Stag Line

gdynia
4th November 2005, 14:53
Looking for pictures from 1960 onwards

Gdynia

tanker
4th November 2005, 15:07
Very intere (Applause) sting old ship Co.(Joseph Robinson & Co).Funnel:black with white stag on broad red band.Hull :black with red boot topping.Beginning 60s.there were 6 ships :CAMELLIA-CYDONIA-GARDENIA-GLOXINIA-PHOTINIA and ZINNIA,if i find i will put a shot of some them (Applause)
Gp

tanker
4th November 2005, 15:10
I forget Welcome from Italy in this website!!!!
Gp

R58484956
4th November 2005, 15:12
Welcome gdynia to the site, enjoy all it has to offer, no doubt someone will come up with some photos. Ruud over to you.hse = health and safety executive.

ruud
4th November 2005, 15:33
Ahoy Gdynia,

Well first of all,maybe you should introduce yourself, and not like you did, by just asking pictures!

but anyway:

Welcome aboard, enjoy yourself on this fine ship and her crew, as we do; looking forward to your postings.

P.S. Do have some names of the wanted pics?

sam2182sw
4th November 2005, 20:40
hi i have one of the GLOXINIA docked in HULL when she was converted to a carle carrier and cable layer i will dig it out and post it on the site


SAM2182SW

tugboat142
5th November 2005, 19:40
There is a real intresting site dedicated to Stag line with fleet list & photos here:

http://stag-line.mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/index.jhtml

I was on Gloxinia in 1967, immingham bound for Cleveland via St lawrence seaway with cargo of steel coils that shifted mid Atlantic in a storm.
All hands below with snatch blocks etc to trim the dangerous list.
Worrying time. (Cloud)
Then Detroit back to Liverpool. we docked right outside the customs training centre. 30 cadets stripped the old tub. refused to pay us off untill someone owned up to 2 cartons of cigs they found. (Ouch)
Tom Harrison

trotterdotpom
6th November 2005, 15:48
I sailed briefly on 'Gloxinia' in the late '60s and have mentioned her elsewhere on the site. We sailed from Smiths Dock, North Shields, on New Year's Eve. Half the crew, having received a better offer from Old Acquaintances, remained ashore in the "Jungle".

An abiding memory is the ship's funnel being left behind at Eastham Locks prior to transit of the Manchester Ship Canal. Am I kidding myself about that?
Nowadays that handsome "Stag" funnel would have MUFC scrawled all over it!

At that time she was running Manchester - Durban - Santos - Manchester.

John T.

gdynia
6th November 2005, 16:15
[John T
I was on the Gloxinias last trip and handed her over to New Owners in River Tyne a very sad day for me

Gdynia

gdynia
6th November 2005, 16:18
Tom
Have been in touch with the owner of this web site and received some great photos from him.I liked the old Stag Line and was very sad on its demise
Rgds Gdynia

gdynia
6th November 2005, 16:21
[Tanker
Thanks for your message Im trying to build up a folder for my 7 year old son to show him his Daddys earlier sea going days

Rgds Gdynia

gdynia
6th November 2005, 16:23
[QUOTE=R58484956]

Thanks for your message still sailing on vessels but as a non sea going capacity
Rgds Gdynia

gdynia
6th November 2005, 16:24
[QUOTE=ruud]Ahoy Gdynia,

Ruud
Thanks your reply still at sea but now in the salvage capacity but had many happy years with the Stag Line

Rgds Neville

gdynia
6th November 2005, 16:26
SAM2182SW[/QUOTE]
Sam
thanks for message I sailed with the Stag Line for 8 years and trying to build up a folio for my inquisitive son
Rgds Gdynia

gdynia
6th November 2005, 19:15
Gents

Thanks for your great response I have a very happy son of 7 years old at home the proud owner of photos received. He knows now what our Merchant Navy was like and the people who manned the vessels.

Many Thanks
Gdynia

gdynia
6th November 2005, 19:19
Ruud

The photographs I am basically missing now is of Zinnia and Begonia.Had a fantastic response from Readers

Cheers Gdynia

tugboat142
6th November 2005, 22:05
could this be the zinnia you seek:

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=87932

Tom

gdynia
6th November 2005, 22:44
Tom
Thanks for mail. The Zinnia I am looking for is a Stag Line vessel.I believe this picture is of a Turkish Vessel with same name but thanks for your help.
Rgds Gdynia

trotterdotpom
22nd November 2005, 12:45
[John T
I was on the Gloxinias last trip and handed her over to New Owners in River Tyne a very sad day for me

Gdynia

Was that cat still there?

Just read your profile - everyone was impressed by your efforts. Well done.

