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Search: Posts Made By: xieriftips
Forum: BP Shipping 11th March 2017, 17:33
Replies: 15
Views: 4,980
Posted By xieriftips
Hi, Andrew! C. D. Brown was the Master on...

Hi, Andrew!
C. D. Brown was the Master on 'British Curlew when I joined as first trip 3/O at the tail end of 1967. He signed off around May 1968.
Forum: BP Shipping 13th January 2016, 14:12
Replies: 10
Views: 2,060
Posted By xieriftips
Charles Dawson Brown was in command of m/v...

Charles Dawson Brown was in command of m/v 'British Curlew' when I joined at the tail end of 1967. He went on leave around mid May 1968.
Forum: BP Shipping 7th August 2013, 14:10
Replies: 24
Views: 5,703
Posted By xieriftips
Hi, Tony, I believe we sailed together in...

Hi, Tony, I believe we sailed together in 'British Loyalty' in 1968/69, with Bill and Babs Burns. I was 3rd Mate.
Forum: The Bridge 13th June 2013, 10:48
Replies: 37
Views: 5,655
Posted By xieriftips
Silent hours? (In BP it was 1300-1500)

Silent hours? (In BP it was 1300-1500)
Forum: BP Shipping 20th May 2013, 09:59
Replies: 69
Views: 13,978
Posted By xieriftips
Didn't Charlie Colbourn follow Ronnie Friendship...

Didn't Charlie Colbourn follow Ronnie Friendship as Commodore?
Forum: BP Shipping 19th May 2013, 23:42
Replies: 20
Views: 5,408
Posted By xieriftips
Yup...I'm sure. It was me who called the nurses'...

Yup...I'm sure. It was me who called the nurses' home...the number was filed in memory from my mid-apprenticeship course a year earlier. And it was me, because for some daft reason I was considered...
Forum: BP Shipping 12th May 2013, 15:01
Replies: 20
Views: 5,408
Posted By xieriftips
Ah, yes. I remember the “Cassab calas” incident....

Ah, yes. I remember the “Cassab calas” incident. I was Deck Apprentice on the “Sportsman” from August 1966 until May 1967, which definitely overlaps with you. So who was on there then? From the...
Forum: BP Shipping 11th May 2013, 21:38
Replies: 2
Views: 1,427
Posted By xieriftips
Yes, I remember Tony Tuckett as Super at the IoG...

Yes, I remember Tony Tuckett as Super at the IoG in 1968...I had just presented him with another problem. One of the crew coming back from ashore, p*ssed, fell off the gangway. We'd had to winkle him...
Forum: BP Shipping 14th January 2013, 23:17
Replies: 37
Views: 7,354
Posted By xieriftips
BTH Radar? Nah, it was a Decca...the first true...

BTH Radar? Nah, it was a Decca...the first true motion radar in the company. Of course, the TM only worked if the log was out, and some OMs had the log handed as soon as you rounded Ushant inbound...
Forum: BP Shipping 25th November 2012, 19:07
Replies: 103
Views: 37,017
Posted By xieriftips
If you're after the REAL "time capsule" you have...

If you're after the REAL "time capsule" you have to go for the early edition of "Tanker Practice"; it was extensively updated (I believe) twice, the latter time in the early '70s.
Forum: BP Shipping 30th August 2012, 16:51
Replies: 30
Views: 7,390
Posted By xieriftips
When I later sailed with CP Ships, we had a Third...

When I later sailed with CP Ships, we had a Third Mate and Second Mate who were married to each other. Sea personnel were so uncomfortable with this, despite no adverse reports from Masters, that...
Forum: BP Shipping 28th August 2012, 15:50
Replies: 117
Views: 25,729
Posted By xieriftips
Johnny Cash sang a song about that!

Johnny Cash sang a song about that!
Forum: BP Shipping 28th August 2012, 15:48
Replies: 117
Views: 25,729
Posted By xieriftips
When we sold the 'British Engineer' to Latsis,...

