Three Favourite Ports

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skymaster
16th February 2006, 15:32
Probably been done before?My three favourite Ports of my MN days.
Calcutta and Columbo-These ports were so exciting to the new apprentice,people and animals everywhere,smells,heat and rain,remnants of British Raj,the newIndians,the Maidan,Galle Face,great meals small huts Columbo,the beachs,american taxis with big horns,betel nut[yuk],Seamans mission dances[buy the bracelets]rum&coke,I could go on.
Liverpool the home [to me] of the MN the port that I left to see all of these places[don't forget Clatterbridge Hospital].I think I had better go and clear the snow and have a very hot curry and a beer.

Mike (Thumb)

jim barnes
16th February 2006, 16:03
Sorry Skymaster tried to think of three favourites but must admit couldnt rate 3 best.... worst yes (Thumb) (Hippy)

John Rogers
16th February 2006, 16:25
New Plymouth, Christchurch, Hoboken,NJ and of course my home port of Avonmouth,I know thats four,never could count.
John

japottinger
16th February 2006, 17:10
Colombo, Port Elizabeth,New Orleans

Jeff Egan
16th February 2006, 17:22
My wife often looks over my shoulder so I certainly could not comment.

humbertug
16th February 2006, 17:30
new Orleans, lisbon,tampico mexico

tunatownshipwreck
16th February 2006, 17:58
Sorry Skymaster tried to think of three favourites but must admit couldnt rate 3 best.... worst yes (Thumb) (Hippy)
I sense a new thread coming on...

glenn
16th February 2006, 18:43
Santos, Willemstad, New Orleans

Paedrig
16th February 2006, 19:17
Lisbon, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.

ruud
16th February 2006, 20:15
Ahoy,

Matosinhos,Gävle,Amsterdam.

Most mucky.....all Algerian ports.

Broady
16th February 2006, 21:17
Singapore Lome Barcalona got some great memories of those places (Thumb)

John_F
16th February 2006, 21:25
Ahoy,

Matosinhos,Gävle,Amsterdam.

Most mucky.....all Algerian ports.
Ruud,
What on earth did you like about Gävle? Now Amsterdam........... (*))
Kind regards,
John

wakaman
16th February 2006, 21:30
Havana...Napier...Lyttelton

Chris Field
16th February 2006, 21:36
Rarotonga, Papeete (1950's version, not today's) and Dunedin (not Port Chalmers)

David Wilcockson
16th February 2006, 22:36
My three favorite, Kobe, Vancouver & Liverpool, the last mainly because it was ( & I suppose still is) my home port. Still get a kick from a trip on the ferry.
David

ruud
16th February 2006, 22:50
Ruud,
What on earth did you like about Gävle? Now Amsterdam........... (*))
Kind regards,
John
Ahoy John,
The record was 35+ lovely Swedes o/b, that was 2 for each member, and that for almost 1 week; if they knew that "we were bound for Gävle" the quay was filled up, for the next visit. Beside it was too expensive to go ashore, and we had everything o/b.The cargo was mostly booze from France.(*)) And this every 3-4 weeks, what more would you liked?
Amsterdam was of course, the best, but always long taxi rides from Centre to Coenhaven, in the middle of the night, and costs were extreme.

Charlie_Wood
16th February 2006, 23:15
Just looked at your profile for the first time Ruud, now that looks like a man who enjoyed a run ashore. Did you ever get to Fowey?

terence
16th February 2006, 23:54
tiko tiko tiko

Hamish Mackintosh
17th February 2006, 00:14
Aukland New Plymouth Shoeham

Hamish Mackintosh
17th February 2006, 00:15
OOPS that should have been Shoreham (Applause)

ruud
17th February 2006, 04:55
Just looked at your profile for the first time Ruud, now that looks like a man who enjoyed a run ashore. Did you ever get to Fowey?
Ahoy Charlie,

Yep, I always was the first to go ashore, and mostly the latest being back aboard, (*)) , never missed 1 harbour, in my memories, we loaded China Clay in the '60's, also did a few times Par,anyway I loved the Cornwell area, as many other areas in GB, felt me always at home, and the people in the pubs payed you respect, being a MN,lots of different as overhere; Here in Holland my mum often was asked, "Your son, what kind of work he does"? She replied: "Well he's in the MN".Mostly the answer was then: "Aha he's sailing" and "sailing" wasn't a job, according by Landlubbers,they were just vagabonds,bachelors with lot of girl-friends all over the world, so we were not taken seriously, but in the UK,my "girlfriends"[and their parents]as I had a few(Thumb) , were proud that I served in the MN.

dave beaumont
17th February 2006, 06:00
Tamatave. Mombasa.Durban. Not for the scenery!!!

billyboy
17th February 2006, 07:06
Falmouth, plymouth and Dieppe. fond memories of all three. would love to do it all again even if the girls have got older. favourite had to be Falmouth, loved that place. great memories there.

vix
17th February 2006, 07:22
Ahoy Charlie,

Here in Holland my mum often was asked, "Your son, what kind of work he does"? She replied: "Well he's in the MN".Mostly the answer was then: "Aha he's sailing" and "sailing" wasn't a job, according by Landlubbers,they were just vagabonds,bachelors.
How true, when I first went ashore a mate had a magistrate for a father...when he told him I had just left MN he asked him if I was an ex-jailbird? I can honestly say I had never seen the inside of a court...at that time!! I was not amused!!
Favourite ports: Bombay...Rio de Janeiro...LEFO...LOL (Night) Vix

cynter
17th February 2006, 07:39
New Plymouth... Lyttelton... and New Plymouth...
The late 50's in Taranaki were second to none....
I'm a POM... draw your own conclusions.

backsplice
17th February 2006, 08:08
OSAKA without a doubt..........close 2nd LISBON......2nd equal HONG KONG....God bless BenLine..........backsplice (Thumb)

michael james
17th February 2006, 08:30
Victoria (Mahe Seychelles), Colombo and Cape Town

J Boyde
17th February 2006, 08:55
Singapore, Pinang, Devonport (tasmania)
Jim B (Applause)

Dave Hone
17th February 2006, 08:55
Singapore, Santos & Nagoya.

exsailor
17th February 2006, 09:19
(*)) Papeete, Buenos Aires and Albany,NY (had my own swipe card in to the nurses home).

Ralf I Karlson
17th February 2006, 09:27
Gdansk/Gdynia back in the 60:es, Casablanca and Cape Town

Willie Mac
17th February 2006, 09:34
Golfito, Kobe and Geelong + about another forty in 4th place, impossible to choose!!

mcglash
17th February 2006, 09:42
Gisbourne,Auckland, Napier. in that order

Charlie_Wood
17th February 2006, 10:14
So many ports but I have to go back to the Clan Line days and the time spent in port so it has to be Durban, Capetown and Port Louis (when only the likes of Brigitte Bardot went there on holiday!!).

dom
17th February 2006, 10:46
three not possible,enjoyed every single one.may be tokyo,yokohamer kobe.

R58484956
17th February 2006, 11:35
port louis, montevideo, ushuai.

jim barnes
17th February 2006, 12:23
(*)) Papeete, Buenos Aires and Albany,NY (had my own swipe card in to the nurses home). remember Albany NY in a bar two ladies getting on in years heard my English(YORKSHIRE) accent asked me if i knew the Beatles???? Course i did (Thumb) (Hippy)

Gulpers
17th February 2006, 12:40
(1) Coos Bay, Oregon (Hippy)
(2) Vera Cruz, Mexico (*))
(3) Would you believe Port Hedland W.A. We were strike bound there for three weeks and had a whale of a time! (Gleam)

mcgurggle
17th February 2006, 13:50
Cockburn, Croft, Sandeman .... hic ! (Pint)
McG

trotterdotpom
17th February 2006, 22:37
(1) Coos Bay, Oregon (Hippy)
(2) Vera Cruz, Mexico (*))
(3) Would you believe Port Hedland W.A. We were strike bound there for three weeks and had a whale of a time! (Gleam)

Were the "Raunchy Girls" in Hedland at the time? The tables in the beer garden of the Esplanade Hotel were always covered in iron ore until the Raunchy girls rolled all over them!

John T.

Phil Noake
17th February 2006, 23:02
Best three ports....Sydney, Mackay and the old Singapore.....still great times!

