Dial a Sailor..............

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  1. There has to be a few lads on RR that can remember 'dial a sailor'?????

    I was sitting on the train home this evening when an 'older' gentleman sat opposite me.........he may have been a tad made and started muttering to himself. Down the line, he whipped out an old addition of the 'navy news' but just seemed to be one page and then he started muttering about how he remembers 'dial a sailor'.

    Right, folks, lets have it, give us some info :thumright:
  2. Did you ask that "Older Gentleman" how many sailors he'd taken, JD?
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    Yep, normally a good way of getting lashed-up in the States, but we did it on HMS Boxer visiting Liverpool in 1988. Both the local radio stations put out a call for hospitality from the local populace and gave out the ship's number.

    Unfortunately no-one had thought to tell the HQ1 watchkeeper initially, so he was getting inundated with literally hundreds of Scousers ringing-up & asking: "Is that Dial-a-Sailor?" He thought he was victim of a huge bite & was telling everyone initially to "F*** Off" and slamming the phone down.

    Eventually word got back that it was genuine and the hospitality toward the ship was nothing short of phenomenal: free tickets to the football, theatre tickets, cinemas, bowling, free admission to night-clubs, half price drinks in pub-chains, families holding BBQ's, the list was endless. It was actually quite humbling.
  4. Can recall having 'dial a sailor' twice in the 80's in the US, once in Mayport, Florida & also Savannah, Georgia, it always seemed to work!!

    Also had it in Dubai for Christmas 97, basically to get grippo'd by expats - it was outstanding, everybody onboard who put they're name on the list indeed got grippo'd!!
  5. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Well familiar with this, and I attended many families' homes. Excellent fun - none of which, regrettably, ended up any intimate liaisons with young females... :lol:

    HMS Bristol visit to Wilmington NC in '87. A well-known LWEM who - for want of a better word - wasn't the best looking member of the Ship's Company! Imagine Shrek (without the green skin). Anyway he got grippoed during a 'Dial-a-Sailor' and was picked up by a female version of himself (Princess Fiona, if you will). The lads gave him shit, winding him up, generally taking the piss... so he goes off with the Trog to meet her family. Comes back a day or so later, and announces that he's now in love with her; her family love him, her Father is a multi-millionaire businessman with a company of electronics firms - right up the LWEM's street - and wants give him a new job, IF he marries his Daughter!

    Notice submitted, he leaves the Mob, lands himself a decent well-paid job in the US working for his (by now) Father-in-Law! His Missus was still ugly though... :twisted:
  6. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    And the rest is how MSN & Bill Gates became history? :thumright:
  7. Does anyone recall the dit about the USS Nimitz being in port in Pompey in the early 80s?

    Apparently, according to legend, she had a dial-a-sailor call go out and some lads invited the Yanks to a house party. They are taken up on their offer and are told that a group of 30 Yanks will be able to join them. (This is where the dit goes off to a bit of a story yarn...) So the lads go to the offie, buy up tons of cans of beer, booze (the dit says it was hundreds of beer tokens spent on both beer and food) and head down the jetty to pick up their "guests".

    The lads are beaming from ear to ear at the prospect of a good lash up, story telling and teaching the Yanks all about the Zulus. They get to the jetty and there are 30 neatly dressed Yanks, waiting for them.

    Introductions occur, directions to the house party are given and off everyone goes. The Yanks arrive, and see all the booze. Now ordinarily, a sailor no matter what nationality they may be would have their eyes light up and frosty cans of golden amber and dark and dirties. But not these Yanks...

    These guys were all born again Christians, who had expected to be attending a prayer meeting with some local born agains. The Yanks wanting to go to the house party were now singing praises to the Lord with the other group that had gone to pick them up and mixed up the groups.

    The Brit lads were apparently forced to drink all that booze and eat all that food and swore off using dial-a-sailor again.
  8. sgtpepperband

    sgtpepperband War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    Well, you'd find it hard to resist too, wouldn't you..?! :wink:


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