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Old 30-10-2017, 11:46
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I WAS A SAILOR ONCE


I Was A Sailor Once
In years to come when sailors are home from the sea they will still remember with fondness and respect the ocean in all its moods, the impossible shimmering mirror calm, and the storm tossed green water surging over the bow, and then there will come again a faint whiff of stack gas, a faint echo of engine and rudder orders, a vision of the bright bunting of signal flags snapping at the yardarm, a refrain of hearty laughter.
Gone ashore for good they will grow wistful about their navy days, when the seas belonged to them and a new port of call was ever over the horizon, remembering this they will stand taller and say:
I was a sailor once, and numbers will never be the same again:
Kit: 1's 2's 3's 4's 6's 8's 10's 10A's
Punishment: Number 9's, 10 days stoppage, 7 days cells
And can someone explain why are 2-4-6 heavy?
Only a sailor knows...
I was a sailor once and I look back and realise it was not just a job, it was a way of life. A family where shipmates became brothers and part of a team.
I was a sailor once and I still can't forget my Official Number.
When medical science receives my body, as they examine it they will find a tattoo inside my brain with my Official Number and an anchor where my heart is.
I was a sailor once and I like the navy because even as times change, and the youth takes over from the old seadogs, some things never change:
The bitching is still the same.
The old days were always harder
The recruits were always greener
Official Numbers were always smaller
Men were made of steel and ships were made of wood
The goffers were always bigger
The girls were not as good looking
I am looking forward to attending a ship's reunion and can imagine sitting back and observing that friendships and respect are still as strong and binding as ever.
The ditties will still be as interesting - only the tale will get bigger.
If we haven't been there, it doesn't exist - or we blew it off the map.
Only a sailor knows.
I was a sailor once and I know.
I was a sailor once, I was part of the navy and the navy will always be a part of me.
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Thank you, Pelican. All true!
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THE MATELOT

A Matelot is not born...he is made out of leftovers. God built the world and the animals and then recycled the gash to create this dastardly weapon. He took the leftover roar of the lion, the howl of the hyena, the clumsiness of the ox, the stubbornness of the mule, the slyness of the fox, the wildness of the bull and the pride of a peacock then added the filthy evil mind of the devil to satisfy his weird sense of humour.

A Matelot evolved into a crude combination of John Dillinger, Errol Flynn, Beau Brummel and Valentino: a swashbuckling, beer-swilling, lovemaking LIAR. A Matelot likes girls, rum, beer, fights, uckers, runs ashore, pubs, jokes, long leave and his mates. He hates Officers, rounds, divisions, saluting middies, reggies, joss men, navy scran an his turn in the barrel!

He is brave drinking beer, abusive playing crib, brutal defending his pride and passionate making love. He can start a brawl, create a disaster, offend the law, desert his ship, make you lose your money, your temper and your mind. He can take your sister, your mother, your aunt and, when he is caught, get his Divisional Officer to vouch for his integrity.

A Matelot is loved by all mothers, sisters, aunts and nieces but hated by all fathers, brothers, uncles and nephews. He has a girl in every port and breaks more hearts and causes more fights than any other man yet, when he is off to sea, he is missed more than any other.

A Matelot is a mean, hard drinking, fast running son-of-a-bitch but, when you are in trouble, he is a strong shoulder to lean on, a pillar of wisdom and a defender of the faith and cause. He fights for his mate and dies for his country without question or hesitation.

This is a Matelot and I'm so proud to have been one.
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AND THEIR WIFES

The Sailors Angel.

