My first was the Achilles. I joined her in Birkenhead as first trip deck boy on December 24 1958.
I was seasick, homesick, and shocked to the core by the realities of life at sea as a 'Peggy'
I swore I would spend the rest of my life working on a farm if only I could escape.
There was no escape, but strangely enough, I went back for more.