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Alex Learmont's Memories

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Alex writes;

This was taken in late 1968 on the Canberra. It was taken at the tourist class captain's cocktail party in the Island Room just after we left Oz. It shows John Hutchinson (he's the tall, good looking one in the middle), a junior lecky at the time, and myself (J/Eng), surrounded by five Aussie passengers (names unknown).

  

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L-R:
Gill Angrave (JWAP), Pat Fisk (WAP), Judy Lacey (JWAP) and Alex (J/Eng).

 

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These photographs were taken in March 1969 at the Masono Steakhouse in Yokohama, during a Pacific Circle on the Canberra. The second photograph shows the chef cooking an omelette using chopsticks, and the third one shows him cooking the traditional masono steak.

  

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Above is a copy of my Board Of Trade Pre-Sea Interview Grading Report, otherwise known as our "grading certificate". I came across it tucked inside my old discharge book, and thought that it might be of interest to your readers.
  

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This is a photo of my 8-12 watch-keepers, and myself, on the Canberra, taken in late August 1971. The two firemen (ag-wallahs) are wearing the white boiler-suits, and the steam-boss (Tindal) is in blue. This was the Tindal's first voyage on the Canberra, and he was completely out of his depth in the boiler-room. Before we had even left Southampton he managed to lift the safety valves on number one boiler, not only once, but twice while the BOT inspector was doing a check on top of the boiler after repairs. Initially the inspector blamed me, but on the second occasion I was with the inspector on top of the boiler when the safe valves lifted. The Tindal was eventually replaced, between Southampton and Fremantle, by one of my old Tindal on the Canberra who had joined that trip as an ag-wallah.

 

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Above are copies of two Masonic cocktail party programmes which I attended while I was on board the Canberra and the Oronsay. The Oronsay one was held in July 1971, and the Canberra one was held in January 1972. They may be of interest to some of your readers.

  

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