My Life On The Ocean Waves
Douglas Freeman was in the Royal Navy from 1966 to 1976.
Is this the funniest Royal Navy Auto-biography ever? Well my family and friends seem to think so. The people I loaned my book to said they were in stitches with all the funny stories I had to tell about my journeys around the world and "My Life On The Ocean Waves". More
I used to tell stories about my time in the Royal Navy to my friends and relations, about the places I’d been to, and the things I’d seen and done. One day I decided to write my stories down and put them all together to see how they would come out. This was done mainly for my own benefit, but as the stories unfolded it looked like I had the makings of a good book, so I just continued writing.
I would like point out that all of my recollections in this book are from memory only, and not from a diary, so obviously I have not recalled everything. I have always regretted not having kept a diary. I also regret not having taken enough photographs, especially with all the beautiful and interesting pubs, “I mean places”, that I went to all over the world.
I enjoyed all of my years in the navy. I would like to reminisce now and pass on some of my stories. Some of them serious, some of them amusing or even funny, but all of them true. It is my intention to make this book light hearted as well as informative, and in so doing, help to give you an insight what it was like to be in the royal navy between 1966 and 1976.
Those were good years for me. The navy had many ships at this time, and there were a lot of countries around the world where they were allowed to visit. So when I say I joined the navy to see the world, that’s exactly what I did, with no regrets and a lot of fond memories.
Anyway, here are my recollections starting with a brief introduction of my life leading up to the day I joined the Royal Navy.