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Search: Posts Made By: John Mepham
Forum: The Engine Room 24th April 2014, 00:35
Replies: 76
Views: 25,181
Posted By John Mepham
Unhappy Doxfor Crankcase Nose Dive

I spent a very unhappy half hour when I was 5th Engr. on MV Ronsard in 1967 sliding around in a 6 cyl. Doxford cranckcase checking for leaks, I eventually went "**** over tit" and had to be pulled...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 9th September 2009, 18:08
Replies: 35
Views: 12,477
Posted By John Mepham
Well done with the film Jaigee, just the sight of...

Well done with the film Jaigee, just the sight of that blue white and black
funnel takes you back over 40 years.
I used to have a cine camera in those days, and like an idiot, never bothered ...
Forum: The Engine Room 17th April 2009, 11:32
Replies: 57
Views: 6,720
Posted By John Mepham
The Doxfords on the Raphael and Ronsard were...

The Doxfords on the Raphael and Ronsard were North Eastern Marine engines,
when I was with Bank Line, Hollybank she had a 4 cylinder 'P' type, which
I believe was the prototype 'J' model, I don't...
Forum: Bank Line 16th April 2009, 16:45
Replies: 24
Views: 3,981
Posted By John Mepham
Nice one Jim, thats the sign of of good engr. fix...

Nice one Jim, thats the sign of of good engr. fix it or f*** it.
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 16th April 2009, 16:34
Replies: 35
Views: 12,477
Posted By John Mepham
Hi Blurb, The Raphael must have been the best...

Hi Blurb,
The Raphael must have been the best ship in the L & H fleet judging by the
amount of memories that have been put on here.
Did you do only the one trip on her ?, I spent most of my time...
Forum: The Engine Room 16th April 2009, 16:09
Replies: 57
Views: 6,720
Posted By John Mepham
Hi gordy. Funny that about the 2nd being from...

Hi gordy.
Funny that about the 2nd being from Belfast, the 2nd I nearly blew up was
from Dublin (Ben Smith) areally good engr. as a matter of fact the only
time I ever saw the relief valves pop...
Forum: The Engine Room 11th March 2009, 18:09
Replies: 57
Views: 6,720
Posted By John Mepham
GORDY, that brings back some memories, my first...

GORDY, that brings back some memories, my first go at driving I was 5th Engr.
on the MV Ronsard crossing from Montevidao to Buenos Airies, with the 2nd
engr giving instruction, he had already gone...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 2nd March 2009, 17:30
Replies: 35
Views: 12,477
Posted By John Mepham
The 2nd engr. wasn't Ben Smith was it ?, he was...

The 2nd engr. wasn't Ben Smith was it ?, he was from Dublin, a really nice
bloke if you got to know him, unfortunatley if you didn't you were likely to finnish up with at least a black eye.
Last...
Forum: Bank Line 2nd March 2009, 17:11
Replies: 147
Views: 41,327
Posted By John Mepham
Hollybank was prone to to breakdowns ( scavenge...

Hollybank was prone to to breakdowns ( scavenge fires ) about about 10
stops at sea on one trip when she was brand new, if the M/E, P type Doxford
was run at just below her design speed she was...
Forum: Bank Line 2nd March 2009, 16:59
Replies: 147
Views: 41,327
Posted By John Mepham
I remember buying a tape recorder and a short...

I remember buying a tape recorder and a short wave radio in Singapore
when with Bankline, then getting them stolen from my cabin while I was
on watch in BA, I was with Lamport & Holt on the...
Forum: Bank Line 2nd March 2009, 16:50
Replies: 147
Views: 41,327
Posted By John Mepham
After my time as well, I did the copra run on the...

After my time as well, I did the copra run on the Hollybank in 1966,This I believe was the Holly's second trip ( she was brand new ) chief engr. was
Ceylonese who used to take his wife with him I...
Forum: Bank Line 2nd March 2009, 16:36
Replies: 147
Views: 41,327
Posted By John Mepham
I took some 8mm movie film of the Roybank in...

I took some 8mm movie film of the Roybank in Latchford locks on the
Manchester ship canal in about 1977 or 78.
I am having the film transfered to DVD when its done I will take a still
and put it...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 28th February 2009, 16:55
Replies: 35
Views: 12,477
Posted By John Mepham
Pearcay - Did you ever get around to writing the...

