Hull Nautical College

2548hopw
9th October 2006, 01:55
Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve

chadders
9th October 2006, 20:30
Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve


I taught at the College from1981 until it closed effectively around 1985/86. The signals guy was Nobby Clark, others teaching at that time were Jim Hawkins, Dave Martin, Geoff Hunter, Maurice Labistour, Bill LIttlewood, Frank Barratt to name a few. You I think I remember for disgracing yourself out of the 6th floor chartroom window one Saturday morning whilst I was trying to instill some knowledge into you.

awateah2
9th October 2006, 21:15
If you go to 'Members Notice Board' Page 15 there is some mention of 'Nobby Clark' there

2548hopw
10th October 2006, 12:46
You must be Mr Chadwick I remember u well. Didnt you actually go on to Boston offshore coasting, where I was mate at the time just before they went bust. Yes them Saturday mornings must have been hard work for you Cheers Steve

mee
25th October 2006, 12:33
I did a pre sea course at Hull Nautical College which was run by Capt Littlewood. I also recall Nobby CLARKE who taught us for signals and was certainly a character. He had been around a long time as he had taught my father signals some 30 years previous. I was trying to recall the name of the instructor who taught boatwork on the Alex dock site I think it was something like Precious. He also took us for swimming at the Beverley Road baths. Ah happy days.

RayJordandpo
26th October 2006, 00:16
Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve

I was there in 1973. Nobby was teaching signals then. He also taught at Trinity House. He reckoned he was still officially employed by the Admiralty. Mr Meekin was another lecturer along with DR Derret (author of the ships stability books) He retired to run a fish and chip shop in Leven village near Beverley along with his brother Les, a former United Towing tug skipper.
Ray Jordan

2548hopw
30th October 2006, 21:21
Mee It was indeed Capt Bill Precious who taught you. He was like the house master at The Halls of Residence when I was there and initially round the corner on Cottingham Road at a place I think was called Newland House or something like that. Cheers Steve

cadet
28th November 2006, 23:15
Newland House or something like that

Would that be 266 Cottingham road... Just opposite Chenterlands Ave?

Geoff_E
29th November 2006, 08:53
Anybody out there remember Hull Nautical College, George St Hull. I attended between 1978 and 1982 Capt Weatherston was in charge with a few other characters under his command. Anybody remember Nobby....ex RN signals who lectured in signals funnily enough. I was serving my time with West Hartlepool Steam Nav Co then and was known as Westy... Anyone else from that era Steve

I was at Hull 1976 (Mates) & 1981 (Masters). Passed both 1st time, more due to the college than me, I think. Well remember Joe Meakin who taught us stability. I came across him later when I took a semi-sub stability course at Aberdeen College in the mid '80's. Hadn't changed a bit, still the same pedantic (but really effective) lecturing style and still the same haircut!

On the same topic, I had Capt. Disston? for Master's orals. He was the local bete noire (every exam centre seemed to have one). For whatever reason I got on fine with him. I remember not being asked anything about the magnetic compass, just as well because I was clueless, and not being believed when I got back to college!

Not bad days really, but nostalgia's not what it used to be.(==D)

2548hopw
2nd December 2006, 21:30
Cadet, I dont know the no we were usually in The Gardeners Arms which was almost opposite....Happy Days Cheers Steve

2548hopw
2nd December 2006, 21:32
I was only a sprog then but remember them all. Were you one of the U.T guys that we all thought were crackers.. Cheers Steve

cadet
7th December 2006, 21:36
Cadet, I dont know the no we were usually in The Gardeners Arms which was almost opposite....Happy Days Cheers Steve.

That must have been Newland Homes. The College used a couple of houses there. As has been said Capt Bill Precious was looking after it.

In the late 70's Hull Nautical College became part of the bigger Hull College of Higher Education and they tended to use other student accommodation instead of Newland Homes.
A big bonus as you mixed with the teaching students of the old Endsleigh college.

awateah2
7th December 2006, 22:09
I remember having Captain Diston for orals. If my memory isn't failing he would sit with his pipe in his mouth with a severe look on his face but a very fair examiner. There was also Captains McQueen and Schultz in the foreboding Posterngate examination rooms!!!!!

roddy
8th December 2006, 22:10
I was only a sprog then but remember them all. Were you one of the U.T guys that we all thought were crackers.. Cheers Steve

And why did you think the UT guys were all crackers, is there a good story that we can strenuously deny having any part in?

