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Where did Blue Flue get those Captains Tigers from,did they havea special school? Never saw one with a buddy, they all looked the same and had similar manerism's. Did they have any friends as it seemed not to me. Did they all really drink the skippers booze ? can't imagine John Prescott as a Captains Tiger 1
 

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Where did Blue Flue get those Captains Tigers from,did they havea special school? Never saw one with a buddy, they all looked the same and had similar manerism's. Did they have any friends as it seemed not to me. Did they all really drink the skippers booze ? can't imagine John Prescott as a Captains Tiger 1
Good afternoon Les,
Can't imagine John Prescott as anything!
 

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Where did Blue Flue get those Captains Tigers from,did they havea special school? Never saw one with a buddy, they all looked the same and had similar manerism's. Did they have any friends as it seemed not to me. Did they all really drink the skippers booze ? can't imagine John Prescott as a Captains Tiger 1
I sailed Captains Tiger on the Cable Ship Alert around 1971 and no i did not drink his booze He used to turn the bottles upside down and mark them. I had lots of friends as i also ran the Officers bar. I think i may have got the job for being the only A/S who polished my shoes before turning to
 

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Sailed with a captain’s tiger on the Dunnottar Castle in 1956 who was quite an accomplished marine artist, I was the officer’s steward and we shared a cabin which opened out on to the boat deck just below the bridge. Any spare moments he had he could be found on the boat deck with easel and canvas. The captain used to two host two art shows each trip, one for the bloods outward and one homeward of which the tiger used to do very well out of. He gave me one of a BP tanker and at the time I did not appreciate it as well as I should have, I did get it home, but have no idea what became of it, and sadly I don’t remember the lads name.

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Frankal & Aldinga, Only winding you up as my best mate on Demodacus was Captains Tiger but he always used to help himself to the skippers spirits. That is until he started to put a plimsol mark on the bottles.Best regards Les
 

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Frankal & Aldinga, Only winding you up as my best mate on Demodacus was Captains Tiger but he always used to help himself to the skippers spirits. That is until he started to put a plimsol mark on the bottles.Best regards Les
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First time I've heard of the Plimsol mark referred to in that context. I'll remember that one.
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Capt Hague ,did you ever lose any of your booze to your steward? And Frankal (Shiney Shoes) why did the master have to mark the the bottles while you were looking after his quarters ?
 

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Capt Hague ,did you ever lose any of your booze to your steward? And Frankal (Shiney Shoes) why did the master have to mark the the bottles while you were looking after his quarters ?
His previous Tiger was a plonky and he trusted nobody I think he came from S Shields Not that the two things are necessarily connected
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Never met a master from Shields, they usually breed engineers around there. Best regards Les
 

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Never met a master from Shields, they usually breed engineers around there. Best regards Les
Then you didn't go to Cleadon - in the 1960s it seemed like half the houses were owned by serving or retired ships' Masters.
 

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Ron I'm quite sure that many masters come from there it's just seemed like all the chief engineers I sailed with came from around there or the Clyde. They were trained in the many shipbuilding yards in those areas , its sad to see most of those yards closed down .
 

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the captains new tiger on the Cambridge caused quit a stur when he started doing his scub out in leopard skin pants and a blouse I dont think he lasted very long
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Capt Hague ,did you ever lose any of your booze to your steward? And Frankal (Shiney Shoes) why did the master have to mark the the bottles while you were looking after his quarters ?
Do know Les, I never gave it a thought. Beer man myself so I don't know whether I would have noticed. Never seemed to be much left after the Agents left in any case.

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Forgive the ignorance, but what is a Captains Tiger?
 

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Thankyou, R651400. That would explain why the one in the Leppard skin pants and blouse didn't hang around long!
 

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Good afternoon Les,
Can't imagine John Prescott as anything!
On Ulysses, capt safe was a swine to open. the old maN "bulls**t Harris" never mastered it. Tiger was chinese used to come down and tell me capt want safeo pened, usual on top.
This meant a gin and tonic poured ready for me, Tiger always announced "Chief Sparks no can open without drinkee". This meant the old man had to have another etc etc.
 

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Origin of 'Captain's Tiger' title

Does anyone know why and when the Master's steward first became known as the Captain's Tiger? Perhaps in one of the companies such as BI Blue Flu Bibby China Nav etc trading to Asian ports in the 1800s or early 1900s?
 

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Captain always had a Tiger in the RN, as far as I can remember, certainly on the small ships I was on Destroyers, Minesweepers, etc . usually a Seaman .
 

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I read somewhere that the Captain's Tiger was so called because they used to wear a yellow jersey with black stripes or a black jersey with yellow stripes. Dunno if it's true or not. If it is, I wonder why they weren't called the Captain's Bumblebee.

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