She is a very special angel sent down from God on high
She only got her wings today and here’s the reason why
He wanted to send a very precious gift from up above
To cast the petals on the waters to show his tender love

For all our sailors in the world who have been lost at sea
Every one who gave their lives so we could still be free
The Royal Naval battles fought over so many years
Claimed an unknown number and countless women’s tears

Brave merchant men in times of war, battled through the foam
To bring the food and merchandise to those desperate at home
Ships that guarded them against the foe through the day and night
So many lost to save us here as ships sank and could not fight

For those who risked the mighty sea and the enemy out there too
To fish the icy coastal waters and provide food for me and you
So many put to sea forever in conditions you can’t understand
Unless you too have served in ships, out far away from land

For every wave in all the oceans and on every deep sea bed
She sends red poppy petals to rest on every sailor’s head
With a prayer for each sailor who lays beneath her there
God holds every one beneath the waves, in his loving care

She will return to the arms of God when her job is done
Those arms that can enfold the world as He held His only son
Jesus sacrificed His life for us, fighting, against all ill
Remember sailors from yesteryear, while we live in freedom still

Sheila Evans 23 September 2008 [A Ganges Boy's wife]
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A COMMON SAILOR

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Thank you, Pelican, it touches the heart.
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Crossed the Bar

Not mine. I received it from an oppo but it is a thought provoker!
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Crossed the Bar

The Sailor stood to face his God,
His time had come to rest.
His cap was shining white and bright,
Like the medals on his chest

"One pace forward Jolly Jack,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To your faith have you been true?"

The sailor braced up square and true,
And said, "No, Lord, I ain't.
'Cause us who patrol the seven seas,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And I've made my language tough.
I've had to be quite violent,
As the world's ports are rough.

But, I never took a gold doubloon,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

But I never passed a sinking ship,
Though at times I shook with fear..
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
For I wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
These people think I'm wrong.
They never wanted me around,
Although I kept their island strong.

If you've a hammock here, Dear Lord,
It needn't be too grand.
I never expected or had much,
Close the hatch, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around,
Where Admirals past had trod.
As the Sailor waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, seafaring tar,
You've borne your kitbag well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's deck,
You've done your time in Hell."
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Alick - a real thought provoking message, I am sure everyone will love it thank you.
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CHRISTMAS EVE

Twas the night before Christmas, the ship was out steaming,
Sailors stood watch while others were dreaming.
They lived in a Tin Can with racks tight and small,
In a 30 man mess deck cramped in, one and all.
I had come down the funnel with presents to give,
To see in this War Canoe who might perhaps live.
I looked all about, a strange sight did I see,
No tinsel, no presents, not even a tree.
No stockings were hung, shined boots close at hand,
On the bulkhead hung pictures of a far distant land.
They had medals and badges and awards of all kind,
And a sobering thought came into my mind.
For this place was different, so dark and so dreary,
I had found the house of a Sailor, once I saw clearly.
A Sailor lay sleeping, silent and alone,
Curled up in a rack and dreaming of home.
The face was so gentle, the mess squared away,
This was the Royal Navy Sailor today.
This was the Hero I saw on TV,
Defending our country so we could be free.
I realised the families that I would visit this night,
Owed their lives to these Sailors so willing to fight.
Soon round the world, the children would play,
And grownups would celebrate on Christmas Day.
They all enjoyed freedom each day of the year,
Because of the Sailor, like the one lying here.
I couldn't help wonder how many lay alone,
On a cold Christmas Eve on a sea, far from home.
The very thought brought a tear to my eye,
I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
The Sailor awakened and I heard a calm voice,
"Santa, don't cry, this life is my choice."
"Defending the seas all days of the year,
So others may live and be free with no fear."
I thought for a moment, what a difficult road,
To live a life guided by Honour and Code.
After all it's Christmas Eve and the ship's underway!
But freedom isn't free and it's sailors who pay.
The Sailor say's to our country "be free and sleep tight,
No harm will come, not on my watch, not on this night.
The Sailor rolled over and drifted to sleep,
I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
I kept watch for hours, so silent, so still,
I watched as the Sailor shivered from the night's cold chill.
I didn't want to leave on that cold dark night,
This guardian of honour so willing to fight.
The Sailor rolled over and with a voice strong and sure,
Commanded, "Carry on Santa, It's Christmas, and All is Secure!"
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What an inspiring read, thank you. Edna
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THE MATELOT - R.C.N. VERSION

A Matelot is not born...he is made out of leftovers. God built the world and the animals and then recycled the gash to create this dastardly weapon. He took the leftover roar of the lion, the howl of the hyena, the clumsiness of the ox, the stubbornness of the mule, the slyness of the fox, the wildness of the bull and the pride of a peacock then added the filthy evil mind of the devil to satisfy his weird sense of humour.

