Reina Del Mar

tanker
24th February 2005, 17:53
An interesting pic of REINA DEL MAR when she was built by Harland & Wolff
ltd Belfast in 1956. She was built to mantein the service from U.K.France and
Spain to Bermuda , Bahamas etc. (M. Ships W.Built 1956).
I think that all photos can be put on the site, important is specified when they are not of our Personal Collection, like this the unfortunately that have not a great collections can partecipate to the site with researching and scanning the various ships pics.Are you agree with me?
This is an example.
Gp

Fairfield
24th February 2005, 21:19
I certainly am agreeable.I don/t think anyone would pass off an official shot as one of their own taking.It is good to see these shots and as has I think been said before,as long as no financial gain is to be made,should be OK.
Actually,I have a copy of this shot as well-on trials off Isle of Arran on the Clyde and was looking at it yesterday!!!It/s not as clear as your one.

Ron B Manderson
24th February 2005, 21:23
Dont show off
where is it my e mail box is empty

Fairfield
24th February 2005, 21:39
I/ll scan it and send it to you.

deepsea
10th July 2005, 14:17
The photograph that i have of the Reina del Mar is where she has been modified for Union Castle's Cruises which was taken i believe in 1974

fred henderson
10th July 2005, 21:14
She actualy operated a much longer service, Liverpool to Valparaiso via the Panama Canal, for Pacific Steam Navigation Co, from 3 May 1956 to 5 March 1964. She was then chartered to a strange South African organisation called Max Wilson's Travel Savings Association where regular subscribers obtained cheaper holidays. The shareholders of TSA were Canadian Pacific, Union Castle and Royal Mail (the parent company of PSNCo).
Reina del Mar returned to Harland & Wolff and was extensively rebuilt for her new role. She was managed by Union Castle but remained under PSNCo ownership. Her first sailing was to New York in June 1964. In October Union Castle became the sole shareholder in TSA but the ship continued to be owned by PSNCo even though the following month she was painted in Union Castle colours.
Riena del Mar spent most of her remaining life operating cruises out of South Africa. In 1969 Royal Mail became her owners and in 1973 she was bought by Union Castle. In 1975 she was scrapped in Taiwan.
It is interesting that through all these changes she retained the same name.

Fred

Jim S
13th February 2006, 20:08
Thought some of you might like a photo of Reina del Mar in Union Castle colours. The pic was taken at Southampton (Empress Dock, if I remember correctly) in late 1960's. Her lavendar hull is looking a little tatty.
I remember one of the G & J Weir men who did her sea trials out of Harland & Wolff describe her as "The Reina del Mar that never got far".

Jim S

reklaw
27th November 2006, 19:11
The attached scan comes from a pic off a Union-Castle Line poster which I acquired a few years back. I cant decide if I preferred her with the structure forward of the funnel, or without it (I believe it was a cinema).

Chris Isaac
29th November 2006, 18:34
It was a cinema.... I did one year as 3rd Mate on her.... very happy ship... new selection of ladies every 12 days.... The cargo has to be looked after !

sailingday
28th February 2008, 15:53
Great ship and a great run,Havana before Castro, was a great night ashore, we were there on Jan 1st when the revolutionaries came into havana, we were in the dos hermanos bar fortified with bacardi. The next trip however things had changed and Havana was taken off the itinary. Still there was always Valporaiso, Callao,panama and the spanish ports for compensation

sparkie2182
28th February 2008, 21:24
probably a bit of a dim question........

but why was a passenger service from uk. to valpo required??????

fred henderson
29th February 2008, 23:32
It seemed a good idea at the time!

Fred

Cisco
2nd March 2008, 09:16
probably a bit of a dim question........

but why was a passenger service from uk. to valpo required??????

More to the point.... why was there a passenger service from Valpo to the UK?

