I am grateful to Dennis Carroll for his response to my letter – in New Horizons Summer 2011 issue no. 8.
The official in Tilbury Shipping Office must have been badly misinformed to tell me I must stay at sea until age 26 to avoid National Service. This, after 4 ½ years of War at sea?! So I must have consulted the wrong office!
Luckily at the time, I had not made any serious decision and abandoned it when I was employed by a ferry company, where time off was good, for the rest of my working life, except for a couple of National Emergencies.
Thank you Dennis anyway, it was good to read of your success in “retiring”.
Master, Federation of Merchant Mariners