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tonydw

The Most Famous Scouse Forum Ever

Nostalgia brought me to this site.
For years I was an avid subscriber to the sousehouse.forum, not to be mistaken for the music website of similar name.
Scousehouse became the most popular scouse web-site online. Unfortunately the cost of running the site and lack of contributions forced it to move to Facebook and that saw the discontinuance and break-up of a happy family.

I am a former merchant seaman whose home port was Liverpool; there was 1,000's of us when the city was a major port of the UK.
If a family member wasn't going to sea you would know someone who was.
I jumped ship in Australia 60 years ago and continued to plough the oceans, retiring 15 years ago as Ships Master (Captain).

If you want to travel back to Liverpool of yesteryear I have lots of stories to tell and a plethora of opinions; which we all have.

I was born in the mid 1930's, during the greatest financial depression the world had ever seen, a depression that only ended at the start of The Second World War.
Born at the time when Liverpool was a crowded metropolis cloaked in the dust and grime of the Industrial Revolution... A dark and dreary city that I was proud of, a city that changed so many lives; the city I still call 'home'.
I have lots of 'stuff' to tell you if you are interested?
Barbie

G'day Tony. Nice to have you on board, so to speak! Scousehouse name rings a bell, I'm sure I joined it at one time. Ah Facebook.....say no more.....

Well, my dad was in the Merch during WW2. so I feel sure your tales of being at sea will somewhat enthrall me!
So, c'mon, get posting!

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admin

Welcome to the forum Tony all the way from Oz.
Pauline

Sorry it has taken me a while to post but you have a great forum here.  Many of my relatives went to sea so I am so interested in any posts related to that.  My uncle was in the Merchant Navy during the war and was torpedoed.
admin

Welcome to the forum Pauline.
tonydw

Pauline wrote:
Sorry it has taken me a while to post but you have a great forum here.  Many of my relatives went to sea so I am so interested in any posts related to that.  My uncle was in the Merchant Navy during the war and was torpedoed.

Hi Pauline, are you the porleen who lives in Holland and was a member of the souse house forum?
Pauline

tonydw wrote:
Pauline wrote:
Sorry it has taken me a while to post but you have a great forum here.  Many of my relatives went to sea so I am so interested in any posts related to that.  My uncle was in the Merchant Navy during the war and was torpedoed.

Hi Pauline, are you the porleen who lives in Holland and was a member of the souse house forum?


No I have never lived in Holland Tony.
tonydw

Barbie wrote:
G'day Tony. Nice to have you on board, so to speak! Scousehouse name rings a bell, I'm sure I joined it at one time. Ah Facebook.....say no more.....

Well, my dad was in the Merch during WW2. so I feel sure your tales of being at sea will somewhat enthrall me!
So, c'mon, get posting!

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A ship’s crew is made up of 3 disciplines: Deck Department: they are responsible for all the sailorizing jobs, for instance navigation, ship stability and ship and rigging maintenance.

Engineroom Department: they are Engineers, firemen, greasers and general engineroom roustabouts: they look after the ships engines, all things electrical and mechanical.

Finally, by no means least we have the Catering Department: the chefs, galley staff, waiters and stewards; perhaps the most important part of the crew.

A predominantly male environment with the odd female or so.
In the last years of my career we had female deck officers, engineer officers and a few Captains… Men weren’t always considered the sharpest knife in the box. The ladies were just as capable as the men; however, when I started at sea in 1950 it was primarily all male.

I was in the Deck Department and a member of a ‘Watch.’
We took turns as look-outs, helmsmen and day worker’s.
When entering port we topped the derricks, opened the hatches and prepared the ship for discharging or loading cargo.

There was 3 Watches: 12 till 4 – 4 till 8 and 8 till 12.
In the old days there was 3 men in each watch, they took turns as helmsmen and look-outs; nowadays they rely on auto-steering and ARPA radars (Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) some capable of plotting up to 40 targets at a time.
They tell you the speed/course and closest point of approach of each target so there is no excuse for a collision…. That assumes all modern ships have ARPA.

When in port it was always the first and last pub.
Was there a girl in every port. That is Secret Men’s Business and we don’t talk about that!
Embarassed
MOJO1

Hi Tonydw, but haven't you been here before?!

Barbie

His last post was June last year Mojo.

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