RayJordandpo
18th December 2006, 22:07
And why did you think the UT guys were all crackers, is there a good story that we can strenuously deny having any part in?

Come on Roddy, they were all crackers as well you know. As for Capt Diston he told me that himself and Capt. Schultz actually started their careers as galley boys on trawlers and ended up with extra masters, not a bad achievement eh? I like the story of when he asked a lad up for second mates to look out the window and tell him what colour the leaves were on a particular tree, when the boy replied green he was told in no uncertain terms to come back when they were brown.
Rayjordandpo

Carl Wadkin
24th March 2010, 21:38
Hi,
Anyone remember their mugs from this photo taken near the end of the 2nd Mates ticket course in 1973, I think?
I'm in the white pullover but can't remember any one else's name, though I recall the guy at back second left was of German origin.
We had the luxury of a terraced house on Anlaby Road, quite a step up from the Newland's Homes digs on our first visit to the college in '71 when Dick Snape was a fellow student.

D MCPHAIL
29th March 2010, 10:49
i was at Hull Nautical College,1972 at Boulavard,doing Mates home trade,i remember Nobby Clarke,doing the flags and morse,did extra on Sat mornings with the fishermen,then on piss to Rainers,had a flat just across the road,complete with many mice,Capt Disston took me for the exam,had to run back from the exam room to swat up on errors of the sextant during lunch time,passed

PeterDD
29th March 2010, 19:02
Very fond memories of Hull Nautical college! Did 2nd Mates (68) and Mates (70) at the Boulevard. Always remember us all studying very quietly in Boulevard when one of the fishing lads passing by outside started singing at the top of his voice " I'll be up your flu in a minute or two etc. etc....." Silence and study shattered. Brilliant!
Did Masters (74) at the new place, remember Joe Meekin. He was a great guy, managed to bang enough stability into me to get my ticket first time. A positive chap who always greeted the class with, " Good morning future Masters!"
Captain Diston very well remembered. dipped me for Mates first time - not surprising, I thought I knew it all having been 3/0 - he showed me I didn't! For Masters I had Capt Rial, passed OK and no compass! Cannot have done me any harm - I eventually became a BoT Examiner myself!!!
Happy days!!

John Crossland
30th March 2010, 00:39
2nd Mates Boulevarde 1971

Mates Hull NC George St. 1973

PeterDD
30th March 2010, 11:15
I too remember Nobby Clark for signals. If you paid him half a crown he would give you extra tuition. At the last tutorial before you went up, very coincidentally I am sure, the message you had to receive was always very like the one in the exam. I can still recall his strange semaphore flag antics so that you could remember some of the letters. And wasn't a "5" just a series of as many dots as he could manage?

In '68 for 2nd Mates Orals I had Capt Fellingham at Posterngate - went in to see him full of trepidation as he had a reputation for giving out seatime - they apparently did not call him "Failing'em" Fellingham for nothing. He failed the first three before me but I passed, which was a relief.

One of the greates moments of my life was going to Burton's Buildings and finding out I had passed 2nd Mates. I knew the feeling of being on cloud 9 - I floated across the Square passed Q Victoria to phone my Mum! My passing was as much a triumph for her as for me, given the family trauma at the time. Then went to the Merch.(Merchant Navy Hotel) and sank a great deal of Guinness!!

