Sunday (12/11/2017) : – Memoirs and a guide of ” Royal Bombay Seamens Society ( Seamen Club) “ which I happened to visit after years and also noticed the changes inside this historic club. Took a selfie with the fat resident ” MOUSER” of the club. Decades of Sea sailing employment was revived at this club and was sad for the fact that ” City Kitchen “ restaurant established in 1964 by late hockey Ex Olympian Mr Sacru
Menezes and on his demise managed by his daughter Edna has shut down shutters permanently. Normally after a beer at SEAMANS CLUB having lunch of Pork Vindaloo was mandatory at City Kitchen restaurant. Clhrist Church school classmate Jaffer.Gani;s landmark handicraft shop established by his family is still functioning in the premises of “Seaman’s Club” although closed today on a Sunday. Thank God Parsi landmark restaurant ” BRITTANIA” hasn’t shut shop as yet. The times they are a rapidly changing ?
Sunday (12/11/2017) : – Believe it or not that this road is the main office road of Ballard estate on a Sunday evening. Cricket is being played on the main road and also all the narrow adjacent roads of this Prime office locality on a holiday. This type of Cricket played on the streets of Mumbai is called ” GULLY CRICKET “.Be there tomorrow on Monday and the same empty “GULLY CRICKET STREETS” is congested with officegoers and cars
A professional “YOUTUBE FILM SHOOT” in progress on the main street in Ballard Estate vicinity. This scene is unthinkable on any normal.”OFFICE WORKING DAY”.
Parsi landmark restaurant ” BRITTANIA” is closed on Sunday’s as is the entire Ballard Estate locality .
“PRINCEOF WALES SEAMAN’S CLUB” granite building.Prime location for the welfare of Seamen.
Lifebuoy at Entrance of “ROYAL BOMBAY SEAMEN’S SOCIETY”.
Entrance to “PRINCE OF WALES SEAMAN’S CLUB” inaugurated by the Prince of Wales in 1928.
The “CLUBHOUSE” recreation hall in “SEAMEN’S CLUB”.
“JOB VACANCIES” and “SHIPPING COURSES” pasted on the notice board inside“SEAMEN’S CLUB”. I myself got employment on a few ships from advertisements on this board. The “Seamen’s Club” is a residence hostel as well as employment bureau for seafarer’s seeking employment on ships and the shipping industry.In 2017 the Shipping Industry is undergoing a employment depression which can be guaged by the lack of employment notices on the board.Hope the Shipping employment situation improves in the future.
The author has a“SELFIE” with the fat tabby resident mouse keeper of ” Royal Bombay Seamens Society (Seaman Club) ” at Ballard Estate in Mumbai say’s.Keep’s a check on the rodent population in the club premises.The “Seamen’s Club” has always had a resident cat roaming the building since the time i first began visiting this club in 1983 after employment in the “Shipping Industry” as a Marine Engineer.
The recreation hall of the seamen’s club on the ground floor has a “Cable T,V” channel for viewing beside’s “Table Tennis” and two billiard tables. On board ships i was a decent table tennis player beside’s being a vorascious reader .Bizzarely the movie “RUSTOM” was being screened and whiled away my time until 1800 hrs watching this sea-faring semi fictional movie based on the infamous “Commander Kawas .M.Nanavati V/s State of Maharashtra” court murder trial case ,Parsi aristocrat Kawas.M.Nanavati was accused of killing his wife ‘s lover Sindhi business tycoon Mr Prem.Ahuja . This Case polarized the wealthy Parsi and Sindhi community of that era and was a benchmark in changing the jury system of judgement in the Indian judiciary.This was the case that launched young Sindhi Lawyer Ram.Jethmalani’s career in 1959 while making “Blitz” tabloid Parsi owner and publisher Late Russi.Karanjia a household publishing celibrity. I myself in 1990 had sailed on the Scindia ship “Jala Tapi” on which just before my joining the Navigating officer sailing with his wife was accused of throwing her overboard.After spending almost over a decade in jail the officer was released for lack of evidence but sadly his career and life was ruined if genuinely not guilty.SEX AND CRIME DOES SELL ESPECIALLy IF IT INVOLVES GLAMOUR AND POLITICAL POWER.
The“BAR ROOM” of “SEAMEN’S CLUB” opens at 1800 hrs in the evening and closes at 2200 hrs..Excellent palatial hall which previously had a open-air garden for external dining and beer drinking. Only beer is served at the bar.
“CHEERS “ :- Seafarer/Traveller/Blogger Rudolph.A.Furtado at the “SEAMEN’S CLUB” bar.No blueblooded seafarer can leave this club without a drink of beer at the bar !
Dog’s and cat’s are always attracted towards me and the club’s “MOUSER” is happy in my presence at the bar,Seem’s to be overfed with the food morsel’s of seamen dining at the bar.After my drink had a little relaxation and finally drove home on my “Bajaj Wind -123 CC” which has its own little history .
Beer drinking is a popular pass-time among seafarer’s and sold at the minimum price in the club .Tall seafaring voyages,etc are discussed over beer and snacks in the excellent club environment.Sadly the beautiful outdoors open air garden lawn is closed and have wonderful memories of sipping beer under a moonlight sky in the heart of downtown Mumbai.Standard price of Rs 150/bottle and don’t remember the price i paid in the 1980’s.over the devades inflation has taken its toll on the average seafarer but beer is still the cheapest in town at Seamans club.