Another sparkie scruff.
Why is your face familiar? Probably look like someone I once knew. You didn't have a brother in the Merch did you?
Is there some reason why a lot of ships had that green colour on the aft side of the dodgers?
no others like me at sea. Took my ticket in Brid.
Ref the paint probably a job lot from some British paint company. Went well with our grey and rust!
The rig made a change after the full rig we had to wear on Joe's ships, including hats. One famous Capt. insisted on all that, went by the name of Capt Jimmy Briton. Many stories but!!!
I took my ticket in Hull '64/66. I now live 12 miles from Brid, in Driffield.
Did my electronics in Saudi Shields in '74.
Did go to a few parties in Brid and Scrapbro around that era.
I can relate to the flopping out of uniform. Carrying passengers on cargo ships was a pain and it was always good to get rid of 'em and chill out in trunks and t-shirts. With flip-flops, of course.
Neville, spent nearly two years as an Apprentice with Jimmy Briton. 1958/60. What a boyo he was. Hated to see us idle. Did he still have his moustache when you were with him? He lived to a good age, passing on some six years or so ago. As you said, quite the infamous character. Colin
'Eau de nil' paintwork was fairly standard on a lot of ships and was used on dodgers and sometimes round bridge windows as it was supposed to not reflect light and therefore not impede your night vision. Dont know if it actually worked or if it was a marketing ploy by the paint companies!
Always thought that was a strange name, Dave.
What does it translate as - Water of nothing or of Nile? Neither truly descriptive.
Must've been some truth to the reflective properties. The RAF used it as the internal paint colour on their bombers during WWII and later.
now you have me thinking! Really cannot be sure but he was not one to change. If you were in good books it was christian names otherwise it was Mr. Fortunately the radio dept was on good terms. Remember him sleeping on the chart table when entering the Gulf or getting near port. He also hated Chinese food which was a bind as without exception we all loved it and we had Chinese crew. Hence the European chop was pretty grim!. Used to check the bar book as well to see how much we were drinking. Also the story about the H (think) class ship when he was Capt. Supposedly diving overboard on entering the Mersey (White crew). No doubt blown up but the story had it that he was never given another Wcrew ship! Had relief Capt for a while called Alex Brown who was just great. I joined with him in Rotterdam then had the pleasure of Jim later!
Shades of green are apparently more relaxing on the eye. Hence most military caps with peaks have the inner of the peaks in shades of green. A survey of car colours a few years ago came up with the result that more green cars are bumped into than any other colour due to the relaxing effect.