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Old 8th February 2011, 09:32
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I was with RES 1975-1987. Anyone know if Bill Curry/Angus Macdonald/Ken Fawcett/Thelma Walsh/Mike Norton/Dennis Williamson still around ?

Also:
Pursers Les Flockhart/Alan Richardson.
Capts Twomey/'Ginger' Leonard Brown.

Many fond memories of the fleet and trips.

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Ken
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Old 8th February 2011, 11:55
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Bill and Angus long since crossed the bar, also Captain Lionel Brown.

i would hazard a guess that you were also an Act2/Act6 R/O.

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Old 8th February 2011, 20:26
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Bill and Angus long since crossed the bar, also Captain Lionel Brown.

i would hazard a guess that you were also an Act2/Act6 R/O.

Regards......

S2182
Many thanks for replying and with sadness note the passing of all three. I sailed with 'Ginger' Brown for several years on ACT2.
I also have been on ACT3/6, ACL's Conveyor/Causeway, Moss tankers,Cunard Cavalier and 5 of the fruit boats - many fond memories.

I went freelance in 1987 with Norwegians/Italians and also 2 years on Furness Withy's 'Andes', and finally left sea in 1992.

Now retired from banking/trust admin.

How about you ?

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Old 8th February 2011, 20:33
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Hello Ken..........

I sailed on the Act2 and Act6, Conveyor, Port Liners, Brocks and Cunard Chieftain.

A whole book could be written of "Ginger" and his legendary exploits both at sea and of course, in the air.

Those who knew him will know what i mean...........

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Old 8th February 2011, 21:57
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Hello Ken..........

I sailed on the Act2 and Act6, Conveyor, Port Liners, Brocks and Cunard Chieftain.

A whole book could be written of "Ginger" and his legendary exploits both at sea and of course, in the air.

Those who knew him will know what i mean...........

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Old 8th February 2011, 22:49
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QSO established.

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Old 16th February 2011, 17:51
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RE&S 1980-87 unfortunately have no updates on any of the folk mentioned.
This seems a very unsubscribed thread - there must be more of us left?
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Old 8th March 2012, 22:11
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Joined Liverpool 1973 left Lisbon 1979:
Act 3 Mike Twomey 1975 St John, NB - MANZ x 2 - St John, NB
Eric Chapman 1976 St John, NB - MANZ x 2 - Liverpool (Seaforth)
Act 6 Eric Chapman 1976 St John, NB - MANZ x 2 - Tilbury
Andria John Oldfield/John Hart/GDB Thomas 1977-8 (JO) Iquique - Dieppe
(JH) Dieppe - Casablanca
(GT) Casablanca- Casablanca
Cunard Cavalier Larry Crump (sold to Niarchos at Wallsend) 1978 Damman -
Wallasend
Cunard Chieftain Dave Kissane 1975-6 Bandar Shahpur - Inchon
Oloibiri Brian Nuttall 1979 Ras Tanurah - Lisbon
Port Alfred Vic Hunt (renamed Masirah, Durban 1978) 1978-9 Dubai - Jeddah
Port Brisbane Fred North (Ginger Brown 1st mate) 1963-4 (MIMCO) Hull -
London
Port Nicholson Dave Kissane/Ralph Wight/John Hart 1973-4 (DK) Middlesbrough - Tilbury
(RW) Tilbury - Avonmouth
(JH) Avonmouth - Cardiff
Many names to be conjured up in next episode.
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Old 16th March 2012, 21:24
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Amendment to Andria: the captainwhen I joined in Iquique was John Oscroft not Oldfield. Had sailed on ACT6 (or it might have been ACT3) with John when he was the mate. A good man.
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Old 16th March 2012, 21:27
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More likely ACT 2.

