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Timothy Peter SHANNON

Official No: R95779 Aged: 15 years 10 months Joined: 10th October 1966
Division: Morrow Home Port: Adelaide Discharged: November 1972


Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Melbourne, Cerberus, Dolphin, 1st Australian Submarine Squadron.
Notes: Served on all of the then Australian Submarines, did the normal trips to the South Pacific, NZ and Far East.
Current Occupation: Manage the local supermarket.
1966 today
After leaving Leeuwin, I had the mandatory draft to the Sydney. That must have been a long time ago because I vaguely remember hammocks, rough weather, having my 17th birthday on the first trip back and hundreds of pongo's. However I survived and after 3 trips I did a stint on the Melbourne  After finishing my course and waiting for a posting I was lured into volunteering for boats with promises of adventure, fame and fortune. Actually it was a trip to the U.K., a white polar neck jumper and 25 cents a day extra. So off I went, attached to the Royal Navy to master the art of submarines.  Having qualified I joined the First Australian Submarine Squadron and spent the next 5 years at sea spending time on all 4 boats.  So much for the 2 years sea billet followed by 2 years ashore. On the bright side though I did get to taste life in the Far East and most of the Pacific Islands. 

About this time Labour came to power, abolished National service and offered discharges to all serving members. Or was it only me? However I thought the Navy was changing, rum issues had ceased, duty free cigarettes abolished, life was just not the same.  I got out, still with my hook and dolphins intact, 'disillusioned about all the sea time' so what did I do, I went back to sea, this time working on a cray and shark boat off the south coast of Kangaroo Island.  

Met my wife, Di, and decided I had better get a real job, so I went back to school and achieved a diploma in catering.  Joined Myer as part of their 'suit brigade'.  Worked for them for ten years in Melbourne then moved to Adelaide to be closer to family. Managed to get a job in the local supermarket and have been there ever since.  I was fortunate to have two lovely daughters (do sailors ever have sons) and a wonderful wife who stood by me.

Both the girls are married and left home so it is just Di and I again. We fill our time in by doing a bit of fishing and potter around in the garden. We have a small tinny and a house by the sea. We do some charity work, Di with meals on wheels and myself through the local Lions club and generally enjoying life to the fullest. 

Looking forward to seeing you all in the near future.  Best Regards,

Tim Shannon


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