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Introduction


Sirius was my first ship, as an artificer apprentice, and I joined her shortly after she was first commissioned, during her first work up. ( & sod's law, I left her after her second work up.) Being a supernumery, I was vitalled in various messes: 3L stokers mess, after seamen's mess (RPs); the greenies mess; and lastly 2K PO's mess. (Neat rum -YES!!)

The fascinating places we visited provoked a lifelong interest in photography. It's just unfortunate that I was no good at it until some time after leaving Sirius, and my nice shiny Singapore bought camera was stolen in Cape Town on the way home (where I also spent a night in the police cells, having been bounced out of the Navigator's Den night club, & kicked down the stairs, being returned on board by the Naval Patrol, with 2 black eyes and a hangover.)

I have put this site up because the Internet is a great way of sharing and finding information. I hope you find this site interesting and useful, and maybe find shipmates you have long since lost touch with. If you can help fill in the years since I left (March 1968) please let me know. Photographs and stories are always welcomed.

This site is intended eventually to become a general Sirius web site, of interest primarily to ex Sirius ships company.  I have now (11.8.02) scanned and uploaded all my slides, at least those that are worth seeing. Further development of the site now depends on input from others - I've no more material. 

Follow up, 10.10.03. The site is now getting a life of its own, as more of you contribute photos and information, and following another successful reunion. Please keep them coming, to give our site even more of a community feel. I now have broadband, so receiving photos and updating the server is now very easy. (But editing the pages still takes time, so please be patient if you have sent me stuff that hasn't appeared. But if it hasn't appeared after a month, give me a nudge - my memory isn't what it was.)

Isaac Newton, 

 

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