Jack Tar. 1954 Summer.

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Summer 1954

 

PARKSTONE SEA TRAINING SCHOOL

 

Staff

Captain-Superintendent: commander E. S. FELTON RN (Retd )

Lady Superintendent: mrs. E. S. FELTON

Executive Officer: commander A. R. FREEMAN, R.N. (Retd )

Headmaster: mr. F. BAILEY

Chaplain: rev. J. SLATER, B.A.

Chief Matron: Miss E. SPENCER

mr. W. H. JAMES-BAILEY, A.M.S.E., A.M.P.E.

(Woodwork and Mathematics)

mr. L. I. NORBURY-WILLIAMS, F.R.G.S. (Science and Geography) mr. F. HINKS (Mathematics and Geography)

mr. H. FORD (Arts and Crafts, English, Music)

mr. R. HALL (English and History)

mr. A. T. HARRINGTON (Physical Training)

mr. V. C. JOYCE, L.R.A.M. (Bandmaster)

mr. S. W. POINTER (Signals)

mr. A. H. BUTCHER (Seamanship)

mr. C. S. WOOD (Boxing) mr. V. ROLT (Gunnery and Boatwork)

House Parents

arranmore : mr. and mrs. A. H. BUTCHER

howard: mr. and mrs. B. A. BUSBY johnston: mr. and mrs. A. T. HARRINGTON broughton: mr. and mrs. C. S. WOOD

Sick Bay Sister: Miss I. D. MATTHEWS

,, Captain's Secretary: Miss E. ADAMS

Maintenance: mr. H. S. DAVIES

Head Gardener: mr. R. STOAKES

Chief Cook: mrs. E. WARNE

Magazine Committee

rev. J. SLATER (Editor), mr. B. A. BUSBY, mr. L. I. NORBURY-WILLIAMS, A. HOLT

 

In addition to the many good things which you will find in this magazine, it is encouraging to be able to state that a large number of articles from the boys themselves have been received. A selection of these find a place in this issue. Preference has been given to those con­tributions which show some originality of thought. The process of education is, in the last resort, designed to draw out of a boy what ability he may possess. Now that that process, as far as the magazine is concerned, has begun, we trust that it will continue and that the agonising appeals of the Editor for more matter from the boys will become more rare and, mercifully, disappear altogether.

It is a busy life for most of us in our School and Home and if we leave things until the last minute we cannot give of our best. Therefore, if you have any ideas in your mind, will you please write them down at the earliest convenient moment? Reception of articles is not limited to the last few days before we go to press. The Editor's office is open all the time and he would like a steady stream of material to be coming in during the term. If members of the teaching staff, for example, find anything suitable during each week's work, we shall be delighted to have it. It is one of the ways of advertising our School.

This issue will be on sale at our annual display on July lyth, when the school, as on our Speech Day, shows it paces. We congratulate those who make these outstanding events of our School life possible. Much work is entailed behind the scenes, with boys and members of the staff alike preparing for weeks for "The Day". We know that given fine weather we shall be able to win a host of new friends who will admire what we are trying to do. A good name is what we most desire in all departments of our school, since if we get that, then we know we are doing our work.

The Editor wishes to thank his committee for their loyalty and co-operation, and also Mrs. L. I. Norbury-Williams for her help with the typing of copy.

The latest date for receiving matter for our next issue is Friday, I7th September, 1954.

 

 

4 JACK TAR

CAPTAIN-SUPERINTENDENT'S NOTES

It is generally assumed that boys who receive their education at a Nautical school will take up a seafaring career, and surprise is some­times expressed when it is explained that a not inconsiderable number of our school leavers decide on some other form of employment. These are in a distinct minority and although the reasons for the change in their plans for the future are many and varied, the proportion of boys who are not sent from here to the Royal or Merchant Navies, or to the Army, is fairly constant each year.

Our junior boys are entered at the ages of eleven or twelve and it might be thought that these are the ones who are most likely to change their minds before the time comes for them to leave the school. This is by no means the case, and it is sometimes found that a boy who does not come here until he is over fourteen has difficulty in adapting himself to separation from his home, and decides against a career in the Services. His time here will not have been wasted and he will be spared the possibility of troubles which arise when lads accept a Service engagement for which they are not really suited.

Fortunately many of the boys, even the youngest, have a clear cut desire to go to sea throughout their stay with us, and this urge is likely to carry them well along the road to success. Others, eventually destined for one of the Services, are less sure of themselves, and a good deal of care has to be exercised in giving them guidance but at the same time ensuring that they have freedom of choice.

Some boys return from home leave with totally unexpected ideas for their future. These have developed during their absence from the school and in some cases are due to a reluctance to adapt themselves to life here after holidays. Fortunately this is usually a passing phase which is forgotten within the first week of a new term.

Many boys are very impressionable and a good lecture, book or film will have its effect on them. Consequently it is not surprising that some of our budding sailors have at some time expressed a wish to join the Police Force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, or to become coalminers, railwaymen, etc. One youngster, who was evidently torn between the call of the sea and prospects of life in a new country, expressed a wish to take up farming in Australia with a view to joining the Royal Australian Navy on reaching the age of eighteen!

It is by no means unusual for lads who have left for shore em­ployment to turn later to their original choice and many of these are now at sea or have joined the Army or Royal Air Force. Although the school is intended for the training of lads for the Services, it must always be our main object to give our boys a good start in life, what­ever their choice of career. Judging by the news we receive or our old boys, there is good reason to think that this object is being achieved.

E. S, F,

 

JACK TAR 5

EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S NOTES

The Easter term started on Monday, nth January, the boys having come back on the previous Friday.

