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17 minutes ago, John Wright said:

 

The deck buffets were dire. Curly sandwiches, meat pies, strong tea, terrible coffee and Genoa cake and fruit cake slices.

Nothing much has changed then!

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16 minutes ago, John Wright said:

Wasn’t there a first and second class dining saloon pre the one class sideloaders?

And wasn’t the catering, even in the dining saloons, pretty basic. Poached Greenland Halibut. Kippers. Apple pie and Ice cream, ham salad, manx broth. Breakfast was ok tho’.

The deck buffets were dire. Curly sandwiches, meat pies, strong tea, terrible coffee and Genoa cake and fruit cake slices.

TBF John, it was only ever a 4 hour journey at the most. Not like a med cruise.

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4 minutes ago, dilligaf said:

TBF John, it was only ever a 4 hour journey at the most. Not like a med cruise.

Perhaps you never sailed to Belfast Ardrossan and Dublin, timewise.

i was just reminiscencing. Didn’t go into the dining saloons, except as a treat when travelling with my grandparents.

Just remember the menu cards, that didn’t change for 30 years.

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1 minute ago, John Wright said:

Perhaps you never sailed to Belfast Ardrossan and Dublin, timewise.

i was just reminiscencing. Didn’t go into the dining saloons, except as a treat when travelling with my grandparents.

Just remember the menu cards, that didn’t change for 30 years.

Pretty much the same here.

I am just a Steam Packet fan of many decades and don't like seeing them "dissed" by people not old enough to know any better. That's all.

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Just now, dilligaf said:

Pretty much the same here.

I am just a Steam Packet fan of many decades and don't like seeing them "dissed" by people not old enough to know any better. That's all.

I wasn’t dissing. I’m neither a fan nor a critic. I frequently defend when plain wrong or derogatory comments are made. Likewise I criticise where it’s due.

The buffets were truly dreadful. But they were closed 35 years ago, thank god.

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4 minutes ago, John Wright said:

I wasn’t dissing. I’m neither a fan nor a critic. I frequently defend when plain wrong or derogatory comments are made. Likewise I criticise where it’s due.

The buffets were truly dreadful. But they were closed 35 years ago, thank god.

I was not including you in my post. I know you are probably one of the most frequent users of the SPCo and quite an authority on said company.

Maybe worded my post wrongly, again.:o

 Sorry.

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40 minutes ago, John Wright said:

Just remember the menu cards, that didn’t change for 30 years.

Neither did the chip fat... 

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On 30/01/2018 at 7:55 PM, P.K. said:

On the Ben atm.

It wouldn't surprise me if there were more crew than pax!

isn't wednesday 'haardous cargo' night - usually just enough pax for a rugby match

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On 30/01/2018 at 9:26 PM, John Wright said:

Wasn’t there a first and second class dining saloon pre the one class sideloaders?

And wasn’t the catering, even in the dining saloons, pretty basic. Poached Greenland Halibut. Kippers. Apple pie and Ice cream, ham salad, manx broth. Breakfast was ok tho’.

The deck buffets were dire. Curly sandwiches, meat pies, strong tea, terrible coffee and Genoa cake and fruit cake slices.

Maybe my memory is playing tricks but I seem to remember being served roast beef dinners in the dining salon with silver service quality in the late 60's/early 70's?

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7 minutes ago, Hillside said:

Maybe my memory is playing tricks but I seem to remember being served roast beef dinners in the dining salon with silver service quality in the late 60's/early 70's?

Same here

 

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I wasn’t listing the whole menu. But it wasn’t extensive, or particularly well cooked. Yes there was overcooked beef.

The main reason the dining saloons were kept when the side loaders were introduced was to provide the food, and somewhere to eat, for the officers.

And another reason was that because there is a specified number of certificated lifeboatmen for the number of passengers it gave something for them to do.

there was crew dining somewhere in the bowels. Typical of Manx/British class and status division at the time.

Silver Service for that type of meal was outmoded and old fashioned in the 60’s and 70’s. It was part of the Steam Packet marketing itself as offering mini liners cruising the Irish Sea, the whole raison d’etre of Lady 1 and Ben 4.

I even remember the signs for steerage passengers ( on the pre sideloaders ) and still have a sign from one of the sisters that second class passengers found in the lounge would be charged Saloon fare.

I also remember the first class dining saloon being at water level in the bow, on the Ben and Lady and the sisters. With huge domed silver serving platters. But the menu was always the same, even if the announcement was made on the tannoy that the commodore chef was on board.

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There used to be signs saying that part of the deck space was dedicated to x number of steerage passengers or x number of cattle!

When dining, you could tell how rough the crossing was going to be by the consistency of the soup - if the spoon stood up in it, you were in for a rough time!

Bread and butter pudding was also a rough weather "treat".

The old Ben had someone behind the scenes who was nicknamed "the pepper chef".

Those were the days.......

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No one believed me when I told them that the café staff would line up all the teacups about fifty of them on a metal surface pierced for drainage and then pour a huge teapot over the lot filling the cups to the top and letting the overflows go through the pierced plate. They sort of waved the pot over the cups like using a watering can in the garden.

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29 minutes ago, monasqueen said:

There used to be signs saying that part of the deck space was dedicated to x number of steerage passengers or x number of cattle

I remember those, and sheep pens on open deck, and calves, hobbled and sewn into hessian sacks in the covered passageways.

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