Burma Road

#1
Mate and myself were chatting about the pusser and old ships etc and
I mentioned the burma road on an old ship. He asked how and when term originated. Anyone any ideas.

Cheers

Novo
 
#6
I turned to my trusty copy of Jackspeak but all it says is:

Burma road Standard nickname for the main passageway running through the length of a ship. In some ships with city names, the Burma road will have the (and associated street signs) of the main thoroughfare of that city.
I then did a quick Google and found this on a website dedicated to HMS Falcon. Maybe there's a connection:

HMS Falcon was a Royal Navy gunboat built in 1931 by Yarrow and Co. Ltd. She was 372 tons, 150 feet long and had an average hull depth of 5 ft. The ship's complement was 55. The Falcon was unusual in that she had no sister ships. As of 1945 there have been at least 29 Royal Navy ships named Falcon, the first occurring in 1212 A.D.

In March of 1941, HMS Falcon was at Chungking and paid off. Her crew travelled overland to Rangoon via the Burma Road and her guns were sent by elephant. The Falcon was handed over to the Chinese in February of 1942 and renamed the Luan Huan. In 1948 she was renamed Ying Teh (sometimes Ying The) or "British Virtue". In 1950 she received her final name of Nan Chiang. The Falcon continued service in the Chinese navy the whole way up to 1974, making her one of the longest lived ships mentioned on this site.
 
#8
Perhaps its a case of the main drag being compared to a well known road, such as the one in Burma!
I notice tha the road between St Levens and Albert Road in Guzz Dockyard is signed as the Burma Way.
 
#9
Clanky's on the money I reckon.
The Burma Rd was also known as 'Going over the Hump'; so no doubt why matloes hopping over a lot of "Humps' on a ship, named it so.

Fleet Carriers like Indom and Implac had a v.long passage running fore & aft, alongside the hangar deck. Lots of X & Y doors with those 2 ft coamings that one hurdled over; just enough space between 'em to attack the next.
- Good training for Olympics.
(That's why my left foot metatarsals have crumbled - Gonna sue the bastids).

Only heard it used on above; did Illustrious and Victorious have same setup?

Como
 
#10
Hi Lads

Thanks for all the input the info on Falcon was interesting, they got there monies worth out of her. Winsk was right, I was on Kent and it was the Old Kent Road and remember Bristol had street name plates on the passageway.

Cheers

Novo
 
#12
My Tuppence worth....

Similarly to the infamous Burma Road it was/is ...the Main supply route [for'd to aft]


In the Indian British Army, Burma Road meant 'rice pudding'
 
#13
21_Man said:
My Tuppence worth....

Similarly to the infamous Burma Road it was/is ...the Main supply route [for'd to aft]


In the Indian British Army, Burma Road meant 'rice pudding'
Unlike the Navy, in which rice pudding was always known, in my time, as "Chinese wedding cake".

2BM
 
#17
In the Canadian Navy, Burma Road was still the name of the main passageway in the 20 DDEs and DDHs commissioned 55-64, with the last being paid off in the late 90s. This name has since been abandoned in our newer ships.
 

Winsk

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#19
novo said:
Hi Lads

Thanks for all the input the info on Falcon was interesting, they got there monies worth out of her. Winsk was right, I was on Kent and it was the Old Kent Road and remember Bristol had street name plates on the passageway.

Cheers

Novo
Sorry to take this slightly off topic, but could you tell me the name of the cross-passageway back aft near the heads and bathrooms? Was this passageway called different things on different County Class?

Cheers
 
#20
D20...HMS Fife, was the "Great Glen"...but didn't know that the cross-passageway back aft was called anything Winsk, could be wrong though, long time ago!!
 

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