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Search: Posts Made By: Chris Field
Forum: The Bridge 30th July 2016, 06:11
Replies: 42
Views: 4,375
Posted By Chris Field
With regard to the items concerning dhobying...

With regard to the items concerning dhobying (washing and ironing for those who didn't do time with Ellermans) I was taught those skills before going away as an apprentice in 1952, and was quite good...
Forum: Nautical Colleges 12th November 2014, 08:34
Replies: 8
Views: 2,290
Posted By Chris Field
I remember that parade in 1951- as a Worcester...

I remember that parade in 1951- as a Worcester cadet.
On the way through Ray Griffin, Gerry Pallet and I waved happily to the girls in the offices above. Sorry, but have no photos.
Forum: The Bridge 10th June 2014, 09:20
Replies: 42
Views: 7,271
Posted By Chris Field
I remember that on the "City of London" (1954-5)...

I remember that on the "City of London" (1954-5) there was something of a ritual concerning the noon sight. The skipper (Capt.Jeffers) would insist that he, the second and third mates and at least...
Forum: The Bridge 10th March 2014, 02:07
Replies: 25
Views: 4,234
Posted By Chris Field
What a BRILLIANT idea! ...we all know that in the...

What a BRILLIANT idea! ...we all know that in the electro/mechanical field nothing can go wronggowrongowronggowrong....
Forum: The Bridge 10th March 2014, 02:02
Replies: 24
Views: 5,036
Posted By Chris Field
A lot of talk about "lashing" the boxes - have...

A lot of talk about "lashing" the boxes - have the good old twistlocks gone out of fashion? It only took the duty mate a few minutes to check that all the boxes were locked in any completed bay of...
Forum: The Bridge 3rd April 2013, 09:17
Replies: 86
Views: 37,557
Posted By Chris Field
Having read some of the above offerings I can...

Having read some of the above offerings I can only say that I am very pleased to have been able to retire from the sea 19 years ago!
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 10th March 2013, 09:04
Replies: 23
Views: 3,374
Posted By Chris Field
I went to Mombasa,Dar es Salaam, Mtwara etc in...

I went to Mombasa,Dar es Salaam, Mtwara etc in 1954 in City of London , then back to UK via Cape Town and Lobito Bay. Loved it.
Forum: Ellerman 10th February 2013, 02:16
Replies: 16
Views: 5,026
Posted By Chris Field
What about researching the addresses of the...

What about researching the addresses of the relevant Maritime Museums, e.g. NZ National Maritime Museum for "City of Auckland" ?
Forum: Ellerman 1st January 2013, 01:38
Replies: 7
Views: 2,266
Posted By Chris Field
I was an apprentice in "City of London" between...

I was an apprentice in "City of London" between 1954 and 55- if only they could build ships like that today. The passengers must have loved their comfortable accommodation, no muck like huge...
Forum: The Bridge 24th December 2012, 02:47
Replies: 49
Views: 8,419
Posted By Chris Field
One day off the NSW coast, when I was mate of a...

One day off the NSW coast, when I was mate of a new style ro-ro "Totara"- all accom. way up by the bow, nothing aft except a small funnel- an Ozzie ship called us up: "Which way youse jokers goin'...
Forum: The Bridge 24th December 2012, 02:42
Replies: 49
Views: 8,419
Posted By Chris Field
My answer to Sparkie's one would have been "...

My answer to Sparkie's one would have been " Yes- one "Old Worcester" - me"
Forum: The Bridge 10th December 2012, 08:47
Replies: 8
Views: 2,833
Posted By Chris Field
I recently noticed whilst sailing in the...

I recently noticed whilst sailing in the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland that a gigantic cruise liner (?Dawn Princess?) had a radar scanner a few feet above sea level on her stern. WHY?
Forum: The Bridge 9th December 2012, 20:08
Replies: 121
Views: 25,919
Posted By Chris Field
As a one-time Ellerman apprentice I have to put...

