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Lamps & Bosun m.v. STENTOR ,1947
Lamps & Bosun m.v. STENTOR ,1947

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Hugh Ferguson



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These two "hard cases" from a bye-gone era are the Lamp Trimmer and Bosun aboard the Blue Funnel, m.v. STENTOR in Jan.1947. The Bosun's name, I believe, was Jock Maine.
The ship was on her maiden voyage and was homeward to Liverpool from Kure.
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Emmanuel Makarios

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Fri, 5 January 07 15:34

A great people shot - a couple of "hard case" seamen !

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Bill Davies

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Tue, 16 October 07 08:33

Hugh,

I remember the name. Somewhat of a legend as all the BF Bosuns were.
The Lampy could be Billy Kermode.

Emmanuel,

I would prefer to say 'seamen par excellence'

Bill
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Hugh Ferguson

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Tue, 16 October 07 14:25

I wonder. I just wish I could remember. I'm pretty certain the bosun was Jock Main. Captain was Sturrock; C/O Wood; 2/O Arnold; 3/O Julian Holt; 4/O Noel Joyce. Middies, Me;Stubbins (brother in Chilean Reefer at time of attack by Scharnhorst); Elsom and Tao Chi Yuen.
She was my first motor-ship after most of my apprentice time in coal-burners!
Bliss!
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PollY Anna
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Tue, 16 October 07 14:59

Hi Guys
Looks like they were not frightened of a little work.
Would not do today with Health and Safety those safety hats would not be tolerated.

Regards Ron
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Bill Davies

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Tue, 16 October 07 16:16

Ron & Hugh,
This photograph brings back many memories in 'the China Boats'. A very typical Bosun and Lampy scene.
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Hugh Ferguson

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Tue, 16 October 07 18:06

The war was over and so was watch-keeping. From then on we were day-workers but, if I remember rightly, not with the "crowd", as it was in other ships.
In that ship-m.v.STENTOR-we got a shout from the stand-bye man at 0530 and because our quarters were just across the alleyway from the galley the aroma of freshly baked bread was irresistible. So, we took it in turns to start the day with huge door-steps of bread and jam:unforgettable!
Why didn't we get fat in those days, god knows, we ate anything and everything!
Yes, they were great guys. Jock often used to come into our half-deck of an evening, but I'm not sure we believed everything he told us. Although he,and most of the others, had gone right through the war I don't have any recollection of him ever making any mention of it.
I've got some other photographs taken in that ship: I'll dig them out and post them in the gallery.
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Hugh Ferguson

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Tue, 14 September 10 07:12

I do so love this photo, it seems to capture the very nature and personalities of those two guys1
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Hugh Ferguson

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Mon, 31 March 14 13:46

I feel fairly certain that the figure on the right was Jock Main: previously Bosun of the AJAX.
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