The remarkable history of the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.

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Celebrating the Seawomen of the Marinecraft Unit, and the first BOAC Stewardesses at Poole.

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Alpha (1) - part two

Marine School of BOAC at Poole with a Syllabus for the Seawomen

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The Recruits as Marine School Trainees with BOAC Poole, commenced in 1943 with use of the Marinecraft Unit base formerly of Imperial Airways (following the relocation of the Flying Boat Fleet from Southampton), close to Airways House at Poole, and with its yard for the equipment, handcarts etc.

The Trainees were issued with a practical oufit akin to that of the MCU Seamen, with the excellent close-knit sweaters to keep out the chill from the Harbour breezes, and heavy waterproof coats. The insignia on the popular sweaters had been adapted from that emblazoned on MCU uniforms of Imperial Airways in the pre-war: From 1940 the inscription of ‘Imperial Airwaysin capital lettering had simply been changed to ‘British Airways’, whilst retaining the Speedbird Logo by Theyre Lee-Elliott as centrepiece of the design.

British Airways(with a number) also appeared on MCU Launches. These were maintained at the Launch House beyond Poole Bridge and were moored alongside Poole Quay, in Fishermen’s Dock and at the Pierhead of the newly opened Marine Terminal at Salterns in-&-around the requisitioned ‘Harbour Yacht ClubBuildings etc.

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Marine School of BOAC at Poole with a Syllabus for the Seawomen

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