ex Ellerman City Line Crew

Rockin Robin
11th July 2006, 08:59
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Fergus 62
11th July 2006, 09:52
Hi Robin
Here one for you, ex Ellerman 1662/67 in the period 65/67 ex City of Winchester,City of Glasgow (sen appr) City of Karachi and City of bedford ( 3rd mate)
BRgds
Ronnie McClune

AlexBooth
19th January 2007, 02:19
OK I'll bite, Did my time '68-'76 deck officers apprenticeship came ashore with Mates ticket (after seeing the light where Ellermans & the industry was going). Mainly sailed out of Canada on CCL (Hull, Colombo, Ottawa & Toronto), Did the maiden voyage on the Hull east-about ending up in St John, One trip on the Arcadian on the Naffy Med run and one on the Bedford down to Yarpy.

Bite me back...and see if we clashed along the way.
CHEERS

AlexBooth
19th January 2007, 02:24
You had the pleasure of the Bedford ? What a gracefull old lady she was, when her boilers weere not driving the Ch & 2nd Engs crazy that is. I was on her for one trip on the yarpy run. Was quite a come-uppance for me having just completed the maiden voyage on the Hull, the newest ship in the fleet bounced over to the oldest lady in the fleet. This would have been late 1969 or early 70 if I remember correctly.

Nova Scotian
19th January 2007, 19:35
I left Houlders after getting my 2/Mates Cert. Sailed under Capt. Rex Broadbent on the City of Eastbourne on the CIP run. Spent a year on the City of Winchester under Capt. Tommy Rigg before transferring to the City of Brisbane. Left the City of Brisbane in drydock in Cardiff where she was being handed over to Ben Line. I enjoyed the experience on all three vessels and always sailed with good people. However, the fleet was shrinking rapidly, as were the opportunities, so I moved on.

The attached thumbnail was taken in the Bent-L-Bow, the bar of the City of Winchester. Recognise anyone?

Cheers

DOUG.F.
8th April 2007, 20:40
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Robin.
Well hello old chap !
Joined my first ship with you in the London docks,was one of the big 4.
I was also a first trip elect.
Chief elect. was Peter Hamp.
Met you later on the C. of Chester.
I'm afraid time really flies,do hope you are well and life has treated you kindly.
Will not make this a long communication but would realy like to hear from you.
All best wishes.
Doug. Fidler
mrdf@free.fr

terence
8th April 2007, 21:49
thought u was in rehab

DOUG.F.
1st May 2007, 20:39
thought u was in rehab

Waiting to be released from the mental institute before commencing rehab.
Terence do I know you ? If so please refresh my memory.
Doug. F.

dixie
25th May 2007, 07:28
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Hullo
I was aprentice ,3rd mate and 2nd mate during this period
City of Sydney ,York,Durban,Guilford,Manchester ,Birmingham and many others
Regards
John Wilson

HenryT
6th June 2007, 20:12
Robin from "City of Newcastle" January-June 1971??

manolito_1
14th December 2007, 11:26
Hi Robin Remember me?good to hear you again.Wishing you a verry Happy Xmas and New Year.I am trying to find news of Ken Porter from Hull who was 2/Eng with Ellermans.
regards Malcolm (Bennington)

John Gurton
14th December 2007, 12:24
Manolito
You old scoundrel!
We were on the Prince Rupert City to China when I was 2/0. Got a letter today from Joe Fitzsimmons C/E on that trip....Xmas Day through Suez ring a bell?? And I have other photos !!
Looked on this thread as I was Ellermans 1969 till 1975.
All the best
John

manolito_1
14th December 2007, 12:26
Is one of people in the photo Joe Cashmore C/Stwd?,what is the name of the bearded one?
Best wishes for Xmas and New Year.

Malcolm Bennington ex Ellerman 'leccy' 1961-63 & 1969-73

Nova Scotian
14th December 2007, 13:54
Is one of people in the photo Joe Cashmore C/Stwd?,what is the name of the bearded one?
Best wishes for Xmas and New Year.

Malcolm Bennington ex Ellerman 'leccy' 1961-63 & 1969-73

Hi:

If you are referring to the picture of the Bent Elbow Bar.....yes, Joe Cashmore is in the background. If I remember correctly, the bearded one is Pete Soones(Sp?) who was the Coastal C/O at the time.

Cheers.

manolito_1
15th December 2007, 12:27
Thanks for info regards Joe Cashmore, I sailed with him I think on the City of Liverpool around 1973,he caused quite a stir with one of the stewrds when they found his blow up dooly (purchased in Japan) in his bed!!
regards Malcolm

DOUG.F.
19th January 2008, 13:29
Robin my Tel. Phone number is (France) so calling from the U.K it will be
(deleted)
E.mail
(email address and telephone number removed as per site policy - please us the PM system to make contact in the first instance - MS)

HALLLINE
29th February 2008, 15:44
Hello Robin
Sailed with Ellermans as an Engineer from 1965-79, both steamers and motorships. I did a lot of coasting on the older motorships so maybe our paths crossed.
Dave Williams,

harvey19a
20th April 2008, 01:30
Hi Robin,
Have to strain the brain a bit, but cadet, 66-70, on Poona, York, Cape Town, Lancaster???, York again, then 3/O 70-72 on York and Dundee, the started 73 as 2/O on Wellington IO think!! Stayed until 77 then ventured onto tankers.....

mike owen
11th September 2008, 17:22
Hello Doug
You definitely won't remember me but in 1969 I did a trip with you on the City of Gloucester. I was only 17 at the time and di the trip to India before I went to college for my cadetship. Terry cornick was the other cadet.
I'm still at sea with a few years left before retiring. Now working on a SEWOP in the Irish Sea sevicing the oil and gas rigs. It's been a long life with many adventures.
All the best
Mike Owen

AlexBooth
12th September 2008, 01:36
What a coincidence - Just sighted her photo in the gallery July 73 in Shields,
I was on her when it was taken (3 & 2 off, Capt Hine.& Cliff Bunt) after 2.5 round trips CIP/ CCL that's to say over 13 'fun & eventfull' months. We came to Shields not just for her regular D/D but also to straighten out her corrigated hull And prop which got somewhat bent trying to sail from Cornerbrook in thick ice.

The C/Eng wanted to patent the new prop shape because the slip for the voyage was the best ever recorded.

I could write a book about that trip, from the Arab oil embargo in '72 and a 42 day Voy direct Bombay to Monteal (Father's Moustache - nurses night seems stuck in my memory) ending up at the 'Jungle' and my first, and only, dose !

Brgd
Alex Booth
AKA.. The Cornerbrook Kid (but that's another story ;-

"The mate stood on the focsle deck, his name was Clifford Bunt, throwing shackles at Mason-Price coz he's a silly $*&#..."

There were some 17 verses in total from the varied 'occurances' during. That marathon voyage.
Kidapor road .... Kilindini road
Where, I think, the most colourful ;-)

Cheers all

maritime man
22nd September 2008, 15:54
The bearded one is alive and kicking - albeit clean shaven!! I'm in touch with Tim Seeman & Paul Harwood. Who else did you know? My last ship in 1978 was City of Newcastle (apt for a Geordie!). Retired in 1983.

Pete Soones

Michael Taylor
27th September 2008, 16:02
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Robin, I sailed with Ellermans from 1969 until 1980 something...from aprentice to C/O. First ship City of Madras also Lancaster,Guilford,Liverpool,New York,P.E.,Exeter, Singapore, Adelaide, and others.....Michael Taylor

dje4816
3rd November 2008, 16:49
I was junior R/O on the City of Port Elizabeth 17-6-70 to 6-1-71. Chief R/O was Bob Kerr. The Leccie was a scouser, and a real character, but I can't recall his name. The plumber was forever trying to scrounge booze in port, but I forget his name too.

The Leccie introduced me to the delights of Rotterdam's red light district among other things. Ah, what naughty days those were!

Dave Ellis.

Noel Broadbent
10th November 2008, 22:28
Hi

My late father was Capt Rex Broadbent, would be very interested to hear of any experiences as sadly he passed away before I could ask him many questions

Thanks Noel Broadbent

AlexBooth
12th November 2008, 00:43
Hey Noel,
Your father's name is very familiar to me, but I can't remember from which ship or from where,
I can only think he must have been a relieving officer/Capt on one of my voyages.
Have you seen his Disch. Book? that would help fine tune my RAM - also cure my curiosity which you have well & truly
tweaked.
Cheers
Alex

dixie
10th December 2008, 20:08
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.
Hullo Robin
I was with ellermans as cadet and 3/0 1965 to 1974 SydneyBirmingham ,Guilford,Durban,birmingham,Durban,and some others.Left in74 and went to Whitco till 1978 then on to British rail and all ts transformations before retiring .Good to see so many old names
John Wilson

plonker1
13th December 2008, 15:57
My mate Alan Oliver sailed with Ellerman's from about 1965 to 1973. He comes from Morecambe and used to be in contact with John Brierley. Contact me by PM for his email address.

