Brocklebank Ships I sailed on

A.G.Greenwood
8th April 2006, 20:45
I was with Brocklebanks from 1957 to 1961 as Deck Apprentice and latterly as uncert 4/O.
The ships I sailed on were as follows. Mahout (1925 vintage) from October 1957, two full voyages, remember Captain John Watson Ross and the Third Mate was Bob Kingston (Robert E Kingston, from Dunlaoghaire) Norman Seagar was also apprentice on first trip, tragically suffered fatal accident following trip on Manipur and was buried in Colombo Cemetary. Then the dear old Malabar where I remember my co apprentice was Phil Brimley and also the R/O or was he 2/R/O Dave Courtenay, a little Manchunian with an immense knowledge of films and cinema. Then the Masirah with Captain Stan Broughton, Then Macharda and Matheran both with Captain Maclaren. Maskelia was next with Captain Evans, then the Marwarri with Cylclone Saxty and finally the Maidan in 1961 with John Watson Ross. That was my last trip with Brocks in 1961. Remember many names and characters and experiences. In particular, taking Tamil refugees from Colombo to Jaffna (800 on deck), following nine weeks at anchor off Colombo; good parties in Calcutta and New Orleans. Anybody remember Pam Ritchin and her family in Calcutta, or Sandra Lee Smith and Carol Laurent in New Orleans.

Jim S
8th April 2006, 22:26
There was a letter in the March 2006 edition of Sea Breezes by Norman Segar's younger brother David seeking any information about the fatal accident to Norman on Manipur in May or June 1958. The family believes that 17 year old Norman on his second trip to sea was given the task of inspecting a cargo hold on the day that Manipur had sailed from Colombo.
One of the deck officers seeing an opening in the hatch ordered it to be battened down. About 3 to 4 hours latter Norman was discovered to be missing. A search revealed him lying at the bottom of the hold having fractured his skull. Manipur returned to Colombo where Norman died in hospital 3 days later without regaining consciousness.
The Segar family can be contacted by e-mail at segarfamily@tiscali.co.uk

Bob_F
9th April 2006, 05:54
Sailed with you on the Mahout(1925) I joined her as they were finishing the conversion from coal burner to oil burner in Glasgow. Standing by was ? Woods mate and Alex Finlay 2nd eng I had quite a time there, home every night. I remember Bob Kingston we used to have a beer or two at midnight. You must also remember Nimbus the dog that was being taken to Calcutta, Bob Kingston and I both had grown beards and soon as th dog seen either of us it took off howling to the Chief or the Mates cabin. J. McCallum was Chief, 2nd eng Ian Aiton , 3rd eng Brian Cottier , 5th eng Harry King and I was 4th eng. The next trip was on the Marrwarri as 3rd eng and remember hearing about the tragic accident to the apprentice on the Manipur and trying to put a face to the name.
I notice we sailed on quite a number of the same ships although not at the same time.
Cheers.
Bob Frizzell

Trevor
11th April 2006, 22:54
I was on the Maskeliya with "Evans of Gan", a great ship 1959 to 1962. They called him that because he was so pleased with himself, making Gan on his first trip. I was 5th engineer and eventually J/3rd engineer.
Trevor

Bob_F
12th April 2006, 01:19
I guess I sailed with you on the Maskeliya as I sailed on her from Aug/59 to Feb/60 as 3rd eng. I am having difficulty remembering someone named Trevor. Ronnie Iliffe was chief, George Snaith was 2nd eng and had his wife with him on this trip. I think that was the trip that Ken Convery left her. As you say she was a great ship.
Cheers.
Bob Frizzell.

S Fraser
12th April 2006, 20:39
I suppose I sailed with some of you also, as I was a fist trip app on the Maskeliya Sept 61 to June 62, with Tubby Evans, Master. This was the trip that we "opened" the port of Assab and Tubby got a medal from Haile Selassie when he visited the ship. Anyone remember that?
Stan

Trevor
12th April 2006, 22:56
Hi Bob,
I remember you and George, my wife coasted with us. George had a big round smiling face and everyone got on well. I was transfered to the Maskelya in Calcutta 1959, because I got scolded on the Macharda a ship from hell, that's why I stayed on the Maskeliya for so long. I wish I could thank the fiver who took my place. I have a great picture of her posted at British Merchant Navy site.
Trevor Walker