Phil Noake
17th February 2006, 23:06
Port Hedland......I was there strike bound in 1976 or so......probably saw a few RO's in amongst the iron ore covered tables in the Esplanade Hotel as well.....usually escorted home by engineers!
Even with the Raunchy Girls it doesn't rate a mention.......

Robinj
17th February 2006, 23:36
Osaka, Singapore and Capetown just to mention the three (from what I can remember (Pint)

Gulpers
17th February 2006, 23:37
Were the "Raunchy Girls" in Hedland at the time? The tables in the beer garden of the Esplanade Hotel were always covered in iron ore until the Raunchy girls rolled all over them!

John T.
John,

We were there June/July '73. We went alongside, loaded for about an hour, then the became strikebound for three weeks. Because we were a Scottish ship we seemed to hit it off with the ex-pats in the area. We never had to set foot in the Esplanade Hotel in our whole time there. Every night was a party in someone's house, or on board, and trips were organised during the days. (Applause)

iain mac
18th February 2006, 11:10
napier,arica,paranagua

trotterdotpom
18th February 2006, 12:06
Port Hedland......I was there strike bound in 1976 or so......probably saw a few RO's in amongst the iron ore covered tables in the Esplanade Hotel as well.....usually escorted home by engineers!
Even with the Raunchy Girls it doesn't rate a mention.......

Phil, you're a sly fox and you're right, the whole town is a dump, I always plug my son's game controller into the TV during the cyclone season and try to flatten it, no luck so far. You must admit, the Raunchy Girls did brighten it up at bit, especially when they let their "bits" fall out.

John T.

trotterdotpom
18th February 2006, 12:22
John,

We were there June/July '73. We went alongside, loaded for about an hour, then the became strikebound for three weeks. Because we were a Scottish ship we seemed to hit it off with the ex-pats in the area. We never had to set foot in the Esplanade Hotel in our whole time there. Every night was a party in someone's house, or on board, and trips were organised during the days. (Applause)

Gulpers, Small town Aussie hospitality - I know what you mean, that's why I'm here now. Met a family in Port Lincoln, SA with a massive fridge full of beer in the lounge room and thought: "This is the country for me." You should have given the Esplanade a go though, it's an Aussie icon, ask Phil.

John T.

Andyroo
19th February 2006, 00:01
(Night) Golfito, Puerto Cortes, Albany NY

lofty
19th February 2006, 04:40
vera cruz mexico for the vera cruz bar and the lovely barmaids mombasa for the star bar and the fun and games la romana in the dominican republic me and my best mate used to hire a couple of horses out in la romana one dollar an hour we would stay out all day for that one dollar and when we brought the horses back it was a case of sorry senor me no habla espanol oh and by the way you could go night riding also if you get my drift cheers lofty

mclean
19th February 2006, 05:00
Niigata, Singapore, Hong Kong.

bobby388
19th February 2006, 10:58
Largs Ardrossan Saltcoats when i was on leave.
Bobby.

istabraq
19th February 2006, 12:04
Curacao, Singapore and Middlesbrough (when I was on "Halia" in 1970). Lovely city, and loved the "Robin hood" wonder if its still there?

jim barnes
19th February 2006, 13:11
TESCO but couldnt decide which port to take out (Hippy)

trotterdotpom
19th February 2006, 14:42
Curacao, Singapore and Middlesbrough (when I was on "Halia" in 1970). Lovely city, and loved the "Robin hood" wonder if its still there?

Nice to see Middlesbrough cited as someones favourite. Sorry, Istabraq - the Robin Hood is no more. Not sure if it fell down or was eaten by the gonorrhoea.

John T.

mcgurggle
19th February 2006, 15:11
Nice to see so many 'Bag Off' ports too............! (Read)

bill smith
19th February 2006, 15:48
my favouite three ports must be Rosario,Pernambucco,Geraldton.W.A.
Bill smith ex. chapmans.

peter lewis
19th February 2006, 15:50
singapore new orleans and any of the caribean islands (Hippy) (K)

ruud
19th February 2006, 18:25
Nice to see Middlesbrough cited as someones favourite. Sorry, Istabraq - the Robin Hood is no more. Not sure if it fell down or was eaten by the gonorrhoea.

John T.
Ahoy John,
I loved it as well as elsewere, and spend a lot of hours/money in Middlesbrough.
Wasn't there a "Captain Cook" as well? or am I going too wrong in my memories.
Anyway there were lot of pretty lassies, but you had to be careful!.And when they had the last order, we used to go to a club, not far away from that place, with a long stair up.Can't remember the name anymore.

John Rogers
19th February 2006, 18:26
Jim you should know..Any Port in a storm,one bottle under each arm and one in each hand.
John

pete
19th February 2006, 21:23
My 3 Favourites must be Napier Rio and New Orleans (NOLA) but being a Jazz freak from way back when is that surprising?? Pat O'Brians and a Hurricane (Sp) yeah..............pete

skymaster
19th February 2006, 21:30
Hi Pete still got the glass and the card for the Strip club!!!!

Mike

trotterdotpom
20th February 2006, 07:49
Ahoy John,
I loved it as well as elsewere, and spend a lot of hours/money in Middlesbrough.
Wasn't there a "Captain Cook" as well? or am I going too wrong in my memories.
Anyway there were lot of pretty lassies, but you had to be careful!.And when they had the last order, we used to go to a club, not far away from that place, with a long stair up.Can't remember the name anymore.


Yes, Ruud, The Captain Cook is still there and has had a couple of mentions on the site. Was the Club the "Bongo"? I have it in my mind that the steps went down, but could be wrong. It also is still running. There was another one not far away called "Masters" in the old Freemasons Lodge building - also full of friendly females. I met an Argentinian 2nd Mate in there one night and he asked me where he could get a girl. I said: "Take your pick, there are loads in here." He said: "They are prostitutes, I want a 'normal' one."

I couldn't resist saying: "You like my seester?" I had to change the subject quickly when he asked: "How old is she?"

There is another possibility for the 'club', the "Contessa"? Another dive, but good for a laugh.

John T.

Bob
20th February 2006, 08:17
My theree would be B.A. even with Peron in power,Valpariso, and Mobile Alabama. Cheers Bob

kenyon100
20th February 2006, 09:16
My three favourites would have to be Bangkok ( I was only 16, what an eye opener),Puerto Cortez, and Cleveland Ohio.

istabraq
20th February 2006, 09:29
Yes indeed there was a "Captain Cook" I remember it well from all these years ago.

pete
20th February 2006, 13:00
Hi Skymaster I'm sorry to say there was no strip club attached to Pat's as far as I was aware but have two hurricane glasses and also 4 of the smaller type, but cannot for the life of me remember what I drank out of those. Wonder Why???................pete

trotterdotpom
20th February 2006, 19:01
Hi Skymaster I'm sorry to say there was no strip club attached to Pat's as far as I was aware but have two hurricane glasses and also 4 of the smaller type, but cannot for the life of me remember what I drank out of those. Wonder Why???................pete

Mint julep?

trevorw3740
20th February 2006, 21:03
Vancouver, Hong Kong & Otaru (Hokkaido, Japan)

Tony D
20th February 2006, 22:08
Somebody mentioned Cardif on another thread, I recal having one of the best weeks of my life there,Tiger Bay,up and down the Butte Road,everybody else had buggad off home on leave so I was on me tod,fell in with the local Maltese Mafia,their Don was called Angelo Kamaleri(sp?) twas a wild week Butte Road was like Chicargo, didn't have to pay for nowt and all the natives were very very polite to me.
Even gave some thought to leaving the sea and moving into a life of organised crime ,hee hee.
Never been back since but I understand Butte Road and the whole Tiger Bay area has been all yuppified now,hmmm pity.
(*))

EBenarty
20th February 2006, 22:55
Bangkok, Djakarta, Cebu City

pete
20th February 2006, 23:25
Hi Trotter Dunno, just dunno. All I can say is that I managed to get the glasses back to the ship in one piece. It was a good night out (I think)................pete

beejay
21st February 2006, 08:57
(K) (Pint) Cockburns port,Grahams 15 year old port,and any other port that came in a bottle.
Cheers Brian.

skymaster
21st February 2006, 14:52
No it was not attached it was down the street Canal St I think.It was the drink in the glasses that made it seem I was in both places at the same time.

