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Search: Posts Made By: The Captain
Forum: Bank Line 24th January 2010, 22:06
Replies: 15
Views: 2,258
Posted By The Captain
Peter Simpson was the Mate during the fitting out...

Peter Simpson was the Mate during the fitting out and on the maiden trip of the Nairnbank 1966 to 67. I was a 2nd trip apprentice with him, he was a hard man, during the fitting out the "appy's"...
Forum: Bank Line 11th May 2009, 00:16
Replies: 66
Views: 8,020
Posted By The Captain
The only "Browns Pump" action gyro I sailed with...

The only "Browns Pump" action gyro I sailed with was on the Ashbank, my first voyage 2nd Mate in 1971. There was a fantastic "tech" in Newcastle, NSW who spent hours teaching me all about them while...
Forum: Bank Line 11th April 2009, 00:00
Replies: 198
Views: 20,894
Posted By The Captain
Yes, I think you might be spot with the 1st photo...

Yes, I think you might be spot with the 1st photo Ian, well done. I only got to Suva twice and Lautoka once in my time. BTW How is that brother of yours doing, is he still teaching at Launceston? It...
Forum: Bank Line 6th February 2009, 23:00
Replies: 36
Views: 5,307
Posted By The Captain
Alistair, if I may be so bold, your coment re...

Alistair, if I may be so bold, your coment re "supers" being Mates and Masters while being true, they were not of our time they were of a time past. As it is today, the Masters and Mates of the...
Forum: Bank Line 4th February 2009, 21:09
Replies: 36
Views: 5,307
Posted By The Captain
I was in New Orleans for 3 Mardi Gras, or should...

I was in New Orleans for 3 Mardi Gras, or should I say, should have been but someone just managed to arrange at the last minute a quick trip up to Baton Rouge for the Mardi Gras holiday. The it was...
Forum: Bank Line 30th January 2009, 00:30
Replies: 36
Views: 5,307
Posted By The Captain
I sailed 2 trips on the Meadowbank in the '70's....

I sailed 2 trips on the Meadowbank in the '70's. The "box" holds were No's 3 & 4, side by side spit hatches. As I remember the lower holds were designed for boxes 3 high and the 'tween deck 2 high -...
Forum: The Bridge 31st May 2008, 23:26
Replies: 29
Views: 3,863
Posted By The Captain
The port of Mackenzie, some 50 miles above...

The port of Mackenzie, some 50 miles above Georgetown, Guyana, on the Essequibo River, (if memory serves me correctly) was a bauxite port, which required a "3 point turn" for loaded vessels...
Forum: Bank Line 9th May 2008, 23:21
Replies: 84
Views: 25,578
Posted By The Captain
Jim, that’s very sad if you have to have a cold...

Jim, that’s very sad if you have to have a cold shower over a B/L run except if you are drooling over the young ladies in the various port bars you met along the way. Of course your memory's don't...
Forum: Bank Line 8th May 2008, 12:35
Replies: 6
Views: 1,626
Posted By The Captain
I had heard that B/L had gone to Russian crews,...

I had heard that B/L had gone to Russian crews, as you say a sign of the times. "BIG ANDY" must have been really turning in his grave when that happened.

John S
Forum: Bank Line 8th May 2008, 12:29
Replies: 84
Views: 25,578
Posted By The Captain
Sorry Jim I never did the Africa Far East run. I...

Sorry Jim I never did the Africa Far East run. I did load around Thailand, Singapore, Burma and Malaya once for West Africa and I wound in Japan a few times with Sugar both from Australia and South...
Forum: Bank Line 8th May 2008, 12:17
Replies: 23
Views: 5,686
Posted By The Captain
PJW I'm afraid the Gowan was the same as the...

PJW I'm afraid the Gowan was the same as the Nairn and I'm not sure if the Maple was in the same class. If I remember correctly there were 4 in the Nairnbank class starting in '66 and going through...
Forum: Bank Line 4th May 2008, 00:23
Replies: 84
Views: 25,578
Posted By The Captain
One thing I learned fairly quickly on my first...