Trevor
12th April 2006, 23:00
Yes Stan I remember, that well, I've pictures somewhere; have to go through the shoe boxes.
Trevor

Bob_F
13th April 2006, 09:11
Trevor you must have jinxed me on the Maskeliya. After leaving the Maskeliya I went for my 2nd's and then to the Mangla as Sen 3rd. After coasting it and a deep sea trip I went as 2nd on the Masud(The old Southwick) on the coast, yes I finished up on the Macharda as 2nd deep sea. The ship wasn't all that bad but the engineers were mostly new to the company and the chief was Johnny Bain, enough said. The worst trip I did with Brocks.
Cheers.
Bob F.

johnmilne
13th April 2006, 10:55
I was with Brocklebanks from 1957 to 1961 as Deck Apprentice and latterly as uncert 4/O.
The ships I sailed on were as follows. Mahout (1925 vintage) from October 1957, two full voyages, remember Captain John Watson Ross and the Third Mate was Bob Kingston (Robert E Kingston, from Dunlaoghaire) Norman Seagar was also apprentice on first trip, tragically suffered fatal accident following trip on Manipur and was buried in Colombo Cemetary. Then the dear old Malabar where I remember my co apprentice was Phil Brimley and also the R/O or was he 2/R/O Dave Courtenay, a little Manchunian with an immense knowledge of films and cinema. Then the Masirah with Captain Stan Broughton, Then Macharda and Matheran both with Captain Maclaren. Maskelia was next with Captain Evans, then the Marwarri with Cylclone Saxty and finally the Maidan in 1961 with John Watson Ross. That was my last trip with Brocks in 1961. Remember many names and characters and experiences. In particular, taking Tamil refugees from Colombo to Jaffna (800 on deck), following nine weeks at anchor off Colombo; good parties in Calcutta and New Orleans. Anybody remember Pam Ritchin and her family in Calcutta, or Sandra Lee Smith and Carol Laurent in New Orleans.
I sailed with Phil Brimley on the ASHBANK in 1964. He was Third Mate and myself a apprentice. The next and last time I saw him was in Auckland when he was Second Mate on Waitaki (USSCO) At the time I was Third Mate on Kaimai(USSCO).John Milne

Trevor
13th April 2006, 22:21
Great to hear from you Bob, I must have been 5th and 4th with you, should remember me I must have been the only none drinker in Brocks. Bain was the chief when I was on Macharda, as you say enough said. I sailed with Brocks till 1966 and went back to university to get another degree, and went into teaching. Are you in Canada?
I ended up as Chairperson of the Great Lakes School of Marine Technology, combining both careers. We trained the engineers and navigation officers for the lakers and east coast companies.
Cheers
Trevor

Bob_F
14th April 2006, 06:40
I am still having problems remembering you Trevor but I guess we will put this down to old age!!! I didn't think there were any non-drinkers with Brocks, I am sure you had to put up with some comments. After the Macharda I landed up on the Mandasor with Bob McCallion as chief, done one trip on her and pulled the pin on Brocks. Went with Ellerman for a period, but the children were getting older and she who must be obeyed was wanting me to come ashore, so you know who won. I am retired in St Albert, Alberta after 25 years in Power Station management, I managed to stay with steam up till the last few years and then I took over the companys gas turbines and recip engine plants. Now I just keep spoiling the grandchildren.
Cheers,
Bob F.

Trevor
14th April 2006, 19:35
I started as a student apprentice with the Central Electricity Generating Board, National Service was my reason for sea as I could stay with engineering and get married. John Bain didn't like that "National Service dodger, lowest form of animal life laddie". Should have known I was in for a rough trip on the Macharda. Did a short stint as a control engineer when I came ashore in 66, waiting for the start of university courses. Coasted a lot with Shell as a 2nd and Chief, during university holidays to pay the bills, being married with 3 children.
Alberta is doing very well, like you I'm a happy grandad these days. I live close to Ottawa, I came here a lot, meeting with Transport Canada for our Marine certifications etc.
Trevor W

john g
15th April 2006, 19:58
Trevor you must have jinxed me on the Maskeliya. After leaving the Maskeliya I went for my 2nd's and then to the Mangla as Sen 3rd. After coasting it and a deep sea trip I went as 2nd on the Masud(The old Southwick) on the coast, yes I finished up on the Macharda as 2nd deep sea. The ship wasn't all that bad but the engineers were mostly new to the company and the chief was Johnny Bain, enough said. The worst trip I did with Brocks.
Cheers.
Bob F.
Johnny Bain......enough said he had a passion about changing turbo blowers on the Luminous (late 60,s) I don't think he had a clue about what he was trying to achieve and sadly he knew the 2nd eng was a real diesel man who mostly disagreed but John boy was the chief and I believe he become a super later on. I met him at the Brocks reunion , he was a different character then....john g

