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Search: Posts Made By: Nick Jones
Forum: Brocklebank Line 26th January 2015, 22:27
Replies: 22
Views: 2,101
Posted By Nick Jones
Gents, Maybe we need a roll call to see whom is...

Gents,
Maybe we need a roll call to see whom is left. so I'll make a start,
Nick Jones Chief Electrician, November 1968 to September 1971.
Ships SS Matra, Nov.68-Mar. 70 MV Luminous, May 70-Nov. 70...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 12th November 2014, 22:56
Replies: 13
Views: 1,600
Posted By Nick Jones
My first voyage, a coastal trip on the SS...

My first voyage, a coastal trip on the SS Cotopaxi as second leckie meant I did the move book, hadn't a clue what was going on. the second Macateer used to wander off round the engine room during...
Forum: Cunard 25th February 2013, 22:39
Replies: 33
Views: 5,950
Posted By Nick Jones
Gentlemen, I have a question about the QE2's...

Gentlemen,
I have a question about the QE2's R/Os. I was on the Brocklebanks ship SS Matra in, I think early 69 when our R/O was taken off for some reason. His replacement came off the QE2 and I...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 25th February 2013, 22:28
Replies: 33
Views: 4,643
Posted By Nick Jones
John, I do indeed remember the engine shedding a...

John,
I do indeed remember the engine shedding a rod. I was on 12-4 with Cadet Dave Ireland after Paddy had lost his finger in Chalna. I had been wandering around and cme back into the engine room...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 9th February 2013, 22:47
Replies: 38
Views: 4,563
Posted By Nick Jones
Phil, I must be lucky as I received a new set of...

Phil,
I must be lucky as I received a new set of clubs from thw rig when I retired, as for balls we usually find more than enough. Golfing twice a week with my game is as much frustration as I can...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 19th January 2013, 21:32
Replies: 38
Views: 4,563
Posted By Nick Jones
Martin, I've been retired for over 4 years now...

Martin,
I've been retired for over 4 years now and loving it, don't miss work a bit, although I sometimes miss the blokes I used to work with for a laugh. I don't worry about daytime TV as i go to...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 18th January 2013, 23:28
Replies: 38
Views: 4,563
Posted By Nick Jones
Martin, Have you retired yet? The Mate in...

Martin,
Have you retired yet? The Mate in question wouldn't be the infamous Colin Herd would it? My last voyage on the Manipur was with him. He didn't look too pleased when I showed up at Heathrow to...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 17th January 2013, 01:20
Replies: 38
Views: 4,563
Posted By Nick Jones
Slick, If I remember correctly I sailed with...

Slick,
If I remember correctly I sailed with Martin, when he was second mate on the Luminous and flew home with him in November 1970. The mate was an Irishman with whom I had some trouble, but Martin...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 21st December 2012, 22:06
Replies: 10
Views: 1,342
Posted By Nick Jones
Was there a tie-up with PSNC/ Guinea Gulf, as I...

Was there a tie-up with PSNC/ Guinea Gulf, as I recall sailing with a couple of Engineers who had been on the Elizabeth Holt and Rose of Lancaster (Cause of Lung Cancer) as they called...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 5th December 2012, 22:11
Replies: 17
Views: 3,637
Posted By Nick Jones
Oh how one remembers the past. While on the...

Oh how one remembers the past. While on the Luminous the 2nd renarked that we never had a level alarm on the prop system tank show up. Off i went into the bilges to investigate. We had power to the...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 4th December 2012, 22:34
Replies: 9
Views: 1,482
Posted By Nick Jones
Why do they not work when you need them. I still...

Why do they not work when you need them. I still have dreams about being on the Manipur (Ex Ivernia) when we had an engine fire at the scavenge level. I was first into the engine room and made it...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 18th November 2012, 02:41
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By Nick Jones
Captain Baxter, was master of my last ship MV...

Captain Baxter, was master of my last ship MV Manipur,(Ex Ivernia) which was easily the worst voyage I had. As I recall he seemed calm and unflappable during all our troubles. Unfortunately I cannot...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 17th August 2012, 22:32
Replies: 20
Views: 3,478
Posted By Nick Jones
One of the advantages of having ammonia fridge...

