Aulis (school)

Ian
28th April 2004, 17:50
Top left - the wing for residential training. Bottom left - Instruction by a Senior Midshipman. Top right - Classroom study, the subject - Chartwork. Bottom right - The library for quiet study & reference.


Lifeboat Training School at Vittoria Dock, Birkenhead in which all eligible personnel were trained to become certificated Lifeboatmen. Top Right, the Seamanship School at Odyssey Works, Birkenhead, where all pre-sea training and training for EDH and AB certificates was undertaken for both Midshipmen and Deck Ratings. At noon each day at sea the Master, Officers and Senior Midshipman determined the ship's latitude by observation of the sun (No GPS here!)

sylvesterheng
14th September 2005, 07:03
It is a pity Aigburth and the old Aulis is all run down now.
My last visit in July 1998 had all tall grass round the premise
including the field where the girls from IMMarsh used to slug
it out with some of us. Sylvester Heng in Aulis in 1970

andyturner
30th September 2005, 16:42
Sadly,the Entire Aulis Site Was Demolished A Couple Of Years Ago To Make Way For A Small Housing Estate.
I Spent Some Happy Times At Aulis Between Sept 74 And July 78.
Capt T R Beggs Was The Principle At That Time. Does Anybody Know His Current Situation??

R58484956
30th September 2005, 16:44
Welcome to the site Andy, you are now amongst the sea/ship loving fraternity, most left years ago, but our minds are still there.

FLYERS
1st October 2005, 00:00
Andy,

For a short time 'Aulis' was used by Merseyside Police as their training centre when work was being done on Mather Ave.

I spent a while at the Riversdale complex when I studued for my Chief Mates Cert. in 1984.

It was a pleasure to go back there as a member of Merseyside Police.

Cheers,

George.

barrypriddis
23rd November 2005, 07:40
Andy

Terry Beggs became Captain/Headmaster at the Indefatigable School on Anglesey in 1988. He had the foresight to leave there in 1990 when an inexperienced headmaster was appointed, and became the training officer for Coe Metcalf in Liverpool. That inexperienced headmaster subsequently caused the end of Indefatigable. Terry is now retired and living happily in Menai Bridge.
A wonderful man, honest as the day is long, and one whom I still have the greatest respect for.

cheddarnibbles
23rd November 2005, 14:38
I must be getting old !!!!
I remember when 'Riversdale' was two 1930's semi's knocked into one big boarding house for middies,with accommodation for the boss on the side. You had to knock on Mr.Hutson's door and ask if you could 'go ashore'.......and you had to wait if he hadn't finished his tea.!!!!!!!!!

Derek Roger
23rd November 2005, 15:31
I was at Riversdale 63/64. Our class was made up 1/2 Brocks and 1/2 Blu Flu . I have managed to remember most if not all the names of my class mates some of who stayed at Aulis . One of the Aulis teachers was a Capt Rooney ? Terry I think. Between him and a few of us who were Rugby Nuts we got a Riversdale Rugby team started and were quite sucesfull . I have a pic of the first team which I shall try and post next ( I am still trying to figure out my scanner to get reasonable quality ).
Blue Flu eng cadets who stayed at Aulis ; Johnny Willis ( from Inverness ) Yau Se Wah ( Kuala Pela ; near Singapore )Alan Coy ; Rick Foster; Mel Wilson ; Tim Moreby ; Steve Hogg
Other Blue Flu who were from Liverpool and stayed at home were L C Haley Gerry Larkin ; Dave Ireland ( Who lived next door to Paul McCartney and transcribed the music for Love me do !! Dave played in the Liverpool Youth Orchestra and also nights at a club : Blue Angel I think it was called ) Ken Blackburn ( Everton Palace )
Brocklebanks were Derek Roger ; Rickey Guy ; Terry Wynne ( Wigan ) Jim Stephenson ; Bill Gray ( Dumfries ) Martin Clark ( Larne ) Bill Beveridge ( Dundee ) Stan Robinson ; Dave Dowling ; PD Brown ( Culacolts / Sunderland ) Geoff Baker ( Liverpool ); Johnny Collins ( Liverpool ) .
I May have some of the Brocks / Blue Flu mixed up also some stayed at Aulis for 1 st Year and in Digs 2 nd year as I think there was a shortage of accomodation .

Derek

cheddarnibbles
23rd November 2005, 16:32
Derek, Wow !!!! What a memory you have.
The only name ringing a bell is 'The Blue Angel' . That was a tiny dive, but,unlike the Cavern, you could usually get in there once the pubs had closed.
'Appy days !!

mountainmanUK
27th December 2005, 23:19
Hi all!
My first post on here, having only just come across this site whilst searching for a few of my old ships! Great-looking site, already bringing back loads of memories!
I was at Aulis/Riversdale in 72/73, but I'm struggling to remember names from then! Spent a couple of years with BF/ED/GL (OTT) before moving up to Glasgow with Anchor (Runcimans).
Among my ships were (in I think the correct order: MANO (ex-MENELAUS), ASCANIUS, GLENFALLOCH, FULANI, EUCADIA, CALEDONIA, plus a couple of others somewhere in the middle!.
If anyone remembers me, please give me a shout!

