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Promotion Time 2

My second book covered the eleven years I served in the Royal Navy. Starting on 15th March 1955 when I entered through the gates of HMS Ganges, the Royal Navy’s Boy Seamen training establishment located in the village of Shotley, … Continue reading

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HMS Cockade The Last Reunion.

An old shipmate sent me an email relating the Last Cockade reunion that took place in England on the weekend of Sept 25th-27th. How sad the emotional feelings that swept over me, such wonderful memories and such nostalgia. I could … Continue reading

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HMS Cockade & Ships Monkey

Strange how thoughts enter ones head, I recently received an email about my old ship Cockade. It got me thinking about the story of our ships monkey. In the Far East smuggling such animals as monkeys and dogs and sometimes … Continue reading

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Tattoo’s A Wiser Decision of my Youth

In 1956 I joined HMS Cockade stationed in the Far East, I was just seventeen years old and a very new sailor. It was a natural progression in the Navy to torment and tease the new young sailors. My career … Continue reading

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Join The Navy & See the World

Many years ago I recall standing outside the Royal Navy Recruiting office at Donegal Place in Belfast. In the window was a tattered poster of a happy smiling sailor sitting on a camel with a pyramid in the background. The … Continue reading

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Fascinating Hong Kong

Between 1956-58 I spent a lot of time on the tiny island of Hong Kong. Its part of China today but back then it could have been considered the last outpost of a fading British Empire. But what an outpost. … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

This morning I had Linda help me upload a copy of my book to a site on the internet “The Royal Navy & Me”. While looking over the fourteen chapters it took me back in time. I guess that is … Continue reading

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Hong Kong

Of all the places I visited during my Naval career Hong Kong stands out as the most fascinating. The photo in my last post (Hard Working Sailor) you can see the Hong Kong skyline in the background, what was known … Continue reading

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