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Search: Posts Made By: Somerton
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 3rd August 2019, 22:50
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By Somerton
Hi Mark I sailed on a few of the Port Line...

Hi Mark I sailed on a few of the Port Line ships. . I was ab in the Port Vindex on a trip to South Africa , Australia , and New Zealand from October 1958 April 1959. . The chief fridge...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 31st July 2019, 00:29
Replies: 44
Views: 5,754
Posted By Somerton
That will be a very sad day for Belfast. . I was...

That will be a very sad day for Belfast. . I was fortunate to sail on some of the ships that they built . I well remember the days when the built Bank line , King line Blue Funnel and Port line...
Forum: Tugs 29th July 2019, 23:17
Replies: 44
Views: 3,498
Posted By Somerton
In the 1950/60s the Belfast Harbour...

In the 1950/60s the Belfast Harbour Commissioners had 3 harbour tugs 2 Tids the Sir Milne , Somerton and a diesel tug Sir Kenneth . She was built by Charles Hill in Bristol with a H and W engine ...
Forum: Say Hello 27th July 2019, 06:27
Replies: 16
Views: 1,757
Posted By Somerton
Amen to all the above posts Bob . A warm...

Amen to all the above posts Bob . A warm welcome back from Co Antrim . Back among friends . Speaking for myself a not so very young friend . Sure what is age ? Only a number . Regards .
Alex ...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 9th April 2019, 23:59
Replies: 206
Views: 18,947
Posted By Somerton
It is sad to see that some of the long time...

It is sad to see that some of the long time members are not enjoying SN as much as before . I still think that is a great site . It has given me and I am sure many others a lot of enjoyment in seeing...
Forum: The Engine Room 9th December 2018, 00:05
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Somerton
Hi Duquesa , yes I remember the Ballybeg , and...

Hi Duquesa , yes I remember the Ballybeg , and the Kelly coasters before they were all given Bally names . In 1957 I was in the steam tug Meadow . I left her in late December 1957 to go deep sea ....
Forum: The Engine Room 7th December 2018, 00:35
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Somerton
Duquesne . Would the coaster you refer to have...

Duquesne . Would the coaster you refer to have been called the Helen Craig owned by Hugh Craig &Co . She ran between Belfast Preston with general cargo "? .
Alex C .
Forum: Computers and The Internet 7th November 2018, 08:01
Replies: 14
Views: 1,683
Posted By Somerton
I and my son in law both got these blackmail...

I and my son in law both got these blackmail emails . I am not very up to date with my computer skills or should I say a lack of , but done the same binned them . I rely on my daughters to keep me...
Forum: Ben Line 3rd November 2018, 13:01
Replies: 3
Views: 1,994
Posted By Somerton
I got a copy some ago . It brought back a lot of...

I got a copy some ago . It brought back a lot of happy memories for me . When I watched it I saw some of the guys that I had sailed with in the period 1950/60s . Also a number those seamen had...
Forum: Ship Research 25th October 2018, 23:04
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Posted By Somerton
John Kelly shipowners in Belfast . They had a...

John Kelly shipowners in Belfast . They had a fleet of coasters that carried coal .to Northern Ireland ports . One of their ships was called the Blackwater . I hope this may be useful .
Alex C .
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 21st October 2018, 23:38
Replies: 32
Views: 4,013
Posted By Somerton
Hi Superlecky . When you mention railway...

Hi Superlecky . When you mention railway locomotives . I had an uncle who lived in Bolton . He spent all his working life in LMS and British Rail . From fireman up to the passenger express train . ...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 17th October 2018, 00:43
Replies: 32
Views: 4,013
Posted By Somerton
Very interesting . Yes it makes you think of the...

Very interesting . Yes it makes you think of the number of people who went to sea over the years . My discharge book number is R666116 . It was issued in Belfast in October 1958 . I have seen
some...
Forum: Coasters 4th October 2018, 23:34
Replies: 15
Views: 8,478
Posted By Somerton
Hi John , I remember the loss of the Lairdsfield...

Hi John , I remember the loss of the Lairdsfield . The mate was Kenneth Campbell from Belfast . His wife Joan was a close friend of my wife Naomi from their schooldays . Sadly Joan died a number...
Forum: Coasters 3rd October 2018, 00:23
Replies: 15
Views: 8,478
Posted By Somerton
I remember Burns Laird . My brother sailed in...