RayJordandpo
31st March 2010, 00:57
Nobby Clark was an absolute star and the trawlermen were brilliant, they were always up for a laugh and never took it all too serious. Only the fishermen could wind Nobby up.
I remember when he used to take extra signal lessons on a Saturday morning for all who wished to attend. He got one of the trawlerman up to the front of the class to send a message on his prized self made morse tapper with flashing light. The guy was banging away so hard at about two words per minute we all thought he was going to smash the thing to pieces. After a couple of minutes Nobby cour bear it no longer and shouted "stop, Stop"
The guy had us all in stitches when he indignantly looked up and replied deadly serious "What's up Nobby, am I going too fast for you?"

merrymagpie
1st April 2010, 07:48
We have had a reunion of our Second Mates (HNC 1976) course for the passed few years.
We meet up at the old college steps at noon on the Saturday and repair to the Old White Harte for 'liquid' lunch and 'swing the lantern'.
A few of the old lecturers turn up. (last year we had Jim Hawkins, Dave Martin, Frank Barrett, George West and Alan Hodgson)
This years gathering is on 25/26 September.
Course members who attend include Messers Vitty,Gudgeon,Bryce,Brown,Hardy,Brittain, Clegg,Simpson, Marsh,Smuff et al.

Mike Bartle

tonymorcom
4th October 2010, 23:44
was at Hull early in 1977 with the likes of Bill Bailey, Dick Gaukrodger, Joe Wilson, Paul Harraway to name but a few. Have several photos and also very fond memoriess of a young lady called Jennifer Raddings from Pontefract. Ring any bells anyone??

merrymagpie
7th October 2010, 12:36
was at Hull early in 1977 with the likes of Bill Bailey, Dick Gaukrodger, Joe Wilson, Paul Harraway to name but a few. Have several photos and also very fond memoriess of a young lady called Jennifer Raddings from Pontefract. Ring any bells anyone??

Tony

Joe Wilson is a pilot on the Tees. Paul and Dick are at Humber VTS, Glen Harman is pretty high up at Conoco Phillips on the Humber and Les Harrison is a prison wagon driver with Group 4 and Jennifer will not be a young lady any more!

Mike Bartle

tonymorcom
7th October 2010, 20:37
Tony

Joe Wilson is a pilot on the Tees. Paul and Dick are at Humber VTS, Glen Harman is pretty high up at Conoco Phillips on the Humber and Les Harrison is a prison wagon driver with Group 4 and Jennifer will not be a young lady any more!

Mike Bartle

Thanks for that Mike. I knew I knew your name but am sure we weren't on same course but I am 99%+ that I was your relief on the Joule 14.2.75 in Cristobal. If I remember rightly the ship was a week late so I had a week in Panama at the companies expense. 1st time I had ever flown anywhere and I was on my own. Happy days.

tonymorcom
4th November 2010, 20:25
Some new pictures from Hull in 1974 ONC1 course found athttp://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showgallery.php/ppuser/50914/username/tonymorcom

HAMANIM
7th November 2010, 23:46
I attended the Humberside College of Higher Education 1988-1991 OND/HNC Telecoms (marine). Used to be old college.

Sadly shipping industry declined when I finished and no job!!!!!

merrymagpie
27th August 2011, 19:48
We have had a reunion of our Second Mates (HNC 1976) course for the passed few years.
We meet up at the old college steps at noon on the Saturday and repair to the Old White Harte for 'liquid' lunch and 'swing the lantern'.
A few of the old lecturers turn up. (last year we had Jim Hawkins, Dave Martin, Frank Barrett, George West and Alan Hodgson)
This years gathering is on 25/26 September.
Course members who attend include Messers Vitty,Gudgeon,Bryce,Brown,Hardy,Brittain, Clegg,Simpson, Marsh,Smuff et al.

Mike Bartle


This years bash is on 1st October.

Mike

cj54
5th October 2011, 22:35
Hi I new to the site and I am captivated by the topics and information found.
I attended the Boulevard High School for Nautical Training from 1968 to 1972 and Nobby Clarke also taught us signals. The Head was Capt Allison, Capt Jones taught Navigation, could do with a bit of help with the other teachers that were there over that time period I attended. Thanks
I left the school in 1972 to join Fyffes as an engineering cadet and spent a further 2 years in Hull at the Polytechnic in Queens Gardens completing part 1 of the HND in marine engineering. Good times
Was in Hull last year and the old school is still there but I think it is a community centre now. From what I remember the Boulevard School and Trinity House became amalgamated not long after I left and all moved to the Trinity House site.
Chris Clarke - Ripon