Bob_F
16th April 2006, 06:37
John that was typical Johnny Bain, had a passion about doing certain things that had no benefit to the operation of whatever was his pet project was at the time. Before I went deep sea with him I had heard all sorts of stories about him. I didn't think anyone could be as bad as that, how wrong I was. All the engineeers were going to complain when we had our end of voyage meeting with one of the superintendents. That was a laugh, they were all so glad to get the trip over with. I had heard he finished up as a super, I imagine same as in industry, move the problem upstairs.
Cheers.
Bob F.

japottinger
18th April 2006, 23:19
John that was typical Johnny Bain, had a passion about doing certain things that had no benefit to the operation of whatever was his pet project was at the time. Before I went deep sea with him I had heard all sorts of stories about him. I didn't think anyone could be as bad as that, how wrong I was. All the engineeers were going to complain when we had our end of voyage meeting with one of the superintendents. That was a laugh, they were all so glad to get the trip over with. I had heard he finished up as a super, I imagine same as in industry, move the problem upstairs.
Cheers.
Bob F.
Was that the same John Bain from Aberdeen that had his photo in Motor Ship advertising Rolls Roycve generators on Mahronda?

Bob_F
19th April 2006, 05:50
Hi Jim,
Not sure where Johnny Bain came from, I thought he was from the western isles someplace. Was the picture of a heavy set, average height individual. After leaving the Macharda I tried to forget as much as possible about that trip.
Cheers.
Bob F.

Tony Selman
20th April 2006, 13:37
John Bain was Chief Engineer on Luxor on my second trip on her in the late 60's. I seem to recall he came from the Western Isles but I am not too sure of that. I had nothing to do with him work-wise but I do recall two specific incidents about him. Luxor spent a wonderful but eye wateringly expensive 5 weeks in Taikoo dry dock in Hong Kong. We had access to the Taikoo club which was part of the massive dock structure and very pleasant it was too. After we had been there a while a couple of stories started to circulate of John causing some unpleasantness after a couple of jars and this developed further into refusing to pay for meals at local restaurants on some trumped up complaint. I only experienced it once and one of the engineers explained to me what would happen after he had eaten and sure enough he complained about something or other and got either a free or discounted meal.

The other incident involved our flight home on a chartered prop driven Britannia aircraft. This was going to be a very long haul (27 or 28 hours as it turned out) and when I got to the top of the aircraft steps John was standing there segregating officers to the front of the plane and all other hands to the back. Needless to say this caused some mutterings amongst a few of the lads heading for the aft end of the plane but John held his ground. He was to some extent proved right when a couple of the crew got very well oiled and one grappled with an air hostess whilst trying to open the door in mid flight. If I remember rightly a combination of the Bosun and John Bain thumped him.

He was indeed a very stocky man of average height and I can well imagine he was difficult to work with/for.

Derek Roger
25th April 2006, 14:48
Johnny Bain was from the Western Isles and was superintendent in London during the Trafalger House days.
I heard that he had a good position with the Highlands & Islands development Board after leaving Brocks .

japottinger
25th April 2006, 17:13
No The John bain in Motor Ship magazine advt was slim with staight fair hair (well in B& W photo anyway)

noel grayson
10th October 2006, 00:52
Johnny Bain was from the Western Isles and was superintendent in London during the Trafalger House days.
I heard that he had a good position with the Highlands & Islands development Board after leaving Brocks .

John Bain was indeed from the Western Isles, in fact Stornoway, where he still resides. I sailed with John on the Manaar I think it was, and in Calcutta during Ramadan, the crew wanted water on deck at sunset, so I, as duty officer ( 2nd MATE) requested this. The next thing, John is up to my cabin ranting and raving, as was his wont!. I told him to f---k off, and not to talk to me like that in my cabin. We have been great mates ever since, in fact he is god father to my elder son!