The Poole and District Inter-Schools' boxing was held at Mount Street gymnasium on 2gth January. As recorded in ou-r last issue, a number of our boys won their bouts. This year, it was not a team com­petition, but individual entries. On the whole, the standard of boxing was disappointing, especially amongst the younger boys.

The real excitement of rather a dull term, was the moving of the school to the new school buildings on the old Shaftesbury Estate. The boys had 48 hours off from school (except for a small working party) whilst the school furniture was moved and fitted into the new classrooms. On one of the free afternoons, a film was shown to the boys.

At present, the Nautical staff have one classroom in the new school, which is fitted up as a signal room. It is also used for seamanship lectures. The old seamanship room is still used for demonstrations on models. In due course, a new seamanship room is to be fitted up in the recreational hall, which contains the boxing ring. As a certain amount of gear is still stored there, the Inter-House boxing competitions could not be held during the Easter term.

The move to the new school caused very little dislocation in the general routine, except that it was only found possible to fit in two recreational periods per week during the winter months. For a period before the change-over, frost and snow made it impossible to use the lower field and the parade ground was covered with ice. The great thing was to try and keep warm, and also prevent the freezing-up of pipes, etc. At this latter task, Mr. Davies and Mr. Brighton became most proficient.

Work on the upper field goes ahead slowly. The bad weather in February caused a breakdown in the programme and the prospect of a spring sowing disappeared. It is now hoped that the wrork will be completed by August.

The 16 ft. motor boat, which was presented to the school by Mr. Knight, is still being refitted and painted by Mr. Davies. Mr. Rolt has overhauled the engine, which will be refitted into the boat after the hull has been launched and had time to "take up".

In conclusion, we are sorry to report that our assistant handyman, Mr. Brighton, met with an accident whilst going home from work, and we hope he will soon.recover.

A. R. F.

CHAPLAIN'S NOTES

  1. The Easter term began with the preparation of 27 boys for Con­firmation. On Thursday,11th March, the Bishop of Sherborne confirmed the following: Dennis Joseph Ayestaran, John Robert
  2. Ball, Brian Albert Bayly, Eric Frank Ansell Bell, Dennis John Bromhead, Peter Bryant, Bryan Anthony Cawley, John Christopher Chand­ler, Robert David Alien Dean, Stanley Dickins, Kenneth Doran, Roy Durman, Conrad Mark Ferrell, Michael John Fisher, Raymond George Graham, John Arundel Haggerty, Roy James Holme, Robert Jordan, Terence Leworthy, Anthony Michael Oberdries, Colin Michael Richards, Michael John Roake, Peter Norman Roake, Reginald Raymond John Rolfe, Eric Montague Rout, Joseph William Whiteside and Peter Michael Willson.

 

In his address to the newly confirmed, the Bishop stressed the difficulty of the Christian way of life in the world of today. The personal example of the adults, who are engaged in training these boys, would count for much in the strengthening of their allegiance to Christ.

The "Fact and Faith" film, "The Prior Claim", was shown in the gymnasium on Monday, March 22nd, and aroused a good deal of interest. It stressed, particularly, the fact that many of the inventions upon which we human beings pride ourselves, are already to be found in the world of nature. The claims of God should, therefore, have priority in our lives in order that we may the better serve others.

A film of a different character was seen on Good Friday evening, at the Pavilion, Bournemouth. "I beheld His Glory" is the story of the last week of our Lord's earthly life as seen through the eyes of a Roman soldier. In a moving way, the tragedy, the folly and the cruelty of the Crucifixion was made plain, and we were left to reflect upon the power of sin and the cost of our Redemption.

Easter Day was heralded by a lovely Spring morning, and in our chapel, which had been decorated with seasonal flowers, we paid glad homage to our Risen and Glorified Lord. The Resurrection has been described as the "dynamo of the Christian religion" and indeed "if Christ be not risen from the dead, then is our faith vain" (St. Paul). Each and every Sunday is a commemoration of this event. The re­newal of life which we witness annually at this season, is a striking reminder of the new life in Christ that we find when we accept Him as Lord and Saviour.

During the term, the choir worked very hard at practices, and we thank them, Mr. V. C. Joyce and Miss J. M. Slater for their ready help. Voices break, boys leave and changes are inevitable, but we are happy to say that the numerical strength of the choir is being maintained. Amongst those who left were M. Aves, J. Bartlett, R. Dean, A. Ober­dries, M. J. Roake, P. Simons and M. Tuckwell, and we wish to place on record our gratitude for their services. P. O. P. Simons has been particularly helpful during his time in the choir. D. Smith and M. Baldock are the new leading boys.

The privilege of reading the second lesson at our Sunday morning services was shared by R. Felton, G. Oliver, D. B. Channer, D Smith, L. Atkins, J. Smith, J. Walton, M. Baldock, R- Quelch, A. Holt, R. Wigfield, P. Frampton and J. Dennis. Mr. R. Stoakes keeps us well supplied with flowers for the Holy Table and chancel. Other people have also given flowers for this pur­pose, in remembrance of their loved ones. We do not wish to take these extra services for granted, but we should rather express our appre­ciation by realising how the chapel is thereby beautified.

J. S.

HEADMASTER'S NOTES

THE NEW SCHOOL BUILDINGS

The end of February saw the school installed in the new class­rooms, situated in what used to be the Shaftesbury Home.

Two hectic days of shifting furniture, desks, books and parcels of every description and we were ready to commence work in the new buildings. No longer do we hear the clatter of heavy boots up and down the stairs at change of lessons, for all classrooms are on the same level; instead we hear the tramp along the corridor which runs alongside the classrooms.

