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Old 22nd February 2012, 09:56
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I am looking forward to browsing this site. As you can see from my discharge book number R658336 I go back a few years. Started at the Vindy, I expect there are plenty of you out there.Union Castle, Royal Mail, just to mention two of the 30 companies I worked for.Finished my last 7 plus years with Buries Markes.On all their chemical tankers, as Bosun. Brilliant company to work for.Perhap there are a couple of guys out there may know me.I started in 1956 finished in 1982.
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Old 22nd February 2012, 10:54
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Old 22nd February 2012, 11:36
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Greetings John and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.
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welcome to SN. Enjoy all we have to offer. Have a look in the Shipping Company forum you may find some old shipmates there.

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Old 22nd February 2012, 12:50
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Old 22nd February 2012, 22:46
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Old 23rd February 2012, 07:38
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Thank you all for your warm welcome to the SN site I am sure I will spend many hours aboard.The time is 07.13 UK time. Yesterday I looked into the live ships at sea.I found that amazing,thank you.Question= Are the bridge bells still rung to announce the time.If so is seven bells still rung at 0720 and 1120.If I remember correctly seven bells in the afternoon watch was 1530. I do know the reason for the odd times for 0720 and 1120. Perhaps as a tiny quiz you could ask the Members if they know. All ex deckies should get this right. John R658336.
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Old 23rd February 2012, 07:42
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I have just noticed that I am the only one in the crows nest.At 0737 Ha" Ha" John R658336
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Old 23rd February 2012, 07:44
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Your clock is 5 minutes fast John again.
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Old 23rd February 2012, 08:08
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I have just noticed that Linerrich is from the good ole US of A Liner rich. Does that make you the owner of "Royal Caribbean"??? John
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Old 23rd February 2012, 08:16
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Billy Boy I notice you and I are the only two on watch,and I have to go now.See you later. Thank you John R658336. Can I discard my number and be known as John.? Bye
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Old 24th February 2012, 10:28
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Old 24th February 2012, 15:58
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Into my favorite site again. good afternoon one and all.
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Old 25th February 2012, 13:35
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Good afternoon everybody. Here in Bury St. Edmunds the sun is shining.
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Hi there just as a matter of interest which ships did you sail on when you were with Union Castle? and what year was it?
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Old 25th February 2012, 23:23
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Good morning, this is my first attempt in my reseach into my fathers sailing career. Master Mariner William Maurice Dunn.
8 years under sail, 1906-1914, obtained masters ticket.
36 years with Alfred Holt "Blue Funnel Line";13 Years at sea,1914-1927, obtained masters ticket. 23 years as Supertendant of the Mercantile Warf Brisbane, 1927-1950.
His first sailing ship at age 16 was the Dunstaffnage; He was also on the Mount Stewart.
Born in 1890, retired 1950, died 1974.
This sums up the extent of my proven knowledge, and i don`t realy know where to go from here. can anyone help?
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Old 26th February 2012, 07:23
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Hi there just as a matter of interest which ships did you sail on when you were with Union Castle? and what year was it?
look forward to hear from you,
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Don
Hi Don, I trust you are well.I was d/boy on the "Durban Castle",when she was the last Passenger ship to go through Suez in 1956.I did 4 trips on her 2 as d/boy and 2 as jos.1956 was the Nasser conflict.As you may well remember.Now things get a bit dim. In the early 80s my then wife put my discharge books in the cellar. Yes you have guessed they got ruined with the dampness.So now I have to rely on my memory. Do you remember the Gold Bullion theft aboard the "Capetown Castle! about 58/59. I served on her as AB the following trip.( am told the bullion was hidden in the sand locker, it was all recovered by the police ) I was AB aboard the " Tantallon Castle " which was one of the two Black hulled castle boats.that would be about 59/60. The " Athlone Castle "would have been about 60/61.That Don was my time with UCSS Co,LTD.Was did you do at sea and when.I was to spend many more years with a variety of companies Oh! to be young again. John. PS. The only company I can say I was with ,with certainty was Buries Markes. I was Bosun on two of their bulkers ..and their entire chemical tanker fleet from 1975/82

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Hi Don, I trust you are well.I was d/boy on the "Durban Castle",when she was the last Passenger ship to go through Suez in 1956.I did 4 trips on her 2 as d/boy and 2 as jos.1956 was the Nasser conflict.As you may well remember.Now things get a bit dim. In the early 80s my then wife put my discharge books in the cellar. Yes you have guessed they got ruined with the dampness.So now I have to rely on my memory. Do you remember the Gold Bullion theft aboard the "Capetown Castle! about 58/59. I served on her as AB the following trip.( am told the bullion was hidden in the sand locker, it was all recovered by the police ) I was AB aboard the " Tantallon Castle " which was one of the two Black hulled castle boats.that would be about 59/60. The " Athlone Castle "would have been about 60/61.That Don was my time with UCSS Co,LTD.Was did you do at sea and when.I was to spend many more years with a variety of companies Oh! to be young again. John. PS. The only company I can say I was with ,with certainty was Buries Markes. I was Bosun on two of their bulkers ..and their entire chemical tanker fleet from 1975/82
Hello John
This is my second attempt replying to your message, the first one disappeared just as I was about to close!
It looks as if you were on the Capetown a while before I joined, Fri 25th March 1966, I am not too sure when the Gold was stolen but I do remember being shown the sand locker, and the air vent, they travelled through to get at the bullion, the only other incident I remember is when we went on a sand bank as we entered Flushing, Holland and had to wait for the tide before we finally got away, there was a commotion among the passengers as the ship developed quite a list. ( no I was not on the wheel! )
I signed off in Southampton Monday13 June right at the middle of the seamen's strike and had to lodge with a colleague, the landlady ( God bless her ) would not take any money off me till the strike was over,
I could not go home, partly because there were no ferries to my island home and I was skint!
I did my stint at gate number 8 with my placard! For which, I think we got paid.
My next ship was the Reina Del Mar where I did nine cruises, mainly to the Mediteranian and the Atlantic Islands.
I wonder if anyone on this site remembers those incidents?
Regards,
Don.

PS I remember playing football with the Tantallon Castle in East London South Africa Tues 4th may, 4 4.
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Old 4th March 2012, 10:08
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Hi again Don,
I too have sat for hours writing a mail,then for what seems no reason it disappears. Life I guess. You mention you Island home,where might that be? You also mention the strike of 66. I was shore side during that one. As a matter of fact,there have been very few seamen strikes ever, official that is.I was in one of them. That would have been about 1960. I to was home ,in fact in Cornwall on holiday.As I could not go back to sea I stayed in Cornwall for an extra 4 weeks.I was on holiday with a shipmate, as we were camping and had a girlfriend each it did,nt cost us anything to stay the extra time.As I remember it we did,nt gain by the strike.
Football was also a passion of mine,I was always in the team if the ship had one.I was a goalkeeper.A position very few wanted.There used to be a famous football player named John White ( same as mine ) he played on the left wing for Tottenham. That was when it was 5 forwards, 3 midfield, 2 backs and a goalie. Those were the days.
I was hoping to go out today, its raining, no fun in a wheelchair. So I will find a site to keep me happy. Take care Don.
John.
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