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P.O.S.H. Portside Out – Starboard Home My Life Story-bookcover

By: Jack Woodside

P.O.S.H. Portside Out – Starboard Home My Life Story

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The liner on the cover is the Empress of Scotland, the flagship of the Canadian Pacific Steamships, known as CPR, a very elegant liner. 

In the year of 1951 at the age of eighteen I was one of the three officer’s stewards on board the liner. That same year Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip had completed a tour of Canada and America. The princess was returning to England for her coronation which was taking place on the 2nd June 1953.

In her party were five Canadian Mounted Police. Throughout the seven day voyage, the princess and duke spent every day on the bridge deck of the liner in the company of the ship’s captain and officers. One of my duties was to serve beverages to the princess, the duke and the officers. I was eighteen years of age.

Jack Woodside grew up in Liverpool, and at the age of fifteen, in 1949, his one ambition was to join the merchant navy, just like his father and his grandfather, so he could see the world.

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