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Search: Posts Made By: LaFlamme
Forum: Special Purpose Vessels 19th April 2019, 15:15
Replies: 5
Views: 1,083
Posted By LaFlamme
Good explanation of the self-unloaders. I...

Good explanation of the self-unloaders.
I sailed for a brief period of time on the Ontario Power in the winter of 1968-1969. The owners, Upper Lakes Shipping, decided that year to take her out on...
Forum: Model Ships 29th March 2018, 19:49
Replies: 14
Views: 4,092
Posted By LaFlamme
Salutations to all, Check the Gallery on this...

Salutations to all,
Check the Gallery on this site for pictures of the "S.S. Gypsum Countess".
I commissioned this model from Jerome Morris, Maine, U.S.A.
I sailed on the Countess in 1969-1970.
A...
Forum: Model Ships 22nd January 2018, 23:20
Replies: 5
Views: 1,862
Posted By LaFlamme
Big Mig, I know it gets confusing because...

Big Mig,
I know it gets confusing because sometimes other former Gypsum sailors post their own pictures, and I believe the ships names get switched since a couple of the ships were almost exact...
Forum: Model Ships 22nd January 2018, 07:03
Replies: 5
Views: 1,862
Posted By LaFlamme
Jerome, Your work is amazing, and as I often...

Jerome,
Your work is amazing, and as I often repeat, you are an artist. I am glad that we can share this model with members of Ships Nostalgia.

I took the attached picture of the Gypsum Countess...
Forum: Ship Research 22nd April 2017, 00:51
Replies: 27
Views: 10,332
Posted By LaFlamme
BigMig, I signed off the Countess in June 1970,...

BigMig,
I signed off the Countess in June 1970, we sailed together, but I wonder if you could have been off on leave when we had that accident. It could have happened the previous fall, before you...
Forum: Ship Research 17th April 2017, 20:05
Replies: 27
Views: 10,332
Posted By LaFlamme
This is a great day! Not only do I get to hear...

This is a great day!
Not only do I get to hear again from an old shipmate, BigMig, but we also reconnect with another member of the Countess crew, RolfA. Rolf and I were best buddies, and we used...
Forum: Ship Research 25th February 2016, 07:20
Replies: 27
Views: 10,332
Posted By LaFlamme
Dickyboy, Thank you for your encouragement. ...

Dickyboy,
Thank you for your encouragement. You may just have opened the doors to a lot of recollections, haha. BigMig and I have exchanged emails after we found out that we sailed on the S.S....
Forum: Ship Research 22nd February 2016, 00:53
Replies: 27
Views: 10,332
Posted By LaFlamme
This is one of the few pictures I have of the...

This is one of the few pictures I have of the S.S. Gypsum Countess.

We were loading salt, in the Bahamas, probably in early 1970.
Forum: Ship Research 21st February 2016, 21:14
Replies: 27
Views: 10,332
Posted By LaFlamme
Greetings to everyone who has read and...

Greetings to everyone who has read and participated in this thread over the years.

I have to correct my own post of February 2011. I sailed on the S.S. Gypsum Countess, with Captain Luckey, from...
Forum: The Bridge 25th March 2012, 07:41
Replies: 17
Views: 3,450
Posted By LaFlamme
This thread is very interesting (as many are - I...

This thread is very interesting (as many are - I love this site). Totally ignorant of container ships and the work involved in loading/unloading these large ships, I am finally learning the basics...
Forum: The Radio Room 4th March 2012, 08:10
Replies: 119
Views: 18,309
Posted By LaFlamme
As with many other young seamen, I left the sea...

As with many other young seamen, I left the sea for a beautiful woman. We are still together after 40 years.

I had studied for one year at a navigation school, in preparation for a career as a...
Forum: Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 26th November 2011, 14:31
Replies: 2
Views: 1,757
Posted By LaFlamme
Thank you for posting this, Stephen. Very...

