I feckin well hope not although I can see it moving that way...should be lots of running around in 4's, proper working rig...not this green bollocks!!FlagWagger said:
I might join you all for Torpoint and the Lights!!....but watching a bunch of dabbers tying themselves in knots.....doesn't really float my boat!WarMonger said:FM...Seamanship school at Raleigh..good days compo followed by a jolly down to Torpoint and the Lights!
They were still called knots until 1982 when John Nott p*ssed off the navy so much they officially renamed them bends and 'itches...dunkers said:
Bollocks! Could you communicate using flags or flashing light? Do you understand the intricacies of standard distance or manouvering interval (could you spell it even?), do you know the rules for automatic change of the guide, could you determine when and how to set watch on maritime communications circuits, both military and civil? Well I could!bunnyjumper said:From all the traffic on this thread, it looks like me and warmonger are the only real matelots on this feckin' site!!
I think you'll find its called banter actually.bunnyjumper said:C'mon boys & girls, ridicule it if you want,
Agreed, but only to seamen - there are other specialisations in the RN and RNR that don't rely on having an intimate aquaintance with bits of string or chipping hammers!bunnyjumper said:...but seamanship is bread and butter stuff.
As a comms rate I actually have a high degree of respect for the dabbers' skills, however they are not the be-all and end-all of sea-going skills. Each branch has its own unique skills, all of which are required in some measure to get a pussers grey to work - as a comms rate I'd expect to be familiar with being in a sea-boat, not necessarily launching it. Similarly on berthing I leave heaving heaving lines to the experts, but I have done it in the past, as well as ship-driving (badly), sweep deck work, basic acquaint on the Bofors 40/60 and chipping and painting too.bunnyjumper said:It's no wonder that certain individuals in the RN have such a low opinion of the RNR, if the majority of us don't even know how to launch a seaboat, tie a heaving line onto a hawser, or even throw a heaving line etc. Sailors that don't know, nay, don't WANT to know seamanship. I'm disgusted. Correct me if I'm wrong, but when a pussers grey is RASing, or anchoring, or berthing it's not just seamen specs on the upper deck....... there ain't enough!!!