yorkshiregeordie
15th December 2011, 22:42
Hi I new to the site and I am captivated by the topics and information found.
I attended the Boulevard High School for Nautical Training from 1968 to 1972 and Nobby Clarke also taught us signals. The Head was Capt Allison, Capt Jones taught Navigation, could do with a bit of help with the other teachers that were there over that time period I attended. Thanks
I left the school in 1972 to join Fyffes as an engineering cadet and spent a further 2 years in Hull at the Polytechnic in Queens Gardens completing part 1 of the HND in marine engineering. Good times
Was in Hull last year and the old school is still there but I think it is a community centre now. From what I remember the Boulevard School and Trinity House became amalgamated not long after I left and all moved to the Trinity House site.
Chris Clarke - Ripon

Could that be the Chris Clarke I last saw what seems like 100 years ago in Ripon?
If so, hello, must catch up on all those missing years.
John Needham - Ex Ripon- Ex Boulevard 1956 - 1959. Still alive!!!!

aambury
29th January 2012, 22:39
We have had a reunion of our Second Mates (HNC 1976) course for the passed few years.
We meet up at the old college steps at noon on the Saturday and repair to the Old White Harte for 'liquid' lunch and 'swing the lantern'.
A few of the old lecturers turn up. (last year we had Jim Hawkins, Dave Martin, Frank Barrett, George West and Alan Hodgson)
This years gathering is on 25/26 September.
Course members who attend include Messers Vitty,Gudgeon,Bryce,Brown,Hardy,Brittain, Clegg,Simpson, Marsh,Smuff et al.

Mike Bartle


Hi Mike,
What about Osler, Rigg, Sharp, Barker, Lees, Dean, Brasier, Harrison, Ansley, Healy, Hamilton, Meek, Winning, Parkinson. Who have I forgotten? should get then all back together again, a good class of '76.


Alec Ambury

merrymagpie
30th January 2012, 14:02
Hi Alec

Long time no see. Hope you are keeping well. Messers Rigg and Osler have been to the reunions, but not been able to contact the others.You have a good memory. I think I could have remembered the same ones as you, but struggling to remember the rest.

Regards

Mike

Farmer John
22nd February 2012, 21:50
I was there when Ivan D Allison (I think) was the boss, Weatherstone was I am not sure what discipline but sort of next man down. I remember him sending someone up the mast on the parade ground there as a disciplinary measure, with a bucket and brush and sponge to wash the nast down. When the lad was up there, he looked up and shouted "Get on with it" and was deluged when the lad wrung the sponge out on him. He found it quite difficult not to smile, the culprit was quite a joker.

I wanted a reference for an application to Alfred Holts and Allison wouldn't give me one, he said they reserved them for top pupils (I really wasn't), I applied without and had an interview with them and got a middies post.

We did have some real laughs, I can only remember a very few names, Carless, Doyle and that is about it.

Friday afternoons was ropework and splicing, after some basic stuff we used to do a wire eye-splice in 6 strand wire (called a Liverpool locking splice, I think). When you had done that tou could go. I have always (and still do) loved knots, rope and splices, and Icould do a splice to pass grade in about 10 min. I reckon I could still do it now, given a practice, just don't fight the pre-forming in the wire and it does itself. Hitchhike back to Leeds in about 2 hours, good break and hitch back on Sunday.

slick
23rd February 2012, 09:39
Boulevardiers,
I was at the BNS September 1956 - November 1958 and left to join the Hain SS I retired in 2002.
Will there be a re-union this year and where?

Yours aye,


slick

willincity
23rd February 2012, 20:22
I was at BSN 63 to 66, ............. re-union, why not, anyone else up for this.
Or would it be just slick and myself to meet up in Georges, (the Barbers shop)

Farmer John
23rd February 2012, 22:50
Poking my brain has brought up some other things. We used to go one evening a week to build an Enterprise, to build up the 3 or 4 at Welton, where we used to sail them. I think I must have hit all the bad days for sailing, I didn't get anywhere with it, despite later (age 50 and on ) really enjoying sailing Lasers, GP14s, Toppers (really a little heavy for them), Wayfarers and, a dear love if sailed solo with quite a bit of wind, Drascombe Luggers.