As a one-time Ellerman apprentice I have to put the City of London and City of Edinburgh as my faves- 1947 1nd 1938 builds respectively. Can't stand today's cruise liners- yughhhh!
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 19th November 2012, 08:36
Replies: 48
Views: 9,214
Posted By Chris Field
As an apprentice with Ellermans (City of...

As an apprentice with Ellermans (City of Edinburgh- 1953) I was ordered to supervise the loading of numerous cartons of whisky into the security locker- there was also a watchman there of course. The...
Forum: The Bridge 27th August 2012, 02:40
Replies: 9
Views: 3,041
Posted By Chris Field
"Quick- go back and check that your GPS is...

"Quick- go back and check that your GPS is switched on"
Forum: Ellerman 27th August 2012, 02:29
Replies: 30
Views: 9,624
Posted By Chris Field
Re the J.R.Elleman memories earlier, I was...

Re the J.R.Elleman memories earlier, I was apprentice on "City of London" between 1954 and 55- one trip to/from S.Africa we carried two really nice older ladies. One was Lady Ellerman- a nice gentle...
Forum: The Bridge 31st July 2012, 04:14
Replies: 35
Views: 15,141
Posted By Chris Field
Just as an aside from all the great stuff before-...

Just as an aside from all the great stuff before- I am a volunteer crew member on the Ted Ashby- a replica of the NZ scows that coasted our waters till the 'fifties (similar to Thames barges). We...
Forum: Historic Shipping lines and Ships 11th July 2012, 05:43
Replies: 30
Views: 7,556
Posted By Chris Field
Re the condition of the "Cutty", I remember as a...

Re the condition of the "Cutty", I remember as a duty cadet on the "Worcester" having to row a surveyor (Lloyd's?) across to her in 1952. He was keen to show me how these surveyors did their jobs, so...
Forum: Ellerman 25th April 2012, 10:28
Replies: 33
Views: 4,790
Posted By Chris Field
Curry-munching

I remember being given a spoon AND a fork when eating curry meals in City boats in the 1950's. (I was an apprentice from Brixton so had relatively few high-society graces). Am I now the only person...
Forum: Ship Research 14th June 2010, 04:44
Replies: 50
Views: 9,622
Posted By Chris Field
Back come the brain cells: "Taura chini,...

Back come the brain cells:

"Taura chini, taura char
Bombay chichi boht acha!"

= Little bit of milk, little bit of tea, a Bombay half-breed girl is LOVERLY!
Forum: Ship Research 11th June 2010, 10:04
Replies: 50
Views: 9,622
Posted By Chris Field
I can still remember some of those Lascari terms...

I can still remember some of those Lascari terms from the fifties in Ellermans:e.g.
Serang (=bosun),tindal = leading hand, cassab = storeman,masalchi = galley cleaner, avis = hoist, arryah = lower...
Forum: The Radio Room 15th June 2009, 23:06
Replies: 13
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Views: 1,417
Posted By Chris Field
One of my more important tasks as apprentice in...

One of my more important tasks as apprentice in the 1950's under Capt. Jeffers on the "City of London" was to give due attention to his pot-plants. Perhaps he foresaw the new world that was...
Forum: The Bridge 26th January 2009, 21:21
Replies: 73
Views: 4,617
Posted By Chris Field
I fully agree with the critics of this stupid...

I fully agree with the critics of this stupid idea, the more so having spent several years in coasting around places such as New Guinea where the charted coastline and the actual coastlines differ...
Forum: The Bridge 12th December 2008, 21:40
Replies: 59
Views: 6,007
Posted By Chris Field
As skipper in the early 90's I tried to get the...

As skipper in the early 90's I tried to get the mates and apprenti to keep going with astro-sights just to check whether the sat-nav systems were giving us correct info- I never trusted those ruddy...
Forum: Ship Research 14th May 2008, 10:46
Replies: 16
Views: 4,863
Posted By Chris Field
I remember being unable to see lighthouses etc on...

I remember being unable to see lighthouses etc on the coast S of Port Pirie by day until you were well within the normal range of visibility- apparently due to refraction because of the high temps....
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