Mike

R58484956
21st February 2006, 15:01
Southampton,Southampton,Southampton. My home town and my 2nd home the QE always took me back to my first home and my wife.

Tmac1720
21st February 2006, 15:19
Larne, especially on a wet night and um Larne I suppose. (Sad) Maybe some day I'll get a life (Fly)

skymaster
21st February 2006, 15:23
84 favourite ports named .Top 3 ,Singapore,New Orleans,Tied 3rd place Hong Kong,Capetown and Napier.Such a pity about New Orleans those who visited back then have great memories.

MIKE (Applause)

penman10
1st March 2006, 16:53
kaoshung taiwan harrys bookshop oops

stevevincent1974
2nd March 2006, 17:10
Falmouth,plymouth and New york all outstanding places and good runs ashore.

dondoncarp
2nd March 2006, 20:16
Fav ports,gotta be Golfito,the dam,And Gravesend to visit the worst pub in the world LOL (Jester)

mountainmanUK
2nd March 2006, 20:32
Djibouti, Lourenco Marques (pre-civil war!....best radio station in the southern hemisphere!), and errm......errrm.....probably something like Durban or Capetown in 3rd place.

Djibouti has a few special memories, as it was the only time I "bagged off" with a European girl OUTSIDE Europe! She was the daughter of a French army officer, stationed in Djib. Also brings back a reminder of getting rounded up at gunpoint by French gendarmes, loaded into the back of a Jeep, and held overnight in the Police/Army Station, until the "Old Man" paid up in the morning to get us out!! All this 'cos we decided, en masse, to leave a restaurant without paying the bill, as the food was cr@p!!!! Happy days, eh?

Dave H.

Tom Morton
2nd March 2006, 21:47
Narvik, Niigata and what about Port Talbot. Each had a certain attraction for me

Makari
15th March 2006, 07:16
Rio.New Orleans.Santos. All brilliant at the time!

Roddy Munro
15th March 2006, 21:27
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=38520#
Thumb
Penang. Hong Kong. Number one would be Otaru ( north island)

EBenarty
15th March 2006, 22:46
Must be - Bangkok, Cebu City and Kaoshuing !!

KPC
16th March 2006, 04:16
Sydney, Muroran Hokkaido and Papeete in the 60's (Flynnes Bar)Has any one else on this trip been to Stenhouse Bay SA or The Flower Pot, Chatham Islands ? Port Swettenam was good value. Or how about Singapore in the 60's and 70's ...Anson Road..Champagne Bar...Bugi Street.....Hello Sailor

zsimone
16th March 2006, 08:18
Hi KPC.
Certainly jolts the memory. You mentioned some good places. Stenhouse Bay or as it was referred to S#$T House Bay, and then of course Thevenard and a fair walk to Ceduna through the reservation. Chathams many fond memories of them. Spent a lot of time there in the crayfish bonanza days, also the odd trip with Holm & Co. Singapore well Anson Road was always a good drinking area. Port Swettenham not much there but a nice place. Penang was a good run ashore. Papeete always did enjoy. Did a few trips on Luhesand and called in for bunkers on delivery voyage of Rangatira. Always liked Hobart. Bugi street in the 60's was great. Was Back there in the 90's for delivery voyage of Bass Reefer which was the x Syd McGrath. Bugi street had changed that much it had lost its character. But the trannies were still around. The South Aussie run was always enjoyable but Queensland Better, Brisbane, Cairns. Townsville areas.
Cheers
Gary

Frank P
16th March 2006, 08:48
Bangkok, Lisbon and Rio, and alot more. There were so many good ports, and for me the good ones far outnumber the bad ones, I think that you could find something to do in most places.

Frank

exsailor
16th March 2006, 09:31
Sydney, Muroran Hokkaido and Papeete in the 60's (Flynnes Bar)Has any one else on this trip been to Stenhouse Bay SA or The Flower Pot, Chatham Islands ? Port Swettenam was good value. Or how about Singapore in the 60's and 70's ...Anson Road..Champagne Bar...Bugi Street.....Hello Sailor
Hello KPC. Flower Pott on Pitt - can't be many that can say they have heard of it, let alone been there. Guess you did with Holm & Co. Have been there a couple of times (Flew in), and been to Rekohu (the main island) more often - they regard me as an honourary islander as I hold a Chatham Island Passport. I have taken tour parties over, and will possibly be back later in the year. (Thumb)

R58484956
16th March 2006, 10:42
Aggie Grays in Samoa.

Pat McCardle
16th March 2006, 19:00
Timaru (Hippy) , Mount Muanganui (Thumb) (in summer) & Lautoka (EEK) .

captainrodaway
17th March 2006, 18:10
St. Helena Island; Burin, Newfoundland; Rostock, DDR. Hard to keep it at 3.

janbonde
17th March 2006, 21:45
Do not know about you guys but when I was young any port was an adventure and had memories,some more than others, even Abadan after 30 days at sea was a trip ashore,or up the Muntok to Pladjoe,some of your UK ports took some beating as well they had every thing some of the exotic places had except hot weather, if you let cold weather beat you you missed out on a lot of action ,perhaps it was because I never had a home to go to in Europe like most guys when they paid off

EBenarty
17th March 2006, 23:20
How about Rejang. Pontianak and Tillbury !!! LOL >

EBenarty
17th March 2006, 23:30
Do not know about you guys but when I was young any port was an adventure and had memories,some more than others, even Abadan after 30 days at sea was a trip ashore,or up the Muntok to Pladjoe,some of your UK ports took some beating as well they had every thing some of the exotic places had except hot weather, if you let cold weather beat you you missed out on a lot of action ,perhaps it was because I never had a home to go to in Europe like most guys when they paid off

Spot on .there was many good ports, and very unfortunate you never had a home to go to in Europe . I understand and you have my full sympathy with so many Sailors Homes / Missions closing down.
In days ago loads of missions sailors homes !!

steve Coombs
17th March 2006, 23:34
Capetown, Port Elizabeth, both good. Does anyone remember anything about Lobito i was there a few times but cant remember it.

KPC
18th March 2006, 00:58
Hi KPC.
Certainly jolts the memory. You mentioned some good places. Stenhouse Bay or as it was referred to S#$T House Bay, and then of course Thevenard and a fair walk to Ceduna through the reservation. Chathams many fond memories of them. Spent a lot of time there in the crayfish bonanza days, also the odd trip with Holm & Co. Singapore well Anson Road was always a good drinking area. Port Swettenham not much there but a nice place. Penang was a good run ashore. Papeete always did enjoy. Did a few trips on Luhesand and called in for bunkers on delivery voyage of Rangatira. Always liked Hobart. Bugi street in the 60's was great. Was Back there in the 90's for delivery voyage of Bass Reefer which was the x Syd McGrath. Bugi street had changed that much it had lost its character. But the trannies were still around. The South Aussie run was always enjoyable but Queensland Better, Brisbane, Cairns. Townsville areas.
Cheers
Gary
Hello Gary..I was on the Luhesand on her first run up to Noumea and Tahiti..bit of a disaster....but it was all about love in Tropical Climes and Flynns Bar and forgetting that I was actually there to work. It was easy to forget. Luhesand was a nice job. Did the Old Man have his Wife aboard when you were there?

KPC
18th March 2006, 01:02
Hello KPC. Flower Pott on Pitt - can't be many that can say they have heard of it, let alone been there. Guess you did with Holm & Co. Have been there a couple of times (Flew in), and been to Rekohu (the main island) more often - they regard me as an honourary islander as I hold a Chatham Island Passport. I have taken tour parties over, and will possibly be back later in the year. (Thumb)
Spent a year on Holmdale and did all the Hot Spots Chathams style...will post some photos one day. Tell me about the Tour.

zsimone
18th March 2006, 07:25
Hello Gary..I was on the Luhesand on her first run up to Noumea and Tahiti..bit of a disaster....but it was all about love in Tropical Climes and Flynns Bar and forgetting that I was actually there to work. It was easy to forget. Luhesand was a nice job. Did the Old Man have his Wife aboard when you were there?

