Reardon Smiths

Janner100
11th April 2007, 12:27
Hi

Firstly, what a great site.

I am looking for a few guys who sailed with me for the above company.

Dougie Cummings from Glenrothes (Houston City and Cornish City)
Kel Blunt and Clive Greenwood from Newport (Houston City)
Hugh Hurst from Cornwall (Cornish City)
John Gardener from Edinborough (Houston City and Cornish City)
Chris Buckley (Cornish City)

I would appreciate any help

Regards

Dave Ricketts

hellfirecorner@btinternet.com

Moulder
14th April 2007, 12:32
Hi Janner100,

Did you ever sail with (uncert 3rd mate when I knew him) Doug Hotchkiss. He came from Portsmouth area. Would have been with Reardon Smiths around 1972-1973?

Cheers,

Steve.
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Janner100
15th April 2007, 15:49
I did indeed. We were together on the Tacoma City where I was Junior 4th Engineer. In fact, I was reminded of Doug only this week when a I remembered a story about the Tacoma. Do you know of his whereabouts?

Moulder
15th April 2007, 20:29
I did indeed. We were together on the Tacoma City where I was Junior 4th Engineer. In fact, I was reminded of Doug only this week when a I remembered a story about the Tacoma. Do you know of his whereabouts?

Hi Janner100,

Thanks for getting back on this one - I don't know his whereabouts at the moment - I did try Friends Reunited, as he was a subscriber, but no response - that was about 6 months ago.

I knew Doug when he was at British School of Telegraphy in London - he left half way through the course - then I bumped into him in Kobe when a group from his ship (can't remember the vessel) visited ours.

He joined a group of us from college when we chartered a motor yacht from Chichester during Easter Hols in 1970 and had 3 weeks around the Solent. It would be great to get in touch with him again - I wonder if he's still in the Portsmouth area?

Thanks again for response.

Cheers for now,

Steve.
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Wallyh
16th April 2007, 10:10
Hello

Sailed on the Cornish City Jan 1971 - July 1971 old man was DLG, sailed with Dougie Cumming on his first trip on the Atlantic City and often wondered what happened to him, also sailed with John Gardener on what both our first trips on the Cardiff City later the Sara Lupe. If I remember rightly though age is creeping in fast, Dougie was among the relieving crew that relieved us in dry dock Yokohama in July 1971. Also I wonder if anyone out there remembers Alec Skeogh, he was on Cornish with me and with Dougie and I on the Atlantic. also did MCR at Reardon Smith College in Cardiff with Alec, haven't seen him since wonder what happened to him.

WallyH

Guernsey
16th April 2007, 21:06
Tony Crowther ex RSL Master keeps a data base of ex RSL personnel who are on the net. There is is also a news letter The Seafarer which mostly recounts epic voyages or mishaps of the past!

If you wish I can provide an email address.

I was mate on the Cardiff City in 1971
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Janner100
16th April 2007, 21:08
Hello

Sailed on the Cornish City Jan 1971 - July 1971 old man was DLG, sailed with Dougie Cumming on his first trip on the Atlantic City and often wondered what happened to him, also sailed with John Gardener on what both our first trips on the Cardiff City later the Sara Lupe. If I remember rightly though age is creeping in fast, Dougie was among the relieving crew that relieved us in dry dock Yokohama in July 1971. Also I wonder if anyone out there remembers Alec Skeogh, he was on Cornish with me and with Dougie and I on the Atlantic. also did MCR at Reardon Smith College in Cardiff with Alec, haven't seen him since wonder what happened to him.

WallyH

I was with Dougie on that trip. We joined in Yokohama after a long plane trip. Got delayed at the airport in Tokyo because Flash Thomas had an air rifle that the Japanese customs wouldn't let by. Held us up for about an hour. Got to the hotel about 01.00 hrs and up at 06.00 to join the Cornish. Sailed later that day for the States. I last talked to Doug in 1975 when I was on a Craigs ship. We were in Port Noire (very aptly named) and were awaiting a repaired motor but had to vacate the berth as there was a ship outside waiting for it. PN was a one berth port at best. As we sailed out to anchor the other ship was on the way in. It was the new Cardiff City and Dougie was 3rd mate on it. Spoke briefly on the RT with him. Another connection was Gary Morgan, our third engineer knew Kevin Dowdall who was, I believe 2nd engineer on the Cardiff. Small old world innit?