One of the advantages of having ammonia fridge systems on the Matra, was having a room in the fridge flat for all the valves that always stank of ammonia. this is where we kept our beer while in...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 29th May 2012, 22:58
Replies: 5
Views: 958
Posted By Nick Jones
Alan, My records show us joining in Houston, then...

Alan,
My records show us joining in Houston, then going to New Orleans, Charleston, Newport News (Lay-up) Baltimore, Philedelphia, New York then deep sea.
On the return leg the U.S ports were...
Forum: Cunard 7th December 2011, 22:30
Replies: 45
Views: 8,329
Posted By Nick Jones
Tom, John Collins did his first trip with us on...

Tom,
John Collins did his first trip with us on the Matra, he'd served his time at the Sentinel Diesel works in Shrewsbury, big lad but a nice guy.
cheers,
Nick Jones.
Forum: The Engine Room 6th July 2011, 22:08
Replies: 102
Views: 13,113
Posted By Nick Jones
We had a better use for the Conndoms, nuff...

We had a better use for the Conndoms, nuff said!

Cheers,
nick jones.
Forum: Brocklebank Line 5th July 2011, 22:00
Replies: 24
Views: 4,070
Posted By Nick Jones
John g, Have you not forgotten the Manipur's...

John g,
Have you not forgotten the Manipur's Rolls gen. sets. How many times did we black out before we even left the US?
I particularly remember one of them later on in the voyage, after Paddy lost...
Forum: The Engine Room 28th June 2011, 22:48
Replies: 102
Views: 13,113
Posted By Nick Jones
I've still got my Bahco 10" shifter, been all...

I've still got my Bahco 10" shifter, been all over the world with it. It has the patina of a well used tool and the ground in notches for identification.
cheers,

nick jones.
Forum: Brocklebank Line 31st January 2011, 23:03
Replies: 4
Views: 814
Posted By Nick Jones
Didn't the Matra have a sounding pipe under the...

Didn't the Matra have a sounding pipe under the Captains table in the main saloon? As that was the only ship of that class I sailed on I wouldn't know about the others.

cheers,

Nick Jones.
Forum: Brocklebank Line 14th December 2010, 22:26
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By Nick Jones
Well said Alistair, Ihave lived in Houston for...

Well said Alistair, Ihave lived in Houston for the past 20 years and enjoy the lifestyle and the people.
I first came to Houston on the P.N.S.C's Somers Isle in 1968 never imagining I would end up...
Forum: Manchester Liners 2nd October 2010, 00:04
Replies: 5
Views: 2,433
Posted By Nick Jones
Micheal, I'm sorry it was the Albany not the...

Micheal,
I'm sorry it was the Albany not the Picardy I joined in August 1968 with the intent of sailing deep sea on her. However I was shanghied for the Somers Isle before she sailed and did a voyage...
Forum: Cunard 18th August 2010, 23:02
Replies: 19
Views: 1,715
Posted By Nick Jones
John, Wasn't the Manipur ex Ivernia one of the...

John,

Wasn't the Manipur ex Ivernia one of the so called "Mickey Mouse Boats" your last ship same as myself?
Cheers,
Nick Jones.
Forum: Brocklebank Line 28th January 2010, 01:36
Replies: 3
Views: 466
Posted By Nick Jones
Don, I did 2x6- month voyages with George...

Don,
I did 2x6- month voyages with George Sinclair as Master, of the Matra. He was one of the best I sailed with, a gentleman and a scholar who's idea of bar hours were as long as there was someone...
Forum: Brocklebank Line 26th January 2010, 23:51
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By Nick Jones
If I remember correctly we slung tarps under the...

If I remember correctly we slung tarps under the AC condensers on the Manipur (Ex Ivernia) to collect the fresh water, while in the tropics. John G. can probably confirm.

Cheers,
nick jones.
Forum: Brocklebank Line 1st May 2009, 23:33
Replies: 21
Views: 903
Posted By Nick Jones
The Chief Steward on the Matra in 1968/9 had done...

The Chief Steward on the Matra in 1968/9 had done a year on Gan Island during his time in the RAF. He told about the necktie they got for doing the year. It had I believe a yellow circle with a red...
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