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  1. Yes, but only by way of Gary McClarnans patience...

    Yes, but only by way of Gary McClarnans patience apparently. The mans patience must run out sometime, that is if he is not told by an unappreciative host to `clear out` before then !
  2. Lightship `PLANET`.

    If I were Gary McClarnan I would turn my back on the City of Liverpool and take my ship to Manchester to people who appear to be more appreciative. Why ? Because quite frankly I don`t believe...
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    Spare bellows.

    Hello Brian. I haven`t looked on this forum for a while, so didn`t know you were not too good. Get well soon, you do have my sympathy, really. Why ?....Because I think I`m in front of you in the...
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    Torpedoed.

    Torpedoed.

    A tiny raft adrift on a sea, heaving on an endless ocean,
    heaves up to a sea pitches down to a sea, in a world of constant motion.
    ...
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    Some fine day.

    Some Fine Day.


    Just a boy he longed for the sea, his mind filled up with it`s ships.
    Some fine day a sailor he`d be, dreamed of endless trips
    ...
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    The Mersey of Yesteryear.

    The `Mersey` of Yesteryear.


    Oh Liverpool, Liverpool, great port of my youth,
    how the years have changed your face....
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    Memories of yesteryear.

    Memories of `Yesteryear`

    One evening in a foreign port many years ago, I was sitting alone in the foc`sle of an old cargo ship in which I was serving at that time. All that day we had been...
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    Poem...`Heed me boy` ! ...

    Poem...`Heed me boy` !


    Heed me boy !

    ...
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    As a merchant seaman of the 40`s / 50`s era I...

    As a merchant seaman of the 40`s / 50`s era I must agree generally with Captain Kongs comments re Bleasedales "sinking of the Laconia". I too thought it was an absolutely appalling production which...
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    I haven`t been around for a while, but just came...

    I haven`t been around for a while, but just came across your above post whilst browsing.

    You quote the `Salvor` as a fireboat. I recall the `William Gregson` as the fireboat permanently...
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    A somewhat delayed reply now I know, but I think...

    A somewhat delayed reply now I know, but I think the term or title `leading stoker`was strictly Royal Navy. Leastways I most certainly `never ever` heard of stokers in merchant ships. Such men in...
  12. Hi Pennylane,[still like Debra better !] I used...

    Hi Pennylane,[still like Debra better !]
    I used to commute FROM Formby to Southport [just a joke really !] As a young lad I had to get the train daily for about three years when I attended a...
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    I know I raised this one a few weeks back, but...

    I know I raised this one a few weeks back, but replies are few so I`m giving it a little `stir`. I did think there might still be a few old busmen around with memories of this, but perhaps I`m just...
  14. Researchwriter, Your...

    Researchwriter,
    Your acknowledgement of my post is greatly appreciated. Actually I had nothing to tell you really, did I ? So....actually I told you nothing if you see what...
  15. I lived in Formby throughout my childhood and...

    I lived in Formby throughout my childhood and teens, in fact from around 1935 `til 1960. I lived close to a road which was and still is called RAVEN MEOLS LANE , this was said to have been the...
  16. Sorry quincyg, but did you mistake this for a...

    Sorry quincyg, but did you mistake this for a ship ? It isn`t ! It`s just an apartment block floating by ! [me thinks I should maybe head off to my underground bunker for a while now, `til the...
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    On the front face of the inner tower of Liverpool...

    On the front face of the inner tower of Liverpool Prison [Walton jail] is a clock which is unusual in that instead of having 5 minute divisions
    between the figures on the face, [ ie:- between 12...
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    No, only the `head bangers` who are running it !...

    No, only the `head bangers` who are running it ! You should not be surprised at anything which happens in our `screwed up` society !!!
  19. SKY DISHES ! An exellent observation ! ...

    SKY DISHES ! An exellent observation ! `Good one` Essexscouse !
  20. Of course, all areas will have people who are...

    Of course, all areas will have people who are hard working and industrious and striving to make a decent and respectable living. Just as those same areas will also have wasters, deadbeats, and...
  21. Kev, An angle here which disturbs me...

    Kev,
    An angle here which disturbs me somewhat is this :- We are looking at young unmarried women with kids, many of whom are more than happy to remain unemployed because they are already...
  22. They`ve got one now Ged. Been open a couple of...

    They`ve got one now Ged. Been open a couple of years now I think. It`s near `the village` on the site of what was Formby football ground when I was a kid.

    Ken.
  23. Baths by Formby in Crosby ? Crosby really is a...

    Baths by Formby in Crosby ? Crosby really is a heck of a way from Formby Bill. Wouldn`t like to have to walk it ! Folks mainly from Wales Bill, but Dad English. He was lost in Submarine...
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    Yeah, some ships did sometimes have to unship...

    Yeah, some ships did sometimes have to unship their funnels to traverse the canal, but not many. It was much more common to see ships unshipping their topmasts. They would leave them laid on the...
  25. Hi pennylane / Debra, [I prefer Debra], ...

    Hi pennylane / Debra, [I prefer Debra],
    After reading through your `anti Formby` tirade, I do have the very faintest of suspicions that...
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