Greetings Tony! There already is a thread under this title started on SN. I as you know spent a few trips with AHL, the Don Aire and Blythe way back in the early fifties, I found them handy for "jump" jobs when one was in between ships, but could not have made a career with them as some of the locals did, they were too penny pinching for me, time off in place of overtime etc, which was fine for the local boys, but not a lot of good if you had any traveling to do, one had to sell the bond bottle in order to supplement the pay packet, that is if one could get it ashore intact past "Himmler "but the runs were good, but there again too good when it came to night life, which didn't enhance the bank account any cheers HAny ex. A.H.L. Goole guys out there
I did a few trips on Bolton Abbey as Second Mate in the summer of 1966, while waiting to return to Cunard, and I remember the day of the world cup well. We were in Rotterdam and the sailing to Hull was delayed until the final whistle was blown. I think everyone was crammed into the radio room listening to the broadcast!I sailed on the Melrose Abbey as galley boy & A/S in 1966,
one sailing was on the day England won the world cup, when all hands were very drunk after passing round the large silver soup tureen filled with a rich mixture of Four Bells & coke - it was known as the world cup after that.
I did one trip on the Wakefield from Goole to Antwerp, I remember the seats down the right of the corridor in Merchant Navy Hotel in Hull was known as the "Goole Train"as those crew members from Goole would sit there with a drink whilst waiting for their train.
I finished my sea time as third crew barman when the Hull -Rotterdam route was closed down,
great times aboard and ashore!http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif