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    Funny story about Billy Biscuits and Rifles Counihan on a Lourdes trip.
    I would bet it was Biscuits would done the jump,I will check it out with him or Rifles the next time I am talking to them.When I see you mention Luigi name,I remember one day in the basin a certain seaman from Drogeha big Stevie B.,received a phone call while on QM from a Officer in the base.
    Caller; Could I speak to LT. M........ your XO
    QM; No officer of that name on this ship
    Caller; Yes there is
    QM;No there isn't,I should know I have been on this ship for the last 12 months
    Caller;Well who is your XO?
    QM; Its Lt.Luigi
    Caller ;Get your XO to the phone now.
    Priceless

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post
    Goldie will be happy to see you wreckmaster. He is an old Sea Dog too.

    (i think)
    WRONG.

    Neither Old, nor sea dog.(well compared to the likes of Laners and HPT anyway).
    It's a common myth.


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cha the tel View Post
    from Drogeha big Stevie B
    That was brilliant , I had forgotten about Stevie .
    I have another one , Heading for Dublin one week end we anchored off some where to get the decks painted just the one side as usual waited a few hours for same to dry preceded to Dublin. In Dublin A certain seaman was sent to the Foc'sle to paint some of the deck machinery, having spilt paint everywhere decided on a clean up . A 50/50 mix of water and white spirits in a bucket scrubbed it in to the lovely new green deck when all the white sprit was gone he then turned the hose on it , can you imagine the state of the ship the green ran from the foc'sle to about midships and over the sides , jes were we scrubbing green for a week. I have contact with Luigi , Tony M , he is still living in Cork but comes home often .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    WRONG.

    Neither Old, nor sea dog.(well compared to the likes of Laners and HPT anyway).
    It's a common myth.
    Just because I did T O E Ts on the .303 I am now labeled as being old . Although I was a Sluggie at the time .
    Last edited by Laners; 25th August 2009 at 16:37.
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    I think the difference is that while I did it on the No 4 Mk 2, yours was on the No IV, mk II..


    Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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    Ah the muzzel loader version
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    I think the difference is that while I did it on the No 4 Mk 2, yours was on the No IV, mk II..
    Jealousy will get you no where!

    Age is but a number,You too will be old like us one day..but what fun it was getting here.
    Time for another break I think......

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    I had to do duties with one of them thar muskets in the Brugha in '78 as a sandbag, much to the derision of the 2nd battallion grunts there at the time. They had them new fangled F.N things

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    As we are talking 'muskets', don't forget the Gustav .

    From the range on Spike Island. Now long gone.

    Can you name the guys?

    I recall it was not uncommon to get a hot ejected shell down one's neck!
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    Red Haired guy is from Sligo first name joe was a L/Mech, Ricky S, other two not a clue, far left might be an EA Martin P

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaisec View Post
    Red Haired guy is from Sligo first name joe was a L/Mech, Ricky S, other two not a clue, far left might be an EA Martin P
    Joe Banks , now an Operating Engineer in Chicago and in charge of a very large sky scraper, Derek Graham < L/ cook > also in the same line of work
    Don't spit in my Bouillabaisse .

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    PJ Phelan with the specs I think.

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    PJ Phelan with the specs I think

    i was thinking along the lines of Willie Bryant but could be mistake.
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pilot View Post
    As we are talking 'muskets', don't forget the Gustav .

    From the range on Spike Island. Now long gone.

    Can you name the guys?

    I recall it was not uncommon to get a hot ejected shell down one's neck!
    Oh Dear sweet Jesus in the heaven not the Gustav! I had my moment of infamy with one on the range on an NCOs course in Ballincollig. Didn’t tuck my collar in (See R Starmer in photo above!) and got a hot one down my neck from the guy next to me on the firing line. Bloody thing rolled inside my shirt and burned the back off me. The pain made me jump, and at the same time let off an almighty spray from the Gustav, with my eyes closed as it happens! Holy God those rounds can fly. It was all over in seconds but by the time I figured out what was going on, I had wiped out a large a rock in front of me and the shrapnel went every where, the firing line had disintegrated.

    They cleared hedges, jumped under trucks and just plan fled to avoid the carnage. Shane the Brain clicked my heels together and tore lumps out of me, which wasn’t unusual. The thing was I couldn’t stand still ‘cos the round was still burning my back. The more I wriggled the more he shouted at me and the more it burned the more I wriggled. I thought his head would explode. There was song in the charts at the time “You don’t have to take your clothes off to have a good time”. By the time we got back to the billet my colleagues were signing “You don’t have to shoot your toes off to have a good time!”

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    Jasus Lads ye have Hi jacked my Post , the gustav one was funny its a wonder half us were not killed with all the messin that went on .

    Here is a few more odds unfortunately poor quality again.

    This was a Deck party Some Where

    The Guy in the Blue Hat ?
    I don't know what others think of him but I always had great time for him.
    He will go down in the Annals of the INS ( bad Choice of words there )

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    Emer 1982 >>>
    Last edited by wreckmaster; 19th September 2009 at 00:48.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckmaster View Post
    The Arran Islands caper was just unbelievable , There's a film in that "The night we hit the sand bank" starring Paddy and Luigi .



    There's a few more heads in there I think I recognize
    Cha the Tel was your brother a tel also ? were you on Emer with Billy Biscuits ?
    Sorry to hear about the hair Moggy , still got mine .
    Are you still diving Damo I took up diving after the navy and am still active.

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    Moggy lost his hair gracefully not like some who let little sea creatures eat away at them and then had to destroy everything in his bunk space in case any were crawling around(hope she was worth it).

    Poor Bernard O'S was never the same after the climb up Sir John Rogersons quay or the Arran Island.I never seen lads to sober up as quick as I did that night .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pilot View Post
    As we are talking 'muskets', don't forget the Gustav .

    From the range on Spike Island. Now long gone.

    Can you name the guys?

    I recall it was not uncommon to get a hot ejected shell down one's neck!
    martin plunkett. joe banks pj phelan and the bould starmer.. plunkett being from cavan fired from the left so no one would get his empty cases
    Last edited by golden rivet; 26th August 2009 at 16:51.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckmaster View Post
    Jasus Lads ye have Hi jacked my Post , the gustav one was funny its a wonder half us were not killed with all the messin that went on .

    Here is a few more odds unfortunately poor quality again.

    This was a Deck party Some Where

    The Guy in the Blue Hat ?
    I don't know what others think of him but I always had great time for him.
    He will go down in the Annals of the INS ( bad Choice of words there )

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    welcome to the crack wreckmaster did our paths ever cross...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy View Post
    PJ Phelan with the specs I think

    i was thinking along the lines of Willie Bryant but could be mistake.
    No, it not Willie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden rivet View Post
    welcome to the crack wreckmaster did our paths ever cross...
    We possibly did although , I recently spent a few days with another ex Emer man Mick M from Dundrum he was on Hols in my neck of the woods ,
    from our conversations I was surprised at how few people I knew outside the crew I worked with . could be just old age too .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckmaster View Post
    Jasus Lads ye have Hi jacked my Post , the gustav one was funny its a wonder half us were not killed with all the messin that went on .

    Here is a few more odds unfortunately poor quality again.

    This was a Deck party Some Where

    The Guy in the Blue Hat ?
    I don't know what others think of him but I always had great time for him.
    He will go down in the Annals of the INS ( bad Choice of words there )

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    Is that Fintan M?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckmaster View Post
    We possibly did although , I recently spent a few days with another ex Emer man Mick M from Dundrum he was on Hols in my neck of the woods ,
    from our conversations I was surprised at how few people I knew outside the crew I worked with . could be just old age too .
    Great to hear Mick M is doing well, bumped into him many years ago when he was working for FAS, what’s he doing these days?

    He was in training division when I was on Spike, one of the scariest people a red arse recruit could ever meet. Was at sea with him on Aisling, turned out he was great bloke after all and very very funny. I remember one night while Ned B was asleep the bould Mick filled his boots with tomato sauce. I think we were in Rathmullen at the time, the next morning they probably heard Ned Screaming on the base, and Mick Laughing too.

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    Do Do

    His still good-humored and mischievous ,

    Quote Originally Posted by Doc View Post
    scariest people a red arse recruit could ever meet.
    No That was 5 foot nothing Paddy Carlon " ah You f--kin Do Do "
    Does any one remember his demo on the use of gov issue jacks roll , remember smoth on one side rough on the other stuff ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaisec View Post
    Is that Fintan M?
    No not Fintan ...... a bit higher up the food chain

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    Quote Originally Posted by wreckmaster View Post
    His still good-humored and mischievous ,


    No That was 5 foot nothing Paddy Carlon " ah You f--kin Do Do "
    Does any one remember his demo on the use of gov issue jacks roll , remember smoth on one side rough on the other stuff ....
    Only use 3 sheets one up, one down and one to polish.....

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