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OMG, someone has murdered her, where has the wheelhouse gone? the awning poles? There was a big sign 'New Britannic' on the stern transom.I worked as crew on this old lady when she was skippered by Captain A T Mastin.
Thanks for the picture Mike, I have added it to the post, I guess it was mostly time that did for her, but now she is partly restored I guess she may be saved for a lot longer.
I am almost as pleased to see the old gal afloat again as our brave soldiers were when she plucked thousands off them off the beaches of Dunkirk her's to the memory of Wally Read and his crew, Stargazer.
Walter Read is my great grandfather. I used to stay over in the Scillies when I lived in Cornwall and when I used to go out for a trip on the then Commodore, I always got a funny feeling, and now I have found out that the New Britannic was named Commodore while it was stationed down there doing day trips, wow what can I say. So so glad it has been restored.
During the school summer holidays of 1955 (age 14) I worked on the New Britannic taking the holiday makers on cruises. I loved every minute of it. I got paid. As the boat came back into the harbour the hat was passed around purporting to be a collection for the 'widows and orphans'. This collection money comprised my wages, and it was quite a lot. The boat was operated by Bob and his mate, I think, called Arthur. On one occasion we put to sea with the knowledge that the boat was leaking through the propeller shaft. The sea water was visibly coming up through the decking. Not unreasonably, some of the passengers were concerned. I was given the task of going amongst them explaining that the boat was perfectly safe. It seemed I did OK.This was one of the best summer holidays of my life.
Ah for the world before the invasion of the safety elfs I did a significant of Ramsgate Harbour related work aged around 14 too
Yep, and they even taught how to drive the boat and steer by compass in a mist. However, I had to keep a low profile when entering the Harbour, presumably because of HMCGs watching. In the Autumn we used to put out in some quite rough weather. I enjoyed this too. Though, I'm not sure if all the passengers did.
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