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m.v. Ajax arriving Malta in 1942.

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Hugh Ferguson



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This photograph relates to my posting on the Scariest Place in a Ship, a mention of the barrel which was lashed high on the fore-masts of most Blue Funnel Line ships during the war. It was the middies' duty to man the barrel at sun-down and sun-up times, when the ship was proceeding independently (i.e. not in convoy), in order to gain the best vantage point in which to spot a U.Boat which may have been stalking the ship.
· Date: Sun, 11 March 07 · Views: 473
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Hugh Ferguson

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Sun, 11 March 07 11:25

Owing to having to reduce the size of the picture it is only just possible to see it in this image. It is above the crow's nest but under the signal yard, and you would be well advised to keep your weight down to 11 stone: bigger than this you might have got in but you might not have been able to get out at the end of your watch!
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Tue, 6 November 07 09:50

There is a barrel joke here, but I won't use it.
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demodocus22

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Wed, 14 January 09 01:13

hi hugh, my uncle sailed on the malta convoys, he was a AB his name is in the church there, william " billy " woods, from bootle, his brother was jimmy woods, they where not allowed to sail together during the war, i later sailed with blue flue,
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