John Gardener was also on the trip. He and I both went across the Pacific later in the trip with toothache, Awful.

When I attended the reunion in Derby in 2004, I heard that Alec had unfortunately died. Not too sure of the circumstances. I was with him on the Tacoma City on the maiden voyage from Glasgow. Alec was a great guy.

terval
20th May 2007, 12:25
Greetings. Having read the above I phoned my sister-in-law to read it to her. We were both hoighly amused as Flash Thomas was my brother and Stephanie was his wife. Unfortunately he passed away ten years ago with Cancer on the brain. Thanks for the memory!
Terry.

kepowee
20th May 2007, 13:53
hi dave was doug cummin ever the skipper of the la colina ken powell

andysk
23rd May 2007, 16:00
Not sailed with RSL myself, though I did get a job offer when I left Norwood Tech in 1970. But I sailed with a Chief Steward in Clan Line who joined RSL in about 1972/3 - name of Dave Trinick - well built guy with a big(ish) handlebar moustache. I remember a little bit about his stag night & wedding in Cardiff !

Cheers

Andy

Janner100
25th May 2007, 08:17
Greetings. Having read the above I phoned my sister-in-law to read it to her. We were both hoighly amused as Flash Thomas was my brother and Stephanie was his wife. Unfortunately he passed away ten years ago with Cancer on the brain. Thanks for the memory!
Terry.


As I remember Steph was on that trip also. I sailed on the previous trip with Flash, Steph and their daughter, whose name unfortunately escapes me.

Janner100
25th May 2007, 08:18
hi dave was doug cummin ever the skipper of the la colina ken powell

I don't know to be honest as I lost touch with Doug after 1974. All I know is that he lived in Minto Crescent Glenrothes when with Smiths.

Janner100
26th June 2007, 05:46
I have leads on Kel, Clive and Doug Hotchkiss anyone out there know about the others?

joesoap
26th June 2007, 08:25
Hi lads
Can you tell me anything about the Great City. A shoreside mate of mine would like to hear about her. He joined her Jan 61 Birkenhead drydock Alec Mc Gregor os I should think at that time . Info please ! Cheers

Larry Dev
29th June 2007, 23:39
Never sailed with RS, but knew a captain Mark Higgins he was commodore of the fleet before his retirement. Last heard of him about five years ago, he was in his eighties then and in good health. Any info about him now would be appreciated.

Janner100
29th July 2007, 22:48
Hi lads
Can you tell me anything about the Great City. A shoreside mate of mine would like to hear about her. He joined her Jan 61 Birkenhead drydock Alec Mc Gregor os I should think at that time . Info please ! Cheers

Reference PM Heaton

Great City (the second to bear the name) 1946-1964
7,381 Gross Tons
• Built in 1945 by William Doxford and Sons Ltd., Sunderland, as Empire Tavoy for Ministry of War Transport, managers-Dodd, Thomson and Co. Ltd.;
• Managers changed in 1945 to Sir William Reardon Smith and Sons Ltd.;
• In 1946 transferred to the Leeds Shipping Co. Ltd. (a subsidiary of the main company) and renamed Great City;
• Sold in 1964 to Taiship Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, renamed Shipwind;
• In 1968 to Southern Shipping and Enterprises Co Ltd., Hong Kong and renamed Wing Kwong.
• Around 1970 to Poon Shun-Po, Somali Republic
• On 15 January 1975 arrived in Shanghai for breaking up.

Incidentally the Great City may not have been named after any particular city as in 1913 Smiths started a company named Great City Steamship Company and two ships registered to it in 1914, namely the Great City bought from Ropners and the Jersey City (formerly the Santeramo) bought from Furness Withy

notnila
30th July 2007, 22:55
I don't know to be honest as I lost touch with Doug after 1974. All I know is that he lived in Minto Crescent Glenrothes when with Smiths.

I've checked the local phone book,there is no D.Cummins listed.He may be ex directory though.Sorry I couldn't help.
Regards Arch.

Janner100
4th August 2007, 20:58
ty for trying

R527835
17th January 2008, 09:49
Pier Head Jump


Did you ever stand a‘side the locks as ships were passing through?
Looking for a pier head jump when a white cap said to you:
“Do you have a book there mister? Quick board us if you can”
Cause we’re bound for South Australia and we’re short a sailor man”.
“Bosun.! Sling that heaving line ashore and bring his bag on board
Cause we’re clear these tugs in moments and I want the deckgear stowed.”
So I leapt to do his bidding cause I’d been too long ashore
And the thought of South Australia just convinced me all the more.

