Can anyone remember.....?

stirling2

Banned
Chief Stoker on Fife mangled the watch bill to allow offwatch stokers a day ashore in tents overlooking the bay as the routine of sat on the range for 2 weeks and only firing one slug was tedious....plus I was lucky enough to get a stint on the MFV supply/shore boat as mentioned in a previous thread.
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.Skipper on the Fife with a triple barreled name was only 5' nowt...at Aberporth for missile firings I was stoker on the MFV supply boat, we came alongside on a very heavy swell and I had come to the top of the hatch of engine space for a tab....MFV was rising and falling some 10 feet , most managed to board with some difficulty, the skipper, being so short misjudged it and had one foot on Fife's QD and one on the MFV on its downward stroke and was catapulted onto the MFV deck where a Chief Tiff broke his fall...without batting an eyelid said Chief retorted '' Fcuking good shot Sir''
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NotmeChief

Banned
IDOITDEEPER said:
May be they were simply looking for their dads?

Wonderful - I like it.

.Skipper on the Fife with a triple barreled name was only 5' nowt...at Aberporth for missile firings I was stoker on the MFV supply boat, we came alongside on a very heavy swell and I had come to the top of the hatch of engine space for a tab....MFV was rising and falling some 10 feet , most managed to board with some difficulty, the skipper, being so short misjudged it and had one foot on Fife's QD and one on the MFV on its downward stroke and was catapulted onto the MFV deck where a Chief Tiff broke his fall...without batting an eyelid said Chief retorted '' Fcuking good shot Sir''
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Great stuff - when I joined RR I expected to see lots of dits like that...alas they are few and far between.
 
Aberporth longest leave I ever had in the RN
I was on the Antrim doing the first Exocet firings, (the missile went off but the box lid never opened) back to Guzz
Next trip in Aberporth, night leave spent drinking and playing darts all evening,first day, next day duty.
During the night whilst I was LRO OTW, one of my ratings dashed out of the office, sick hooky, when he came back I read the riot act to him, then ten minutes later I was called to the Chaplains office

The sick RO had taken the signal that my sister had died, and sought help
to break it to me gently (unexpected death)

The Capt gave me instant compasionate leave, and I was flown off into Milford Haven, changed into civvies and taxi to Fishguard to catch the Irish Boat train to smoke then onward to Newcastle

Had the funeral and had to be back in seven days to pick Antrim up from Milford Haven
I arrived back in good time using the Sleeper train, but no boat to pick me up and take me out to Antrim, went to the police and they knew nothing

I phoned an RO who I knew in Whitehall, and he advised me Antrim was in Plymouth for three days
I got a travel warrant off the police to go to Guzz, but no train till next morning,
I had no money left, visited the Sally Ann that was full with vagrants but the duty officer let me sleep in a chair in his office all night, and free breakfast in the morning
Train back to Guzz, arrived in time to see Antrim sailing out of Guzz, reported to crushers

(I had gone on leave for a funeral in Newcastle but I had given my home address on my leave pass, Antrim had had another failed firing, so telegrammed me at my home address to report to Guzz NOT Milford Haven. not being there I never received it thus my travels)

The crushers gave me a night in Drake barracks a warrant to Milford Haven for next day and an advance on my pay
Off I went, and arrived at Milford next evening, no liberty boat, see police nothing known, phoned Guzz crushers, err she has gone back to Guzz mate
I then visited the Flying Angel club for merchant seamen, who gave me a full steak egg and chips dinner, looked after me splendily, and a bed for the night, phoned the crusher in Guzz, Police warrant back to Guzz

Repeat, and repeat again, Until after 21 days I caught up with Antrim
(I was going to say caught the boat, but thought better not to)

I was not brought to the table, and nothing was said other than the Joss saying they had sent a telegram to my home address stating new joining instructions, which he appreciated I had not received,
Due to the event and all the travel it was not the best leave I have had but it was the longest (a bit like my rabbiting on post)

So I well remember Aberporth, the pub and the darts

Jack McHammocklashing
 

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