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Katsina Palm

Picture taken by me some 34 years ago,
at Sawmill Creek Sapele Nigeria.Smokoe Time.
Capt George Holyman in Command,Paul Coombs C/O

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I seem to remember we were cutting in the boot topping,when this was taken.
trying to spruce the old girl up a bit before loading.
 

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The Crew as far as I can remember were as follows:
Master Capt George Holyman,(Great with the Aldis)
Mate Paul Coombs - (Now working as a cargo surveyor)Learn a lot with him.
2nd Mate Nigel Rowe,(Strick but taught me all the dodges)
3rd Mate Walter Thornhill (with MN Cap) - Learn to do man ropes with him.
Cadets Deck Richard Lysons,
Alan Malpas
Paul Cooke
R/0 Les Holt - What more can I say his name alone speaks volumes...
Chief Eng Tommy Pattinson - Lovely man and liked a little drink
2Nd Cant Remember - South Shields chap with bushy red beard !
3rd Dave Muir - Good Laugh and like a sing song
4th Alex Robertson,- Ex NZSC - Learning Palm line way.
5th Come donkeyman - Davie Hamilton.- Great laugh drunk or sober.
Elec Bob Rankin - Marvelous man,knew when to pretend to work.or not.
2nd Gavin Greerson - Good Laugh Geordie - Hated the sea,or so he said.
Bosun - Colin Towse - AB Handyman - on my first trip.Taught me all deck work
what a great teacher.
And the ONE AND ONLY Alan Cripps - Resident AB
Chief night time Pirate Basher,even quite good with a chipping hammer.

If any one could tell me the name of the Second
I would be grateful.

Kind Regards

Alan - No Bad beer,just some worse than others....
 

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Hi Alan
You did not mention the Chief Steward - possibly Hughie Mc Feat - although Les Holt was in charge of the bar for many years -as you say he was a character!!
Regards Stan
 

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Stan,
Cannot remember his name at present but can see him now,he was from Liverpool,
was slightly balding with a grey goatee beard,I am sure his name will come to me.
Just give me a little while, I know Pat Marshall was his relief.
 

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Hi Alan
That description fits Mike Hartley from Liverpool.
Hughie McFeat did not have a beard but was balding.
Stan
 

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Stan,

Thanks for that it was indeed Mike Hartley,another character,remember him administering first aid to a stevedore(I use the word loosley) in Apapa when
a shackle pin was dropped from the Jumbo steam guy hitting him on the head,
his cure was to shave the rather large bump,on his head put a corn plaser on it,
and gave him a hand full of salt tablets.

Happy Days ! ! !

Thanks Again,

Alan
 

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Alan -
Of interest..I was at Sapele in January 1946 - no sawmills no wharf.
We moored to the trees accross from the village and loaded logs from the river.
I was in Dallington Court on charter to Elder Dempster and we were the third deep sea ship to go there.
Deido and McGregor Laird were before us.
Photos and voyage report are in the SN Directory kindly entered by Benjidog -Dallington Court Court Line.
Colin Towse Bosun was later in Apapa Palm and Dick Cracknell Handyman...
Regards Stan
 

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Stan,
Tied up alongside Apapa Palm,(Had left Palm Line then) with Swedish Wasa,at South Shields Dry Dock,fitting out berth,after she had been in,
Wish I had known at the time that Colin was there,could have had a few Jugs in the Rose and Crown.
 

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