We also used to do an afternoons boatwork with a clinker built whaler, 6 oars and launched from swinging davits in one of the docks in Hull. Dipping lug sail and quite good fun, we did a trip out of the dock into the Humber, muddy old river, some had got stuck other times and missed the tide to get back in, so spent time waiting, I never had that but I would think the 8hours (a guess) waiting could be cold and tedious. There was a motor version, one weekend I went with one of the lecturers to fetch it back from up river (possibly Selby) after a repair.
For various reasons, my memory of those times are quite wobbly, any corrections or whatever received happily.

I got my uniform fro Rapstones, Land of Green Ginger and the jacket was still good 30 odd years later, when I had to throw it away having out grown it. Farming sent me from about 36 chest to 46 chest!

There was a place near rapstones that had Charts and such stuff, and we used to pore through the outdated and non-upgradeable charts for decorative ones that were cheap posters for the wall. Supercars, supermodels, ladies scratching there bums whilst playin tennis? No, a chart of an island was tops.

Oh, add two names, John Dawe/Dore, from Ampleforth, only wanted to join BI, and Hesp, had lived in India.

RayJordandpo
24th February 2012, 11:35
Poking my brain has brought up some other things. We used to go one evening a week to build an Enterprise, to build up the 3 or 4 at Welton, where we used to sail them. I think I must have hit all the bad days for sailing, I didn't get anywhere with it, despite later (age 50 and on ) really enjoying sailing Lasers, GP14s, Toppers (really a little heavy for them), Wayfarers and, a dear love if sailed solo with quite a bit of wind, Drascombe Luggers.

We also used to do an afternoons boatwork with a clinker built whaler, 6 oars and launched from swinging davits in one of the docks in Hull. Dipping lug sail and quite good fun, we did a trip out of the dock into the Humber, muddy old river, some had got stuck other times and missed the tide to get back in, so spent time waiting, I never had that but I would think the 8hours (a guess) waiting could be cold and tedious. There was a motor version, one weekend I went with one of the lecturers to fetch it back from up river (possibly Selby) after a repair.
For various reasons, my memory of those times are quite wobbly, any corrections or whatever received happily.

I got my uniform fro Rapstones, Land of Green Ginger and the jacket was still good 30 odd years later, when I had to throw it away having out grown it. Farming sent me from about 36 chest to 46 chest!

There was a place near rapstones that had Charts and such stuff, and we used to pore through the outdated and non-upgradeable charts for decorative ones that were cheap posters for the wall. Supercars, supermodels, ladies scratching there bums whilst playin tennis? No, a chart of an island was tops.

Oh, add two names, John Dawe/Dore, from Ampleforth, only wanted to join BI, and Hesp, had lived in India.

I remember Rapstones down Posterngate near the shipping offices. The shop selling charts could have been Cookes in Market Square (they are still on the go). We used to go upstairs and buy cheap or sometimes free out of date or cancelled charts to practice our chartwork on.

Farmer John
24th February 2012, 23:14
That sounds about right, The Land of Green Ginger thing was perhaps a false memory. Cookes sounds exactly right.

Incidentally, I did do some chart work for an RYA qualification fairly recently, I got 100% on all the stuff we did, well taught! I don't live that far from Hull and nearly ended up there accidentally when coming back from some coastal survey work. Anyone recommend a visit? If so, any tips where to go.

Thanks RayJordandpo.

Farmer John
12th March 2012, 01:16
Nobody recommends a trip to Hull then.

ECKER365
17th April 2012, 14:22
I Was There Mike Eckersley From Warrington Always In Trouble Bottom Of The Class Somehow Passed Maths Worked For Ksc Lived In Gardeners Arms 78 81

ECKER365
17th April 2012, 14:43
Mike Eckersley I Was There Best Pal On Phase3 Was Phase 1 Steve Mcdonald . I Was Bottom Of The Classs But Somehow Passed Exams Big Steve Dinsdale From Hull Was In My Class And A Farmer Type Guy With A Spitfire Car

Dutch01527
1st August 2012, 00:55
I was at Hull during my cadetship.