(This is a public site so email addresses should not be posted in open forum - MS)

Spikesdad
21st December 2008, 12:33
I'm not ex Ellerman's but did you know a John Blackie? Ex City of Exeter?. Rgds Spikesdad

2006nik
17th January 2009, 23:10
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Hi there, my father was a sparks on "City of Chester" commencing 1958. He also served on "Nevasa" and "City of Pretoria" as well as some other ships whose names I havn't pried out of him yet...
His name is David Alan Foster, perhaps your paths crossed at some point?
Love to hear from anyone who knew him.
Kind regards
Nik.

Fergus 62
17th January 2009, 23:27
For Spikesdad

I sailed with a John Blackie approx 1965. He was Second Mate on the "City of Glasgow" - Far East run. Good bloke from what I remember.

Fergus 62

mitchelle767
14th March 2009, 23:48
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

I was with ellerman city lines 1963/1968 was 3rd eng city of brooklyn/oxford/london/winchester/chester regards allan oliver

Peter Jeffery
3rd April 2009, 13:00
Hi Robin,
I sailed as a chippy for Ellermans. My first trip was on the Borodino in September 1965 ( Boson was Bud Garner from Beverley) next ship was Rialto from November 65 to June 1966. After the seamans strike I joined the City of wellington and finished my time with Ellermans in December 1966.
Pete Jeffery x chippy

Tony Drury
21st June 2009, 11:09
Names from the past!

Joined Ellermans in 1971 as an apprentice and did the rounds until 1978

Bailed out with the introduction of containers to Bank Line!! The did the usual rounds; CP, Uiterwyk, Denholms, Sea Containers, Acomarit, Jardines......

A glutton for punishment and although not at sea new still in the Marine industry - oil and gas.

Looking back the Ellerman days were unbelievable and not to be missed. Greetings to any of my former shipmates

Tony Drury

City of Wellington Cadet 17.12.71 03.03.72
City of Lancaster Cadet 17.03.72 18.06.72
City of Auckland Cadet 12.07.72 25.09.72
City of Montreal Cadet 09.10.72 11.03.73
City of Auckland Cadet 17.04.73 26.04.73
City of Montreal Cadet 11.08.73 12.08.73
City of Montreal 3/0 13.09.73 05.08.74
City of Capetown 3/0 13.08.74 11.04.75
City of Istanbul 3/0 11.04.75 23.05.75
City of Gloucester 3/0 29.05.75 01.07.75
City of Istanbul 3/0 07.07.75 23.08.75
City of Wellington 3/0 13.09.75 06.10.75
City of Capetown 3/0 20.10.75 21.10.76
City of Lancaster 2/0 01.11.76 18.11.76
City of St Albans 2/0 19.11.76 02.12.76
Carchester 2/0 04.12.76 18.12.76
City of Montreal 2/0 19.12.76 03.01.77
City of Cantebury 2/0 08.06.77 14.12.77

Andy Lucas
28th June 2009, 10:19
I had the pleasure of being with ECL from 1967 to 1979 on St Albans,Sydney,Worcester,Oxford,Cape Town,Lichfield,Exeter,York,Plymouth and a few others. I keep in touch with Terry Cornick ( Big in Maersk) and Alan Suddaby ( rtd). and remember some of the names above - Pete Soones, Tim Seeman
Andy Lucas

taxi-man
15th July 2009, 21:19
Ah, found the discharge book, here we go,
The Leeds 17.04.73 - 11.07.73. as cadet
The Glasgow 23.07.73 - 27.12.73. as cadet
The Wellington 11.02.74 - 10.07.74. as cadet
The London 27.07.74 - 15.08.74. as cadet
The Oporto 08.01.75 - 11.02.75. as cadet
The Liverpool 14.02.75 - 05.06.75. as 3/o
The Delhi 08.07.75 - 18.12.75. as 3/o
The Glasgow 23.01.76 - 09.02.76. as 3/o
The Lichfield 10.02.76 - 19.07.76. as 3/o
The Ottawa 24.06.77 - 25.10.77. as 3/o
The Dundee 22.11.77 - 27.02.78, as 3/o
The Valletta 23.08.78 - 30.10.78. as 3/o
Then did 1 trip with Trinder Anderson on The Armadale as 3/o, 05.03.79 - 09.05.79.
Then 18 months with Holyhead Towing, then left the sea, for 14 years, and came back with Stena out of Holyhead.
Cheers, Evan Griffth.

