British seaman served as stoker with HMS Amethyst during Yangtse Incident in China, 1949; served as diver aboard HMS Narvik during Montebello nuclear test in Pacific, 3/10/1952
REEL 1 Enlistment in Royal Navy, 1947. Recollections of period as stoker aboard HMS Amethyst during Yangtse incident in China, 1949: start of Chinese Communist shelling on ship and casualties caused; grounding on mudbank; supplies of food, water and fuel; Short Sunderland flying boat's attempts to land and abortive attempt by HMS London to aid ship; preparations made for break-out; obstacles encountered on dash to sea; personal morale during break-out; communications with boiler room during break-out; reception in Hong Kong; reception of ship in ports on way back to GB. Aspects of period with HMS Narvik during Montebello nuclear test in Pacific, 1952: role as diver helping build jetties on Montebello Island; degree of danger involved in diving operations; nuclear test 3/10/1952.
REEL 2 Continues: question of health after test. Period ferrying Royal Marines in small boats from Singapore up rivers to hunt insurgents in Malaya, 1948.