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Old 10-08-2009, 21:30
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"Milk in the summer, kai in the winter, and rock cakes that could have been used as shooting skeets"

Forgot all about that. And two of us detailed off to go and collect them
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Old 10-08-2009, 21:32
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Fallen in outside the Mess while the instructors walked up and down and emptied out any lockers that wasn't up to standard or the bedding strewn over the floor if they weren't Barracked tidy enough
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Old 10-08-2009, 21:44
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Marchin on the grass for the Queens Birthday Review QBR behind Nelson Hall and in front of the CMG... Loads of echo off the buildings from the Bootnecks band, and deafening reverbations underfoot

Oh and the standby parties, each division, to pick up the fallen and depending on yer height the third one stepped into the ranks.

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Old 11-08-2009, 02:36
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Work ship in the Screamer (Galley, Dining Room). Mopping the floor never seemed to end.

Getting up at 5.30am for extra swimming lessons after failing the test.
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Old 11-08-2009, 05:32
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No left turn or right wheel for Comms classes. It was Turn Starboard or Corpen something, right arm in the air, execute, bring the arm smartly down, and make the move.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:47
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Work ship in the Screamer (Galley, Dining Room). Mopping the floor never seemed to end.

Getting up at 5.30am for extra swimming lessons after failing the test.
Yeh CMG ... never worked out why when tables were wiped we put chairs on em... straight off the dirty deck ... must have been to build up immunity to muck. They did it in Merc's as well if I remember.
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Old 11-08-2009, 15:36
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I've asked this question before whenever it has come up in converstation(!) and I've still not had an answer - why is KAI called KAI - assuming that is the correct spelling??

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Old 11-08-2009, 15:41
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To tell you the honest truth. I don't know and I am sure many here don't know either. It was something that we learned when we joined. And just continued to call it that. I am sure that there were a few explainations but you would just have to take your pick.
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Old 11-08-2009, 15:53
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There's something to think about. Kai in Cantonese can mean baby/boy, as in Kai Tai: boy-girl. Or in a small ship, the baby chef, if an LEP would be known as Kai.
In the AMS Vol I, it is spelled Ki, and states that the origin is "obscure".

Back on the search.....
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Old 11-08-2009, 16:37
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New entry division....June 1971. Ashanti mess was the first mess in the 'short covered way' the next recruitment moved back over to the annexe after it had been refurbished...for want of a better word.

I'm 4th from the right in the centre row.

The lad sitting next to the CPO only stayed in a couple of years, left after his 1st sea-going draft, he lives just around the corner from me now, not that I see him that often.

Of course at this stage we were a mix of everything, some 'greenies, stokers, seamen, wasn't until we moved into the main division we were put into our respective classes and divisions.

And the old grey cells were playing up previously when I said I was in Blake 8 mess, found a letter to my Dad and it had Blake 7 mess on it.

So I was totally wrong, Blake 7 WAS on the left side of long covered way, as you've all been telling me.

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Old 11-08-2009, 17:02
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Nice picture Alan.

Here are a couple from my days in 52/53.

1. May 6th intake in the Annexe. When did the 12" gaiters go out? I'm far right second row.

2. 187 class in sports gear in the annexe. I'm the bit of skin front left.

3. 187 class the day we passed out, I'm second from right middle row.

4. The whole of Anson 27 messon the day we passed out, I'm far right
second row.

5. Ganges on the point in the distance, a few ex wartime ships to the fore
awaiting their fate.

6. The top of the long covered way, a bit before my time!

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Old 11-08-2009, 17:07
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OK Guys

I want to know the class and names of the ships in the pic that Bob has posted. I know that you can do it!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2009, 17:09
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Great Pictures, Bob.

Especially the last one. Great piece of Naval history

It seems that C S Hickley MVO was there 1911 - 13

also
C S Hickley MVO Rear Admiral 1918 - 19

It says that he was a rear Admiral the second time. I wonder why!

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Old 11-08-2009, 17:16
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Great photo's Bob, top of long covered way was just the same in my day.

Qprdave.... couldn't even hazard a guess at any of the ships there, don't even think I was born when the photo was taken.

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Old 11-08-2009, 17:19
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don't even think I was born when the photo was taken.


Hummm (only have your word for that)...Hummmm

Did I say that out loud??????????
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Old 11-08-2009, 17:23
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Hi Bob, I remember the last of the Hunt class destroyers in the river, we used to pull/sail whalers and cutters around them back in 1957.
No long gaiters in them days short anklets.

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Old 11-08-2009, 17:30
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Did these ships have any preservation on them or were they just waiting for the breakers to take them?
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Old 11-08-2009, 17:42
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I remember, many, many years after Ganges had closed down, being in the area with my family and going to take a look at the old place. Of course when I got there it was locked and bolted but a kindly chap on the gate let us in saying that he was well used to ex-Ganges boys turning up for a look see.
There was little left but we made our way to the gym which was being pulled apart. The walls with the poem "IF" were still standing and as I stood before them reading the words as I had done so often all those years ago, the tears began to roll down my cheeks. My wife came and stood close and gripped my arm. She understood and I looked at her and the children and realised that our life together had really started here. If I had never had joined we would never have met and how different life would have been. Its so strange how things are linked together. I guess God has a plan for each of us.

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Old 11-08-2009, 18:21
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Good story Jan

Ganges change all of our lives one way or another

I don't know how many times I read IF on that wall.

I still like to read it

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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Old 11-08-2009, 18:25
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Does anyone know who painted "IF" on the gym wall and when it was done?
I've always been curious about it.

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Derek...........yes I remember them - we were No.1 recruitment 1957 (Jan7th).

Btw - last WW2 "Hunt" was, I think, "Black Brock" (HMS BROCKELSBY), paid off 1963.
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Blimey - first of all we get "IT" and now "IF" - whatever next!!
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anybody seen this site? bit of Ganges on it for you/me/us:-

http://navydays.me.uk/NavyWeb/HMS%20Ganges.htm

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PS I have also plonked it on the Comms thread
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Old 12-08-2009, 00:04
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Good site Harry. Brings back memories
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New entry division....June 1971. Ashanti mess was the first mess in the 'short covered way' the next recruitment moved back over to the annexe after it had been refurbished...for want of a better word.

Of course at this stage we were a mix of everything, some 'greenies, stokers, seamen, wasn't until we moved into the main division we were put into our respective classes and divisions.


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We must have been there at the same time I joined Sep 71, (Sprog!)
I went to the blue mansions Keppel division, but it is as you say some things you remember arent quite the way it actually was.

Jan a lump always comes to my throat when I see Rudyards "If" I guess it had a subliminal message to most of us who saw it.
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