A year into my shore job, I did a voyage on a Grimsby trawler to try and keep my PMG cert going and found that I was called a radio operator.Ron,
Don't forget us Radio "Officers" who joined the Offshore Industry on Rigs where our position was identified as Radio Operator
Ray, the time wouldn't count anyway because the trawlers were only compulsorily fitted with radiotelephone.A year into my shore job, I did a voyage on a Grimsby trawler to try and keep my PMG cert going and found that I was called a radio operator.
N.B. The voyage lasted 16 days and I subsequently learned that that was insufficient for my purpose - they required 1 month minimum. Aaargh!
I was a "Funker" too Chris. Great idea for a car number plate but I might not get it past my dyslexic wife (did I spell that right?).They paid double MIMCO wages so I joined. Some beautiful ships. My name aboard was always Funker. Now in New Zealand the rego on my car is FUNKER. I do get some funny looks!
Bobby Corcoran, practical lecturer at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies (and previously the Watt College in Greenock) was quite vocipherous in reminding us that seagoing Radio Operators, through their unions, had fought for the right to be considered Officers.Who is responsible for the description of the Radio Room thread? "A forum for all Radio Operators etc.etc"
I thought I used to be an Officer?
Carpet! Never touched my feet in any Engineers quarters occupied by me but thinking of class distinction that did occur to me was the thicknedss of the granulated cork chip that adorned the cabin deck heads .I knew a former deck officer of the pukka P & O who once enjoyed a similar familiarity with the silver service as yourself......his cabin carpet was the thickest he had hitherto encountered.
He finished his career on the "supply boats".
For the final 20 years it was "lino" all the way.
It's a rum life indeed.
Thanks Trevor. We, Navy and Coast Gueard radiomen (although if in todays politically correctness radio sailors) were mostly not officers only petty officers. We do thank you all for letting us mingle with you all. We probably either contacted you directly or sent out warnings, or handled SOS calls for you and are honored to on here with you.Trevor,
I think that the intention was to make the thread inclusive - not all the people on this site that operated radio equipment were on ships. There were other sorts of ships that were not Merchant ships, and they didn't carry Radio Officers. They were painted a sort of grey colour - you must know them, we used to see them tied up at the quayside in the better ports.[=P]