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Old 15th December 2008, 22:26
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Captains of Colliers

I worked in the agency department of Stephenson Clarke Shipping, mainly in the Blyth office during 1962-1965 and remember some of the names of the Masters of the vessels, mentioned in these pages, that were regular visitors to the port which I looked after.

Barford - Captain Witten
Captain J.M.Donaldson - Captain Topson / Captain Connacher
Chas H. Merz Captain Wright?
Cliff Quay - Captain Moseley Fleet Commodore?
Hackney - Captain McRae. Few 'flatirons' called at the port during my time and I knew Captain McRae as he lived in Seaton Sluice and it was handier for him to pick up monies from the Blyth office.
Lord Citrine - Captain Kellet
Oliver Bury - Captain Connacher / Captain Tudor
Pompey Light - Captain Tudor
Sir Archibald Page - Captain Johnstone
Sir Fon (hopper barge) - Captain Green
Sir John Snell - Captain Richmond
Sir William Walker - Captain Wilson
W.J.H.Wood - Captain Heatherington

Some of the Stephenson Clarke Masters I remember:

Amberley - Captain Black
Arundel - Captain Lawton
Borde - Captain Judge
Broadhurst - Captain Hannah
Findon - Captain Grewar
Heyshott - Captain Pryor
Pulborough -Captain Hansen
Storrington - Captain Pearson

Other vessels that were a regular visitor to Blyth and for whom SC acted as agents for were:

Ballyrory - Captain Ross; Ballyrush - Captain Adair; Firethorn Captain Hegarty; Maythorn - Captain Lavery / Hegarty; Osborne Queen Captain Steeley; Security Captain Wadhams

Can anyone provide info on other Masters and their vessels?
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Old 15th December 2008, 22:33
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Try Lance Hislop, I think he will have the information.
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Old 16th December 2008, 01:28
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Surtees of the "Beeding" Stark of the "Seaford" Grifiths of the "Petworth" circa early 50,s
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Old 16th December 2008, 11:20
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Thanks and appreciated . Before my time but good to add to the history.
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Old 16th December 2008, 11:42
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Stephenson Clarke - Tommy Bone, aka T Bone.

Think I sailed with Hansen on Storrington he was the "man in a suitcase" - did the relieving trip on Storrington and Pulborough (I think) - good bloke.

Duncansby Head was fairly regular in Blyth in the late '60s - Captain was James Grant, a martinet with a Napoleon complex.

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Old 16th December 2008, 16:14
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If my memory serves me correctly I first came across him when he left one of the deep sea vessels, might have been the Methane Pioneer that was under management at that time? He joined Pulburough when she was completing building at Blyth. He may well have moved to Rogate when she was newly built too.
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Old 18th December 2008, 20:00
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I worked in the agency department of Stephenson Clarke Shipping, mainly in the Blyth office during 1962-1965 and remember some of the names of the Masters of the vessels, mentioned in these pages, that were regular visitors to the port which I looked after.

Security Captain Wadhams

Can anyone provide info on other Masters and their vessels?
There were three Capt Wadhams. Bert Senior and Bert Junior. Harold was Bert junior's younger briother.

