I did'nt realise you were on the Maxim ,there was a customs post at Muff in those days now done away with , there used to be an old saying when alcohol was cheaper in the south the more you drunk the more you saved. I hope you enjoyed your visit to Londonderry although the troubles were with us then, nowadays everything is back to normal and tourists are now visiting again . Good to hear from you ,
Nice to know that I'm not the only one alive who served on the Maxim. I was in her in the early 60's when Owen Jones joined her as Master. She was one of a class of seven, I believe. I also later served on Nordenfeldt. They were originally built, or so I was told, for service in WWII in the far east but only one actually made it to Burma ( possibly Gatling) before the Japanese surrendered. They were transferred to the Senior Armaments Stores Officer organisation, then to the Port Auxiliary service and, finally, to the RMAS. I forget all the names of the class at the moment, but Kinterbury and Throsk were larger vessels with a similar history.