The first impression was of bright, airy rooms, with room to move t.nd plenty of light. The heating arrangements are of a new design, consisting of gas radiators near the roof and these have yet to prove their efficiency. The weather was very cold at first and the rooms took a long time to warm up in the morning, so at first nobody was very enthusiastic about the new idea. One thing, however, was obvious from the start, and that was that there was much more room in the classrooms themselves and more of them, so the arranging of classes was much easier.

The Science room is now a Science room and nothing else and has been so well fitted and equipped that it must be one of the best of its kind. Near the Science room is a small block of two classrooms, housing the Arts and Crafts and Music room and the Geography room. The main block consists of four classrooms, Headmaster's Office, Staff room and stores. Two classrooms can be blacked out and used for the Episcope or the film strip projector without interfering with any other rooms. The Signal and Gunnery room is attached to the main block and so obviates any long walk at change of lessons!

When the new Seamanship and Woodwork rooms are built the whole instructional centre will be one compact group.

At present temporary lavatories are in use, being improvised premises from those which were originally in use, but which provide no washing facilities. Plans for new ones have been passed which will provide much better facilities and will also contain ample numbers of washbasins. A drinking fountain is also envisaged for the near future which will greatly add to the amenities of the school.

Outside, the playground is partly complete and is due to be finished at Whitsun. Though not quite so big as the old one it will afford ample space for play.In addition we have a large grass space next to the playe

ground which is being fully used during the summer mont at present providing the boys with a happy hunting ground.

F. B.

SCIENCE NOTES

By the 22nd February the move to the new Science laboratory had been successfully completed, eleven cupboards full of equipment having been transferred with only one or two minor breakages. At the date of going to press we are still awaiting delivery of four Physics benches and the sliding blackboard, so we will defer more information about this building until final completion of the internal fittings.

E.R.A. Class

Congratulations to John Walton, David Bradbeer and Robert Quelch on passing the February E.R.A. examination with ninety-three-and-a-half, eighty-seven and eighty-and-a-half per cent, respectively in Science! As Walton attained the highest marks throughout the British Isles in this subject and in the examination as a whole, he deserves additional praise. Now they have left us we wish them every success in their future careers.

These results have again proved what can be achieved by boys who persevere with their studies, and, it is hoped, will be an incentive to others in the class.

Films

On Monday, I2th April, the Southern Gas Board kindly sent Mr. Press to exhibit a number of technical films dealing with the manu­facture and uses of gas. Attendance was voluntary, so as to enable boys to prepare their kit for leave. In view of this, and the fact that most of the films had been shown to the school during the last two years, it was gratifying to see nearly half the school present.

Outings

On 8th April the E.R.A. class visited the light engineering works of Webster Ltd. Starting with the stamping of circular blanks from brass sheet, the party followed the various operations entailed in the manufacture of cosmetic containers as far as the assembly of the finished article. The electrostatic sprayer for coating the containers with lacquer to prevent them tarnishing, the infra-red ovens for drying the lacquer, and immersion pyrometers formed some of the interesting topics for scientific discussion and the visit to the toolroom gave the boys an insight into the machines and processes used in tool-making.

L, I. N. W.

 

BAND NOTES

 

 

 

The Easter holiday is over and how pleased we are to see all the boys back again. The band classes have settled down very quickly to some hard work preparing for our summer season of engagements.

The first of these we have already fulfilled, for on Friday I4th May, we performed a programme of light music, with the Sailors Hornpipe and our two boy singers making their debut, for the Poole Darby and Joan Club. This was a delightful afternoon enjoyed by everyone. We have four more engagements in May, but more about these in our next notes.

Last term was rather easy for the band with no public appearances, the outstanding event being a visit to the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth where we listened to a splendid programme of music, very well ren­dered by the Bournemouth Municipal Orchestra, conducted by Charles Groves. This was real musical education for our band boys, especially so to one young lad who informed us he used to play the "tangerine" in a percussion band.

We hear that several of our old band boys who joined the Royal Marines Band are at present in the R.M. School of Music at Deal. Some of them are Band Sergeants and some Band Corporals, whilst one is a Bandmaster. Well done, we congratulate them all! To end these short notes I should like to congratulate the Editor and committee on our much improved School magazine.

Per Mare Per terrain

V. C. joyce

HOUSE NOTES JOHNSTON

It was stated in our last edition that a football league competition had been started with two teams from each cottage (seniors over 14 years and juniors under 14 years). The combined points from all games decided the position of the House in the league table. Our readers will be pleased to learn that, in this competition, we finished at the top. It was, however, unusual to see some boys representing the House who normally would have been on the touch line. They were in the team for the simple reason that we only had a limited number available, for the senior group. Nevertheless, we put up a good show and we offer our congratulations to all.

The House competition for work done in school was won again last term by our lads, who earned for themselves another visit to the local cinema. It is hoped that, Jn spite of the large number of juniors in the House, they will continue to maintain this good record.

Edward Harvey, Cyril Bartlett, and John Denford left us early in the term, and we are pleased to learn that they are getting on well. Since Easter leave, "Ben" Bradbeer has left to join the Army Appren­tice School, Robert Quelch has gone to H.M.S. Fisguard, Alistair Davies to H.M.S, St. Vincent and Norman Gilbert to the Merchant Navy. To them all, we wish every success. We welcome the new arrivals; Barry Bennett, Derek O'Dell and John R. Smith and hope they will soon settle down happily amongst us.

