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Old 4th April 2015, 16:06
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After just over 44 years living out of either a Sea Bag or a Rig Bag it is time to clean the spanners one last time and lay them by.
It is hard to believe where the time has gone.
It only seems like yesterday That I completed serving my time as a Marine Engineer and set off to join the Merchant Navy, or the Ben Line to be exact.
Yesterday was actually the 10th. December 1970, that was the day I rolled up in a taxi to join the S.S. Benlomond at number 11 Royal Albert Dock in London. Little did I know at the time but this would be my home for the next two and a half years.

Standing at the bottom of the gangway I certainly did not feel like the Jack the Lad I had been when at home. Where do I go when I get to the top I asked myself, left or right?
I was soon to learn that the correct terminology was For'd or Aft.
I swear that if my Mother had stopped in a taxi and offered me a lift home I would have put my tail between my legs and taken the offered lift home..!!!
A new life was to begin, eight years of globe-trotting, working hard and partying even harder.
The best job I ever had.

This was followed by twelve years moving up a league in hard graft and getting a degree in it at the Seine Net fishing in the North Sea. At times this entailed a forty hour shift followed by two hours unconscious (you could hardly call it sleep) and then back up on a pitching rolling deck to do the same again. Yes, a forty hour shift, never mind a forty hour week.
I was not alone doing this, there were hundreds of other Fishermen doing the same.

By the time I was forty I decided to get a “real” job and go ashore.
This lasted for six months and it was back to sea again, on the Oil Rigs this time, working with a Drill-Crew. These guys are the grafters on any Oil Rig.
Started at the bottom as Motor-man and quickly worked my way up to Chief Mechanic which is what I have been for the last nineteen years.
Once again met some really great characters and got involved in the hard graft that Drilling entails.
Twenty four years later and the mind and body have slowed down more than a wee bit. With the down-turn in Drilling and the requirement to work three weeks on and three weeks off, it is time to hand over to the younger generation and let them get on with it.

So now it's time to chill out with the family and to thank all the shipmates and crew mates I have sailed with and worked with over the years, I have had a great time, thank you all.

Regards to all – Ali. Bain.
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Old 4th April 2015, 16:33
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May it be long and enjoyable
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Old 4th April 2015, 16:48
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Have a great time! Well done!
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Old 4th April 2015, 19:29
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Best Wishes to you on retirement Ali. Good photo in Northern Scot yesterday
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Old 4th April 2015, 20:53
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John,
One thing it certainly wasn't was a good photo, obvious why I did not become a male model but run off to sea instead :-)
The money went to a good cause, that was the main thing.
No doubt will bump into you in Elgin sometime. You still got your fancy t-shirt?
Think there is only Tam the Bam and Paul Barford left sailing now, never mind I made it onto the podium in the Bronze position for the last of the Binliners..!!!
Ali.

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Old 4th April 2015, 21:18
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enjoy YOUR time mate sounds like you have earned it .
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Old 4th April 2015, 21:34
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All the best in your well earned retirement Ali, I am not long behind you another year or so if the body keeps going!!
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Old 4th April 2015, 22:33
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Ali,

Best wishes on you long and happy retirement.

You will find lots of good shipmates right here on Ships Nostalgia. You won't forget your old job.

