I joined my first ship mv Cumberland of the NZ
& Federal Company as deck boy (Seaman's Peggy). I spent around 3 years with that
company eventually becoming AB QM etc. I did start a correspondence course for a
2nd Mate's ticket through Prince Edward V11 Nautical College at Limehouse, but
unfortunately was unable to complete it.
I don't want to bore everybody with too many details right now with my further 4 years or so at sea, but will of course do so at a later date if anyone is interested.
I am going on 71 years of age now but I am still fit and healthy and have been running my own small business for nearly 10 years. On leaving the Merchant Navy I went on to work at the Shell Haven Oil Refinery . I spent 20 years as an Insurance Agent and various other occupations.