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Hi,
I am writing up stories of my time at sea mainly for my kids and grandkids. My first ship had Indian crew and I am trying to remember some of the Indian job titles

Serang - Boson
Casab - Eng Rm storekeeper
Tindel - can't remember what he did
Bhandari - was this the cook for the crew or officers
 

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Hi,
I am writing up stories of my time at sea mainly for my kids and grandkids. My first ship had Indian crew and I am trying to remember some of the Indian job titles

Serang - Boson
Casab - Eng Rm storekeeper
Tindel - can't remember what he did
Bhandari - was this the cook for the crew or officers


SERANG
BOSUN
TINDEL
BOSUN'S MATE
SEACUNNY
QUATERMASTER
CASSUB
STOREMAN
LASCAR
SEAMAN
2nd class Lascar (ordinary seaman), 1st class Lascar (able Seaman)
TOPASS
CLEANER
BHANDARY
COOK
KUSSAB
LAMPTRIMMER
 

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Bhandary was the crew's cook. Some ships had a deck bhandary and an engine room bhandary. Some officers went native and hung around the bhandary's galley in their lungis poncing curry - dunno why, they must have liked cockroaches.

John T
I thought that but was not sure.
From what I remember there were cockroaches everywhere
 

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How about some of lingo, like good morning, sarb and other general chatter, my memory is shot.
By the way the most important man on the ship 'JACKIE' one of the unclean-classless??, according to the rest of the Indian crew- Jackies Duties Toilet cleaner.
 

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Just remembered also "Mistree" , the "Chippy". Got an idea there was a name for the laundryman but can't remember what, probably "Pani somat". For myself, I was a "Marconi Sahib" even when I didn't work for that company.

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Just remembered also "Mistree" , the "Chippy". Got an idea there was a name for the laundryman but can't remember what, probably "Pani somat". For myself, I was a "Marconi Sahib" even when I didn't work for that company.

John T
Laundryman = Dhobi Wallah
Happy days
gwzm (ex Marconi Sahib)
 

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Washing powder - Dhobi Dust

On an all Indian crew ship and we had an Indian Independence day party. The officers were all invited to the crew mess room and there was loads of drink and food and a lot of singing and dancing. There were a few young Indian deck boys who were on their first trip and they had never had alcohol before and they all ended up the next day with raging headaches. They went to the Chief Steward and said they had demons in their heads so he got aspirins and band-ads and stuck the aspirin to their forehead with the band-ads and told them by the afternoon they would be ok and they were. Many years later I tried this trick on my own kids when they had a sore head without success.
 

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Of course, how could I forget.

John T
Remember giving a bhandari a ticking off (in good humour) because he had a gannet tied down by one leg outside their galley.We were in fog sailing up to walvis Bay and I think the creature must have collided with the superstructure judging by his bloodied bill;think he was still concussed, anyway he was heading for the pot ,no doubt about it ,until my intervention (I,m a huge nature lover) and subsequent release while wearing welding gloves.Bhandari not too happy but I gotta book my place in valhalla.
 

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Just remembered also "Mistree" , the "Chippy". Got an idea there was a name for the laundryman but can't remember what, probably "Pani somat". For myself, I was a "Marconi Sahib" even when I didn't work for that company.

John T
Chippy in brocks was lackry mistree Electrician was battysahib engineers?can't remember panic was water ask raymon he may know a little more 😉 tony
 

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Chippy in brocks was lackry mistree Electrician was battysahib engineers?can't remember panic was water ask raymon he may know a little more 😉 tony
tunda panni = cold water
garram panni = hot water
sanni pannI = engineer slang for toilet flush water
happy days,
gwzm
 

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No gourmet you, John T, to turn your nose up at the bhandary's curry.

(Small-morning-time electrician - engine cadet understudying lecky).
 

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And if the Panni wasn't sufficiently tunda you asked for or added Burruf (ice)
 

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No gourmet you, John T, to turn your nose up at the bhandary's curry.

(Small-morning-time electrician - engine cadet understudying lecky).
No thanks David. The nearest I got was the civilised morning kedgeree in the saloon - yummo. They picked the cockies out and the weevils were all dead.

I do remember a bhandary half killing himself humping that big stone thing they used for grinding curry paste and whatnot up to the Chief Steward. He reckoned it was worn out and he wanted to order a new one. The Chief Steward told him to F off. I bet someone is still using that thing down Grant Road today.

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I remember being asked by new crew members if the ship used "up and downy steam"? Wanted to know if the supply was AC or DC. Bloody old (very old) Clan boat - what else was it going to be!
 
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