Do you remember the following crew members?

rushie
12th April 2006, 20:39
Hi again...

I've been talking to my mum about some of the great friends that my dad (Gareth Roberts) made whilst sailing with BP, and the following names came up -

Chris Wadsworth - Radio Operator
Norman Stitt - Chief Steward
Jimmy Kinsella - Engineer
Sewyn Cundy - (Not sure what dept)
Phil Barber - Navigation Officer

There was also Alan Rous, Engineer, who we know has unfortunately passed away.

If anyone has any info on these good men, then please pass on some details, if you wish to.

Thanks,

Rushie

rushie
12th April 2006, 20:41
That should be Selwyn Cundy...apologies..!

A character. Used to live in Splot in Cardiff....but he insisted it was posh and pronounced it "Splo"...!

Rushie

richardc
13th April 2006, 19:24
Hi Rushie,
I'm sure Jimmy Kinsella was 2/E on the Power in late 64 - early 65 when I was a first trip n/app. I remember him as a friendly, cheerful bloke, very much a "steam ship" man I think. Good bunch of Mates and Engineers on that ship, I was very lucky for my first trip. Mind you I never had a really bad trip with BP.
Regards,
Richard.
PS Didn't you say in another post that you lived in Devon? If so you're not far from me then as I live in Exeter.

rushie
13th April 2006, 20:05
Hi Richard,

Thanks for the reply.

I live just outside Newton Abbot and so it's just down the road from your good self.

Jimmy Kinsella was apparently reknowned as a good, likeable bloke...typical BP...he loved it! I think I may still be able to gain his contact details from my mum....hope so!

If you're able to meet up sometime, then that'd be great. I don't know if you've seen any of my previous entries on the site, but I'm trying to get together as many stories of sea with BP as possible, for perhaps a book. Your contributions would be welcome. I'll send you my contact Nos on a private mail, and so if you wish to get in touch, then it'd be great to hera from you.

Cheers,

Rushie.

jonsea
14th April 2006, 11:31
Hi Rushie - sailed with Chris Wadsworth in '82 on the Tamar and I seem to remember Selwyn but not sure when/ what ship.
(K)

rushie
14th April 2006, 22:35
Thanks mate...

Chris was notorious with the locals at our regular pub in Old Colwyn ( Colwyn Bay) when he visited us, as he'd demolish around 15 pints of ale before the locals had choked on half a mild..!!

Nowt wrong with that..!

R

jonsea
17th April 2006, 13:22
Absolutely!!!! That's the same Chris I knew!!

Jon (Jester)

rushie
17th April 2006, 19:39
Spoke to Chris the night before last....he hasn't changed....!!!

jonsea
21st April 2006, 16:43
. . . just remembered I've sailed with Jimmy Kinsella too - I just can't remember when or where . . . !!!! :@

Domnic
21st April 2006, 18:19
I've sailed with Chief engineer Jimmy Kinsella. A very nice gentleman. great to get along with. Regards

Tony Maskell
23rd April 2006, 09:43
Rushie
I have now collated the WWII awards given to BP shipping personnel, it is 19 pages long and some 395 KBs, if you would give me your e-mail address I will send it direct to you.
Tony Maskell wam002@ozemail.com.au

Graham Wallace
17th May 2006, 05:09
Rushie,

I know 3 of the guys you are looking for, Norman stitt, Selwyn Cundy and Jimmy Kinsella
Norman stitt was a long serving Chief steward. Selwyn Cundy was a 1963 Engineering Apprentice and I think sailed with your father on the Shoush as 2/E. Jimmy Kinsella was a 1952 Eng Apprentice and stayed with BP all his career ,retiring in 2000. Two other guys will remember your dad, Paul Spires and Joe Pyne both long term C/E's. I'll see if I can round them all up.

BTW.... for any other ex BP out there I have been making a database of ex BP seagoing personnel since 2000, primarily for ex Engineering apprentices , but now all depts. To Date the list is at 430 , about 300 ex E/A's the balance of 130, all other the rest.

Graham Wallace

rushie
17th May 2006, 07:54
Hi Graham,

Thanks for your help.

I've spoken to Norman, he's doing well and is giving me some assistance in the epic task of getting memories together.!

Anyone reading this...you're welcome to assist, even if they are just "one liners" of your seafaring times.

Cheers,

Rushie.

Geoff_E
26th November 2006, 17:33
Rushie,

Selwyn Cundy, (aka The Smoking Mole) was our Chief on the Sulair, 1985-6. I left her in '86 when BP left us but Selwyn stayed with the ship. Afraid I've had no contact since then. Great guy really fitted well on a ship like the Sulair.

Best Wishes,

Geoff.

rushie
29th November 2006, 10:31
Cheers Geoff.!

BigNick
29th November 2006, 12:05
I sailed with him as well, don't know where or on what, but must have been 1980, 81 or 82.

Graham, hows your list going, been a while since i looked but i think i'm on it.

Cheers,

Nick

willhastie
3rd December 2006, 23:13
are you sure its phil barber and not gil barber,gil was the ol man on the tweed early 70s and was on the british esk during the falklands

tillo
6th December 2006, 13:28
Hi Rushie.

just read your input dated 12/o4/o6
had misfortune to sail on two occasions with Norman Stitt, retiered now one cane only hope,
of all the years of happy crews & sailing with BP those two occasions were the only blackspots that stand out from a wonderfull period.
trust you dad had beter times or was of a higher rank. Tillo

BigNick
15th February 2007, 12:16
WillHastie,
I sailed with Gil Barber, don't know what ship though, lost my Discharge Book. may have sailed with you as well??

