All the Brocklebank ships I was on had an engineers mess, and was only to be used by watchkeepers, the relieved watch went down again to do a 1/2 hour meal relief, all rest, including dayworkers had to dress ad use saloon.J Boyde said:Trinders had engineers messes. In port for smoko, at sea for seconds evening watch meals. No others.
Jim B (Hippy)
Thst ties up with the drawing I have of Maihar (2), the so called engineers pantry was on the bridge deck adjacent to the engineer accommodation but as was on a deck higher that the dining saloon and european galley it would seem unlikely to function as a mess, besides looks pretty small on the plan. There are no other spaces designated as eng. mess on the drawings. Maybye as the engineers spent their watch in an A/Cond. control room they did not get dirty or sweaty!Stuart said:I’m blowed if I can remember the layout of the Maihar now. I am sure she had a mess room though. I have a feeling it was Starboard side forward in the engineers alleyway. Was it by the 2nd’s Cabin? Derek will put us right when he comes on.
I can remember having lunch delivered by the Indian Steward (whose name was Abdul, Honest!!!) to the radio room on the Markhor. It was 1974, I think, and we were light ship heading for Calcutta playing chase-me with some really nasty weather in the Bay of Bengal. I was in the middle of sending the weather report to Madras and so I put the tray in an open drawer and got myself settled in, hanging onto the handle on the front of the Atalanta main receiver, one foot wedged on the drawer thinking I had got everything sorted. We took an absolute belter, the curry took off, left the drawer and proceeded to self distruct all over the deck.
Oh happy days!