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Old 2nd April 2020, 23:23
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Saturday Night Movies

I do recall, but on Bankline they came out with Walport video cassettes, endless watching of football games as we got 15 at a time and stuck with those for a month. Once I left Bankline I used to as Lecky do the movies every Saturday night on several foreign flag vessels. As usual I had to go through each reel before hand and repair and splice the film as they got damaged in the sprocket drive of the projectors. Most were 3 reelers however Bridge to Far was a 4 reeler. When we got into a port we see whether we could do a temp swap with other ships and binge watch as official exchange wasnt always possible. One tale was when I was on a drillship off Spain and crew were all from Barcelona. Well someone brought back the set of Fawlty Towers, and you can imagine reaction when the bit about Manuel being from Barcelona came up, initial outrage and finally they decided he was from some other place and was only a migrant to Barcelona
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Old 2nd April 2020, 23:28
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NZSco / FSNco I found 2/RO job was to show the movies. Billy Budd became a staple and I must have shown it dozens of times.
My first trip, on the NZ coast the top movie was South Pacific and every girl you took out wanted to see it. I must have seen it a couple of dozen times.
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Old 2nd April 2020, 23:59
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Reel movies

I was Master on Sanko tankers in the early 70's, we had the film exchange, usually three boxes per movie. Often we would end up with two reels from one movie and the third reel from a completely different one. Made for an interesting night.
Given half a chance the Filipino crew would watch every movie the first night on a thirty day passage.
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Old 3rd April 2020, 00:14
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Went through Capetown on the Pipiriki. This was not a normal port of call and NZSC did not have a regular agent. Went ashore to swap movies and they didn't have any for us. After a bit of sweet talk they said they would send some down to the ship. When they arrived they were the movies intended for the Oriana. Ten movies for the Indian Ocean crossing was a luxury. I hope the Oriana crew liked Billy Budd.
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Old 3rd April 2020, 02:06
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"Black Christmas", and of course, "Butch Cassidy...etc." Two of my favourites. The former was really creepy, even when I'd shown it a couple of times. Never seen it on TV, but always hoping..
Go to YouTube to get re-spooked
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Old 3rd April 2020, 02:19
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On Shell tankers as an engineer apprentice1968-70) it was the apprentice's job to show the movie.
On first ship we got taught how to join up broken sections. Movies from Walport were shown in the Saloon and crew had them in their messroom.
On one occasion, only the skipper wanted to watch a cartoon so as the duty guy, I set it up for him alone then went to bar for a beer. Went back 5 minutes before the reel should have been finished and heard the drive reel spinning really fast as there was a break.....must have broken about 15 minutes before the end but the Skip just sat there, waiting for me to return.
My first trip as a 5th eng was on a topping-up ship at Bonny in Nigeria. We used to top up other ships over the bar to fill other tankers. We were permanently tied up to a buoy mooring and were the storage ship for Walport and used to have about 10 boxes (with 3 movies) at any one time. The Chinese crew and UK crew each had projector every 2nd day and we had a great choice of movies.
Some times we had no topping-up duties for weeks at a time and down time let the Chinese crew to have 24+ hour movies.
Never leaving Nigeria, we used to order supplies from visiting ships. Much of the oil went to a refinery in S France so we often got given crates of wine for free. From Spanish ships we also got Sherry and Port. Wine was always available for dinner and the waiters never knew the difference between sherry and white wine. You could ask for a glass of red wine and get 1/2 pint of port.
We used to get Carlsberg Elephant beer. Really, whatever the local food and drink from the supply ships.
I had 6 months on that ship.
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Old 3rd April 2020, 02:51
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Radio Officer showing films to the crew.

It is an odd coincidence that only yesterday, here in New Zealand, on Covid-19 lockdown, I was looking through my old diaries.

Here is an extract from my diary while aboard my first ship as junior R/O. Other than showing the films I really enjoyed this trip. The ship was an ex Eagle Oil ship that was just transferred to Shell, the SS San Calisto (GCDE) We sailed from Tilbury to Maraicaibo.

Sunday 16th December 1962
The swimming pool was filled up and we all enjoyed a swim.
There was a heavy swell and I had to do the film show for the crew back aft down in the crew mess. I had to haul the equipment across the flying bridge to the aft accommodation which was smelling of oil and fumes and was very hot. The aft of the ship was going up and down and I was slowly loosing my fight against seasickness. The sailors and greasers were all smoking and drinking huge mugs of strong coffee or cocoa which did not help my condition. I was looking forward to the film ending so I could pack up and get out of there but the crew had other ideas. Whenever the heroine in the film came on the screen they all demanded I wind the film back so they could see it again. I was very pleased when this show came to an end.
Had a can of Orangeboom beer from the Queen of Holland.
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Old 3rd April 2020, 03:02
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Aaah! Some memories:
*** Under a 1954 Indian Ocean tropic sky - Doris Day in "Calamity Jane"
*** 1954 Capetown. "Call Me Madam". My horror, in seeing Afrikaaners walk out of the cinema during "Go Save the Queen". I had lots to learn
*** 1955 in Rangoon. "Prince Valiant" The locals really got into it.
*** 1955 Odessa. Several Soviet epic movies of high quality, showing Tartars battling with more northern tribe enemies to save "oppressed" peasants, similar to U.S. cavalry coming to the rescue. Use the hairdos to know who was who.
***Then onward to nightly projecting movies into the TV cameras on P&Os "Canberra" in the early 1960s.
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Old 3rd April 2020, 06:04
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Hygromia (post #31 ). Was your 'topping up ship' "Haustellum", by any chance? Or one of the other 'H' boats, maybe? I remember tying up alongside one of these, probably in Bonny, maybe Forcados or Escravos.
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Old 5th April 2020, 13:50
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"Topkapi" A favourite on board, is just about to start on BBC2 (UK) at 14.00.

