Port Quebec

shaun
7th March 2006, 14:01
Interested to see if I can find a photo of The Port Quebec anywhere, have visited company sites but unable to find anything. I was on her for most of 1967 and understand she was scrapped in 1968. Previously a mine layer known as HMS Deersound. Any crew from 1967 please post details for contact.
Shaun Rennison. Hull.

EMMESSTEE
8th March 2006, 12:16
Shaun -

Herewith a photo of "Port Quebec" - it's from the VintagePort website (association of ex-Port Line employees). Quite a nice photo of her going into Sydney in pre-Opera House days!!

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Mike.

shaun
8th March 2006, 14:42
EMMESSTEE,
many thanks for that, just as I remember her.

Rupert
8th March 2006, 15:47
Shaun,
Didn't realise she went onto 1967/68 As I was on her in 1959 first trip to sea. She was under charter to Brocklebank's. I must be honest India was not the first place I would have liked to have visted. My future vists to NZ with NZSC & Federal were more pleasent!!

jim
9th March 2006, 00:36
Shaun, the Port Quebec a great little ship I was on her in the early fifties when she was on the MANZ run Canada-America -Australia - New Zealand. I have fond memories of my time on her and other Port Line ships. was going to send a photo but you have already got it.also I have a different photo of her but can't find it at the moment, when I do I shall post it. jim.

shaun
9th March 2006, 10:31
Thanks Jim I will look forard to receiving new picture. I joined the Port Quebec in Port of Spain Trinidad in January 67 and was on her for just over 11 months as galley boy. Cannot remember the bosun's name but he was fairly old (bearing in mind I was only a lad of 16/17) and had been on board for some years. There was also an exceptional lamp-trimmer and chippy but again names escape me. Chef was a guy called Jim Sale who I understand married a Kiwi girl and stayed over there. There was a steward called Jim Fahey from east london and Phil Drayton who I beleive was from Romford but not sure. There was a gay steward (though we did'nt call them gay in those days!) called Jan who was the captains tiger. Anyone out there who recognises any of the names or has other contacts I would be please to hear.
Shaun from Hull.

EMMESSTEE
9th March 2006, 12:53
Shaun -

Here's the same photo as previously, except in colour and with words strewn across it!!

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Mike.

rodney willett
18th November 2006, 16:35
Hi Shaun
Joined Port Quebec same time as yourself, as AB. have some photographs of ship and crew I stayed on her till she whent to the breakers the following year most definatly a ship to remmember with happy times, cant remember to many names but Lamptrimmer was called Ned who whent on to be Bosun the following trip but was paid off in NZ.

shaun
19th November 2006, 20:46
Hi Rodney, I remember Ned well, cannot remember the name of the bosun who I recall had skin like leather ! There was the "Queen" called Jan who was the captains tiger, Jim Crickmay steward, Chef was Jim Sale who also paid off in NZ and was getting married there. Another steward who came from Dartford whose name excapes me but he was a really tall blond guy. I was galley boy there were two other boys both geordies, Ginger and Frank Barker we all shared a 3 berth next to Jans cabin. Baker was a jock who was always the worse for wear!! She was a happy ship I recall, do you remember the drink we used to make in the steering gear compartment from raw rum ? called it moloshun or some such thing, regular parties in NZ weher we took buckets of the stuff.
Please post copies of photos on site or send message for personal email contact. Many thanks for your posting.
Shaun.

john shaw
19th November 2006, 20:56
there's a different view of her at:

http://www.red-duster.co.uk/PORT6.htm

regards

rodney willett
20th November 2006, 20:14
Hi Shaun, good to here from you, I remember Jim Crickmay well, we met up with a family in Galverston who took us about when we were there.Who could forget moloshun and better still how did we survive it, to say it was rocket fuel is a understatement. By all means contact me by Email, address on my details. Havent quite got to grips with how to do things regarding posting photos on to site, have a scanner so I guess I should be able to scan direct to the site. Once again good to here from you Rod

Hugh Ferguson
21st November 2006, 19:04
I have a log kept by Capt. Andy McClounan, who was master of PORT QUEBEC voyages 14 & !5 from Oct.1954 to Sept.1955. Lists all ports visited and names some of crew but not all. Is this of any interest to anyone.
Hugh Ferguson.

dexter123
6th December 2006, 16:27
Hi shaun
port quebec was my first ship from leaving the national sea training school (sharpness), joined prt quebec may 1966 at victoria docks till 4/1/1967 paid off in trinadad,, best days of my life or is thet nostalga

gerald distill...............gerald@distill.co.uk

Colgrace
9th December 2006, 18:19
Hi Shaun
Joined Port Quebec same time as yourself, as AB. have some photographs of ship and crew I stayed on her till she whent to the breakers the following year most definatly a ship to remmember with happy times, cant remember to many names but Lamptrimmer was called Ned who whent on to be Bosun the following trip but was paid off in NZ.


