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"I first attended FNC in September 1969 doing 9 months pre-sea, living in digs at 111, London Street, Landlady a "Hot" Mrs. Coleman !
Steve Musgrave was supposed to keep us under control - a tough job!

Capt. Carruthers was head if I remember correctly, Pat Shaw, Roger Scholes, Alan Ollerton are names I remember well.

Also attended in Jan 1970-June 1970, Jan 73-June 73. Was there in 1978 as well along with a few other times, but cannot remember the dates.

If memory serves me correct there were a total of 24 of us doing "deck" pre-sea training in 1969, I have no clue as to how many survivors of that class there are.
After pre-sea I joined Port Line (Cunard Group) to 1985, then moved around for a few years, Sanko for a couple of years and finally Chevron to date.

Found a photo taken during a "seamanship" class (See Img 035 on Times Past pages). I'm far left. To my right is Tony Zak, The guy holding the block, first name is Rod (can't remember his last name, came from Blackpool) and the other guy I can't remember his name but I think he came from Manchester.

Good days and first experience of living away from home, double bunked up in London Street with four guys in my room.

Remember the "lovely" Linda very well, used to fawn after her (not alone!).

Mrs Gabbitas used to make our evening dinners as we ate dinner at college before heading back to digs at 8pm.

FNC has many fond memories for me, and all the staff were great people". Chris Shill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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" I started at FNC in 1966 as a nav cadet and went away to sea with bank line on 13th november 1967. I remember good times sailing on res near cooling towers and capsizing and managed to stay dry by standing on (lecturer) Alan Ollertons head and jumping on to upturned keel." Jim Burrow.           

"I first attended FNC in September 1969 doing 9 months pre-sea, living in digs at 111, London Street, Landlady a "Hot" Mrs. Coleman !
Steve Musgrave was supposed to keep us under control - a tough job!

Capt. Carruthers was head if I remember correctly, Pat Shaw, Roger Scholes, Alan Ollerton are names I remember well.

Also attended in Jan 1970-June 1970, Jan 73-June 73. Was there in 1978 as well along with a few other times, but cannot remember the dates.

If memory serves me correct there were a total of 24 of us doing "deck" pre-sea training in 1969, I have no clue as to how many survivors of that class there are.
After pre-sea I joined Port Line (Cunard Group) to 1985, then moved around for a few years, Sanko for a couple of years and finally Chevron to date.

Found a photo taken during a "seamanship" class (See Img 035 on Times Past pages). I'm far left. To my right is Tony Zak, The guy holding the block, first name is Rod (can't remember his last name, came from Blackpool) and the other guy I can't remember his name but I think he came from Manchester.

Good days and first experience of living away from home, double bunked up in London Street with four guys in my room.

Remember the "lovely" Linda very well, used to fawn after her (not alone!).

Mrs Gabbitas used to make our evening dinners as we ate dinner at college before heading back to digs at 8pm.

FNC has many fond memories for me, and all the staff were great people". Chris Shill.

I attended the college (FNC) from 1967 (Navigation course)  to 1968. Then from 1968 to 1970 (Radio course). During both Courses, I was known as ‘Felix’ (long story).

I’m not sure if this is relevant to the site, but whilst rummaging through old papers etc. I found my old Sea Remission Certificate from FNC; I’ve attached a scan of this Certificate, but I’m not sure if it will be relevant to the site (see the Times Past section - thanks John -  Ed).

My recollections of my first day at FNC are still fairly clear. My uniform clean, well pressed. My shoes gleaming. The white of my cap cover brilliantly new. The ring in my cap still present making it obvious I was new. As I walked into the Smokey Common Room the radio was playing. It may have been “Ode to Billy Joe” or “Tales from a Teenage Opera” Both records now take me back to those first days at college. All the Second year Cadets looking at this new piece of ‘fresh meat’. I looked around and saw others with Nav tabs on their lapels. I hoped these were on the same Course. They were. We talked, a little difficult at times as we knew we were being watched by the ‘old hands’.

Then someone called out “Assembly time!”. Then some went out of the Common Room. We didn’t know what to do. Should we stay and risk being told off for not following instructions, or go, but go where? So we just followed like sheep out of the Common Room, down the stairs and into the gym. When we got to the gym, the older Cadets saw us and burst out laughing! Yes, we’d fallen for their prank hook line and sinker!

We eventually had a proper Assembly and then when it was over had the talk about the college, course etc. then up to our first lecture. Well, it was more of a book shop than a lecture! Here we had to buy the books we needed for the course. Let me see.... There was Norris’ Nautical Tables, Monroes Navigation, a Seamanship Handbook, Ship Design and Architecture. Maybe one or two others that I can’t recall after all these years. At the end of the day I took them all home for a quick look through. My mind was totally befuddled! I had to learn ALL of this?? Well, by the end of the course, I had mastered a lot of it, but certainly not all! Enough to get me accepted by my first choice of Shipping Company. John (Felix) Redman.

Found the FNC site very interesting and brings back a lot of memories.
I first attended in September 1969 doing 9 months pre-sea, living in digs at 111, London Street, Landlady a "Hot" Mrs. Coleman !
Steve Musgrave was supposed to keep us under control - a tough job!
Capt. Carruthers was head if I remember correctly, Pat Shaw, Roger Scholes, Alan Ollerton are names I remember well.
Also attended in Jan 1970-June 1970, Jan 73-June 73, Was there in 1978 as well along with a few other times, but cannot remember the dates.
If memory serves me correct there were a total of 24 of us doing "deck" pre-sea training in 1969, I have no clue as to how many survivors of that class there are.
After pre-sea I joined Port Line ( Cunard Group) to 1985, then moved around for a few years, Sanko for a couple of years and finally Chevron to date.
Good days and first experience of living away from home, double bunked up in London Street with four guys in my room.
Remember the "lovely" Linda very well, used to fawn after her (not alone!).
Mrs Gabbitas used to make our evening dinners as we ate dinner at college before heading back to digs at 8pm.
I looked through the photo's but difficult to see faces and remember names.
Great site and keep up the good work. FNC has many fond memories for me, and all the staff were great people.
Chris Shill, Class of 69