Memories are a little vague re the academic side but I remember the world class chip butties in the cafe, a 1960's themed strip club at lunchtimes (am I dreaming - that can not be real!!), living in college halls of residence, playing rugby for the college team, grab a granny night in town where the trawlermen's wives would come out to play when hubby was away at sea, looking over my shoulder in town when hubby came home, The Gardeners, living over a fish and chip shop with the rugby boys, a Arab student who tragically commited suicide, the Zooee pub crawl, a college nightclub on Friday Nights, lots of female student teachers, fire and helicopter training and rowing a boat for some reason in the freezing cold.

I am struggling to remember the names of people who were on my course: Frank a great scottish guy who was I believe a karate black belt, Gary Moffit who I sailed with in Bank Line - he was mugged in Cape Town and suffered extensive injuries....to his knuckles. A stocky Yorkshire man called Clegg, a trawlerman called Jim and then my memory fails me. Probably because the Zooee was our normal way home after a hard day at college.

Great times - youth is wasted on the young.

John Tirel
14th August 2012, 19:04
Hi everyone,

I was at the imfamous college for 2nd mates thro to masters from 1974 to 1982 , all of the names of the lecturers mentioned bring back fond memories. They were really good times.

Paulh54
15th October 2012, 21:46
I attended The Boulevard Nautical School 1969 to 1970 before leaving to join United Towing Company. Remember Capt Allison as head. Our form master was Johnny Mahon. Took us for geography and P.E. Evil bugger he was. Any wrong-doing in class and he would bend you over with your head about a foot from the wall. He would then whack you with a sandshoe on your backside. Your momentum would then make you headbutt the wall. A double whammy. Remember Nobby Clark for signals, Mr Flavell, cannot remember his subject.

Most of the lads were from out of town, can only remember the Hull lads, Kevin Moore, Kevin Marshall, Frank Thompson. Enjoyed my time there.

Farmer John
15th October 2012, 22:15
I attended The Boulevard Nautical School 1969 to 1970 before leaving to join United Towing Company. Remember Capt Allison as head. Our form master was Johnny Mahon. Took us for geography and P.E. Evil bugger he was. Any wrong-doing in class and he would bend you over with your head about a foot from the wall. He would then whack you with a sandshoe on your backside. Your momentum would then make you headbutt the wall. A double whammy. Remember Nobby Clark for signals, Mr Flavell, cannot remember his subject.

Most of the lads were from out of town, can only remember the Hull lads, Kevin Moore, Kevin Marshall, Frank Thompson. Enjoyed my time there.

That is some years after I attended (1964?). I sounds quite weird, the idea of corporal punishment when I was there seems totally alien. The whole ethos was that you were young men, punishment was things like washing down the mock mast they had, cutting grass wit a pair of scissors and laying it out neatly in a box. All applied with humour and quite often turned to a joke.

Was there a mass change in ideas? The only person I found hostile and very distant was Ivan D Allison. We had to pick companies to apply to, max two, I put down Blue Flue, he called me in and told me "we reserve this company for our best pupils, I won't give you a reference". I applied anyway, went for interview with the company and was told they could not tell me at interview, but here is a set of company buttons.

I remember we built an Enterprise (sailing dinghy) on evening sessions, and sailed them up on Welton Waters. One a year built, we had about 5, the guy who took us was Mr. Weatherspon, I think The idea of being spanked with a slipper is bizarre, we knew we were training for a career and no longer little kids. Freezing days rowing and sailing a whaleboat round one of the docks, launched from swinging davits and, if the tide was right, out on the Humber where you learnt lots about mud.

