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Icenic in Royal Albert Dock
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Shaw Savill's ICENIC in Royal Albert Dock Feb 1972. She was fully loaded from NZ. We waited two weeks before unloading started.
· Date: Tue, 26 July 05 · Views: 819
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david smith

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Tue, 26 July 05 09:01

I had just sailed from the same spot on the 7th Feb 72 on the sistership Illyric - a very green first trip cadet, loaded for NZ via the Pacific Islands of Samoa and Fiji.
Notice how clean the ship is - freshly painted for the passing of the \"Dock Office\" at the end of RAD.
What has happened to the winch cabs at the fore end of number one hatch? I can see the controls.
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Tue, 26 July 05 09:11

Funnily enough my first trip with ShawSavill also. I joined the Icenic in London as 3/0 having completed 6 years with BP Tankers. A pleasant contrast! Had the pleasure of meeting my future wife whilst employed with SS&A. We are still married 31 years later!

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Tue, 26 July 05 09:26

Ah the winch cabs! Memory not too good after 33 years but could they have been demolished by mad stevedores, or a big sea. I dunno - sorry!!

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waiwera
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Tue, 26 July 05 11:03

Why did you have to wait two weeks before unloading?
My last trip with SSA was the Corinthic as 3/0 in around 1972 ( I think?) but I cannot remember that the masts had been re-painted to the "new look" grey as shown in your picture - when did the "i" boats go grey? Have to say I preferred the traditional look of the black hulls - surely the reason wasn't for better reflection for the freezer ships? NZS changed their hull colours for their twilight years too!
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Tue, 26 July 05 11:11

Once again the mists of time make it a bit hazy! My diary of ports and dates says that I joined her on 28.2.72 and we sailed for Belfast on 21.3.72 - I think still with NZ cargo for there. There was some sort of problem with the stevedores in London hence the delay. It could have been in excess of 2 weeks wait!

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michael james

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Tue, 26 July 05 16:18

Gadgee, regardless of the fate of the winch controls it is a very nice photograph with BI, Blue Star ships in view (others I cannot identify but no doubt a member with better eyesight may well do so) a classic image of RAD still busy with "real" ships. Now a memory.
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Tue, 26 July 05 17:05

Thanks - the ship ahead of the Blue Star one is Port Line and I think one of the Port Caroline class built 1968 - cannot guarantee this but it looks right in my original print.

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david smith

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Tue, 26 July 05 17:12

It also looks like either the Hardwicke Grange or Royston Grange in the distance.
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joseph maurice brew
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Thu, 13 October 05 09:57

How nice to see the "ICENIC"again,I was Chief Officer of her in 1963/64.
John L Stobbs was master at that time.
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