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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2004 10:17 pm 

Hi Brothers,

Having slogged through my Tiffyship and having had the dubious privelege of working with aussies in Cairns and Townsville in 68, while minehunting and avoiding salt water crocks; it is good to see you guys are "in-touch" sufficient to build a half decent talk board.

Good on'yer from one who resides in England and enjoyes a brew from time to time in a real pint glass; not in a pufter schooner :P

cheers !!

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Thanks Rod, from one that had the similar pleasure of working with Poms quite a few times.

Frigates Danae & Londonderry on one very confusing encounter in the Chiefs mess. Dunno how you blokes can drink that brown stuff you had on tap there in the mess, I was really glad when I'd had enough.

Good to see you here.

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Yes I was on Yarra (I thinK!!) in the late 70's (I think!!) when we hosted HMS Dido (I think!!) in Sydney (I think!!!)

Very confusing time!!! :shock: :shock: :shock:

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Jeez Rod, can't I go anywhere without you following me :lol:

Chris. When do you encounter Londonderry? Was it in Sydney around July 1974 when I was on it? we had just been smashed to pieces coming across from NZ and were tied up alongside Supply, I think.

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Gee sbjohns,
I recall drinking with MEA's off HMS Dido at Harpoon Harries back in the early 70's. Still recall after a few and being young how I could not pronounce Dido correctly. I think reading Ribald Magz at Nirimba must of confused my speech. As when I went to say Dido, I come out with Dildo. After an hour calling their ship Dildo a couple of them got real annoyed with me.

At about the same time I also had to front a CPO at Nirimba because he had checked my good note pads. He just said what have you been reading as you spelt the word 'come' wrong all through your notes. Well we all know what come (cum) that was.

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Les, it was indeed around the middle of 74, and you were tied up alongside Stalwart, the floating workshop.

Both you & Danae were tied up together, and our dibbies swung a gangway over to whichever was inboard and snapped her jackstaff.

Which us Chippies (me & Steve Shepherd) had to replace. We did make it as a 'Made In Australia' jackstaff with an inbuilt engraved brass plaque and all.

Had a derogatory comment on it like "Made by real tradesmen in Australia", or something like that. The gangway staff were real chuffed.

Not! :(

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Don't remember the jackstaff bit but we had quite a bit of work to do which stalwart helped us with. the original intention when we arrived in Sydney was for us to go up to Codock which would have been terrible for us so they let Stalwart have a go. 'Derry was the same as the DEs and,if you remember them, there was an upper deck hatch directly over the Engine Room hatch in the main drag. The force of water lifted that hatch, stripping the threads on the screws and we ended up with a few tons of Oggin down the hole and the main drag flooded all the way through. The tiller flat hatch suffered the same fate. Our Chippy was working flat out for a while, for a change, with hatches held shut with chain blocks when we came in.

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G'Day Rod, welcome to the Skilled Hands site.

You have stimulated a bit of chatter among the troops, so how about joining up as a member.

Cheers, Ned.

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Interesting, so that is the name of the British DE way back then. I was still an apprentice at Nirimba when we toured the ship. Still recall a PO stoker pointing out the Chief Tiff to us and saying, you lot better not turn out like him," he's an angry ant". Hope that was not you Les he was refering to. :oops:

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I want the name of that PO. Angry Ant indeed. :evil: :twisted: :evil: :twisted:
Maybe he got that impression because I hated that ship. I was drafted on board to complete my sea time and was not impressed with the drafting cell because I was a diesel specialist :evil:

Chippy Ned, you have no idea what you are saying to Rod.

You have stimulated a bit of chatter among the troops, so how about joining up as a member

He's another Bloody Greenie, and radio to boot :shock: :shock:

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Can't recall his name, but back then I just thought it was a typical love/hate relationship that was similar to RAN stokers and tiffs.

One of the other thing I recall from that visit, was thinking how cramped the boiler and engine rooms were. But being young everything looks cramped. Just think I spent 6 years serving on similar ships in the RAN and I really enjoyed my time working in those spaces and equipment.

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How small is this world and how great is this website.

Les was the Chief Tiff of the RN ship, that snotty nosed little apprentice Spud, visited 30 years ago in GI dockyard and here they are talking about it.

These guys would never have met if it wasn't for RAN Skilled Hands.

What a pity that Les is old and wrinkled now and Spud is still a sprightly young man. Oh well Les, don't worry too much cobber, it's a well known fact that Aussies are younger, fitter and better looking than you Poms.

Over to our overseas members............ Incoming.......

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Well,

For a minute there I thought Ned was trying to butter up a Chief Tiff who had actually witnessed a Chippy working......albiet in another navy. Then like a typical dunderclump he goes and shoots himself in the foot. :oops:

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What a pity that Les is old and wrinkled now and Spud is still a sprightly young man. Oh well Les, don't worry too much cobber, it's a well known fact that Aussies are younger, fitter and better looking than you Poms.


In your dreams mate, I've seen your photo :lol: :lol: :lol:

On the subject of it being a small world. When I came out here in 1977 I wouldn't buy a car until I got a job and my first job was at Clyde in Sydney. Walking down the stairs at Clyde station I saw this RAN METP walking up the stairs and bugger me if it wasn't the guy who slept in the bunk above me on the Londonderry, name of Dave Housden. He had married an Oz girl in UK and transferred over. Anybody know where he is now?

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