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18th December 2006, 12:00
Greetings all, I spent some time on RFA Reliant in the far east mid 60s. Anyone else out there. Also was on the Black Ranger out of Portland about 63.
Regards to all
24th December 2006, 09:45
I was aboard Black Ranger. Oct/Dec 1963. A Fireman then.
Tony (Jacky) Straw.
26th December 2006, 10:22
Good to hear from you. I don't remember if we were aboard together or not, but hope you had a good Xmas and have a great New Year.
27th December 2006, 15:06
Welcome to SN Tom
I hope your find some of your old friends.
Whether you do or not please enjoy the site - there is plenty to see here.
27th December 2006, 16:43
Hello Tom, Thanks for Your Greetings May I Return same. The Donkeyman on board whilst I was there was Bill Purvis does that ring a bell. He used make Me get on top of the Main Engine whilst under way to wipe down. Not much health and safety in those days. Rgds.
3rd January 2007, 22:00
I was the 2R/O in Black Ranger until July 63 then went out the FES in Wave Sovereign.
Best wishes for 2007.
3rd January 2007, 23:40
Thanks for the message and best wishes for the New Year. I don't honestly remember too much about her, only all the RAS's and having to spend Easter on watch.
1st December 2011, 15:45
I was working in Singapore between 1965 to 1968 and partied often on RFA Reliant when she was in harbour. My friend Jane and myself were friends with 1st Officer David (Wiles, I think) and 3rd Officer Robbie ?. We knew the whole crew because we regularly took out the ship's whaler sailing and had many a beach party together. I can picture faces, but can't remember names; however, deep in my box of old photos, I have several pix of those times.
I also have several old RN photos of the ship out refueling the fleet. It would be fun to reconnect with anyone from those days.
I remember one New Year's Eve particularly, because several Navies had been on joint exercises and were now anchored in and around HMS Terror dockyard; an Aussie ship was docked astern of Reliant and so several of its crew members were invited aboard for the NYE party. I was conversing with one member who said he was from Perth, so I immediately mentioned that I had had a childhood friend from my part of UK whose family had emigrated there many years before and asked if knew of him. Before I could mention the name, this officer guffawed and said that he was constantly amazed how unaware the English were of Australia's size. I said that I had a reputation of meeting friends of friends where ever I was anywhere in the world so he asked the name. I provided it, but he shook his head. Just before midnight this officer called me over and said that as he noticed I drank little and so was steady on my feet would I be so kind as to take a glass of champagne over to his Duty Officer. I tell you, my childhood friend had not changed a scrap since he was 13 except in size!!! Unbelievable! He had joined so he could attend University for doctor's training and was now the ship's doctor. Small world!
1st December 2011, 16:35
For Tom and Zannah
Loads of photos in there and you might be amongst them.
Zannah. Probably met you during that period 65 to 68. Great days.
1st December 2011, 17:27
Dear Rab T,
That was quick. Many thanks for the link. I will check it out later today.
Weren't they just - great days! I have never wanted to return to Singapore as I would never recognise any of it and would hate to lose my 'view' of it as it was way back then.
Were you on Reliant as well?
1st December 2011, 17:42
Hi Rab T,
"Bludy 'ell" as they say. There's a pic of Dave Wiles in the collection - looking a bit older than when I last knew him. Small world!!
1st December 2011, 17:45
Zannah. I never sailed in Reliant but was in Tidespring,Tidereach,Tarbatness,Sir Galahad,Bacchus and others. Spent a lot of time in Spore and around Terror pool. Just waiting fr Mrs to arrive from her ork then a swift G and T before evening meal. Old habits etc tc.
2nd December 2011, 02:08
I remember Tidespring and Tidereach - not the others.
G&T no good here in Costa Rica because no decent tonic available.! So I'm very envious. So enjoy while you can....
2nd December 2011, 12:42
4th December 2011, 10:32
I noticed in your earlier postings that you have photos of your Singapore times at RFA parties and banyans. Any chance you might get round to posting them to this site or the RFA people site.
5th December 2011, 01:17
Dear Rab T
I am on vacation in 2 weeks, but not going anywhere so I will do what I have been meaning to do for ages - sort out old photos. I was flooded a couple of years ago and have been dreading finding out that my storage bins were not waterproof! My kids have been begging me to do the same so two birds etc. I'll let you know when any pix are posted.