John T.

gdynia
22nd November 2005, 19:45
John T

No the cat deserted the vessel days before but reports of a fox seen onboard in the dock by several people

baileysan
22nd November 2005, 21:10
Stag Line

Excellent small publication on Stag Line published by World Ship Society 1984. No doubt still available.

My home town North Shields (although I now live on Wirral)and many days I have been on the bank top outside Stag Line offices. Eventually it was turned into a very nice pub, I believe now it is council administration offices.

A nice small company with a good reputation.

paul batey
12th March 2007, 20:27
Hi never been to sea except for a trip to the Isle of Wight on a Red Funnel Ferry but my workmate (who has no computer) is looking for anyone who remembers him as a cook on Stag Lines Gloxinia in the late 50s-his name is Fred Mitchell from North Shields known as 'slim'..thanks for any help.

peter3807
6th June 2008, 02:37
In reply to Trotter.pom
I know it is an old thread. It was new years eve 1970 when the Gloxinia sailed from Smiths Dock on new years eve. Willy Hunter was the old man Stevie Tong was mate. I was a cadet with one trip behind me. Sailed for Manchester probably to load flourspar for Cleveland but I paid off while she was laying by at Partington. I remember that the crane driver had to be encouraged with a few cartons of cigarettes before he lifted the gangway. He no doubt went straight to the Jungle for a lock in. Ernie Lamb was on the Quay to wave us off. Does anyone remember him and his Capstan Full Strength.

Peter3807

Bigmo
2nd July 2008, 12:48
Sailed in Stag Line 1961 to 1970 so think I was on most if not all the fleet during those years, went from Apprentice to Ch.Off so have many happy memories of hard times. Remember the "Coal Run", DOSCO overtime, we didn't do too badly! If I remember I spent most of my Apprentice time on the Cydonia. Bill SutherlandCh.Off. Davy Mustard 2/O, 3/O ? (Put ships in bottles) Jimmy (Sparks) Old Man Robbie, Hugh Shotton 2/E.
I retired in 1999 and would love to hear from anyone from around those times. Maurice Kennedy.

oceantramp
2nd July 2008, 13:06
The 3rd Mate would have been Maevyn Johnston R/O Jimmy Sams
Old Man Robbie Reekie. Sadly Bill Sutherland passed away some years ago while on holiday in the USA. Bill Keough

peter3807
3rd July 2008, 17:12
Sailed in Stag Line 1961 to 1970 so think I was on most if not all the fleet during those years, went from Apprentice to Ch.Off so have many happy memories of hard times. Remember the "Coal Run", DOSCO overtime, we didn't do too badly! If I remember I spent most of my Apprentice time on the Cydonia. Bill SutherlandCh.Off. Davy Mustard 2/O, 3/O ? (Put ships in bottles) Jimmy (Sparks) Old Man Robbie, Hugh Shotton 2/E.
I retired in 1999 and would love to hear from anyone from around those times. Maurice Kennedy..

I joined Stag Line as apprentice in 1970 after you left. Sailed with some of the names you mention. I did a lot of trips on the Photinia when Bill Sutherland was Old Man. He was a real gentleman. Sailed many times with Jimmy Sams on the Zinnia. Was with Robbie Reekie his last trip. A sad trip as Willy Fallon the old third mate died in Paranagua. Like you I have many happy memories of the ships and crews. Peter Cowling.

Bigmo
4th July 2008, 09:27
Thanks. "Aunty Mavis" was our name for 3/O, sorry to hear about Bill Sutherland, I was there when he fell down the hold in Montreal, made a remarkable recovery. Had just been in touch with Jimmy Sams when he died. Anyone heard from Derek Alder?

oceantramp
4th July 2008, 11:03
I was on the Camellia on the coal run when Bill Sutherland fell down the hold. Would visit him in hospital each time we docked in Montreal. Bill

Kaytee
19th July 2008, 11:35
Looking for pictures from 1960 onwards

Gdynia


Hi I served on the Photinia for several years in the 60's as R/O including the cable laying runs to New Zealand and Trindad. I have a photo of the Photinia, and I think amongst my photos I have a photo of the Camellia in ice on the St Lawrence. I' ll try and find them when I get a chance. Sailed with Capt Freeman chief officer John Barker. Hugh Shotton served there for a while as well.
Ken

Kaytee
19th July 2008, 11:48
hi i have one of the GLOXINIA docked in HULL when she was converted to a carle carrier and cable layer i will dig it out and post it on the site


SAM2182SW


Hi That was the Photinia, having just returned from NZ laying power cables across the Cook Strait, we loaded grain in Thevenard S Australia on the way home, after discharging the grain we loaded more cable in Manchester at BICC and went down to the Caribbean and laid cables between Trinidad and Tobago. I was Radio Officer
Ken

