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Search: Posts Made By: Polarum
Forum: Bolton S. S. Co., London 7th April 2009, 21:03
Replies: 2
Views: 4,634
Posted By Polarum
Check out 'Mystery Tramp'. An amusing item...

Check out 'Mystery Tramp'. An amusing item featuring a Bolton ship - caught quite out a lot of geeks, if I remember.
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 20th March 2009, 23:26
Replies: 71
Views: 27,073
Posted By Polarum
Reformed alcoholics

Somehow I doubt it, Simon, unless you are over 100 years of age. I think the second mate was eventually dismissed for several shortcomings including handing his graveyard watch to a junior...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 31st January 2009, 22:13
Replies: 71
Views: 27,073
Posted By Polarum
Captain Siddle

Does anyone out there remember Captain Siddle? Hailing from the North East of England, he was a good master with a warm sense of humour. The crew respected his authority, possibly swayed by a rumour...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 26th January 2009, 22:10
Replies: 71
Views: 27,073
Posted By Polarum
North Eastern? North Yorkshire surely? Bah Gum,...

North Eastern? North Yorkshire surely? Bah Gum, lad, gerrit right!(Jester)
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 18th August 2008, 18:10
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Capt Tachie Menson

I remember Capt Tachie Menson well and the story is true. It happened aboard the Nasia River in Jacksonville, Florida around 1963.

The captain was quite a ladies man and enjoyed their company in...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 6th March 2008, 20:41
Replies: 71
Views: 27,073
Posted By Polarum
MV Rievalux Bolton Steam Shipping Co

I sailed as an apprentice on the Rievaulx back in the late 50's. The other day, whilst helping out in a local charity shop, I discovered that the mother of one of the volunteers had launched the...
Forum: Ship Research 17th August 2006, 12:11
Replies: 73
Views: 7,664
Posted By Polarum
Mystery star

When I enlarge the funnel, I get a square object above what appear to be a liferaft - the kind they used to show one man lifting and throwing into the sea in the instructions (some hope!).
Forum: Ship Research 15th August 2006, 19:47
Replies: 73
Views: 7,664
Posted By Polarum
Mystery tramp

It certainly looks like the Romanic but from the various photos in this thread, the crosstrees on the mast for'd of the bridge would appear to be higher. I have blown it up but can't see a Star of...
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 22nd May 2006, 21:37
Replies: 5
Views: 2,196
Posted By Polarum
Africa Mercy

I think she will be on the Tyne forever. There doesn't appear to be much other work for the yard so they'll probably hang on to her as long as they can. Latest sailing date is Autumn 2006.
Forum: Tramp Steamers 15th April 2006, 11:13
Replies: 38
Views: 10,484
Posted By Polarum
Trewidden/Ankobra River

Ruud. Now that I've got my glasses on, the Trewidden in the photo looks too 1960's to be the floating wreck on which I sailed. The Trewidden I am looking for was built around 1944.
Forum: Tramp Steamers 14th April 2006, 19:19
Replies: 38
Views: 10,484
Posted By Polarum
Trewidden/Ankobra River

Many thanks Ruud. As Ankobra River, the ship was an unseaworthy rust bucket held together by countless layers of paint. I used to turn in wearing a lifejacket. As for food - well anything that...
Forum: Ship Research 14th April 2006, 19:02
Replies: 9
Views: 2,490
Posted By Polarum
Marsdale

Here is a pic of Marsdale after she was renamed the Volta River (Black Star Line of Ghana). In 1962, I spent a week aboard her which was long enough.
Forum: Tramp Steamers 14th April 2006, 14:39
Replies: 38
Views: 10,484
Posted By Polarum
Trewidden

Can any of you happy (or hungry) Hain's people post a photo of Trewidden?
I sailed on her in 1962 when she was known as Ankobra River - it was quite a grim experience - and I skinned out in London.,...
Forum: Ship Research 23rd December 2005, 14:55
Replies: 187
Views: 76,746
Posted By Polarum
Security - photo

Since my original posting, I have discovered this photo of the ill-fated 'Security' on Australian e-bay. I wonder what became of her sister ship 'Stability'? Toppled over somewhere, perhaps?.
Forum: Ship Research 21st December 2005, 11:19
Replies: 187
Views: 76,746
Posted By Polarum
Security

Thanks to all for the various bits of information on Security. (Applause)

It would be great to see a photograph of what I narrowly missed working on. You wouldn't think that they would call...
Forum: Ship Research 20th December 2005, 00:01
Replies: 187
Views: 76,746
Posted By Polarum
F T Everard and Sons Ltd

In the early 1960's, I applied for a job with Everards the coaster firm based at Greenhithe in Kent. I recall being offered a job on a ship called Security but the offer was withdrawn and I went to...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 26th November 2005, 14:47
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Black Star Line

TripleX: I remember that phrase! Heard it many times. We once set off across the Atlantic with 12 passengers and many logs for the port of Carteret. The passengers must have been inspired to make...
Forum: The Galley 23rd November 2005, 22:59
Replies: 703
Views: 100,472
Posted By Polarum
Blue funnel cooking manual

The other day, I overheard a programme on the BBC discussing cookery books for Christmas and they mentioned a book that was originally written for Chinese and foreign ships’ cooks on the Blue Funnel...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 23rd November 2005, 22:43
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Black Star Line - agency

Adje

I've been looking back at my diaries. The van de Heide agency was excellent and I'm sure you kept the standard up. On the Nasia River, we played the agency team at football and won 11-6. I...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 23rd November 2005, 11:04
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Black Star Line

Glad you enjoyed your agency work. Hopefully things had improved since the 1960's and that you were able to some mail to the ship's before they left port.
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 18th November 2005, 23:19
Replies: 60
Views: 7,937
Posted By Polarum
Africa Mercy

Yes. I went to sea in 1957. I'm now 65 and have been working as a deckie on the Africa Mercy. Former Danish train ferry being converted to a hospital ship. I've started to have second thoughts about...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 18th November 2005, 16:10
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Black Star Line: Volta River

I joined the Volta River in Tilbury around 1962, but did a runner a couple of weeks later when she was temporarily moored in Greenhithe. The old man wanted us to sail with only two mates working 12...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 18th November 2005, 12:27
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Smile Herbert Macauley

Many thanks Nigel for the two pics. I liked the Herbert Macauley - but not enough to name any of our four children Herbert. Cheers Tony
Forum: Royal Mail Line 17th November 2005, 19:17
Replies: 39
Views: 9,697
Posted By Polarum
Romanic - ocean greyhound

I was the someone who had varnished the bridge telegraphs and I did it three times a year, but the real culprit was Donald MacAllister - one of life’s better chief mates. Attached is a cutting from a...
Forum: Other Companies/Ships 17th November 2005, 18:07
Replies: 38
Views: 10,024
Posted By Polarum
Herbert Macauley

Yes, please download the other two, Nigel. Here is one from my collection.
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