NozzyNozzer said:Fletch said:Geoff_Wessex said:Shakey said:I heard that someone painted a gold rivet in the engine room of the royal yacht for a laugh, dunno if this is true or not, though I was told safeguard.
Tis true - never served on HMY but while RS on the Zulu, 1983, went round with the Yeoman one lunchtime to "borrow some radios" for our upcoming stint as Cowes Guardship. Had a great time in the POs Mess and got shown all over, including the immaculate white and shiny engine room - complete with a gold-painted rivet on a hull plate. Mind you, they were all shirtlifters on the Yacht. Can i say that?
I MUST go home and tell my missus and kids that I'm a brown clown then !!!
I didn't realise, until now and, BTW. my first daughter was born just before I left her in '78, do you think she's mine ???? !!!
Seriously though, in MY 2.5 years aboard Britannia btween '76 &-'78, there was NEVER any indication of there being any "walkers of the left hand path" being amongst the crew - civvy side YES - either of the two crews (permanent and ocean) NO !!! In actual fact, although the crew were supposed to have been "hand picked" there were a VERY large number of absolute ANIMALS aboard that would have graced ANY Pusser's Grey or Deeps messdeck !!! Don't judge a book by its' cover eh ?!! :lol:
The Golden Rivet story IS true though. A certain member of the Royal Family heard the legend and wanted to see it so one was gold leafed with the same gold leaf that was used for the gold line around the hull !!.
You're OK Fletch. As Geoff said, his excursion was in 1983, so obviously the RN in their wisdom were more selective of the matelots they chose to accompany The Firm. I'll be interested to hear his explanation for how he came to learn this in such a short space on board her, once he's disembarked into his new Colonial living space. :wink:
[align=center]BUZZ... GEOFF & HIS WIFE CAUGHT IN OTTAWA, CANADA TRYING TO EVADE THE REVENGE OF THE ROYAL YACHTIES
That picture is VERY reminiscent of what we did to some Aussie matelots who popped over for a visit and a bit of a "swap draft" when were were down there in '77. They took it in good stead though !!!