Kaytee
26th July 2008, 13:12
hi i have one of the GLOXINIA docked in HULL when she was converted to a carle carrier and cable layer i will dig it out and post it on the site


SAM2182SW

hi
That was the Photinia we had laid power cables across the Cook Strait NZ and after Hull from Trinidad to Tobago, I was the R/O
Ken
Kaytee

kudu
19th August 2008, 21:02
Sailed in Stag Line 1961 to 1970 so think I was on most if not all the fleet during those years, went from Apprentice to Ch.Off so have many happy memories of hard times. Remember the "Coal Run", DOSCO overtime, we didn't do too badly! If I remember I spent most of my Apprentice time on the Cydonia. Bill SutherlandCh.Off. Davy Mustard 2/O, 3/O ? (Put ships in bottles) Jimmy (Sparks) Old Man Robbie, Hugh Shotton 2/E.
I retired in 1999 and would love to hear from anyone from around those times. Maurice Kennedy.

Hi Maurice.I was a deck apprentice on the Gloxinia from 1965 to1968 and on
the Camellia later.Some of the apprentices with me you might know.Jim hunter
Ian Blower,Athol Hitcham,Jock Chalmers,Graham Robinson,Peter Rowlands.Bill
Sutherland was mate most of my time on Gloxinia.Ernie Lamb was 2nd mate,although I remember freeman was mate once.Jas Shaw was old man but
also hopper and Hunter(must have been relieving).My fondest memories are going up the "Lakes" all nighters going through the Welland Canal or cleaning
the holds out after unloading manganese.Hosing down on the way to Fort
William or Port Arthur. Dave Isley.

kudu
19th August 2008, 21:20
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I joined Stag Line as apprentice in 1970 after you left. Sailed with some of the names you mention. I did a lot of trips on the Photinia when Bill Sutherland was Old Man. He was a real gentleman. Sailed many times with Jimmy Sams on the Zinnia. Was with Robbie Reekie his last trip. A sad trip as Willy Fallon the old third mate died in Paranagua. Like you I have many happy memories of the ships and crews. Peter Cowling.

I sailed with Willy Fallon once I think he was quite happy to stay as 3rd mate
I also sailed with Reekie on the Camellia in 1968, Boulogne to Detroit and back
to Avonmouth with wheat. I was sorry to hear about the death of Bill Sutherland,he was as you say,a gentelman

yanos
20th August 2008, 12:56
My Father served on the Zinnia under Stag Line. He has a fantastic picture which he now uses as his desktop wallpaper. I'll endevour to get it and post it.

william middleton
17th October 2009, 13:58
i sailed on the CAMELLIAfrom 23/4/54 to 13/12/54 we were doing trips from NEW YORK to different ports in canady with cargoes of gypsum.i remember going fishing for cod in one canadian port we had fish and chips often.we loaded grain for the trip home and paid off IN LIVERPOOL.

scorcher
17th October 2009, 15:36
Gdynia wrote; "Im trying to build up a folder for my 7 year old son to show him his Daddys earlier sea going days...."

Here is the ZINNIA copyright Ian Pearson.
Very Best Wishes scorcher.

John Hewett
30th October 2009, 17:40
I joined Stag Line as cadet in 1972 and my first ship was Gloxinia which I joined in Aviles to carry a cargo of fluorspar to Montreal and grain back from Great lakes to Glasgow. Joined with Willie Humble (Chief Steward). Captain was William Hunter and mate was Eddie Lamb. Was on Photinia as extra Second Mate in 1977 when the vessel repaired one of the Cook Strait power cables (Master was Hughie Selkirk, mate - Eddie Lamb, Second Mate - Brian Hildred, 3rd Mate Stevie Andrucci, Chief Engineer - Ray Edmonds).

Found out recently that Hughie Selkirk had died a couple of years ago.

Have lost touch with all ex Stag Line people.

peter3807
1st November 2009, 21:41
I joined Stag Line as cadet in 1972 and my first ship was Gloxinia which I joined in Aviles to carry a cargo of fluorspar to Montreal and grain back from Great lakes to Glasgow. Joined with Willie Humble (Chief Steward). Captain was William Hunter and mate was Eddie Lamb. Was on Photinia as extra Second Mate in 1977 when the vessel repaired one of the Cook Strait power cables (Master was Hughie Selkirk, mate - Eddie Lamb, Second Mate - Brian Hildred, 3rd Mate Stevie Andrucci, Chief Engineer - Ray Edmonds).

Found out recently that Hughie Selkirk had died a couple of years ago.

Have lost touch with all ex Stag Line people.

