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Re: PAS & RMAS - plus Riggers
« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2012, 00:03:54 »
I worked on Hoo Ness Island from 1976 until the dockyard closed. We used to get the trotboat over to the island from the bullsnose to the jetty every morning, usually skippered by a maltese chap called Charley zarraffa.(I think thats how you spell it). Sometimes Harry Shrimplin (Shrimpo) would take us. He had a really dry sense of humour. The summer months were really great over there. If we had overtime on the weekend you could have spectacular views of the annual medway barge match. There was lots of spare time to wander off down the fort if we had just pumped a lighter out . We even built a greenhouse.! I used to operate an RB22 dragline building up the earthworks ready for the next area to be pumped into . Lovely in the summer but freezing in the winter. The heater left a lot to be desired. Sometimes we would be sent down to the slipway at ten-ton to paint the bottom of the dredger after it had been pulled out of the water.That was a messy job but nobody ever seemed to bother you whatever job you was given. I remember when the Endurance came back from the Falklands we moored the dredgers up by the Bulls nose and had an amazing view as she came up the river. Those were the days!

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2012, 07:08:56 »
Lovely photo what year was it taken please


I have it as 1972, as I remember it also appeared in the Dockyard paper "Periscope"   

((    1972 thank you Lutonman ))
Looking at the photograph i remember Reg directly behind him is the chief supervisor always called flash Harry next to him is Charlie the man giving the clock was Mr Dangerfield the Master Rigger. I recognise other faces but names eluded me as said i was only there a short period then transfered to another department and i was only a semi-skilled labourer and remember Dennis, Trevor and Bob other semi skilled. Other riggers i remember were Peter Monk, Bob and Jock and cant see them there mind you i was for the last period working in the small rigging department on Bulls Nose and as well as splicing we did all ships movements into and out of the locks at Bulls Nose.
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2012, 21:25:01 »
Lovely photo what year was it taken please


I have it as 1972, as I remember it also appeared in the Dockyard paper "Periscope"   

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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2012, 20:04:31 »
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on one occasion knicking a dumb railway hopper to scoot down the line to take a look at Hoo fort.


I was interested to read of your exploits on Hoo Ness Island & would be most interested to know if you have any more memories [or even photos !] of the NG railway on the island ?

The line was 2ft gauge gauge & was used for waste-dumping & general maintenance & had at least one steam loco [called, I think, ASCENSION] finishing up with a couple of Hibberd 4-wheel diesels & was rarely visited by enthusiasts due to it's inaccessible location.
The locos & trains of skips could be seen from the 'mainland' & I think that the line closed in the 80s.

Apart from general rubbish from the Dockyard when it was working, large lagoons were built on the island to receive dredged spoil & these may still be in use.
Certainly material is still being dumped on the island.
There was also a railed crane of a much broader gauge on the main wharf opposite Gillingham pier.

Thanks / Cheers

Helcion

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Re: PAS & RMAS - plus Riggers
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2012, 20:02:43 »
Lovely photo what year was it taken please

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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 19:12:23 »
Found his retirement picture, must be some people here, but what about the items in the background as well


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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 00:24:18 »
Anyone work with the PAS (port auxiliary service) that went on to become the RMAS (royal maritime auxiliary service) that worked all the tugs in the navel base. I worked from 1971 to 1981 and having worked away for the last 30 odd years i often wonder if anyone is still left that i would know or know me. We ran all the tugs and lighters and did all ship movements to do with the navy and even had our own bar in the camp.

All ships were moored ashore by dockyard riggers who lived in the rigging house this was my first job in the base from 1969 till i transfered to PAS around 1971 any old riggers out there i wonder
You may have known my Dad Reg Pearson, he was a  Rigger

It was a long time ago but i am certain i remember Reg as a Rigger we spent most of our time spicing and working in the Rigging house but we also went out and berthed all vessels in the base. The berthing of boats was the best part for me getting outside we had a bus to take us around and it was all weathers. Some did not like doing this part but i am sure Reg did it was a good job i remember we used to have our lunch then the lights were turn off in the Rigging house and we all went to sleep for an hour - happy days
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 20:01:55 »
Anyone work with the PAS (port auxiliary service) that went on to become the RMAS (royal maritime auxiliary service) that worked all the tugs in the navel base. I worked from 1971 to 1981 and having worked away for the last 30 odd years i often wonder if anyone is still left that i would know or know me. We ran all the tugs and lighters and did all ship movements to do with the navy and even had our own bar in the camp.

All ships were moored ashore by dockyard riggers who lived in the rigging house this was my first job in the base from 1969 till i transfered to PAS around 1971 any old riggers out there i wonder
You may have known my Dad Reg Pearson, he was a  Rigger

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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 14:32:18 »
Hi pr1uk,
I was an electrical fitter apprentice in the yard and spent 9 months at PAS during 1973/74. As a learning experience it was a total waste of time but we had plenty of fun. Two fitters and an electrician were based at the PAS workshop beside the locks and for my first 3 months there I enjoyed the company of 9 engine fitter apprentices and we just ran riot. We enjoyed frequent excursions across to the land reclamation that was going across the river, on one occassion knicking a dumb railway hopper to scoot down the line to take a look at Hoo fort. I got to know a few of the boat drivers and took advantage of every chance I could to get afloat which sometimes involved a trip on a tug or pinnace to Garrison Point, escorting a ship up or down the river. Happy days.

I was deck side and i dont remember apprentices  but the engineers may have had them we just crewed the tugs, lighters and the launches over Gillingham pier. Was on a few vessels including coxswain training at Gillingham pier the longest vessels i was on was the Mastiff outside river tug and 1504F a fuel lighter but served on many more.
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Re: PAS & RMAS - plus Riggers
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 13:17:26 »
Hi pr1uk,
I was an electrical fitter apprentice in the yard and spent 9 months at PAS during 1973/74. As a learning experience it was a total waste of time but we had plenty of fun. Two fitters and an electrician were based at the PAS workshop beside the locks and for my first 3 months there I enjoyed the company of 9 engine fitter apprentices and we just ran riot. We enjoyed frequent excursions across to the land reclamation that was going across the river, on one occassion knicking a dumb railway hopper to scoot down the line to take a look at Hoo fort. I got to know a few of the boat drivers and took advantage of every chance I could to get afloat which sometimes involved a trip on a tug or pinnace to Garrison Point, escorting a ship up or down the river. Happy days.

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 08:53:39 »
Anyone work with the PAS (port auxiliary service) that went on to become the RMAS (royal maritime auxiliary service) that worked all the tugs in the navel base. I worked from 1971 to 1981 and having worked away for the last 30 odd years i often wonder if anyone is still left that i would know or know me. We ran all the tugs and lighters and did all ship movements to do with the navy and even had our own bar in the camp.

All ships were moored ashore by dockyard riggers who lived in the rigging house this was my first job in the base from 1969 till i transfered to PAS around 1971 any old riggers out there i wonder
To be contented in life you must learn the difference between what you want and what you need
-Peter

 

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