Chile has always had a close relationship with the UK.... first steam ship through Estrecho de Magallanes was PSNC's 'Chile'... the Armada de Chile is a very British institution, then there were the British nitrate interests in the north of the country.. and so it goes on. Piloto Pardo would have traveled to the UK on a PSNC passo ship.

canberra97
24th September 2008, 04:31
Thought some of you might like a photo of Reina del Mar in Union Castle colours. The pic was taken at Southampton (Empress Dock, if I remember correctly) in late 1960's. Her lavendar hull is looking a little tatty.
I remember one of the G & J Weir men who did her sea trials out of Harland & Wolff describe her as "The Reina del Mar that never got far".

Jim S

The picture is actually of the Reina del Mar alongside the 1966 built Queen Elizabeth 11 terminal at 38/39 berths. The terminal that is currently the main Cunard terminal untill May 2009 that is when there main terminal will be the new OCEAN TERMINAL situated at berths 46/47 in the Ocean Dock opposite berths 43/44 where the orgional Ocean terminal of 1950 was situated.

AncientBrit
24th September 2008, 07:12
Am I thinking of the same ship when I seem to remember that a large number of immigrants from the West Indies in the 1950's arrived aboard her?
AB

BillH
24th September 2008, 10:27
Am I thinking of the same ship when I seem to remember that a large number of immigrants from the West Indies in the 1950's arrived aboard her?
AB
REINA DEL MAR
O.N. 187132. 20,263g. 11,214n. 600' 9" x 78' 4" x 30' 1"
Six steam turbines made by the shipbuilder, driving twin propeller shafts. 17,000 SHP. 18kts.
5.6.1955: Launched by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast (Yard No. 1533) for Pacific Steam Navigation Company Ltd., Liverpool. 8.4.1956: Completed. 1964: Chartered to Travel Saving Association (Union-Castle; Canadian Pacific; Royal Mail and Max Wilson all being participants). (Union-Castle Mail Steam Ship Company Ltd. / Cayzer, Irvine & Company Ltd., appointed as managers). 6.1964: Charterers acquired 100% by Union-Castle Mail Steam Ship Company Ltd. 1969: Transferred to Royal Mail Lines Ltd., (same managers) and charter extended for a further five years. 10.1973: Sold to Union-Castle Mail Steam Ship Company Ltd., (Cayzer, Irvine & Company Ltd., managers). 5.1975: Transferred to Travel Savings Ltd., (same managers). 1975: Sold to / through Mitsui & Company Ltd., Japan, for demolition in Taiwan. 30.7.1975: Arrived at Kaohsiung for demolition by Tung Cheng Steel Manufacturing Company. 10.12.1975: Work commenced.

Tony Breach
24th September 2008, 10:36
LR gives her deadweight as 11,214 & from the pics it seems she had 5 hatches. Anyone know what types of cargo she carried in each direction?

Tony

andysk
25th September 2008, 17:24
..... Riena del Mar spent most of her remaining life operating cruises out of South Africa .....

Actually, cruising in the Med & northern Europe in the northern summer, then from South Africa in the northern winter - 2 or 3 from Cape Town to South America, and maybe a couple to the Indian Ocean islands from Durban.

Attached a pic of her departing Cape Town on 25 June 1975 for Taiwan. She was in for bunkers and berthed well away from the normal cargo berths to stop visitors - her presence was not publicised.

A sad occasion.

BillH
25th September 2008, 18:01
LR gives her deadweight as 11,214 & from the pics it seems she had 5 hatches. Anyone know what types of cargo she carried in each direction?

Tony
Never was 11,214 deadweight; that was her net tonnage.

In the 1971/72 Lloyds Register she was given as

T/Mk 20,747g. 11,312n. 8,260d.

5 hatches served by 4 ten ton and 13 five ton derricks.

Tony Breach
25th September 2008, 18:12
Thanks Bill,

My LR 63/4 only gives 2 figures for tonnage & I wrongly assumed that the bottom one was deadweight. What did PSNC ships normally carry freightwise - was it nitrates &/or ores? Did this ship carry some fruit in season? 5 hatches & some impressive cargo gear as well with possibly around a 5,000 ton lift after bunkers & water.