Since the tide had pushed us westward and the pilot left astern
Thirteen derricks had been stripped and stowed and lashed an extra turn
With foredeck hatches battened down her head was brought more south,
While a north bound crew worked the other way as they head for Avonmouth.
She was called the Fresno City of Smith’s of Cardiff fame
But she could have been most any ship ‘cause I’d join her just the same.
Y’see, the sea had got my number and she knew I was her slave,
Aye, I’d leave for deep sea sounds and swells with scarce a backward wave.

Well, I’d been ashore a month too long and with concrete closing in,
All the pubs had lost their glamour and romance was getting thin.
Now the sunshine seemed so far away and my mind kept drifting where
My bare feet met the warm steel deck and the salt was in the air.
Where the gantlines held a memory as it eased across the hand
As a lifeboat fall was overhauled, or a bosun’s chair was manned.
For a forestay greased by tallow or a masthead painted black,
With a life suspended, calm and sure, as hard hands coiled the slack.

Whilst stem heads carve each wave in two and sternposts make amends
There’s communion in the foc’sle when the eight bells toll watch end.
Where a crib board holds a year’s remit or a bottle holds a ship,
Where matchsticks might just masquerade as Swan Vestas poker chips,
In a poker game stretched an ocean wide or across a hemisphere
Where a black-pan egg was bartered for that last half inch of beer..
Just a moment’s rest from holy stones, the heart of seamanship.
Whilst the wake is stretched and dwindling; just like every other trip.

There’s another world, below the sea, where sweat grimed blackened men
Would toil to harness elements, where once; in days back when,
They worked white canvas, high aloft, to play the winter gales
It’s shovels now in Dante’s place with anthracite from Wales.
Aye, but progress spurns the laggard and with liquid gold to drive
The flashing brass capped driveshaft, showed progress was alive
With rocking steel and gauges that plunge ships through the night
For the test of human spirit against the Roaring Forties might.

Threads are woven through this majesty where progress is the norm,
A time dictated solemn rite, subject to sun and storm.
Ship’s compass tweaked by rubric arc and Venus crossed at noon
Alchemic brew of almanacs, all stirred by the Greenwich rune.
It’s our ritual white stick tapping, lest we sail right off the earth,
It’s as regular as clockwork, ten times daily till we berth.
It’s the Skipper’s paregoric as he blends his ship to sea.
It’s just slightly less important, when the steward brings his tea.

Now the Doxford pulled my senses back as the western ocean cast
Her winter eye at ships passing by, making patterns with their masts
As the Beaufort scale notched skyward with Tom Walker streamed astern
When the Fresno checked my sea legs and I felt the sinews burn,
So I begged her for forgiveness and swore I’d ne’er more roam
Then I brushed a hand along her parts and thanked her for a home,
In a world that moved about us we were welcomed back to sea,
Old friends who knew her treasures and some who knew her fee.


Reg Kear © 2007 Australia

manolito_1
17th January 2008, 13:53
To all ex Reardon Smiths sea staff like myself did you know that you get a Reardon Smiyh Seafarer's Newsletter called Shipmates. Four issues a year and you are invited to contribute any stories of you times with Smith's.It only
costs around £8 a year to belong.Anyone interested contact--
Mr.A.F.Osbourne(Shipmates)
24"E" Heol Hir
Llanishen
Cardiff
CF14 5AE
Wales

Best wishes Malcolm.Bennington

D.C.Cumming
17th February 2009, 15:08
Hello

Sailed on the Cornish City Jan 1971 - July 1971 old man was DLG, sailed with Dougie Cumming on his first trip on the Atlantic City and often wondered what happened to him, also sailed with John Gardener on what both our first trips on the Cardiff City later the Sara Lupe. If I remember rightly though age is creeping in fast, Dougie was among the relieving crew that relieved us in dry dock Yokohama in July 1971. Also I wonder if anyone out there remembers Alec Skeogh, he was on Cornish with me and with Dougie and I on the Atlantic. also did MCR at Reardon Smith College in Cardiff with Alec, haven't seen him since wonder what happened to him.

