Chief Engineer, Gid Henderson.

Derek Dunn
2nd December 2009, 21:12
Hi guys, just read in the Scotsman that Gid Henderson died in Perth on 29th November. Cremation at Perth 7th December 2pm.

john fraser
3rd December 2009, 16:02
Hi guys, just read in the Scotsman that Gid Henderson died in Perth on 29th November. Cremation at Perth 7th December 2pm.

Sad to read the passing of Gid Henderson.Condolences to his family.I sailed a few times with Gid.If I remember correctly he was originally from Papa Stour in Shetland and was a brother-in- law of Captain Donald Cowie

EBenarty
4th December 2009, 22:16
Sad to read the passing of Gid Henderson.Condolences to his family.I sailed a few times with Gid.If I remember correctly he was originally from Papa Stour in Shetland and was a brother-in- law of Captain Donald Cowie

My Condolenses to his family, I sailed with him on the Lawers and Cairn. John was he not from Whalsey the same place as Captain Jmmy Walterson came from and he was a brother in law of Captain Donald Cowie.
Billy

john fraser
5th December 2009, 12:30
My Condolenses to his family, I sailed with him on the Lawers and Cairn. John was he not from Whalsey the same place as Captain Jmmy Walterson came from and he was a brother in law of Captain Donald Cowie.
Billy
Hi Billy.
We.ll maybe have to hand that over to our Shetland friends.I think Jim Walterson was from Walls and of course not many would know that Gid was from Shetland

Derek Dunn
5th December 2009, 14:21
Hi Guys, I never sailed with "Gid" but he was one of these persons that nobody had a bad word for. We can all remember, as junior officers sitting in the mess at smokoe and listening to the older ones taking about who they had sailed with. Some senior officers had good reputations and others not so good. Funny thing is that when I sailed with some of the "bad" ones I found them to be alright. Makes me wonder why these so called "bad" chiefs and captains had that reputation they did!!
What era was Gid with ben line? Was he of the same era as Big John Donaldson and Daddy Chambers?
Going back to the reputations of chiefs, I remember hearing that John Gillan was a fearsome man, a nicer chief I haven't met!! (I believe John is sadly no longer with us).
I sailed with Ian McKay and found him excellent. We were once changing a piston on the Grey Hunter and when we finished at around 9 pm Ian asked the engineers up to his cabin for a beer. A real gent!! I also had the pleasure of sailing with Ralph Cowie on the Attow. Perhaps as an engineer I had no axe to grind with him.

EBenarty
5th December 2009, 19:56
Hi Billy.
We.ll maybe have to hand that over to our Shetland friends.I think Jim Walterson was from Walls and of course not many would know that Gid was from Shetland

You are right John, Jimmy came from Walls. How is your retirement going? Have you started a book yet?
Billy

creeler
7th December 2012, 20:56
just reading through this and gideon was from papa stour,remember him giving our old lister start o matic engine a much needed overhaul one summer when he was on leave,late 60's. jimmy walterson came from sandness originally but lived in walls. he was ch off on the "benvrackie"on my first trip to sea in '73 as peggy.
hughie.

oldman 80
11th December 2012, 08:58
just reading through this and gideon was from papa stour,remember him giving our old lister start o matic engine a much needed overhaul one summer when he was on leave,late 60's. jimmy walterson came from sandness originally but lived in walls. he was ch off on the "benvrackie"on my first trip to sea in '73 as peggy.
hughie.

I was a deck cadet on Benarty in 1963 through 64 to 65.
The Chief Engineer was Henderson and I am almost certain it was Gid, but as a cadet in those days christian names were not commonly used by cadets. Hence a bit of uncertainty.
One hell of a nice guy he was too.
Chas Donnelly was Master - Ref:- Benarty broken down in Red Sea, - elsewhere in this forum.

wully farquhar
12th December 2012, 23:23
I was aboard the Arty at that time as EDH,the "beast" was the bosun,a long time ago now,names i'm afraid no!!

ian keyl
13th December 2012, 01:31
Yes it is a sad time that the ebb tide washes another great character and name from the white sands of our islands. Gid was a well respected chief in Ben Line and would have sailed with Donald his brother in law on the Lawers as Donald took her out I think on maiden voyage.

I remember one time in Bangkok at Klongtoy Donald was master of the old Valla and Gid was chief on the old Lawers, both were alongside which ment an excuse for a calley and a run up the road.
My sincere condolences to the family and and close friends.
A very sincere person no doubt left his mark.
Ian Keyl.

oldman 80
13th December 2012, 01:33
I was aboard the Arty at that time as EDH,the "beast" was the bosun,a long time ago now,names i'm afraid no!!

Indeed Wully - a long time ago but I remember you well.
We got on quite well together, but there again that was pretty normal in those days - even though I was cadet.
Good to see you are still with us - we are getting a bit thin on the ground.
I noticed you haven' t been posting much lately.
The Beast indeed. Willie Walker. Of course he was no beast really, quite the opposite in fact, but he could be when he wanted of course.
(His perogative, I suppose)
The deck crowd I remember (the regulars) Jimmie Dixon chippy, Willie Crook AB, Charlie Mcnair (EDH like yourself) the others escape me.
On the upper decks - see Benarty Broken Down in Red Sea - to jog your memory.
Look after yourself & Take care.
(Wave)

chengnomore
8th January 2013, 14:45
Sorry to read that Derek. Sailed as his 2/e and then as his relief. He used to talk about having a siamese sandwich ("2 bangkok hoors and me")!
Tom Freer

Hi guys, just read in the Scotsman that Gid Henderson died in Perth on 29th November. Cremation at Perth 7th December 2pm.