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Dinner time pint. 1970's style

Dinner time pint. 1970's style

Just read the post on drinking at sea these days, It did have good and bad points, but I am glad I was around back in those heady and footloose days to enjoy it.
Just knocked off from working aloft and now enjoying a dinner time pint in the crew bar before scran on a Sugar boat (back in those days

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Hello Yuge,
In my time crew bars were only on passenger ships - I did not sail in any.
Most tramps were dry ships but on some we could buy six cans of beer on Saturday.
The procedure on tankers was to go amidships on Saturday and the Chief Officer would
issue a tot of rum to each man.
Then to the Chief Steward and buy six cans of beer.
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Stan
 

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I can rember getting six cans of beer but you had to take the empties back before you got your next 6 to stop you stockpiling.
 

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Hi John it was, lol, didn't say I was going back up, had been painting the ladder fleet from a bosuns chair on the no 4 hatch Sampson post and had about ten feet left to do, so nothing dramatic to completing the job, most of which was finished from the deck.
Hi Stan only ships I got free tots on were Trinder Anderson's, (The Hungry Goose) think it used to be a Friday evenings we rating's would form a queue outside the Bond armed with cups and the Chief Steward would be stood there with a bottle of Rum in one hand and a bottle of whiskey in the other, and he gave a good sized wallop of what you wanted in your cup and Christmas and New Year he doubled it. Not sure where the tradition started? I was never really into spirits at that time and usually gave it to any of the lads that preferred it to beer. Happy days.

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Yuge
 

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Yuge,
The Steward probably has that look about him because he has to turn too and can't join in the fun.
Mick S
 

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Hi Mick,

He was a nice guy but seem to remember he often looked like that.

(Got your PM, will reply later)

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Yuge
 

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The only ship I sailed on that had pints of beer was good old Palm Line. Most others you could get 6 cans if that was your thing. Tots of rum were as rare as hens teeth One for my birthday on a Hains Tramp. One on my first tanker for shifting ship on Christmas Eve (Rotterdam) so COLD that the water was freezing as it was squeezed out of the mooring rope. Didn't get any thing for tank diving same ship me thinks the Bosun whizzed that Not a nice man he and I never saw eye to eye. But for booze it had to be GSNC skippers bond any thing Rum Whisky cans of beer as much as you could drink. It did cause trouble though if you didn't drink if you had a watch to cover. That's another story

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Hi Dick,

No not lager, I think it was Watney's, seemed refreshing back then though. Only time I saw draught lager was on a Hudson boat and it was Tennents.
Hi Ron, out of the fifteen deep water ships I sailed in, only remember one outfit that rationed the cans to two cans a day, yet in another of the same companies ships the crew bar served what you wanted. Always remember on the coast the Railway Steamers and other ferry companies you could get as much as you wanted.

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Yuge
 

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