 

 

This term, as is usual, is a very full one with athletics, swimming, outside engagements and rehearsals for our annual Display. All of us will be hard at it until the welcome summer leave.

Many ex-Johnston House boys will be sorry to learn of the illness of Peter Jones who is at present in the Royal Naval Hospital, Chatham. He would be glad to receive letters from those who remember him. His address is: Peter Jones, 4499, R.N.H., Chatham, Kent.

We shall have little to say about cricket this year, owing to the alterations taking place on the top field.

mr. and mrs. A. T. harrington

HOWARD

Up to the time of writing, there seems to have been few events about which much can be said. The present term, however, is usually a very full one, and there should be plenty of material next time.

An old boy, E. Herbert, came and stayed with us for a weskend. He is now in the Royal Marines.

Two Howard House boys were confirmed in the chapel on nth March, and afterwards met the Bishop at tea, in the gymnasium.

The House competition, which was very enlightening, ended with the Easter term. Some boys need to "pull in their horns" a trifle, others, to mention the top four—Ley, Simons, Ball and Holt, are to be congratulated on the fine example they have set, particularly the first mentioned who gained only plus points and not a single minus one.

By the 4th April, everyone was excited about the Easter holidays. At noon that day, there were only two lads from Howard who had not gone home or away for their break from school. These two however, did very well, as they, with others who remained, were taken out several times, either as members of a school party, or with our friend Mr. Parish from Christchurch. These outings included visits to Poole Speedway. Lulworth Cove (where cliff climbing was enjoyed), Hengist-bury Head, the dockyard for Portsmouth Navy Days and the Captain-Superintendent's house for a tea party.

On Monday, 3rd May, we started athletic training. If Howard boys do as well in the Inter-House Athletics this year as they did last, we shall be very pleased.

We have said goodbye to Peter Frampton who has joined the Royal Navy, Terence Baker, who is in the Merchant Navy, and Alan Shenton, Keith Morris and Peter Russell who have returned to their previous homes. Four new boys, M. Flaherty, H. Upward, A. Brewster and S. Brown joined the House during the first week of the new term. By the time they read these notes, they should be settled in nicely.

 

The result of the football league was fairly good. Although the seniors finished at the bottom, the juniors came second. Had better co-operation been achieved by the latter, they would, I believe, have reached the dizzy heights at the top. However, here's to the next time!

In conclusion, may we say that we were pleased to see Mr. Kelly, of the Home Office, who came round the House on the 6th May.

W. D. and B. A. busby

ARRANMORE

It is time once again to compile some notes for "Jack Tar". First and foremost in our minds is the wonderful accomplishment of Walton in being first in the Royal Navy Examination for The Entry of Artificer Apprentices of February, 1954. Well done Walton in your endeavour! But also we have to record what a bitter blow it was to him that he could not take advantage of it, because of his being colour blind to such an extent that he was turned down by the Naval Authori­ties. At present he is in the Army Apprentices School at Harrogate.

I have just received a letter from him and here is a passage from it:-

"I know one thing. I never realised how much was done for me while I was at P.S.T.S. until it came to having to get all my own clothes mended, cleaned and laundered."

Here is a boy willing to admit, and appreciating, what has been done for him. Not only that, he bravely admits that he was wrong in some things and apologises. Thank you Walton. Your apologies are accepted and we wish you well in your new career as a- prospective surveyor in the Army.

Now to our football efforts, which I must admit were better than we expected. We relinquished our usual position as the strongest team in the League (holding every one else up!) and managed to come second in both leagues (over fourteens and under fourteens). We had another good season at netball, being second again. Given a little luck, we may be able to keep the upward trend going and finish top in both football and netball next season. Who knows, it may be our year?

Our time now is being taken up with athletics, exploring our talent for our own school sports on gth June. I shall be very disappointed if we do not finish in a better position than we did last year. The opposition is just as tough, but we are keeping our fingers crossed and everyone is trying hard to give the wooden spoon to someone else this year.

During the term Walton went to the Army and Yates, Johnson and Rout to the Royal Navy. In their places we have Shaw, Le Blanc and Froude.

An revoir,

mr. and mrs. A. H. butcher

 

OLD BOYS' CLUB

We were pleased to hear from several of you once again. It is especially encouraging to have word from those of you who have done well for yourselves, from Canada to New Zealand and from South Africa to Singapore. In addition, there are those from the United Kingdom who have made a success of life and are proud to have belonged to the "greatest family in the world"—Dr. Barnardo's Homes.

On the 13th March, my wife and I had the pleasant experience of attending the Dr. Barnardo's Old Boys' and Girls' Annual Dinner and Dance, which was held in London. Several old friends and school mates were present, and many yarns and experiences of past days were exchanged. I think that everyone considered that n p.m. came all too soon.

In my last notes, I mentioned that we hoped to print a list of the names and addresses of all Old Boys of the club. Also, I asked those who had not written lately to please send me word of themselves, even if it consisted only of a card with their name and address on it. The response, I am sorry to say, has not been very promising, for although I despatch nearly two hundred copies of "Jack Tar" to Old Boys each quarter, I have, as yet, received in return, very few completed forms. Naturally, we should like to hear from all of you, please. We feel sure that you think the school magazine is worth receiving, and those of you who have replied, have usually stated how much you like it in its new form. So those of you from whom we have heard nothing, please make an effort to write to us.

In the Barnardo "Guild Messenger," it has been stated that some Homes or Schools are holding their own Old Boys' or Girls' reunions. We do not want to be left out of the picture. We feel there must be many of you who have not yet been to see us and would welcome a gathering of this nature. Possibilities of a reunion, here at Parkstone, are now being considered, and by the time the next "Jack Tar" appears, if not before, we hope to have some definite news for you about this.

