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In Cochin. Had to clean the coolers after crossing the bar there. Blocked them

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Went to Cochin on Wairata and this photo brings it all back..Thanks again Jim. We lay there for a couple of weeks loading Tea with much craziness ...Arrack and other substances. Finally sail after clew up by four seaman (and one OS..me)..all others in various states of craziness. Anyway ..not far out..couple of hours.. I am in the Gunners mess when huge argument starts between two Firemen...push and shove...slap slap in the working alleyway that opened into the galley.Both miscreants were named Jim..so one Jim who was obviously more crazed than the other grabbed a large knife while doing the slap slap thing in the Galley and proceeded to carve large strips of flesh off Jim #2. It was a very messy scene. Notified master etc...turned around and Jim #2 taken to hospital in Cochin. Master refused to allow Indian Police to take Jim #1 ashore for "interrogation" and he was duly locked in ships hospital and flown home from Singapore. As far as I know that was the end of the matter. Cochin was a great spot and that was the last trip of MV Wairata.....Strange days indeed.
 

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Great prawn curries at the Malabar Hotel and balmy (though barmy perhaps a more appropriate spelling!) nights at the Blue Room. Those were the days!
 

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The Blue Room had wonderful food...and so cheap. The beer was cold and life was good. Certainly better than the meat and three veg on board.Cochin was for me the best port I visited in India........at the time the Hippie thing was in full swing and on the beaches at night much fun was to had......Balmy and Barmy. Strange days indeed.
 

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Shuaiba [Kuwait], Bombay, Cochin, Trivundrum. 4 months on this run with P&O's Gambhira, cargo, Ammonia. I remember paying off in Cochin, and waiting 3 or 4 days for a flight to the UK via Bombay. The authorities stamped my Passport, Discharge book & any other book they saw fit, beauracracy gone mad!! I believe Cochin was originally a spice port.
 

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Just brought it all back! Many visits to Cochin with Bibby's - primarily Lincolnshire, occasionally Oxfordshire with Ammonia. Great times, especially the 3 to 4 day wait for the flight home. Didn't realise at the time how much i was actually enjoying myself.

Alick
 

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Seeing this photo again reminds me that Crew were issued with a Hammock and the awning in view became a wonderful camp out at sea (in the true sense of the word). We had our two cans a day issue of cold kiwi ale and like al mac I did not realise that I was enjoying it and that it was the end of an era.
KPC
 

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Nigel,
I was on Gambhira - same run apart from a docking in Singapore where I left the old girl. I think I still have scars from the N3 burns on my legs!
 

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Dox,
Likewise, drydocked in Singapore on Gambhira. I remember leaving the Indian coast, and rounding Dondra Head en route, interesting fishermen on logs!! a fair way out. One other port visited was Tuticorin. Paid off Cochin, January 1983.

I re-call sailing with you Dox, as Gambhira was a watchkeeping ship it was often quite in the bar after dinner, were you on the 4 to 8, or 12 to 4. we often had a beer or two at 1700 hrs in the jolly boat on the stbd aft deck, putting the world to rights.

Nigel.
 

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Nigel,

I paid off in Singapore late Dec 1982. We went to DD in Singers for 3 weeks - 6 weeks we were still there and I left. She was my last deep sea ship, hung up the boots and shifter!
 

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