Nick

kjweetman
16th February 2007, 19:38
If I remember correctly, Gill Barber used to clench his teeth round his pipe and laugh like the Penguin from Batman - was a gent. MV British Esk South Atlantic.

rushie
17th February 2007, 08:24
The one I was after was definitely Phil Barber...and amazingly I discovered he lives 8 miles down the road and we've met up..!

Rushie.

collyg999
2nd March 2007, 19:10
I sailed with Selwyn Cundy ginger hair, pipe, 2/E.

Memories of him during a lloyds inspection when firing the boiler up to full pressure standing behind the inspector constantly shouting "she's going to blow"(Cloud)

Can't remember what ship but would be late 70's early 80's.

I was a R/O

phillip tickle
11th May 2008, 03:32
Hi,I recall a Kinsella,sure he was 2nd or cheif eng on the British Promise in the 70s,he came from Magull near Liverpool....hope he is the same chap
Phill Tickle (Canada)

derekhore
11th May 2008, 09:56
Remember Chris Wadsworth well, big guy with black curly hair & glasses ... though sadly not which vessel we were on together, possibly the Energy or the Cavalier.

Gillman Barber was master on the Unity back in 71....aided & abetted by C/O Frank Preece....the man with the golden fleece!

paul0510
11th May 2008, 11:26
Whoa, another golden-oldie thread revived! Rushie, did the said Mr. Barber happen to be SenNavApp on the Patrol around '67? Sailed with Mr.Kinsella at some stage but at which, defeats me! Name is not one easily forgettable.

DAVELECKIE
27th May 2008, 21:00
Can remember sailing with Chris Wadsworth, Selwyn Cundy on a couple of occasions, Norman Stitt and Gill Barber [Master]
Knew of Jimmy Kinsella a "legend".
All good "eggs".
Dave Edworthy

stan302
8th November 2008, 10:29
Must have missed this thread on previous trips into the forum, but a couple of names on the list seem familiar.

Definately sailed with Jimmy Kinsella, C/E on the British Promise 75/6. I was a first trip deck cadet and doing a week in the engine room and benefitted from Jimmy's advice , not just about engineering but about life at sea in general.

Selwyn Cundy sounds like a 2/E I sailed with on the British Poplar 77/78 (coastal trading NW Europe). I was senior deck cadet this trip which can at best be described as eventful. If it's the same bloke, he always had numerous pipes which he took in turn to smoke and was an expert on ship's curry & chips which he ate every day!

Happy days (sometimes)

phillip tickle
24th December 2011, 23:07
Hi again...

I've been talking to my mum about some of the great friends that my dad (Gareth Roberts) made whilst sailing with BP, and the following names came up -

Chris Wadsworth - Radio Operator
Norman Stitt - Chief Steward
Jimmy Kinsella - Engineer
Sewyn Cundy - (Not sure what dept)
Phil Barber - Navigation Officer

There was also Alan Rous, Engineer, who we know has unfortunately passed away.

If anyone has any info on these good men, then please pass on some details, if you wish to.

Thanks,

Rushie

Hello,yes i remember jimmy kinsella,i sailed with him twice on the British Promise. He was from Magull near Liverpool. If i recall he was chief engineer. His famous word he found in a dictionary was:- u ulations,it was to do with sound and it put it in a telegrame to the head office....nice guy.My name is Phill tickle and i was PO at the time,although on that ship acting junior eng.

kevjacko
28th December 2011, 15:22
I sailed with Jim Kinsella, He was Chief Eng and a real gentleman. From the Liverpool area I recall.

brooksy
28th December 2011, 19:43
Sailed with Jim Kinsella on British Tweed.A good C/E with a good sense of humour

david freeman
30th December 2011, 11:46
Hi again...

I've been talking to my mum about some of the great friends that my dad (Gareth Roberts) made whilst sailing with BP, and the following names came up -

Chris Wadsworth - Radio Operator
Norman Stitt - Chief Steward
Jimmy Kinsella - Engineer
Sewyn Cundy - (Not sure what dept)
Phil Barber - Navigation Officer

There was also Alan Rous, Engineer, who we know has unfortunately passed away.


If anyone has any info on these good men, then please pass on some details, if you wish to.

Thanks,

Rushie

I sailed with KInsella a gent from the West Riding Heavy woollen districts. Great raconter and good companion. I was a lowley J/E and Mr Kinsella was 2 or 3/E. Iam sure he was better known by a nickname-But memory eludes me.

sparks69
1st January 2012, 19:58
Chris Wadsworth was the world's best gurner - amazing bloke.

hughesy
1st January 2012, 21:39
Went to college with 2 BP company R/O's Pete Stewart and Tim Warburton
Pete was from the Hull area and Tim was from Manchester. Both really good
sparkies and loads of fun to go on the bevvy with?

all the best
Hughesy

david freeman
2nd January 2012, 10:50
I sailed with KInsella a gent from the West Riding Heavy woollen districts. Great raconter and good companion. I was a lowley J/E and Mr Kinsella was 2 or 3/E. Iam sure he was better known by a nickname-But memory eludes me.
I believe to his ship mates he was known as DANNY?

sparks69
2nd January 2012, 20:45
I did hear a tale about Pete Stewart. He was somewhere near Bear Island on a trawler when his BP Rank Operator phoned him to give him his next ship................. I always wondered if it was true !!