B. A. busby

EXTRACTS FROM OLD BOYS' LETTERS

From Mr. E. R. Vowles, now a House-master at the Garden City, Woodford Bridge:

"Dear Sir, Thank you for your letter. I regret the delay in answer­ing, but no doubt you will take my word when I say that life is pretty busy . . .

I am now attached to Barnardo's and in connection with my work, I was aware of the amalgamation of R.C.N.S. and W.N.T.S.

A short resume1 of my life since leaving R.C.N.S. I had not left Russell Cotes three years, for my life at sea, when war broke out and you can guess the rest, which involved spells in the Dover patrol, North Africa, Italy, India, Burma and so I certainly saw the world.I felt I had had more than enough of the sea (at its coldest) and so when the time came for me to be demobbed, I was no longer Joyal to the sea-going folk.

 

I had a short spell in the building trade in partnership with a pal, but could not feel settled. Having a great liking for boys of all types, shapes and sizes, I returned to the old Homes and started as house­master at the Windsor branch home, where in due course I met and married an assistant matron and finally we together took the Training Course at the Staff Training Centre in the Garden City and managed to obtain the Home Office Certificate in Child Care. After this we were appointed to 'Schools House', Garden City where we have spent a very happy year.

May I wish the Club every success."

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From W. A. Moir-Porteous, now serving on H.M.S. Sheffield:

"Dear Sir, I thank you very much for the magazines you have sent me. I appreciated reading them . . .

I am having a wonderful time here, and I am enjoying the wonder­ful tropical weather and I will be sorry to leave it. It will take some doing trying to get used to the English weather when I get back.

I will shortly send you a photograph of myself, as I would like to be mentioned in the magazine at some time or other so that some of my mates I used to know at the P.S.T.S. might remember me. I am hoping to get transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy this year, but if this happens I intend to keep up my correspondence and interests in the Club . . ."

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From C.P.O. N. H. Harris, now serving at H.M.S. Collingwood: "Dear Sir, I have no real excuse for not writing for so long, except that I am no letter writer and have kept putting it off.

You have not failed to keep me in touch with things and I must say I am ashamed at lettings things go so long . . .

This new edition of the 'Jack Tar' is certainly a 'topper' and a credit to the School. I live in hopes of one day paying you a visit. I still live with the memories of the old School and gather from the magazine, what vast improvements have taken place. All to the better, though the old routine never did any of us harm.

At the moment I am stationed at H.M.S. Collingwood at Fare-ham, where, until just after last Christmas, I was an Instructor for Part I Training. Now I am Chief of the section, but must add it is not 'my cup of tea'. I much prefer to take classes. However I had no option. I consider this part the essential part of a man's career. We aim to teach discipline, cleanliness and last of all a little essential seamanship, for them to find their way around.

 

 

 

"IMPERIAL ECHOES" IN THE CHAIR

There was a peaceful air in the Parkstone Sea Training School as we made our way to the parade ground. We were going to be put through our paces. The duty officer began to inspect divisions and for some unknown reason, my right eye began to wink. In vain I tried to forget all about it for a second, whilst the officer's eyes stared hard into mine. "H'm! trying to be funny. Familiarity to a superior officer," he growled, "Report for extra work my lad!"

Well, I honestly do believe in spit and polish, but this night there was a "super" cinema show in the gymnasium. Poor me, I had to miss that pleasure, because I have a winking eye.

I reported at the L.R.C.H. and was told to polish the deck. Slapping down the ronuk, I took up the plough. Suddenly sweet music sounded in my ears and the quarterdeck appeared to wobble. The school band was playing "Imperial Echoes". I began to swing the plough to the music and the bumper swished along. Ronuk was flying everywhere and even the marble statues began to waltz. The noise was terrific. Then who should walk in but Mr. W——. "This is really marvellous", he said softly and sweetly, but unfortunately he spoke too soon. The tin of ronuk bounced off the deck and hit the officer on the head. Down he fell on the shining deck and I wondered what to do. If only the band would stop, I could gain control.

"You can wake up now, it's all over," I heard a faint voice say. "Are they out sir?", I exclaimed. "Yes my boy, they are," said the den­tist. "Breathe deeply when you get outside and get the gas out of your lungs."

david longley. form II

THE OLD LADY

It was a very cold and dismal morning with the rain pattering on the pavements, leaving dirty pools of water in the roads. It was then that I saw this queer lady as I looked out of my window. She was wrinkled with age and wore a dirty brown threadbare shawl round her shoulders. She was very small, had white hair and dark brown eyes. She was trying to lift her bags, which appeared to be very heavy.

I put on my dark grey mac. and ran across the road to help her. I asked her if she needed any assistance and she said in a weary voice, Yes please." And then, "God bless you, my dear." It occurred to me then to try and get a taxi, but there wasn't one to be seen. I hurried home to get my car out, leaving the old lady on a seat, with my mac. over her.

 

When I returned with my car a few minutes later she was gone. My mac. was still on the seat with an envelope full of money inside one of the pockets. From that day, no one has seen her. I often wonder who she was and some day I will find out.

T. lockwood. form IIIA

THE BADGER

The badger is found in the continents of Europe and Asia. It lives in deep forests and woods, where it makes a burrow with one entrance, which leads into different chambers excavated in circular form. Inside the chambers (which are lined with dry grass and hay) it spends its day sleeping. At night it goes out in search of food, which mainly consists of roots, fruit, frogs, insects and small wild animals.