Hi KPC,
No the Master when I was on her in the 70's was Captain Hoeft who was the actual designer of her. We were on the Rarotonga. Tahiti, Aitutaki run. We did the first run to Aitutaki and had to work off barges. We did not have an agreement re this so we approached the old man and put the Chatham Island Agreement to him and he accepted it. We would work cargo during the day and steam out at night returning to the anchorage in morning.After we finished cargo we were had it so the old man steamed around for 24hours so crew could get some sleep before we went to Rarotonga to top off for return to N.Z. As you said it was a great job. The only ship I have ever been on where I could get a sub off the sparky in the pub. The Mate was also a German. Great guy. If he had been on it the night before he would come into the mess and say today we drink. But when he came in and said today we work it was all hands and he got the work done. Coming back from Raro we got a dusting and popped the fore topmast which was the plug for the hydraulic fuel tank for the hatches. Was a job getting all the ariels back up.Captain Hoeft left it the same time as I did in Auckland when they changed the Registry from Lubec to that of Famagusta. He said he would not sail on a flag of convenience vessel. Capt Hoeft was a director of Harmstorfs. and Do you remember Pagansand which was before her.

http://img158.imageshack.us/img158/7421/luhesand3rh.th.jpg (http://img158.imageshack.us/my.php?image=luhesand3rh.jpg)
Cheers
Gary

Allan James
18th March 2006, 07:44
Hong Kong, Penang, Singapore.........then face the bank manager!

tell
19th March 2006, 03:01
Lisbon, Montevideo, Buenos Aires.
I'll go with your choice Pad. (Applause)

wully farquhar
19th March 2006, 12:18
Was with the Ben Line, west india docks London was not a bad place when you got "snowballs" taxi to Kings Cross station and headed north.

soapy
21st March 2006, 21:37
in no particular order penang, singapore, lourenco marques.

Sebe
21st March 2006, 21:57
Montreal, Dunedin & Klaipeda - in any order

trotterdotpom
22nd March 2006, 09:38
Montreal, Dunedin & Klaipeda - in any order

I never met him, but I heard there was a bloke used to board the ships in Montreal and buy the engineers' underpants - ever hear of him? In Klaipeda I sold just about everything except my underpants!

I can guess why you liked Dunedin.

John T.

KevinR
29th March 2006, 20:00
Montevideo first, surely? Remember the Lighthouse bar?? Then BA - great for a run ashore in 25 Mayo avenue! We used to get put on the shake about midnight then off "up the road" after a few beers on board to make the night a bit cheaper! Great times, not the same now, I'm sure!

paul rennison
4th April 2006, 16:17
Montevideo first, surely? Remember the Lighthouse bar?? Then BA - great for a run ashore in 25 Mayo avenue! We used to get put on the shake about midnight then off "up the road" after a few beers on board to make the night a bit cheaper! Great times, not the same now, I'm sure!
Agree with you Kev re Monte & B/A, then Singapore, all in the 60's of course,
Next would be my home port of Hull some great pubs in the old town, then to Locarno or Baileys to meet the lasses, Happy days!
rennop nosinner! (Thumb)

Sebe
4th April 2006, 17:29
I never met him, but I heard there was a bloke used to board the ships in Montreal and buy the engineers' underpants - ever hear of him? In Klaipeda I sold just about everything except my underpants!

I can guess why you liked Dunedin.

John T.

Just don't know what you mean about Dunedin, but can guess why you sold everything in Klaipeda..........LOL

Sebe (Thumb)

DMA
4th April 2006, 23:31
Blackpool.UK. my home town.fell in love. (Thumb)
St Johns .NL. fell in love. (Eats)
Oslo.Norway. fell in love. (Ouch)
& 20 other places,but I'll blame that mainly on the beer. (Pint)

liverbob
5th April 2006, 03:18
three favorite ports,liverpool my ex home port,then bilboa panama,and aukland new zealand (Thumb)

wee bobby
5th April 2006, 21:13
singapore--BANKOK--and some 'canny lassies' in NEWCASTLE wee bobby

wee bobby
5th April 2006, 21:22
(Pint) What about Joe Beef's and the 10cent beers!??? wee bobby.

Norman Trewren
5th April 2006, 22:12
Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town - but then I'm biased (no, it doesn't hurt!). I've got a pic of Lobito somewhere, Steve, I'll post it ifI can find it!

norman
(Night)

Rupert
11th April 2006, 16:26
Ok I might as well join in although it's very difficult to name just three! but here goes; New Plymouth,Timaru, Cape Town. Obviously London but that was home and I dont suppose counts.
The others have various reason's for being favourites and I am not going into reason's why at this time!! although I liked Del Monicos in Cape Town!!

Trader
21st July 2006, 17:19
Sorry to resurrect an old thread. My three ports are (or were) Kobe, Lisbon and Tenerife, all in the 50's before tourists got there. I fell in love in Kobe at the tender age of 17. I bought all the phrase books and text books to learn Japanese so I could write to her but couldn't grasp it. She wasn't a lady of the night either. I met her in a park not far from the dock gate.

aleddy
22nd July 2006, 03:23
Proof is in the pudding for me, places I had visited in the early 60's and had not returned to for another 40 years.
Singapore, air you could chew, get out into the further suburbs today and with a vivid imagination you can still chew it.
Melbourne especially at St Kilda Town hall dance, these days its the alfresco dining, coffee shops and sporting fixtures.
Venice, if you have ever been you don't need me to tell you, if you hav'ent, only go on the low tide. (*))

Derek Roger
22nd July 2006, 05:36
Kobe ; Moji : Calcutta and Colombo . ( Engineers never could count ! Could we lads ? ) Wink Wink !

thompson1951
22nd July 2006, 09:30
3 Good ports in the 60-70s Singapore. Malta (Gut). and near home liverpool,

tercar
23rd July 2006, 20:14
Lyttleton(Christchurch), San Francisco, Sydney. In the 50's.

Derek Roger
24th July 2006, 01:49
The best in the Western World was probabley New Orleans

dom
24th July 2006, 03:09
Sorry to resurrect an old thread. My three ports are (or were) Kobe, Lisbon and Tenerife, all in the 50's before tourists got there. I fell in love in Kobe at the tender age of 17. I bought all the phrase books and text books to learn Japanese so I could write to her but couldn't grasp it. She wasn't a lady of the night either. I met her in a park not far from the dock gate.
sorry trader,all the ladies of the night went to the park to relax and compere notes,i fell in love near the dock gates as well,i think it was in the kings head/arms,also in the donkey bar,great times, dom

tell
25th July 2006, 01:37
stopped at wigan for stores and bunkers, Liked it that much I jumped ship at the pier

steelsun
7th August 2006, 03:44
dubai, liverpool, bunbury

Freo
7th August 2006, 10:13
Cape Town, Durban, Liverpool, great times in all of them, plus many more!!

Bryan Neary
21st August 2006, 20:03
Apia, Rabaul, and Calcutta ...The best definitely has to be Calcutta though!

K urgess
21st August 2006, 20:33
Can't choose. Won't choose.
Couldn't you have asked for the 3 worst ports instead? (?HUH)

fredkinghorn
23rd August 2006, 18:27
Cockburns, Dow's and any Single Quinta. after a relaxing dinner at the Club.

fred

" always pass to your right Smithers "

NINJA
23rd August 2006, 19:10
Three favorite ports, Santos (Hellfire corner), B.A. (Scandy bar and London bar Dock Sud) and Vittoria (Numerous hostelries).

Ninja.

Semaj
24th August 2006, 22:22
My three favorite Ports Cadiz (6 weeks Dry Dock), Punta Cardon & Trieste.

Jim.

robin marsh
26th September 2006, 16:05
Hard to say what were the three best. Had a good time in most of them but if hard pushed would say B.A. Kobe and Santos

slick
26th September 2006, 16:20
Old Style BA, Vancouver and East London.
Yours aye,
Slick

PAULD
26th September 2006, 18:30
Mine are golfito,lisbon and valperisso

herbie
26th September 2006, 20:13
Auckland,Manila and Singapore

Shell-Vet
8th October 2006, 02:17
Singapore in the 50's (Connell House, Change Alley, Boogie Street)
Durban in the 50's
Doubtful Sound (New Zealand) on the Athelviscount (like gliding into a cathedral, dark and silent).

