I have just finished an excellent (Kindle) book entitled 'Not Wanted On Voyage' by Peter Langton. It describes the antics of Purser's staff on some of the liners of the '60's and '70's. Although many of the characters are only identified by first name, they should be easily recognizable to anyone who sailed on the vessels mentioned in that time-frame. A funny book, not too long and highly entertaining.
Antics of Pursers!!! About the same as antics of Accountants.
What about antics of Engineers? That would sell.
The trouble is, we cant remember half, and no one would believe it anyway. :)
When I see these modern documentaries about modern life at sea, it is so depressing, what a miserable life they lead, no parties, no decks.
Imagine in the great days, breath tests?
No ship would have ever left the quayside. :)
But always perfectly ladylike! Well, mostly anyway!!
Some of those WAPs were smoking, the others were HOT.
I ended up marrying a WAP after meeting her on Oriana in 1973
Good choice. Well done!!
I have vague memories of a WAP think was Liz Lake, I met her on the Arcadia but never heard her mentioned or seen her in any photos, was I dreaming?
well you should know dave
It is an indication of how far we have advanced over the last 50 years, that female officers were known as 'ships fittings'.
Can you imagine anyone daring to use such a description in this day and age?
They would be rightly disciplined and probably dismissed.
But times were very different in our youth, were they not?
Apart from “Hunks” LOL, what other names did female officers have for Engineers? 😎
Ships' Fittings!! It works both ways !! :)
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