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ss Makalla 1925/26 Cadets on Deck

ss Makalla 1925/26 Cadets on Deck

Brocklebank Cadets on ss Makalla . In my late fathers hand LtoR.
1 ? drowned . Cunard line
2 P.J. Wills-Rust
3 G Douglas
4 Andrews
5 C.B.Roger
6 Barker
7 Williams
8 Mc Gilvary
9 Blaxland

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Great work, Derek. Nice to see further nostalgic Brock images on the site and hope you will allow us to enjoy more.
I noticed on an earlier posting that your Dad's allowance was 5 shillings/month so evidently Brocks had "upped" apprentices pay by the time my Dad joined in late 1929. His Indentures state that he was to be paid 12 pounds/year in his first year, 18 pounds/year in his second, and 24 pounds/year in his third.
I have his "Account of Wages" for his first voyage in 1929, which lasted 2 months and 22 days, for which he received £2 14s. 8d.
From that princely sum were deducted:
3s. 9d as cash
7s. 0d for tobacco (for his ever present pipe)
4s. 6d for postage
12s. 8d for wine ("You had to drink something and you couldn't drink the b..... water, could you", he told me)!!!
6s. 6d for unemployment insurance and
9s. 9d for health insurance.
The deductions thus totalled £2 4s. 2d. which left him with just 10s. 6d to spend ashore during his 5 week's leave from 27 Nov 1929 to 5 Jan 1930, and that with Christmas inbetween!
The Indentures stipulated that the apprentice was not to "frequent Taverns or Alehouses" - rather a joke in view of Dad's wine and tobacco expenditure on board - but I suppose there were other "dangers" for young sailors at such establishments.
 

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The Makalla was Dads first trip ; joined at the tender age of 15 and the trip lasted a year with the vessel going around the world .Talking of Alehouses / etc . Dad related to me an incident in Calcutta where he and a few others were entering a dubious establishment on Free School Street and he bumped into his uncle Roy who
lived and worked in Calcutta. Roy asked " what are you boys doing here ! " and got the answere "The same as you Roy " The incident was never referred to or brought up agin .
 

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Perhaps it was 5 shillings a week ? Which would transalte to 12 pounds a year ?
I hope Noel Grayson sees this as he may know some of the names .
 

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Strange? those look like a good pair of Nikes lower right

A pair of 'whites' uniform canvas shoes methinks.
 

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There have been enquiries er Brocklebank Cadet Ships . My father was 15/16 at the time and the trip was around the world and ttok over a year.
 

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