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Old 9th October 2006, 01:55
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Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve
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Old 9th October 2006, 20:30
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Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve

I taught at the College from1981 until it closed effectively around 1985/86. The signals guy was Nobby Clark, others teaching at that time were Jim Hawkins, Dave Martin, Geoff Hunter, Maurice Labistour, Bill LIttlewood, Frank Barratt to name a few. You I think I remember for disgracing yourself out of the 6th floor chartroom window one Saturday morning whilst I was trying to instill some knowledge into you.
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If you go to 'Members Notice Board' Page 15 there is some mention of 'Nobby Clark' there
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Old 10th October 2006, 12:46
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You must be Mr Chadwick I remember u well. Didnt you actually go on to Boston offshore coasting, where I was mate at the time just before they went bust. Yes them Saturday mornings must have been hard work for you Cheers Steve
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Old 25th October 2006, 12:33
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I did a pre sea course at Hull Nautical College which was run by Capt Littlewood. I also recall Nobby CLARKE who taught us for signals and was certainly a character. He had been around a long time as he had taught my father signals some 30 years previous. I was trying to recall the name of the instructor who taught boatwork on the Alex dock site I think it was something like Precious. He also took us for swimming at the Beverley Road baths. Ah happy days.
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Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve
I was there in 1973. Nobby was teaching signals then. He also taught at Trinity House. He reckoned he was still officially employed by the Admiralty. Mr Meekin was another lecturer along with DR Derret (author of the ships stability books) He retired to run a fish and chip shop in Leven village near Beverley along with his brother Les, a former United Towing tug skipper.
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Old 30th October 2006, 21:21
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Mee It was indeed Capt Bill Precious who taught you. He was like the house master at The Halls of Residence when I was there and initially round the corner on Cottingham Road at a place I think was called Newland House or something like that. Cheers Steve
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Old 28th November 2006, 23:15
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Newland House or something like that
Would that be 266 Cottingham road... Just opposite Chenterlands Ave?
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Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve
I was at Hull 1976 (Mates) & 1981 (Masters). Passed both 1st time, more due to the college than me, I think. Well remember Joe Meakin who taught us stability. I came across him later when I took a semi-sub stability course at Aberdeen College in the mid '80's. Hadn't changed a bit, still the same pedantic (but really effective) lecturing style and still the same haircut!

On the same topic, I had Capt. Disston? for Master's orals. He was the local bete noire (every exam centre seemed to have one). For whatever reason I got on fine with him. I remember not being asked anything about the magnetic compass, just as well because I was clueless, and not being believed when I got back to college!

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Cadet, I dont know the no we were usually in The Gardeners Arms which was almost opposite....Happy Days Cheers Steve
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Old 2nd December 2006, 21:32
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I was only a sprog then but remember them all. Were you one of the U.T guys that we all thought were crackers.. Cheers Steve
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Cadet, I dont know the no we were usually in The Gardeners Arms which was almost opposite....Happy Days Cheers Steve
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That must have been Newland Homes. The College used a couple of houses there. As has been said Capt Bill Precious was looking after it.

In the late 70's Hull Nautical College became part of the bigger Hull College of Higher Education and they tended to use other student accommodation instead of Newland Homes.
A big bonus as you mixed with the teaching students of the old Endsleigh college.
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I remember having Captain Diston for orals. If my memory isn't failing he would sit with his pipe in his mouth with a severe look on his face but a very fair examiner. There was also Captains McQueen and Schultz in the foreboding Posterngate examination rooms!!!!!
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I was only a sprog then but remember them all. Were you one of the U.T guys that we all thought were crackers.. Cheers Steve
And why did you think the UT guys were all crackers, is there a good story that we can strenuously deny having any part in?
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And why did you think the UT guys were all crackers, is there a good story that we can strenuously deny having any part in?
Come on Roddy, they were all crackers as well you know. As for Capt Diston he told me that himself and Capt. Schultz actually started their careers as galley boys on trawlers and ended up with extra masters, not a bad achievement eh? I like the story of when he asked a lad up for second mates to look out the window and tell him what colour the leaves were on a particular tree, when the boy replied green he was told in no uncertain terms to come back when they were brown.
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Anlaby Road 1973ish

