British seaman served as quartermaster aboard HMS Manners in North Atlantic, 1944-1945; served aboard HMS Bigbury Bay in Far East, 1945-1947
REEL 1 Background in Shaw, GB, 1925-1943: family; education; employment. Aspects of enlistment and training with Royal Navy in GB, 1943: reasons for joining Royal Navy, 1943; training at HMS Collingwood, Fareham. Aspects of operations as quartermaster aboard HMS Manners in North Atlantic, 1944-1945: story of drafting to minesweeper HMS Rattlesnake at Queensferry, 1948; crew and opinion of conditions; messing arrangements and opinion of officers; use of hammocks; steering ship; collision with Norwegian corvette HNoMS Rose, 26/10/1944; story of torpedoing of HMS Manners by submarine U-1051, Irish Sea, 26/1/1945. Aspects of period as quartermaster aboard HMS Bigbury Bay in Far East, 1945-1947: background drafting to ship, 1945; action stations; opinion of ship; importance of cleanliness; watch system worked.
REEL 2 Continues: reasons for ship being a happy ship; divisions on board ship; rum ration; picking up former internees in Shanghai, China; anti-piracy patrols; ashore in Manila, Philippines; return to GB, 1947. Aspects of period as seaman with Royal Navy in GB coastal waters, 1947-1950: sinking mine aboard HMS Suffolk; drafting to HMS Orcadia at Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; drafting to minesweeping HMS Rattlesnake, 1948-1950; leaving Royal Navy, 1950; attitude towards service with Royal Navy.