By Ian M Malcolm
Copyright 2012 Ian M Malcolm
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When I arrived home in Dundee, on 7 October, 1945 after a 10-month voyage on the Samforth, I knew that I had to obtain a 2nd Class PMG (Postmaster General's Certificate of Proficiency in Radiotelegraphy) if I were to remain a radio officer in the Merchant Navy. Now that the war was over, the Special Certificate, which I and thousands of others held, was no longer to be a qualification for service on ships large enough to come under the Merchant Shipping (Wireless Telegraphy) Act 1919 and the Merchant Shipping (Safety and Load Line Conventions) Act, 1932. In order to give all ships time to return to the UK, the Special Certificate remained valid on vessels within the scope of these Acts, virtually all the ships of the Merchant Service, until 31 December, 1946, but, henceforth, it was a qualification to serve only on trawlers and other small vessels.