Liverpool Battle of the Atlantic

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Do you think there is anyone I can contact to queue jump with my partner and little un before I go to Raleigh on June 16th.

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silverfox

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Do you think there is anyone I can contact to queue jump with my partner and little un before I go to Raleigh on June 16th.

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There is a chap I know who could help, name of Zambellas. Not sure of the number but you could try looking it up and asking him to fix it.
 

Ninja_Stoker

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Do you think there is anyone I can contact to queue jump with my partner and little un before I go to Raleigh on June 16th.
Whilst I appreciate the idea, even the ships company are not usually permitted to bring guests on during Ship Open to Visitors (SOTV) as it greatly annoys those who have got off their backsides, arrived early and have to queue unfortunately.

Have to say, having attended many SOTV's in the line of recruitment, I heartily agree with the sentiment of the general public in this area. SOTV lasts but a few hours and those wishing to bring guests on board need only bring them on before or after to avoid showing the service in a negative light.

Besides, some ships occasionally offer-up the opportunity for RN candidates or local Sea Cadets to go to sea with them for a short trip from port visit to home port. Rest assured, if that opportunity exists, your careers adviser will be in touch, well in advance of the visit.

It's good to visit a ship as a member of the general public - in years to come, you'll be one of the ship staff called-upon to help with SOTV and will appreciate how much it means to foster good public relations.
 
#6
Thanks for reply Silverfox and NinjaStoker, thought I would ask anyway. I know last time we went over to see Lusty the queues were too long. Probably would have had to feed him twice by the time we reached the front. Think we'll just view from afar and hope the weather is good for the weekend. :)
 

Ninja_Stoker

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It is a phenomena that appears to have grown in popularity over the years - I remember SOTV's in years gone by when the ships closed the gangway early because there was complete indifference by the public with only a handful of visitors and the phrase "waste of time" applied.

Nowadays with far fewer ships, less SOTV's and an increase in public support for our Armed Forces, they seem to be an increasingly popular weekend activity, more popular than even visits to garden centres & the "Church of B&Q" (may their name be praised).

The only advice I can offer is get there very early and it's a lot quicker than rocking-up after the gangway has opened.

Best o'luck.
 

wet_blobby

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As it's in Liverpool do you have a sister or aunty etc that could trap a matelot down Mathew St the night before and then use this a bargaining chip to blag your way on board?
 
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As it's in Liverpool do you have a sister or aunty etc that could trap a matelot down Mathew St the night before and then use this a bargaining chip to blag your way on board?
We have comps to all ships docked!!! Period....just buy a pint and ..... Collect them from Ma Egertons
 
#10
Bulwark isn't open to the public SOTV as the link suggests however it will be giving tours to various groups like the sea cadets etc. So those wishing to go on board a ship unless you are part of the groups make sure you queue in good time to get on one of the other vessels that are conducting SOTV.

Bulwark ships company will be participating in various public event, such as the parades and church services.


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#11
Feel sorry for the Bulwark at Alexandra docks what a dump....not a plum draw, and Edinburgh at Lairds, bit out of the way...all the others have a plum draw at Canning etc and CLT for the lads to walk into town, and stagger back:grin:
 

Ninja_Stoker

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I hated visiting Liverpool in Albion or Bulwark. Always got me home to Manchester.
I always found a home port (or close to home) visit was a bit like being watch on, stop on. When you're duty you get clobbered for SOTV, when you're not, all your friends and family want a guided tour and marvel at how generous matelots are when it comes to buying guests a beer onboard, little realising everyone reciprocates the hospitality, it's pretty much Naval Law.



For those visiting the static displays tomorrow, I'll be pretending I know all about military aircraft arrayed in front of the 'Three Graces', signing autographs ("Oh yes, I'm a pilot, me") and snaring the unwitting recruit. Do say hello/helo.
 
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I always found a home port (or close to home) visit was a bit like being watch on, stop on. When you're duty you get clobbered for SOTV, when you're not, all your friends and family want a guided tour and marvel at how generous matelots are when it comes to buying guests a beer onboard, little realising everyone reciprocates the hospitality, it's pretty much Naval Law.



For those visiting the static displays tomorrow, I'll be pretending I know all about military aircraft arrayed in front of the 'Three Graces', signing autographs ("Oh yes, I'm a pilot, me") and snaring the unwitting recruit. Do say hello/helo.
:neutral:be better if you got Jay O' Donnell. QGM to do a sub for you!!!! Proper hero:angel8:This includes helicopters, a Sea Harrier cockpit display, a combat display team, a Typhoon, a Chinook, climbing walls, a combat chef cooking demonstration and much, much more.;-P
 
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Ninja_Stoker

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I'd be delighted with a sub. The last bloke with a QGM I met was a Killick Diver who was rejoining the mob and we had a dit swapping session in lieu of an interview.
 

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