Hi John,

I did one short trip with you on the Ixia, Chris Dobson was the other Cadet. We loaded grain in Baltimore for Pireaus/Thessaloniki. I paid off in Thessaloniki. Larry Hopper was the old man and Kenny Campbell the mate.
Sailed with most of the above. Willy Hunter many trips as 2nd mate on the Zinnia, Eddie Lamb on the Photinia and Glox, Ray Edmonds on the Photinia. Don't think I sailed with Brian but bumped into him in Baltimore once when I was 2nd mate on the Zinnia, he was there on the Glox I think. We had a memorable session in Billys bar then on board the Zinnia.
Chris Dobson now Master offshore for a Norwegian company. Used to see him occasionaly but he now lives in Portugal.
Good to hear from you.

Peter

Kaytee
11th November 2010, 09:08
Hi That was actually the Photinia at Hull we had just returned after a 10 month trip cable laying in the Cook Strait New Zealand. I was the radio officer, Ken

Alan Brown
13th January 2011, 22:52
I just bought a picture of the "Photinia" from Ebay 2.00 +0.75p P&P. still others for sale inc. Cydonia.

Photinia was my 1st ship, only managed the year 1969 in the MN before I lost the sight in my eye. Punched in the eye outside of Danny's Bar, while J.E.

9 months later realised I was going blind in that eye, J.E. on the Silversea then, flown back from Tokyo, never at sea again.

My Dad, Ted Brown (Stephens Suttons) spent most of his working life at sea and this was my life ambition to follow him and join the MN.

Still turned out well met my wife in Eye Hospital, all a long time ago, memories and names.

Alan

Caroline S
28th March 2011, 17:01
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone remembers my Grandfather Captain James Shaw? I believe that he sailed on or captained the Cydonia, Gloxinia, Zinnia and Ixia. I'm trying to find out some more information for my family history and put together some pictures of the ships for my fathers birthday as he has fond memories from when he was very young.
I would be thrilled and very greatful if anyone can help.
Caroline

Alan Brown
28th March 2011, 21:50
Hi Caroline
Sorry no memory myself, however there are pictures of all the ships you mentioned in the Gallery. Also there is a potted history book "Stag Line 1817 - 1982" available on Ebay but a better price on Amazon, also a print of the House Flag.
Good Luck and hunting... Alan

peter3807
29th March 2011, 12:01
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone remembers my Grandfather Captain James Shaw? I believe that he sailed on or captained the Cydonia, Gloxinia, Zinnia and Ixia. I'm trying to find out some more information for my family history and put together some pictures of the ships for my fathers birthday as he has fond memories from when he was very young.
I would be thrilled and very greatful if anyone can help.
Caroline

Caroline,

I only sailed with your father once, my second trip as cadet. On the Zinnia, New Orleans, Casablanca, Safi, Baltimore, Ghent then Tyne for Drydock. A highly respected and fine master. There should be some photos of the ships if you search the Gallery.

Peter

Bigmo
30th March 2011, 21:42
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone remembers my Grandfather Captain James Shaw? I believe that he sailed on or captained the Cydonia, Gloxinia, Zinnia and Ixia. I'm trying to find out some more information for my family history and put together some pictures of the ships for my fathers birthday as he has fond memories from when he was very young.
I would be thrilled and very greatful if anyone can help.
Caroline
At the age of nearly 21 in FEB 1961 I went to Stag Line office to be interviewd for an apprenticeship, being the age that I was it was most unusal for anyone that age to be taken on as such. Your Grandfather was the one who interview me,he must have been on leave and in the office. He explained all the akward points I would experience being older than most Apprentices and did his best to discourage me and in the end said go home and think about it. It didn't take me long to decide that the sea was for me and I joined the Gloxinina in Manchester at the end of February. The rest is history, I sailed with "Jas"quite a few times during my time with Stag Line, always called me an Irish yokel in the nicest possible way, he was a pleasure to sail with and had the respect of the crew at all times, maybe because he was a big man but I think it was because he was big hearted.

kudu
31st March 2011, 19:29
Hello Caroline,
I sailed with your grandfather a good few times as deck apprentice on the Gloxinia,including my first trip.He was always a stickler for Sunday morning inspections and would not accept anything but the best.I fell foul of him a couple of times over inspection.He was a fair man and always listened to any grievence a crewman may have had.Because He was from Hartlepool and I was from Billingham,we sometimes went on leave on the same train.He was always polite when speaking to me informaly on the train without to much familiarity

gdynia
1st April 2011, 06:55
i sailed with your grand father on his last trip i flew home with him from New York

Caroline S
13th April 2011, 21:20
Hi Caroline
Sorry no memory myself, however there are pictures of all the ships you mentioned in the Gallery. Also there is a potted history book "Stag Line 1817 - 1982" available on Ebay but a better price on Amazon, also a print of the House Flag.
Good Luck and hunting... Alan

Hi Alan,

Thank you so much for replying to my post and your advice on the book which I will be purchasing.
Best wishes,
Caroline

Caroline S
13th April 2011, 22:58
Caroline,

I only sailed with your father once, my second trip as cadet. On the Zinnia, New Orleans, Casablanca, Safi, Baltimore, Ghent then Tyne for Drydock. A highly respected and fine master. There should be some photos of the ships if you search the Gallery.

