Great welcome

acj1940
21st January 2010, 12:35
what a great welcome from SN members ,Thanks to all
First ship MV Zealand in 1956 one of Curries of leith anyone heard of it ?
Tony

K urgess
21st January 2010, 12:43
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Tony.
I've moved you post into it's own thread for a better welcome.
Find your way around and get to know the crew.
Have a good voyage.

Gulpers
21st January 2010, 12:44
acj1940,

A warm welcome to SN from the Isle of Anglesey.
Join in our discussions and I am sure you will get many hours of pleasure from your membership. (Thumb)

R58484956
21st January 2010, 15:06
Greetings acj1940 and welcome to SN. Zealand and Curries two well known names in the shipping world. Bon voyage.

hamishb
21st January 2010, 15:50
what a great welcome from SN members ,Thanks to all
First ship MV Zealand in 1956 one of Curries of leith anyone heard of it ?
Tony

Hello, I sailed on Zealand from4/1/64 till 21/4/65 as 4th and 3 rd engineer rolled like nothing else that wee ship.
Hamish.

bert thompson
21st January 2010, 17:37
Welcome and sure you will enjoy this wonderful site
Best wishes
Bert.

benjidog
21st January 2010, 20:41
Welcome from Lancashire - I hope you will enjoy the site.

GWB
21st January 2010, 23:45
WElcome aboard from Brisbane enjoy the trip.

barrow-boy
22nd January 2010, 00:09
This the one Tony.
Nick.

billyboy
22nd January 2010, 00:23
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

hamishb
22nd January 2010, 20:07
This the one Tony.
Nick.

This is the very one, had something like 250 tons of rocks as permanent ballast in one of the tween decks. The run was London Lisbon,one week London 3-1/2 days across then one week Lisbon, then back again. Used to roll badly in the Bay.
May I take a copy of your picture please.
Regards
Hamish.B

barrow-boy
23rd January 2010, 03:16
Hi Hamish,

Help your self......Nick

backsplice
23rd January 2010, 06:54
I was with Curries in 58 for 10 months running up the baltic on the " Shetland " which I,m lead to believe was previously "Zealand" great mob to work for ......Backsplice

E.Martin
23rd January 2010, 11:41
what a great welcome from SN members ,Thanks to all
First ship MV Zealand in 1956 one of Curries of leith anyone heard of it ?
Tony

Yes i can certainly remember MV Zealand,I was Bosun on her in 1958 my first ship after getting married,every day while in Lisbon turning the deck crowd too was no problem as most of them were still ashore with their girl friends.
Always plenty of soap powder on hand also tin of sardines which had found their way into the mess rooms.
Enjoyed my time on her.

hamishb
23rd January 2010, 15:51
Hi Hamish,

Help your self......Nick

Got it ,many thanks Nick. I remember the trade the donkeymen had on Zealand.
Bags of sweets, chocolate, nylons and cosmetics were bought in the Petticote Lane Market on a Sunday.
These were sold at a profit in Lisbon and turned into booze for sale in London. Tobacco was another item traded. On one occasion I was having a problem pumping bilges a on investigation discovered that a pipe appeared to be loose, as I was trying to free this pipe ane of the donkeymen came over and said ---- sake leave that alone it is part of our baccy stash. It turned out to be tins of Capstain wrapped in a sheet of lead to keep them under the water.
The other place to stash the crates of Brandy etc. was in the cofferdam between the fuel double bottom and the ballast tanks. The manhole was opened , gear stashed, manhole cover repalced then the bilge water was allowed to cover the lid. All this worked untill the rumagers were to come on board. there was some sort of early warning system in operation when customs were to raid the ship and the contraband was passed over to the attendant tug boat. The customs men used to hide at the knuckle at the entrance to London dock and were easy to spot by those who knew where to look.
This was thriving business, although illegal I thought that it was a fair go with the customs, no drugs mind that is a different ball game altogether.
You will probably remember this trade, I only found out about it a little at a time but unfortunately wasn't involved. They were a great crowd with homes in Lisbon as well in the UK.
Quite a few more stories of Currie line , anybody sail on the Ireland?
Regards
Hamish.

backsplice
23rd January 2010, 21:52
The lurk on the shetland was bottles of "VP Rich Ruby" as Finland had strick booze laws used to get the equivilant of a Quid a bottle and buy it in grangemouth for about 2/6 once the winchmen got a bottle boy did they go ????........Backsplice

gdynia
24th January 2010, 19:05
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

The Sailorman
10th November 2013, 09:47
I sailed on the SHETLAND 9-10- 57 to 9-12-57 did two trips up
the Baltic. My reason for leaving it got to cold She was a very
good ship & a fine crew.
Dennis P