Nobby Grayson

Masirah
18th October 2006, 19:51
This might evoke a few memories particularlt to thoes of us who were previlaged to meet the Now Orleans Elizabethans.

The photo appeared in the Times-Picayune in 1959 when Mrs Robert Laurent and her Marine Scout Troop visited Masirah and exchanged flags.

Carol is in the center with Capt. Stan Broughton on the right and Malcolm G MacLean C R/O and leading light in the exchange and visit, he is quoted as 'the Offical Troop Mascot'.

The girls are (L-R) Karen Walch, Mary Ann Lonergan, Carol Laurent and Cindy Krobert.

My particular Elizabethan family were the Bamforths, Olivia was a leading light in the 'Club' When ever we arrived we would telephone and be collected living off ship while not on duty. There would always be a party, either ashore or on board when all the E Club' would gather and as many as could be spared from the ship if it was a shore party.

We kept in touch for many years and Olivia and her husband visited us in the UK on one occaision..

Michael

A.G.Greenwood
18th October 2006, 20:27
This might evoke a few memories particularlt to thoes of us who were previlaged to meet the Now Orleans Elizabethans.

The photo appeared in the Times-Picayune in 1959 when Mrs Robert Laurent and her Marine Scout Troop visited Masirah and exchanged flags.

Carol is in the center with Capt. Stan Broughton on the right and Malcolm G MacLean C R/O and leading light in the exchange and visit, he is quoted as 'the Offical Troop Mascot'.

The girls are (L-R) Karen Walch, Mary Ann Lonergan, Carol Laurent and Cindy Krobert.

My particular Elizabethan family were the Bamforths, Olivia was a leading light in the 'Club' When ever we arrived we would telephone and be collected living off ship while not on duty. There would always be a party, either ashore or on board when all the E Club' would gather and as many as could be spared from the ship if it was a shore party.

We kept in touch for many years and Olivia and her husband visited us in the UK on one occaision..

Michael

Yes I remember it well. One of the other girls was Sandra Lee Smith. Believe I must have been on the Masirah this voyage. Other Apprentice was Tom Montgomery who took a shine to Carol Laurant. Remember the parties well. Didnt the Laurents live at 426 Glendale Blvd in Metairie? Was in NOLA a couple of months before Katrina. Still a super place to visit though the hurricane fills one wth sadness.
Tony Greenwood

Masirah
18th October 2006, 23:33
Hi Tony

We signed FG Articles in London (Royal Albert)31/10/59 and signed off in London (Surrey Commercial) 24 March 1960. I was Snr Apprentice having joined earlier in Middlesbrough. If you were on the trip I would be please to know of any of the others you can remember from the voyage. And yes the Laurents did live in Metairie, while they were Americans i think the link to the troop came through a daughter of one of the Elizabethans also belonging to the troop. Mac had set all this up on the previous trip so we ended up having a busy time inward and outward. After that trip I went on leave and rejoined Masirah for the next voyage and then the one after as 4th Mate only to transfered in Calcutta to Malakand for the states run so had three trips to NOLA in succession. Elizabethans each time. It almost became a home port for me.

Michael.

maxieb
28th June 2007, 23:50
This might evoke a few memories particularlt to thoes of us who were previlaged to meet the Now Orleans Elizabethans.

The photo appeared in the Times-Picayune in 1959 when Mrs Robert Laurent and her Marine Scout Troop visited Masirah and exchanged flags.

Carol is in the center with Capt. Stan Broughton on the right and Malcolm G MacLean C R/O and leading light in the exchange and visit, he is quoted as 'the Offical Troop Mascot'.

The girls are (L-R) Karen Walch, Mary Ann Lonergan, Carol Laurent and Cindy Krobert.

My particular Elizabethan family were the Bamforths, Olivia was a leading light in the 'Club' When ever we arrived we would telephone and be collected living off ship while not on duty. There would always be a party, either ashore or on board when all the E Club' would gather and as many as could be spared from the ship if it was a shore party.

We kept in touch for many years and Olivia and her husband visited us in the UK on one occaision..

