RASC Water Transport(Pongos)

Gordon 36
17th May 2010, 17:03
I am now nearly 74. I December 56 I started National Service at
Blenheim Barracks, Aldershot. From there to 3Training Battalion
at Elles Barracks Farnborough, for a REME marine engineering course
at the aircraft establishment. Seemingly the army had a need for boat crews
due to the threat from Russia. We then went to Fort Victoria for
more boat training under a Lt. Stibberts RN.
I did a trip to Cherbourg and Guernsey on the LCT 4061 about the summer of 1959.
I was then posted to Ayr. The 576 Fast Launch Coy Scottish Beach Brigade.
We were attached as PSI's to the TA.
We had Dickens's class GSL's Benjamin Allen, Barnaby Rudge and the Rose Maglie.
We also had 2 River Class Launches. I cannot remember the names.
I think the one was the Hamble.
I had a good 2 years, regret none of it. Maybe should have signed on.
Demobbed in December 59. National Service was finishing up.
I enjoyed your pictures. Particularly the run to St Kilda from Helensburgh.
Brought back pleasant memories...Gordon Moir Glenrothes Fife Ex- Glasgow.

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17th May 2010, 17:26
Gordon 36,

Welcome on behalf of the SN moderating team. Please look around the site and enjoy all it has to offer.
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bert thompson
17th May 2010, 19:15
Welcome Gordon. Sure you will enjoy all that this great site offers
Best wishes

17th May 2010, 21:05

A warm welcome aboard from the Isle of Anglesey, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the SN experience!
You will certainly spark many happy memories when you have a chance to explore our threads and, who knows, you may even re-establish contact with old shipmates.
Good luck! (Thumb)

17th May 2010, 23:24
A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great site has to offer

18th May 2010, 16:41
Greetings Gordon and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

18th May 2010, 17:33
left the MN in 1956 called for national service asked what i would like to do said watertransport said i or a driver ended up as a clerk and they saw my discharge book welcome to the site regards graham

18th May 2010, 19:13
Hello Gordon and welcome to the site; I once worked with an ex member of the RASC Water Transport, we were colleagues in HM Coastguard, this was 1973/75, his name was Derek Norman Watt, a WO1 I believe, we were next door neighbours at Dungeness station. I often wonder what became of him, I lost contact many years ago.