Greenie said:Nutty you don't get promoted to boats -------ya get skidded !!!
The good old days of volunteers died a death about 1970 :? :?
Was in Chatham in 1959 ---P7R for 6 months , boring place but handy for the runs up the line to London. I was Chatham rating before the great move to centralised drafting------only time I went to town was to catch the train!!
Was there not a St Mary's Barracks aswell --it was by the old gunnery school -it was a favourite hidey hole for the barrack stanchions.
In the 70s, St Mary's Island became the dumping ground for dockyard rubbish etc.
East Camp was opened up for baby Supply ratings, the Drill shed (you must have known that) and part of the parade ground became part of the yard also.
We still had about half the parade backing onto the shed, and one end the C&POs mess, the other being the swim pool, Supply training school, sickbay, armoury etc, and something called the Supply Support Group based inside the yard, up until Pembroke shut down.
You missed some good pub runs in Chatham & Gillingham, not so good now, as they have knocked a few down - town improvements I think they call it ?!
Was the Monarch going strong when you were there?
St Mary's Island is now a housing area, pricey with a marina etc