Michael
I joined Masirah at Birkenhead in 1958, at the beginning of my first trip to sea as an Eng Apprentice. My fellow cadets were Bob Hudson, Tom Montgomery and Roger Newlands. We were in New Orleans over the Xmas/New Year period. As cadets , we received an invitation from the Laurents, to spend time with them and their daughter Carol, at their Metairie home. It was at this time that the subject of a ships visit by the troop was
proposed, and upon our return to the ship, permission for the visit was agreed by Capt Broughton and Ch Eng Braunton. Ivy Laurent arrived a couple of days later with her troop of Mariner Scouts, for the visit. After being shown around, we all went back to the lounge where sandwiches, tea and soft drinks had been laid on. It was noticable after quite a short period of time
that the young "Ladies" were disappearing, but a lot of noise was coming from
Ch R/O's cabin, and a search revealed that all the girls were there with Malcolm McLean and Frank Dunn, his 2R/O. That was how the adoption started and the photograph shown was taken on the following voyage.
I am still in touch with Bob and Ivy Laurent, who are alive and well in Metairie,
and with Carol, who now lives in the UK with me in Hightown, Merseyside.
I was last in New Orleans in January this year and met up with the Bamforth's
at that time, at a Daughters of the British Empire party.
Max Benson

A.G.Greenwood
29th June 2007, 09:50
Dear MaxieB,
Good to know Carol is with you in the UK.I also was on the Masirah around that time and remember perties in Metaire. Do you or Carol remember Sandra Lee Smith or anything of her whereabouts now. Was in NOLA a couple of months before Katrina.
Tony Greenwood
Ex Deck Apprentice

maxieb
29th June 2007, 10:38
Hi Tony,
Your name is ringing bells but I can't picture you. I know that you weren't on
the Masirah the trip I was referring to, but possibly the next voyage.
I had moved on to the Mahronda, then Maidan followed by Mangla.
Carol remembers Sandra Lee Smith but does not know of her whereabouts now, but will check with her Mother for any clues.
As regards Katrina, Carol was in Nola visiting her folks when it hit, and they
evacuated west to Lafayette for a couple of weeks. On return they found relatively minor damage and were a lot luckier than most.
Take care
Max Benson

S Fraser
29th June 2007, 18:48
Max,
You and I sailed on the Mahanada together in I think 1962, and possibly again later but I can't think what ship. I remember being sent down by "old man" to tell the chief that you were being transferred to another vessel, and I saw you and gave you the news and then told the Chief. I got one hell of a bollocking for getting the protocol wrong, which upset the Chief big time. I presume that was Karl Bilby.
Time dims the memory.
Regards,
Stan

maxieb
29th June 2007, 18:58
Stan,
Good to hear from you, and I do now remember that you told me about the transfer to the Mahseer in Port Sudan..Sorry to hear you got a bollocking though, I wasn't aware of that. Can't remember whether the Chief wasCarl Bilby or ? McGeachin. Must look out those old watchkeeping certificates !!!
Regards
Max

Don A.Macleod
2nd July 2007, 23:17
Good to have you on board Max.We were on the Maipuras epic voyage round the cape in 67,as was Philthefreezer!Happy days.Crikey where did the years go? Don.

Don A.Macleod
2nd July 2007, 23:52
Jim Pottinger
Going back through old postings(yours of 18/4/06)re John Bain.The advert in Motor Ship was actually John Watt who did indeed come from Aberdeen.The story was that Brocks and RR signed an agreement to test their engines in a sea going environment,as a result MAHRONDA had a Ruston removed and an RR V8was fitted.John Watt was later in a Markhor/Mahout advert.

maxieb
5th July 2007, 12:52
Good to have you on board Max.We were on the Maipuras epic voyage round the cape in 67,as was Philthefreezer!Happy days.Crikey where did the years go? Don.

Hi Don
Good to hear from you. I remember that voyage. We were on charter to Messegeries Maritime ,weren't we ? If I remember rightly, besides yourself and Phil, R.Seubert was Chief, Jim Aitken 2/E, Dick Wylie 4/E, and the unforgetable Brian from Chesterfield. The least said about him the better.
Owen Pritchard was the Old Man, Pete Swift C/O, Geoff Bellfield SR/O and Ray ? Holmes 2R/O and who could forget Serge Callou, the supercargo.
Jim Sunners PCO and Bill Wilford 2PCO. Good Days and a memorable trip in more ways than can be quoted !!!
Max