Dave Heald

jim barnes
27th December 2005, 23:24
Andy

Terry Beggs became Captain/Headmaster at the Indefatigable School on Anglesey in 1988. He had the foresight to leave there in 1990 when an inexperienced headmaster was appointed, and became the training officer for Coe Metcalf in Liverpool. That inexperienced headmaster subsequently caused the end of Indefatigable. Terry is now retired and living happily in Menai Bridge.
A wonderful man, honest as the day is long, and one whom I still have the greatest respect for.
UNFORGIVEN ? OBA (Night) 126 Hood 1967

Razor
28th December 2005, 00:11
UNFORGIVEN ? OBA (Night) 126 Hood 1967
113 Hood 1966

R58484956
28th December 2005, 12:31
Welcome Dave to the site and enjoy all it has to offer and a happy new year to you.

barrypriddis
30th December 2005, 19:06
I never cease to be amazed at how ex indefatigable boys always introduce themselves by their number and division when meeting/speaking to others regarding the school. It was obviously well drummed in to them!!

sylvesterheng
28th January 2006, 02:52
My Aulis/Riversdale Tech days were with Keith Nix, Jeff Rommelle, Goh Toh Sek, Vijayaplan, Balasingam, Dave Wiseman, Ang Chin Eng, Chan Bian Ann, Wheebarrow (Wahidin), H Singh and few others as I cannot remember their names. Sylvester

sylvesterheng
28th January 2006, 02:54
HI DEREK,
Yau Siew Wah is in Singapore, I shall forward this to him to see if he
wants to reply. Cheers Sylvester

I was at Riversdale 63/64. Our class was made up 1/2 Brocks and 1/2 Blu Flu . I have managed to remember most if not all the names of my class mates some of who stayed at Aulis . One of the Aulis teachers was a Capt Rooney ? Terry I think. Between him and a few of us who were Rugby Nuts we got a Riversdale Rugby team started and were quite sucesfull . I have a pic of the first team which I shall try and post next ( I am still trying to figure out my scanner to get reasonable quality ).
Blue Flu eng cadets who stayed at Aulis ; Johnny Willis ( from Inverness ) Yau Se Wah ( Kuala Pela ; near Singapore )Alan Coy ; Rick Foster; Mel Wilson ; Tim Moreby ; Steve Hogg
Other Blue Flu who were from Liverpool and stayed at home were L C Haley Gerry Larkin ; Dave Ireland ( Who lived next door to Paul McCartney and transcribed the music for Love me do !! Dave played in the Liverpool Youth Orchestra and also nights at a club : Blue Angel I think it was called ) Ken Blackburn ( Everton Palace )
Brocklebanks were Derek Roger ; Rickey Guy ; Terry Wynne ( Wigan ) Jim Stephenson ; Bill Gray ( Dumfries ) Martin Clark ( Larne ) Bill Beveridge ( Dundee ) Stan Robinson ; Dave Dowling ; PD Brown ( Culacolts / Sunderland ) Geoff Baker ( Liverpool ); Johnny Collins ( Liverpool ) .
I May have some of the Brocks / Blue Flu mixed up also some stayed at Aulis for 1 st Year and in Digs 2 nd year as I think there was a shortage of accomodation .

Derek

selwyn thomas
22nd March 2007, 16:21
good day, i attended aulis between 1975-1980. would like to hear from anyone similar. roy pearce....if you read this....i have moved and have lost your address.... thanks,

Derek Roger
22nd March 2007, 17:46
HI DEREK,
Yau Siew Wah is in Singapore, I shall forward this to him to see if he
wants to reply. Cheers Sylvester

Did you ever get in touch with "Wag " ??? I still have to did out the photo of our Rugby team . Wag was either front or 2nd row . We went to London to play the BBC team before going to Twickers to see England play France in the sfternoon . Have a pic of Wag ;Bill Beveridge Geoff Baker and myself taken somewhere around Soho .
Derek

Sow-Sow-La
28th March 2007, 16:18
Here's some more pics of Aulis.

wagyau
15th June 2007, 00:38
HI DEREK,
Yau Siew Wah is in Singapore, I shall forward this to him to see if he
wants to reply. Cheers Sylvester

Hi Derek/Sylvester
I just saw part of message on google search and decided to join this forum in the hope of saying hello to ex Blue Flu and Old Worcesters.......

