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Ok all you guys who out there can claim to be ..."A Cunard Yank"..and what is your definition..?..............john g...ex cunard-brocklebank 1965-1972 but I think the story starts well before my time.
 

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Ok all you guys who out there can claim to be ..."A Cunard Yank"..and what is your definition..?..............john g...ex cunard-brocklebank 1965-1972 but I think the story starts well before my time.
mainly tourist waiters in the post war years, every trip to new york, we would buy american gear, and back in liverpool, we be in the pubs all dressed up with packs of luckies or pall mall, change left on the bar, we thought we were the cat's whiskers, but even to day 50 odd years later we still take a pride in our appearance.
 

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an interesting piece by tommy steele a few weeks ago on bbc radio 2.
he was talking of his time in the m.n. as steward, and being one of the first to experience the "rock" craze when alongside in new york.......then within weeks, bring it to the u.k.i think it was the queen of bermuda (furness withy) he referred to, also the samaria.
within 4 weeks of his first appearance with this new american craze........he was top of the bill at sunderland empire......such was its instant popularity.
 

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Geez - is Tommy Steele still going? I remember watching him in "Half a Sixpence" on the Mahsud I think - another blockbuster from Cattermouls (spelling?)

Alan Marsden
 

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yep........still going........:)

as r/o for radio and electronic services.......i remember cattermoule and also walport.........very well...........

i once swapped a set of films to a soviet ship when we were alongside in basra. they were the "confession" series of films......confessions of a taxi driver........window cleaner........driving instructor ect:
they were popular on uk ships as they were mildly "skin flicks"........but HUGELY popular to the eastern bloc ships companies.........:) they loved em. i was on the port alfred on the south american/middle east run (samel)

i knew the russians had a habit of sailing off with films which had been loaned to them........but i let them go anyway.

they kept them for 3 weeks.......untill sailing time......the returned them with many bottles of vodka and wine for me........:) apparantly i was a legend in the soviet merchant fleet after that...........hahahahahah..........:)

i also was invited aboard the russian freighter, which was really interesting.......another world.......she sailed between cuba and iraq.......bringing sugar to iraq and general goods to cuba.i always remember the alleyways.....framed photos of devestated soviet cities.......aerial pics of stalingrad.......moscow........leningrad. this was mid 1970s.........but they still lived with this daily.

they lived dreadfull lives at sea.......awfull pay and leave .........i was pleased to let them have a bit of enjoyment, they were only seafarers like ourselves.

i was shown around by the mate, a great guy, good english, good humour but had to leave when the ships "doctor"......aka....... political commisar......turned up.

the vodka was good..........

a memorable time.........

best regards, alan, from another cunarder.
 

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Thanks for that - I had been wracking my poor addled brain for the name of the other movie outfit "Walports" - at least I can but that one to rest. It seems a long way now from today when we can watch movies at the flick of a switch to the movie nights onboard. Setting up the projector - oooo and the widescreen anamorphic lens too if you were lucky! - Purser busy preparing fish and chips in newspaper - quite an event. Usually a bit of a decision too for the R/O with the end of the movie invariably coinciding with the evening 8-10!

I too recall the movie swaps with adjacent Russian ships - how they would pounce on our filthy, western movies but were quite embarrased about their own. As you say - usually endless reels of people working in the fields happily waving to hoardes of Tupolev bombers passing overhead! But there were some good pourouts with the Russkies who, I recall, were always a good laugh once they'd had a few scoops and had let their guard drop a little.

Oh happy days...
Alan
 

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hello alan...........

i remember sending some films across to a soviet ship.......somewhere in the pacific islands i think........and receiving a set of army green "jerry cans"....in which their films were housed........for us to watch...........:) they must have been 25 years old............
whenever i swapped films with the soviets ships, there was a possibility of not getting them back........as you know.
the films they sent to us, were so obviously awfull......also in russian language , of course......as to be useless to us.
nevertheless, i never lost one reel of our films,and they were always courteous .....which is more than i can say for everone i met at sea...:)
and am pleased to have given them a bit of pleasure............

i know they didnt get a lot of that in their lives...........:(

best regards from another cunarder..........

allan lawson.................r & e.s. (began as sponsored cadet.........bill curry, arthur orum.....angus mcdonald et al)


p.s.........i bet those old soviet movies would be worth a fortune these days to historical t.v. movie channel producers
 

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Geez - is Tommy Steele still going? I remember watching him in "Half a Sixpence" on the Mahsud I think - another blockbuster from Cattermouls (spelling?)

Alan Marsden
Saw that film so many times on the ????? we ended up playing it backwards knew all the tunes same goes for "Sweet Charity". Today the younger generation look at me like I'm crazy when I quote bit from those films........anyone wlse got films locked in their minds ??
 

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Hi john g. I think we are diversifying a bit here. The definition of a "Cunard Yank?" Well yes it certainly goes back a bit but I dont think anyone can lay claim to being the inventor. It's just a term for Cunard crew who tip freely e.g. £1 on a 5 bob taxi ride, 2/6p on a 2/6p hair cut, 2/-s on a 4d cup of tea,someone who sports a full wrangler outfit and all done with a psuedo american accent! I've met and sailed with a few. Havent we all Ha Ha Ha!!(I've just realised I'm showin' my age with the money thing !!!)
 

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I did many trips on the Sylvania ,and Carinthia , as a tourist mule . and Cunard cowboy , we got the name of the holliwood boys ,still dont know why except that we always were posing for the girls . the cd of the cunard yanks I have a copy in US mode that a buddy of mine in the UK sent out too me and I had copied , George Salmon was in it and he and I were partners for 2 years in charlie browns ale and chop house in NYC, I was there for 21 years before moving too Florida in 86, now retired in Leesburg fl. those were the days my friends(Thumb) (Thumb)
 

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It wasnt just the American gear, it was the Noo Yawk accent adopted after one trip to the States.
 

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I came over on the old Queen Mary to Southampton twice after leaving tankers in NY and saw the stewards' wives waiting on the quayside in their Jags and other posh cars. Of course they made a fortune in tips. In those days (50-60's) cabin class had six or more to a cabin and each would give the steward a fiver. As he would look after several cabins he would get a tidy sum every five days . No bad going.
I was told also thet the Yeoward Line of Liverpool, pre ww2 did cruises to the Canaries from ther Pool - Liverpool typists and so forth were their passengers. Apparently the Chief Stewrd pocketed all the wages of his staff and they worled on tips only. You had to be very well in to get a job as a steward there.
 

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I only did 6 trips on a Cunarder,the Parthia.I was 3rd R/O znd I have often thought that the steward who looked after us must have been a bit disappointed. I suppose as in all things they had to get some time in.
 

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I.knocked around with Jonny Hibbet,and Ritchy barton in the early 50s and they were true liverpool yanks in dress and demeanor, Jonny I think was the first person to bring a polaroid land camera to england.He brought it into a pub in hall lane liverpool called the majestic and was showing it to all his mates, an old fella bet him ten bob that he could not take a picture their and then and show it back on the bar which he did, and the pub was in uproar to see the photo emerge from the camera and develope in front of our eyes.he gave the old fella his 10bob back and it was talked about for weeks after,I was on the china boats at the time Cheers Tony Allen
 

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John, 110v fridges could be seen on board in their dozens up the crew quarters, then customs took action and informed Cunard that cargo charges be applied to fridges and that stopped imports virtually over night.
(For non seafarers crew bought fridges in the sally army for next to nothing and sold them in the Uk for a handsome profit, plus of course having to upgrade to a 240v motor.)
 
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