taxi-man
3rd August 2009, 23:56
Further to the above......
The Leeds 17.04.73 - 11.07.73. as cadet, Capt Charles Hartley, mate Ted Webster
The Glasgow 23.07.73 - 27.12.73. as cadet, Capt Duncan Jameson, mate Willie MacRitchie
The Wellington 11.02.74 - 10.07.74. as cadet, Capt Brian Torrence, mate Johnny Hill
The London 27.07.74 - 15.08.74. as cadet, Capt ? , mate Robin Meikle
The Oporto 08.01.75 - 11.02.75. as cadet, Capt Stan Threlkeld, mate Bob Cosgrove
The Liverpool 14.02.75 - 05.06.75. as 3/o, Capt J.I.Owen, mate Jim Hewitt
The Delhi 08.07.75 - 18.12.75. as 3/o, Capt D.B.Williams, mate Pete Dekker
The Glasgow 23.01.76 - 09.02.76. as 3/o, Capt Liverpool Roberts, mate Alec Tavendale
The Lichfield 10.02.76 - 19.07.76. as 3/o, Capt. Andy Forrest, mate Andy Hill
The Ottawa 24.06.77 - 25.10.77. as 3/o, Capt. George Salter, mate ?
The Dundee 22.11.77 - 27.02.78, as 3/o, Capt Hugh Owen, mate ?
The Valletta 23.08.78 - 30.10.78. as 3/o, Cpt Salsbury, mate ?
Then did 1 trip with Trinder Anderson on The Armadale as 3/o, 05.03.79 - 09.05.79.
Then 18 months with Holyhead Towing, then left the sea, for 14 years, and came back with Stena out of Holyhead.
Cheers, Evan Griffth.

Invernahaille
3rd September 2009, 03:21
City of Worcester May 1970-Oct 70
City of Delhi Nov 1970-May 71
City of Eastbourne Aug 71-Jan 1972
more to follow.

dixie
9th September 2009, 19:17
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Hullo Robin
I believe I sailed with you , either as 3/0 or 2/0 but cant remember which ship
john wilson

Ellerman lad
19th September 2009, 08:49
A couple of names I recall from the past - Joe Cashmore and Cliff bunt. I sailed on the City of Canberra in April 75 on the coast then joined the Toronto for my first deep sea trip on the CIP run. I recall a deck cadet being put ashore in Freetown, Sierra Leone, over some arguement in the bar with the old man. The poor lad ended up in shackles in the hospital. The main reason for it was that the purser Willie Ferguson was lost over the side and was never found. Can't really remember too many names from that trip though the sparky was a Scottish lass - Marrion Curran I think. Paul Oxley (I think) was 3/E and Ian MacKenzie was 2/E. Anyone know what happened to Ian - had a Canadian wife (Linda) but I lost touch over the years. I was first trip junior engineer on that ship.
Mike Cheyne.

Torpedoman
16th May 2010, 11:02
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.

Hi!
Bit of a long shot, but I was with Ellerman's as an Engineer Cadet (sadly only did 2 years!) and did one trip on the 'Gloucester' to South/East Africa in 1968 from Royal Albert Dock (have some cine film of the ship leaving a very full, busy dock!) and then went to South Shields Marine Tech., and did one trip in 1969 on the 'Durban', Newcastle/Hamburg/Wallsend Dry Dock. Happy days but I decided to get into 'small boats' instead!
I'm trying to find an ex-Ellerman/engineer friend from college, Andy Browne and also an ex-BI friend, Pete Sylvester. Haven't seen them for 40+ years and it would be good to contact them again....was it something I said? Photo of the two of them from 1968, on a windy Shield's beach!
If anyone knows of their existence, I would be great to get in touch again.
Thanks!!

bill newton
7th January 2011, 08:44
my first - second and third trips to sea were on the "city of port elizabeth" - the flagship!!! (junior engineer)
best years of my life

john49er
18th January 2011, 07:53
Andy,

Sorry I don't recognise your name but I was an Ellerman Line cadet at Shields I was one year behind Terry Cornick, John Ireland, Tony Greene, Pete Flintham, Stuart McClenan etc etc.

I'm would be interested in getting back in touch with with Terry as for quite a while there Terry and his wife Leslie and myself and my then wife were good friends. We just lost touch when I moved to Singapore in 1980.

