FAR AWAY BUT CLOSE TO HOME - VETERANS STORIES 2
Chaos : Without any pattern or order.
Starboard : The right hand side of a ship.
Philharmonic : Lovers of (musical) harmony.
Orchestra : Group of people playing music. Usually serious music.
Coal dust and
We arrived alongside this ship in dock in Grimsby and it was chaos. The ship was coal burning. If you have never been on a coal burning ship you cant imagine the dirt. I mean it was unbelievable, and the dockyard too. So anyway, we got put into our watches, the "coal watch" and "starboard watch". I happened to be the watch on shore that night, so I went a-shore with a friend of mine and we went to a concert. It was given by Malcolm Sargent, in a spotless tail coat, with a white carnation. It was totally incredible, the London Philharmonic Orchestra or something thing like that. We felt pretty crummy, wearing our navy clothes. Anyway, we thoroughly enjoyed the concert. We went back to the ship at night and stumbled around and slung our hammocks. It was ungodly.
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