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Detail of the left hand side of the bookcase

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Think I might put some more detail to this photo .... Art ... well if you look at the little wooden object at the foot of the BP Tanker mug and to the right of the Armilliary Circle you will see perhaps that it is an 'Owl' .... it consists of two bits of wood carved and burnt with a hot wire. This was made for me by a German PoW in 1944 - 45. He was dcetailed to help in the Kitchen Gardens of Henlow Grange where my mother was Cook and Housekeeper after we had been bombed out of our bungalow in Surrey by a V1. Very precious, to me anyway love to know what happened to him and his mate.

On the right of that shelf is a longer bit of wood with a couple of bolts sticking up and a leather strop attached....it too has been illustrated with a hot wire. This is a 'Twin Screw Bottle opener' and I know that a fair number of seafarers down in this neck of the woods will also own one of this specific manufacture. They were made by a well known AB who also was famed for doing large scale paintings on the ships side in the focstle head of ships he sailed on ...the bottle openers came with a fantastic 'Certificate of authenticity' smothered in just about every 'Chop' obtainable and each unit was numbered .... not that there was any sequence just any old impressive number that entered his head at the carving time.....a wonderfull example of Seafarers ways of passing time. Wish I had taken a photo of the painting inside Amokura's focstle head.

The lovely brass parrallel ruler was souvenired from British Fame as she went to scrap along with the chart dividers which are also there.

The belt was mine aboard my pre sea training ship HMS Worcester way back in 1959 ... some one has definitely fiddled with it as it does not fit me today.

Harking back to those days is a couple of souvenirs made from Teak of the hulk of the second Worcester which lay at Grays for many a year.

A wee bowl I recently bought on Trademe .. from Skou line ... there was a lovely new Skou boat 'Hette Skou' (?) on Bells wharf in about 1957- 58 ..it was a beaut and has always stuck in my mind.

An ash tray and butter knife from P&O's Iberia ... a second term visit while I was on Worcester ... everyone else souvenired all sorts of items but I was a nice lad, that was 55 years ago!!! ... so I bought mine on ... yup, Trademe last month ...

The engineers amongst us will also spot a boiler sight glass ... I just think its a nice bit of kit, so its there.
 

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Very strange Barnsey I can still get my Worcester belt on!
It still has 6 notches cut in for the beatings after caught smoking!
I also have the little barrel from the second Worcester. My father was on that one too!
 

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Aha Brian!!! I think you are telling Porkies ..... I know I was but a little 'S...t' with ample room to grow .... and have done but ....for you to still fit that belt ...oh come on ....pull the other leg ....especially with thaty 'Oggie' shop across the road from you !!

Yopu will notice that it is in fact TWO barrels a big one and a small one with a bakelite tray in between .... have not seen one before ... and apart from that I see you had the great misfortune to join Clan Line ....I dodged the mistake of joining Silver Line after Steele refused to let me go any further with that brainwave ...thank goodness .....
 

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[COLOR="Blue"]Treasured memories David, especially the owl, and a nice display too.
Not overburdened either.
Aside from your Naval history books, I see the ever present 'Superships' by Neil Mostert'.
Although the book doesn't provide a great narrative of what it was like to work on board a VLCC (He was a passenger after all, so he can be forgiven ) but it remains a very good effort about life on a long haul 'twixt the Gulf and Europe.
Regards, Rick [/COLOR]
 

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Morning Rick ... agreed about the Noel Mostert volume ...a great and informative read.

They are multiplying fast these days and I have struck a new thread ... Life aboard .... 4 books two from the Officers side and two from the deck side .... excellent fun. bought another one on Trademe last night ... 'Wet Behind The Ears, a Merchant Navy story'
 

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Not a Porky at all!
I wore it to the OW reunion a couple of years ago although the belt was too wide to fit in my belt loops. I admit it was opened as far as possible! Ask Peter Furneaux!
You are just jealous of my superbly fit body!
 

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Now look 'ere peasant .... my belt would need to be at least twice as long as it is now to even look at joining ... so how come you reckon you can get yours connected ... string in the middle I wouldn't mind betting ... as for believing Peter Furneaux ... you MUST be joking ....he can be bribed!!
 

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