The idea for this collection of stories and anecdotes came to me shortly after I took over the Scribe’s duties full time a few years ago.

Firstly Mike Gordon sent me his story on his first voyage to sea after leaving the ship in 1942. It was too long to include in our newsletters with the space restraint. Then Norman Young sent in his account of his first Russian Winter convoy trip on HMS Cumberland. This was such a graphic account of the hardships that had to be endured on the Murmansk run in Winter that I felt it had to be recorded somewhere a little more permanently than simply in a newsletter. Hence the idea of a book of stories from Old Boys was formed in my mind.

I put out my appeal in the subsequent newsletters and this book is the result. Thank you all who have sent in contributions, I have not used absolutely everything that was submitted as I have tried to keep the purchase price reasonably within reach. Sadly there were no contributions from any of the Granger Bay Old Boys, I felt that this was not right and so I turned my hand to writing myself.

A special thanks to my two proof readers, Morris Hulley (1973 #2442) and my wife, Jenny. Word processors have wonderful spell check facilities but they do battle to place the word in context. Jenny has also had to put up with my disappearing into my study night after night and every weekend. But she had to agree that it was preferable to my being at sea.

I hope you all enjoy reading this collection as much as I have enjoyed putting it together. The stories follow a loose chronological order but you can dip into them at random as they all stand alone.

Charles Kingon

March 1997


Title Author
How it all began
The Tuck Box
A drop in the Ocean
A Strange Encounter
Introduction to a Sea Career
Albatross Luck
First Russian Convoy Trip
A Trip To Russia, North About
SS Arundel Castle
Under The Coffin Plates
My Night To Remember
HMS Durban
Royal Visit (Part I)
Royal Visit (Part II)
The Old Man
Memories of the Main Hall (Part One)
Memories of the Main Hall (Part Two)
Memories of the Main Hall (Part Three)
Memories of the Main Hall (Part Four)
The Swimming Lesson
The Ship’s Annual Concert
The Dinner Party
Post War Italy
The Valedictory Voyage
You Better Believe It!
A Towage Diversion
A Surveyor’s Story
The Cable Restorer
A Quiet Ting
J.J. Malan 1936/37 #876
N.J. Thomson 1934/36 #777
G.A. Schultz 1939/40 #1062
N.J. Thomson 1934/36 #777
M.B. Gordon 1941/42 #1173
J.B. McLoughlin 1932/33 #641
N.J. G.Young 1939/40 #1080
N.J. Thomson 1934/36 #777
J.B. McLoughlin 1932/33 #641
M.B. Gordon 1941/42 #1173
J.B. McLoughlin 1932/33 #641
P.R. Leslie 1927/28 #342
R.D. Rathbone 1938/39 #1017
A.R. Algar 1941/42 #1146
A.R. Algar 1941/42 #1146
M.B. Gordon 1941/42 #1173
The “Junkman” 1953/54
The “Junkman” 1953/54
The “Junkman” 1953/54
The “Junkman” 1953/54
The “Junkman” 1953/54
A.G. Bole 1949/50 #1588
A.G. Bole 1949/50 #1588
J.H. Shone 1943/44 #1323
M.B. Gordon 1941/42 #1173
K.J. Fuller 1944/45 #1354
C.R.F. Kingon 1980 #2692
P. Groustra 1963 #2225
C.R.F. Kingon 1980 #2692
N.J.Thomson 1934/36 #777