I suspect that Ned was Ned Cronin, from somewhere near Edinburgh, I sailed on La Quinta with him and he used to tell tales about the Quebec, I also sailed on Pacific Northwest with a lad called Gwynne Margetson from Ipswich who was on the Quebec at the same time, he might have been a JOS.

Son of an old salt
21st September 2007, 17:01
Hi there all.

Just a quick line to say that my late father served on Port Quebec during WWII. I think he was based on the East coast of GB laying/sweepeing mines!

Regards Son of an old salt

Hugh Ferguson
21st September 2007, 18:40
Shaun, I've just posted (in GALLERY, under cargo vessels) yet anothe shot of the PORT QUEBEC. Andy McLounan was in her for two voyages from 12th Oct.1954 to 12th Oct.1955. He lists the "staff" as he calls them as:-
A.W. Kensett c/o; E.R Jenkins 2/o; J.B.Farmer 3/o; A.R.Palliner, Junr, 3rd/o;
A.Taylor C/eng.; R.Elder C.Steward/Purser.

Hugh Ferguson
23rd September 2007, 13:34
Voyage 38 of the PORT AUCKLAND was Andy Macs final voyage after a sea-going career spent entirely in Port Line service.
Voy.38 commenced from London at 2017, 1st Sept.1967 and went via Las Palmas & Durban, arriving Adelaide, 2nd Oct. at 1329; Sydney, 15th; Brisbane 22nd; Wellington, 30th; New Plymouth, 8th Nov.;Timaru, 22nd.; Wellington, 30th.; Balboa, 25th Dec.; Curacao,28th.; London, 2016, 8th Jan.1968.
Staff:- R.M. Henshaw C/O; P.M. Muirhead 2/o; A.D.Pique 3/o; T.H.Oliver, Junior 3/o; I.F. Ainsworth C/Eng.; R.A.Elder C.Steward/Purser.
Doctors, W.M.Brown & R.J.Stewart.
8th Sept.Rendered medical assistance to the PAPAROA.
Amongst outward passengers were Lady Mary Cawthorne & Sir George Graham. Homeward, Captain D.F.Morgan and Nesta, his wife.
Other notable events were, Christmas party at Wellington for John Cook's farewell: Robbie (Auckland died) and Russ Turnbull died, 24th Nov. at 2300-funeral 27th Nov. at 1030 (Age 66).

P.S. Sorry! I've had to correct this. I got confused with which Port Line ship was which. This particular voyage did not relate to the PORT QUEBEC but to the PORT AUCKLAND.

Sea miles during his (Mac's) career, 2,171,409.

John Stephen Gallop
15th October 2007, 19:23
Hi Shaun and Rodney

I expect you remember me John Gallop. I was on the Port Quebec from the 3.01.67 when we joined the ship in Trinidad and I left it in Formosa on the 23.06.68 and we flew home. I expect you remember me Rodney. I was with you on the beach when I met a girl called Jill, she came from Christchurch. Would like to hear from you again. My e mail address is in my profile


John

LATHBURY
15th November 2007, 13:12
Hello, I am researching the history of H.M.S. Quebec which was later named H.M.S. Deer Sound for a friend who was serving as an senior airframe fitter if I have that right. His is Donald Mowett who was on this ship during the second world war. Can anyone help with any information or a list of crew members to see if Don can remember anybody or any photos please?. Many thanks, John.

Nolan Loveridge
16th November 2007, 22:09
Hi Shaun,

go into google and type in "the british merchant navy" easy site to navigate.

There is an excellent photo of "Port Quebec" entering or leaving somewhere I am not familiar with.