Stephen
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Old 5th April 2015, 00:22
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good day ali bain,sm.00:06.re:retired.just to wish you a happy retirement in the future,regards ben27
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Old 5th April 2015, 09:34
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Ali, you can move up to the silver position on the podium,I retired on March 1st.Only Paul left now.
A wise old retired welder told me recently..When you are lying in you bed with all the family around when you about to buy the farm,your final words are never...I wish I had worked longer.
Come on in the waters lovely.
Have a long and happy retirement
All the best
Tam
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Old 5th April 2015, 10:10
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Tam,
And all others, thanks for the good wishes.
Silver medal eh Tam, have had a few of them in my career..!!!
Officially I become unemployed (retired) on the 26th. May.
So Paul it is left up to you now.
No more Field Days or Standbys, mind you no more great runs ashore with the lads either, they will be missed but certainly not forgotten.
Can still remember the sights and smells of Hong Kong at night when anchored out at the roads. Sitting out on the deck doing night on board, a cool one in hand. and recovering from the two previous nights ashore. Yes happy memories and thanks again to all those who helped it happen.
Ali.
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Old 5th April 2015, 19:12
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Retirement is the best "job" I ever had.
Don't have enough time to do all the things I want to do.
Happy retirement Ali. Enjoy it
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Old 5th April 2015, 20:34
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Retirement is the best "job" I ever had.
Don't have enough time to do all the things I want to do.
Happy retirement Ali. Enjoy it
Seconded wholeheartedly,
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Old 12th April 2015, 10:27
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Not enough hours in the day now pal. My main job now is baby sitting. Enjoy your well earned retirement pal.
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Old 12th April 2015, 11:37
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Enjoy a well deserved retirement Ali ,on finishing with engines I wonder how time was found to go out to work,anyway my mere nine years looks like a dog watch to your service best wishes.KYPROS
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Old 14th April 2015, 00:11
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Hello Ali, I wish you a long and happy retirement - it is a grand feeling to get up in the morning and decide for yourself what to do with your OWN day. I am sure you will find something to keep you occupied. All the best, Derek.
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Old 14th April 2015, 11:30
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Retirement is the best "job" I ever had.
Don't have enough time to do all the things I want to do.
Happy retirement Ali. Enjoy it
I agree with the above statement. I am looking after my 3 year old granddaughter at the moment.........

Enjoy yourself.

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Old 14th April 2015, 12:57
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Retirement ? This is an alien concept to me. I am 64 and still working 14 hour days and climbing boilers, stacks etc as well as any 20 year old (but not as frequent). I will, however confess to weakening knees.

When my time finishes on here in June I'm scheduled for a coal fired station in Guatemala 12 -14 months.

Ideal time to retire - 70 I guess.

Bw

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Old 14th April 2015, 14:06
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I retired at 67, JMCG, and should have done it earlier.
I'm living for today, because at my age, tomorrow might never come!!

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Old 14th April 2015, 14:19
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Enjoy your retirement Ali, get to know your family and have a long life. I retired in 1987 and it feels so good.
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Old 14th April 2015, 15:22
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What do you chaps do all day ? Dress up in white shoes and go bowling?

Naw, give me the banter and craic of a multi-national site any day!

BW

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Old 14th April 2015, 15:45
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I sit around and plan my vacations and cruises.
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Old 15th April 2015, 09:57
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Retired ???

Hi guys, I retired at the tender age of 61 (nearly two years ago) because to have worked until this year I would only have gained £20 per week extra in my company pension - no brainer really. Since March 2014 I have been working part time on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott it is great fun driving the 117 year old triple expansion engine, I won't bore you with any more details as it is a long story.
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Old 16th April 2015, 11:26
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Hello Ali,
Yes I to wish you a long and happy retirement with your family around yo and your grand children asking all about why you went to sea and what is was like, I am sure you will while the hours away telling them all your yarns and goings on. Take time to have the comfort of your better half and spend time away being pampered on holiday or a cruise. time is short and you have worked a long and hard life now go out and enjoy your life together, Thats what I am doing , take care ring finished with engines , God bless you Ian.
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Old 16th April 2015, 12:34
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Retirement is an absolute dream: In the pub until closing time - then into the clubs riotously dancing and boozing the night away - back to some compliant babe's place for a bit of horizontal refreshment - then out for full fry-up with fried slice, black pudding, white pudding and dumpling - in-between smoking 40 fags a day - then start all over again!!!!

Bloody shame it's all a dream isn't it!!!

More like tea in a caff with low salt low fat veggie cutlets for lunch followed in the evening by a multi pack of pills to keep blood pressure low, heart beat regular, cholesterol low etc. Probably worth the misspent youth?
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