Tony

BillH
25th September 2008, 18:18
Thanks Bill,

My LR 63/4 only gives 2 figures for tonnage & I wrongly assumed that the bottom one was deadweight. What did PSNC ships normally carry freightwise - was it nitrates &/or ores? Did this ship carry some fruit in season? 5 hatches & some impressive cargo gear as well with possibly around a 5,000 ton lift after bunkers & water.

Tony
Tony,

Sorry but cannot answer your cargo questions as I have no reference works for that aspect.

My interest in her was from the B&C operation as a cruise vessel.

Bill

G0SLP
25th September 2008, 18:29
I was on her with my parents on a family holiday in 1968. Out of Southampton; Malaga, Casablanca, Madeira & Lisbon. Straight out of Southampton into a Force 9 gale - my mother & I were not well - not helped by Dad & my kid brother being unaffected...

Didn't put me off joining B&C as a cadet in late 1978, & I'm still at sea :)

G0SLP
25th September 2008, 18:31
Am I thinking of the same ship when I seem to remember that a large number of immigrants from the West Indies in the 1950's arrived aboard her?
AB

Are you not thinking of the 'Empire Windrush', AB?

AncientBrit
25th September 2008, 20:21
Are you not thinking of the 'Empire Windrush', AB?

Could well be GOSLP, It was just a memory from the ways back and I may be getting it crossed up with seeing her elsewhere in my travels somethere. Weren't the Empire vessels used as troop transports at that time?
Another memory jog Hahaha.
AB

sidsal
31st October 2008, 22:55
My wife and I and 2 young sons went on the R del M from Liverpool to NY in 1964. We had paid a total of 135 to Max Wilson's Travel Service Assoc. The trip took 17 days - we were in NY for 4 days where the World Fair was on.
It was a superb trip. Being an ex MN Mate it was a busman's holiday. The captain, whose name I forget was an uncle to a work colleague and he spent most evenings in the big lounge which had been built forward of the bridge and contained what they boasted was the longest bar afloat. One evening I pointed out to my wife that all the deck officers were in the bar except for the junior 4th officer. There was often a popping of steam from the funnel - too much steam pressure I think. On one occasion we were with several other passengers wandering around the engine room in the early hours.
Some passengers had booked to go to Canada on a subsequent trip but due to lack of demand they put them with us to NY, flew them to Canada and back - and all for the same price as we paid. Needless to say the firm went pear shaped and ceased trading.
She was originally a PSNC ship and traded to the west coast of S America. In those days there was a close connection between Chile and the UK. I have friends who were in PSNC and they used to go to many S American ports. An earlier ship was the ORDUNA - a passenger ship of the 1920's I should think.