John Brown.

bill newton
18th January 2011, 20:35
engineers on the port elizabeth in my time were - shagger russel c/e sam gilligan 2/e graham allison 3/e john duthie 3/e alan crook 4/3 brian dane 4/e alan reed j/e peter howard j/e - me (bill newton) j/eleccie was eddie holnes - ron harding was 2nd leccie

enzoneo
14th December 2011, 22:45
Was with Ellermans as deck cadet 1966-1970 - 1 trip City of New York (Capt Broadbent) - 1 trip City of Coventry (Capt Bellhouse) - numerous trips City of Exeter (Capt Steele).
Phil Sowerbutts

HALLLINE
26th December 2011, 15:51
Just bought a book the other day and it gave me quite a start. The name in the front cover was C Bunt and the shop it came from was in cornwall,where Cliff came from. I last saw him was when he was deep sea mate on either the Singapore or Karachi. The book, Merchant ship construction.
Does anybody have any news of him ?.
Dave

David T MacDonald
29th February 2012, 21:32
Ellermans 73 to 81
City Of
LONDON
GUILDFORD
RIPON
WELLINGTON
NEWCASTLE
ST ALBANS
CANTERBURY
PATRAS
"CARCHESTER"
"DILKARA"
VALETTA
LIVERPOOL

billyhearne
22nd April 2012, 20:02
Hi,

My late Uncle Jack Hearne, although a Marconi R/O, I know he loved the times he spent on Ellermans City of Wellington and his last trip before his untimely demise on the City of Worcester in the early seventies

David T MacDonald
23rd April 2012, 18:43
I recognize your uncles name but cannot recall sailing with him. I did not keep a record of my time at sea, doing it all from memory which is very hazy

Donnie More
19th August 2012, 17:14
Ellermans , 1973 - - 80
cap cleveland
city of canterbury x 4
as leckie =
salerno / athens / valetta /
city of oxford
city of colombo
lancaster
guildford x 2
glasgow
hull
london = dec 1980

gary lowes
20th August 2012, 19:46
[QUmmOTE=Ellerman lad;360884]A couple of names I recall from the past - Joe Cashmore and Cliff bunt. I sailed on the City of Canberra in April 75 on the coast then joined the Toronto for my first deep sea trip on the CIP run. I recall a deck cadet being put ashore in Freetown, Sierra Leone, over some arguement in the bar with the old man. The poor lad ended up in shackles in the hospital. The main reason for it was that the purser Willie Ferguson was lost over the side and was never found. Can't really remember too many names from that trip though the sparky was a Scottish lass - Marrion Curran I think. Paul Oxley (I think) was 3/E and Ian MacKenzie was 2/E. Anyone know what happened to Ian - had a Canadian wife (Linda) but I lost touch over the years. I was first trip junior engineer on that ship.
Mike Cheyne.[/QUOTE]

gary lowes
20th August 2012, 19:55
High Mike .just joined up to this site and cant believe this oppotunity to contact people from the last century. I had actually been trying to remember 2nds surname also his lovely wife when i spotted your note. that was a trip ill never forget,mostly great memories but as you mentioned, a terrible tradgedy off freetown.
hope you are ok
Gary lowes 91539317[QUmmOTE=Ellerman lad;360884]A couple of names I recall from the past - Joe Cashmore and Cliff bunt. I sailed on the City of Canberra in April 75 on the coast then joined the Toronto for my first deep sea trip on the CIP run. I recall a deck cadet being put ashore in Freetown, Sierra Leone, over some arguement in the bar with the old man. The poor lad ended up in shackles in the hospital. The main reason for it was that the purser Willie Ferguson was lost over the side and was never found. Can't really remember too many names from that trip though the sparky was a Scottish lass - Marrion Curran I think. Paul Oxley (I think) was 3/E and Ian MacKenzie was 2/E. Anyone know what happened to Ian - had a Canadian wife (Linda) but I lost touch over the years. I was first trip junior engineer on that ship.
Mike Cheyne.[/QUOTE]

eddiecurrents
20th September 2012, 04:52
Hello Robin
Sailed with Ellermans as an Engineer from 1965-79, both steamers and motorships. I did a lot of coasting on the older motorships so maybe our paths crossed.
Dave Williams,


Hi,

Was with Ellermans from 1973 - 1979 (electrician) are you Allan Williams brother sailed with him on the London in 74.

eddie

XFullFatTim
2nd October 2012, 16:56
John, you were the 2nd Mate on my first ship - City of Auckland, round the UK coast in July 1974 - master was Capt Perry, Paul Wheldon was the C/O, you were relieved by Keith Moger if I remember correctly. I recently met one of the 3rd Engineers from that trip in London and then Dubai - Brian Thornbarrow. I have been sailing recently with another ex-Ellerman officer, Brian Hall who is now working as a super for Serco.

