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My First day in the Royal Navy – March 15th 1955

Kippers for Breakfast  Wednesday, the fifteenth of March 1955. I was on board the Belfast to Liverpool steamer, one of six new Royal Navy recruits en-route to HMS Ganges. Crossing the Irish Sea from Belfast had been unusually calm. Perhaps … Continue reading

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HMS Ganges the final Chapter.

The Ganges Association tried for many years if not to save the Base to at least save the 143 foot mast that every boy who past through main gates of HMS Ganges of had to climb. However as the mast deteriorated the … Continue reading

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Christmas 1955. The Sailor Home from the Sea!

Christmas of 1955 was my first ever Christmas leave from the Navy. However to say I was a sailor home from the sea might have been stretch if not and out and out fib. Yet it was based in some … Continue reading

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Christmas 1954. Royal Navy Bound.

It was a time of excitement but not because it was Christmas, I was awaiting word from the Royal Navy to hear if I had been accepted. I hoped to get word early in the new year of 1954.   … Continue reading

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Harsh Treatment at HMS Ganges My Theme for Remembrance

This is a brief account of the trials and suffering of a young shipmate who joined the Navy in Belfast with me on 14th March 1955.  If you look at the photo he is at the front second on the … Continue reading

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Into November.

Well we survived another HALLO’WEEN night with a minimal of destruction. It was quiet around Abram Village, just heard a few fireworks going off, but no ghosts or gobblins came to our door trick or treating! The only problem with … Continue reading

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Remember those who went down to the sea in ships

I just came across this interesting naval version of the poem “In Flanders Fields” it is certainly worth sharing as we near the special day of Remembrance. IN WATERS DEEP In ocean wastes no poppies blow, No crosses stand in … Continue reading

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Hospitalized At HMS Ganges

As a young 15 year old at Ganges many a boy tried to find ways to dodge and skive. One notorious way was at sick call. This was when boys attempted a variety of methods to win a few days … Continue reading

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Sixty Years Ago this Month (HMS Ganges)

Sixty years ago on the 15th March 1955, I entered the gates of HMS Ganges, a boys Royal Naval Training establishment located in the village of Shotely England. A harsher place I have never known and yet they provided the … Continue reading

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Remembering Old Shipmates in 2014

  Thinking of all my old shipmates at this special time of year. I will tip a glass of Irish to you. Christmas Day. How many Christmas days did we spend away from families and loved ones  whilst in the … Continue reading

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