Teeare Scarrott
30th November 2011, 22:26
I was with Brocklebanks from 1957 to 1961 as Deck Apprentice and latterly as uncert 4/O.
The ships I sailed on were as follows. Mahout (1925 vintage) from October 1957, two full voyages, remember Captain John Watson Ross and the Third Mate was Bob Kingston (Robert E Kingston, from Dunlaoghaire) Norman Seagar was also apprentice on first trip, tragically suffered fatal accident following trip on Manipur and was buried in Colombo Cemetary. Then the dear old Malabar where I remember my co apprentice was Phil Brimley and also the R/O or was he 2/R/O Dave Courtenay, a little Manchunian with an immense knowledge of films and cinema. Then the Masirah with Captain Stan Broughton, Then Macharda and Matheran both with Captain Maclaren. Maskelia was next with Captain Evans, then the Marwarri with Cylclone Saxty and finally the Maidan in 1961 with John Watson Ross. That was my last trip with Brocks in 1961. Remember many names and characters and experiences. In particular, taking Tamil refugees from Colombo to Jaffna (800 on deck), following nine weeks at anchor off Colombo; good parties in Calcutta and New Orleans. Anybody remember Pam Ritchin and her family in Calcutta, or Sandra Lee Smith and Carol Laurent in New Orleans.
Hi Tony
I was junior apprentice with you (you had top bunk) on Matheran. Do you remember your little sorties with our scouser Chippy? My lips are sealed! Left Brocks as C/O in 1972 and was Master of 70,000 tonne bulker at age 31.
All the best, Terry

Teeare Scarrott
30th November 2011, 22:44
I was with Brocklebanks from 1957 to 1961 as Deck Apprentice and latterly as uncert 4/O.
The ships I sailed on were as follows. Mahout (1925 vintage) from October 1957, two full voyages, remember Captain John Watson Ross and the Third Mate was Bob Kingston (Robert E Kingston, from Dunlaoghaire) Norman Seagar was also apprentice on first trip, tragically suffered fatal accident following trip on Manipur and was buried in Colombo Cemetary. Then the dear old Malabar where I remember my co apprentice was Phil Brimley and also the R/O or was he 2/R/O Dave Courtenay, a little Manchunian with an immense knowledge of films and cinema. Then the Masirah with Captain Stan Broughton, Then Macharda and Matheran both with Captain Maclaren. Maskelia was next with Captain Evans, then the Marwarri with Cylclone Saxty and finally the Maidan in 1961 with John Watson Ross. That was my last trip with Brocks in 1961. Remember many names and characters and experiences. In particular, taking Tamil refugees from Colombo to Jaffna (800 on deck), following nine weeks at anchor off Colombo; good parties in Calcutta and New Orleans. Anybody remember Pam Ritchin and her family in Calcutta, or Sandra Lee Smith and Carol Laurent in New Orleans.
Hi Tony
Just remembered Chippy's name on Matheran, Joe Arden. Partners in crime? A very likeable, avuncular bloke.
Terry (bottom bunk)

johngeoffreynicholls
1st December 2011, 18:19
Hi. I was deck app for 2 voyages on Maidan ,both in 1960/61
Walter Couling was Master. A.P.(b-----) Briggs was mate.
3rd mate was Nigel James. 2R/o was Alan Core. Lecky was "case-a-day" Kelly. Other app's Dave Ball and Andy Powell .Memories a bit sketchy on other officers. Plenty of memories of Briggsy.
I sailed with Brocks 1959--1967. retired from sea 1996.
I have tried to upload scan of Maidan Xmas card , sent to my family from Calcutta xmas 1960. I,m not very good at attacments.

Geoff Nicholls

japottinger
6th December 2011, 21:40
Jim Pottinger
Going back through old postings(yours of 18/4/06)re John Bain.The advert in Motor Ship was actually John Watt who did indeed come from Aberdeen.The story was that Brocks and RR signed an agreement to test their engines in a sea going environment,as a result MAHRONDA had a Ruston removed and an RR V8was fitted.John Watt was later in a Markhor/Mahout advert.