The size of the badger, when fully grown, is about two feet three inches in length with a tail of seven inches. The head is long and pointed with the ears set close. The body is stout and broad with the hair trailing along the ground as it moves. The colour on top is a brownish grey, becoming slightly lighter on the sides and tail.

The Anglo-Saxon name for badger was broc, which still stands in some counties. The badger is by no means fat or inactive. The female has three to five babies in the summer, which she nurses for about six weeks.

In some countries men go hunting for the badger with dogs. In "Wind in the Willows," Kenneth Graham mentions that the badger is meek and gentle, but in actual fact it is a very powerful and ferocious animal, and it takes a strong dog to tackle it.

john barker. E.R.A. class

SAILOR BEWARE!

I, Robert Jordan, am a third year cadet aboard the Double Diamond Line cargo liner Golden Efford. We were on a trip to the Near East and had had a spot of engine trouble in the Mediterranean, so we put into Port Tewfik for minor repairs. I was given permission to go ashore for three hours to visit my cousin Daisy, who was staying at an hotel in Suez. Daisy, by the way, is a boy.

I managed to find him, seated on the verandah of the hotel, and we celebrated our meeting with port and rum. Daisy told the waiter, an oily looking Arab, to bring the drinks quickly, as I had no time to waste. As the Arab shuffled away, Daisy whispered to me that his name was Mustafa Effendi. I said "That name rings a bell somewhere—let me see. No, I'm wrong; I'm mixing it up with the name of my ship, Golden Efford.

"Mustafa Effendi is on the lookout for a man named Roderick von Robertstein, a German agent who holds plans for sabotaging shipping in the Suez Canal," said Daisy hurriedly. Personally I thought more of getting back to the ship than about what Daisy was telling me. I knew Mr. Davis, the Chief Officer, was extremely fussy about cadets being late. I bade goodnight to Daisy and went in search of a taxi. My luck was out, so 1 decided to waste no time and walk.

The narrow, dusty streets were quiet and the tall, crumbling buildings appeared deserted. I realised that it was curfew time and only thieves would dare to be about. I was approaching the docks, when suddenly a knife flashed from out of the shadows. It stuck in my left arm, and from a doorway emerged three men. The first was just about to plunge a knife in me, when I gave him an upper cut on the jaw. The second I punched in the solar plexus, whereupon the third man ran. My right hand was sore and my left arm was out of action, so I decided that it was time for me to go. Before I could get into my stride I stumbled over a man lying helpless on the road. I touched him and he whispered, "I 'ope you wery good friend. My name is Roderick von Robertstein". The conversation with Daisy came back to me in a flash. Those plans, sabotage plans—I wondered where he kept them. I searched his pockets and grabbed a neatly wrapped packet. Then a police patrol came along and took him in their jeep. They were Egyptian police, so I told them nothing and carried on.

I was now at the docks, but to my dismay the Golden Efford had moved and was berthed at a quay across the narrow strip of water. It was over a mile distance to walk round by land, so I decided to swim back to my ship. I had just entered the water, when a knife hissed passed my head. Finally I reached the starboard side and climbed the rope ladder.

I immediately reported to the skipper, told him the whole story and produced the packet, which I had so carefully kept dry. The Cap­tain sent for the Chief Officer and patting me on the back said, "Sit down my lad, you have done a marvellous job". Slowly he opened the wrappings and as he did so his face went scarlet. A packet of cabbage seeds fell out. "You're fired!", he yelled. "Sorry Sir", I said, but real­ised that pleading would be in vain.

Well, I made the trip and was paid off at Liverpool. Later I gave the packet of seeds to my father and what do you think? On the thinnest of thin paper, inside the packet, was the plan for sabotaging the ships at Suez.

robert jordan. form III A

THE PREHISTORIC UPRISING

It was there that a tribe of apes raided our ancestors, the cave men. The apes were physically stronger than their human enemy and used great clumsy clubs. The cavemen had only weapons of stone and spears.

Thousands of years ago, before man had learnt the meaning of time, the world was covered with vast forest regions. It was in one of these regions that this incident took place.

 

It was getting light in a clearing in one of these forests, when a series of cries split the silence. A caveman came running towards the cave. In his clenched fist he held a crude shaped wooden bow.

The other cavemen crowded round their fellow man, as he demon­strated how his bow could shoot small spears farther than they could be thrown. All day long, the cavemen gathered small straight sticks to make arrows. At the end of the day, they were all armed with spears and bows. These they stored in the caves. Except for the look-outs, the cave dwellers went to sleep.

At the crack of dawn, as the shadows flitted around the caves, the apes were heard pounding their way towards the clearing. Danger was near. The cavemen prepared to meet the foe. The attacking beasts advanced and a volley of arrows whistled into their midst. Quickly they retreated into the safety of the forest. When the sun was at its highest, the apes advanced a second time. Clubs hurtled through the air and ripped the branches from the overhanging trees. The cavemen took aim with their arrows and the air was thick with deadly shafts. The leader of the apes, a monstrous beast, seemed to sense the danger and seeing him turn and flee, the remainder followed.

Primitive man had gained a victory. The apes of today are so rare that we pay to see them in the zoo. It's a far cry from the days of spears and arrows, to the days of hydrogen bombs and the horrors of modern warfare. Man defeated his animal rival and we must now hope that

science does not defeat man.

P. willson. form IIIA

THE SALMON

The salmon is a migratory fish, which lives in fresh water one part of the year and in the sea the rest. It leaves the sea and pushes up the rivers in autumn and does not return to the sea until spring. In some rivers salmon do not appear until the middle of April.