A Matelot evolved into a crude combination of John Dillinger, Errol Flynn, Beau Brummel and Valentino: a swashbuckling, beer-swilling, lovemaking LIAR. A Matelot likes girls, rum, beer, fights, uckers, runs ashore, pubs, jokes, long leave and his mates. He hates Officers, rounds, divisions, saluting middies, reggies, joss men, navy scran and his turn in the barrel!

He is brave drinking beer, abusive playing crib, brutal defending his pride and passionate making love. He can start a brawl, create a disaster, offend the law, desert his ship, make you lose your money, your temper and your mind. He can take your sister, your mother, your aunt and, when he is caught, get his Divisional Officer to vouch for his integrity.

A Matelot is loved by all mothers, sisters, aunts and nieces but hated by all fathers, brothers, uncles and nephews. He has a girl in every port and breaks more hearts and causes more fights than any other man yet, when he is off to sea, he is missed more than any other.

A Matelot is a mean, hard drinking, fast running son-of-a-bitch but, when you are in trouble, he is a strong shoulder to lean on, a pillar of wisdom and a defender of the faith and cause. He fights for his mate and dies for his country without question or hesitation.

This is a Matelot and I'm so proud to have been one.

[Of course there are other versions.]
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"The Navy's time has just begun, let's do the service proud."
Listen to the poem written and performed by AET Kirin Eldridge as the Royal Navy's time guarding royal palaces in London comes to an end.
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"The Navy's time has just begun, let's do the service proud."
Listen to the poem written and performed by AET Kirin Eldridge as the Royal Navy's time guarding royal palaces in London comes to an end.
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Thank you for the link

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Thank you for the link

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And for something different . . . . from AdmiralByngCampaign @byngcampaign

Cowards die many times before their deaths.
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear,
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.

'Julius Caesar' by Shakespeare
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Interesting; my rather eccentric paternal grandfather used to say, "Once you're born, gal, the only certainty in this life is death". He lived to die at 84.
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Pelican:
Cannot find the poem on

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Please give more specific instructions?
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Cannot find the poem on

https://www.facebook.com/NavyNewsUK/...HT57tM&fref=nf

Please give more specific instructions?
Thank you.
Hope this works Seagull?
https://www.facebook.com/royalnavy/v...5954056173205/

If not this will - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34ZJ0lUdbs
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CHRISTMAS NIGHT

"It is hoped that everyone is having a most merry Christmas. Here is a repost from 2014 of a poem by C. Fox Smith adapted for song by Charlie Ipcar. Cecily Fox Smith was a Victorian poet best remembered for her poems about ships and sailors in the last days of the age of sail. She wrote more than 600 poems which were published in more than two dozen volumes. In recent years, her work has seen a revival as her poems have inspired musicians to write music to her verses. Over 70 of her poems have been adapted as songs, including this one."

Christmas Night
By Cicely Fox Smith from Rhymes of the Red Ensign,
Edited by Cicely Fox Smith,
Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, © 1919, pp. 71-72.
Adapted for singing by Charlie Ipcar, © 12/26/08
Tune inspired by Christmas Day in the Morning

We shipped a sea on Christmas night,
On Christmas night, on Christmas night!
On Christmas night till the morning!
"One more like that," our mate did say,
"And she'll not last till the break of day,"
So deep she rolled, so ill she lay –
All the night long till the morning!
So black the night, the gale it screamed,
On Christmas night, on Christmas night!
Like gushing wounds her swing-ports streamed;
On Christmas night till the morning!
All ice the yard was where we clung,
The frozen shrouds shrill carols sung,
Like harps the twanging backstays rung –
All the night long till the morning!