Mike

panzar
30th October 2006, 21:30
three favourite ports.
mine are napier nz--- new plymouth nz---aukland nz--- could go on & on so many good ports ...big john,,,

tonyc3
2nd November 2006, 09:28
1. Valparaso, 2. BA, 3. Yokahama. What sweet memories.

Tonyc3

duquesa
2nd November 2006, 10:02
KevinR, Can't recall the Lighthouse in Montevideo but can certainly remember the one in BA. Many bleary eyed mornings after a night in there. Was where Eva Peron used to strut her stuff prior to her political elevation. Long time ago now! Wandered off the ship one night en route to one of those establisments, sober as a judge and got stopped by the "law"! Think the navy was running the country at that time. They had a quota to fill so, on inspecting my "ficha individual" (which was perfectly in order), they shoved me in a van and chucked me in prison. Stayed there for three days in a cell with about 30 or 40 other sundry specimens of the human race and nationalities. The "Old Man" had to come with the agent and get me released. Innocent or not, I seem to remember I had to paint the funnel by myself. Aw well!

ed glover
2nd November 2006, 12:53
Rangoon,the Nanteeda? (memory and spelling again). Hamburg, the Zithertal?
Genoa, the dirty 1/2 mile or the filthy 4 furlongs for the race crowd.
Ed Glover
Controlled drifting.

looneylectrics
18th November 2006, 04:52
Osaka, Rio, maybe Santos, Recife or Montevideo. It's all so long ago it's difficult to remember the true facts.
I remember the Lighthouse Bar in Montevideo can anyone recall the Florida Bar in Rio, I'll swear we were tied up opposite it. Unfortuately places change I once went back to Rotterdam looking for the Skidam (I think, the Red Light district) and it had all been yuppiefied, I was on a motorcycle that time.

fitlike
26th November 2006, 16:46
My Best Ports were Bangkok, Pusan South Korea, Manila Philippines
Eric Cardno

chrisrice
27th November 2006, 22:04
best port fiji 1 rarotonga 2 new york 3

Moulder
28th November 2006, 20:41
Singapore - Kobe - Melbourne.

(Pint)

Steve.

Moulder
28th November 2006, 20:44
Lourenco-Marques.

Sorry being a bit greedy with 4.

[=P]

AlexBooth
19th January 2007, 02:05
Depends on ones poison & time availability (poor tanker boys ) .......

Bars & hot spots,Valetta's Gut, Mombasa's Kilindini Road, Bataya Beach, Thailand, Moline Rouge,was that in Beira or LM ? (Father's Moustache in Montreal was pretty hot too on nurses night)(K)

Sightseeing, Safari South/East Africa, Cartagena, Colombia(Thumb)

Museums & Libraries, St Petersberg, Bombay,(Read)

'Cultural & Social' activities. Well ..... could be incriminating and anyway too many to list and unfair to segregate.[=D]

alexmackinnon
19th January 2007, 22:14
in no particular order,Vancouver, Manilla,Auckland.

AlexBooth
20th January 2007, 00:54
Probably been done before?My three favourite Ports of my MN days.
Calcutta and Columbo-These ports were so exciting to the new apprentice,people and animals everywhere,smells,heat and rain,remnants of British Raj,the newIndians,the Maidan,Galle Face,great meals small huts Columbo,the beachs,american taxis with big horns,betel nut[yuk],Seamans mission dances[buy the bracelets]rum&coke,I could go on.
Liverpool the home [to me] of the MN the port that I left to see all of these places[don't forget Clatterbridge Hospital].I think I had better go and clear the snow and have a very hot curry and a beer.

Mike (Thumb)
Mike, do you remember the jewelry & stones wallas you came aboard and set up their shops on a blanket on the boat deck and they accepted UK bank acct cheques !
I remember one that had been cancelled at least six times from Colombo to Hong Kong and ended up finally some months later finally cleared from my account from a bank in Brighton ! No way today !

AlexBooth
20th January 2007, 00:55
Anyone venture and explore the cages in Calcutta ? Now that was eye candy !

notnila
20th January 2007, 21:24
Anyone venture and explore the cages in Calcutta ? Now that was eye candy !

I'm saying NUTHIN!!

janathull
21st January 2007, 06:17
Sydney, Sydney and Sydney. Remember the Florida bar in Rio well. It was still going in the middle 80s

trotterdotpom
21st January 2007, 12:27
Anyone venture and explore the cages in Calcutta ? Now that was eye candy !

I never visited Calcutta, but there were also "cages" in Grant Road, Bombay. Not bad once you became accustomed to the cockroaches dropping on your back.....

Years later, in Melbourne, I met an ex Scindia Apprentice, English son of an Indian Army officer, but born and bred in India, he spoke with an Indian accent and had a universal joint in his neck. One day Bombay came up in the conversation and he said: "Have you been there?" "Have I been to Bombay," I cried, "they used to call me the Prince of Grant Road!" I forgot he was extremely religious - "You should hang your head in shame," he replied.

I did too.

John T.

notnila
21st January 2007, 15:14
I've never heard of 711 Grant Rd. either!!!

Graham McMorine
21st January 2007, 15:36
My 3 best ports :- Nagoya, Otaru, Columbo.(Pint)

merchman
21st January 2007, 17:04
middlesburough[honest]sydney,. rabul

steve d
23rd January 2007, 21:01
Genoa or Naples both on 1st trip.I did'nt know such places existed, Lourenco Marques ( now Maputo Mozambique) For its exotic name and Portugese style.
And Nagasaki for the 3 best months of my life.

Irvingman
24th January 2007, 16:24
(K) First, New Orleans (in the 70's), second Peurto La Cruz, third St Johns Nfld was ashore there for Hallow'ene 1987. Thought the world had gone mad - it had!! (Jester)

Louise.s
24th January 2007, 19:53
Um, oh, only 3?? Ok, Manaus, St Thomas, and......Rio De Janeiro

I could go on.....but thankfully for you all i wont(Thumb)

Mick Spear
30th January 2007, 07:36
Was there for three months mid 90s. I enjoyed it very much. The spit at the entrance to the docks was called the Rastinga, i spent many an afternoon sitting in a chair float fishing on that beach.

It was during a lull in the Civil War, i was on an RFA as part of UN logistics contract. I also had a good look around the city and one could see that it had been a nice place in the past. Sadly a lot of the buildings had bullet holes in and the area was very run-down.

Could be a bit heavy going ahore at times but that's the best part of it, africa has it's own unique charm.

DICK SLOAN
30th January 2007, 10:02
Port Elizabeth , New orleans...NZ coast

Mick Spear
30th January 2007, 13:39
Capetown, Port Elizabeth, both good. Does anyone remember anything about Lobito i was there a few times but cant remember it.

Steve:

Was there for three months mid 90s. I enjoyed it very much. The spit at the entrance to the docks was called the Rastinga, i spent many an afternoon sitting in a chair float fishing on that beach.

It was during a lull in the Civil War, i was on an RFA as part of UN logistics contract. I also had a good look around the city and one could see that it had been a nice place in the past. Sadly a lot of the buildings had bullet holes in and the area was very run-down.

Could be a bit heavy going ahore at times but that's the best part of it, africa has it's own unique charm.

MS

kottemann
4th February 2007, 15:10
Par in Cornwall cosy little flying angel then off to Raffles in St Austell after, Rotterdam spent many a drunken night on the Binneweg and St Malo nice in the summer.

12-4
4th February 2007, 20:05
Steve:

Was there for three months mid 90s. I enjoyed it very much. The spit at the entrance to the docks was called the Rastinga, i spent many an afternoon sitting in a chair float fishing on that beach.

It was during a lull in the Civil War, i was on an RFA as part of UN logistics contract. I also had a good look around the city and one could see that it had been a nice place in the past. Sadly a lot of the buildings had bullet holes in and the area was very run-down.

Could be a bit heavy going ahore at times but that's the best part of it, africa has it's own unique charm.

MS
I lived in Lobito 74-75. Departed just before the MPLA tanks rolled in - My brother-in-law part owned the Tic Tac bar. Paradise lost

billy cruickshank
4th February 2007, 20:25
cape town,singapore,curacao

Mick Spear
6th February 2007, 08:14
I've had a few weeks to think on this one:

1st- Lyttleton, 2nd-Montevideo and 3rd-Anywhere North East England. Close were Capetown, San Fransisco. I omitted South East Asia as i live there and it does not get much better.

