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Old 3rd January 2015, 22:18
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So you did, May 1983/July 1983, he was Second Cook, Cat/O was L Bloor. Skellern OM and Arthur Salmon CE.

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Len Bloor fondly known as 'life's a Bloor' amongst us then. He used to have this homemade, Call My Bluff table he would wheel out for social evenings. Liked his Bacardi.
Chief Cook on there for the record was Bernie Bullen, Second Steward was Tony Richardson, Assistant stewards were myself and Dave Allen, Cat boy Alex Roy.
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Hi, just flicking through and came upon this.
I was a steward on the British Avon sept 83- jan 84. Colin was the 2nd cook. I had sailed with Colin on the SS Sivand 2 trips before. He did mention the Ship breaking its back and he was on it at the time. Last time i saw Colin was Heathrow. Just Paid off the Avon in Perth Australia . The Cat officier was Ian Macintosh, Dave was the C/ cook and Nick was the other steward. No galley boy. That was my last trip deep sea, transfered to the Iolair and stayed there till 1995...... paul
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Coley70 I sailed with Alistair on the Centaur when he had his wife on board, he was 2nd then... Alistair died a while ago, great guy, i have been in touch with his son and wife in Wales...
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Old 19th May 2017, 18:53
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Yes I remember the event well. I was Sparks. We were heading for IOG light ship and tank cleaning. Came to a sudden stop after hitting a deep trough.
Main deck split from centre line over the starboard side to the waterline with various other crack on the deck.
Company said we should turn around a head to Gothenburg. Captain not too happy about that as it meant going beam on to a rough sea and the ship was taking on water. Danish rescue services were on full alert and we had to notify them of our progress hourly. Thankfully all went well and arrived safely. Enjoyed a few weeks in repair yard replacing all sorts of deck plating. Captain McCallum was a steady hand - great bloke.
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Hi Iain,
Are you by any chance the Iain Jenkins that was Sparks on the Duchess, Aug '71. Jasper Cliffe was the Old Man and Charlie Pullen the mate. I joined in Marcus Hook as first trip D/C.
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Old 21st May 2017, 18:06
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Hi Chris. Yes I was Sparks on the Duchess then. Subsequently on the Destiny, Signal, Industry. Avon, Gannet, Navigator Loyalty, Tenacity. Hope you are keeping well. Remember Charlie Pullen, great character.

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Old 22nd May 2017, 10:31
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I seem to remember at the time that there was a telex from Big Panic House advising the Rivers boats to run with more ballast when unloaded due to this incident (I might have it wrong after all these years). I was on the Minab (Fal) at the time in ballast and we had to fire up the cargo pumps to put in/move ballast.
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Hi Chris. Yes I was Sparks on the Duchess then. Subsequently on the Destiny, Signal, Industry. Avon, Gannet, Navigator Loyalty, Tenacity. Hope you are keeping well. Remember Charlie Pullen, great character.

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When were you on the Tenacity Iain?
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Old 22nd May 2017, 16:30
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First joined Tenacity at Swansea in June 77, paid off in Rotterdam Oct
Rejoined Grangemouth Dec 77 and paid off Swansea in May 78
Rejoined July 78 but can't remember where I left
Captains were Faulkner, Mammen and Wilson
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Old 22nd May 2017, 18:25
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I might have a picture of you on a beach in Venezeula.
Ginger hair and wearing glasses?
If not I have the wrong person.
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Old 22nd May 2017, 20:50
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The Iain I remember would have had a can of Tennants close at hand.

I remember the trip in the Duchess well, I suppose everyone remembers their first trip, but have particular memories of trips ashore in Hamburg and Cartagena. Dougie Black exchanging shirts with a "lady" in a bar there.

I bumped into Jasper a few times after that on the Faith and the Esk, and John Haynes (2/0) was lecturing on an ARPA course at Fleetwood in mid 80's but not seen anyone else.

Charlie Pullen was as you say a real character, but Mike Greiner and I, who joined together wondered what we'd let ourselves in for.
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Though no doubt I have got it wrong, is this the Iain holding up the beer bottle?

On the right I believe is Gerry Waller 2/O, the other standing is possibly a J/E.

Once again with the proviso that a lot of water has passed under the keel since these were taken.
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Ok I got it wrong, not Tennant's but that looks like Iain to me.
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This one is slightly better, he can be seen troughing in.

Peter Mammen OM is in the right foreground.

Thanks for the confirmation Chris.
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Is that Jimmy Calton on the left. Hard to say with some of his face missing! If it is sailed with him and wife, Joan, on Hawthorn in 74/75.
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Name does not ring any bells, I think he was 2/E, or possibly steam man doing his motor time.

I was there from 26.1.75 to 12.6.78 with leave in between of course, so what and when can be confusing, luckily I have the better half to correct me.
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Old 19th June 2017, 01:44
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I was Chief Officer on the "Tenacity" from 23rd Feb 77 to 16th June 77, my memory is crap these days as I can't remember any the faces in the photo
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