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Hi,

Meant to add some info, The photos was taken at Dovers Eastern Docks on a warm August evening in 1982.
Two of Townsends Freight Ships are layed over for the weekend (probably the best ever local agreement 24 hours on 48 hours off). The crew are probably on job and knock, a few Tennants chilling in the fridge and the prospect of a good kip in their bunks. (Alec you might have been on that night).
Next door on the old number two berth sits P and O Normandy Ferry "nf Tiger" getting ready to depart on the 20:00 service to Boulogne. Normandy Ferries were another good outfit back in the day.(4 days on 2 days off). Her crowd are probably hoping for a layover in Boulogne and a couple of hours in their bunks before returning with the 05:15 next morning. (I was Bosun of her at the time)
Across from her sits a Townsend Car Ferry loading for Calais, her crew not even halfway through the dreaded by many 7 night shift system.
Out on the Eastern Arm sits a Reefer one of scores that used to visit the port. Her crowd are probably ashore sampling the dubious delights of what Seamans Pubs were left most likely the Prince Regent (aka The Horse Box) or the Nelson. Good times. The whole scene is totally different today.

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Hi,

Meant to say the little vessel in the corner by the Submarine Pens is the ex Dover Harbour Board Dredger "Admiral Day".
Very pleased to come across her this summer and see she is still working. This was at Ramsgate and still under her original name and and port of registery Dover.

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worked on the trader for a summer season in 84....if you could string together i think it was 14 duties without going sick...you got a good boy day off on full pay and still got the overtime for that day if the boat was late...This was originally a sweetner to get people onto the freighters when they 1st came out i`m told....it ended up dead mens shoes to get a perm job on them after!!!
 

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Hi Ferry Man,

Thanks for the comment, took the photo on the way home after coming of the Tiger, used to cycle the 8 miles back and forth to Deal, sometimes instead of cycling up the long Jubilee Way out of the Docks used to carry my bike on my shoulder up the clff path to the St Margeret Bay back road, when you got to this point you got a good view of the Docks.

Don your quite correct, there were a lot of good lads on them however, if you did not get on them at the start, it was dead mans shoes after that. After that it was then who you knew in the office. You did well to get a summer season on her. I only managed 2 weeks relieving in 1976 and that was when the Trader was brand new. Most of her crew were already in for the long haul even back then.

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