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Tillerman alongside Caernarfon

Tillerman alongside Caernarfon

Taken in October 1980, the Tillerman lies alongside the jetty in Caernarfon on a Texaco charter from Pembroke.

Brought in on the top of the tide by local pilot John Jones, discharge was carried out on the falling tide and usually completed as the waters drained away....leaving a few hours for a pint up the road!!

It never ceased to amaze how locals and visitors alike would stroll around the quay to watch the discharge of Motor Spirit, Gas Oil and Kero....totally oblivious of any health & safety etc!!

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She made two final visits to Dundalk in Sept 1985 and looking a bit rough as far as I can remember. Captain Graham (ex LEADSMAN) in command. The OILMAN made a few trips and then Booker & King vessels took over the run.The discharge scenario here was similar to Caernarfon. Charley
 

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Indeed she did, I was on board for the Dundalk visits, both taking napthalene if I remember correctly.
By that time Rowbothams were running her down and paint etc was in short supply, a bone of contention for skippers & mates alike!!

Can't remember the name of the guy who used to charter her for that run though, but it was always a good trip up the river.

The Oilman was skippered either by the late John Marsden or by Kenny MacDonald I think for that run.....Bowker & King took over most of the tidal runs when the smaller ships went, as they used flat bottomed barges!!
 

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Jones the Pilot use to meet you off Bangor for ships approaching from the north to take you through the straights and then onto the berth shown in the above photo.
This entrance was for daylight approach only although the Master had done all the hard work in the dark to arrive at Bangor at day-break.
The South Entrance was absolutely hopeless in a SW’ly wind over force 6
 

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The charter in Dundalk was Fergus Murphy / Highfield Imports. Still in business, a work-alcoholic and non stop talker !! Captain Graham / TILLERMAN 1 trip and Captain Marsden / OILMAN made 4 or 5 trips and Dave Roberts in the OILMAN - 1 trip( On her last trip, she sailed on the am tide of 5th Jan 1986 to Milford Haven .. ) Charley
 

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