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Old 20th March 2012, 21:22
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Ref. nr.10: No it isn't at all likely. I never sailed on ACT2, just ACT3 twice (M H C Twomey x 1.5 and E E Chapman x 1) and ACT6 (E E Chapman). John Oscroft was 1st mate under E E C (1976) I remember his wife came to Seaforth to collect him when we signed off - so it was ACT6. After my second spell on ACT3 with E E C I remember signing off in Tilbury and I told R & E S I didn't want ACTA again, that was 1977 and I went to the Cunard Cavalier afterwards, until she was sold to Niarchos at Wallsend that year (summer). Then I joined Andria in Iquique in early autumn and John Oscroft was skipper. Incidentally just before I left the ACT3 in Tilbury D Williamson came to the ship, I don't remember the reason, and so I at last met the third musketeer. Ken Fawcett I met just after I joined R & E S, Mike Norton was on a Gyrocompass Techniques course they sent me to in Fleetwood and later came up to the Cavalier in Wallsend. I know Ken was ex-Brock and Mike wasn't and I assume Denis was because he told me that he didn't think R & E S provided as good service as the Brock system had. That's a memory that came to mind when I was trawling another Thread a few weeks back. Someone commented thereon they didn't know why Brocks had carried two sparks when their ships were H8. I felt I knew why - I could see D Williamson, short in stature, hirsute facially, hyper-opinionated.
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Old 20th March 2012, 21:28
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"I never sailed on ACT2"

That would prove your point.



Ken F. was the only one worth a light............lovely guy...........ended up shoved in "stores" or somewhere........wasted.

John Oscroft lived fairly close to GLV..........The town of Kendal in Cumbria.

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Old 21st March 2012, 22:56
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Yes I knew John lived in Kendal though I don't think he was originally from the north. It seemed to me as if he had to 'suffer the north' so it might as well be in the environs of the Lake District. The rest of the North of England did not seem to suit him at all. From our time on ACT6 I think he thought I was a bit bolshie. He was the mate (and RNR), perhaps ex-Port Line and we were both stuck with EEC. We were all stuck with EEC. I was more than pleased to meet up with John again on the Andria. He must have felt we hadn't hit it off well together when in ACT6 because he had had misgivings when I was appointed to Andria but then surprised to discover I wasn't antagonistic towards him in any way. I liked him. I was used to Port Line long before getting near ACTA. I'd served on Port Brisbane 1963-64 then when I joined Cunard Brocklebank I was in Port Nicholson 1973-74. I first met Ken Fawcett while I was on Port Nicholson. I only met him briefly and probably only three times in all my R & E S career. He was comfortable to be with, wry and wise in that characteristic Scouse manner. That is not an interment I can apply to the other R & E S luminaries, other than Bill Curry. But I didn't really have much to do with any of them save when summoned for 'Executive medical'. And we both seem to have unlocked Angus's nom de guerre.
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Old 21st March 2012, 23:07
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Yes Harry, I'm in broad agreement.

The "luminaries" such as Norton,Williamson and not forgetting "Sparkie" Mullarkey are to be forever veiled in my memory.....mercifully.

Ken F. was just as you described........ and the only one to be of practical value.

You will recall Arthur Orum, no doubt..........He was the Manager when i joined.

Quite a "rum" crew when one looks back on it all.......

Did you ever work out what the rather odd whiskers which adorned Angus Macdonald were all about?

Best regards.........

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Old 22nd March 2012, 23:08
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Though his name is familiar I don't know if Arthur Orum was still around when I was with R & E S (1973-79). I don't remember meeting him but I seem to remember Bill Curry introducing me to someone who was the manager, and I don't think it was Angus. Nor do I remember anybody called Mullarkey. In 1973 and before my contract began Bill Curry asked me if I would attend an Erricsson SSB course in south London, which I duly did. The course was held somewhere at the bottom of the Northern Line, Morden probably and there was about half a dozen of us. Two names stand out - Mike Norton and Larry Climo. I'd forgotten about it till I remembered I had shared a room with Mike in a semi-detached house which was an annexe to the hotel they had put us in. Larry Climo was quite an oddball as I remember. There was a QE2 R/O who lived in Norwich as well. So I seem to have attended two courses with Mike Norton. It is possible he was still sea-going at the time of the Erricsson course.
Reviewing my nr.8 above I seem to have got a couple of things tangled:
(1) Port Brisbane 1963/64 the captain was Fred White not Fred North. Capt. White came from Wellington, NZ and it was a different period. He was a nice bloke. Thirty years later, after a career change, working in the east-end of London, a Kiwi called Charles White joined us as a temp. He turned out to be his nephew.
Capt. North I once met at a Senior Officers Seminar. I nearly sailed on Atlantic Conveyor c.1978. I stood by her at Seaforth Terminal while he and my old friend Charlie Pratt had had to go to see Entwistle over something or other, but then got cleared in time to sail.
(2) ACTS 3 or 6: ACT6 - I left at Seaforth Terminal, ACT3 2nd time at Tilbury. I have reasons to remember them both. ACT6 touched the wall when entering Seaforth. The tug blamed the ship, the pilot blamed the ship, and Chapman blamed me. Why not – easy target. It was probably a bridge repeater – nobody had reported anything to me – or said anything afterwards. I didn't even know until I got a phone call from Angus two weeks later. Williamson came to ACT3 at Tilbury, and again Chapman was skipper, I don't remember why he came. Because he came I had to stay until late in the evening. As a result I took a taxi from Tilbury to King's Cross Station and incurred R & E S displeasure.
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Old 22nd March 2012, 23:14
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"and my old friend Charlie Pratt"

