S.S. Camito

aybar
29th August 2011, 13:42
I wonder if anyone has any memories that they can share of the S.S.Camito in the early 1960's I did three voyages to Jamaica on board as a junior engineer, my last trip was in May 1964 and the master was I think a Capt. Alan Thomson.
I also served briefly on the Changuinola and Chicanoa making trips to Jamaica and the Cameroons.
I was a junior engineer at the time and remember fellow juniors Leachy, Graham and Clabby among others.

terence
29th August 2011, 23:51
hi aybar, what years was u on the skin boats
cheers
terry

John Rogers
30th August 2011, 02:05
I wonder if anyone has any memories that they can share of the S.S.Camito in the early 1960's I did three voyages to Jamaica on board as a junior engineer, my last trip was in May 1964 and the master was I think a Capt. Alan Thomson.
I also served briefly on the Changuinola and Chicanoa making trips to Jamaica and the Cameroons.
I was a junior engineer at the time and remember fellow juniors Leachy, Graham and Clabby among others.

Check out the E/F thread,you may find some old shipmate there.


John

aybar
30th August 2011, 21:01
thanks john

I have begun to read through the information on the site and have enjoyed it very much so far. I was only in the Merchant Navy for 12 months myself but still remember it fondly and feel very much at home with the chat as my dad was at sea for nearlly 50 years.

aybar
30th August 2011, 21:15
Thank you for your interest Terry,

I did three consecutive trips on the Camito as a junior engineer, from March to May in 1965, I know this as I have still got the Farewell Dinner Menu's, and I dont think I have seen any better fare since. We were certainly well looked after in those days.

Aybar

terence
30th August 2011, 21:40
cheers aybar
terry

A.J.McMahon
4th September 2011, 19:01
I wonder if anyone has any memories that they can share of the S.S.Camito in the early 1960's I did three voyages to Jamaica on board as a junior engineer, my last trip was in May 1964 and the master was I think a Capt. Alan Thomson.
I also served briefly on the Changuinola and Chicanoa making trips to Jamaica and the Cameroons.
I was a junior engineer at the time and remember fellow juniors Leachy, Graham and Clabby among others.

aybar, that was probably Capt. Archie Thompson, was Howard Davies on the Camito at that time, it would be somewhere in that time frame, he maybe 4th or on the fridges. She was a good ship with a good crew, one of the best feeders I was EVER on. Big Mac

aybar
4th September 2011, 21:11
Hi A.J.M.

It only has the initial A. on the Dinner Menu's that I have kept and I could not say for certain that it was Archie but probably was as you say. I remember the Chief Engineer, Jock Burns, the 3'rd hailed from Tyneside he was a keen Winter Sports enthusiast, definately on the wrong ships. Two of the engine room staff came from Sheffield and one of them was the 4th, called himself Peachy, reconed he was Mario Lanza's double and could eat his way through the full dinner menu, what claims to fame!! , most of the others were from Liverpool, including the fridge engineer , he was a dyed in the wool Evertonian and a great fun character, one among many, on the good ship Camito.

Aybar

jeffbloke1
2nd November 2011, 20:15
Camito was my first ship as deck cadet Aug 68. Did 6 trips. Anyone got a photo of her?
Bosuns' mate nicknamed 'Tarzan' married a girl from Port Antonio.

rob mcbride
4th November 2011, 10:14
Hi A.J.M.
only has the initial A. on the Dinner Menu's that I have kept and I could not say for certain that it was Archie but probably was as you say. I remember the Chief Engineer, Jock Burns, the 3'rd hailed from Tyneside he was a keen Winter Sports enthusiast, definately on the wrong ships. Two of the engine room staff came from Sheffield and one of them was the 4th, called himself Peachy, reconed he was Mario Lanza's double and could eat his way through the full dinner menu, what claims to fame!! , most of the others were from Liverpool, including the fridge engineer , he was a dyed in the wool Evertonian and a great fun character, one among many, on the good ship Camito.

Aybar

the engineer was maybe ken peach who enjoyed a few sherbets and the fridgie was probably ernie whitehead a mad scouser and a great bloke,think ernie could have been a leckie though regards rob mcbride e.d.h. on camito around the same time as you

rob mcbride
4th November 2011, 10:16
Camito was my first ship as deck cadet Aug 68. Did 6 trips. Anyone got a photo of her?
Bosuns' mate nicknamed 'Tarzan' married a girl from Port Antonio.

bosun was billy hendry and bosuns mate was frankie hunter regards rob mcbride

richard mathieson
20th November 2011, 13:29
Thank you for your interest Terry,

I did three consecutive trips on the Camito as a junior engineer, from March to May in 1965, I know this as I have still got the Farewell Dinner Menu's, and I dont think I have seen any better fare since. We were certainly well looked after in those days.

Aybar
Hi Aybar
I was a J/E on the CAMITO from March 1962 til Feb 1963. Fare was
brilliant, I especially remember the Lancashire hotpot & the breakfasts, so appeciated after the 4-8 watch.

A.J.McMahon
22nd January 2012, 19:18
I wonder how many of these fine men still have a full set of their own teeth. This was taken 1959-60. Any one put names to any of them?

Lee Jones
23rd February 2012, 08:29
Billy Hendry was Bosuns mate when I sailed on the Camito. Done a few trips in 68 as a deckhand. Attached is a picture of Billy.

Howard Dean
24th February 2012, 09:21
Check out the E/F thread,you may find some old shipmate there.


John

Hi John,
I too was a junior engineer on the Camito in the early 60's, Jock Burns was the chief and the third engineer was Bill Rankin. I was his junior. We became best friends despite the lofty position occupied by a third to my being a junior. Bill emigrated to Canada and we lost touch. A pitty as I thought a lot of him. I do have a slide of myself in the engine room plus a few other shots which I will see if I can find.
I recall one evening having a concert in the main saloon, we had somebody from the magic circle, a super pianist after the style of Winifred Atwell (ask your dad) and I played my clarinet. We also had some army captains onboard who were dentists, going to Jamaica where the Royal Hampshires were building a railway for the Jamaican government. I became involved with the C.O's daughter so if you ever read this Patsy, best wishes.We played a lot of deck cricket if I remember, over the wall was out and up on the next deck was a six. We had a fireman called Joe Golding who was murdered by someone called Nobby Clark, he was pushed down the garbage shoot and would have gone right into the props. Although we all knew who had done it we didn't say anything and Clark was arrested at Southampton. I was invited to a party at the Harbour Masters house and I went resplendent in number 10's, when I got there everybody was in very loud shirts and shorts. I was somewhat overdressed. The donkey man was an Australian named Miller, a big blond bugger naturally christened "Dusty" he would never have his photograph taken and the story was that he was wanted in Aus. From the Camito I went to Canadian Pacific on their flagship the "Empress of Canada" and when she was sold I left the sea and joined Shell. Happily now retired and enjoying life.

Howard Dean
24th February 2012, 09:25
I wonder how many of these fine men still have a full set of their own teeth. This was taken 1959-60. Any one put names to any of them?

The one on the extreme left is Howard Dean. As that's me I can confirm it. Afraid some teeth missing however.

aybar
20th March 2012, 21:14
hi howard

that was an interesting read, i wonder if the the guy on the left wing in the photo who looks familiar to me is the 3rd or 4th engineer, he came from newcastle, and I think his name was bob, this might jog the old memory as i realise it was some time ago now, but he was a real sound guy and good company,

aybar