I first saw Sonority in Par, loading china clay in the early to mid 50s (I was about 12 or 13). She was brand new. My father (ex RNVR) & I were admiring her from the jetty when the Mate came by & asked us if we would like to have a look around. My father jumped at the chance & I was given my first taste of what life was like on board. From then on I always had this attraction for all things sea going.
I shouldn't think that you can even get past the dock gates these days, never mind going aboard a vessel without all sorts of passes but in the 50s we used to be able to go fishing off the end of the jetty. We had many happy family holidays in Par, despite the contamination to the beach caused by years of china clay being dropped into the harbour.