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Anybody remember much about these?It seems to me they occurred at sea once a week,with Captains and Chief Officers either showing little interest or down to a fine tooth comb[white gloves]I remember Captain Jackson Mathura and Clifford-Hicks being very strict with us apprentices.Hvaing said that it did no harm.Any memories from Brocklebanks?

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I used to put a bit of jam on top of the light switch, and the chief enngineer used to go away ruubing his fingers together for the rest of the inspection
 

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Used to be a regular thing with NZSCo vessels especially the cadet ships, Sunday mornings if my memory serves me well
 

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Regular occurrence with Union Steam.......some very picky but most I think seeing how the "other half" live ?
Our motto...."Drift and Dream with Union Steam"
 

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remember well my first trip with Bankline , had only joined a matter of hours when this rather large barefoot person entered my cabin wearing a string vest and a grubby pair of
empire builders quote" hows it goin sparks just doing my inspection ,beer in my cabin in a minute ok". My type of inspection- eat yer heart out all the bull**** companies
 

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used to have them on PSNC amongst others, remember one Sunday morning Captain, cheif Eng cheif stwd, second steward and any one else with a uniform doing their inspection, got to one of the ABs cabin 12 to 4 watch i think, Captain knocked on the door and opened it to find the AB still in his bunk asleep who woke up to hear the Captain say "Cabin inspection" the AB (SCOUSE) replied F***K off and make a appointment? Captain closed the door and carried on with his inspection and nothing more was said !! (Night)
 

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It was on Sunday mornings on Furness Withy & Prince Line. The apprentices got Saturday afternoon off to clean up their shacks which was a nice break from the 18 hours on / stay on routine. Had to keep the parrots a couple of cabins ahead of the Old Man on the "Tudor Prince".
 

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remember once the old man ran his white gloved fingers along the top of my cabin door and got them dirty. i was not rated as popular over that either with him or the chief. never mind, i learnt from the experience ... LOl
 

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Some captains thought they were the greatest person in earth. Others I sailed with know that the inspection had to be done and did them as quickly as possible. All to often, they were the ones who got the best results.
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Keltic Star said:
It was on Sunday mornings on Furness Withy & Prince Line. The apprentices got Saturday afternoon off to clean up their shacks which was a nice break from the 18 hours on / stay on routine. Had to keep the parrots a couple of cabins ahead of the Old Man on the "Tudor Prince".
Yes Siree, I well remember Baie Como, Quebec: we tied up opposite a Spanish ship and managed to buy x amounts of bottles of Spanish brandy for $C1.00 each...party my cabin! Result was a thick tongue in the morning...Sunday...there were pop dispensing machines on the jetty and I decided to go and taste some, just to take the fur from the back of my throat...you understand? Just before I left my cabin I noticed a load of empty bottles sticking out of my waste bin and a few lying around the deck...I had a sudden inspiration to hide the evidence...which I did. I duly got my drink and I was ambling back to the ship when I met up with the Skipper & Johnny the One...The Skipper made a point of walking up to me and bellowing...it's Sunday...I replied I was well aware of the fact, thank you...then he bellowed..."Sunday! Captain's inspection day...at sea or in port...YOU-DIDN'T-MAKE-YOUR-BUNK!" That could be a logging offence Johnny chipped in...Yes, Sirs! As we walked in opposite directions I head one say...I wonder why he was grinning like a Cheshire Cat...even when we threatened the logging? If only they had known...if only I hadn't picked up those bottles...if...if...if...Vix (Night)
 

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Captains inspections were one of my least favourite chores.
They were required as were board of trade sports, by company regulations or law to be done.
The inspections were mainly to see that there were no safety or fire hazards nor damage to the ships property.
The only people that were given special attention were the cadets.
Many had had their mummies looking after all their needs and having to clean and do laundry was a new acheivement.
The others were to see the latest Pin Ups from Penthouse ect and have a chat with crew members to see how things were going etc.
 

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Not Merchant Marine but Naval in this case, same inspection. In mid-60s was berthed in a two officer cabin upper berth on a 3500 ton Destroyer Escort. Whenever we would have to get up at 0200ish for the General Quarters alarm I would smack my head on a thwartships pipe over my bunk. Cured that by wrapping it in foam. Next Executive Officer's Cabin Inspection, weekly, he said with that foam up there our cabin would flunk inspection, secretly he understood my reason. With tongue in cheek I sort of said "so be it". So, also with tongue in cheek, he told the Yeoman accompanying him to flunk our cabin for the next year straight, and we did flunk for a year. Neat little warship and crew! Bouncing up and down as only 3500 tons squashed into 350 feet can do! Alan Hill Bridgeport, Pa. USA
 

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If my memory serves correctly Captain's inspections on Brocklebank ships were carried out on a Sunday morning. On the Mahseer in 1963 I remember being told that on one inspection the Master (Gobby) Nuttall placed a penny on the top of a wardrobe in the apprentices cabin, presumably to check whether it was dusted regularly or not. When he made a visit the following week it had been replaced by two halfpennies. He was not best pleased and extra duties were the reward!. The rest of the officers had a great laugh and the apprentices were rewarded with a few tins of the amber liquid.

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Hi John,

Gobby hadn't changed then! I did my first trip on the Mahseer as a rookie Chota Marconi Sahib, sailing from London in April 1963 so I guess it was the voyage before you. The Burrah Marconi Sahib was Harry Jefferson, a great character, but the Master, John (aka Gobby) Nuttall was something else again. He had a huge girth and the Calcutta tailors used to say "Eeh-Captain Nuttall, eeh biggest gut in all eeh-Brocklibank!" I used to avoid going "upstairs" to the bridge whenever possible when he was around.

= salaams es bv = John/GWZM + VA
 

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Capt Gob Nutall was Master on my first trip on "Malancha" in 1956. He could only be described as a bully to all on the ship.

In later years when I was a Pilot on the Tees I always vowed if ever I had to pilot his ship I would frighten him to death without actually doing any damage.

Anyway it never happened as I was never on his ship and probably I would have chickened out anyway!!!
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On Somerset inspection was on a Thursday. With the ship being I.D.F. articles we, the deck & catering crew, got 1 hours overtime for seeing that all was OK. ie Carpet swept, bunks made & ALL brass fittings were painted over!! All dead lights were big & brass aswell as all door steps. Some went through as if we were all 'S*** of the earth'.(The P&O Wallahs) The 'Real' NZSCo & FSNCo men knew the score & kept it!! Whatever happened to likes of Cap'ns Sandy Stalker & Brian Austen-Smith (or was that Smythe?) Great ship, Great crew. May the departed souls be forever guided by fair winds & clam seas (Thumb)
 
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