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I wonder if anyone did their training on the Dolphin in Leith. I was part of the group in the attached photo taken in 1955. If you are in the photo or attended the Dolphin about that time I'd love to hear from you.

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Derek Blair
 

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Hi Stuart, I've now ac***ulated quite a few photos of the Dolphin and a few of the staff but I still haven't managed to find one of her before she became an "accomodation ship, she actually had quite an interesting history and saw a bit of action as a warship.
 

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Thunderd--your photo reminds me of when I did my Cook's ticket on the " Dolphin "
There was a small bird at the porthole at the back of one of the galley stoves. The ship's cat saw it and jumped up to catch it. the cat landed allfours on the top of the stove and then at a great rate of knots went right throgh the porthole and into the dock. It was fished out and taken to the vet with badly burned pawpads. Onlt eight lives left.
 

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And which handsome fellow would you be Derek.????? Inquiring minds need to know.
John.
P.S. Please don't tell me you are the hairy one.
 

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John Rogers said:
And which handsome fellow would you be Derek.????? Inquiring minds need to know.
John.
P.S. Please don't tell me you are the hairy one.
The weedy looking one, front row fourth from the left [=P]
 

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Oh dear, you are definitely back aren't you John....a positive thorn in my side.
 

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Hi Allan,
I was in the same intake as you I still have the group photo . I thought I recognised the name. I have been up in your part of the world with the Hebridean Isles, Releiving the Hamnavoe. nice to hear from you after all theswe years , I wonder what happened to all the guys that were with us.
Best regards Argyll. (Alistair Kernachan)
 

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White haired gent 2nd from left b&w shot, Allan Fisher LNC Principal from 1938?
Yes you are right Malcolm he was the principal until 1966, you've been reading your copy of "The Sea Dominies" haven't you?

On page 14 I loved the quote from Dr. Samuel Johnson who said last century "No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into jail; for being in a ship is being in jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in jail has more room, better food, and commonly better company".

I totally disagree with him but I guess he was saying that a very long time ago, and I liked the quote.
 

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Wully, his name was Flockhart and I think his first name was Ron, he was one of the seamanship instructors and a really good guy, as indeed I found they all were. I don't know where he originated from.
 

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ts Dolphin

Sorry Derek,it was the chap in the group photo that i was enquiring about,i did recognise Mr Flockart,no he was not one of my favourites,Harry Lines i think he was called was my best instructor.
Cheers,---------Wully. (Thumb)
 

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Sorry about the mistake Wully. I can remember each face but I'm afraid the names are lost in the mist of time (or senility). They were a great bunch of guys and there isn't much I wouldn't give to learn what became of them all.

As a matter of interest a fair few of them were Shelties.
 

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Looking at photo, these are the names as I recall:

Flockart, Adam Tait, "Jo" Johanson Chief Cook, unknown, Bill? Sutherland, unknown.

Sutherland had been quite a useful boxer in his day and he had the ring set up a few times for our entertainment a few bleeding noses! Flockart had a son who I sailed with as 2nd Mate on the Cortona (Donaldsons) in 1966.


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Stuart
 
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