ruud
1st November 2008, 07:43
Ahoy,
This is what "Merchant Ships 1956" says:
REINA DE MAR,20,225 tons gross.This new passenger liner, built for the PSNC by Harland & Wolff Ltd.,Belfast,has joined the REINA DEL PACIFICO to maintain the service from the UK,France and Spain to Bermuda,the Bahamas,Cuba,Jamaica,Panama,Colombia,Ecuador,Peru and Chili, and augmented service enables calls at Trinidad and in Venezuela to be added. The REINA DEL MAR ia a twin-screw turbine ship with a lenght o.a 600 ft. 7in,lenght b.p. 560 ft.,breadth moulded 78 ft.,depth moulded to C deck 44 ft,draught 30 ft. In appearence the ship is graceful and has the modern tapered funnel for keeping the smoke clear of the decks. The hull is largely riveted,though butts are welded, and welding has been extensively used inside the ship.
In common with ther new passenger vessels she is fitted with Denny-Brown stabilizers. The propelling machinery consists of a two-shaft arrangement of Parson' double-reduction geared turbines,having a total power in service of 17,000 s.h.p,with propeller revolutions of 112 per minute. Stean at 525lb per sq. in. pressure and 825 degree F. temperature is generated in two water boiler made by the builders to Babcock & Wilcox controlled-superheat three-drum design, The REINA DEL MAR does not reflect the modern tendency towards a one- or two class ship, as she is desigbed for the South American trade where there remains a demand for the conventional three classes. Well-to-do South Americans expect and are prepared to pay for the best possible accommodation and service, and the ship provides for 207 first class passengers. I n the cabin class there is accommodation for 216 passengers in single, tw, three, four-berth rooms. The 343 tourist class passengers are provided for in cabins with one to six berths, and consist largely of emigrants when first leavinf Europe and other returning to re-visit it. A feature of this modern three-class ship is that in effect there is a move up for all three classes,the first class becoming "de luxe", the second class becoming first. and the third class is better than the second class accommodation in older ships. Air condition covers the whole of the passenger accommodation. In addition to passenger accommodation the REINA DEL MAR has a total of 6,000 tons for cargo in five holds. The outward cargo is mostly of manufacturers' goods, but much of the homeward cargo consists of heavy commodities such as metal ores. There are insulated cargo spaces in No. 4 tunnel and lower tweendecks.
.....
Hope this will clear things regarding the replies,here also added a [HR available] scan of the ships plan,btw Gianpaulo's aka Tanker posted in 2005, picture was a scan from the same booklet.

Cutsplice
1st November 2008, 18:31
PSNC in the sixties carrried outward bound all manner of manufactured goods, homeward mainly ores as Rudd has stated. We used to carry copper ignots, tin ore in bags from Bolivia, Llama wool in bales, fish meal bagged, onions when is season, tinned fish products already labelled Princes Foods (Liverpool) cant remember if it was labelled Country of origin and some tinned fruit etc.
Apparently the Reina del Mar never operated proffitably under her PSNC operations, what the extent of her losses were for each voyage I cannot say.

Alistair Macnab
1st November 2008, 18:57
I always think that the "Reina del Mar" was built as a REPLACEMENT for the "Reina del Pacifico". I don't think that after WW2 there was much demand for a two-ship passenger service between North Europe and the West Coast of South America and Royal Mail knew this that's why the schedule was expanded to include Bermuda , Nassau and other West Indian ports en route. These additional calls were taken away from other Royal Mail services or at least augmented them.

The "Reina del Pacifico" had extensive war service and must have been quite tired looking inside after 1945. My father was on an extensive voyage from the UK to South Africa then on to Port Tewfik at the southern end of the Suez Canal during the war. He was in the RAF and I think the voyage must have carried additional troops for what became the North African campaign.

Cargo between the WCSA and northern Europe was very much as described and was not to be easily containerized when the time came. I can imagine fish meal in bulk (or bags) must have imparted a unique odor for the passengers northbound!

I think the "Reina del Mar" was a very good looking ship and a credit to her designers and builders. Harlands continued to use rivets for sheer strake and for attaching shellplates to frames long after other used welding. I was on two H and W-built ships built in the 50s that were so constructed.

Alistair Macnab
Houston

Cutsplice
2nd November 2008, 00:37
Fishmeal certainly stunk and also was liable to spontaneous combustion mainly smouldering due to its dampness. canoot say if the Reina ever carried it I expect not due to its odour and passengers whims. The odour of the fishmeal permeated into clothes and was murder to totally get rid of it, one became immune to the smell but when one got home others would smell its pugnant odour.

stewart4866
11th November 2008, 17:55
I believe during her sea trials there was a boiler room explosion where gas had gathered between the furnace front and the outer casing, causing death and severe burns to ship and shore personnel.