Salmon will clear rapids or weirs which are eight or ten feet in height. Sometimes it mistakes its mark and throws itself on dry land. Although it seldom springs more than ten feet out of the water, it has been known to descend a fall of thirty feet, and to leap over rocks of a great height and land in the water on the other side. It is an old opinion and one still very generally entertained, that previous to making a spring, the fish curves its body and puts its tail into its mouth.

The female is the first to ascend the rivers and the male follows. The migration of the fish does not take place immediately on leaving the sea, but it advances up the rivers or estuaries, as far as the tideway, ascending with each flood-tide and descending with the ebb, remaining partly in salt-water and partly in fresh-water.

 

When the fish is finally up the river, it looks for shallow parts with a clear gravel bed where there is a strong current. It then proceeds, generally in the morning or during the twilight, to make a furrow in the gravel with its nose. In making this, the fish works against the stream, for if it worked the other way water would be forced into the gills the wrong way and would drown it. The deposition of the spawn takes eight to twelve days. When this process is finished and the eggs or "ova" as they are called are covered up, the fish takes to the pools and the deeper parts of the river. At this stage salmon are much out of condition and are unfit for food, being called "kippers" or "kelt-fish". By the end of May the water is full of the "fry", which vary in length from one inch to the size of a minnow and are perfectly formed. At first they stay in the shallow water, but as they grow stronger they can be seen in the middle of the river or stream swimming towards the sea. In June not a single fry is to be found in fresh-water.

 

Fry marked in April or May have returned in June weighing two to three pounds and a few months later as much as six pounds. Small sized fish under the weight of two pounds are called "salmon-peal" and above that weight "grilse". Full grown fish tip the scales at sixty or seventy pounds, but such salmon are seldom caught in our rivers.

Owing to the pollution of many of the English rivers by the factories located near them, salmon are rarely seen in them.

R. gale. E.R.A. class

"ROCKET SHIP XM"

It was the year 1959, when the Rocket Ship XM stood complete with her sleek shining nose pointing towards the planet Mars. The lift was slowly rising and on it stood a crew of four. When the crew were safely inside the scaffolding was moved aside. The atmosphere was tense as the seconds were ticked off; "five; four; three; two; zero; fire!" There was a cloud of flame and smoke and the ship shot upwards out of view.

Two months later, Rocket Ship XM landed on the planet Mars, but as the crew reached the ground they were surrounded by a tumul­tuous hoard of little green men, who blew Rocket Ship XM to pieces and led their captives off to their ruler. "Who are you?", he snapped, "Why have you come here?" When they told the ruler all about them­selves, he spoke in a more friendly tone. The Professor asked why their ship had been destroyed. The Martian told them that it was a very poor design and it would be replaced.

One week later, the crew were seated in the cockpit of a gleaming blue space ship, with the following title sprayed on the side:- Rocket Ship XM. II.

When they reached earth, they had wonderful photographs and inventions to show the earth folk.

A. crane. form IIIA

 

jack tar 29

WHETHER YOU WIN OR LOSE!

There is a very well known verse, which the majority of us are familiar with, which reads:

"When the Great Scorer comes to write against your name,

He cares not if you won or lost, but how you played the game." It is the last two lines of this verse that I should like to pick out and change slightly, for a few moments, to read:

"It matters not how you won or lost, but how you played the game." Another famous poet tells us: "... If you can lose, and start again at the beginning,

And never breathe a word about your loss . . ." and finishes the poem with the words, "You'll be a man, my son."

The authors of the above verses were men who understood human nature very intimately. They realised that the great majority of men and women took a great delight in winning, or making a success of anything attempted. Indeed it is only right that this should be so, but, unfortunately, it is not always possible to win. Sometimes we fail miserably.

On the occasions when we lose or fail in whatever project or game we enter, we often feel most dejected, and are apt to show it. This is especially evident if we have put into the enterprise everything we have. As it is sportsmanship that we are considering, let us perhaps learn a bit more about this attitude towards losing.

The old story of the "Fox and the Grapes" frequently creeps into our emotions. Very often when we fail or lose, we attempt to find an excuse by blaming our opponents, the equipment we have used or the referee or judge. Let us consider these three excuses separately.

Our opponents, of course, usually enter the competition full of confidence, eager to succeed and hoping to win fairly. If they slip up, or accidentally break the rules, some of us think it is only right to get even by infringing the rules ourselves. Two wrongs, however, most certainly do not make a right. Consequently the deliberate breaking of the' rules is the basis of bad sportsmanship. The good sportsman does not look for, or remember, the mistakes of his opponent, but rather is the first to go over and congratulate him on winning.

How many times have we heard "A bad workman blames his tools?" The same can be said about bad sportsmen. If an advantageous position, direction or more suitable equipment is gained through winning the toss, so much the better. The losing of the toss may call for even more effort to begin with. It will probably mean that the loser may have to rearrange his team, or be ready to change his mode of play, but the good sportsman will accept this like a man and will certainly not moan about it afterwards.

Lastly, and I think the most important, is the attitude adopted towards that fine and unenviable body of individuals who have agreed to take charge of the competition and act as judges or referees.

 

JOKE COLUMN

 

Seamanship Howlers, (not for landlubbers) To snub the cable means to "ignore it".

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The gimble rings are provided to "assist a man to climb up the ship's side."

For Nose Bags Only

Boy: (Having accepted a cup of coffee from his House Matron) "Coo Mam! This is smashing coffee, much better than we get".

II.M.: "I think you will find it is the same brand as you get my son".