Glad for your correction Don, you are correct, will need to dig out the old issue
Jim

sparkie2182
6th December 2011, 21:48
" A.P.(b-----) Briggs was mate"

b------ was right.

uisdean mor
7th December 2011, 00:10
AP - Briggs
First trip - on bunkers in Durban - sail for Gan - mail on arrival - dear John from memsahib and a wee note from sherrif court to say that cursory road block on last night of leave (coming home from a barn dance in Kinlochleven ) had turned up that me driving my mates car home ( he was pi**ed) had meant no insurance so my licence would be removed for 9 months and a small fine to boot - 2 months wages.All this meant that I was a little late returning from shore leave to be informed that a "logging" would be instructed the following morn. Never spoke to man again.
Rgds
Uisdean

sparkie2182
7th December 2011, 20:17
"Never spoke to man again."

Join a long, long queue.

Brian Brown
7th April 2013, 14:37
Hi Bob,
I remember you and George, my wife coasted with us. George had a big round smiling face and everyone got on well. I was transfered to the Maskelya in Calcutta 1959, because I got scolded on the Macharda a ship from hell, that's why I stayed on the Maskeliya for so long. I wish I could thank the fiver who took my place. I have a great picture of her posted at British Merchant Navy site.
Trevor Walker

Hello Trevor
Yes, believe it or not I was the fiver who was transferred from the Maskeliya to the Macharda in Calcutta signing on to your "Ship from HELL" 1st December 1959 and to cut a long story short I concur with your broad assessment including the general 'unease' in relation to The Ch. Eng. Mr Bain.
My first year or so with Brocklebank on the good ship Maskeliya was a dream come true after serving an apprenticeship at Parsons Marine on the Tyne.
With Ron Iliffe as Ch. Eng. I recall the 2nd. Eng. was George Snaith and I recall he had his wife with him...what a trip. We took a young lady from the UK to the Seychelles. We youngsters were given a pep talk re the young lady by Capt. Evans with regular reiteration from Ron Iliffe. What a reception when we arrived off Mahe!!! as if my memory serves me the young lady's father was the publican...
Happy days with Brocks. cut short by your accident finally were concluded in August 1960 when I joined SS and A enjoying the longer trips down under.
I do hope you have been able to pick up this thread again Trevor, I have enjoyed the experience thank you.
I am well retired living in Western Australia. I would certainly be happy to be contacted should you you wish to...

Brian Brown
13th June 2013, 10:59
I guess I sailed with you on the Maskeliya as I sailed on her from Aug/59 to Feb/60 as 3rd eng. I am having difficulty remembering someone named Trevor. Ronnie Iliffe was chief, George Snaith was 2nd eng and had his wife with him on this trip. I think that was the trip that Ken Convery left her. As you say she was a great ship.
Cheers.
Bob Frizzell.

Hi Bob
I was fiver on the good ship from December '58 until October '59 along with Ron and George unfortunately I was transferred to the Macharda in Cal owing to their 5th being scalded...quite a stark difference between the two vessels not to mention one or two personality differences...the highs and not so highs of the merchant service

Take care
Brian Brown

BAROONA
23rd June 2013, 01:14
Max Benson. Where you in 1976/77 2cnd Fridge in the Port Nicholson? If so I was 2cnd Mate with my wife Sandra.

Brian Brown
6th November 2013, 12:55
I guess I sailed with you on the Maskeliya as I sailed on her from Aug/59 to Feb/60 as 3rd eng. I am having difficulty remembering someone named Trevor. Ronnie Iliffe was chief, George Snaith was 2nd eng and had his wife with him on this trip. I think that was the trip that Ken Convery left her. As you say she was a great ship.
Cheers.
Bob Frizzell.
Hi Bob
I also sailed on the good ship Maskeliya (5th Eng.) between 22.12.58 - 16.10.59 when I was transferred to the Macharda (unfortunate...certainly for me)
During which time I recall George Snaith having his wife with him and Ron Iliffe was Chief Engineer.
I also recall we took a young lady to Mahe during that period
Do you or any other SN members have any info re George Snaith
I would appreciate your memories of that period
Regards
Brian Brown

japottinger
8th November 2013, 22:14
I was on the Maskeliya with "Evans of Gan", a great ship 1959 to 1962. They called him that because he was so pleased with himself, making Gan on his first trip. I was 5th engineer and eventually J/3rd engineer.
Trevor

Would that be Jack Evans, a Scouser late of Harrison's?

Trevor
9th November 2013, 20:42
No Capt Evans but I did sail with Jack, he was Chief Engineer on the Marwarri my very first trip with Brocks.
Trevor