Potted history
City of Auckland - July 1974 -Feb1975 - Capt Ramsden + wife, Ch.Off George Railston, 2nd mate Keith Moger 3rd mate Jack Toberville-Smith
City of Limassol - March 1975 - June 1975
City of Hull - March 1976 - December 1976
City of Lancaster
City of Valetta
City of Cape Town
City of Winchester
City of York
City of Genoa
City of Hartlepool - many voyages including Arctic trading
City of Perth - many voyages
City of Ipswich - many voyages
Liverpool Star - many voyages
City of Pymouth - many voyages
City of Oxford - a few trips including major engine modifications and then a couple of Arctic voyages on charter to Eimskip
ACT 8 / Portland Bay/ City of Durban - all the same ship - she later became the City of Cape Town under P&OCL ownership!
ACT 4
I then moved to P&O Containers/ P&OCL/P&O Nedlloyd/ Reederei Blue Star (wholly owned subsidary of P&O Nedlloyd) and now Maersk Line where I am in command of some of their larger containerships

Manolito
You old scoundrel!
We were on the Prince Rupert City to China when I was 2/0. Got a letter today from Joe Fitzsimmons C/E on that trip....Xmas Day through Suez ring a bell?? And I have other photos !!
Looked on this thread as I was Ellermans 1969 till 1975.
All the best
John

Salty1
4th October 2012, 15:50
Hi Every one...
I joined Ellerman City Lines in December 1975 on the City of Delhi, it was Christmas and we were in Montreal, the weather was as you expect freezing. Christmas dinner was a botched affair from ashore, as someone had put diesel on the cooker range in the galley to get it to light and it went up in flames. But we had a great time, from Canada we went to South Africa, Mombasa, Sri Lanka then on to Singapore where the ship was dry docked and sold 24/4/76
My other ships were
City of Toronto J/E 13/7/76.....25/10/76
City of Auckland J/E 28/11/76.... 16/12/76
City of Auckland J/E 17/12/76.... 21/2/77
City of Auckland J/E 31/3/77...13/6/77
City of Auckland J/E 10/7/77...24//9/77
City of Auckland 4/E 21/10/77 5/1/78 then she was sold and i was made redundant and joined Triport Shipping (Tor Line)
Some really great memories of my time at sea with Ellerman City Line.
My name is Martin Norman i think i was one of the only Southerner (Cockney) Engineers at that time.

JoeQ
4th October 2012, 16:39
I was cadet and 3rd mate in Ellermans, '71 to '77

Dundee
Liverpool
St Albans
Delhi
Athenian
Sorrento
Singapore
Ripon
Montreal

and probably a couple of others. Happy days

Tim Gibbs
7th November 2012, 07:25
....The C/Eng wanted to patent the new prop shape because the slip for the voyage was the best ever recorded....
Ah yes the 'Colombo! I remember that incident as, by that time, I was Supt. The problem with that class was that all the props were over pitched so we could rarely get over 100 rpm but loosing all that from the blade tips has her running at about 108rpm I seem to recall. I also remember that that prop fell of the low loader somewhere on the A1 as it was going to Birkenhead for repair!
Didn't we have about 50 tonnes of concrete to remove from the fore peak as a result of the ice damage?
The 'Colombo was quite character forming for me - I was 2/E in '68 when we has the crankshaft fracture up the Gulf then I was C/E in '71 with Capt. Hine and Supt for her when we had the microboes eating the crankshaft in '74(?)
I stayed with Ellermans until 1978 and joined Star Offshore until 1986 when I went to work for Hall Russell Shipyard in Aberdeen for a couple of years.
I then went to United Marine Dredging and stayed until 2005 when I retired - for about 2 weeks! I started doing consultancy work which I still do a bit of if anything interesting comes up. The trouble is that the only things I have been offered recently have been China, Azerbaijan, Burundi and the North Coast of Norway in December and somehow they didn't seem too interesting
Best regards to anyone who remembers me,
Tim Gibbs

Tim Gibbs
7th November 2012, 10:06
Hi Everybody, im looking for all Ellerman city Line crew from 1965 until 1973
Robin Williams x Electrcian.
Robin, I remember you ..... but from where?!
Have just posted something about the 'Colombo on this thread
Best regards,

greene17969
10th February 2013, 12:36
Ellermans , 1973 - - 80
cap cleveland
city of canterbury x 4
as leckie =
salerno / athens / valetta /
city of oxford
city of colombo
lancaster
guildford x 2
glasgow
hull
london = dec 1980
I noticed in the forums you sailed on the City of Athens, I'm trying to research a crew member that sailed on the ship but died on board in 1976 while docked in Portugal. His name was Albert Edward Young and he was a Donkey Greaser. Did you sail with him and if so can you remember anything about him.

