Captain Bell

Phil Houghton
3rd November 2008, 15:06
Trying to trace some history on Captain John Bell, he was my late godfather and would like to hear any stories or see pictures from people who may have sailed with him.

Thanks Phil

Pat Hughes
3rd November 2008, 15:12
You might have to give a few clues Phil as I sailed with several Captain John Bell's.

Phil Houghton
4th November 2008, 14:32
Thanks Pat,
He was with Manchester Liners and last I recall he past away on the Frontier in 77/78 along side in Manchester. Lived in St Helens. Married with daughter and smoked a pipe, Think he originated from around Shipley Yorkshire. Sorry a bit vague but that is all I have at present.

rgds Phil

Pat Hughes
4th November 2008, 14:59
Phil,
The John Bell which I knew had his origins in Blue Funnel and then Whitco marine followed by a foray into coastal shipowning. I knew him when he was Master with Thorstone early 90s. He now lived in Cornwall and I believe he is about 65.

Pat

donaldb
4th November 2008, 15:29
I sailed with John Bell back in 1964 when he was 2nd mate of the old Manchester City. It was my first trip to sea and he put me completely at my ease, compared to the old man Capt Rushworth who scared the life out of me and Jock McKay the mate who relieved me of most of my subs in a card school ! (only joking jock) John was a larger than life Yorkshireman who always had a twinkle in his eye and possessed the most battered steaming revvie (cap) I ever knew. I always tried to get mine to look like his but never managed.
I also sailed with him as 2nd mate on his last trip as master of the Frontier on a voyage from Manchester to Malta, Cypress Lebanon and Syria. I'm afraid old John got a bit the worse for drink at times by then as did a lot of us in those days but I could forgive him anything. He was always so good natured. On our return to Manchester he even came down to my cabin to say hello to my wife and two year old son who came on board. A few days later he was gone and I was greatly saddened.

mclean
20th August 2009, 00:48
Blake Nelson, ex Bank Line and Manchester Liners passed away in Montreal on 18th. August. He worked with our company in Montreal in the 80,s and 90,s as a very capable cargo superintendent. Unfortunately he left us at the early age of 64. R.I.P. Blake. Colin

John W. Reid
28th December 2009, 15:28
Blake Nelson, ex Bank Line and Manchester Liners passed away in Montreal on 18th. August. He worked with our company in Montreal in the 80,s and 90,s as a very capable cargo superintendent. Unfortunately he left us at the early age of 64. R.I.P. Blake. Colin

Saddend to hear this news. Sailed with Blake on the Manchester Zeal a few times. I was Chief Eng.

John W. Reid
1st January 2010, 14:00
Trying to trace some history on Captain John Bell, he was my late godfather and would like to hear any stories or see pictures from people who may have sailed with him.

Thanks Phil

Hi Phil. I sailed with John on the Manchester Commerce & City. I was second Eng. Great time and a lot of fun.
As I understand it, he had to take over as Captain when regrettably Captain Starmmer died during the voyage. (I was not on board), but I beleive it was a promation and experience that John could have done without.
Perhaps if you contacted Manchester Liniers Old Shipmates website you could get a lot more info. JWR

andywright
27th March 2010, 21:56
Blake Nelson, ex Bank Line and Manchester Liners passed away in Montreal on 18th. August. He worked with our company in Montreal in the 80,s and 90,s as a very capable cargo superintendent. Unfortunately he left us at the early age of 64. R.I.P. Blake. Colin

I have just read this post, very shocked, I sailed with Blake on the Manchester Reward (a ship of fools) was our motto when Blake was in command, we even had Tee shirts printed with the motto. A good old man.

ninja2kernow
26th February 2012, 00:47
Trying to trace some history on Captain John Bell, he was my late godfather and would like to hear any stories or see pictures from people who may have sailed with him.

Thanks Phil

hi i sailed with captain john bell in 1989,he lived in cornwall,and was running his own coaster ,do you think this may be him he smoked a pipe,skinny grey haired ,was the best person i have ever worked for in 29 years of working .he had 2 daughters,he must of just been around 60 in 1989,rip if it is him.i do have photos of him and his vessel ,mv maenporth.

ninja2kernow
26th February 2012, 00:55
Phil,
The John Bell which I knew had his origins in Blue Funnel and then Whitco marine followed by a foray into coastal shipowning. I knew him when he was Master with Thorstone early 90s. He now lived in Cornwall and I believe he is about 65.

Pat

hi ,you say you worked with capt bell in the 90s i worked with him in 1989 ,on his coaster mv maenporth...grey haired ,skinny great guy smoked a pipe,?what type of vessel did he go back to?

TallPaul
20th September 2013, 19:10
I worked for Captain Bell on the Maenporth...

Datam
2nd January 2014, 05:21
John Bell was Ch Mate on the Manchester Miller with Capt Fred Lewis in 1969 I sailed with him a couple of times. Nice Chap, but Fred gave him and everyone else a hard time. Manchester Liners Old Shipmates may be able to help you. http://www.manchesterliners.co.uk/about.htm