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TILLERMAN

TILLERMAN

Built 1963 by Drypool Hull - Yard No5.
Tanker - British.
807 tons.
Name Changes:
1986 Ohoud.
87 Al Amin.
90 Flying Trader.
91 Al Mahroukat Al Awal.

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A great shot of the old "Tilleygirl"

She still has her bell for'd...now to be seen on my patio!!

According to the 'Rowbotham' book by Rev A Huckett, she was renamed FAISAL IV in 1999 and still in service at time of publication 2002.

btw....any idea when this picture was taken, as I notice the old tall vent for the pumproom on the port side has gone, it was replaced with a small water-driven vent axia fan to blow fresh air in.
The original vent was 'disposed' of in numerous small pieces in Loch Snizort by Capt John Marsden around 1982 whilst we were sheltering to await weather before entering Loch Carnan!

John used to take great delight phoning ops in HO London to say... "Awaiting a weather moderation and anchored in Loch Snizort!"
 

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Derek,

Thanks for info.
This photo taken in the Netherlands on 22nd August 1975.

Neville - Hawkey01
 

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My father was Captain on the Tillerman in the mid sixties. We used to visit him quite regularily when he called into Sunderland. I think he served on the Guidesman as well
 

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I always found it curious why people thought the 3 small ships were 'punishment' ships....Guidesman, Tillerman & Anchorman.

Usually when people were put on them they never wanted to leave!! :D
 

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Hello Derek, Yes I totally agree with you, unfortunately, the choice wasn't always ours.
Bruce.
 

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Bruce

Did you know John Blewett or Mick Scanlon.....both mates on the 'smaller' boats?
 

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Derek, Both names are familiar but I am unable to place them now, I doubt if I ever sailed with them' though, with all the relieving I did, a few days here and a month there, it is possible. My period was from early 1968 to 1973, my favourite of the 1100 t. class was the 'Chartsman' followed by the 'Guidesman'. I was fortunate to have sailed with some great guys in Rowbothams, both deck and engine, very proffessional and good shipmates.
Bruce.
 

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I think I was lucky then in that sense.....I joined a ship and stayed there for the duration!!

Only one 'quick' trip that I can remember.....had been home on leave for about a week when a mate was urgently needed to join the Wheelsman in Shoreham to take her back to Pembroke. I joined with just a holdall for a couple of days...and left again 9 days later!!
 

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Derek, Perhaps it wasn't always like that, just sometimes felt like it.
I was mate of the Wheelsman three times, once with Tommy Williams and twice with Jan Rog, she could be quite hard work at times, but a comfortable ship.
Bruce.
 

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Can't remember who I relieved as he had already left due to a domestic at home...hence the urgency to get someone pronto!

In latter days John Godwin was regular mate on her.
 

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