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Old 18th June 2005, 00:23
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The above name of a vessel may not be written properly.
I am looking for probably a Chinese flag vessel leaving M****ille July 1951 taking cargo and migrants to Australia via the Panama Canal and Tahiti and French Islands.
Can anybody help identifying this ship?

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Old 18th June 2005, 04:09
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Hi John, thanks for that.
Any chance for a photo?
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Old 18th June 2005, 04:17
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The above name of a vessel may not be written properly.
I am looking for probably a Chinese flag vessel leaving M****ille July 1951 taking cargo and migrants to Australia via the Panama Canal and Tahiti and French Islands.
Can anybody help identifying this ship?
Hi Jan,

Interesting to see that the thought police won't let us get away with the name of that great port in the south of France - how do they feel about Phuket, I wonder?

A little known fact is that the Chinese throw a beer can down the alleyway of each ship and name the ship after the sound it makes!

Regards, John T.

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Old 18th June 2005, 05:02
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"Chunking" 1950 and her sister "Changchow" 1951 were both built by Scotts for China Navigation Company's Hong Kong to Indonesia trade but because of the war against the Dutch authorities both ships were chartered to Messageries Maritimes.
Both later sold to the Admiralty and renamed "Retainer (Changchow) and "Resurgent" (Chungking) and used by RFA as supplies and stores vessels. Most CNCO ships carried Chinese place names.

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Old 18th June 2005, 05:16
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Yes I knew M.M. chartered the vessel for one year. It is that I know two friends who boarded this vessel in France (the Southern Port indeed) as migrants for OZ and they would like a photo.
Guess the vessel has been scrapped?
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Old 18th June 2005, 05:35
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"Changchow" was broken up in Gijon in 1981.
"Chunking" was broken up in Barcelona in 1980.
Sorry but I cant help with photo.
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Old 18th June 2005, 05:47
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Thanks. Just found a photo under the RFA fleet and clearly it can be seen she could house a lot of passengers, yet the navy did some refurbishing no doubt.
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Old 18th June 2005, 05:58
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For CNCo it was intended to carry 48 first 320 steerage and 256 deck but MM may have changed the numbers
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Old 18th June 2005, 06:45
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Thanks again. Just also found a photo of the original vessel under Clyde newbuilding yards, back in 1951.

So Mac and John, thanks for the info.
I have one person at home now who arrived on that vessel since she came down in 1951 during which time she was 18 years old.
Her only memory was the name of the ship and that it had a lot of passengers. And that it sailed from M****illes via the Panama Canal to OZ.

So made somebody happy with some photos and details about the ship.
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Old 18th June 2005, 16:08
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Can somebody tell me why the name of the french port is blanked, is it a swear word or something?????????????/
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Old 18th June 2005, 16:12
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That's had me puzzled as well...........
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Old 19th June 2005, 01:57
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M****illes
M****ille
M****lle
M****il
M****lles
Maseilles
Maseille

Got it, when leaving out the "r" then it works.
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As far as I'm aware, there is nothing at all we can do about it. A default setting within the vBulletin service.
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Dave my ISP and hotmail both DO NOT censor all the swear words I can think of.
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Hi Zelda,
The censoring we get at work is imposed by HQ, in that we don't have an external ISP.

Last year I emailed my wife and said " Don't forget to take the pussycat to the vet." , only I spelled it as two words. I got an immediate automated reply, telling me that the email could not be sent because it contained an offensive word and said:
"The offensive word is: P*ssy. Remove it and we will be happy to send your email."

So I forwarded it to our Operations Director and asked which sick b@st@rd at HQ made up the list of banned words.

Now.. that reminds me of a lady friend I had many years ago. She'd had a very refined upbringing and seemed impervious to the occasional spot of bad language. Then one day she confessed that at work she felt silly because she was aware that there was bad language being used, but she didn't understand a word of it.

So she asked me if I'd tell her every foul word I knew and explain what it meant, just so she didn't feel so stupid.

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Women eh ?
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Only a pervert would consider the word pussy to be offensive LOL
Why would a ship's cat object to that, Zelda?

Incidentally, the only ship's cat I ever met was on Stag Line's "Gloxinia". "Met" being the operative word - he didn't want much to do with me! He used to hang around the bridge staircase and didn't like to be disturbed. I only stayed for the UK coast, but they reckoned in Santos he used to stagger back in the early morning with the rest of the lads. So if you're ever near Hellfire Corner and see a grey tabby eating a stottie cake and saying "Miaow ya f*****!", it will be one of his descendants.

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PS Glad we got to the bottom of the M****illes problem.
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Only a pervert would consider the word pussy to be offensive LOL
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I worked with one and I got so fed up with his attributing every movement of every sub atomic particle to his personal deity, I made up a better one of my own.

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Old 19th June 2005, 20:37
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Hi Jan,

Interesting to see that the thought police won't let us get away with the name of that great port in the south of France - how do they feel about Phuket, I wonder?

A little known fact is that the Chinese throw a beer can down the alleyway of each ship and name the ship after the sound it makes!

Regards, John T.

I didnt know about the beer can and the alleyway. What lines did the 'Thud', 'Dong' and ' Clatter ' sail for ?

Chris.
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Well you know what these religious nutters are like, they have to scour the depths of depravity to save the rest of us from it.

I worked with one and I got so fed up with his attributing every movement of every sub atomic particle to his personal deity, I made up a better one of my own.

Anything his did, mine did better. Anything he attributed to his, I disagreed and laid the credit at the door of mine. I didn't convert him to the ways of the Great Green Pixie, but he left me alone pretty sharpish.

If anyone is looking for a god who doesn't give a stuff what you do, give me a call.

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When are you getting promotion to Archbishop then Rev.??
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"When are you getting promotion to Archbishop then Rev.??"

Is that another one of those changes when he passes 200 messages?

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Well bretheren,

When someone got promoted to moderator recently, I did suggest that moderator was a clerical position, and whilst congratulating him, I also comiserated that he'd got pipped at the post for being elected Pope.

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It may as well be a clerical position by the amount of time I seem to spend doing "moderating-type" stuff.
And at the risk of sounding "bossy", may I suggest that this thread has just got a tiny wee bit off-topic??
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I didnt know about the beer can and the alleyway. What lines did the 'Thud', 'Dong' and ' Clatter ' sail for ?

Chris.
Don't know about the thud, clatter, etc., but there was a certain chief engineer who could hear the pssst psst as the can spanner bit into the top of a can of tennants, even muffled and behind closed doors, from his office on the other side of the ship .
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Well, it can be moved.................
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my family fell foul using our word in the USA for stern, yours for some-thing else, while in the UK
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