Thanks for the welcome guys.
As I said I was Deck Boy on the Argentina Star back in the early 60's. Will have to get the old discharge books out of the loft to confirm exact voyage dates for you.
Captain Eric Pearce OBE was the master at that time. He was the Blue Star fleet Commodore in that period. He was also a highly decorated war hero with many heroic deeds to his credit under the Blue Star flag.
Pompous and strict he came across as very scary to the junior ratings.
He would often stand in the gloom of the chart room and watch the course recorder - when I was steering on the 12 to 4 watch. He would the enter the wheelhouse and bellow "Boy your steering is eratic. Hold her steady" then slip below to his quarters.
I once was responsible for tossing him from his bunk, when I strayed off course and we took some big rolls from a beam sea. He roared up the voice pipe to the 2nd mate "Who's got the helm mister?" The 2nd advised " Ordinary Seaman Todd sir" Eric replied "Oh that b*****d"
He then set a new course and said "See if he can hold her steady there so that we can all get some sleep"
Me, I was terrified with thoughts of being keel hauled.
Have attached some pictures for you guys.
Fore deck at sea outward bound to BA
Boat deck from the poop - note passengers playing deck tennis on the boat deck and the hornings over the No 5 hatch which acted as the dance floor and cinema. The well deck over No 4 hatch - forward of the bridge, converted to the swimming pool.
Loading meat at the Anglo in BA's dock sud. The old boy looking down from the poop was the ships Chippy. He was another Blue Star veteran war hero. I think his name was Alexander. The Bosun at that time was a character named Paddy Fyths. He was affectionately known as Paddy Cinco by the Blue Star crews.
As I was a skinny runt of a kid, I was given the nickname Spike - as in Marlin. The name stuck with me for years to follow.
PS: Sorry it looks like my picture files are to big to attach on this site will have to reduced them and send later.