Your friend and his.......... Mine too.

I took over the Cunard Chieftain from jazz loving, gout suffering Charles.............

A character.



The manager was indeed Arthur Orum in 1973..........he died in '75 and Angus took over.
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"and my old friend Charlie Pratt"

Your friend and his.......... Mine too.

I took over the Cunard Chieftain from jazz loving, gout suffering Charles.............

A character.
Ah! Charlie Pratt; a character indeed - and one time wrestler. Sailed with him sometime last century, either Lumiere or Luminetta, probably Lumiere 1975. Smashing chap.
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"and one time wrestler".........The list goes on.

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Lot of familiar names there, Arthur Orum interviewed me originally. Yes Ken Fawcett was a gent and when he retired we bought him a banjo! I sailed on C.chieftain, campaigner, Mahsud, Oloibiri and then 10 yrs on GBTT.
GWZM was the collective call if I recall correctly. I was at college with Larry Climo in Plymouth - unique. There are lots of others of course.
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Just to say hello! I knew most of the folk to whom you refer though lost track of them all many years ago. Very sad to hear Bill Curry has gone. Happy to hear that Ken Fawcett retired to take up the banjo! Where is he now? Charlie Pratt ... Pratt by name and pratt by nature .... his boast, not an insult I assure you, is he still around? Port Line, Moss tankers and Cunard Carronade would have been where you saw me.
Is Captain Pem still with us, or Bugsy Skulberg (C/O) ?

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G'day Martin.......

We met on more than one occasion in the 70's..........

Nice to see you here.

Captain Pem sadly "Crossed the bar" some years ago.......i sailed with him on Markhor on the Red Sea/Gulf run.

Best regards.........

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Does anyone have any internal photos of ACT 2 / ACT 6 - Radio Room, Bridge, Saloon, Bar, Cabins ...that sort of stuff?
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I was with RES 1975-1987. Anyone know if Bill Curry/Angus Macdonald/Ken Fawcett/Thelma Walsh/Mike Norton/Dennis Williamson still around ?

Also:
Pursers Les Flockhart/Alan Richardson.
Capts Twomey/'Ginger' Leonard Brown.

Many fond memories of the fleet and trips.

Regards
Ken
Hi Ken
Served from 1973-81 with R&ES.
Port Alfred, Port Nicholson, loaned to Marconi on America Star, Mahsud, Luminous, ACT2/6, Cunard Adventurer/Countess and QE2.
Mike Twomey unfortunately crossed the bar about 4 years ago. Stroke. Lived near Beverley, Yorks.

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Sailed with Ian North when he was 2nd Mate on Port Vindex 1952, Hazlewood was Master. Ian played the Northumberland bagpipes much to the Masters disgust, as a Scot I didn't mind at all. Was saddened to hear Ian was lost during
the Falklands War when the Atlantic Conveyor was hit by missiles.
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I was originally interviewed by Arthur Orum when I joined Brocklebanks in '68. Started with two trips on Mawana/GWWZ with Phil Marriott as Chief R/O. Spent another 7 years in the cargo fleet on - Samaria, Lucigen, Dilkara (Ian North was the old man and delighted in drawing monkeys over everything), Mahsud, Mahout, Port Nicholson, Oloibiri (fitout in Livorno) ACT2, ACT6, Concordia Manipur (ex Ivernia), Atlantic Causeway and, finally, Cunard Cavalier (anchored for 90 days off Bandar Abbas!). Moved to the pax fleet in '76 and did the next 5 years on Cunard Adventurer, Cunard Countess and Cunard Princess. Gave the whole game away in '81 and emigrated to Aus. I have a pic posted in the Gallery somewhere of the RES office crowd. Cheers. Alan Marsden
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