We called "All hands!" We hove her to,
On Christmas night, on Christmas night!
And nothing then was left to do
On Christmas night till the morning!
But hang on all, and wait, and pray
For nothing else to carry away,
So she might last till the break of day –
All the night long till the morning!

And one big roaring sailorman
A sort of rambling yarn began,
About a place nigh Wexford town,
With the river Slaney flowing down
By the farm where he was born an' rared;
"An' my old mother, well, she's not heard
A word o' me this many a year . . .
But I've got stuff and I've got gear
Stowed in my sea-chest all for her –
I can just see them old eyes stare:
A lump o' coral like a tree
Them Blacks dive after in Fee-jee,
A Spanish shawl and a carved fan,
A little tea-set from far Japan,
That's blue and white, and wee and small,
If this black gale don't break 'em all!"

The long night passed and that great gale,
On Christmas night, on Christmas night!
Went down at dawn, so we made sail,
On Christmas Day in the morning!
We sent the yards to the masthead,
The watch sung out to wake the dead!
"Them tea-things is all right," Dan said –
On Christmas Day in the morning!

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It warms the cockles, thank you !

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One for Submariners. Indicates the high losses during the early years of war.

From the book: "Under the Jolly Roger" British Submarines at War 1939 - 1945 by Dave L. Quigley, ISBN 1 871182 03 4 - Published 1988.

Twelve Little S Boats

By C.E.R.A. “Skips” Marriott

(This poem was found in the engine room log book of Sealion. Of the original class of 12 S Boats only three – Sealion, Seawolf and Sturgeon – survived the war)

Twelve little S boats go to it like Bevin,
Starfish goes a bit too far – then there were eleven.

Eleven watchful S boats doing fine and then
Seahorse fails to answer – so there are ten.

Ten stocky S boats in a ragged line,
Sterlet stops and drops out – leaving us with nine.

Nine plucky S boats all pursuing fate,
Shark is overtaken – now we are eight.

Eight sturdy S boats – men from Hants and Devon,
Salmon is now overdue – and so the number’s seven.

Seven gallant S boats trying all their tricks,
Spearfish tries a newer one – down we come to six.

Six tireless S boats fighting to survive,
No reply from Swordfish so now we tally five.

Five scrubby S boats patrolling close inshore,
Snapper takes a short cut – now we are four.

Four fearless S boats too far out to sea,
Sunfish bombed and scrap-heaped – now we are only three.

Three threadbare S Boats patrolling o’er the blue
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Two icebound S Boats…………………………………………………………………………

One lonely S Boat…………………………………………………………………………………


The nine S boats named as sunk in the above poem were lost as follows:

STARFISH – Depth-charged in Heligoland Blight, January 20, 1940. Crew survived and were taken P.o.W.

SEAHORSE – Depth-charged in Heligoland Blight, January 7, 1940. Crew of 39 lost.

STERLET – Depth-charged, Skagerrak, April 18, 1940. Crew of 41 lost.

SHARK – Attacked off Norway by aircraft of Luftwaffe. Sunk while being towed by German trawler, July 6, 1940. Survivors were taken P.o.W. (there were two killed and 19 injured).

SALMON – Lost off Norway during July, 1940, probably mined. All 41 crew lost.

SPEARFISH – Sunk by torpedo fired by U34 on August 1, 1940. One survivor, who was taken P.o.W.

SWORDFISH – Mined South of the Isle of Wight with the loss of all 37 crew, November, 1940.

SNAPPER – Lost off Brest February, 1941, with the loss of all 42 crew. Cause of loss not known.

SUNFISH – After being transferred to the Russian Navy, Sunfish was bombed in error by the R.A.F. while en route to Russia. Full crew and British liaison staff all lost.
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Thank you, Navyking, how could we ever forget?

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