WallyH

Hi Wally or Jack as you were known to me then. How's life ?
Long time from Atlantic City days.
I'm working offshore as Offshore Installation Manage(OIM) on a new jack up rig just newlt built in Singapore, now parked in Denmark. Working 2 weeks on 3 weeks off.
Been offshore since I left RSL in 1977, been OIM last 15 years.
Miss the seafaring crack but money or time off was never there.
Did my last trip on Indian City, after 2 trips out of 3 on car carriers Capt Birrell asked me why I was leaving ? Think about it.
I see you are living the exotic lifei n Kiwi, bit different to SW england perhaps?

I'm still in sunny Scotland, 2 tennage kids giving me jip, (late starter).

Trying to play golf with another former RSL mate who lives locally.
(Phil Godding, long time boozing buddy from college days)

Had a chat with John Gardiner recently & he sent me some mugshots, scary.
If he reads this I will answer soon.

Met Capt Tony Crowther in Halifax, Canada back in 98, he was working freelance for Noble Denton doing warranty for rig moves, so we swung a few RSL lamps for several days, even though I had not sailed with him with RSL.

hear from soon

Dougie Cumming

Wallyh
22nd February 2009, 01:17
Hi Wally or Jack as you were known to me then. How's life ?
Long time from Atlantic City days.
I'm working offshore as Offshore Installation Manage(OIM) on a new jack up rig just newlt built in Singapore, now parked in Denmark. Working 2 weeks on 3 weeks off.
Been offshore since I left RSL in 1977, been OIM last 15 years.
Miss the seafaring crack but money or time off was never there.
Did my last trip on Indian City, after 2 trips out of 3 on car carriers Capt Birrell asked me why I was leaving ? Think about it.
I see you are living the exotic lifei n Kiwi, bit different to SW england perhaps?

I'm still in sunny Scotland, 2 tennage kids giving me jip, (late starter).

Trying to play golf with another former RSL mate who lives locally.
(Phil Godding, long time boozing buddy from college days)

Had a chat with John Gardiner recently & he sent me some mugshots, scary.
If he reads this I will answer soon.

Met Capt Tony Crowther in Halifax, Canada back in 98, he was working freelance for Noble Denton doing warranty for rig moves, so we swung a few RSL lamps for several days, even though I had not sailed with him with RSL.

hear from soon

Dougie Cumming

Hello Dougie

Good to hear from you after what is nearly 40 years, those were the days with OJT & W. D. Jones, like you I left Smiths after too many goes on car carriers, thought there was more to life than looking at cars coming in and out at vast rate ended up looking a various nasty chemicals going in and out . Have sent you a private message with the gory details of what has happened to me in the mean time.

All the best

Wally or Jack

jrg
21st October 2009, 00:16
Tony Crowther ex RSL Master keeps a data base of ex RSL personnel who are on the net. There is is also a news letter The Seafarer which mostly recounts epic voyages or mishaps of the past!

If you wish I can provide an email address.

I was mate on the Cardiff City in 1971
]

Interested to read of the database. I was with RSL 1971-1977, and have a fleet history that I can post.
Regards
JRG

jrg
21st October 2009, 00:20
Hi Wally or Jack as you were known to me then. How's life ?
Long time from Atlantic City days.
I'm working offshore as Offshore Installation Manage(OIM) on a new jack up rig just newlt built in Singapore, now parked in Denmark. Working 2 weeks on 3 weeks off.
Been offshore since I left RSL in 1977, been OIM last 15 years.
Miss the seafaring crack but money or time off was never there.
Did my last trip on Indian City, after 2 trips out of 3 on car carriers Capt Birrell asked me why I was leaving ? Think about it.
I see you are living the exotic lifei n Kiwi, bit different to SW england perhaps?

I'm still in sunny Scotland, 2 tennage kids giving me jip, (late starter).

Trying to play golf with another former RSL mate who lives locally.
(Phil Godding, long time boozing buddy from college days)

Had a chat with John Gardiner recently & he sent me some mugshots, scary.
If he reads this I will answer soon.

Met Capt Tony Crowther in Halifax, Canada back in 98, he was working freelance for Noble Denton doing warranty for rig moves, so we swung a few RSL lamps for several days, even though I had not sailed with him with RSL.

hear from soon

Dougie Cumming

Hello Dougie
We sailed together on the Atlantic City in 1973, Rotterdam-NOLA (Destrehan). I am also working offshore as a C/E on DP vessels.
Regards
JRG