Peter Jeffery
9th March 2013, 13:40
Hi Robin,
I sailed on the "City of Wellington" as Chippy from Middlesborough in June 66
to December 66. Did the far east run to Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. (great trip)

Arthur C
24th March 2013, 14:53
Hi Ellerman Guys,
I am a former 3/E Houlders, but lived around the corner in Newport, Mon, South Wales, from a nice guy called Michael Gabica, who was an Eng. apprentice with Ellerman.
!970's to 1980, if still at Sea would be a C/Eng. now, nice guy & from a good family. If you are reading this get in touch, Brother Bobby & Lemmy Gabica, both Engineers with Houlders.

Regards, Arthur C. (Swift). Perth, West Oz.

expats
29th March 2013, 12:30
I signed on the 'Birmingham' (R/O)in June'66....I can't remember many names but I 'made up' words to 'Sloop John B' which started "We sailed on the City of 'B', young Mike Carruthers and me..." Mike, from 'Bearsden/Glasgow was 3rd mate.

Four of us Mike, asst Purser, Eng and I used to have a midnight curry and 'half a case' of Tennants every night...I think we paid the steward ten bob each a week...

In 1971 I was on the Dundee..

Scelerat
29th March 2013, 15:09
John, you were the 2nd Mate on my first ship - City of Auckland, round the UK coast in July 1974 - master was Capt Perry, Paul Wheldon was the C/O, you were relieved by Keith Moger if I remember correctly. I recently met one of the 3rd Engineers from that trip in London and then Dubai - Brian Thornbarrow. I have been sailing recently with another ex-Ellerman officer, Brian Hall who is now working as a super for Serco.

Potted history
City of Auckland - July 1974 -Feb1975 - Capt Ramsden + wife, Ch.Off George Railston, 2nd mate Keith Moger 3rd mate Jack Toberville-Smith


Third Mate was Chris Harding, at least from mid-September to Feb 1975 when I paid off.
Peter Tyson, first trip cadet on that voyage.

manus1234
27th May 2013, 12:09
Third Mate was Chris Harding, at least from mid-September to Feb 1975 when I paid off.
Peter Tyson, first trip cadet on that voyage.

My first trip to sea was on the City of Auckland as junior R/O joining in Sept. '74. My chief Joe Murphy came from Dublin. We sailed from Avonmouth to Mauritius. AA Ramsden was the skipper and yes Chris Harding was the 3/O. I remember the pint of Tennents cost a shilling.
Manus Patten

Alan Rore
28th May 2013, 21:00
I served my time with City Line, joined City of Glasgow July '66 for a SAfmarine charter, then PE for 2 trips, Oxford (laid up in Qns Dock, Glasgow), Hereford for a far east run, MAR (King Teds), St Albans to India, Manchester and Ottawa both east Africa Red Sea run. Left August '69.

Alan Rore

Scelerat
29th May 2013, 16:55
My first trip to sea was on the City of Auckland as junior R/O joining in Sept. '74. My chief Joe Murphy came from Dublin. We sailed from Avonmouth to Mauritius. AA Ramsden was the skipper and yes Chris Harding was the 3/O. I remember the pint of Tennents cost a shilling.
Manus Patten

Hello Manus, from County Mayo, as far as I remember?
Peter

manus1234
31st May 2013, 11:51
Hello Manus, from County Mayo, as far as I remember?
Peter

Correct Peter. You have some memory!. Like yourself, I joined in '74 and left in '90. Now at Malin Head CG. These forums makes one realise how time moves on. The Purser on the Auckland was a guy named Harry but can't remember his surname. I regret that I do not have any crew lists of all the vessels that I sailed on.
rgds.

Scelerat
31st May 2013, 12:55
Dear Manus,
He was Harry Crompton, poor chap died of malarial fever not long after paying off.
I suppose we all have strong memories of our first trip, most of the other people I sailed with over the years have blurred features, certainly very few have names that I can recall.
Malin Head! That's quite out of the way isn't it! Furthest north, on the west coast, I've been is Westport. My wife has family in Clifden so we visit that area a lot, but that's it really.
I'm glad that you're still around! and well, I hope!
Peter

manus1234
31st May 2013, 14:15
Peter
Sorry to hear the Harry is no longer with us. Correct again, Malin Head is the most northerly point in Ireland. Have been there for the past 20 yrs but living across the border in derry/Londonderry.
I remember you showing me the engine room on the Auckland - a big Doxford (spelling?) engine. It was all so new and exciting at the time. Glad to hear from you and hope you are keeping well.
Regards.

