Knock it off. National Service had finished before my time!
I actually found Marconi quite a good experience. Going with them, you certainly never knew where your next ship would be bound. I did enjoy my time as direct employ with Union SS Co in NZ, but after a couple of years of going all round NZ and Aussie, I was getting itchy feet. Then went ashore, something does not sound right, which is probably why I was always up for a move somewhere new. But have spent the last 33 years in Gent Belgium.