Harold is dead and I believe both Berts are too.
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Old 18th December 2008, 21:33
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Capt. Tommy Callander,"Gosport"
Capt.Bob Purvis,"Lady Charrington"
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Old 18th December 2008, 22:49
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Harold was with the Security in my time. A Norfolk man. I think that he went on leave and whilst ashore the vessel sank whilst it was anchored in thick fog in River Elbe in 1964. She was raised and broken up in Hamburg.
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Old 18th December 2008, 22:52
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Remember Callander now but never looked after Lady Charrington. There was also Captain Cooke and I think that he was on the Greathope?
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Old 19th December 2008, 18:15
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I sailed as 2/mate with Harold Wadhams on the Superiority, Joe Gowan was mate, two good coastal shipmasters of the past, great characters and shipmates.
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Old 19th December 2008, 19:37
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Captain Donald Mac Kinnon : M.V. Beeding (1981 - 1983)
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Old 20th December 2008, 04:04
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I worked as 2nd mate on two CEA vessels managed by Stephenson Clarke, the "Dame Caroline Haslett" (Capt. Richmond from Barry) and "Sir John Snell" (Capt. Heatherington, a Geordie) both great ships and great captains.
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Old 20th December 2008, 10:42
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If it is the same Captain Richmond (Bill?) he transferred to the Dame Caroline Haslett when she was used for cable laying. Only knew him when he was on the Sir John Snell. Not sure where he was from. Likewise with Captain Heatherington only knew him when he was on the W.J.H.Wood. The mate of the W.J.H.Wood at that time was called Featherstone. He did relief on other vessels as Master from time to time.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 15:19
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Remember Callander now but never looked after Lady Charrington. There was also Captain Cooke and I think that he was on the Greathope?
Robert Cook was captain of "Greathope" in 1956
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Old 23rd December 2008, 15:22
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Cory Colliers. "Corfleet" regular caller at Blyth, in 1955/56 her Master was, A.G. Waller.
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Old 23rd December 2008, 21:43
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Old 23rd December 2008, 21:45
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Old 24th December 2008, 02:04
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Capt'n Eoll off the "Polden", went ashore to be a Seaham Harbour pilot, which reminds me. Capt'n Stark of the "Seaford" was heard to remark to the Seaham Harbour pilot after a "hairy' entrance in a bit of a blow,"I don't know why they waste money going to the south pacific to test the atomic bombs, when there are places like this around"
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Cory's Corbeach in the 60's: Captain Griffin, (a relieving master was a Captain Sharpe from South Shields). Happy Christmas to all.
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Old 25th December 2008, 13:29
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Kinnaird Head Captain Graham (Brother in law Capt Grant ).
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Old 25th December 2008, 13:56
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Lord Citrine - Captain Kellet

bob was my uncle. rumour has it that he attended capt.(dougie) prior's funeral and while the seafaring mourners were swinging the lantern outside the crematorium he collapsed and died
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Old 25th December 2008, 17:59
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Captains of Colliers

I signed on the 'Bowcombe' one of Cory's e d h at Blyth on Feb 1960 paid off W Hartlepool April . I've spent longer on a lookout , however on checking the old book I can't make out the signatures , the top one is a definite E H***d and the lower signature R Joliphur but that too is a guess except for the initials . Between the signs for some strange reason that you may enlighten us on there is very clearly written Eng 2 . I have never noticed that before and no way is it 2nd Eng , surely not . I'm not much help to your question . Now it looks like I'm asking the question if you tie up the name with the dates then that's a possibility .
One thing I remember well it that the old man went on leave for two weeks while we were tied up and our sub dried up long before he came back . Had it not been for the girls in the Golden Fleece , bless em , we woulld have died of dehydration . I remember we did one run to the Thames and back to Hartlepool where she laid up . I got a transfer to Tilbury and joined one of B P s British Star . Then came the strike which was the beginning of the end of the Nostalgic days.
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Old 25th December 2008, 19:38
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Hi and thanks for that. I strongly suspect that most of the Captains in my time have passed away. It is interesting about Captain Kellet. I think, but am not certain, that he lodged in Blyth for sometime at the Buffalo. The Lord Citrine had a second mate called Owens at that time. Being Welsh he was known as 'Taffy'. He has promoted to CO on occassions but not sure if he held the appropriate certificates! A hell of a nice guy but with a drink a real pain in the backside.
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Old 25th December 2008, 19:42
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I have turned my mind over re the Bowcombe which was a Stephenson Clarke vessel but keep coming up with a blank. The Master I think was from the Hartlepool / Teeside areas - a very nice man and there is something in my mind that he had lost a son. Last time I saw the Golden Fleece it was still there but all boarded up. The Seven Stars and the Dun Cow are long gone.
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