Here are some images from the past. HMNZS Blackpool was ‘Broadside Messing’ i.e. you ate in your messdeck as there was no dining facilities on board. Note the hammocks in the corner of the mess. thanks Frank L for the images.
Sparkers Mess Blackpool 1st Commission 1966. L/R: Gene Autridge, Eddie Totman, Bob Ratu, Greg Knaggs, Frank Lewis & Ken Beattie.
Sparkers Mess L/R: Lee Hallmond, Gregg Knaggs, Eddie Totmanm Ken Beattie & Frank Lewis.
Ashore Portsmouth L/R: Frank Lewis (Blackpool), Ken Ireland (Waikato), Greg Knaggs (Blackpool) 1966.