I know this is repeating stuff from further up. Just don't read it twice.

nymoors4444
13th November 2012, 12:11
hi i was at the boulevard nautical college 1970 captain weatherstone was in charge cpt littlewood paul banks

Farmer John
13th November 2012, 22:24
hi i was at the boulevard nautical college 1970 captain weatherstone was in charge cpt littlewood paul banks

Anything else you remember about things you did at College? Did you go out on the docks rowing Whalers, or sailing at Welton?

nymoors4444
14th November 2012, 10:55
yes i went to welton waters we had to get the bus or walk we used to go down to the school near the flyover for our dinner coming back one day my friend started throwing his cap in the air captain littlewood saw him and pinned him up against the railings and pulled his arm back nearly broke it i sat on front middle desk with graham pepper captain weatherstone would stand at front fag in mouth boat work on docks capt littlewood doug geometry lifesaving madley street or albert ave i dont remeber any one apart from graham and a lad from lithuania divelis my dad was a captain and studied at the boulevard he had a fight with a farm lad and won he was brought up at the newland homes and said the only way you could survive at homes not get picked on was to box i wasnt a fighter i had the ajax and brush iniation to the merchant navy paul banks january 1970 tranee navigation officer the boulevard

PETER NIESCHMIDT
16th July 2014, 19:49
Hi,
Anyone remember their mugs from this photo taken near the end of the 2nd Mates ticket course in 1973, I think?
I'm in the white pullover but can't remember any one else's name, though I recall the guy at back second left was of German origin.
We had the luxury of a terraced house on Anlaby Road, quite a step up from the Newland's Homes digs on our first visit to the college in '71 when Dick Snape was a fellow student.

Cannot remember all their names but from back left Sam?, myself Pete Nieschmidt,Mark Connor, ?, Kevin Holden, Tim Franklin, ?, Keith Shears, Yourself and finally Eric Mears. Where they are now I know not. I lasted until 1975 with Houlder Bros then until 1986 with what finished up as UASC. Now feet up and retired. Surfing the net for past memories I came upon your piece, nice to hear from you.

PETER NIESCHMIDT
16th July 2014, 20:05
yes i went to welton waters we had to get the bus or walk we used to go down to the school near the flyover for our dinner coming back one day my friend started throwing his cap in the air captain littlewood saw him and pinned him up against the railings and pulled his arm back nearly broke it i sat on front middle desk with graham pepper captain weatherstone would stand at front fag in mouth boat work on docks capt littlewood doug geometry lifesaving madley street or albert ave i dont remeber any one apart from graham and a lad from lithuania divelis my dad was a captain and studied at the boulevard he had a fight with a farm lad and won he was brought up at the newland homes and said the only way you could survive at homes not get picked on was to box i wasnt a fighter i had the ajax and brush iniation to the merchant navy paul banks january 1970 tranee navigation officer the boulevard

I was at the Boulevard pre-sea from 68-70. The gang leaving in 69 were captained by Mick Lanrick. One lad Geof Burns was known as bwana because of his fat lips. On the way into Welton Geof ran after Bill Littlewood's Morris estate shouting 'oscar'. That was Bill's nickname and a fist flying through the open window caught Geof square on the chin, laugh we nearly died. If we brown nosed we got a lift otherwise it was out with the thumb. Sailing was followed by a pint at the Green Dragon in Welton before the last bus back to Hull...

RayJordandpo
20th July 2014, 02:09
[QUOTE=PETER NIESCHMIDT;946258]Cannot remember all their names but from back left Sam?, myself Pete Nieschmidt,Mark Connor, ?, Kevin Holden, Tim Franklin, ?, Keith Shears, Yourself and finally Eric Mears. Where they are now I know not. I lasted until 1975 with Houlder Bros then until 1986 with what finished up as UASC. Now feet up and retired. Surfing the net for past memories I came upon your piece, nice to hear from you.[/QUOTE

I recognise Kevin Holden from that photo, he was living in a village near York when I sailed with him in Uglands. He left to take a masters job on a dive support vessel. He had heart problems caused I believe through a disease he picked up in New Zealand resulting in him having a heart transplant. That was nearly thirty years ago.

