Don't think this is one of Mr Fisks photographs. Sundays was a good day for loafing up the mast. You could even use the lubbers hole, on Sundays, rest of the time you had to over the devils elbow. The only frightening bit was that last bit after the half moon where you had to hang on and shimmy up to the button. Just a shame, on reflection, that I didn't hang on to my wages as tightly as I clung onto that bit of mast.:-D Happy days.
You'd of really enjoyed it, time it just right and you could slide down one of the mainstays and be in time for 4,o clockers in the galley. Yes Sundays was a day to be enjoyed. not much else at Shotley.
Used to go up St Vincent mast most dinner times ,it was the only place you could see out with the high perimeter walls .
You could see the ships in Portsmouth Harbour aswell. Saw them loading up for the Suez affair in 1956.
the Home Fleet Training Squadron air craft carriers[Theseus and Ocean] were used as Army transports for it.
Joined Ganges Apr. 1963 and did the mast a couple of times, did visit the Button but didnt sit on the twat. Health and Safety ?
wasnt even thought about pmsl
Best regards to all Ex Ganges Boys, toughest naval training establishment in the world !
Great picture......did it round the devils elbow when mast class and up to the crosstree in my own time...bottled out when I ran out of ladders....Benbow Div 1960...still remember certain things and doing the mast is top of the list...