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William G Walkley

William G Walkley

Wheelhouse of this 1956 Sunderland built ship. Pilot chair again just in the right spot! and a Quartermaster who really could steer and alter course!

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I can remember the Quartermaster well what a wonderful man he was just can\'t recall his name at present but have it somewhere at home I will post it when I find it,He always had a big smile for everyone.made you feel most welcome as if it was his own home.As a kid spent many along hour in that chair.

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Telegraph on FWE? M/E tacho at zero? QM on the wheel? Posed?

The linen covers on the chair, and on the pilot chair in another Ampol bridge photo, would indicate that "whites" were the rig of the day at the time of taking the photos? I remember that saloon chairs and others around the ship in Port Line days were similarly covered when we went into tropical uniform?

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Clive,
If you look very closely you will see that the chair is an armchair \"borrowed\" from the Owners Suite and mounted on a pedestal put together by Chippy. The Chippy\'s background was that he was a toymaker in Shanghai pre 1949 and was thus in big demand when families travelled aboard.

Mike,
Well done! We were at anchor in Dumai if I remember correctly. Whites were the 'rig of the day' and it was only when we came on the Oz coast that things were relaxed back to a khaki rig.
 

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On board William G Walkley 08/01/1960.
Quartermaster Koo Jong Sing
Chippy Wong Wai You
Cookie Chief Cook Woo Sing Dee They were all great guys hope I have been respectful in spelling their names correctly.

The uniform I recall was Shorts and Thongs until they came within sight of Australia.

Clive
 

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Do either of you know the late A.C. (Cam) Watson - he was a brought-up Shell man before coming out from Scotland to Oz and spent all his time here with ASP Melbourne - in which time he was usually in the Shell tankers (Hemiplecta, Hemiglypta, Solen, Cellana, etc) but in other tankers as well, managed by ASP from time to time. However, having said that, I seem to remember him telling me that he'd done some time with Ampol at one stage in his career - might have been some number of years ago now?

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Mike,
I did not actually sail with Cam but he was with Ampol for a few years in the early sixties. He was Chief Officer of the "P.J.Adams" from delivery in 1962 for a period of 12 months. When I turned up on the "Adams" he had signed off fairly recently, and by the time I got back to Australia in early 1965 he had started with ASP as they were looking for experienced tanker officers and the promotion prospects were far rosier than with Ampol. I do recall hearing of Cam on an LPG tanker as well. Was it a Bibby charter perhaps?
 

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Yes, you're quite right - Cam was senior Master of "Wiltshire" when she was trading on the coast for ICI from early 1984, I was his opposite number until the end of October that year, when the offer of an around-the-world box-boat became too attractive to refuse!! Cam and I, with other ranks, had been up in South Korea the previous year on Bibby's "Staffordshire" at anchor off Yosu for LPG practical training. As a new concept vessel for the company, ASP were advised by Bibby to man "Wiltshire" with general cargo rather than tanker blokes, the notion being that the former had no preconceived ideas of handling liquid cargoes!! However, ASP didn't have enough general cargo people available with which to man her, so she became half tanker/half general cargo manning!!

Now you've mentioned her, I can recall him talking about "P.J.Adams" - incidentally, which pilotage service are you .... I don't think I can remember an ex-Ampol man in the reef, unless you're after June 2004!!

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Gday Mike,
Thanks for that! I could not get the "Wiltshire" name!

I stayed with the bulk of Pilots and we are now known as Australian Reef Pilots. We still have all the original infrastructure and our corporate structure remained intact after somewhat of a battering! The corner has been turned and we are recruiting again and rebuilding the standards of pilotage in the area. Can't comment on other pilot company as we have very little contact.

When Norm Rogers interviewed me he said that if I was accepted I would be only the second "tanker" background pilot in the Service; so I kept a low profile!

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Wal Cray
 

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