My first trip on the Royalist it was Ulrich as the skipper and some black haired jock as the sailing master.I then returned for some more punishment in the ''pukeatoriam'' and Ulrich had gone and the grumpy jock bloke was the skipper. Forgotten his name.
On my second Royalist trip I was captain of the heads for rounds and Geoff Ulrich came in looked over the back of one of the crappers and picked up the largest piece of Poo I have ever seen in my life and asked me what it was.
As you can imagine I was absolutely gobsmacked and could not answer except for "it wasn't there 5 minutes ago sir", he looked at me and laughed then handed the piece of joke shop plastic poo back to the Coswain who giggled and put it in his pocket, apparently my face was a picture.
Was John Webb a Jock?? He was skipper on my 3 trips as a cadet and i believe he hailed from my old unit, TS Superb in Stafford. Didn't do me many favours knowing him though - especially after I pitched up at the gangway paraletic after a load of free booze at a post Tall Ships Race do in Cherbourg (1986 I think) uke: . I traded Sea Boat part of ship for the heads after that!
John Wheeler, OK where do I start? He was the best and he used to have a son called Mike. Imagine a little Northern Ireland Sea Cadet who he used to call Paddy. Whenever little Paddy (in them days ) needed to come to England he would let me come to the Royalist to do any housekeeping etc. which I still value as I turned out to be the best person in the world because of them days. I never got involved in Terrorism and have lived in England ever since. In my current job I have been in the Area and I still have happy memories of the Royalist. John from my memories was, for me the best. RIP
Lt.Cdr Morin Scott was the founder of TS Royalist, and he sadly died in Pathos last month. Back in the 1960's he was one of the first to put the Sea in sea cadets by winning the Tall Ships Race with TS Centurion. Sadly TS Royalist has been given a hard time by the Marine Investigation Board over the grounding
When I was Apprentice in Athel Tankers in 1950 I can remember Morin Scott sailing with us as Third Mate. I believe he was RNSR at the time. He used to practise the apprentices in signaling with us on the focsle and himself on the bridge. Happy days! I still have his book "Gerda's Sea Saga."