Mick S

Dick S
1st March 2007, 22:25
Trying to think of my 3 favourite ports was difficult I came up with: the next one,(anticipation)the Airport going home and any other where the weather was fine the girls gorgeous and the beer cold(and I could get ashore!!)

But how about Wallaroo, New Orleans(again), and Colombo(homeward bound after Rangoon it was heaven)

David K
1st March 2007, 23:08
..... Vancouver (Canada), Tokyo, Sydney (Australia ) ..... 'Had good times in Apia, Suva and Fremantle. On the Lakemba, 'always had a fun time in Victoria (BC) which, generally was the last Port, and where the passengers embarked.... mad rush to double check the chains/cables securing the deck cargo, and the frantic embarkation of 98 passengers and their baggage; always a collective sigh of relief as the last line was let go, and we were headed, out bound, for Sydney, via Honolulu and the pacific islands . ..... David K.(Thumb)

ernhelenbarrett
2nd March 2007, 04:52
HongKong (in the 50's) Kobe, and Sydney NSW
ern barrett

mike13
3rd March 2007, 01:55
New Plymouth, Christchurch, Hoboken,NJ and of course my home port of Avonmouth,I know thats four,never could count.
John

John what years were you in Avonmouth
Mike

bern1st
7th March 2007, 14:29
Has to be: LISBON, SANTIAGO DE CUBA, WELLINGTON.

peter barc
10th March 2007, 19:44
Assuncion in Paraguay, Paranagua Brazil the shack at the gate, and Cardiff if I remember right it was the pilot and Schooner.

Peter

Paul J Burke
1st May 2007, 04:30
Hong Kong,Singapore and Manila.Manila was a great run ashore in the bar areas of Mabini St and Del Pilar St. Most of them are gone now, but what great memories!!!

jim brindley
3rd May 2007, 09:38
only tw0 liverpool where i shipped out from for many yearsand melbourne where i finished up.old sinner jim the pom

trotterdotpom
3rd May 2007, 14:56
only tw0 liverpool where i shipped out from for many yearsand melbourne where i finished up.old sinner jim the pom

Obviously, you never made it to "the Boro" James?

John T.

Janner100
3rd May 2007, 18:25
Vancouver, Glasgow and Napier - any other place with a bar came a close forth.

slick
4th May 2007, 07:25
All,
Santa Fe (Argentina), Vancouver B.C., and Gibraltar!!
Yours aye,
Slick

gottland
4th May 2007, 17:45
Gävle!! i live in Gävle what do you like about the town! lucky bar!

Derbyroy
4th May 2007, 19:01
Curacoa ( Happy Valley ) in the 60,s ) Beauty point (Tasmania ) , and of course Home to Liverpool ,(==D)

Peter Wearing
21st May 2007, 19:56
BANANA PORTS !!!!

Santa Marta , Tela , Golfito . Its a miracle i'm still alive !!

jimmyjenk
22nd May 2007, 04:38
Glasgow, Baku, Shanghai.
Re previous post mentioning Lobito, last up the road there in July 2005. Shabby gentile is how I would describe it. There is a great bush bar outside the dock gates run by a wonderful 'cuddily' woman, that specialises in bat guano (accidental) flavoured bbq chicken. Not for the faint-hearted.

gdynia
22nd May 2007, 07:09
Kotka, Baku, New Orleans

jimmyjenk
24th May 2007, 02:15
gdynia,
Do you think we should start a thread for the best bars in Baku ? Omitting Blackjacks and the Coral, of course, you and I would never go into places like that. I usually gravitated to the Caledonian (for the pies, naturally) and Shakespears ( to remind of the Torry Bar on a Friday night).
Regards
Jimmy

binliner
25th June 2007, 17:08
bangkok hull and cebu city--- survived six weeks alongside in bangkok in mid 70s but hull was the best party port--telephone exchange,hospital and the women from a big department store in hull were always up for a ship party

Chouan
28th June 2007, 09:40
I lived just to the south of Middlesbrough whilst at sea and single. I used to pop in to the Captain Cook occasionally to remind myself of the atmosphere. I sailed with a Filipino crew years later and my lookout asked me where I was from. Rather explain where Hartlepool was, I said "near Middlesbrough".
"Oh, good place!" He replied, "Captain Cook and Bongo Club!"
I rather regret that I never went to the Bongo.
It became popular with hen parties, and other groups of girls having a girls' night out often went there because of the music and the atmosphere.

Chouan
28th June 2007, 09:49
When single, Santos, Recife, Belem.
Even though I was on a tanker that trip, carrying products, we had 4 Mates, so kept civilized watches throughout. I did 8-12, so I was made!
When respectable, Singapore, Colombo, Trieste.

RayJordandpo
28th June 2007, 12:04
I lived just to the south of Middlesbrough whilst at sea and single. I used to pop in to the Captain Cook occasionally to remind myself of the atmosphere. I sailed with a Filipino crew years later and my lookout asked me where I was from. Rather explain where Hartlepool was, I said "near Middlesbrough".
"Oh, good place!" He replied, "Captain Cook and Bongo Club!"
I rather regret that I never went to the Bongo.
It became popular with hen parties, and other groups of girls having a girls' night out often went there because of the music and the atmosphere.

Bongo "International" Club I'll have you know! Had many a good night in there. Once had a pint with Jackie Charlton in the 'Captain Cook' then on to the 'Cricketers'

Chouan
28th June 2007, 12:25
Rather like the "Sunshine Day & Night Club" in Mombasa.

Pete Axon
11th July 2007, 20:33
Recife, Hamburg and Manhattan.

Recife for the Chanteclare & Moulin Rouge
Hamburg for the Zillerthal ( sorry about the spelling )
Manhattan for Fathers Moustache and Market Diner ( for the greatest all day breakfast in the world ) Pete in Poulton-le-Fylde UK

stan mayes
11th July 2007, 21:23
I have just trawled through many many postings and only Ed Glover and Pete Axon mentioned the best port in the world Hamburg..Sorry lads but the Zillertal is no more - but keep a hold on your memories !!!!
My other best was all the ports in the USA during WW2 ..
The American people were wonderful with their hospitality and generosity to Allied seamen...
A question for dondoncarp... What is the worst pub in Gravesend ? I live there !!!!

Pat McCardle
11th July 2007, 21:30
... What is the worst pub in Gravesend ? I live there !!!![/QUOTE]


THE ONE THAT IS SHUT!!(Thumb)

binliner
11th July 2007, 22:22
the bongo club must have gone upmarket in later years in the early 70s the Capt cook & robin hood were classy places compared to it

stan mayes
11th July 2007, 23:20
Pat,
Only one ? In the past 20 years nearly 30 pubs have closed in the Gravesend area ...
I think it was because they lost their best customers when Gravesend Sea School closed.!!!!

KIWI
12th July 2007, 00:25
Vancouver,Sydney & London[except when on week end watchkeepthe Royal Docks were like a morgue.Kiwi

Janner100
12th July 2007, 03:25
...A question for dondoncarp... What is the worst pub in Gravesend ? I live there !!!!

I don't know about the worst. The I found the 3 Daws pretty good when I lived in the area some twenty years ago. I remember one particular 'lock in'.... but that all I do remember. The the 'er indoors wasn't too happy when i arrived home in time for breakfast. Good job it was a Saturday and no work.

gdynia
12th July 2007, 11:56
gdynia,
Do you think we should start a thread for the best bars in Baku ? Omitting Blackjacks and the Coral, of course, you and I would never go into places like that. I usually gravitated to the Caledonian (for the pies, naturally) and Shakespears ( to remind of the Torry Bar on a Friday night).
Regards
Jimmy

Quite correct Jimmy I would never venture into those Upper Class Establishments but alot into the London Bar and the 2 Irish Bars plus so many more-fond memories

Pete Axon
12th July 2007, 12:07
Hi Stan, wodja mean, the Zillertal is no more ? they havent knocked it down or worse still, turned into a MacDonalds ? I can still see those waitresses carrying 6 steins in each hand and rarely spilling a drop of that lovely draught Becks or whatever it was, happy days ( nights ) Pete

trotterdotpom
12th July 2007, 12:56
Hi Stan, wodja mean, the Zillertal is no more ? they havent knocked it down or worse still, turned into a MacDonalds ? I can still see those waitresses carrying 6 steins in each hand and rarely spilling a drop of that lovely draught Becks or whatever it was, happy days ( nights ) Pete

Yes Pete, the Zillertal is 'weg'. On my last visit (1992) it was reduced to a pavement cafe set up - can't understand why they would close it, maybe it was considered old fashioned, I considered it a Hamburg icon.

