New website by Nanuq: Dance2Tone.com

New website by Nanuq.

Zumba classes in Sussex by Dance2Tone.com

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Venezuela adventure – a ripping yarn by Capt T. B. Greenhalgh

Before Captain T. B. Greenhalgh, my grandfather, wrote “Sons of Gentlemen” he appears to have submitted articles to magazines and I am discovering them as I research his career after an apprenticeship in tall ships, writes Peter Greenhalgh.

The first one I found is an article about an adventure in Venezuela, which appeared in the February 1952 issue of “The Wide World”, a publication billed as “The Magazine for Men”.

It’s 60 years old… and how times have changed – a “magazine for men” was certainly different in those days!

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

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When Greeny swapped his trousers for a monkey

Monkey business in the Java Sea
Greeny, an apprentice on board the four-masted barque ‘Brilliant’ in the Java Sea, has swapped a pair of old trousers for a Sumatra monkey.

There are about a dozen monkeys on board, but he is the only apprentice to own one… and it leads to some real monkey business.

Read the extract here

Extract from Sons of Gentlemen – in the days of the Titanic.
The adventures of Greeny – an apprentice in tall ships 1908 to 1912
by Captain T.B. Greenhalgh (now available on the Kindle).

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The adventures of Greeny in the days of the Titanic

Sons of Gentlemen – in the days of the Titanic. The adventures of Greeny, an apprentice in tall ships 1908 to 1912 by Captain T B Greenhalgh is now published on the Kindle.

Here is the blurb:

Thomas Greenhalgh, mate of the barque Gwydr Castle in 1915, three years after finishing his four-year apprenticeship

It was a ‘dog’s life’, he was told, in the sailing ships that killed on average one man every voyage. And ‘Greeny’ soon discovered that you had to eat hard tack teeming with live maggots and weevils, or starve.

Then came the biting cold, scorching heat, gales, doldrums, wild seas, brutish officers (including the captain), a cloud of lethal vapour that enveloped the ship… and appalling deaths. The crew, ignoring superstitions, even slaughtered a majestic albatross for fun.

Yet, floating above all the hardship was the beauty and romance of sail, which enslaved a teenage dreamer for ever.

‘Sons of gentlemen’ were middle-class boys at the beginning of the 20th century who aspired to become Merchant Navy officers – just like the men who commanded RMS Titanic – and would start their careers with a four to five-year apprenticeship in sailing ships.

Thomas Greenhalgh, nicknamed Greeny by his shipmates, was one of those apprentices, serving from 1908 to 1912 in the Standard Oil Company ships ‘Brilliant’, the largest four-masted steel barque ever built, and the more dainty iron barque ‘Drumeltan’.

This previously unpublished story is a true account of his life as an apprentice in those ships.

Boys like Greeny were just 15-years-old, sometimes even younger, when they left the comfort of their homes to embark on the first of many dangerous adventures at sea that often lasted several months at one time and were extreme tests of endurance for everyone on board.

Many steamship officers in the days of RMS Titanic, including some on the fateful liner herself, served apprenticeships in sailing ships just like Greeny. Second officer Charles Herbert Lightoller, who survived after Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic and sank on her maiden voyage in April 1912, said of his own experiences in sail: ‘The conditions men had to endure almost beggar description.’

He would have recognised the adventures of Greeny as a true yarn about how teenage boys were toughened up for a life as officers in Britain’s Merchant Navy.

Includes photographs, extensive notes, appendixes and a glossary of nautical terms.

BUY THE BOOK FOR THE KINDLE, IPHONE, IPAD
AMAZON (UK) PAGE

AMAZON (WORLD) PAGE

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A boy’s life in the tall ships that killed a man every voyage

Coming soon in April to the Kindle – an ebook from NanuqMedia

Sons of Gentlemen –
The life of an apprentice
in tall ships 1908 to 1912 

by Captain T B Greenhalgh

‘The ships killed on average one man a voyage… a man, or boy, might easily fall from aloft and, if not smashed to death on the deck, could end up in a raging sea and be lost. All anyone on deck could do was pray that he had been killed by the fall so that he wasn’t floating around waiting to die as his ship sailed off into the distance.’
– foreword by Peter Greenhalgh

It was a ‘dog’s life’ on board the Anglo-American sailing ships ‘Brilliant’ and ‘Drumeltan’, he was told – and 15-year-old Thomas soon discovered that you had to eat hard bread teeming with maggots, or starve.

Then came the biting cold, scorching heat, gales, doldrums, high seas, brutish officers and a cloud of lethal vapour that enveloped the ship so that smoking was in a tiny boat let off the stern. The crew even killed a majestic albatross for fun.

Yet, floating above all the hardship was the beauty and romance of sail – which enslaved a teenage dreamer for ever.

Expected publication date: April 9, 2012.

Watch the front page for updates.

 

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World Whisky Day

Thousands of people are celebrating whisky events all over the world today – and the student who launched the idea hopes it will become an annual event.

WORLD WHISKY DAY WEBSITE

BBC STORY

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