in Shoreham.i was a boatman from about 63 till 68 then i went to sea
I was 2/m on the flattie 'Hackney' going up to Battersea, she was steam driven and lowering the funnel for going under the bridges ensued getting covered in soot. At sea loaded they were like submarines, in ballast you couldn't see the horizon from the wheelhouse so it was a bridge wing job, winter and summer. Good accommodation, as were all CEGB and Stevie Clarkes, well the one's I sailed on wereI have fond memories of seeing these go by my bedroom window. I was brought up in a house that was just across the river from Battersea Power Station in central London from 1963-73. The colliers were of course up and down the river supplying Battersea and other power stations. Not the most romantic of ships but I was always mad about any kind of ship and watched them come and go daily.
IIRC his name was Wilf, usually called "Old Wilf". I don't think he ever saw the light of day he was so pale - continually reading either in his cabin or on watch and he would have two showers a day! Sometimes I would go home when the ship was in Shoreham, my parents lived in Croydon on the Brighton line so I could get there pretty quickly, but in Blyth there was me and the nigh****chman! The cook would come back and set up meal for me and the watchman and then go home, although sometimes he gave me a lift to a pub and let me find my own way back!Cant remember the chiefs name but he was pretty old in those days.
DEPTFORD (1951 - 1972)I was RO on the SS Deptford in1972. I remember a parrafin lamp in the room, on gimbals. Can anyone give me any info on the Deptford?