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    HMS Ocean Royal Navy

    Today my Dad describes life aboard HMS Ocean Royal Navy including cooking duties, lack of privacy and leisure activities. The highest rank in a ratings mess was Leading Seaman.  Petty Officers and Officers were berthed in a different part of the ship.  A Leading Seaman was in charge of each mess and it was his responsibility to maintain discipline and see that the mess ran smoothly.  The Leading Seaman of our mess was a dour Scot with about 12 years service called Tom Baird. There was a large cook house further to the rear of the ship and a deck down.  The Leading Seaman of the mess would allocate two…