Boy: "Oh no Mam, we get horse coffee!"

H.M. (Looking at the label on her bottle) "Horse coffee! What sort is that?"

Boy: (Pointing with exultation to the words "Caterers Only" on the label) "There you are Mam, Carters Only!—Horse Coffee that means".

The Lighter Side of an Admiralty Inspection

Inspecting Officer: "Which game do you prefer my boy, soccer or rugby?"

Boy: "Soccer Sir".

Officer: "And where do you play?" . . • -

Boy: "Mostly on the top field Sir".

Getting Mechanised

Inspecting Officer to Band Boy: "Your Captain tells me1 you are shortly joining the Royal Artillery Mounted Band!" " ,..,,-Boy: "Yes Sir". Officer: "Do you ride?" Boy: "Only when on long leave Sir". Officer: "How's that?" Boy: "My bike is kept at home Sir".

COMPETITION (A)

The following questions have been compiled from the "General Papers" of The Royal Navy ''Examination For The Entry of Artificer Apprentices" by kind permission of the Director of Naval Recruiting.

The sende. of the first correct set of answers to be examined will be awarded a prize of 3/6d. The editor's decision is final.

i (a) Who is the author of the "Just So Stories"?

(b) What kind of novels were written by Conan Doyle?

(c) Who composed the music of the opera "Faust"?

(d) Name an opera composed by Wagner. 4 I

 

(e) Who wrote the poem "The Charge of The Light Brigade"?

(/) Name a famous English painter.

(g) Who was the architect of St. Paul's Cathedral?

2 For what purposes are the following used?

(a) Blue print (b) Cathode Ray Tube (c) Lectern
(d) Headstock (e) Rebate plane (/) Chronometer

3 Explain the meaning of the following processes :-

(a) annealing (b) planishing (c) welding (d) honing

4 Name the towns or cities in which the following are situated :-
(a) The Eiffel Tower. (b) Holyrood Palace.
(c) Whitehall. (d) The Vatican.

5 Mention the name of the articles with which the following firms

are associated. (a) Bechstein. (b) Cammell Laird, (c) Halford. (d) Manfield and Co.

6 Name the animal usually associated with the following :-(a) Aylesbury. (b) Friesian. (c) Percheron. (d) Airedale.

7 Write down the reasons why the following men are famous :-(a) Fleming, (b) Einstein, (c) Shackleton. (d) Bach, (e) Shelley.

8 What is meant by the Doldrums, and where are they found?

9 ——— ——— ——— was the first Englishman to sail round the world.

10 —— —— introduced printing into England.

11 King ——— dissolved the monasteries in Britain.

12 What is the first book in the Bible?

COMPETITION (B)

The sender of the first correct set of answers to be examined will be awarded a prize of 2/6. The editor's decision is final.

1. When, where and who was the first Englishman killed in an air­craft accident.?

2. Name the colours used in the production of colour film or colour T.V.?

3. Using four words only, write a sentence containing the words "Tomorrow, Yesterday, Today."

4. Starting with Red, write down the sequence of colours of the traffic lights when shown once through.

5. \Vhat is the national flag of England?

6. If you had the privilege of serving in the Royal Yacht and were at the top of the mainmast clearing the Royal Standard which had become fouled; and whilst up there, you were required to do some­thing else, what method do you think would be used to give the order?

 

7. How many words can you form out of the letters contained in the word "Mediterranean?"

8. The first Dog Watch is from 1600 to 1800. What is the next one called?

 

 

9. To what do we refer when we mention "The Glorious ist of June?"

10. On October I4th, 1797, the newspapers of London described "Admiral" Nelson's total destruction of the French fleet at Camper-down". What is wrong with this?

GUESS WHO

(In the converstaion piece below, the missing words are all names of boys in the school. Can you identify them?)

Two boys sat in the sunshine on the steps of the L.R.C.H. trying to get ————. One said to the other, "What would you like to be if you don't go into the Navy?" "Well, "said the second boy, "I think I should like to be a ————." "Don't be ————", said the first, "You could not stand the heat of the ————; besides you need to be as strong as a ————." "Well, I can lift a sack of ————, so perhaps I could be

"Hey", boomed the voice of the duty officer, "Do you realise that it is time for school and you haven't struck the ———— and it's 1445?" "I'm sorry, sir, I was thinking of ————." Duty done, the conversat'on continued. "What's the subject first period this afternoon?" asked the first boy. "Scripture," replied the second. "Any idea what the Padre is taking?" " ————". "Who the ———— s he?" "Don't you know,?" said the first boy, "You should be ashamed of yourself." "Ah well, we can't all be like you," came the retort, "You ———— make a good ———— or a — —— all dressed up in ———— and carrying a ———— or some other ——— of your office."

"Well, cheerio, Admiral ———— I will leave you to your duties whilst I go and ———— the scriptures.

E. E. S.

GEOGRAPHY QUIZ

1. Where are the Bahrein Islands and what are they noted for?

2. Where is the lyre bird found and why is it so named?

3. What is a jinricksha?

4. What are marsupials? Name four.

5. What is the Federal Capital of Australia?

6. Why is cricket played in Australia in December and January?

7. What is the capital city of Burma?

8. What stretch of water separates Mombasa and Bombay?

9. Why is it that polar bears do not eat penguins? 10. What is the modern name for (a) Persia?

(b) Siam?

(c) Java?

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

 

We offer our congratulations to M. Aves, A. Oberdries, P. Simons and D. Smith on passing their First Aid test. They were presented with certificates by the Captain-Superintendent during May..