Doug Till's Picture Gallery.

Doug joined the Australis at Southampton in October 1969 as a Gym Instructor and Pool Attendant. He had just left the police force and was pretty fit and qualified to do the job. Bill Borg, in St Helens Place, had omitted to tell Doug about the massage part of the job. When I asked on the ship who the Masseur was,  I was told "You are aren't you?". That southbound trip the ship also did a Christmas Cruise from Sydney, which went across to Auckland, New Zealand, and then on to the South Pacific island of New Caledonia, next stop was SavuSavu followed by the capital city Suva in the Fijian Islands and then back to Sydney. Christmas Day in New Zealand and New Years Eve in Suva. Most of the English crew were in the swimming pool of the Isla Lai Hotel as 12 o/c struck. During that voyage Doug met Sheila Sindall, one of two hairdressers on board, he eventually married her in 1972,  and they are still together today. They have two sons, and live in South West London.

Sheila left the ship in Southampton and Doug stayed on for another round trip. That trip the ship had a number of "Round the Worlders" so the ship made some special stops. It was also the infamous northbound "Female" trip. After a two day stop in Suva, the Australis went to San Pedro,  Los Angeles for an overnight stop. Then onto Acapulco,  Nassau in the Bahamas and up to New York. The Australis had not been back to "The Big Apple" since it was sold to Chandris in 1964, the Australis received a "Fire Boat" welcome as she came up the river.

Doug left the Australis at the end of that voyage and, after a couple of months, joined the Ellinis as a Master at Arms. Sheila went with him, as a Cashier this time. They did three trips on the Ellinis. Doug believes the next trip the Australis made after he had left was the "Fire" trip, and he has heard a story about the Gym Attendant who had to fight his way out of his little cabin, next to the sauna baths at the indoor pool on "C" deck,  where Doug spent his two trips.  It was said the new Gym Attendant had to battle his way up the narrow stairs, next to the lift, to safety.

Footnote: I was told he never heard the emergency alarm bells because they were not fitted down in the swimming pool area at that time. By the time I joined the ship in `73 there were alarm bells fitted..... Ken
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