Can I ask help for an article I am researching. I am trying to trace the timeline for the changes in messing and bunking on ships (and shore bases), if you can tell me the places you served and if you had hammocks or bunks (or a mix) and if messing was canteen messing or general messing or a mix. For info for those not old enough: Canteen Messing was where each mess was given an allowance to buy food from the ship's Purser, each mess had to organise it's own menus and such, and two men from each mess would be tasked with collecting the food, preparing it and giving it to the ship's chef to stick in the oven or boil up. The mess cooks then served it up and cleaned up. The system was open to all sorts of abuse of course and one complaint was the single point of sale, pursers were suspected of making a profit (never! What a thing to suggest!) so crews often bought ashore and carried their own stocks, this was taken in hand (possibly by Jackie Fisher) and formalised as a canteen shop, later NAAFI, and a percentage of sales went into the ship's social fund, controlled by ratings but chaired usually by the First Lieutenant who had the power of veto (I have my own stock of dits of how well that worked, but I would welcome any more) I believe that system is still in place today with the NAAFI shops. Post WWII General Messing started to come into play, but with mixed compliance, the money was paid to a ship's caterer instead who planned the menus and bought the food and in theory a staff of chefs prepared and cooked the food and it was served in a central dining room (where available) Thanks in advance. PS anyone interested in how life in the Andrew changed post war should pick up "Roll on the Rodney" by David Phillipson, it is available from the public library or amazon.co.uk and is a fascinating collection of interviews on all subjects.