I saw yesterday that Capt James Binnie had passed away in Ayr Hospital
another OBO Warrior passes on.
14th June 2011, 18:54
Never sailed with captain Binnie but met him at a handover on one of the OBO's.
Sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with his family.
Thanks for the info Calum
15th June 2011, 01:22
My sincere condolences to Jim's family. Jim was a gentleman in the finest sense of the word.
15th June 2011, 01:27
Condolences to his family at this sad time.
18th June 2011, 00:14
Condolences to Jim's family, sailed with him on the Kyoto Forest a gentleman. I remember well he organised a crossing the line ceremony with a difference, he based it on character's from Burn's "Tam O'Shanter" as we were crossing the line on the 25 th January 1972 - fond memories indeed as i played the part of Tam.
5th January 2013, 19:40
I have just been directed to this thread and can not understand how I missed it first time around.
I sailed with Jim on Nordic Crusader when he was C/O and we laid up in Loch Striven. I spent a couple of very pleasant weekends with him and his family who lived in Fort William at the time.
My sincere belated condolences to his wife, daughters and son.
Jim was a gem of a man - even when marching up and down the boat deck, playing his bagpipes. He was only learning at the time but the sound echoing off the Argyll hills was magnificent on a calm day.
6th January 2013, 04:58
I sailed with Captain Jim Binnie on Sevonia Team when I was c/o.
I was to relieve him some years later, and he in turn relieved me.
He was not only an OBO battler, but an Oil/Orer as well.
I have a special afinity with him, as amongst other things, he summoned me to his office one day and said, " Well Jerry, your time has come, The promotions board has decided to promote you to the position of Master of Scandia Team " then he handed me the cable which had just been received from Glasgow, and which also advised a relief C/O was on his way to the ship, and I was to get ready to travel from US (Norfolk Va I seem to recall) to Glasgow and on to Pohang in South Korea - with immediate and urgent effect.
He concluded our conversation with the words "Now go pack your bags - you're leaving us".
To someone who had left school and gone to sea solely with the intent on one day becoming a Captain, the bearer of such news obviously leaves a lasting impression. Indeed, that becomes a very special affinity between men.
Another very fine DSM Shipmaster - now no longer with us, which is indeed, very sad.
My belated condolensces to his survivors.