I remember Burns Laird . My brother sailed in the Lairdsbrook . The Lairdsoak and Lairdsrock carried steel from Ardrossan to Harland and Wolff . The Lairdsdale was renamed Ulster Drover . The North...
Forum: Say Hello 30th September 2018, 07:32
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By Somerton
Hi Steve , welcome to Ships Nostalgia . I think...

Hi Steve , welcome to Ships Nostalgia . I think that you find plenty to interest here . I know I have during past few years . I have visited Nelson quite a few times , and enjoyed my time there ....
Forum: Historic Shipping lines and Ships 25th August 2018, 23:36
Replies: 13
Views: 1,541
Posted By Somerton
Dan McKinnon,s son was on Ships Nostalgia as...

Dan McKinnon,s son was on Ships Nostalgia as Eriskey . I sailed with Dan,s brother-in- law Calum Mc Caskill on the Port Napier in 1959 . He was the bosun and I was AB . Many happy memories of those...
Forum: Historic Shipping lines and Ships 25th August 2018, 23:28
Replies: 13
Views: 1,541
Posted By Somerton
The ships that I can remember are . The older...

The ships that I can remember are . The older ones . The Beryl , Nugget , Asteria , Axinite , Pebble , Pyrope , Obsidian , Felspar , Fluor , Turquoise,Topaz , Tourmaline, Girasol .Jargoon these were...
Forum: Historic Shipping lines and Ships 25th August 2018, 07:40
Replies: 13
Views: 1,541
Posted By Somerton
I remember a few names of Captains in Wm...

I remember a few names of Captains in Wm Robertson . T Barry . W Kerr . Wm Campbell . D Carmichael . A Fletcher . Wm McLeod . Wm Kane . C Caruth . T Balmer . Wm Balmer . J Smith . G McKillen . D...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 21st August 2018, 23:58
Replies: 8
Views: 1,470
Posted By Somerton
Pam I enjoyed your post about your dad,s seagoing...

Pam I enjoyed your post about your dad,s seagoing career . I started out in the mid 1950,s tugs for a few years , then coasters . Then deep water with Port Line of London . Then Clyde Shipping Co ....
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 25th May 2018, 07:45
Replies: 29
Views: 3,753
Posted By Somerton
Bob , I completely agree with your sentiments ....

Bob , I completely agree with your sentiments . It was a bad day for the UK when we went into the EEC as it was then . I sailed with Port Line in the1950/60 ,s and have many happy memories of the...
Forum: Ship Research 18th September 2017, 00:00
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By Somerton
I think the Port Campbell was on charter from...

I think the Port Campbell was on charter from Harrison Shipping of Glasgow . At that time they had a few chartered ships . Port Wanstead Port Stephen Port Hardy Port Curtis . Ale X C .o
Forum: Non-Seafaring Obituaries 10th September 2017, 16:14
Replies: 31
Views: 2,267
Posted By Somerton
So very sorry to hear of your loss . I had the...

So very sorry to hear of your loss . I had the same loss 7 years ago . Our thoughts and condolences are with you and your family at this sad time .
Alex C .
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 6th June 2017, 08:09
Replies: 16
Views: 3,352
Posted By Somerton
Yes Dave . When I think back I just wish that had...

Yes Dave . When I think back I just wish that had gone deep sea much earlier than I did . My time in Port Line was a very good experience and time . Many happy memories .
Alex .
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 5th June 2017, 23:42
Replies: 16
Views: 3,352
Posted By Somerton
That brings happy memories of Birkenhead . I...

That brings happy memories of Birkenhead . I joined the Port Vindex in October 1958 in the West Float . Also many happy memories of Liverpool . Both in Coast Line And later joining a few Port Line...
Forum: The Engine Room 20th May 2017, 09:00
Replies: 82
Views: 20,895
Posted By Somerton
It was very interesting to see the post about the...

It was very interesting to see the post about the 2 Port Line ships . Both were fine ships . In days before the box boats ! I sailed in the Port Sydney in 1958 and in the Port Melbourne in. 1960 ....
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