Thank you for posting this, Stephen. Very interesting fellows. Many old(er) seamen will relate to the story, even if we are not from Liverpool. In a similar fashion, we all learned from our travels...
Forum: Tankers 24th November 2011, 08:11
Replies: 12
Views: 1,825
Posted By LaFlamme
I personally think it is a mistake to exploit...

I personally think it is a mistake to exploit Shale Gas, at least with this "fracking" technology. At the same time, I laugh because here on the West Coast of the U.S., people are afraid of LNG...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 4th October 2011, 15:53
Replies: 13
Views: 1,809
Posted By LaFlamme
Not a bad way to end it all actually. They can't...

Not a bad way to end it all actually. They can't all have accidentally fallen overboard, and I suspect that some plan their final cruise for this purpose. A bit like the Golden Gate bridge in San...
Forum: The Radio Room 18th September 2011, 21:22
Replies: 33
Views: 5,101
Posted By LaFlamme
As all young boys who read too many adventure...

As all young boys who read too many adventure books and had too much imagination, I wanted to "see" the world, and have adventures. I joined the RCN at 17 but didn't like military life, and...
Forum: Say Hello 20th July 2011, 07:04
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By LaFlamme
Wow, that is a beautiful boat UCB4UME. I sure...

Wow, that is a beautiful boat UCB4UME. I sure would love to ride on the Mississippi in that. Great work.
Forum: The Radio Room 13th July 2011, 07:30
Replies: 13
Views: 2,363
Posted By LaFlamme
Oh, I miss the days when you had to go to the...

Oh, I miss the days when you had to go to the post office to make a call to Canada from Europe (true, I was staying in cheap hotels, more often than not without even local phone access), and also...
Forum: The Engine Room 24th June 2011, 05:54
Replies: 48
Views: 6,037
Posted By LaFlamme
Come on, there is a funny repartee in there...

Come on, there is a funny repartee in there somewhere. I remember some pieces of wood on my ships, but can't remember what we used the spirit level for. Humm, let me think.... first mate was...
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 23rd June 2011, 07:26
Replies: 3
Views: 1,127
Posted By LaFlamme
Quote "Would you buy shares in this Company?" ...

Quote "Would you buy shares in this Company?"
Spongebob,
My quick response is that I would probably buy some shares - nothing extravagant, maybe one hundred shares (I dunno in what type of lot this...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 15th June 2011, 06:59
Replies: 4
Views: 2,016
Posted By LaFlamme
John, Thanks again for helping me find the...

John,
Thanks again for helping me find the origins of the Wheat King. The following, from Jerome Morris, also a SN member, might interest you:
"Hi Andre, After looking at this picture and the one...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th June 2011, 08:12
Replies: 4
Views: 2,016
Posted By LaFlamme
Thank you very much Papa Bear. I find her...

Thank you very much Papa Bear. I find her history fascinating. Just a few minutes ago I found the same information on a historical site of the Great Lakes. She was indeed a tanker, built in 1953,...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 14th June 2011, 02:29
Replies: 4
Views: 2,016
Posted By LaFlamme
M.V. Llandaff ? Union-Castle Line

Has anyone ever sailed on the M.V. Llandaff, or knows about her. She was a bulk carrier, maybe operated by Union-Castle?

I should say "is a bulk carrier", because she is still around. I sailed...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 13th June 2011, 07:45
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By LaFlamme
Wow, I certainly didn't realize that Japan was...

Wow, I certainly didn't realize that Japan was building that many ships.
Forum: BP Shipping 13th June 2011, 02:10
Replies: 598
Views: 89,496
Posted By LaFlamme
I remember a lot of beef tongue, for some reason...

I remember a lot of beef tongue, for some reason - not that it was my favorite! And corned beef.

The following would probably take too long to explain, but none of the ships I worked on allowed...
Forum: The Radio Room 6th June 2011, 21:46
Replies: 70
Views: 10,795
Posted By LaFlamme
Must have been all those adventure and pirates...

Must have been all those adventure and pirates books I voraciously read as a boy, because I grew up a thousand miles from the sea! Sometimes I would accompany my father on business trips to...
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