Peter

Hi Peter,
Thank you so much for replying. It is so nice to hear about my grandfather. He died when I was very young, so I don't know much about him (apart from family memories), so it is a joy to hear about him from someone who sailed with him. I have had a look at the pictures and found good one's of each of the ships that he captained.
Thank you again for your memories.
Best wishes,

Caroline

Caroline S
13th April 2011, 23:14
At the age of nearly 21 in FEB 1961 I went to Stag Line office to be interviewd for an apprenticeship, being the age that I was it was most unusal for anyone that age to be taken on as such. Your Grandfather was the one who interview me,he must have been on leave and in the office. He explained all the akward points I would experience being older than most Apprentices and did his best to discourage me and in the end said go home and think about it. It didn't take me long to decide that the sea was for me and I joined the Gloxinina in Manchester at the end of February. The rest is history, I sailed with "Jas"quite a few times during my time with Stag Line, always called me an Irish yokel in the nicest possible way, he was a pleasure to sail with and had the respect of the crew at all times, maybe because he was a big man but I think it was because he was big hearted.

Hi Bigmo,
Wow! When i put my request on to this site, I never really expected to get any responses, so as you can imagine, I am delighted that you took the time to share your memories with me.
My grandfather died when I was very young, so I don't remember him well, but my Dad has always said that he was a big man, and my Mum always describes him as being a kind and fair man - a true gentleman. It is so lovely to hear those thoughts echoed in your response.
Thank you for telling me the story about you joining Stag Line and the part in which my Grandfather played. I never knew that he was called 'Jas'! I can't wait to share this with my father, who will be delighted that his father is remembered in such a positive way. My Grandfather also discouraged my father from going to sea as a career, much to my fathers disappointment, although my Dad now has his own yacht based on the West coast of Scotland! My brother is now a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, so i suppose if the sea is in your blood - like you, you have to follow your calling! My Mum is looking for some pictures of him and I am hoping to upload whatever I can find on to this website.

Thank you again for your time, and your memories,
Best wishes,
Caroline

Caroline S
13th April 2011, 23:21
Hello Caroline,
I sailed with your grandfather a good few times as deck apprentice on the Gloxinia,including my first trip.He was always a stickler for Sunday morning inspections and would not accept anything but the best.I fell foul of him a couple of times over inspection.He was a fair man and always listened to any grievence a crewman may have had.Because He was from Hartlepool and I was from Billingham,we sometimes went on leave on the same train.He was always polite when speaking to me informaly on the train without to much familiarity

Hi Kudu,

Thank you for sharing your memories with me, they are so lovely to hear. I believe he was a very fair man, I'm just pleased that I wasn't around for his Sunday morning inspections!
I will be putting your memories along with the pictures that I have found of the ships together to give to my father for his birthday. My Dad never saw his father much when he was growing up, so I am sure that these memories will be treasured and greatly received.
Thank you again,
Best wishes,

Caroline

Caroline S
13th April 2011, 23:30
i sailed with your grand father on his last trip i flew home with him from New York

Hi,

Thank you so much for replying to my post. How poignant that you were there on his last trip and flew home with him. I wonder if he was very sad, or whether he was pleased to be finally retiring?
I am so sorry that I never got the opportunity to ask my Grandfather about his career with Stag Line, I am sure that he would have had so many stories to tell me. My Dad and Uncle have told me about my Grandfather as their 'Dad', but it is lovely to be able to complete the picture, by getting to know my Grandfather 'The Captain'.
Best wishes,

