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skimmer114/124

Lantern Swinger
Left in '76, some memories still stick. No wars just the mundane,
Stern lookout 2 am, totally clear sky millions of stars pitch black sea and the wake climbing up level with the toe rail then vanishing into the distance, nothing else anywhere, fcuk we are all truly irrelevant.

Different night, different ocean (Indian) Sleeping on the fo'c'sle with head under the guard rail watching the phosphoresce in the bow wave.

Taking a taxi into the jungle outside Singapore after offer of really good movies! Ended up God knows where in a bamboo hut watching 18++. There were insurgents who could have topped the lot of us and no one would have had a clue.

Lying nearly prone against the port side of the bridge looking up past the oow clinging to the binnacle on to the signalman suspended from the guard rail inside the starboard door and simultaneously listening to everything go to ratshit down the cabin flat access, wondering how much further before the forward mounting sheer bolts give up and how long it would take to release the handwheel nuts on the 'quick release' forward window.

On a banyan, barbeque and booze, in the Virgin Isles taking turns to blatt the Gemini up and down the beach, someone calls 'Shark' about 10 of us pile in (we are all p....ed) and find the shark in the shallows placing the boat right beside it. Killick stoker grabs a paddle and stabs down into oggin crying 'have at you you 'ba....d. Immediate thought-'we are in a fcucking rubber boat' followed by can i swim quicker than every other b'sterd?

Why was it always cold and raining leaving Portland ?
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Reading that reminded me of several of mine! I'm not going to write them, as it could be seen like back-catting, but I do wonder how I (literally) survived a couple of them, usually, but not exclusively, involving wimmin and foreign ports!

It doesn't help that I'm 'game for a laugh' and 'it will be OK' and 'what's the worst that could happen?'

Happy days.....
 

skimmer114/124

Lantern Swinger
Reading that reminded me of several of mine! I'm not going to write them, as it could be seen like back-catting, but I do wonder how I (literally) survived a couple of them, usually, but not exclusively, involving wimmin and foreign ports!

It doesn't help that I'm 'game for a laugh' and 'it will be OK' and 'what's the worst that could happen?'

Happy days.....
Boogie street
 

skimmer114/124

Lantern Swinger
Hi Sonar, I hoped to just skim things that I recall that might chime with others. Nothing anyone writes is a black cat just a moment in time that puts us back there.

Standing in Dido's forward flat in heavy weather, jumping up just as she crests the swell and suddenly being really high. 17 year old didn't know about edible highs.
Reading that reminded me of several of mine! I'm not going to write them, as it could be seen like back-catting,
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
Hi Sonar, I hoped to just skim things that I recall that might chime with others. Nothing anyone writes is a black cat just a moment in time that puts us back there.

Standing in Dido's forward flat in heavy weather, jumping up just as she crests the swell and suddenly being really high. 17 year old didn't know about edible highs.
Yep, been there, done that too! Amazing how high you could get then how heavy you became! Just before you vommed........!
 

slim

War Hero
No! But one in Sattahip (Bangkok)!!

She said she loved me........



It was a she.





I think.
Was that Sattahip the naval base or Sattahip the village?
Did some day running on RTN ships out of Sattahip the RTN offered the use of the Officers accommodation. It was extremely spartan so we declined. First time sea running stayed at Ambassador City Jontiem very nice. On later trips stayed in Pattaya.
 
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