Fort Cautley

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

At HMNZS Tamaki (Fort Cautley) we had the Officers, Senior and Junior Rates Bars where our ships companies gathered to relax, drink, enjoy each other’s company and invited guests. However, there were also other places within the establishment where at certain times matelots would gather to celebrate, party and socialize. One of the most insignificant places was the old white house at the southern end of the rugby field which at one time was known as the Friday afternoon party house where senior rates would return too after the ‘make & mend’ session at the Masonic had ended. It was ideal as no one could hear the noise level or see what was going on. Guitars would play, singing and laughter as matelots enjoyed the party atmosphere through the afternoon and evening. On completion of the e...

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