Royal Naval Association

PUBLISHED: 10:04 28 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:04 26 October 2009

SIR - Could kindly include this poem in your letters section as it is our [Royal Naval Association Cheshunt branch] 20th anniversary of our reformation as a branch. No more fighting ships With taste of salt spray on my lips No more feeling east wind b

SIR - Could kindly include this poem in your letters section as it is our [Royal Naval Association Cheshunt branch] 20th anniversary of our reformation as a branch.

No more fighting ships

With taste of salt spray on my lips

No more feeling east wind bite

Turning face and knuckles white

No more one hour wheelhouse trick

Nor climbing nimbly up the stick

No more cleats and carly floats

Hawser lines and motor boats

No more orders to turn to

Up spirits and away sea boats crew

No more jaunty number one

Three badge killers have also gone

No more gulpers, slippers rum

Gofers, tickler and nauseum

No more pussers runs ashore

In fact jolly jack no more

At least I thought it was the case

But in fact I've found a place

A place where I am once again

In the company of men

A place where we can swap our stories

Reliving times of former glories

A friendly place of which we're fond

Re-united in a common bond

A bond of love and never hate

Where each to each is still a mate

We like a song, we like a tale

We like a pot of ale

Where is this place I'm going to

It's the venue of the Cheshunt RNA DO

As soon as I am through the door

I am Jack ashore once more

(Anonymous, amended by J Murphy)

All Royal Navy, Royal Marines, merchant navy personnel and any member of the armed services, coupled with those who wish to promote naval traditions are welcomed abroad.

We meet at the conservative club in Eleanor Cross Road just alongside the Waltham Cross bus terminus, on the third Sunday in every month between 10am and noon. Up spirits as the sun crosses the yard arm at noon.

James Murphy.

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