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Sea Story

How about a sea story from the past to liven up the present.

On my first ship HMS Nigeria we were doing a cruise up the East Coast of Africa and were visiting the port of Lorenzo Marques in Portugeese East Africa, this was way back in 1947. The British Consul had arranged some shore excursions one being a trip to a native settlement some distance out of the city. When we arrived there the natives gave us a great reception including a feast of God knows what and pitchers of wine which we soon got into and it was not long before most of us were feeling no pain. When we arrived back at the ship the Officers were having a cocktail party on the Quarterdeck complete with guests and decorated with fancy lights and bunting and also the marine band playing. To liven things up the Officer in charge of our group who was also feeling no pain organized us into a congo line and chanting "UM Da" Um Da' we swayed up the gangway and through the guests. Our Officer in Charge was later confined to the ship for one month when we returned to our base in South Africa, we got off scot free. Mauri

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Mauri. another great story. I'm sure the guests on the ship enjoyed the spectacle. Those stuffy old officers were very strict by the sounds of it. At least you all got off. Funny story.

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The joys of youth,not a care in the world, great days,great story.