Cheers Nolan Loveridge

Son of an old salt
18th December 2007, 21:10
Hi there, my late father was on HMS Port Quebec for around three years during WWII. His name was Wilfred Buller and at the time I think he was either a Leading Seaman or maybe even a PO.

jim
29th January 2008, 12:13
Hello, I am researching the history of H.M.S. Quebec which was later named H.M.S. Deer Sound for a friend who was serving as an senior airframe fitter if I have that right. His is Donald Mowett who was on this ship during the second world war. Can anyone help with any information or a list of crew members to see if Don can remember anybody or any photos please?. Many thanks, John.
John , Hope this might be of some help. The MV Port Quebec was built by J.L. Thompson. Sunderland in 1939. 6294 GRT. Was taken over by the Royal Navy and fitted out as a Minelayer. Converted 1943/44 as an Aircraft Component Repair Ship and renamed HMS Deersound with the British Pacific Fleet. [Fleet Train] Paid Off January 1947. Converted back to a Cargo ship and renamed Port Quebec. She was broken up in Taiwan in 1968. I have a rather poor quality copy of a photo of her in sydney in 1945. I also have the name and 1999 address of the Carpenter who was on her in 1944/46. but don't want to publish it here
.. The Port Quebec and the Port Napier were part of a flotilla of converted merchant ships laying Minefields in the North Atlantic in the 40s-Regards Jim.

noble
29th February 2008, 00:21
Interested to see if I can find a photo of The Port Quebec anywhere, have visited company sites but unable to find anything. I was on her for most of 1967 and understand she was scrapped in 1968. Previously a mine layer known as HMS Deersound. Any crew from 1967 please post details for contact.
Shaun Rennison. Hull.
I was 3rd engineer on her from 1964 to 1967sailed as a supernumery to NZ from Trinidad and paid off there .Jim Mcmanus was skipper and Mike Kay chief eng.Was a great ship to sail on.
Russ Noble

short707
21st April 2008, 15:54
I was on the Port St Lawrence when we sailed from Melbourne to Port Chalmers arriving early Xmas day 1967 - only to find the Port Quebec on fire !! we had to dash over and assist in putting out the engine room fire !! afterwards, all the crew from the Quebec came over for their dinner. Mike Kay was the chief Eng. Ikky Nikky was the hateful 2nd engineer, and I believe 2 or 3 engineers " jumped ship" on that voyage, and a third Eng from The Port St Lawrence Aiden Hickesy) was " Hired to Re build a couple of "jennies"
Hope this Helps jog Memories

Short707

ayoung
28th May 2008, 15:18
Hello, I am researching the history of H.M.S. Quebec which was later named H.M.S. Deer Sound for a friend who was serving as an senior airframe fitter if I have that right. His is Donald Mowett who was on this ship during the second world war. Can anyone help with any information or a list of crew members to see if Don can remember anybody or any photos please?. Many thanks, John.

John

My father-in-law, Reg Young, was an airframe fitter on Deer Sound in WW11. He was in the Fleet Air Arm with the Pacific Fleet. We came across an Internet picture of Deer Sound (Deersound?) Reg says that many of the men, himself included, had a copy of that photo - I think it was taken in Sydney Harbour. If you do not have a copy yet, I can try to find it again.

Annie

ayoung
28th May 2008, 15:31
Jim

See message posted this afternoon in response to Lathbury. I wonder if the old photo you refer to is the one we have?

A

R58484956
28th May 2008, 16:22
Greetings AYoung and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

Willie wartime Deersound
18th August 2008, 12:42
Hi There,

My Grandfather was on the Deersound, I posted a photo of him and three crew members, but it has been moved to the new members section. Take a look, hope it might ring a few bells.

dexter123
9th October 2008, 19:01
well havent been on site for a long while but did anyone see that programme a couple of months ago TheOneShow! it was on about Cardiff docks/tiger bay and it had some old footage Black & white and it showed the old Port Quebec or Auckland setting sail (sorry was on both) I was wondering how well Galveston was fairing after the Storm of 08! have fond memory of that place (i was only 19 at the time on the Port Quebec 1966/67) it was difficult to spend any money ashore because if you were English you was treated like a king, remember going to a proms with a couple of local girls and a couple of guys from the ship, Tony (i think) new this girl whos father bread chickens and i was with one called stephanie anyhow at the proms the local guys did not like it because all the girls were round us english guys and a they started a fight, always remember being taken by a police car to somewhere bit of a howdown, further away, police were happy it wasnt our fault, ah the good old says

