P&O finally decided to reward those with a National Certificate with a small pay rise. A first trip Elect was questioned by the Chief Engineer (a man who could be frightening) with the demand "Have you got a National?" The trembling reply "No Chief it's a Sony!." Later the same chap walking in the alleyway, same Chief Engineer (John Skakle) questioned "Where have you come from?". Chief thinking Engine room. Nervous reply "Yorkshire Chief".
Where are you from: Originally Gosport now Campbelltown
John Skakle that’s a name you remember.
John Skakle joined Strathmore in Sydney in late 59 to take over as our chief engineer who was very ill and taken off. John appeared then to be a lot younger than the normal chiefs, on the ball and quite athletic when up on the sports deck.
My first ref engr always gave me the 4 – 8 on the way home when fully loaded and it was quite a surprise when at 6 am John Skakle appeared in the fridge flat and asked to be shown around and followed me around while I did the log. It was the first time I’d ever seen a Burra Sahib in the fridge flat. Luckily for me I’d stopped smoking at that stage so there was no fag hanging out the corner of my mouth.
It didn’t surprise me later when his name appeared as chief engineer on the Canberra’s Maiden Voyage fleet list.
Where are you from: Dartfrd Kent
Where are you from: originally Gosport now Campbelltown