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Mentor :- one who guides i.e. in the footsteps of Marco Polo

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What is the story behind this photo? - I have read elsewhere that Mentor had 20 uneventful years service with Blue Funnel before breaking up at Split.
Photo does not seem to fit with "uneventful".
 

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That looks like the centre pages scanned from an old Sea Breezes. I think the article was a Blue Funnel fleet history and the grounding from memory was near the Cloch Point on the Clyde. I could dig the magazine out from a cupboard but perhaps the person who posted it has the story more to hand.
 

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This photo was passed to me by another "also ran" who like me only sailed in more mundane companies. In 1965 the Mentor on passage to Glasgow suffered a steering gear failure at speed and ended up high and dry at Greenock just showing that the elite can do it just as well as the rest of us.
 

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I wonder if the Chief would like the stern gland repacked and the sea suctions looked at while we are high and dry.
 

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Sorry Brian I did not mean "also rans" in a derogatory manner but rather in the same idiom that my father was proud to be part of "Fred Karno's Army"
Incidently I did 4 years in "The Shipping Company"1950-54 and concur every thing you say
 

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Hello - a new boy to this forum, but I saw your comments on the Mentor grounding at Greenock and it brought back a memory or two - I was aboard her as Sparks when she decided to take to dry land. There had been flooding all over Central Scotland and the Scottish Daily Express came up with that very picture and the caption - '...and the one that ran out of water!' I have a copy of the picture somewhere. Greenock had just commissioned a new James Watt Drydock, and I seem to recall the QE2 was due to be the first ship to use it. Bit of a comedown when our old 'Victory boat' took that honour. Wonder whatever happened to the Mentor after that (it was my final trip before being dragged ashore by 'her indoors').
Regards to all - Gordon Fairbairn.
 

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