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Old 24-07-2009, 19:46
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My "steaming" Moccies finally gave up when I joined Boxer. Apparently they are not recognised "Pusser's" rig. Nobody told me that.
When I was "riding" Oberon, the "Warner" was down in the AMS along with the "E" fit. But this was of course after a pretty major refit, and alteration programme carried out after her return from the FES.
glad to have helped pave the way for what was obviously given 'some thought' for subsequent trials.. no warners for us ...just us!! mind you the relative luxury going from A to O must have blinded us to the working conditions I suppose. and...all that space in the fore-ends sorry 'cathedral' for our camp-beds!
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Old 24-07-2009, 20:14
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glad to have helped pave the way for what was obviously given 'some thought' for subsequent trials.. no warners for us ...just us!! mind you the relative luxury going from A to O must have blinded us to the working conditions I suppose. and...all that space in the fore-ends sorry 'cathedral' for our camp-beds!

From the permanent crew point of view, and no longer being a part three, always thought the accommodation on an A boat to be slightly better than Ps and Os.
During my riding days on Os, my rack was a wooden box type thing mounted on top of a Mk 8 in the forends.
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Old 24-07-2009, 21:37
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From the permanent crew point of view, and no longer being a part three, always thought the accommodation on an A boat to be slightly better than Ps and Os.
During my riding days on Os, my rack was a wooden box type thing mounted on top of a Mk 8 in the forends.
We had to wait for the big V before getting 'racks' in fore-end torpedo handling space, over a dozen of us. The 'fit' installation used up an emptied store room. Victualled in Snr Rates mess.

In one A boat after ends was a killicks mess so had a camp bed in there, and was chief fresh spud turner... keeping them in best condition for longest time.
In another, I was in fore-ends handling/accom space on camp bed, whilst on other I had a bunk in one of the messes.

Oh yeh and in every instance walked for weeks on a false deck of tinned nosh

I hope the General service sparkers & buntins have been paying attention because questions may be asked
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Old 24-07-2009, 23:03
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"chief fresh spud turner"

It must be noted by ALL of the members of this forum just how multi skilled and talented Gollies are.
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Old 24-07-2009, 23:19
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"chief fresh spud turner"

It must be noted by ALL of the members of this forum just how multi skilled and talented Gollies are.
hey up there Dave, re "chief fresh spud turner" you quickly learnt that preservation of yer aktual tattie was like collecting gold dust... the better they were kept the better the nosh...the deisel donks murdered them with the vibration when snortin ... then it was tinned spuds for the next 8-10weeks no RAS's on these platforms in those circumstances

Re Gollies... first I wasn't one, then I was a killick as one, for a few months, then I wasn't one having gone back to Tel or LRO(S) ... so versatile ain't innnit

Plus we woz basic sparkers as well ... tiffs n mechanicians eat yer hearts out

Still our successors, the CT's have it sorted now would like their pension

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Old 25-07-2009, 08:42
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An old oppo has recently sent me this snap so I thought that I should share it with you. It was taken outside the commcen at Yeovilton in '72. I am the killick sparker in the middle.
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Great picture of the three of you Jan,
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Old 25-07-2009, 16:09
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Thanks Bee. Oh! To be that young and good looking again! Sadly the chap leaning on the broom handle passed away a couple of years back from a heart attack. Proof, if proof were ever needed, that none of us are here for all time.

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Old 25-07-2009, 17:28
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I haven't seen the chap on left since his Mother's funeral.........
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Old 25-07-2009, 18:46
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That is Stan Barlow. I have never seen or heard of him since then.

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Old 25-07-2009, 19:07
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AKA, Richard John Barlow..................my younger brother.

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Most interesting... phew.. what were the chances of that disclosure and all in the space of a few posts!!!

I guess there are a few PM's or e-mails on the go lads.

