Mr John Houlder

Geoff of Hull
17th September 2007, 21:58
Hello everyone just to let any old officers and crews know,that up to 18 month ago John Houlder was looking as fit as a fiddle.
I was at a Houlder reunion in Newcastle and JH flew himself in from London to Newcastle at the age of 91 I believe after coming over from Argentina or Uruguay. He made a speech and certainly had it all there and spared a hand shake and yarn with all Masters and AB's.
Incidentally I served on Oswestry Grange,Clerk Maxwell,Hornby Grange,Orelia (1st)Orelia (now still working) and Uncle John,as well as the Pacific Northwest. Geoff of Hull

non descript
18th September 2007, 20:26
Yes Geoff, it seems that at 91 he is a lot more on the ball than most of us and I will be only to happy to have half his ability when I get to his age.

I had to do a little thinking about that last ship you mentioned (whilst not a proper Maltese Cross, I am sure she was was fine ship none the less (Jester) ) - Built in 1954, sold in 1971 and re-named Aegis Power, and scrapped in 1974

Geoff of Hull
18th September 2007, 21:16
I too was with Houlders when the take over took place most likely read the same letter as you how they were increasing the fleet immediately with the transfer of the "Pacific Wasa" to the fleet.Then the dark days.
I am presently sailing with some ex Houlder men as I was with the "Uncle John" when she went through various change of hands as well as the "Orelia" from Houlder offshore hence the reunion with big John and the guys of the Maltese cross

Geoff of Hull
19th September 2007, 21:46
Hi Leo...old Danny well I was with him the day he retired at the grand old age of 67 and he was still asked back after that to go as HLO..He was last seen walking around Aberdeen docks 18 month ago he was reminiscing and had travelled up from South Wales for the day out.
I still keep in touch with Norman McSween and some of the others at the reunion are .Mick Bowlen.Robby Dowsing,Keith Summers,Davy Wilkins,The Wrexham rat,Little Reg (electrician)Ian Scott Some of the guys are still on the "John "but working in the US gulf for CalDive she is sample drilling

Geoff of Hull
26th October 2007, 21:40
For all the interested people who have been in touch with me about the reunions have been informed there will not be one this year but maybe next year..I have been asked to let people know through the site any details that may be planned ...Asked if John Houlder was still around and as far as they know he is ...Geoff

marinero
27th October 2007, 12:28
For all the interested people who have been in touch with me about the reunions have been informed there will not be one this year but maybe next year..I have been asked to let people know through the site any details that may be planned ...Asked if John Houlder was still around and as far as they know he is ...Geoff

Thanks for that Geoff, keep in touch.
Regards(Thumb)

non descript
30th April 2009, 23:04
Out of respect for the Old Man, I have done my best to separate the posts that are specifically about him and collected them here in a dedicated thread – the other posts that were mixed in with these, remain and they still appear under the name of “Uncle John and other Houlder Offshore Vessels (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=13764&page=2)”.

So as not to destroy the original posts, some of them have been copied, i.e. they appear twice, once in this thread and also in the other. I appreciate that it is never ideal to have cross-posting, but in this case there is some justification, as both the man and the ships deserve individual and proper recognition.

John Houlder is still in surprisingly good form considering his advancing years, and was last seen a week or so ago at the Houlders 25 Club Lunch in London, holding court and being a perfect gentleman, sitting alongside Peter Warwick, Chairman of Hadley Shipping and another of life's total gentlemen.
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Mark

marinero
1st May 2009, 16:15
Hi Mark.
Good to hear that he is still going strong. Any news about his proposed flight to his ranch in Argentina or has it already taken place?
Regards
Leo (Thumb)

non descript
2nd May 2009, 23:56
Leo,
I forgot to ask – but the last I heard was that he was still permitted by the CAA to fly and the only restriction was that he had to have someone with a pilot’s licence sitting beside him.
Regards
Mark

ALAN TYLER
24th May 2009, 22:28
Hi Mark, Just back from Canada, had a great time. Just to add to Leo,s comment its wonderful to know the great man is still so active. I will always remember him for his love of "Fruit Jelly" when he came aboard,a true gentleman
Regards Alan.

lordgregory1
18th September 2012, 16:48
just joined the site everybody very nice to read all about your memoires at sea. Im an ex houlder Bros member (7years) then on to OCL containers. Can anyone tell me when John Houlder died?

A.D.FROST
18th September 2012, 17:30
just joined the site everybody very nice to read all about your memoires at sea. Im an ex houlder Bros member (7years) then on to OCL containers. Can anyone tell me when John Houlder died?

Feb.4th.2012 (on google)