Most of the World Navies lower deck Sailors Wear Effeminate Uniforms.

The Sailor’s Uniform
For many years, sailors in the Royal Navy waited for the privilege to
leave their ship or establishment out of uniform. In the early 1950’s, this
privilege was finally granted, but only in shore establishments. In 1965, it
was extended to ships, but only in British Commonwealth ports of call.
Should anyone dare suggest that my descendants wear a Gilbert and
Sullivan comic opera-type navy uniform, I would cheerfully see them
dead before allowing it. People who wear these uniforms may feel proud
for a while, but the novelty wears off very quickly when you discover
you have been dressed to fit into a subordinate category and are
identified as such. Furthermore, you are obliged to cringe, bow, and
grovel before all other navy personnel who are dressed in attire that is
more comfortable. The higher their order of rank, the more difficult it is
to communicate with them. This sort of situation gives the word ‘rank’ a
different definition. You can easily recognise these Dartmouth Desmond's
because they elevate their twitching noses like pompous peacocks when
they address you. During any conversation, you will be forced to listen to
cod’s wallop like “I say, old chap” or” I say, Smith” or “Jolly good, oh get
on with it” or “Damn good show” and “Rugger Soccer” and “Twickers.”
By this time, you will wish you had joined the salvos, who at least
command respect no matter what IQ they have. Sitting on their arses and
legally collecting money and smiling at people cannot be all that bad.
If you have ever struggled to get into a British Navy sailor’s uniform,
you will know how uncomfortably hot and itchy it is. The useless black
silk and lanyard just make it easier for shore-going assassins to be able to
strangle you in a punch-up.
Most sailors during my Royal Navy days (including those from other
countries) couldn’t wait to take off these peculiar uniforms that are
reminiscent of the days of wigs and crinolines.
The USA, a former colony of Britain and the world leader when it
comes to reform and futuristic ideology, has also missed the boat when it
comes to uniforms. Although its lower-deck sailor’s uniform lacks the
distinctive pantomime look of the French and British theatrical costume,
in my opinion it still looks flamboyant and effeminate.
Gene Kelly, Old Blue Eyes, and other stars were seen cavorting gaily
about in sailor’s uniforms in semi-ancient Hollywood movies, but they
were paid astronomical fees for doing so.
Nowadays, girls, women, etc. avoid relationships with long-absent
seagoing lovers, unless of course they are strict or religious or perhaps
desperate, pregnant, or just plain ugly. Nevertheless, I admire those dear
few ladies who love waiting and appreciate what they are waiting for.
My message to you black-tie bigwigs with your myriads of medals is:
Cast your eyes upon the plight of your lower-deck men. It’s time they
wore sophisticated uniforms that make them look like men. Put the old,
outdated uniforms where they belong – with cocked hats, penny-farthing
bicycles, grandma’s box of musty mementos, and rusty tins of used gramophone needles.


You know that they are not going to listen.
Tradition is sooooo important - particularly if you don't have to endure any of the discomfort.
Anonymous said…
An amusing post. As a child of the seventies, my father told me I should not wear a leather thong around my neck as I could easily be strangled. His teenage gay son did not move in the same circles as his father may have and I was never strangled. I rather like the US sailor uniform, well as I remember it in the movies.
Vest said…
EC; My first experience of blue serge was at 10yrs 5m on Wed 16 dec 1936 At WNTS Nth Elmham Norfolk England, until 7-1-42 when I joined the RN and found out that Blue serge was the norm for sailors of all ranks to CPO. only in later years IE early 60's did the NO I suit become a more refined material but stil Comic Opera in design. The only Commonwealth Country who do not have this attire is the Republic of Sth Africa where all lower ranks dress the same except for badges stripes and other decor denoting rank. Thank you for calling.
Vest said…
Andrew. Our Second Son Tim Born 2-8-67 came out approx 2000, is divorced, two girls 22 & 19 yrs and is our serial prodigal son mindful of Sheridan; Hyacinth Buckets son always on the cadge. but we love him unconditionally as we do our other four sons who do not necessarily agree with our wisdom. Thank you for calling.
River said…
Could you post a picture of the UK and USA navy uniforms? Just so we can see what you are talking about.
Boat/ship work is hot and tiring I would think, so you should all be allowed to wear shorts and t-shirts in my opinion.
River said…
My comment got lost :(
Vest said…
River. Sadly I have to inform you that my computer is about to have an upgrade. I have seached for that which you have requested, a bit sketcy at this moment but I shall with the assistance from my son Chris be able to deal with it soon. sorry about the delay.Thank you for your Comments.

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