Manus

charles henry
31st May 2013, 20:56
Surprised that no mention of the City of Paris, was on her in the early fifties, lovely vessel
Chas

Scelerat
31st May 2013, 21:12
Peter
Sorry to hear the Harry is no longer with us. Correct again, Malin Head is the most northerly point in Ireland. Have been there for the past 20 yrs but living across the border in derry/Londonderry.
I remember you showing me the engine room on the Auckland - a big Doxford (spelling?) engine. It was all so new and exciting at the time. Glad to hear from you and hope you are keeping well.
Regards.

Manus

Dear Manus,
It was indeed. And what an adventure! I remember my late father seeing me off at the railway station telling me that it was my first big adventure, but that there'd be many more.
Doxford it was; must have been after my engine room time.
Peter

harvey19a
3rd January 2014, 00:27
Hello Charles,
As a relative youngster, I did not go to sea until 1967...! - however I had a girlfriend in '71 / '72 who had travelled back from the Cape to UK as a baby on the last voyage of the Paris in 1953. Hard to believe that was over 60 years ago..........



Surprised that no mention of the City of Paris, was on her in the early fifties, lovely vessel
Chas

Ron Burnett
22nd June 2014, 11:14
My Sea Life with Ellerman Lines started back in 1966. I joined my first ship in Glasgow. The "City of Oxford" in Barclay Curles Dry Dock as a ships Writer and worked my way to Purser/Catering Officer. The following are the names and dates of the ships I served on:-

City of Oxford Jan 66 - Apr 66
City of Durban Apr 66 - Sep 66
City of Liverpool (Old) Sep 66 - Jan 67
City of Johannesburg Feb 67 - Sep 67
City of Oxford Oct 67 - May 68
City of Exeter Aug 68 - Feb 69
City of Johannesburg Mar 69 - Nov 69
City of Cape Town Nov 69 - Dec 69
City of Durban Jan 70 - Feb 71
City of York Mar 71 - Jul 71 (Last Voyage)
City of London (New) Sep 71 - Sep 71
City of Liverpool (New) Sep 71 - Oct 71
City of Adelaide Nov 71 - May 73
(Re-named to the "Cap Cleveland" - May 1972 for Charter)
City of Lancaster Aug 73 - Oct 74 (Promoted to Purser)
City of Canberra Dec 75 - Dec 75
City of Wellington Mar 75 - Mar 76
City of Ripon Sep 76 - Oct 76
City of St Albans Nov 76 - Feb 77
City of Montreal May 77 - Jun 77
City of Canberra Jul 77 - Jul 77

The "City of Canberra was my last ship with Ellerman Lines. This was the year I joined "Townsend Thoresen Car Ferries". I enjoyed my life with Ellermans and if anybody remembers me I would be very pleased if you got in touch!

Ron

Steven steele
23rd June 2014, 15:18
I wonder if anyone remembers my father
He is (charles) kerr steele.
He was chief purser on the durban and other city liners.
Not sure of dates but was on the durban in the mid to late 70's

Ron Burnett
23rd June 2014, 16:15
I wonder if anyone remembers my father
He is (charles) kerr steele.
He was chief purser on the durban and other city liners.
Not sure of dates but was on the durban in the mid to late 70's

Hi... I remember the name and I think I may have sailed with him round the coast on one of the "Big Four".

leo roberts
24th June 2014, 20:14
Hello Doug
You definitely won't remember me but in 1969 I did a trip with you on the City of Gloucester. I was only 17 at the time and di the trip to India before I went to college for my cadetship. Terry cornick was the other cadet.
I'm still at sea with a few years left before retiring. Now working on a SEWOP in the Irish Sea sevicing the oil and gas rigs. It's been a long life with many adventures.
All the best
Mike Owen hi mick leo the cook here good to see you still on the go , and hey pass the zukinie over here , you take care now

malconyers
15th July 2014, 23:28
The bearded one is alive and kicking - albeit clean shaven!! I'm in touch with Tim Seeman & Paul Harwood. Who else did you know? My last ship in 1978 was City of Newcastle (apt for a Geordie!). Retired in 1983.

Pete Soones

hi pete i sailed with you when you were mate and i was 2nd mate. I think on City of Singapore.Christmas in Novorisk USSR i remember!
I did end up joining cross channel ferries, and hung up my sextant in65
and retired as snr. master on Stena Hengist in1992.

Michael Taylor
16th July 2014, 12:42
hi pete i sailed with you when you were mate and i was 2nd mate. I think on City of Singapore.Christmas in Novorisk USSR i remember!
I did end up joining cross channel ferries, and hung up my sextant in65
and retired as snr. master on Stena Hengist in1992.

I was 3rd Mate on that trip....I believe we loaded a "bridge" in Novorisk...interesting place.