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 Post subject: Stoker Nobby
PostPosted: 04 Apr 2007 22:39 
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I only ever worked with one ex pusser guy in civilian life, and that
was Nobby, an ex two badge stuff all stoker. He may not have amounted
to much in Navy life, but he had an astute brain, and unsurpassed
mechanical knowledge. This guy was a real character. One of his
tricks was to turn up to work early, drop his dacks, put the photo
copier on enlarger, and sit on top of the photo copier and photograph
his private parts. Then leave the photo copies for the office girls to
find. Needless to say the girls loved him. Even had a photograph of
himself (enlarged) on his office wall. Another one of his tricks was to
let himself into the boardroom for which he had made himself a key.
Pinch a bottle of brandy or similar and share it with the lads at lunch
time. He also had a young assistant who he used to beat with an
electrical cable for any transgressions. I went back to Wellington N.Z.
to see the family last January, and in a restaurant I saw a lady who
still worked there. She said Nobby was now the Managing Director, and
the company was prospering under his leadership.

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that's Jack tho' when he comes outside he either makes it big time or falls flat on his face in the gutter! Me..............Ho! Ho! Ho! we'll see


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Yes Bald Eagle, some guys make it from very humble beginings.
On my last visit back to Wellington, I also met an old M.N. mate of
mine who had jumped ship in Wellington with only a fiver. I had
not seen him for years, he had been a mail sorter, who I used to drink
with. He married a local girl and settled down. Knowing that he must
now be retired, I asked him what he did with his self. Just go around
doing maintenance he said. On further enquiry it turned out he owned
four houses plus his own. On a very modest salary he had bought
houses, and rented them out to pay the mortgages. In the city it was
a high rental demand area, and he had seen the prospects. The houses
were all paid off now and worth about four hundred thousand each.
Not bad for a guy who had jumped ship with a fiver!!
Wish I had had some vision when I was younger. Most of them were
all alcohol induced.

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Aye Harry, there but for some common sense (lack off) go I! Back in '84 it was evven suggested that I jump ship in Fremantle by a Customs Officer, but I was third mate on that trip and ships officers just don't do that sort of thing (fcuking idiot)! Further back, in '73 I actually jumped ship in New Plymouth (New Zealand) but went back to the ship to pick up me gear! Was offered up the Mates Cabin for a farewell drink with my oppo who was also going, when we finally got up to go we looked out the porthole to find the ship was three miles out! (probably just as well I was the ships store keeper [lamp trimmer] and had ALL the storeroom keys on me [every bloody store on the ship bar the galley stores] they'd have been really in trouble there)! Some years later I met the relief Chief Mate who complained bitterly that the storekeeper had used up three years supply of certain items and doing the job was a nightmare (for a change I kept me mouth shut! well he was th Master of the vessel I was on at the time -the isle of wight ferry no less! Chief Officer Pompey Harbour to Ryde pier and back; 15 minute trip one way REAL seafaring!)


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Yes Buddy a good place to jump ship was New Plymouth Taranaki.
A lot of Brits did it there, and then disapeared into the forestry work.
Good pay too. Keep your head down for two years, and everything
was honkey dorey. The Maori girls around there loved the Brits and
were very accomodating. The good thing about NZ they have the same
sense of humour as the Brits where as the Aussies are more Americanfied.
Would still be there, but now i'm getting old came to tropical Queensland
for the warmth. We go back every year to keep in touch. Yes when I look back on it, the best times of my life were had there, and the Pusser too of course.

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Thanks for making me feel even more pi***d off Harry, mate :lol:


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Still working my way through all the posts, after reading what you both said about Kiwiland, maybe I shouldn't have turned down :roll: the Kiwi Navy when they offered me a position with them as an instructor.
Looks like it would have been one hell of a run ashore.


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Cheers Paul, it's nice to know I'm not the only one to blow a life in New Zealand - still we all make our mistakes!!!!


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Paul, you made a big mistake there. The N.Z. government sure know how
to look after their armed forces. And the Oz government too.
Their pay and conditions are unbelievable to what we had to endure.
And they sure look after their service men well when they finish up.


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Harry you might have lied, it's too late now.
I decided to take a job in Taiwan instead, still I have a decent job now so I guess I'll have to retire there or something.


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