me of when I was a POMA at Ganges assisting a certain Surgeon Commander with new entry medicals in the Annexe. The poor little blighters had to stand before the MO with just a towel around them and I would say "drop the towel, turn your head and eyes to the right and cough!" For some, this was too many things at once and they became confused. Anyroadup, one day the MO says to me "tell me PO, why do we get them to drop the towel?" Somewhat bemused, I replied that it was so that we could check for un-descended testes. "No, no, no" he said."It's so that we can make sure that they haven't sent their sister instead of them!" Those were the days.
 
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

wardmaster said:
Reminds me of when I was a POMA at Ganges assisting a certain Surgeon Commander with new entry medicals in the Annexe. The poor little blighters had to stand before the MO with just a towel around them and I would say "drop the towel, turn your head and eyes to the right and cough!" For some, this was too many things at once and they became confused. Anyroadup, one day the MO says to me "tell me PO, why do we get them to drop the towel?" Somewhat bemused, I replied that it was so that we could check for un-descended testes. "No, no, no" he said."It's so that we can make sure that they haven't sent their sister instead of them!" Those were the days.

The naked in a towel only inspection was carried out after all leave periods.
The mess would stand by their beds a Surgeon acompanied by a MA or QARNN would march up and down the mess and we dropped our towels and spun around. Mainly I think to make sure we had not come back with scabies or similar.

One Paddy Mc++++ of Drake 39 mess 1961/2 was rigged like a donkey. Well a few bits of very soft porn etc managed to get Paddy into a state of excitment just before the short arm inspection. Doc reaches Paddy who drops his towel, he had stuffed the partialy erect member between his legs. As he turned up it popped. Nurse steps smartly forward smacks bell end with pencil saying, "Dirty little man" and the procession proceeded.

Nutty

I can produce if required both the culpit and 6 or 7 witnesses. This is not a black leopard.
 
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

Shore leave???? At G spot?????

The only leave we had was long leave.

Are you telling me you could go ashore locally?

The only way we got outa that camp locally was cross country or sailing.

I went AWOL.... but it hurt.
 
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

Canaldrifter said:
Shore leave???? At G spot?????

The only leave we had was long leave.

Are you telling me you could go ashore locally?

The only way we got outa that camp locally was cross country or sailing.

I went AWOL.... but it hurt.

C-D

Either you have banged your head on to many low bridges or when you stopped bing a Tiff Pusser did not give you your brain back which as we all know is removed on qualifying as a Tiff.

Long Leave Summer, Christmas and Easter yer silly old bugger.

Nutty
 
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

Nutty said:
Canaldrifter said:
Shore leave???? At G spot?????

The only leave we had was long leave.

Are you telling me you could go ashore locally?

The only way we got outa that camp locally was cross country or sailing.

I went AWOL.... but it hurt.

C-D

Either you have banged your head on to many low bridges or when you stopped bing a Tiff Pusser did not give you your brain back which as we all know is removed on qualifying as a Tiff.

Long Leave Summer, Christmas and Easter yer silly old bugger.

Nutty

That's alright then......

Making 9d a week pocket money stretch to condensed milk and two Woodbines was bad enough as it was without funding runs ashore.

But then who would want to go to Ispwich or Harwich anyway?
 
Re: Beginning to be a sailor (CP46/Jan 74) Ganges & Rale

Canaldrifter said:
Nutty said:
Canaldrifter said:
Shore leave???? At G spot?????

The only leave we had was long leave.

Are you telling me you could go ashore locally?

The only way we got outa that camp locally was cross country or sailing.

I went AWOL.... but it hurt.

C-D

Either you have banged your head on to many low bridges or when you stopped bing a Tiff Pusser did not give you your brain back which as we all know is removed on qualifying as a Tiff.

Long Leave Summer, Christmas and Easter yer silly old bugger.

Nutty

That's alright then......

Making 9d a week pocket money stretch to condensed milk and two Woodbines was bad enough as it was without funding runs ashore.

But then who would want to go to Ispwich or Harwich anyway?

C-D

No other reason than there were real girls to look at.

Nutty
 
9d a week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :???:

What, 4.5p???! :shock: :shock: :shock: :!:

Which side of 1900 were you imprisoned in the G Spot? :???: :wink: :lol:

I was shocked enough when Nutty told me he'd only got 75p a week pocket money! ...and none of it pensionable :evil:
 

pingbosun

Lantern Swinger
I'm sure that Raleigh has changed quite a bit,since I was there in February 1957, however we also had loads of sports facilities then as well.

We had two pool tables. 1 ping pong table three bats two balls (and not from the short arm inspections either lol.) 1 dart board, bring your own darts, 1 ludo game (we didn't know what "Uckers" was then) a "Quoits board" several sets of dominoes, a chess set, no tele !!! and that was between the whole training division of seaman, probably 8 huts with roughly 40 to a hut.
No vending machines for a cuppa, or a snack, the NAAFI was almost at the gate and was only opened till 9.30 I think ?? could only afford to drink once a fortnight anyhow, and that was approximately a good half mile from our huts The pool was out of bounds at nights, too knackered to use it anyway !!

But I enjoyed every minute of it and wouldn't have missed it for the world !!! and they paid us UK. 2 pounds, eight shillings sterling a fortnight, boy were we spoiled in the dark ages lol. (ie. 28/shillings a week including uniform allowance of 11 pence a day) and we got ashore to "Torpoint" if I remember correctly once or maybe twice during training!! OHHHHH !! happy days lol.

Those certainly were the days we really got spoiled by the government of the day,, and shore postings, "Never heard of them for for O/D's coming out of training, straight to small ships, minesweepers and below, that soon tightened the stomach muscles ha ha ha .
regards
pingbosun
 

pingbosun

Lantern Swinger
from the last post.re: the good old days at HMS Raleigh

can't remember how to count pre decimalization, should have read 2 pounds 16 shillings a fortnight So much money and nowhere to spend it all.

pingbosun
 
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