sailingday
27th February 2009, 17:00
Yes we carried lots of West Indians on the reina, third class, they were very naive, but the children on sunday mornings were all dressed in their best gear for the church service. Also remember one young man asking me whether it would be quicker for him to walk to London from Plymouth, or to carry on and land at Liverpool, I was a steward in the tourist restaurant, and they kept me well supplied with rum (and coconut water)

sidsal
27th February 2009, 18:40
I was at sea during ww2 and untill . In 1965 we joined a club run by a Max Wilson - a South African who was going to make cruising like the air holidays which were the bcoming popular. You saved each month and then booked a cruise. We chose the Reina del Mar from L'pool to NY and back - the World Fair was on in NY and the 17day cruise included 4 days living on the ship in NY and visiting the fair etc. It was a wonderful holiday and cost us 135 for 4 of us - missus and 2 kids. The cabins were brand new - the cargo holds had been converted. She had the longest bar afloat, we were told - right across the lounge forward of the bridge. Some passengers had booked to go to Montreal on one of the Empress ships but owing to poor bookings were put on the RdM and flown from NY to Canada for 4 days and then back with us The captain was the uncle of a chap I worked with so we were introduced- - he used to come to the lounge and stay all evening. One evening I pointed out to my wife that all the deck officers except for the junior 4th mate were in the lounge as well as nearly all the engineers. A regular feature was the po-pop-pop of the steam from the funnel owing to excess boiler pressure we were told. One night a crowd of us were milling around the engine room in the early hours.
Needless to say, the firm went bust very shortly afterwards.
The world fair was great and we had helicopter rides from the fair to Wall Street etc.
She was a great ship. The captain was a real character. Once he said to me quite seriously - "I can't understand why you left the sea - where else would you get a clean shirt every day "!!!

Mechanic-H
26th April 2009, 17:07
I signed on for a relief trip in July 72 around the Med. There was also a week in Southampton dock while repairs were carried out. I was glad to return to the Bulk Carrier King Alfred. I heard a story that when the ship was sailing to the Taiwan breakers, the bosuns mate (from St Helena?) finally got around to fixing the broken door to the chippy shop!

Dickyboy
11th June 2009, 16:44
Hi
I was JOS on the Reina from 05/04/66 to 27/02/67
I had a lot of good times on her. As I recall we used to spend more time in Lisbon than we did in the UK. Apart from the "Medi" cruises, she also did a South American cruise from Capetown. Didn't enjoy that part of it, as the passengers were a bit uncouth, if you know what I mean?
Prior to the Reina I was on the Andes. The Reina was a much more laid back ship, as I recall a Tourist Class cruise liner, whereas the Andes was strictly First Class. The Reina had a bit of a holiday camp atmosphere about her, and more of a family holiday ship than the Andes.
I enjoyed my time on her much more than the other Pazzie ships I was on.
She was the only passenger ship I was on where the deck crews accommodation was aft, next to the Chinese laundry men's cabin if I remember correctly.
I can only find one photo of the Reina taken by me, though I must have taken many more. Lost over the years I suppose.
Not very good, but I'll attach it anyway.
Cheers!
Dickyboy

brooksy
2nd September 2009, 19:22
was on the reina from 27/7 to 8/8/66.first trip after the strike.from what i can remember the mate seemed to have a downer on deck boys

Dickyboy
7th November 2009, 10:50
was on the reina from 27/7 to 8/8/66.first trip after the strike.from what i can remember the mate seemed to have a downer on deck boys

I was Seamans Mess Peggy on her for a lot of my time. That was a rude awakening! Never thought that being a Peggy could be such hard work. Trying to keep the crew happy in the Mess was hard work, and most ABs had a complaint about something. Something not clean, not enough food, food cold, etc etc......

markm1ller
20th January 2010, 13:51
my grandad ron miller "dusty" was chief steward and i was wanting to know if anyone had any info or photos on him.
if anyone has please contact me by private message.

K urgess
20th January 2010, 14:04
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Mark.
Site policy is to use the private message system rather than posting private email addresses so your post has been edited slightly.
Find your way around and get to know the crew.
Have a good voyage.

