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Old 11th June 2012, 12:12
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Smile Favourite moment at sea

OK we've had the bars - great of course.
But at sea ? Many of course - Mine? - After last watch at night a balmy Indian ocean en route to Oz deckchair at rail feet up few beers and shipmate banter - hard to beat.

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Old 11th June 2012, 12:26
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Old 11th June 2012, 12:29
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Watching the sun rise in the tropics, with a mug of tea and a couple of tabs.

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Old 11th June 2012, 13:11
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Out on the bridge wing at night in the mid pacific.
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Old 11th June 2012, 14:15
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Old 11th June 2012, 15:18
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Out on the bridge wing, after the last watch (2000 - 2200) in South Atlantic steering course 323 degs - homeward bound. Making a slight breeze in the south east trades, sipping a cup of 'anti wank' that had just been concocted by the dutiful 3rd mate. Putting the world to rights with a B&H hanging from my lips.

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Old 11th June 2012, 20:46
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UK coast, 6am listening to the start of BBC radio 2 on 200Kc/s, they always played a particular piece of music followed by the shipping forecast.
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Old 11th June 2012, 21:12
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Many favourite moments, nothing like a long sea voyage to refresh your soul!

The favourites that come to mind though have to be mid Indian Ocean on a calm and clear night with a long lazy swell. Out on the bridge wing, hot cup of coffee/tea and a cigarette.
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Old 11th June 2012, 21:16
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Hi GBXZ. Are you talking of the medley of UK tunes which is no longer played?
You can get it on Youtube but it was on Radio 4 if I recall.
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Old 11th June 2012, 21:36
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To quote Johns words ''Many favourite moments, nothing like a long sea voyage to refresh your soul!''
Probably the best times at sea.After loading,discharging long stand by,s all the energy expended going ashore getting into trouble in the cultured way we did I reckon once the dunnage was overboard we all appreciated those long voyages.
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Old 12th June 2012, 06:56
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On a Bluey standing in front of the forrard contactor house with a cigarette and watching the sun going down in the Indian Ocean,somewhere off Ceylon.
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Old 12th June 2012, 07:50
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As Second Mate on aft stand-by at 0500 hrs on a cold winter morning waiting to enter Liverpool locks eating an egg and bacon butty with mug of hot tea, thinking of Mate freezing up on foc'sle.
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Doing a trick on the wheel after the last radio watch of the day on a balmy, clear, star-lit night in the Indian Ocean while setting the world to rights with the "old-man" and the 3/O.
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Old 12th June 2012, 09:49
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When the Court line helicopter lands on the deck off Capetown, your relief gets off it and you get on it!
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Old 12th June 2012, 10:43
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There are lots of emotional moments associated with our times at sea but perhaps the most enjoyable light hearted one was coming off the freezer watch at 0400 hrs and being responsible for bringing up the ice cold cans of beer from the brine room and calling on the second baker to cadge a few crescent rolls and and tab nabs for the main engine room watch keepers and who ever wandered down from the bridge.
It was always a good social hour before turning in,

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Old 12th June 2012, 11:42
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Passing Liverpool Bar light inward bound, and seeing the lights of my hometown twinkling away fine on the starboard bow.
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Old 12th June 2012, 13:23
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Hearing VIS on MF for the first time during daylight.....when we were bound for Number 5 White Bay...
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Old 12th June 2012, 13:34
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Many favourite moments, nothing like a long sea voyage to refresh your soul!

The favourites that come to mind though have to be mid Indian Ocean on a calm and clear night with a long lazy swell. Out on the bridge wing, hot cup of coffee/tea and a cigarette.
Similar, on the poop after end of watch steering gear checks, stopped to watch Albatross gliding at wave top height along side of ship to level with bridge wing, rising to same height, soaring off round well aft of us and doing it all again, hypnotic
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Old 12th June 2012, 14:25
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Many - just being at sea out on the bridge wing.

At anchor in the Gulf. The Chinese crew were catching swimming crabs and popping them straight into boiling water then passing them round. Absolutely delicious!

On the bridge going through the Straights of Malacca at night with electrical storms lighting up the sky and seeing the silhouettes of the land all around. Magical!
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Old 12th June 2012, 17:29
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The skipper allowing 'hands to bath' in the middle of the Indian ocean. Two armed sentries on the upper deck looking for sharks as the crew swam to their hearts content.....Never did get the git who shouted 'shark' on one occasion. Never seen so many sailors move as quick in my life lol...

Yes we had some enjoyment in the RN too lol
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Old 12th June 2012, 18:37
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The skipper allowing 'hands to bath' in the middle of the Indian ocean. Two armed sentries on the upper deck looking for sharks as the crew swam to their hearts content.....Never did get the git who shouted 'shark' on one occasion. Never seen so many sailors move as quick in my life lol...

Yes we had some enjoyment in the RN too lol
Thats reminded me of the several times we all jumped in when anchored in the Bitter Lakes. I think there was hardly a soul left on board.
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Old 12th June 2012, 20:15
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UK coast, 6am listening to the start of BBC radio 2 on 200Kc/s, they always played a particular piece of music followed by the shipping forecast.
Lillibullero (attributed to Henry Purcell) is the tune that I recall at that time of day.
It is the BBC World Service signature tune.

Whatever you do, DO NOT sing the words in Ireland, best not to hum or whistle it there either.
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Old 12th June 2012, 21:05
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Thats reminded me of the several times we all jumped in when anchored in the Bitter Lakes. I think there was hardly a soul left on board.
Pat
Pat I think it was a right of passage on a bluey even old Bill johnson the chef had a go on the Elpenor and he was no spring chicken .
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Old 12th June 2012, 21:08
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Moments which I would happily re-live are those as a Senior Apprentice in the pilot-cutter on station at Point Lynas, on a winter night, north-westerly gale, full moon, clear sky, spring tide and busy traffic, both inwards and outwards. To serve then as coxswain of the boarding-boat (usually whistling The Skye Boat-song when running with no pilot in the boat) gave an adrenalin rush as nothing I've known since: and then to collapse, exhausted, into my bunk at 0400 and sleep the sleep of the dead until breakfast-time. Work-eat-sleep, work-eat-sleep, a life of perfect and long-lost innocence.
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