The Eros Centre, which I'm sure you never visited, was some kind of Backpackers hostel, but the Palais d'Amour a few doors up the road was still there and still ripping the customers off... I heard. The Herbertstrasse, aka Winkelstrasse, was still full of "herberts" and a new generation of bimbos plying their trade.

I work with a bloke from Hamburg who's just been back home for an extended visit but, oddly, he never went near the Reeperbahn, so no idea of the current situation.

John T.

Frank P
12th July 2007, 13:32
The reason for establishments like the Zillertal closing down, I think it would be down to the different crews (non European) onboard the present ships, and the length of time the ships spend in Hamburg and similar ports.

Cheers Frank

ewenlowrie
12th July 2007, 13:57
best three were rarotonga lyttleton auckland live in aucks but is shite now cheers big low

Chouan
12th July 2007, 15:22
Santos had quietened down a lot as well. Early 80's it was brilliant, but during my last visit, in 1990 (my last trip as well) it was much quieter. The girls very much regretted the decline in general cargo ships.

dab
12th July 2007, 15:41
Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore in any order!

stan mayes
12th July 2007, 18:48
Hello Janner 100,
The Three Daws at Gravesend has been refurbished and is a popular pub *** restaurant..The Town Pier ex Gravesend - Tilbury ferry terminal has had an expensive face lift costing nearly £ 2,million and will soon have a bar and restaurant opening on it....
Only about 5 pubs in that area now ...15 or so when you lived here.
From Three Daws and upriver for a mile,the riverside is all newly developed..
Executive homes ...

R883301
12th July 2007, 20:34
Anyone remember the name of the Pub/Road house, across road from the pier in "Beauty Point" Taz....Great nights, Great food, a couple of "Made to feel at home Christmases" and umpteen evening runs out in an old bus... many a happy call there with NZS.

"The Connaught" Victoria Dock crossroads?
And my new/Old local in "Falmouth"....."The Grapes"...I'm being reposted back there..!

Paul J Burke
13th July 2007, 07:55
Please excuse my ignorance Nev, but where are Kotka and Baku??? they sound like Indonesian or Malaysian names??? cheers .Paul

Frank P
13th July 2007, 08:24
Please excuse my ignorance Nev, but where are Kotka and Baku??? they sound like Indonesian or Malaysian names??? cheers .Paul


Paul,

Kotka is a very nice place in Finland.

Cheers Frank(Thumb)

Pete Axon
13th July 2007, 08:43
Yes Pete, the Zillertal is 'weg'. On my last visit (1992) it was reduced to a pavement cafe set up - can't understand why they would close it, maybe it was considered old fashioned, I considered it a Hamburg icon.

The Eros Centre, which I'm sure you never visited, was some kind of Backpackers hostel, but the Palais d'Amour a few doors up the road was still there and still ripping the customers off... I heard. The Herbertstrasse, aka Winkelstrasse, was still full of "herberts" and a new generation of bimbos plying their trade.

I work with a bloke from Hamburg who's just been back home for an extended visit but, oddly, he never went near the Reeperbahn, so no idea of the current situation.

John T.

John, very sad, I enjoyed many a good night in that beer hall and your quite correct, NEVER went near the Eros Centre and certainly NEVER went near those little streets off the Reeperbahn with the green doors at each end and shops displaying "whats on offer" in the windows......................
We stayed in a Hotel opposite the main railway station when standing by the building of the OCL container ships and spent a lot of time in a bar called Nagels, very German but what an atmosphere, every pint was served with schnapps so didn't remember leaving that bar most times.Never went back to Hamburg after 1969, probably be disapointed maybe. Pete in Poulton-le-Fylde

gdynia
13th July 2007, 09:01
Please excuse my ignorance Nev, but where are Kotka and Baku??? they sound like Indonesian or Malaysian names??? cheers .Paul

Paul
Kotka is on the South Coast of Finland we used to call it Kiwi of the North and Baku is the capital of Azerbijan and is on the Caspian Sea

willem visser
16th July 2007, 11:36
Santos, Durban and Pusan

JohnMac068
17th July 2007, 17:30
After spending the first thirteen years of my sea going career with the South American Saint Line, its got to be Santos, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Joined Houlders later on, trying to get back there, but never made it !!

peter barc
17th July 2007, 20:49
South American Saint Line, its got to be Santos, Montevideo
John,
Had a few good nights in Monty, (Texas Bar) in 89 it was run by a Danish chap..

JohnMac068
17th July 2007, 22:26
John,
Had a few good nights in Monty, (Texas Bar) in 89 it was run by a Danish chap..

My last trip there was on the St. Arvans in 1961, but good to hear that the Texas Bar was still going in '89, an old SASL friend went there quite recently on a cruise and said that it was still going strong.

Larry Dev
25th July 2007, 23:06
Good to see Fathers Moustache mentioned in New York, some strange people there when I used to visit it in the early /mid sixties. I also used to visit Sybils Place a nightclub owned by Richard Burtons first wife, her boyfriend of the time was the lead singer of a group which played there. She introduced me to him as her fiancee, never did find out if she married him.
Sybil was a very sweet Welsh lady no air of importance about her.

wa002f0328
22nd September 2007, 17:34
Remember Capt Cook pub in the borough 1964, met a girl with black hairs on her chest, apart from that nice lass, was on the M.V. Thistledue(Thumb)

zealandic
27th September 2007, 08:56
my favourite was port victoria in the seychelles i actually cried when we left ..we had to go back twice as we kept finding stowaways.. one made it through to colombo.. timaru ...was my first experience of kiwi and had 5 weeks there...recife in brazil ... loadsa talent...and great place.. z

roymercer
27th September 2007, 18:07
Without a doubt Valparaiso, Calloa and Cristobal.

captkenn
27th September 2007, 21:00
Mine's - Paris, Singapore and Brest

albert.s.i
1st October 2007, 08:32
well well well!!! not a mention of BLYTH a cosmapoliton port in the 50ts that catered for all seamans needs i bet theres plenty onboard remembers some of the girls there, my ports of interest vancover,rio de jeniero, montividio,cheers albert.s.i

stan mayes
1st October 2007, 10:31
Any seaman over the age of 50 could reminisce about Ma Gleeson's in Auckland - Monty's in Sydney - Del Monico in Capetown - Schipperstraat in Antwerp - First and Last in Buenos Aires - Reeperbahn in Hamburg and countless other honkytonks around the world,but there was far more to seafaring than that and the majority of us frequented much better places during our runs ashore...
[And we all tell lies!!!]
Cheers Stan....

masthead
1st October 2007, 15:49
(A) Probably been done before?My three favourite Ports of my MN days.
Calcutta and Columbo-These ports were so exciting to the new apprentice,people and animals everywhere,smells,heat and rain,remnants of British Raj,the newIndians,the Maidan,Galle Face,great meals small huts Columbo,the beachs,american taxis with big horns,betel nut[yuk],Seamans mission dances[buy the bracelets]rum&coke,I could go on.
Liverpool the home [to me] of the MN the port that I left to see all of these places[don't forget Clatterbridge Hospital].I think I had better go and clear the snow and have a very hot curry and a beer.

