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Merchant Navy: Letters from a Radio Officer by Ian M. Malcolm Extracts from letters sent to the author by Merchant Navy Radio Officer Richard Edwin (Dick) Molland with whom the author made two voyages to the Far East on Alfred Holt and Company’s Glengarry during 1949/1950. On gaining his 1st Class PMG (Postmaster General’s Certificate in Radiotelegraphy) at the Brit Merchant Navy: Letters from a Radio Officer by Ian M. Malcolm Extracts from letters sent to the author by Merchant Navy Radio Officer Richard Edwin (Dick) Molland with whom the author made two voyages to the Far East on Alfred Holt and Company’s Glengarry during 1949/1950. On gaining his 1st Class PMG (Postmaster General’s Certificate in Radiotelegraphy) at the British School of Telegraphy Ltd., 179 Clapham Road, London in 1950, Dick did one voyage on the Glenearn before resigning from Holts. Although, by law, it was necessary to carry only one radio officer on their ships, Holts preferred to carry two, with the 1st R/O as purser. This was why Dick resigned. From 1951 until the 1960s, Dick worked for Brocklebank, Marconi, Redifon (ashore and afloat), the Crown Agents, Clan Line, the RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary), Ferranti (in Edinburgh), and Marconi again before settling for a shore job in London.


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Merchant Navy: Letters from a Radio Officer by Ian M. Malcolm Extracts from letters sent to the author by Merchant Navy Radio Officer Richard Edwin (Dick) Molland with whom the author made two voyages to the Far East on Alfred Holt and Company’s Glengarry during 1949/1950. On gaining his 1st Class PMG (Postmaster General’s Certificate in Radiotelegraphy) at the Brit Merchant Navy: Letters from a Radio Officer by Ian M. Malcolm Extracts from letters sent to the author by Merchant Navy Radio Officer Richard Edwin (Dick) Molland with whom the author made two voyages to the Far East on Alfred Holt and Company’s Glengarry during 1949/1950. On gaining his 1st Class PMG (Postmaster General’s Certificate in Radiotelegraphy) at the British School of Telegraphy Ltd., 179 Clapham Road, London in 1950, Dick did one voyage on the Glenearn before resigning from Holts. Although, by law, it was necessary to carry only one radio officer on their ships, Holts preferred to carry two, with the 1st R/O as purser. This was why Dick resigned. From 1951 until the 1960s, Dick worked for Brocklebank, Marconi, Redifon (ashore and afloat), the Crown Agents, Clan Line, the RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary), Ferranti (in Edinburgh), and Marconi again before settling for a shore job in London.

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