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Title: ... p30 - Memories of Cliff Watson - Onboard Cruiseship 1973

Three young kiwi men left on the Northbound Australis bound for Southhampton in Oct 1973.

We were larrakins escaping from our tightly watched occupations as Policeman.

We were all reasonable at sports from rugby to darts.

We were in awe early at Cliffs size and mangled nose, soon to find out he was a star in his game,league, UK and Australia.

We spoke with him regularly over beers etc. We boys used to put the odd scrum down in the ball room with a few Aussie boys which was some what frowned upon (being older now, yep they were correct) . We were not people with young families who should be on board with.

An incident arose where I was stupid, I was picked off by the master at arms and his cohort, and was looking like the brig and exit at next port. Cliff saw my situation.

Telling me to pull my head in, he spoke with the two and had me not sent to the brig but to my cabin.  He took responsibity for the rest of the trip that I would behave.

I had so much respect for the man that I would not let him down for the rest of the trip.

We all misbehaved off the ship, like Balboa but never on board.

p30 - Memories of Cliff Watson - Onboard Cruiseship 1973

Appears in the following pages ....P30_Cliff WATSON
Date of posting ... 10-Jul-2010
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