Meanwhile happy Christmas season,
5th December 2011, 08:10
That would be great and much appreciated by those of us from that era. I hope the water did not get to your stuff.
Merry Christmas to you too and all the best for 2012
5th December 2011, 16:01
Dear Rab T,
I will do my best and thank you.
5th December 2011, 16:31
All this nostalgia Rab - as soon as you mentioned Terror I immediately thought of Mr. Tan who was bar manager and purchasing ten dollar books of tickets for the drinks followed by a fast black from Sembawang up to Orchard Road to continue into the night!
5th December 2011, 17:21
Mr Tan, the only man who could thread the next reel on a Bell and Howell without switching it off
6th December 2011, 13:04
The inscrutible Mr Tan who stuck up for the RFA in the late 1960's when there was mention of RFA being banned from the "O" club. Trouble had been caused by a person or persons unknown but thought to be RFA. Mr Tan identified the culprit(s) as being from a certain RFA but working for another organisation within that ship.
By the way, LB, I still have my Terror Club Pass from Tidespring in 65' there is photo of it on the SN gallery.
Merry Christmas to you and Pat and any others reading this epistle.
6th December 2011, 23:09
Likewise compliments to you Rab.
7th December 2011, 08:14
Thanks for these happy memories. They have reminded me that it was not all beer and skittles, and that I posted a picture named Singapore Sunday some while back at http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/160915/title/singapore-sunday/cat/all It could be very dangerous as you will see if you read on about my injury on the playing fields (well, skittle alley really).
Warm greetings to all old Terror hands and all old RFA's on site.
7th December 2011, 14:18
Great memories of Singapore in the 60s. Was there another route into the city from Sembewang? I seem to remember the "Bukit Timor or Tima"road, maybe that was from Johore Baru. I also remember injuries from the skittle alley at HMS Terror. Spelks up the finger nails from the scuffed court, self inflicted of course from too much of the old Tiger! Festive wishes to all.
7th December 2011, 16:14
dab - if you were coming from JB or the Causeway area you went down Woodlands Road and that became Bukit Timah Road over the high ground. Starting from Sembawang (mostly were) then it was the Sembawang Road and that became Thompson Road at the junction with Mandai Road (near the Seletar Reservoir). I wonder if I could have got a job driving one of those Merc green taxis ?
7th December 2011, 21:57
Rex, that comprehensive answer must surely qualify you for not only driving one of those Mercs but sitting in the control office giving directions. Hang on, as a navigator (in those days) you were qualified!
17th June 2012, 07:33
I just came across this website and saw your comments.
You may not remember me,I was in Reliant from Dec'66 to Dec 67.2ND Electrical Officer,I remember you and Jane very well.Last thing I heard of David was the car crash in Singapore,he was pretty badly injured as I remember and was sent back to UK after a stint in BMH.
Robbie's surname was Robson I think,wasn't he a Scot from the Highlands or Islands.I know he was an excellent sailor.
I often browse the net looking at old ships etc.and have a couple of stories on RFA Historical Societies website,under "Life In The RFA"have a look if you like.
Will exchange some more memories if you like.Singapore is changed beyond belief,my wife and I went back to Sembewang 1988 just before it was raized it is now just multistorey flats.
Talk to you later
John Barnes "Barnsey"
17th June 2012, 16:25
Were you on LYNESS 1968 ish as 2nd Lecky. I think you relieved Roy Treble, I was the Jnr Lecky.
18th June 2012, 03:35
Yes Ron,I signed on June 68 and signed off May 69!
Were you red haired with a beard and just back from Japan?
Ted Edmonds was the Snr.El.Off a "Westo".
When did you leave the ship?I really enjoyed our South American trip,31/2 months right around SA selling all sorts of stuff to the South American Navies[pity about The Falklands a bit later]!
Thanks to all the other welcoming messages.
Keep in touch Ron,we can exchange notes.
I'm getting mixed up, Ted Edmonds was Snr/El/Off in Olna.I had sailed in her early in 68 with a visit to Australia[Sydney]and then a long trip home via The Cape.She went into refit and I took leave then did an NBCD Course at HMS Pheonix.Joining Lyness after that;we did a refit on The Tyne and sailed South without a Snr/El.Fred Jones joined the ship in Plymouth or Portsmouth!
John Barnes "Barnsey"
18th June 2012, 08:57
By the way what does PMSO stand for?
18th June 2012, 09:57
Will drop you a PM note.
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