MY OLD SHIPMATE

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Deck Boys

By Tony Baitup

Jacky Driver and I were deck boys on the SS Brighton for the Spithead Revue 1953. I got into a spot of bother when entering the lines and was ordered by the Chief Officer Mr English, to lower the Ensign on entering and raising when leaving lines.
Not me, I got carried away, as one of the seamen, Doug Holland, told me I had to raise the ensign in acknowlegemnt of each naval vessel, and the ensign was up and down like a fiddler's elbow!
Mr English bawled me out and had me on the bridge for the remainder.

This page was added by Tony Baitup on 28/06/2010.
Comments about this page

Yep, that sounds like grandad alright! I have a old photo of Doug on the bridge of the Senlac somewhere. I will dig it out & post it on this page if you like?

 

Yes please Nigel.   John -- Editor

By Nigel Holland
On 25/11/2011

I was a deck boy on the Falaise in 64/65. Tony Baitup was a steward, as was Jackie Driver at that time - we were all on the same crew. 

By Jim Harriott
On 23/04/2012

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