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Old 8th April 2009, 08:17
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The Brook-boats

I was on the Winchester Brook in 1963, are they still going?
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Old 8th April 2009, 17:52
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The Brook-boats

Shipping company Comden and Longstaff, if it helps.
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Old 8th April 2009, 20:21
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I was on the Winchester Brook in 1963, are they still going?
No. Long gone. Taken over by Everards the latter now associated with Fishers of Barrow.
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Old 9th April 2009, 04:51
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I was in Clare, Warwick, Somerset and Sussex. Good firm to work for. If I remember right the office was St Marys Axe London. Cheers janatull
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Old 9th April 2009, 08:10
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I was on the Cornishbrook in 1966, first coaster I had been on.

Some 'memorable' days on her, we won the world cup, and the skipper let me watch the whole game, I worked in catering.
Then we were in Newcastle, I think,the cook and the majority of the crew went ashore for a drink, we sailed without them, I was only the catering boy but I was the only one left in catering and did all the meals and all the other usual jobs that I could fit in, obviously feeding every-one was the min job!
I didn't have any complaints.
And the bosun was the only guy left on deck, he was a big guy, from Hull, I'd sailed with him before on the Baltic Jet.

The skipper was a good old guy, he had this 'straggly' budgie in his cabin, he use to tell me to whistle through to the bridge if ever it attacked me when I was doing his cabin, attack me, huh, it had all on keeping on it's perch, it was that old.

Enjoyed my time on the ship, that is until the replacement cook joined.


Ray..............in Batley.

By the way the company was called Comben Longstaff.
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Old 16th April 2009, 12:42
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I was on the 'Cardiganbrook' in 1960. Good ship. Skippers were L J Mahoney and J Gillings. Mate was G Weightman and 2nd Mates D Metcalf, W Canning, N O'Driscoll. She had the Transactic R/T, Reliance, AKD, Seaguard and 1017.

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Old 17th April 2009, 06:45
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Hi. The story I heard was that when they built the 2 big ones it bought the company down. As far as I know Everards never took the big ones over so dont know what happened to them. Regards janathull
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Old 17th April 2009, 08:09
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I sailed as mate with Capt. Maloney for a couple of years, after he left Comben Longstaffs, 1964/6, he was quite a character, we got on fine.
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Old 17th April 2009, 14:37
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Does any-one know the name of the skipper of the Cornishbrook that had the straggly budgie?





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Old 17th April 2009, 22:44
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In the mid sixties I did about 2 mths on the Dorsetbrook as a galley slave. At 7pm I had to take the 2nd mate a tea/coffee, not the AB though. Think the old mans name was Ferguson, the only time he spoke to me was when I signed on.
Not realy my scene so went on the Ipswich barges after that. Great life, but even some of thier skippers thought they were much superior to us.
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Old 23rd April 2009, 22:13
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Four months on Caernarvonbrook middle trade. A good company to work for. Joined her in London just after one AB set himself on fire in his cabin -suicide.

A few trips to Archangel, Murmansk, Bayonne, Lisbon and Cadiz. Good payer, good crowd and top class feeder.

Cook /steward was queer but a good guy with the food - served personally to all.

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Old 28th April 2009, 22:21
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Was on the Chesterbrook 68/69

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Old 25th May 2009, 20:49
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steve. i was on the chesterbrook 1968. captain lock ,then the mate a mr hislip
got promoted to skips, john gilligan joined as galley boy in dublin.
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Old 26th May 2009, 16:41
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I was on the Westminsterbrook mid 1965. First trip to sea as galley boy. left her in Goole later in the year to go deepsea. should have stayed on her. There is a book published by the World Ship society "Comben Longstaff & Co by K.S.Garrett" ISBN 090561758827. It gives a readable history of the company and has b&W photographs of all the ships. The westminsterbrook was still in service on the Central American coast up to a few years ago. I wonder is it still in service.
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Old 24th October 2009, 17:15
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steve. i was on the chesterbrook 1968. captain lock ,then the mate a mr hislip
got promoted to skips, john gilligan joined as galley boy in dublin.
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Hi Tom,
Dont remember a captain lock, Skipper John O Keeffe,to the best of my memory,Chief Engineer was from Oldham,a steward ex R.N. from Cornwall,was John Gilligan the John Gilligan? our paths must have crossed,a happy ship as I remember,
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Old 26th October 2009, 20:51
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Hi Steve
havent looked at this tread for a while. yes i joined the chesterbrook
in new ross 17/i/68 .left her in ardrossan 9th may 1968 . it was caption lock
then the mate john hislip took over he came from some part of down , Y E S
it was the famous john gilligan joined her in dublin as galley boy, also one of his friend,s as pantry boy but i dont remember his name ,, tom
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Old 26th October 2009, 23:39
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Hi Steve
havent looked at this tread for a while. yes i joined the chesterbrook
in new ross 17/i/68 .left her in ardrossan 9th may 1968 . it was caption lock
then the mate john hislip took over he came from some part of down , Y E S
it was the famous john gilligan joined her in dublin as galley boy, also one of his friend,s as pantry boy but i dont remember his name ,, tom
Hi Tom,
Small world,John Gilligan,eh,cant say I remember him, joined August 1968 in Waterford paid off 23/12/68.so maybe I never had the pleasure of his company, a very happy ship as I recall and a good company towork for,
Steve.
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Old 29th March 2010, 16:09
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Only had two dealings with Comben Longstaff - well, one, really - one was when one of their ships was towed in on LOF (by a Bugsier tug, IIRC) in the mid-70's and the other was shortly afterwards when the SOMERSETBROOK had just been sold to Greek owners and had a most peculiar and tragic interaction collision on her first voyage after sale, resulting in an M notice.

I seem to remember that the tow in on Lloyds Form occurred because the company had the "Blue Funnel" rule about taking a tow from a sister ship if possible, which was done, but for some reason something went horribly astray with the insurance wire.

Known as "the Blue Funnel of the Home Trade" - good people and good ships.

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Old 5th February 2012, 20:30
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I joined the Cardiganbrook in Newcastle during the seamen's strike, as 2nd mate. Captain was Smith, from Sunderland. A few months later I joined the Clarebrook after an incident in the North Sea when half of the timber deck cargo was lost in storm....and the 2nd Mate was fired for incompetence. I'd sailed with this person previously, when he was also fired on that occasion (a problem drinker and a liability).

Coasters were a great experience after deep sea tankers....but b.....y hard work.
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