Joe w
20th July 2014, 12:25
Come on Roddy, they were all crackers as well you know. As for Capt Diston he told me that himself and Capt. Schultz actually started their careers as galley boys on trawlers and ended up with extra masters, not a bad achievement eh? I like the story of when he asked a lad up for second mates to look out the window and tell him what colour the leaves were on a particular tree, when the boy replied green he was told in no uncertain terms to come back when they were brown.
Rayjordandpo

Now Ray you know we were lads that were led astray by the guys in UT it was either that or die but give us good training for later life.
I would say out of the cadets who served they time with United they are still a bigger percentage of us still working either at sea or to do with the job than any other company cadets so they must have done something right.
Anyway missed you last trip something about you swanning off on holiday somewhere special.
Take care Ray might see you late Aug/Sept at the new meeting hole.
Cheers
Joe

chadders
20th July 2014, 19:45
[QUOTE=PETER NIESCHMIDT;946258]Cannot remember all their names but from back left Sam?, myself Pete Nieschmidt,Mark Connor, ?, Kevin Holden, Tim Franklin, ?, Keith Shears, Yourself and finally Eric Mears. Where they are now I know not. I lasted until 1975 with Houlder Bros then until 1986 with what finished up as UASC. Now feet up and retired. Surfing the net for past memories I came upon your piece, nice to hear from you.[/QUOTE

I recognise Kevin Holden from that photo, he was living in a village near York when I sailed with him in Uglands. He left to take a masters job on a dive support vessel. He had heart problems caused I believe through a disease he picked up in New Zealand resulting in him having a heart transplant. That was nearly thirty years ago.


I was with Kevin about three weeks ago, he now lives in Poundbury, Dorchester, he'll celebrate 20 years with his heart this December. Unfortunately he's not too well at the moment but very much the same old Kevin in spirit.

Varley
21st July 2014, 02:47
Kevin only allowed me control of BaR Protector using Kongsberg's so called 'manual joystick' emergency alternative control when he knew it wasn't working - quickly taking over on the sticks when his point was made. He kept a good ship - especially he coffee machine on the forward bridge.

I heard of his need for a transplant - a bastard call - but not that it had happened. 20 years sounds like he is still a good manager.

Please pass my regards when you see him next.

PETER NIESCHMIDT
22nd July 2014, 10:54
[QUOTE=PETER NIESCHMIDT;946258]Cannot remember all their names but from back left Sam?, myself Pete Nieschmidt,Mark Connor, ?, Kevin Holden, Tim Franklin, ?, Keith Shears, Yourself and finally Eric Mears. Where they are now I know not. I lasted until 1975 with Houlder Bros then until 1986 with what finished up as UASC. Now feet up and retired. Surfing the net for past memories I came upon your piece, nice to hear from you.[/QUOTE

I recognise Kevin Holden from that photo, he was living in a village near York when I sailed with him in Uglands. He left to take a masters job on a dive support vessel. He had heart problems caused I believe through a disease he picked up in New Zealand resulting in him having a heart transplant. That was nearly thirty years ago.
Nice to know Kevin is still going strong. I was at the Boulevard with him from 1968-70 sharing digs for the last year in Hessle.
This photo was the passing out ]from June 1970 on top of the school building. From back left Mike Foot, Kevin Holden, Nigel Whichelo, Alan Shaw, Tony Johnson, Jim Bowie, Steve Nicholson and myself.
Jim Weatherston was the leader along with Bill Littlewood, Dougy Buckle and Mike Fearon. [IMG]http://img1.bildupload.com/427d292979d2a9180294a7a2d59aac2c.jpg

RayJordandpo
24th July 2014, 14:37
Now Ray you know we were lads that were led astray by the guys in UT it was either that or die but give us good training for later life.
I would say out of the cadets who served they time with United they are still a bigger percentage of us still working either at sea or to do with the job than any other company cadets so they must have done something right.
Anyway missed you last trip something about you swanning off on holiday somewhere special.
Take care Ray might see you late Aug/Sept at the new meeting hole.
Cheers
Joe

Hi Joe
We went to Aruba using my airmiles, Free hotel and business flights courtesy of KLM.
I saw some of the lads yesterday in Manny Arms so feeling a little 'fragile' today.
Nice to hear Kevin Holden is doing well. A nice guy and a very good shipmate.