Resource: HMS Ganges Mast-Manning Ceremony

18 October, 2008 at 10:25 am 14 comments

The Blue Peter video I posted recently has been doing the rounds, and last night a reader of this blog sent me a mail with the link to a youtube-video with the full mast-manning ceremony of HMS Ganges, back in the 60ies. Thank you, Roger! 🙂

The quality is not fantastic, but it’s a great document, and there’s lots of background information on the origins and the Age of Sail by an officer. This ceremony dates back to the Georgian navy, so this has definitely to be filed under “resources”!

Add “Button Boy” to the jobs in history I wouldn’t have volounteered for.

Warning! Video not suitable for those who are afraid of heights!

*covers eyes again*

Edit: Embedding has now been disabled by request of the owner (embedding was enabled when I made this post originally). If you want to see the video, you have to go here now.

Video has been removed from youtube.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mike james (jess)  |  22 November, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    brings back memories of 1958 Manned the mast for parents day 1958

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  • 2. Phil  |  1 August, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Will you please reomove this video clip from your site as I did not give permission for you to embed this clip here, nor did you seek my permission.

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    • 3. joyfulmolly  |  1 August, 2009 at 2:15 pm

      The embed option on youtube is *now* disabled; it wasn’t when I made this post, which was almost a year ago. So yes, back then, you did give permission to embed the video. You have revoked this permission now, which is fine, and of course I’ll respect that and change the link here. However, you can’t expect me or anybody else to check every single video regularly for years to see if maybe the owner changes his mind one day.

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      • 4. Phil  |  1 August, 2009 at 2:23 pm

        As far as I was aware I HAD checked that option but unknown to me it was enabled and I was not aware of it, BUT its still manners to at least let someone know that you are using that clip. I would do that if it were me. I spent a lot of time coverting this from VHs to DVD to Computer to youtube, only for someone to simply copy and paste to fill up there site. I have never liked the embed idea, I would sooner someone ask me and I might give them the clip.

      • 5. joyfulmolly  |  1 August, 2009 at 3:21 pm

        I and certainly everybody else watching the video appreciates the time you put into making it available; all technical and time aspects aside, it’s an important document of our heritage. It was much discussed and of great interest in various conversations.

        Please don’t think I wouldn’t understand your point of view, but if the “embed” option is available, this means that the person who uploaded the video already did agree that it can be embedded elsewhere, so there’s no reason to ask for permission again. (The option was available, btw. – I respect people’s wishes when it comes to these things, and one can’t embed a video that’s been disabled for embedding, anyway – you’d get an error message saying “disabled at request”).

      • 6. joyfulmolly  |  1 August, 2009 at 3:26 pm

        PS: As for “manners” – your remark about “filling my site” was rather uncalled for.

  • 7. Phil  |  18 August, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Just like to say that my clip has now been removed from youtube, as there is another version on youtube from another source, as it is a better quality than mine, (from DVD) and as the Author has the copyright to the whole footage, and as they are trying to sell the whole dVd as a product, I thought best to leave it to them, unfortunately for me they chose to make the “exact” clip I had.

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  • 8. Phil  |  18 August, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Ps : It was my own decision to remove the clip and I was not told to or forced to.

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  • 10. ron farrell  |  19 March, 2011 at 11:18 am

    where can i get a copy or even view the mast manning ceromony ay hms ganges (date and time irelevent) as i went to hms ganges in 1972 but was unfortunately never involved whith this awsome event (no doubt those stupit heallth and safety clowns have something to do with thiis)this could never have been conducted with the use of harneses and with all due respect how many times was it performed/practiced without incident?you could never ever wear a harness in a real invoirment at sea could you?

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    • 11. Molly  |  19 March, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      A DVD is on sale at http://www.gangesworld.com/, but I don’t have it so I can’t tell you anything about the quality. However, I found a short clip on youtube of the mast manning ceremony which is included in said DVD:

      Hope that helps!

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    • 12. Chris Bartholomew Jack2  |  17 June, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I also was at Ganges 72 and was in the Bugle Band

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  • 13. Dave  |  13 November, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I was one of three Button Boys in 1963. It was a special performance for top brass from all three services and my mother was the only parent present as a guest of the Captain.

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  • 14. alan  |  10 June, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Sorry my father also saw the saturday event and I had to
    recover from a broken elbow, remember ?

    Reply

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