One thing I learned fairly quickly on my first B/L ship was that Bank Line men were allowed to criticise the Company outsiders weren't. Our senior apprentice was extremely proud of being a Bank Line...
Forum: Bank Line 3rd May 2008, 23:35
Replies: 23
Views: 5,686
Posted By The Captain
The Speybank was one of a pair but I can't recall...

The Speybank was one of a pair but I can't recall which was her sister, was it the Mara? There weren't many "pairs" in the Bank Line fleet of the 60"s. The "Spay/Mara, Spruce/Holly, Shirra/Teviot,...
Forum: Bank Line 3rd May 2008, 23:05
Replies: 84
Views: 25,578
Posted By The Captain
G'day Pete, It's funny how a person can remember...

G'day Pete, It's funny how a person can remember all the ports of your first trip to sea. We joined the Laurel in Billingham in March '65 discharging some kind of sulphate then off round Europe,...
Forum: Bank Line 18th April 2008, 22:48
Replies: 1
Views: 1,477
Posted By The Captain
Yes, Matthew, I sailed with Searle; he was C/E on...

Yes, Matthew, I sailed with Searle; he was C/E on the Ashbank (I think) with me in 1970/'71. I don't think he like many people especially from the deck side. I found him to be a pompous, arrogant,...
Forum: The Bridge 17th September 2007, 06:29
Replies: 84
Views: 8,706
Posted By The Captain
John, I think it should be the imfamous...

John, I think it should be the imfamous "Constant". Since you asked about calculating the displacement so accurately I will try to answer.
The corrected displacement is that displacement allowing...
Forum: The Bridge 15th September 2007, 02:12
Replies: 84
Views: 8,706
Posted By The Captain
John like most "hype" it has come to pass from...

John like most "hype" it has come to pass from expediency. When I was first at sea we and loaded cargo in bulk the draft survey was usually carried out by the Mate and/or Master. During my time on...
Forum: The Bridge 14th September 2007, 11:33
Replies: 84
Views: 8,706
Posted By The Captain
I have previously read the mentioned thread and...

I have previously read the mentioned thread and found no comments from surveyors. With regard to comments about the use of decimal places I assumed that I was addressing people who had an...
Forum: The Bridge 14th September 2007, 05:42
Replies: 84
Views: 8,706
Posted By The Captain
Draft Surveyors

Judging by some of the comments made in another thread (Pilot Error) I gather some members don't have a very high opinion of "Draft Surveyors".

As a retired surveyor of 18 years standing I feel I...
Forum: The Bridge 1st September 2007, 11:18
Replies: 214
Views: 17,430
Posted By The Captain
Yes Hugh, the bore is something to behold and...

Yes Hugh, the bore is something to behold and your description adequately describes the operation, those who have been to Calcutta will understand, for those who haven't they should read your...
Forum: The Bridge 1st September 2007, 01:56
Replies: 214
Views: 17,430
Posted By The Captain
Each to his own field of expertise. Many years...

Each to his own field of expertise. Many years ago I had the fortune to see what in my opinion was the best "piloting" and the worst both in the same port, Calcutta. The best was the pilot who conned...
Forum: Cameras, Photography and Equipment 30th August 2007, 03:02
Replies: 11
Views: 4,142
Posted By The Captain
Depending on if you have to use digital pictures...

Depending on if you have to use digital pictures why not use an old 35mm camera with no battery, just a manual wind and settings. Of course if you don't already have such a camera they may be hard to...
Forum: The Bridge 30th August 2007, 02:55
Replies: 16
Views: 1,595
Posted By The Captain
Could it be an abreviation for a "Terminal" ie...

Could it be an abreviation for a "Terminal" ie "West Bank" or something similar. For instance "No. 5 Berth, West India Docks" could be "No. 5 Berth, WID". I don't think "WD" is "wharfie speak" I...
Forum: Bank Line 28th August 2007, 23:08
Replies: 11
Views: 2,704
Posted By The Captain
Having spilled the beans to you Duncan I expect...

Having spilled the beans to you Duncan I expect this to go no further.

John
Forum: Bank Line 28th August 2007, 23:07
Replies: 11
Views: 2,704
Posted By The Captain
Not bad "Fubar" and I thought my childish...

Not bad "Fubar" and I thought my childish stupidity was forgotton forever. A couple of points, since my grey cells are slightly younder than yours. The said shot officer was the Mate (one John...
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