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Totally Steaming:  A year on HMS Fearless by [Hammond, Damon]
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The author was born the year the Fearless was laid down and was knocking on the door of his forties when she decommissioned, and he became the last artificer to shut down a Royal Navy steam turbine. He witnessed the ingenuity and sheer hard work put in to keeping the ship at sea, and the ingenuity and sheer hard work put into into heroic levels of inebriation maintained across entire weekends during shore visits that ranged from Scarborough to Sevastopol on a journey that took in Turkish baths and labyrinthine sewage arrangements in Marseilles, along with surreal exercises involving 'killer tomatoes' and pretend admirals, and infinitely-varied machinery breakdowns, some involving very narrow escapes...

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BF01EJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having joined up with the author, and sharing many experiences during my rather short 10 year career, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Damon's ability to portray the challenges of the navy life and the black humour and cynicism which are an essential coping mechanism, left me in stitches.

Damon has captured what many of us ex Tiffies did not have the ability to do, that is, present an excellent insight into our former world. I wish I'd found this book years ago.

Paul 'Flash' Gorton. Ex CPOMEA ....... STEAM trained... 793 Entry
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An absolutely must to read, I have cried laughing at the antics our Royal Navy get up to, but having spent time at sea myself I can see into what the writer is talking about. A Great Read.
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For those who have served onboard not only the FEARLESS but also INTREPID, this is a 'must' read. It will take them back to the days when they either loved or hated their time onboard, either way they will be able to relate to the routines, the humour and the sheer hard work that went into keeping those old girls going. The advent of 'never in my time' Wrens at sea, their employment onboard and subsequent 'matelot-esque' behaviour is an integral and humourous part of the story.
For those from a non-Navy background, the author has carefully explained routines and tradition which makes it an easy read for all.
Having been onboard for part of the time covered in the book, it was brilliant to be reminded of those happenings, the characters involved and the enjoyment of those times (yes I was one who enjoyed their time onboard!)
A highly recommended read.

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my husband enjoyed this bookas he does with most books with a seafearing theme. i cant comment personally because I didnt read it
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I served on the Fearless from Apr 82-May 85 as a Chief Petty Officer Marine Engineering Artificer/Charge Chief, Fearless was hard work with a good percentage of cement in her then, 20 years later with much smaller technical crew, I salute you on your endurance. This book is excellent & if you wish to understand what makes the man that is Nelson's crews sucessor then look no further. Fearless & Intrepid her sister ship shaped many thousands of sailors (& not a few Royal Marines who were Ships Company). The Sailors who served on all Steam ships & their outlook on life (good or bad), endurance & rough humour owe a lot to those many months of watchkeeping on the forward or after Steam Units with our 'watch crew', or beating 10 bells out of a rusted section of pipework, the endless grind to keep it all just working. The authors have captured all this & the last gasp of the old Navy on the final drive to modernity.............From Sail to Steam to Gas Turbines. This social History of the Ships Company at sea (the bordom) & ashore is perfectly captured. I have many military books but few that captured me as much. Highly recommended.
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Strange as it may seem,I keep this book in the bedside locker pile so I can delve into it everytime I need a bit of a giggle. Apart from the females at sea ( so glad we didn't have them, yep, I know, not very PC )... its so good to get the clear concise feeling of what it was like to serve on the Fearless. I was a Stoker and spent so many hours over 3 years watchkeeping, but the boring times were heavily outweighed by the fun, the runs ashore, my oppo's etc. Fearless, really is the end of the old Navy, those 3 showers a day, constant maintenance and repair. This book really does capture it all, but I think it would be hard going for any civvies. The terminology and 'Jackspeak' alone, amazing how much I forgot...but also how quick this book reminds you of the uniquness of life aboard the LPD's and the Navy in general.
Best years of my life, loved the ship, loved the book, hate getting old.
If you served on Fearless or Intrepid, I strongly recommend you buy this book, it will give you great joy and great memorys.
Well done and thanks.
Sean Lockhart ex-Stoker
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Dreadful proofreading. Too much engineering for the non-specialist. Otherwise nice irony and rueful observations of a life at sea with probably a few more years of service than he really needed.
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I loved this book, but I am not sure it will chime with any old reader - you have got to be serving or ex-RN to appreciate all the twists and turns and nuances. I found it a bit 'noir' in areas, but this all added to the effect. He captures the mood and smell of the LPDs really well and particularly the (perceived and experienced!) culture of the Senior Rates messes. Couldn't put it down and my wife thought I was mad chuckling at virtually every page. If you are ex-LPD this is a must have, if you are ex-RN it will bring back some good (and not so good) memories. An easy and thoroughly entertaining read, well done Hammy! (I served as the Main Machinery Engineer Officer in Fearless a few years before he wrote this book).
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