Pearcay - Did you ever get around to writing the story of the Raphael.
I have some very happy memories of my trip on her as I am sure a lot of
others do.
A very happy ship
Forum: Bank Line 28th February 2009, 16:16
Replies: 24
Views: 3,981
Posted By John Mepham
If Jim Harris was worried about the 'far east...

If Jim Harris was worried about the 'far east run' those of us on the copra
run on (the brand new) Hollybank 1966 were scared to death of getting a
mid trip transfer to a ship that never went...
Forum: Bank Line 17th June 2007, 13:04
Replies: 41
Views: 10,656
Posted By John Mepham
Did you ever come across 3rd Eng. Bill Baxter or...

Did you ever come across 3rd Eng. Bill Baxter or electician George Rodgers,
Bill was a scotsman and George was Irish ( Belfast ).
Two really nice blokes, we had a good time on the Hollybank.
John...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 4th December 2006, 17:46
Replies: 17
Views: 2,694
Posted By John Mepham
Just set your system to Automatic Updates, then...

Just set your system to Automatic Updates, then you can forget all about
them, plus they are only genuine Microsoft updates.
Unless you do a massive amount of work on your computer there isn't any...
Forum: Bank Line 24th November 2006, 18:15
Replies: 41
Views: 10,656
Posted By John Mepham
Talking about ammo, when I was on the Hollybank...

Talking about ammo, when I was on the Hollybank in 1966 ( Jnr engr.) we
were in Kaviang taking on the usual copra, the 3rd engr. ( Bill Baxter ) and myself were underwater swimming, when we...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 23rd November 2006, 17:16
Replies: 18
Views: 3,373
Posted By John Mepham
I never sailed on a ship with Bailey controls,...

I never sailed on a ship with Bailey controls, but after I left the navy I had a
job with a boiler engineering firm, who did maintainance on both power station and factory boilers, part of the...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 20th November 2006, 16:16
Replies: 35
Views: 12,477
Posted By John Mepham
Hi Jeff, That's right Alan Jones was the Leccy...

Hi Jeff,
That's right Alan Jones was the Leccy , I remember on one trip he used to roll
his own cigarettes ( he didn't smoke ) just to show he could do it !.
I hope Steve made a better officer...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 19th November 2006, 10:09
Replies: 7
Views: 2,006
Posted By John Mepham
I remember seeing at least 2 tugs with L & H...

I remember seeing at least 2 tugs with L & H funnels, I know one was in
BA I have a photo of it somwhere, I can't remember where the other was, the first mate ( Ronsard ) told me they were owned by...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 18th November 2006, 16:36
Replies: 35
Views: 12,477
Posted By John Mepham
Hi Jeff. Great photo's of your time on the...

Hi Jeff.
Great photo's of your time on the Raphael, I must have just missed you,
I was 5th then 4th engr. on her back end of 1967 to 1968.
I certainly remember Steve the cadet, we were quite good...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 18th November 2006, 09:35
Replies: 74
Views: 20,641
Posted By John Mepham
The possible reason that Ronsard was slower than...

The possible reason that Ronsard was slower than Raphael is if she was
prone to scavenge fires, they could have been running the main engine
a few revs slower, this is the classic way to prevent...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 18th November 2006, 09:21
Replies: 74
Views: 20,641
Posted By John Mepham
Hello Santos. If you have a close look at the...

Hello Santos.
If you have a close look at the colour photo of the Ronsard that you posted
you can see smoke coming from her No.1 hold, I presume that this photo must have been taken in 1967 either...
Forum: Bank Line 15th November 2006, 17:04
Replies: 3
Views: 2,963
Posted By John Mepham
Copra Run

I'v just posted a pic of the Hollybank ( taken 1975 ) on the gallery.
I sailed around the world on her, on the copra run in 1966 when she was
almost new ( commissioned 1965 ).
I would love to do...
Forum: Lamport & Holt Line 15th November 2006, 15:07
Replies: 74
Views: 20,641
Posted By John Mepham
Thanks for that Chris, What a shame !, suppose...

Thanks for that Chris,
What a shame !, suppose it happens to us all one day !!!.
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