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`Queen Mary` crew (MP3)

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Unique ID:19418
Description:A male crew-member of `Queen Mary` talks about the different types of men in the crew, including those returned from the army and long-serving seafarers.
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Date:Unknown
Copyright:Southampton City Council
Partner:SCC Oral History Unit
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With regards to colleagues within your own catering business, yes I suppose so. You see ... you had a sort of pecking order, you had men who had been at sea all their life who were proper seamen shall we say, there were men that had been on the Mary during the war, and there were those men that had gone to the Queen Mary when she was first launched, they were the elite, creme de la creme, and then there was us, the ex-servicemen that were just dodging around finding a hole to get into because I think the majority of us after a while for one reason or another, left the sea, and it was just that period of time where people wanted to just adjust themselves, plus the fact that we were single, we were getting a fair amount of money and being ex-servicemen we hadn't been used to that money, and of course we were having the good things of life which were not prevailing ... in this country.

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