Swan River

Graham P Powell
2nd June 2007, 21:56
I was Radio Officer on the Houlders ship "Swan River" in 1967/68.
Did a round the world tramping trip. Lovely ship though the radio gear
needed replacement!
Capt was HR Neal. 3/O Mike Porter.

non descript
2nd June 2007, 23:21
Yes, a very good ship with an excellent and happy crew.

Built in 1959; sold by Houlders in 1971, and re-named Premier Atlantic; 1973 Confidence Express, 1979 Bachlong; 1980 Eastern Concord; 1983 broken up.

A picture of her is here ( http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/40409/si/swan%20river/what/allfields/mcats/510)

duquesa
2nd June 2007, 23:30
And "Old Man" Neal was a real gem. Granny Neal! I served with him on two ships for some time.

Geord
6th June 2007, 12:03
i sailed on the Swan River from Sep1967 to Mar 1968, as an engineer, the skipper was Captain Belton and the chief engineer was A. hamer, actually it was my first trip, and it turned out to be a great trip.
Cheers Jack Todd

stuart davies
2nd November 2007, 00:02
I worked for Houlders in Newport and remember the builders model of the
Swan River kept in the office front window. The Swan River was registered in
Newport and the Master in 1959 was Captain R.M.Potts.
Stuart Davies

terence riley
5th April 2012, 19:30
I was Radio Officer on the Houlders ship "Swan River" in 1967/68.
Did a round the world tramping trip. Lovely ship though the radio gear
needed replacement!
Capt was HR Neal. 3/O Mike Porter.

I sailed as 5th Engineer. You must have been on the same trip. B.A. and River Plate, Durban, Singapore, Yokosuka & yokohama Japan, Fiji Isles, Panama Canal, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Dublin, Liverpool. 25.03.1967 to 30.08.1967. Terry Riley

guinnessmick
5th April 2012, 22:37
i was in the swan river from 15/5/63 til 3/7/64 that was 3 trips the second trip was a similar trip to yours liverpool ,south wales ports then the river plate ports loaded for japan(yokohama,yokosuka) then the west coast of canada(new westminster niaimo) then home through the panama canal docked in london.
i was 2nd cook & baker captain potts was the skipper the finest skipper i ever sailed with and a great ship

Tony Wilkins
30th October 2014, 09:30
I was also a first trip apprentice in 1967/8 on MV Swan River. I remember you Jack, I think our cabins were next to each other. I remember the Third Officer was Dave Pratt, Second Officer Exley? First Officer John Jubba and Captain Belton who I think was on his last trip before retirement.