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Cadet at the same time
on 1 May 2015
Having read both Ocean Boulevard and jumping ships, I have to say they were both very well written and very amusing, and brought back many memories, I was a cadet at the same time as Dave, and was at college with him, had a few nights out, but never sailed with him as I worked for a different company, Not Norman I identified straight away, now that man is a character, The stories are all I imagine true, but may not actually be first hand, their will be some which are legends within the fleet (as stories were in my old company) and being retold,
However I think the books give a pretty good reflection on a life that has now sadly dissappeared, but I would certainly give them a read, old hands will have there memories triggered and non seafarers will get an interesting and humorous insight, reading one of the books on a flight back to blight I was getting some funny looks from fellow passengers as I was laughing at some of the passages, and I can guarantee the story about the Lecturer & entry through the window at Southgarth,
Dave has changed quite a few names to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) read the books you won't be disappointed, I am still involved in the marine industry and certainly wish those days were here still, and the good bunch of people that were there.