When we sold the 'British Engineer' to Latsis, one of my souvenirs was a towel embroidered 'Metropolitan Police'. Same colours, same style, same font. When the dhobi had been ashore in the IoG...
Forum: The Bridge 25th August 2012, 10:53
Replies: 123
Views: 35,659
Posted By xieriftips
Only guessing, but maybe it comes from the days...

Only guessing, but maybe it comes from the days when ships drydocked annually and, because of steelwork renewals, it was considered necessary to renew the deviation card after each D/D.
Once compass...
Forum: BP Shipping 15th August 2012, 16:36
Replies: 48
Views: 8,929
Posted By xieriftips
Ah, well, maybe you were one of the team that...

Ah, well, maybe you were one of the team that painted over my perfectly executed house flag which, I assure you, was done in around August 1971, and I know we were the first, because we were painting...
Forum: BP Shipping 11th August 2012, 15:22
Replies: 598
Views: 87,094
Posted By xieriftips
Aye, Alan, and we should also remember that 40...

Aye, Alan, and we should also remember that 40 years ago the job was a lot more physical; people could wolf down (probably) 3,500+ calories a day and NOT PUT ON WEIGHT!!! When you're that hungry, any...
Forum: BP Shipping 11th August 2012, 15:17
Replies: 26
Views: 8,356
Posted By xieriftips
Yup, that's the one!

Yup, that's the one!
Forum: BP Shipping 10th August 2012, 11:53
Replies: 598
Views: 87,094
Posted By xieriftips
Ah, well; that's inflation for you. Our Chief...

Ah, well; that's inflation for you. Our Chief Steward called it 'Golden Dollar Hash'!
Forum: BP Shipping 10th August 2012, 11:43
Replies: 26
Views: 8,356
Posted By xieriftips
We-ell, Warsash tanker safety course was, in...

We-ell, Warsash tanker safety course was, in 1971, adamant that it wasn't possible. They had all sorts of lab info to show that the energy released by static sparks from nylon shirts (or any other...
Forum: BP Shipping 7th August 2012, 10:51
Replies: 117
Views: 25,729
Posted By xieriftips
As it happens, by 1983 the Met Office was really...

As it happens, by 1983 the Met Office was really casting around for British ships to become reporting ships and we on the "Fort Assiniboine" (No, that's NOT misspelt!) were fitted out in Tilbury. The...
Forum: BP Shipping 7th August 2012, 10:43
Replies: 117
Views: 25,729
Posted By xieriftips
How on earth did you get THAT through the airport...

How on earth did you get THAT through the airport check-in???
Forum: BP Shipping 6th August 2012, 19:59
Replies: 117
Views: 25,729
Posted By xieriftips
Mine was a nice brass sign from above one of...

Mine was a nice brass sign from above one of "British Corporal's" pumproom entrance doors, reading "Pumproom Entrance" (not unnaturally)

It spent a few years above the loo door at home until my...
Forum: BP Shipping 6th August 2012, 19:49
Replies: 48
Views: 8,929
Posted By xieriftips
It was "British Tenacity" late Summer 1971. I WAS...

It was "British Tenacity" late Summer 1971. I WAS THAT MAN!!!

p.s. 13 years later, in a different Company, I just HAD to go an' do it again!
Forum: BP Shipping 6th August 2012, 09:35
Replies: 37
Views: 7,956
Posted By xieriftips
Aye, I was most p*ssed off when they renamed me a...

Aye, I was most p*ssed off when they renamed me a year before the end of my time!
Forum: The Bridge 29th July 2012, 19:59
Replies: 186
Views: 33,233
Posted By xieriftips
Perfectly sound purchase; mine also is a K-H...

Perfectly sound purchase; mine also is a K-H 'three circle' sextant, although a slightly different model. But nobody's getting that, not ever, as long as I draw breath!
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