Dave Ellis - new member

13th July 2008, 16:45
Hi, folks.

I was a sparks from 17-6-70 until 6-8-75. I managed to take in passenger/cargo, ferry, tankers, crude carriers, general cargo, and freezer ships. I worked for Marconi, IMRC, and Redifon. Quick resume:

City of Port Elizabeth 17-6-70 to 6-1-71.
Baharistan 29-1-71 to 15-2-71.
Eucadia 17-2-71 to 22-2-71.
Baharistan 23-2-71 to 31-7-71.
New Zealand Star 4-10-71 to 31-10-72.
Columbia Star 23-3-73 to 26-3-73.
Jersey Queen 21-5-73 to 23-5-73.
Harfleet 15-6-73 to 20-6-73.
Naess Champion 28-6-73 to 2-1-74.
Discoverer 27-10-74 to 20-11-74.
J.V. Clyne 1-12-74 to 21-3-75.
I.D. Sinclair 18-5-75 to 6-8-75.

I circumnavigated on a single ship a couple of times, and visited lots of fascinating places. At the time I didn't realise it, but these were almost the best days of my life. If only I'd kept a diary! I've forgotten the names of so many shipmates, and details of the stations I worked. I can't even remember the Harfleet or the Eucadia!

I'm now a grandad, comfortably off and retired after a lifetime in electronics and computing, and it's all thanks to the tremendous start in education and character training the Merchant Navy experience gave me.

If anyone out there knows me, or you just want to chew the fat, I'd love to hear from you.

Dave Ellis.

K urgess
13th July 2008, 17:05
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Dave.
Plenty of us knocking around in the crew and it won't take you long to find the radio room.
No watches, just explore the ship and enjoy the trip.

13th July 2008, 17:17
Welcome from Lancashire.

I hope you will enjoy the site.



13th July 2008, 17:17
Greetings Dave and a warm welcome to SN. Plenty of ex sparkies on board. Most of us left the sea years ago but our minds are still there. Thanks for signing on and a nice introduction you gave. Bon voyage.

Steve Woodward
13th July 2008, 17:54
Welcome to SN from Suffolk, enjoy your time with us

Bruce Carson
13th July 2008, 21:25
Dave, from Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
Chances are you will be hearing from old shipmates before long.
It's good to have you onboard.


14th July 2008, 00:00
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

14th July 2008, 00:53
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

14th July 2008, 16:20
Thanks, guys, for your warm welcome. I feel like I've come home! Is there a chance the proposed get-together will come off. I'm very keen to join in.

Dave Ellis.

5th December 2008, 21:59
Hi Dave,

Where do your Ellis' come from, my Ellis family are from Portdinorwic (now Felinheli) and before that Nefyn, North Wales and are steeped in seafarring history, I know that there were connections to Liverpool and Runcorn with this family.


7th December 2008, 14:49

We are Essex folk. My dad comes from a large family of greengrocers in Hockley, a little village about 5 miles from Southend-on-Sea. I know Ellis is a Welsh name, but I don't believe we have a Welsh connection.

My wife's dad was a Foley, a true Welshman from New Tredigar. He did some time in the mines before the war, then moved to Essex after demobilisation in 1946. But that's it for the Welsh side of the clan!

Kind regards,