Gerald Distill

shaun
28th October 2008, 20:20
well havent been on site for a long while but did anyone see that programme a couple of months ago TheOneShow! it was on about Cardiff docks/tiger bay and it had some old footage Black & white and it showed the old Port Quebec or Auckland setting sail (sorry was on both) I was wondering how well Galveston was fairing after the Storm of 08! have fond memory of that place (i was only 19 at the time on the Port Quebec 1966/67) it was difficult to spend any money ashore because if you were English you was treated like a king, remember going to a proms with a couple of local girls and a couple of guys from the ship, Tony (i think) new this girl whos father bread chickens and i was with one called stephanie anyhow at the proms the local guys did not like it because all the girls were round us english guys and a they started a fight, always remember being taken by a police car to somewhere bit of a howdown, further away, police were happy it wasnt our fault, ah the good old says

Gerald Distill

Gerald, I was on the "Lazy Q" 66 / 67 paying off in Montreal. I seem to remember a bit of trouble at a venue called the "Glass Menagerie" does this ring any bells?? I spent one day off on one of the 3 visits we made visiting Houston which was awesome I recall. We used to eat burgers in a diner just off the dock which came with fries and pickled cucumbers, how strange it all was then.

Shaun

mimi1030
23rd November 2008, 04:30
Hello,

My Grandfather Allen Morrow was an Air Frame Fitter on the HMS Deersound in WWII, he was in the Fleet Air Arms. I would love to hear from anyone who may have served with him. He unfortunately passed away in 1989 from Mesothelioma he was 75. But I would love to see any pictures of the boat he sailed on, I know he went to Australia and Japan on this ship. And at one point sailed with Prince Philip the Queens husband, said he was a nice chap but swore like a trooper...LOL.

Any information you can share would be great.
Michelle Morrow

robg
12th December 2008, 22:26
Shaun

I've just found this group. I was assistant cook on the Lazy Q on the 1967 voyages between America and NZ. I remember Jim Sale, the Chief Cook, very well. It was an amazing ship and crew. I had forgotten the names until I read other postings. I remember all of the crew members whno have been discussed.
Rob Goulding

shaun
12th February 2009, 12:46
Rob,

Hi I remember your name and can now see your face in my memory!! 42 years later!! Do you recall the Scottish guy who was the baker and seemed always to be drunk as I recall. I had to sit just off his department when peeling spuds. What/where are you up to now?
Shaun

Peter Henderson
16th April 2009, 13:28
Hi Shaun,
I was the 2nd electrician on the Port Quebec, joined with you in Trinidad and left her in Montreal. Great ship, great times.
Peter

annied
17th May 2009, 15:16
Hi there all.

Just a quick line to say that my late father served on Port Quebec during WWII. I think he was based on the East coast of GB laying/sweepeing mines!

Regards Son of an old salt


Hello! I'm new to this site having come across it in my search for info on the Port Quebec during wartime. I am interested on behalf of a friend of mine who will be 90 in a couple of days (20/05/09), and who often talks about his Navy service on this and other ships. He served on HMS Port Quebec from 1941 on minelaying duties (though I don't know his exact role or rank). He volunteered for this duty leaving HMS Hood, which was destroyed soon afterwards. He later left the Port Quebec to become a PT instructor at Portsmouth.

My friend's name is Wilfred Walsh, from Lancashire; it would be a great coincidence if your late father ever mentioned him, but you never know! Or maybe you have tales to tell which would revive his memories? If so please do get in touch.

Thanks

Ann

goldman
23rd May 2009, 04:42
Hello all
I'm new on here but this thread caught my eye as my (late) father served on the ship in WW11 when it was a minelayer.I'm amazed to see the vessel survived the war and carried on for many more years.

Regards
Jim

Grimsby
18th July 2009, 05:02
Hi shaun
port quebec was my first ship from leaving the national sea training school (sharpness), joined prt quebec may 1966 at victoria docks till 4/1/1967 paid off in trinadad,, best days of my life or is thet nostalga

gerald distill...............gerald@distill.co.uk

hi there i joined the port quebec or as we called her the lazy q, the same time you didmy name is allan webster i was ab mycabin mate was dick sorrensona dhu the bosuns name was billy burgess he was the same size as a jockeya nice guy other names come to mind jim forrest ginger jarman jan the steward cant remember anymore most of us paid off in trinidad a great trip great crew cheers grimsby

Grimsby
20th July 2009, 01:09
Hi Dexter123

This is what the Port Quebec alias The Lazy Q looked like when we were on her.

