Joined the Baron Murray in Rothesay Dock Glasgow in June 1954, my first trip.I stand corrected guys you are right they did fly the Saltire with the HH flag.
The memory is starting to fail on some things and that is the second thing to go!!!!
In true Hogarth style all the crew were paid off and the apprentices did everything.
The downhall on the flagpole of the Saltire on the foremast had come adrift and someone had to go up and retrieve it. There was only me another first tripper and the senior cadet with three and a half years in
The senior cadet was not going up to the truck of the foremast with two first trippers on the gantline.
I said I would go up as I was not afraid of heights.
It was much higher than I imagined and vibrating
I clung on so hard to the gantlin that my index finger went into the sheave at the truck and I have the scar to this day.
Good ole 1950's health and safety.