I was thinking about this today because Linda is on vacation in San Francisco and it is “Fleet Days” there, the place is crawling with sailors. As I know all about being a charming sailor I was a wee bit concerned she might find a younger model!!!! I mean old age is not a disadvantage, look at me in the photo in my seventies with a beautiful woman on each arm. We sailors are quite irresistible,handsome,charming,dashing and great lovers!!!!! So I’m sure you can see why I would have concern for Linda, but fingers crossed she’ll be home on Wednesday.
Stamped on my brain is my Official Number and an anchor where my heart is.
Numbers will never be the same again:
Uniforms: Number 1s 2s 3s 8s 10s 10As
Punishments: Number 9s, 14s
Even as times change, and young matelots take over from old seadogs, some things will never change.
The old days were always harder.
The recruits always looked younger.
Official Numbers were always smaller.
The waves were always bigger.
The girls were as good looking in Pompey (Portsmouth) as they were in Guzz (Devonport).
Your last ship was always the best.
If I 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 look back and realise it was not just a job, it was a way of life. A life where shipmates were a family never to be forgotten.
I was part of the Royal Navy and the Royal Navy will always be part of me.
Just joking about Linda!!! how could she ever find a more charming old sailor than me?????
God Bless and keep reading