Cheers
Grimsby

Dave Spice
28th April 2014, 00:23
Hi Shaun Just found this webb site. i am the tall blonde guy from Dartford i was on deck though The only names i remember are Jimmy the steward, Jan the man!
Ned Cronan bosuns mate and Sean Macann who was down below,I am in contact through Facebook with Sean who lives here in NZ and Jimmy who now lives in Spain. I jumped of a star boat in 1970 . Here legally now And yes the Lazy Q was a great little ship . Every time i had to go down the hatch to siphon more of that rum i burnt my mouth we used to put a inch of it in a bucket case of coke small bottles and top up with water then you could just drink it Great Memory's

Dave Spice
28th April 2014, 00:27
Hi Rodney, I remember Ned well, cannot remember the name of the bosun who I recall had skin like leather ! There was the "Queen" called Jan who was the captains tiger, Jim Crickmay steward, Chef was Jim Sale who also paid off in NZ and was getting married there. Another steward who came from Dartford whose name excapes me but he was a really tall blond guy. I was galley boy there were two other boys both geordies, Ginger and Frank Barker we all shared a 3 berth next to Jans cabin. Baker was a jock who was always the worse for wear!! She was a happy ship I recall, do you remember the drink we used to make in the steering gear compartment from raw rum ? called it moloshun or some such thing, regular parties in NZ weher we took buckets of the stuff.
Please post copies of photos on site or send message for personal email contact. Many thanks for your posting.
Shaun.
Do you have any photo's of the crew Shaun ?

Dave Spice
28th April 2014, 00:33
Do you have any photo's of the crew Shaun ?
Hi Shaun I am the tall blond guy from Dartford just found the website I was on deck AB , The only names i remember are Ned Cronan, Jimmy the stewart , Jan the Man! Sean Mcann who was down below , I am still in contact with Jimmy who lives in Spain and Sean who is here in NZ I jumped here of a Star boat in 1970 Here Legally now. I remember siphoning that rum down the hatch used to burn my mouth , we used to put a about an inch in the bottom of a bucket then 12 small bottles of Coke topped up with water and then you could just drink it Great memory's She really was a great little ship to sale on

Dave Spice
28th April 2014, 02:57
Hi Rodney, I remember Ned well, cannot remember the name of the bosun who I recall had skin like leather ! There was the "Queen" called Jan who was the captains tiger, Jim Crickmay steward, Chef was Jim Sale who also paid off in NZ and was getting married there. Another steward who came from Dartford whose name excapes me but he was a really tall blond guy. I was galley boy there were two other boys both geordies, Ginger and Frank Barker we all shared a 3 berth next to Jans cabin. Baker was a jock who was always the worse for wear!! She was a happy ship I recall, do you remember the drink we used to make in the steering gear compartment from raw rum ? called it moloshun or some such thing, regular parties in NZ weher we took buckets of the stuff.
Please post copies of photos on site or send message for personal email contact. Many thanks for your posting.
Shaun.

Hi Rodny i was on same time as you like you cant recall any names I was Ab Dave Spice from Dartford do you have any photo's of crew?

Dave Spice
28th April 2014, 04:14
Hi Shaun
Joined Port Quebec same time as yourself, as AB. have some photographs of ship and crew I stayed on her till she whent to the breakers the following year most definatly a ship to remmember with happy times, cant remember to many names but Lamptrimmer was called Ned who whent on to be Bosun the following trip but was paid off in NZ.

Hi Rodey any chance of sending crew photo's Regards Dave spice

ernie-bluenose
22nd July 2014, 23:11
Hi All, just found this site which has bought back a few memories.
Sailed with Port line from 1954 to 1959 on the Quebec,Alma & Jackson.
Remember doing the MANZ trip in 55 i think (memory is fading now )
Flew to Montreal with complete new crew,then 12months away and when we got back we were stuck in the thames estuary for 2 days because of fog. Happy days. Cheers to all Ernie.