Mike (Thumb)

mine were timaru auckland hobart mainly for the girls and maily from port line great times!!!

zealandic
2nd October 2007, 06:56
Any seaman over the age of 50 could reminisce about Ma Gleeson's in Auckland -
Cheers Stan....
when i went to auckland in 72 the snake pit was in the "in place"...unfortunately never got in ma gleeson's z...

mrcanoehead
11th October 2007, 18:59
Favorite ports, let me see ah yes, Lisbon { maderia wine} Gibraltar{ on usns Sirius} Party time comming home from gulf region 1996. St Vincent in the Grenadines & Grenada{ very good Rum} Martinique{ excelent rhum} Durring my time in uncle sams canoe club we were out harrasing shipping & boaters looking for Drugs{ the Nancy & Ronald Regan anti drug war}, let me not forget Bermuda this was durring the reactor incident in Chernoble in Belaruse, we were out playing cat & mouse with a russian sub, Boiler fans quit & had to be towed into the naval annex outside hamilton Bermuda, we had a three week stay there while shipyard pers took corrective action, work was under warnty, lucky us. By the way everyone found it overly expensive & many came away with bermuda road rash, myself hada bike on board so spent many hours riding around & got into Bike race competition, along with beach goings & golfing.. Recently as of 1 month ago returned to Port of Spain Trinidad on the Hospital ship Comfort, like old times except place looked worse for wear, but in daytime visited around & people genuine as ever, even had a few laughs about Expo 67 & the Esso Steel band with a shop owner who sold Steel Drums. rum was still Good Though. & last but not least ontreal for obvious reasons....

Ian b
11th October 2007, 22:02
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janeiro

graymay
12th October 2007, 00:52
What a thread, almost impossible to answer, however i shall do my best!

Kiwi Coast (if thats to vague, then i shall go with Lyttleton in the early 80s)

Keelung (The Rolling Stone Bar)

Genoa (Dirty Mile)

Ian b
12th October 2007, 22:14
Osaka, Rio, maybe Santos, Recife or Montevideo. It's all so long ago it's difficult to remember the true facts.
I remember the Lighthouse Bar in Montevideo can anyone recall the Florida Bar in Rio, I'll swear we were tied up opposite it. Unfortuately places change I once went back to Rotterdam looking for the Skidam (I think, the Red Light district) and it had all been yuppiefied, I was on a motorcycle that time.

I was in Rio for 13 weeks (1964), 7 anchored in the bay, and 6 alongside. I went ashore every single night, and always started at the Florida bar. There was another bar close by underground, we called it the 'subway'. Watched a group of greek seamen perform the traditional greek dancing. Ian (give me another Brahma Chopp!!

Larry Dev
13th October 2007, 21:46
I can,t name three ports as my favourites, there were so many ports that I enjoyed its impossible to just single three out.

jd0459
13th October 2007, 23:02
Vitoria,maracibo,willamstad, Great Memores Of These Three But Could Name A Lot More
John

Ian b
13th October 2007, 23:14
CAN WE HAVE SOME STATISTICS PLEASE

Somebody has already given out the top three, I would like to see the complete list. Although I said that Rio de Janeiro was my favourite three, there are many places so far mentioned that I had a good time; Kobe,Singapore,Penang(lost cherry),Vancouver,Durban,Hong kong,Rotterdam,Hamburg and more, looking back, it's a wonder I did any work at all!

trotterdotpom
14th October 2007, 13:37
Ian, pity you didn't lose your cherry in Port Swettenham - you could have claimed credit for its name being changed to Port KLANG. Did the earth move for you?

John T.

Chris Isaac
14th October 2007, 13:43
Cockburns Very Old Reserve

Ian b
14th October 2007, 21:57
Ian, pity you didn't lose your cherry in Port Swettenham - you could have claimed credit for its name being changed to Port KLANG. Did the earth move for you?

John T.

Don't like the sound of port 'sweattenham', where is that. I've been to a few port klangs! As a 2nd steward once told me; the earth does'nt move for you when you're 16, your're just popping in! cheers Ian

trotterdotpom
15th October 2007, 12:32
Ian, Port Swettenham was the old name for Port Klang (or Kelang) in Malaya.
Got to start somewhere, maybe the quality wasn't that good but oh the quantity! Nowadays, overrated passtime I say, harrumph1

John T.

Ian b
15th October 2007, 23:27
Ian, Port Swettenham was the old name for Port Klang (or Kelang) in Malaya.
Got to start somewhere, maybe the quality wasn't that good but oh the quantity! Nowadays, overrated passtime I say, harrumph1

John T.

John T. Sorry, I did'nt understand your meaning, I thought Port Klang was a meaning for something else, if you get my drift!! Ian b

slick
17th April 2008, 20:19
All,
Buenos Aires, East London, and Osaka.
On Buenos Aires there were stories (yarns) about being picked up by the Buenos Aires police in the '40's early 50's late at night and spending a night in the cells and in the morning cleaning out the Police Stables and being sent on your way.
Also going to a Football match at the Boca Juniors ( Maradona's Old Team) Stadium (La Bonbonera ?) and hearing gunfire from inside the Stadium, the Agent assured us we would be safe, and I thought Hull City could be edgy.
Has anyone any experience of this Stable clean up?
Yours aye,
Slick

duquesa
17th April 2008, 21:47
Slick, have a look at my post No # 136 on this thread.(Thumb)

duffield
9th May 2008, 23:26
Osaka, Singapore, Hong Kong. They say you should never go back. Visited Singapore last year and was very dissapointed. Of course my wife was with me this time!!

Danae
9th May 2008, 23:59
In the 1970s it was Singapore for night-life, Vancouver for class, and Victoria (Seychelles) for beauty.

GWB
10th May 2008, 00:02
Always favoured Sydney great beer and women, Papeete in 60s, Auckland.

GWB

Riptide
10th May 2008, 19:09
Just done a world cruise on this thread & it never cost me a penny.Best 3 ports ? its like choosing 3 favourite children from a family of 100s,pass I think.Kenny.(==D) (Pint) (Applause)

duffield
10th May 2008, 19:44
Abadan-one had to be really climbing the wall to be looking forward to the delights of Abadan

Pat Kennedy
10th May 2008, 20:17
Hong Kong, Cebu City, and New York. All fantastic places in their own way.

glyn jones
6th September 2009, 13:27
What about Nelson NZ, Beauty Point Tasmania, (the land of ABC for those in the know!) and Portland Oregon. 2 I would never want to revisit, Kingston Jamaica and Mina al Ahmadi Kuwait.

Drumbeg Neil
6th September 2009, 23:05
Joined my first ship in Singapore in 1971 as a 16 year old, stayed in Connel House for a week waiting for my ship to arrive and thought I was in heaven. No port came close since. 2nd favourite would be Durban if only for the steam trains. 3rd favourite would be Fintas in Kuwait cos I got 4 years work in UAE out of it.

Billieboy
7th September 2009, 08:08
Yokohama
Singapore
Naples - never sailed into this port, but have spent many happy days there mending ships.

Iangb
8th September 2009, 03:50
I found the small ports offered the best times.

For me I'd rate Townsville, Albany and Portland (In the ''Jet Set'' days(Thumb) ) my favourites.

Ian

Cisco
8th September 2009, 05:30
In my experience the following system is used by 99% of sailors when rating ports....
Good = got a bit
Indifferent = didn't get any
Bad = got a bit more than they planned on getting

Cisco
8th September 2009, 05:35
Ignoring the above system my favourite ports would be any and all that I visited between Capetown and Port Sudan east about.

Current favourite Puerto Williams for the isolation and grandeur of the area and least favourite would be Buenos Aires which is the run down dog-sh*t capital of the world... don't just take my word for the second bit...it says so in Lonely Planet as well

holland25
8th September 2009, 06:27
Glad to see Blyth and Middlesborough got a guernsey, I would add Seaham Harbour.

spongebob
8th September 2009, 07:19
The one port that will always stick in my mind as a first port of call thrill is the London docks.
To be on deck from the time we entered the river until we finally tied up at the Royal Albert Docks was an eye opener for a young first tripper from NZ.
There was a lot of maneuvering and tug assistance needed to get us there through canals and locks before we were berthed and the whole while the Captain had the 4th Electrician standing on a Sampson post playing his bag pipes.

Bob

lazyjohn
9th March 2011, 18:35
Can I revive the thread?

1st - Durban, My youth.
2nd - London(KGV) Born nearby.
3rd - Lisbon. Fantastic holiday.

Macphail
11th March 2011, 21:46
Liverpool.. High level of romance..
Kobe.. High level of romance and the hot tub.
Hong Kong. (pre china take over.) Romance and the snazy Jacky Tailor suit.

John.

holland25
11th March 2011, 23:00
New York
Amsterdam
Blyth

trevor page
15th March 2011, 15:16
Wellington, San francisco, Durban. And any port in Japan. Dont you just feel for those people.

trevor page
15th March 2011, 15:24
I thought I was the only one having been to Tamatave, bit off the beaten track
I was there on the British Hazel