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My Discharge Book

See entries for Tidereach and Tidespring. Discharge and Joining at sea by light jackstay

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I see you have one of the fabled "upside down stamps". ;)

http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=5034&highlight=upside
 

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For Jaigee..possibly to do with the Christmas spirit taking charge of the purser's dept!
 

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Rab,
You foxy old thing, you were on board Wave Prince and never let me know it and you left me hanging out like a guy crawling through the desert with only the sand to drink, my eyes nearly popped out when I seen the stamp, it felt almost as good as sex.
I always knew that it would be a very long shot finding someone who had served on her and I was feeling quite dissappointed but I beat that cow over the moon tonight
Have you been reading James Clavelle???
 

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For Ted: Joined wave prince just before Christmas 65..she was laying up at Devonport. Yeoman was a guy we called Albert RN (from the isle of man) and who had been a POW with a relative of mine. 2nd Eng was Willie Plastow who poured me my first drink on board that evening I joined. There was hardly a soul onboard..purser was one Alfie Kendall (hey these names are flooding back)..but I had some good times on there.never went to sea on The Prince though.
 

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OK King Ratt did James Clavelle ring any bells and what about Tiapan.
So few on board the Prince at your time I don't expect any of them would be left over from 63.
Rumour had it in 63 that she would go in 68 and as we all know she stretched it out till 71.
Witnessed a few jackstays to and from Prince, after my excitement of realising where you had been I am now able to contemplate your own jackstays and am eagerly waiting to hear if the boys did the right thing and "wet your feet"
 

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I'm afraid neither James Clavelle nor Tiapan ring any bells. Lancastrian reckons if he had been on the point he might have "walked back jackstay"....with friends like that..............
 

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for King Ratt, "King Rat"character in a James Clavelle novel, fiction spun around fact. Set in Changi POW camp, plot, a means of survival.
Tiapan, same author, plot, founding Hong Kong, same fact & fiction angle. Main character Dirk Straun a wily Scottish pirate captain creating an empire with he as the Tiapan.
Both made into movies a long time age, I would of had you or Sean Connery in the lead roles
Two more of his novels, Shogun and Nobel House, all 4 stories based on the Far East, good reads.
What is your King Ratt origins???? Clavelle was an Ozzie Expat lived in england
 

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Nice stories guys, very interesting stuff, especially the jackstay transfer.

Shogun - my favourite book of all time. If you haven't read it , can I suggest you do try . It is a beast of 700+ pages. But be warned , you'll end up living in the book.

The actor George Segal played King Rat in the movie of the same name ( 1965) , fantastic black & white, stiff Upper lip English stuff....Leonard Rossiter ( of "Rising Damp" fame ) was in it too, as Major McCoy. Must rent the video !

Thanks for awakening the memories,
Rick
 

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For Aleddy. RATT is acronym for Radio Automatic TeleType. In the late 60s when the RN opened up this new comms system to accept traffic from ships I was the first vessel to get traffic through the RN's Mauritius Radio. The boss on RFA Tidesurge called me King Ratt from then onwards (and set me up a few pints).
Thanks for the info on Clavelle..must read that sometime. Cheers.
 

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For KING RATT. The boss on Surge has held you in very high esteem as he himself has obviously read King Rat written by James Clevelle and he has compared you to a hero in literature produced by a literary a hero and has bestowed on you that heavy mantle which warrants and demands of you that you must now read the book, that wiil then make you totally and without question worthy and befitting of the tille. It will also set up another occassion for setting up a few pints, make mine a Hollyrood Brown Ale please....Cheers
 

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