Caroline

gdynia
14th April 2011, 10:38
He was a very hard man but fair one of the best Captains i sailed with

stubru
2nd May 2011, 23:00
Hi Caroline,
I think I sailed with your Grandfather 63/64 on the Gloxinia, a fine man and a great Skipper. I tried to upload a photo I have of him but unfortunatly it failed.
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone remembers my Grandfather Captain James Shaw? I believe that he sailed on or captained the Cydonia, Gloxinia, Zinnia and Ixia. I'm trying to find out some more information for my family history and put together some pictures of the ships for my fathers birthday as he has fond memories from when he was very young.
I would be thrilled and very greatful if anyone can help.
Caroline

stubru
3rd May 2011, 16:39
Hi Caroline,
I have attached a photo of showing the skipper of the Gloxinia on the foredeck sometime in 1963. If it is your Grandfather as I think it is please let me know as I have a couple of others with him on. If it isn't him I appologise. I attach my e-mail addres

bruce_g@sky.com

Start BruceHi, I'm wondering if anyone remembers my Grandfather Captain James Shaw? I believe that he sailed on or captained the Cydonia, Gloxinia, Zinnia and Ixia. I'm trying to find out some more information for my family history and put together some pictures of the ships for my fathers birthday as he has fond memories from when he was very young.
I would be thrilled and very greatful if anyone can help.
Caroline

loganevh
15th May 2011, 03:12
Hello all, I saw the Cydonia (was name the JOY back then) going up the Mississippi River to New ORleans back in december 76. Thought was the coolest ship of all. I lived near the river and spent many hours watching ships. Sad to say though that next August (1977) I saw her in the news. She had an engine room fire and sank in the Gulf of Mexico. A bit of research lead me to the Cydonia. I am now making a model of her.

Caroline S
15th May 2011, 20:47
Hi Caroline,
I have attached a photo of showing the skipper of the Gloxinia on the foredeck sometime in 1963. If it is your Grandfather as I think it is please let me know as I have a couple of others with him on. If it isn't him I appologise. I attach my e-mail addres

bruce_g@sky.com

Start Bruce

Hi,

Yes, that is my grandfather! What a wonderful photograph of him. I have sent you an e-mail and I would be very greatful for any other photographs that you have. Thank you so much for your time.

Kind regards,

Caroline Stimson

Harry S
22nd May 2011, 17:30
My name is Harry Shaw, my father was Captain James Shaw. A short while ago my daughter Caroline contacted this forum requesting information on my fathet so that she could put together a birthday present for me. Gydinia,Stuart Bruce, Bill Keogh,Kudo, Bigmo and Peter were kind enough to contrubute some reminiscences and even photographs. From the bottom of my heart, I wish to thank you all for helping her to put together a present I will treasure for the rest of my life. Some golden memories were brought back of a few precious days when I was a boy and was sometimes able to spend them with my dad onboard his ships in this country.
I will finish there, for any attempt at the moment, to adequately express my gratitude, or describe the wonderfull memories I have would fall awfully short of the mark.
Thank you all once again
Harry Shaw

oceantramp
23rd May 2011, 15:21
Thank you Harry for your kind words of appreciation. It was a pleasure to be of some help to Caroline. Bill

Matt Gibbs
8th July 2011, 20:00
I know this is a thread covering comparatively modern times, but does anyone know what happened to Stag Lines records of older times? I am trying to research someone who was with them in the run up to World War One.
regards
Matt

oceantramp
9th July 2011, 17:22
Hi Matt. Stag Line Records are held in the archives at Blandford House, Blandford Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The reference numbers are 628 and 1351. Bill

dnobmal
12th July 2011, 20:59
This is one for Gdynia who I believe sailed with him ,my friend was speaking to his younger son and his daughter whose husband also sailed with the Stag Line but he does not know her married name and he sent this picture to me .The last Stag boat I remember seeing was running construction materials to Sullom Voe cannot remember her name
The person is Capt Reekie who sadly passed away in 2001 or 2002 he was a well known person in his home area of the EAST NEUK

peter3807
12th July 2011, 23:27
This is one for Gdynia who I believe sailed with him ,my friend was speaking to his younger son and his daughter whose husband also sailed with the Stag Line but he does not know her married name and he sent this picture to me .The last Stag boat I remember seeing was running construction materials to Sullom Voe cannot remember her name
The person is Capt Reekie who sadly passed away in 2001 or 2002 he was a well known person in his home area of the EAST NEUK.

What a fantastic photograph, posts like this are what ships nostalgia should be all about. I sailed with Capt Reekie at the end of his sea going life. To see him as a young man is very moving. He was part of a sea going generation who experienced things us younger seafarers could never imagine.