Sorry to read the news of your mothor though trot

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Old 25-07-2009, 20:10
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another bit of reading & viewing for you:-

http://www.harry-tates.org.uk/veteranstales26.htm

http://www.harry-tates.org.uk/veteranstales26a.htm


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Old 25-07-2009, 20:49
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another set of references to look at for the pre sat comms guys:-

http://www.rnmuseumradarandcommunica.../PAGE%2032.htm

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Most interesting... phew.. what were the chances of that disclosure and all in the space of a few posts!!!

I guess there are a few PM's or e-mails on the go lads.

Sorry to read the news of your mothor though trot

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That picture, I believe, also appeared in the communicator some time in the early seventies.
No secrets here Harry, and thanks, but it was eighteen years ago that me dear old Mum died.
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Old 25-07-2009, 21:57
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That picture, I believe, also appeared in the communicator some time in the early seventies.
No secrets here Harry, and thanks, but it was eighteen years ago that me dear old Mum died.
none-the-less P the loss of one's mum is a big event to all of us, mine went in 1979 59 yeo and I was at a convention in yorkshire.

Had to get plod out to knock up a garage owner to fill up my mate's Anglia plus cans... there was petrol rationing!!!! it took us over 12hrs to do the journey and when we arrived she had 'gone' before we had left!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 25-07-2009, 22:02
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none-the-less P the loss of one's mum is a big event to all of us, mine went in 1979 59 yeo and I was at a convention in yorkshire.

Had to get plod out to knock up a garage owner to fill up my mate's Anglia plus cans... there was petrol rationing!!!! it took us over 12hrs to do the journey and when we arrived she had 'gone' before we had left!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You're right of course, and for reasons not to be explained, I would very much like that she was still around.
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Old 25-07-2009, 22:39
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Fairlead it was if I recollect propah like was referring to TBL etc, I think I have got a link for 'im and for us all... it includes other equipment with which some of us will be aquainted or accustomed....

http://jproc.ca/rrp/sradequ.html

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PS Apologies to anyone who got there from my earlier link of the 'parent/home' site, to t'others I have just shortened your search
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and... should just share this piece of history with the comms dept...

http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Tech-HFDF.htm

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Trot thanks for your revelation. When next you speak to your brother do, please, remember me to him. They were great days and the three of us were a brilliant watch. We worked like Trojans but being young we laughed our way through the hectic times.

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Only had WRENS in my watch during my short time there.......the hot summer of '76. It was hell!
Took the watch on exped(?) to the New Forest for a goodly weekend......now that was fun watching a group of WRENS trying to pitch a tent. Went for a couple of wets, then came back to help.
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Some interesting reading there Little H. It was nice to see the FM12 again. In my early days it sat in the office, tuned to 5 ton (500 kcs), loudspeaker on and one Junior sparker Steer covering the silent periods ---and God help me if I missed one, even if I was away making kai!!

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and... should just share this piece of history with the comms dept...

http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Tech-HFDF.htm

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Ahh, the FH4, now wasn't that a fun toy? It won the "Battle of the Atlantic" doncha know? Well, that was what we were told some years after the event when it was still going strong.
The Bellini Tosi S1516 aerial array. At least we didn't have to polish that way up top on the fore mast.
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Some interesting reading there Little H. It was nice to see the FM12 again. In my early days it sat in the office, tuned to 5 ton (500 kcs), loudspeaker on and one Junior sparker Steer covering the silent periods ---and God help me if I missed one, even if I was away making kai!!

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The FM12 was an important part of the Kai making process.....used it for melting the blocks. Lovely loops though, grab the "Bluebell" boy, don't care that there is a Tai Fung blowing out there...
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Old 26-07-2009, 10:20
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Trot we had a couple of girls in the watch too. My goodness me! Could they work! I remember them coming off the night watch, hands and blouses coloured purple from doing the dist with the Banda machine.
In my latter days in the fleet I used to listen to some of the youngsters moaning about work and often thought to myself that they didn't know what REAL hardwork was! But I guess that is an age thing. I remember being told myself that my generation didn't know anything of hard work!

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