Hi,
Anyone remember their mugs from this photo taken near the end of the 2nd Mates ticket course in 1973, I think?
I'm in the white pullover but can't remember any one else's name, though I recall the guy at back second left was of German origin.
We had the luxury of a terraced house on Anlaby Road, quite a step up from the Newland's Homes digs on our first visit to the college in '71 when Dick Snape was a fellow student.
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Old 29th March 2010, 10:49
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i was at Hull Nautical College,1972 at Boulavard,doing Mates home trade,i remember Nobby Clarke,doing the flags and morse,did extra on Sat mornings with the fishermen,then on piss to Rainers,had a flat just across the road,complete with many mice,Capt Disston took me for the exam,had to run back from the exam room to swat up on errors of the sextant during lunch time,passed
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Old 29th March 2010, 19:02
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Very fond memories of Hull Nautical college! Did 2nd Mates (68) and Mates (70) at the Boulevard. Always remember us all studying very quietly in Boulevard when one of the fishing lads passing by outside started singing at the top of his voice " I'll be up your flu in a minute or two etc. etc....." Silence and study shattered. Brilliant!
Did Masters (74) at the new place, remember Joe Meekin. He was a great guy, managed to bang enough stability into me to get my ticket first time. A positive chap who always greeted the class with, " Good morning future Masters!"
Captain Diston very well remembered. dipped me for Mates first time - not surprising, I thought I knew it all having been 3/0 - he showed me I didn't! For Masters I had Capt Rial, passed OK and no compass! Cannot have done me any harm - I eventually became a BoT Examiner myself!!!
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Old 30th March 2010, 00:39
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2nd Mates Boulevarde 1971

Mates Hull NC George St. 1973
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Old 30th March 2010, 11:15
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I too remember Nobby Clark for signals. If you paid him half a crown he would give you extra tuition. At the last tutorial before you went up, very coincidentally I am sure, the message you had to receive was always very like the one in the exam. I can still recall his strange semaphore flag antics so that you could remember some of the letters. And wasn't a "5" just a series of as many dots as he could manage?

In '68 for 2nd Mates Orals I had Capt Fellingham at Posterngate - went in to see him full of trepidation as he had a reputation for giving out seatime - they apparently did not call him "Failing'em" Fellingham for nothing. He failed the first three before me but I passed, which was a relief.

One of the greates moments of my life was going to Burton's Buildings and finding out I had passed 2nd Mates. I knew the feeling of being on cloud 9 - I floated across the Square passed Q Victoria to phone my Mum! My passing was as much a triumph for her as for me, given the family trauma at the time. Then went to the Merch.(Merchant Navy Hotel) and sank a great deal of Guinness!!
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Nobby Clark was an absolute star and the trawlermen were brilliant, they were always up for a laugh and never took it all too serious. Only the fishermen could wind Nobby up.
I remember when he used to take extra signal lessons on a Saturday morning for all who wished to attend. He got one of the trawlerman up to the front of the class to send a message on his prized self made morse tapper with flashing light. The guy was banging away so hard at about two words per minute we all thought he was going to smash the thing to pieces. After a couple of minutes Nobby cour bear it no longer and shouted "stop, Stop"
The guy had us all in stitches when he indignantly looked up and replied deadly serious "What's up Nobby, am I going too fast for you?"
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We have had a reunion of our Second Mates (HNC 1976) course for the passed few years.
We meet up at the old college steps at noon on the Saturday and repair to the Old White Harte for 'liquid' lunch and 'swing the lantern'.
A few of the old lecturers turn up. (last year we had Jim Hawkins, Dave Martin, Frank Barrett, George West and Alan Hodgson)
This years gathering is on 25/26 September.
Course members who attend include Messers Vitty,Gudgeon,Bryce,Brown,Hardy,Brittain, Clegg,Simpson, Marsh,Smuff et al.

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was at Hull early in 1977 with the likes of Bill Bailey, Dick Gaukrodger, Joe Wilson, Paul Harraway to name but a few. Have several photos and also very fond memoriess of a young lady called Jennifer Raddings from Pontefract. Ring any bells anyone??

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Old 7th October 2010, 12:36
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was at Hull early in 1977 with the likes of Bill Bailey, Dick Gaukrodger, Joe Wilson, Paul Harraway to name but a few. Have several photos and also very fond memoriess of a young lady called Jennifer Raddings from Pontefract. Ring any bells anyone??
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Joe Wilson is a pilot on the Tees. Paul and Dick are at Humber VTS, Glen Harman is pretty high up at Conoco Phillips on the Humber and Les Harrison is a prison wagon driver with Group 4 and Jennifer will not be a young lady any more!

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Joe Wilson is a pilot on the Tees. Paul and Dick are at Humber VTS, Glen Harman is pretty high up at Conoco Phillips on the Humber and Les Harrison is a prison wagon driver with Group 4 and Jennifer will not be a young lady any more!

Mike Bartle
Thanks for that Mike. I knew I knew your name but am sure we weren't on same course but I am 99%+ that I was your relief on the Joule 14.2.75 in Cristobal. If I remember rightly the ship was a week late so I had a week in Panama at the companies expense. 1st time I had ever flown anywhere and I was on my own. Happy days.
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