Peter

Bigmo
13th July 2011, 09:30
This is one for Gdynia who I believe sailed with him ,my friend was speaking to his younger son and his daughter whose husband also sailed with the Stag Line but he does not know her married name and he sent this picture to me .The last Stag boat I remember seeing was running construction materials to Sullom Voe cannot remember her name
The person is Capt Reekie who sadly passed away in 2001 or 2002 he was a well known person in his home area of the EAST NEUK

I sailed with Capt Reekie many times during my 10 years with Stag Line and this is the first time I've seen him in uniform, fantastic!

gdynia
13th July 2011, 09:32
This is one for Gdynia who I believe sailed with him ,my friend was speaking to his younger son and his daughter whose husband also sailed with the Stag Line but he does not know her married name and he sent this picture to me .The last Stag boat I remember seeing was running construction materials to Sullom Voe cannot remember her name
The person is Capt Reekie who sadly passed away in 2001 or 2002 he was a well known person in his home area of the EAST NEUK

Much appreciated thank you(Thumb)

oceantramp
13th July 2011, 17:56
I sailed with Captain Reekie on my first trip in 1951 on the Begonia Sailed with him later on the Gloxinia never saw him wear a uniform

martind2004
2nd August 2011, 01:19
My name is Martin Davies

I have just joined the site so go easy on me please folks.

I joined Stag Line as a Deck Cadet in 1978 sailing on the Begonia's maiden voyage.

I sailed only on the Begonia and Zinnia during my cadetship before qualifying for my 2nd Mates ticket in 1982. I did a short spell for Hunting overseeing the final phase of the building of MV Torseggan (Probably spelt wrong) on the Tyne before being made redundant.

Have many photos on slides but could maybe convert if anyone would like any.

I would love to hear from any of my old friends Jimmy Ferry, Gary Lacey, Simon Purchon, Steve etc etc.

Cheers
Martin

peter3807
2nd August 2011, 23:25
My name is Martin Davies

I have just joined the site so go easy on me please folks.

I joined Stag Line as a Deck Cadet in 1978 sailing on the Begonia's maiden voyage.

I sailed only on the Begonia and Zinnia during my cadetship before qualifying for my 2nd Mates ticket in 1982. I did a short spell for Hunting overseeing the final phase of the building of MV Torseggan (Probably spelt wrong) on the Tyne before being made redundant.

Have many photos on slides but could maybe convert if anyone would like any.

I would love to hear from any of my old friends Jimmy Ferry, Gary Lacey, Simon Purchon, Steve etc etc.

Cheers
Martin

Hi Martin,

Welcome to a new Staggie on board. Convert, scan and post please the more the better, especially members faces. I have a rather gruesome photo somewhere of Jimmy Ferry crossing the line,I will try and dig it out and post it. I had my wife with me for the first time that trip. Emden to Salvador then Santos where we spent over a month loading. Jimmy was senior cadet and Willy Hunter stopped his tap for being a bad lad. He went to see the old man and offered to do my 12 to 4 new years eve so I could join the party with my wife.
Liked Jimmy a lot.

Peter

martind2004
3rd August 2011, 15:27
Some of my memories now are a little clouded after 30 years so please correct me if I get anything wrong. I think the 3rd Mate pictured is Jimmy Ferry but I'm honestly not sure. I remember spending many watches and drinking sessions with him but strangely not exactly what he looked like. The other pictures here are the Zinnia approaching Detroit and one of me on a trip ashore in Tunisia and the other cadets Robbie (Levey?) Simon Purchon, Steve and Adam (Cant remember surnames).

More to follow.....

martind2004
3rd August 2011, 16:09
I kept a map of my 2nd trip aboard the Zinnia in 1979. Dont know if this sort of thing is of any interest to anyone?

My memories of that trip include buying loads of Egyptian junk in Bur Said and then lobbing it overboard in the Red Sea at the other end of the Suez. Me and my mates joked that the little boats at the southern end of the Suez were fishing it back out for resale.

We spent 34 Days in Karachi in blistering heat while the cargo of coke was removed in whicker baskets.

The Zinnia also had a mishap in the river Plate when a ship in front went aground on a sandbank and our skipper dropped the anchor whilst we were still moving in an attempt to stop us going aground as well or worse still, hitting the other ship. The capstan kind of exploded and we had to have repairs.

Cheers. Martin.

peter3807
3rd August 2011, 16:35
Some of my memories now are a little clouded after 30 years so please correct me if I get anything wrong. I think the 3rd Mate pictured is Jimmy Ferry but I'm honestly not sure. I remember spending many watches and drinking sessions with him but strangely not exactly what he looked like. The other pictures here are the Zinnia approaching Detroit and one of me on a trip ashore in Tunisia and the other cadets Robbie (Levey?) Simon Purchon, Steve and Adam (Cant remember surnames).

More to follow......

That's Jimmy.

