In the Navy Poem

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When I was in the Navy, I wanted to be out, No more daily or­ders, no more P.O's shout, No more mid­dle watches, no more skip­pers rounds, No more swing of ham­mocks. no more tan­noy sounds. No more pussers dhobi, no more num­ber ones, No more salut­ing of­fi­cers, no more bangs of guns, No more jack­stay trans­fers, no more RAS at night, No more heav­ing rough seas, no more brass so bright. No more ac­tion sta­tions, no more pussers kye,

No more call the hands, no more bread so dry. No more noisy en­gines, no more lifebouy ghost, No more seven days num­ber nines, no more mail to post. But when I'd left the Navy and set­tled down out­side, The bad times soon for­got­ten, the tales I'd tell with pride, Now I miss the things I've seen and done, and it doesn't seem so bad, In fact I'd rec­om­mend the life to any en­quir­ing lad. I miss bor­row­ing clothes for a run ashore. even if they didn't fit, I miss a din­ner time sesh, and rab­bit runs, and movie runs and more. I miss the mess­deck lawyers, banyans, and the mess­deck bore. I miss make and mends and long week­ends, and the rush to catch the train I miss the mates I had, now lost touch, but hope to meet again,

I miss the ar­gu­ments at tot times, sip­pers, gulpers, and Queens, I miss trav­el­ling the world, see­ing things that civvies could only dream

Au­thor un­known

While de­ployed in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion CARIBBE May 3rd, HMCS Athabaskan took time to com­mem­o­rate the Bat­tle of the At­lantic, as well as the loss of HMCS Athabaskan G-07. The cer­e­mony took place at sea and rec­og­nized the sac­ri­fices made by the Royal Cana­dian Navy, Mer­chant Marine, Royal Cana­dian Air Force and Cana­dian Army who gave their lives in the North At­lantic dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. It also hon­oured the crew of HMCS Athabaskan G-07 who lost their lives or were taken as pris­on­ers of war on the night of 29 April, 1944, when the ship was sunk through en­emy ac­tion off the coast of France. RCN photo.

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