I went ashore in 1972 to work for Keppel Shipyard in Singapore, met many Bluiees when several AH ships drydocked in the yard.

Even Sylvester(Singapore) had not seen me since May 2002 when I was forced into retirement for medical reasons. Presently in Seattle, US visiting my 2 children and 2 grand children with my wife. Hope to hear from old friends on this forum.
Cheers, Wag

Hague
15th June 2007, 17:36
Well, wagyau you are in for a pleasant surprise as we have a regular 'Old Worcester' who visit us named Geoff. A real 'fan' of anything 'Blue Funnel'.

wagyau
15th June 2007, 18:28
Hi Hague.......this OW Geoff White? Haven't seen him for years.

Hague
15th June 2007, 22:12
Hi wagyau.... the OW is Geoff Garrett (ex BP).

Derek Roger
16th June 2007, 02:15
Did you ever get in touch with "Wag " ??? I still have to did out the photo of our Rugby team . Wag was either front or 2nd row . We went to London to play the BBC team before going to Twickers to see England play France in the sfternoon . Have a pic of Wag ;Bill Beveridge Geoff Baker and myself taken somewhere around Soho .



Derek



Would love to make contact with "Wag " again . Derek

selwyn thomas
10th July 2007, 22:52
Good evening all,
Just thought about all the nights we used to spend in the 'Cabin' Club with the capped brian on the door. I have been told that he is still there !!
Bloody good days indeed. Not like our current dictatorship state eh!!

Ian Stanley
22nd July 2007, 10:36
Hello to all,
I have just joined the site after researching some of my former vessles.
I was at Aulis from '68 to '70 as a cadet engineer. Stayed with the company until '74. Couple of years with Denholm Ship Management before emigrating to Austraia. 7 years on BHP ships before taking shore job in a Power Station.
Still here in Australia after 32 years.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who served their Cadetship with me or sailed with me.
I have fond memories of my times with BF, ED & GL, also Liverpool and Birkenhead were interesting places in those days.

Ian

Peter Martin
18th September 2007, 07:44
Hmm. October 1968 I was, with 4 other new midshipman, in the top room. We didn't have any electricity in the room but I discovered that a small 'fire-door' led into Mr Hutson's attic. Plugged in the gramophone but was caught out by Mrs H and mildly rebiked for, 'dishonestly obtaining a quantity of electricity'.

selwyn thomas
26th April 2009, 21:30
I also remember a story where someone came back late at night climbed up the drain pipes and entered a top window only to fall through a ceiling and end up in bed with Captain Hutson..bless him had a large night cap on.......(Cloud)

Derek Roger
26th April 2009, 21:45
Hi Hague.......this OW Geoff White? Haven't seen him for years.

Hi Wag ; Have you settled down in Seattle yet ? I was over to Vancouver ( Abbortsford earlier this year ). Not too far away . Keep in touch ! we will meet again .
Derek

Steve Hogg
22nd September 2014, 17:31
Just read derek rogers account of his time in liverpool 1962 onwards great memory derek,we were in digs together in woodlands road aigburth with tim moreby bill beveridge and bill grey,mostly remember how bad the food was and wishing the andy stewart music would go away.Tim moreby I think lives in or around the stirling area so not so far from you if you are still in Dundee.

Derek Roger
28th September 2014, 18:14
Just read derek rogers account of his time in liverpool 1962 onwards great memory derek,we were in digs together in woodlands road aigburth with tim moreby bill beveridge and bill grey,mostly remember how bad the food was and wishing the andy stewart music would go away.Tim moreby I think lives in or around the stirling area so not so far from you if you are still in Dundee.

Hi Steve ; No I am in Canada now retired . |After I left Brocks 1976 came to Canada and been in shipbuilding until I retired . et Gerry Larkin when he was in Saint John New Brunswick when we fixed his ship !
Had a PM from Dave Dowling a while ago but lost contact .
Nice to here from you ;hope you keep well . Derek
Ma Minchells food was not that good but did sustain us .

Farmer John
28th September 2014, 21:37
I was reminded by the floor plan for Aulis, when I was there 1965/6 (went to see Dylan in the town with a mate who had a Lee Enfield Crusader Sports, second name Toombs, always called Sebastian after the Saint (?), the long corridor on the top floor was where we used to open the door and fling a Powerball (hard, high bounce rate) down the corridor as hard as we could, then shut the door and listen to it rattle up and down the corridor. A simple pleasure. That must have been when I was doing MAR (Mid apprenticeship release). I must have been there earlier as well, when I joined the company. I never got to Aberdovey (I really wanted to go), as they shipped me out fairly quickly. I can't imagine my very low skills was wanted for anything useful. I remember being interviewed, at the end Hutson, (I think), said "I can't say anything about your success with your application, but here is a set of Company buttons".