*the above story is all lies. No mess deck has illegal beer stowages. We all drink our three cans a day and nothing more.
Why would you even need a beer stowage?
Rooting through some old phots and found this:
HMS Cumberland '97, during Ex Purple Star. Was alongside in New York and one of the lads had all the dollars for the whole ship 'cheque cashing' for the fleet week run ashore. Before he went round all the messdecks to issue it out I took the opportunity to have a phot taken with it all. It was mostly in 50 and $100 denominations. God knows how much I had on me.
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**** me, look at the palatial size of that mess deck.
Are you even a matelot if you were on 22s?
You've been on the 45s, haven't you?
I used to get put in what on the Darings was called the "austerity accommodation" (the thirty-bunk Embarked Forces mess). Or, what on older ships, would have been "the accommodation"...
And then there's the carrier... which is nice, at least for a couple of weeks.