Tom(Tucker)Kirby
1st January 2011, 22:09
The Reina Del Mar was a fantastic ship, I have many wonderful memories from the voyages I made in her as an AB in 1960,more relaxed than any other passenger liners I,ve sailed on.

kag52rc
30th January 2013, 23:44
I was on this ship as an AB on the scrap run to Taiwan it was a slow voyage but a pleasnt one played football in the coral lounge the swimming pool was fulled and a few bar b cues were hld

tom roberts
31st January 2013, 17:39
Great ship and a great run,Havana before Castro, was a great night ashore, we were there on Jan 1st when the revolutionaries came into havana, we were in the dos hermanos bar fortified with bacardi. The next trip however things had changed and Havana was taken off the itinary. Still there was always Valporaiso, Callao,panama and the spanish ports for compensation

I was on the Del Mar on her second voyage recall the Dos Hermanos bar Havana with affection not infection as one of my mates might do,used the bar many times on visits on other ships,I have posted before of my time on the Del Mar,my favourite place on her was the padded cell above the after mooring deck where a lady passenger and I spent many happy hours,her mum was a great lady also she was a friend of another a.b.from Wallasey but he didnt get to share the padded cell , the lucky bugger was sneaked down to her cabin,The crows nest was an open one great in the tropics but bloody freezing when docking before xmas.There was a raving Portugese poof on her I think he was one of the extra crew we picked uo in Santander,any body remember him?I think the skippers name was Rice and the chief engineers was Curry?

andysk
20th February 2013, 11:09
I was on this ship as an AB on the scrap run to Taiwan it was a slow voyage but a pleasnt one played football in the coral lounge the swimming pool was fulled and a few bar b cues were hld

See post 18 below .....

Tom(Tucker)Kirby
24th February 2013, 22:00
The Reina was a wonderful experience. She was like a public transport bus stopping constantly to take on or drop off passengers. And as an observant AB I discovered that once she arrived in the Carribean, and on to all of the ports down to Valparaiso and back again, more than a few of the Latin passengers were fare dodgers just like those on a bus. And getting off at the next stop.

Dickyboy
24th February 2013, 22:39
One job I had on the Reina was to assist the Deck AB. I can't remember his title, but he used to keep the outer decks up to scratch. Make up new quiots, organise deck games for the passengers, and generally interact with the passengers. He had a locker on one of the open decks, lifeboat I think. It was a good job, and one of the few where a deck crew member could interact with the passengers.
If I recall correctly the deck AB name was "Topsy" Turvey, an Aussie who had been a helicopter pilot in Nam, came to the UK and ended up on the ships.

kag52rc
24th February 2013, 22:50
On the scap run the raings had the top passenger cabins this made the voyage very pleasant for us the officers had to use there usual cabins because of the alarm systems I think I am right in saying when opperational the crew cabins aft where air-conditioned

tom roberts
25th February 2013, 12:56
[QUOTE=kag52rc;658121]On the scap run the raings had the top passenger cabins this made the voyage very pleasant for us the officers had to use there usual cabins because of the alarm systems I think I am right in saying when opperational the crew cabins aft here air-co No Kag the crews accomodation aft was not airconditioned, the deck crowds if I recall was on the port side aft.

Dickyboy
25th February 2013, 17:53
Correct, the Deck Crowds Accom' was port side aft, just ahead of the laundryman's accommodation, which was one big cabin in which they cooked, ate and slept, at least I think they cooked in there as well. Used to stink our accommodation out, I do remember that.

Samsette
25th February 2013, 19:19
PSNC passenger service was not limited to UK passengers. The Reina del Pacifico (in 1950) called at La Rochelle, out and homeward, carrying French, German , Swiss, etc. between Europe and WCSA ports. Brits were mainly bound for Bermuda, Bahamas and Kingston. Jamaicans used her, going back and forth to their jobs in the Canal Zone.
One of my fondest memories was standing lookout in the bows, and listening to Spanish monks serenading their hispanic kinfolk passengers with La Golondrina, somewhere between Cartagena and Kingston. Those guys could really harmonize.