PS I watched it again. It was Carp! I don't know what I saw in it before.
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Old 5th April 2020, 23:42
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Sadly on the MV Teakbank we did not any movies whilst I was there, but did have a lot of Natural Geographic magazines which were kindly given to us by the Priest at the Seaman's Mission on several occasions.
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Old 6th April 2020, 00:22
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"PS I watched it again. It was Carp! I don't know what I saw in it before"

I recently did the same with the "Magnificent Seven"
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Old 6th April 2020, 12:02
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tell me does one still have wallport, and is John Wayne still galavanting about with his horse and sixshooter?
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Old 11th April 2020, 14:07
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Remember how on some ships the R/O would double as projectionist and show films to his shipmates.
My first trip, as 2nd R/O on Baluchistan, I was advised I was responsible for running “film night”.
We only had one film on bard - “Bonnie & Clyde” - seems like I watched it a dozen times only getting a replacement on a second visit to Cape Town after running around the Gulf.
I have never liked Warren Beatty since!
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Old 13th April 2020, 03:07
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The tankers that I served on always had a good selection of movies and there was a brisk trade around the Gulf to exchange them - hopefully you didn't get your old ones back! I remember changing five or six with a Caltex tanker in Mina or Ras Tanura and had a few with their sparkie of course. Two were in the boxes but one set was in a paper bag and it was hissing down with rain on the way back - the bag burst and one can dropped on to the wharf and slowly rolled to edge and ......

Fortunately my bacon was saved when one of the deckies said "We've had this filum in our mess for ages, can we change it...." - so the total was restored. I don't recall the titles but they had two reels of one and one of another....
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Old 15th April 2020, 14:05
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We always enjoyed the movies on board but the worst was if somebody didn't keep an eye on the projector and the film built up on the outside of the reel and then fell off when the ship rolled or pitched more than usual. That meant hours of re-spooling to get it right.
I went to sea after college in 1965 and all became friends with the lady who ran the Walport agency in Durban. She passed away at a grand old age not to long ago. I had a nostalgic visit with her daughter about 2 months ago when she visited South Africa from the UK where her family returned to some years ago.
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I can remember watching James Bond films in the cinema of the Empress of Canada sat in the back row with the Chilly Hos.
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Old 16th April 2020, 19:15
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I can remember watching James Bond films in the cinema of the Empress of Canada sat in the back row with the Chilly Hos.
Excuse my ignorance but what’s a chilly ho?
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Old 16th April 2020, 19:31
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Excuse my ignorance but what’s a chilly ho?
Childrens' Hostess
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Old 16th April 2020, 20:06
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Childrens' Hostess
I had a feeling that whatever it was it would be enjoyable.
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Old 16th April 2020, 20:12
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It was never wise to 'tamper with the ship's fittings' as I regrettably found out, to my demise.
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Old 16th April 2020, 23:54
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The other outfit was Catermoule, wasn't it? Think they were first to go to video tapes but it wasn't VHS! was on one P&O bulker where there was a Philips video player but only cassetes were Sulzer training ones!
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Old 22nd April 2020, 14:27
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On a ship that shall remain nameless the films were shown first, in two showings in the saloon and then a couple of days later later in the e crew mess..
I showed the first session and the lecky the second..

The film was 'Darling' and we almost had a mutiny when I screened the crew's showing...

It turned out that, unknown to me in the second session, the demand to 'slow down' the boardroom sex session between Julie Christie and Laurence Harvey (to see if they could glimpse 'something more') had resulted in the session being just a brown blur...
I beat a hasty retreat pleading innocence..I think someone must have supported my position 'cos I wasn't murdered in my bunk...
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Old 22nd April 2020, 16:51
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We had a Sierra Leonian "Headman" (Bosun) who would go ashore and find the filthiest porno videos wherever we were in port. To recoup his investment, he invited all the officers down to his cabin with an entry fee of a case of pop (Fanta, Coke, etc., he was moslem). We always attended to keep up his stock of pop. We used to take the engine room stop-clock to rate the movies, dutifully "logging" the time for each activity and exceptional acts, beyond the norm.

Well, it passed some time and was, I suppose, harmless! It kept the crew happy too that we were subsidizing their bar bills.

The Sierra Leonian crews were very good and reliable, btw. Fond memories of them.

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