Hello, from ex Riversdale Tech, R.F.A.Engineer Cadet

19th January 2013, 16:07
Hi ,
Just joined the site , found some interesting threads already . .
I was an Engineer Cadet with the R.F.A. Went to Riversdale Tech. in Liverpool '71-73 then back for phase 3 in September 74-July 75 .

Like others I spent the first year as a 16yr old in Kinsman House, second year at home as my family lived around the corner ! Phase 3 shared a house off Smithdown Road, near the Brook House pub . Some people have talked about the Kingsman pub and the Aigburth Arms (down near Aigburth Vale). . .we used these but also had a lengthy period of time frequenting 'The Dealers Arms' in Garston, which was a bit rough but very welcoming !

Lots of great memories, from the college days including the football team , frequent trips to Lawson Park in the Lakes for climbing, walking and local hostelries . Saturday night in the 'Salutation' in Ambleside if we could get one of the tutors to take out the minibus , otherwise a long walk through the forest down into Coniston.

Yes, sad that the college is now a housing estate, 2003 I think it went. My father taught on the Marine Engineering side, from about '63 to 83 when he retired . ( Bernie Rodgers ) It was he who persuaded me to switch from the Deck Cadet side to Engineering a month before the college terms started . It wasn't a great move for me ( with hindsight etc , I stuggled with claustrophobia and the E.R environment not good for me !)

Trips away as a Cadet were on the MV 'Retainer' (ex China Nav S/S Co. 'Chungking' and then a long and memorable trip on MV'Derwentdale' ( on charter from Court Line ex 'Halcyon Breeze ')That was the trip when there was a boiler fire when alongside in Singapore which resulted in a very long stopover and refit, though the cadets were flown home after 6 weeks for the re-start of college (phase 3)

Post Phase 3 i completed some short trips on Tideflow, Regent, Sir Geraint and finally Green Rover .

I was pretty unsettled at the time and left the R.F.A and joined T&J Harrisons and did a couple of UK/West Indies trips in '77 on the MV 'Statesman'.

Left the sea after that , and have missed it on many an occasion , but was in the wrong branch .

19th January 2013, 16:34

On behalf of the SN Moderators, thanks for your introduction and a warm welcome aboard from the Isle of Anglesey.
You will thoroughly enjoy your time on SN and get many happy hours entertainment from your membership. (Thumb)

19th January 2013, 21:17
Welcome aboard John, I'm sure you will spend (not waste !) many a happy hour here on SN with other like minded souls.
Andy (the other one)

19th January 2013, 21:31
Also on behalf of the 'SN Moderating Team', welcome aboard John.

20th January 2013, 09:27
John - I was at Aulis in Riversdale various times between 70 and 73 and remember well the Dealers Arms. It was where I met my first wife. I think the landlord was an ex Blue Funnel bosun and Xmas 72 he let us cadets use the back room at the pub for a party and we invited some young ladies from IM Marsh and Calderstones College. I picked the one who had a car and the rest as they say was history.

20th January 2013, 10:01
Thanks Bill,
The landlord was definately ex-seagoing, He was called Wally and blonde-haired wife was Sheena .And they had a buxom wench of a daughter ! They seemed to like our crowd going in there, mind you we must have spent a lot across the bar . I had my 18th in there and I remember Wally pulling my leg as we'd been going in for 18months by then !
Yes, I.M Marsh and Calderstones . I had a couple of girlfriends in both camps ( not at the same time, of course !) A number of my cadet group in Phase 3 married their Calderstone's girls !

King Ratt
20th January 2013, 10:09
Hello Johnboy55. You will enjoy this site. Lots of RFA past and present on here.


Rab T

20th January 2013, 10:50
Greetings John and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.