FILIPVS
27th February 2013, 00:13
I had this photo on a british book about Liverpool city from time ago. But I did not know anything about this ship. At first I thought perhaps she was a spanish liner because she has a very common spanish name: REINA DEL MAR (english: QUEEN OF THE SEA).

I always liked this picture. The book have many others, with portuary scenes from the 50's... with many ships. But no mention of their names, because the book speaks about the history of Liverpool, not about ships.


At Liverpool in 1956 (she was a beautiful new ship). Photographer Elsam, Mann and Cooper.

Keith Adams
26th April 2013, 22:03
An interesting pic of REINA DEL MAR when she was built by Harland & Wolff
ltd Belfast in 1956. She was built to mantein the service from U.K.France and
Spain to Bermuda , Bahamas etc. (M. Ships W.Built 1956).
I think that all photos can be put on the site, important is specified when they are not of our Personal Collection, like this the unfortunately that have not a great collections can partecipate to the site with researching and scanning the various ships pics.Are you agree with me?
This is an example.
Gp The excellent photo shows her on sea trials ... note code flag "A" at yard arm; also has "H" above bridge. Cheers ! Keith.

hughie
2nd September 2013, 00:54
I was lucky enough to have been taken on a cruise on her when I was eleven years old in 1967. An adopted aunty wanted me to have something to remember her by - this trip. And did it succeed, this is still one of the most vivid recollections of my childhood. Beautiful ship.

frank elliott
3rd September 2013, 23:12
The 'Reina del Mar' built and completed 1956 at Belfast for the PSNC Co. to serve the UK to west coast of South America passenger/cargo service and run
as sister ship to the older 'Reina del Pacifico'. I remember well when Reina del Mar was delivered,it was the most beautiful ship. However, what I can add as
information for anybody who is interested and I'm sure there are many,is that at the time of her delivery to PSNC the 'Belfast Telegraph' newspaper published a beautiful colour supplement of all aspects of the ship.From that supplement I have always had the memory of Reina del Mar in my mind. My wonder since is - does Belfast Telegraph still have that supplement in their archives and can a copy be published. Worth investigating for anybody who is so keen on all things relevent to the beautiful ship.

philhollins
1st October 2013, 16:23
I went on this ship for 4 holidays back in the 1960s and 70s, very laid back and the neptune events were always good.As a youngster the childrens area was run by a woman called Judy and The jungle book was the fav Kids film in the cinema.
The radio officer was a guy called Harry Chesters and my dad picked his stoke accent up and we were friends for years after, i used to go up to the radio room when he was on shift and look at the big valves glowing in there, we also went down into the engine room, what would elf and safety say about that now??
so sad she was scrapped early due to the oil crisis.

Dickyboy
1st October 2013, 18:06
I was the Deck Crewman's Boy on the Reina. He had a little store/workshop type place on (I think) the stbd boat deck. We used to scrub rails with sand & canvas, generally keep the open decks clean and tidy, make quoits and all that sort of thing. We also used to assist in kids deck games, frog racing etc.
If I recall correctly the blokes name was "Topsy" Turvey. His First Prize for the winning child was an 'Ot Water Otter. This really excited the kids, and spurred them on to win. The Ot Water Otter was in fact an old kettle, which must have been won by hundreds of kids over the years. :)

Shipbuilder
7th October 2013, 13:19
Phil,
I was 2nd radio officer on the Reina del Mar at that time. I really got on well with Harry, any idea what became of him? The children's hostess was Judy Nelson. A really grand ship.
The big valves were in the bottom of the public address system in the radio office with only a metal bar to guard them.
Bob

philhollins
6th July 2014, 10:41
Hi there, sorry it's a very late reply, After Harry left he divorced his wife, and i remember he set up an antiques business in Burslem in Stoke, he used to keep in touch sometimes with my mother but i haven't heard from him since for many years now, if i remember his wife was called Olive and he had a daughter, Kim.