Peter

Newcastle Star
3rd August 2011, 16:43
Hi, I'm wondering if anyone remembers my Grandfather Captain James Shaw? I believe that he sailed on or captained the Cydonia, Gloxinia, Zinnia and Ixia. I'm trying to find out some more information for my family history and put together some pictures of the ships for my fathers birthday as he has fond memories from when he was very young.
I would be thrilled and very greatful if anyone can help.
Caroline

Hi Caroline,

I sailed as R/O on the Gloxinia, 3 trips with your Grandad between Feb 1962 to Oct 1962. What a Gentleman. The first words he shouted (Nicely) to me as I passed his cabin on the way to the Radio Room was " SPARKS!! what do you know about radar. I told him I did not have my radar ticket. He then gave me the manual on the Marconi TM45 which was installed and said learn about it"
My folks actually visited the ship in Plymouth when they were on Holiday and I asked him if they could possibly stay the night in the spare cabin next to mine but when my Dad told him he used to be a Bosun he gave them the owners suite during their time in Plymouth. Cheap holiday that one. A very much respected Gentleman and the last time I spoke to him was when in Newcastle on a job but was unable to visit him due to lack of time.
When my folks died I found all the letters I had sent to them while in the MN up to 1968 but also a letter to them from your Grandad. I will scan it and if you want the copy I will gladly send it to you. email: vernon.clark@btopenworld.com

Regards

Vernon Clark

sandyhoppa
12th July 2012, 00:43
Hello folks,
I was just mucking about looking fora few pics of my dad's old ships.
Unfortunately he is old and has severe Alzheimers, but drifts in with memories of his sea life. It is very sad the way he is but mothing you can do about it, and i still remember spending a lot of time on the ships when i was growing up, with trips accompanied by my mam, and later my brother.

I will hold my breath now as my dad worked for Stag Line and was a skipper called Laurie Hopper.

Unfortunately i had no desire to follow in his footsteps but still have fond memories f all the fantastic people that i met, and looked after me whilst on board when i was growing up.

Regards,

Ian.

oceantramp
13th July 2012, 18:27
Hello Ian I am very sorry to hear your Dad has got alzheimers. When I was apprentice I sailed with your Dad on the old Begonia he was Mate. I was on the Camellia with him when he did his first voyage as Captain. 13th Feb 1959 to 28th March 1959 we went from Hull to Philadelphia loaded grain back to London and then the Tyne for drydocking. I did another voyage with him 10th October 1960 to 20th November 1960 From Manchester to Baie Comeau loaded grain back to London, Hull, and Tyne for draydocking. When he did his first voyage as Captain he was 29 years of age all the Mates were under 30 and all ex Stag Line Apprentices. The last time I saw your Dad and Mam was at the Seamans Club dance in South Shields it was about 1999. Your Dad treated his crews with respect you should be proud of him. I met your Mam a few times a lovely Lady. Regards Bill

sandyhoppa
16th July 2012, 12:58
Many thanks Bill for your kind words, it is appreciated.
Yes, he has no short term memory really now but still recalls bits and bobs about Stag line and the ships. Very sad this disease as it has no respect for the person at all.

Ian.

gdynia
16th July 2012, 14:18
I sailed with your father before he went into the office taking over from Captain Mortimer

Kevin O'Neill
9th September 2012, 13:28
Hi team Aunty Mavis - Mervyn Johnson - I was with him on the Gloxinia and I am sitting her looking at one of his ships in a bottle which he gave me when I was cadet and on watch with hime - even got the Players sailor on the cork ( its in a Gilby's gin bottle)

Kevin O'Neill
9th September 2012, 14:09
Caroline,
If you are still watching the site - I am another who sailed with your grandfather - Gloxinia 1968 - an excellent man who should never be forgotten - I will check my records as I believe he signed off my cadetship and I have his reference still - if you would like a copy I will be happy to scan it. JAS - I gave my discharge certificates to North Shields library - they will have a detailed history of Stag Line!
Kevin

DURANGO
9th September 2012, 14:53
Hi team Aunty Mavis - Mervyn Johnson - I was with him on the Gloxinia and I am sitting her looking at one of his ships in a bottle which he gave me when I was cadet and on watch with hime - even got the Players sailor on the cork ( its in a Gilby's gin bottle) Any chance of a photo of the ship in a bottle as I have a great interest in sailors art best regards Dave .

Captain AJH
11th November 2012, 19:37
Hi John,

My name is Aidan Howlett. I joined Stag Line in 1980 and as far as I am aware was the last Deck Cadet. I sailed on M.V.Begonia twice (Both 8 month trips) and once on M.V. Zinnia (5 months) I sailed with you when you were Mate.
Other names I remember are Willie Hunter,Hughie Selkirk,Stevie Tong,Eddie Lamb,John Wright,Brian Hildred,Chris Brackenberry,Steve Andrucci,Mel Gates & Gary Worthy.
When Huntings merged with Stag Line to become Hunting Stag Management Limited in 1983 I sailed on M.V.Thamesfield and M.V.Sir John Fisher.I have come through the ranks at PNTL and now currently sailing as Master.