G Spot Mast manning

#5
I love the way they talk, a bygone age.
Wish all trainees did this, one of the things that really used to annoy me was when you need to go up the mast or out on the yardarm as a greenie and a surprisingly high number of lads these days say "Oh I don't do heights"???
WTF? Any matelot that can't get up a couple of ladders on a pussers warship has no business being in the RN. IMHO.
 
#12
danny said:
all i can say is im glad they dont do that at raleigh :)
Youre not wrong shippers,when i saw it on Blue Peter back in the early 70's just before Grungies was closed i nearly changed my mind about joining up! :grin: :grin: :grin:

And all he got was a silver Crown!Should have been at least £500!
 
#13
andym said:
danny said:
all i can say is im glad they dont do that at raleigh :)
Youre not wrong shippers,when i saw it on Blue Peter back in the early 70's just before Grungies was closed i nearly changed my mind about joining up! :grin: :grin: :grin:

And all he got was a silver Crown!Should have been at least £500!
Should have got the Junior's equivalent of the GC! I used to be terrified being forced to perch on the top of the wallbars at school - no way would you have got me clambering round the Devil's Elbow 80ft off the deck, let alone saluting the seagulls 143ft aloft! :eek:
 
#14
Stav said:
Spot on Whitemouse, but we did it better at Vincent even if our mast wasn't as high. :wink:
You did Mast Manning at the V Sign?

My commiseration on your vertically challenged "mast". It's amazing what modern surgery/carpentry can do these days... :grin:
 
#15
Here are some more links... as promised Earlier. There are a whole series of G Spot newsreels available from British Pathe here
http://www.britishpathe.com/product...f4e6&Search.x=0&Search.y=0&searchword=Shotley

Royal Tournament 1954 ... includes Ganges boys dancing the Hornpipe
http://imagen.britishpathe.com/scripts/ImgRetrieve.dll?GetPic&recno=94251&picno=00000190&sif=1

Mast Manning ceremony on 15 July 1963
http://www.britishpathe.com/thumbnails.php?id=55087&searchword=Shotley&searchword=Shotley

Mast Manning ceremony on 27 June 1965
http://www.britishpathe.com/thumbnails.php?id=52633&searchword=Shotley&searchword=Shotley
 
#17
A Crown was worth 5 shillings and so 25 New Pence in todays money.

If you take 5 shilling and inflate its value but average earning from 1950 to 2005 say you would come about with a value of just under £17. So you were not far off the mark.
 
#19
Nice one WM. Having watched it, I still cannot believe that I actually climbed the mast and stood on the button, VOLUNTARILY!! As one of the smallest in the mess I had my fair share of bullying. But once I had witnesses that I had climbed to the top of the mast, my kudos increased somewhat.

Keep Striving
 
#20
phil1972 said:
A Crown was worth 5 shillings and so 25 New Pence in todays money.

If you take 5 shilling and inflate its value but average earning from 1950 to 2005 say you would come about with a value of just under £17. So you were not far off the mark.
I always thought a Crown was another word for a Shilling (5p to you Dunkers)! :oops: :oops: :oops:

onions said:
Nice one WM. Having watched it, I still cannot believe that I actually climbed the mast and stood on the button, VOLUNTARILY!! As one of the smallest in the mess I had my fair share of bullying. But once I had witnesses that I had climbed to the top of the mast, my kudos increased somewhat.

Keep Striving

Ooooh I'm impressed! I'd much rather shake your hand than Tony Blair's! Please can I have your autograph... sir? :razz:
 
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