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Search: Posts Made By: gordonarfur
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 7th December 2019, 02:00
Replies: 10
Views: 873
Posted By gordonarfur
I spent 9 months of my life courtesy of the...

I spent 9 months of my life courtesy of the British army guarding the great bitter lake, not sure what we were supposed to be guarding but at least the wx was clement.
Forum: Places, People & Events of Maritime Interest 7th December 2019, 01:58
Replies: 10
Views: 873
Posted By gordonarfur
Smile pasteur

Great video, why do the frogs need a dozen men on the bridge? was it tea time?
Forum: The Radio Room 8th November 2019, 05:27
Replies: 63
Views: 4,684
Posted By gordonarfur
Radio spares

During my time at sea , i had 3 visits from R/I,s none of whom even enquired about spares let alone checked them. An R/I in Hobart visited my ship and tried to come the old madam with me regarding...
Forum: The Radio Room 8th November 2019, 05:09
Replies: 13
Views: 1,342
Posted By gordonarfur
furness withy

Don,t hear much about F.W on this site but it was one of the most if not the most powerful shipping company in the UK. I worked in their accounts dept prior to national service, after demob l went...
Forum: Computers and The Internet 18th October 2019, 01:21
Replies: 26
Views: 2,814
Posted By gordonarfur
R/O to 3/0

Can anyone explain the procedure which enabled R/O,s to sit second mates certificates after the closure of coast stations around about 1992?
Forum: The Radio Room 11th October 2019, 00:25
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By gordonarfur
In the red sea we had a freezer with a smashed...

In the red sea we had a freezer with a smashed hand, tried IAR no joy QRN awful even on 12mcs, a port line ship was about 100 miles behind us with a doc on board gave us some advice but we dropped...
Forum: The Radio Room 7th October 2019, 22:23
Replies: 37
Views: 2,785
Posted By gordonarfur
Unfortunately, leaving Liverpool for Auckland we...

Unfortunately, leaving Liverpool for Auckland we needed to calibrate the DF. asked the old man to slowly rotate the ship when the pilot had left, moans and groans from the bridge as if a half hour...
Forum: The Radio Room 4th October 2019, 06:23
Replies: 37
Views: 2,785
Posted By gordonarfur
I sailed with the USS of NZ (unfortunately) in...

I sailed with the USS of NZ (unfortunately) in the early sixties , no radar, no echo sounder, DF with a fore and aft aerial , decks and rigging festooned with aerials put up by the crew, no...
Forum: The Engine Room 29th September 2019, 22:56
Replies: 39
Views: 5,554
Posted By gordonarfur
most of the scrubbers I came across were in...

most of the scrubbers I came across were in Auckland or Wellington and they had very little or nothing to do with the black gang
Forum: The Radio Room 27th September 2019, 05:54
Replies: 14
Views: 1,304
Posted By gordonarfur
i have never so much gold braid in all my life,...

i have never so much gold braid in all my life, anybody know what the collective noun is for a group like that?
Forum: The Radio Room 20th September 2019, 04:33
Replies: 29
Ctv
Views: 1,786
Posted By gordonarfur
Horta radio in the Azores

Horta radio in the Azores
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 8th September 2019, 02:20
Replies: 18
Views: 1,821
Posted By gordonarfur
Hi Roy, you probably know that in the 1100,s...

Hi Roy, you probably know that in the 1100,s England exported wine to Europe, in the 1600,s the Thames froze over for significant period, but does she? . A couple of weeks ago the biased...
Forum: News and Views from the Shipping World 6th September 2019, 02:50
Replies: 18
Views: 1,821
Posted By gordonarfur
Who cares, a stupid little girl still wet behind...

Who cares, a stupid little girl still wet behind the ears prattling on about something she knows F.A. about.
Forum: The Radio Room 29th July 2019, 01:21
Replies: 10
Views: 1,683
Posted By gordonarfur
Andrea Doria

Hi Spongebob - I had no option, I certainly did,nt choose it, they just shoved me onto the Kaitawa then after a few weeks I was upgraded to the Kawatiri (where the old man tried to tell me how to...
Forum: The Radio Room 29th July 2019, 00:05
Replies: 10
Views: 1,683
Posted By gordonarfur
Andrea Doria

Hi Bob did you honestly enjoy the USS? initially I got lumbered with the Kaitawa with its battery operated TX and receivers which I forgot to charge when in Greymouth and then had to run a line from...
Forum: The Radio Room 28th July 2019, 03:31
Replies: 10
Views: 1,683
Posted By gordonarfur
You guys did the sensible thing by starting young...

You guys did the sensible thing by starting young and dodging the british army and all its stupid BS. i did things **** backwards and did,nt start my PMG until i was 23, fortunately I managed to...
Forum: Bank Line 19th July 2019, 02:06
Replies: 26
Views: 3,152
Posted By gordonarfur
Best ports to visit

The conference lines owned the kiwi coast during the fifties and early sixties if the telephone exchange girls or the local nurses had,nt called within an hour of tying up to find out when the next...
Forum: Ship Research 26th April 2019, 04:53
Replies: 7
Views: 799
Posted By gordonarfur
I think Bristol City line also called regularly...

I think Bristol City line also called regularly at Baltimore to load coal and bulk cargo for Bristol and welsh ports.
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd March 2019, 03:49
Replies: 39
Views: 5,554
Posted By gordonarfur
Seaman 38 do I detect a note of resentment or...

Seaman 38 do I detect a note of resentment or jealousy in your posting? it was a well known fact that the uniformed gentlemen who manned the conference lines ships to OZ and NZ were in fact the creme...
Forum: The Engine Room 3rd March 2019, 03:38
Replies: 39
Views: 5,554
Posted By gordonarfur
spongebob - good comment, some of the black gang...

spongebob - good comment, some of the black gang needed cleaning up so it was rather difficult at times to differentiate between the sexes.
Forum: The Engine Room 2nd March 2019, 21:59
Replies: 39
Views: 5,554
Posted By gordonarfur
I can certainly vouch for the girls telephoning...

I can certainly vouch for the girls telephoning the "home boats" for a bit of action especially in the smaller ports of Timaru, New Plymouth etc, but i never experienced any of that in the Union Co...
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 25th February 2019, 00:27
Replies: 24
Views: 2,599
Posted By gordonarfur
The Empire Orwell was a troop ship hired by the...

The Empire Orwell was a troop ship hired by the UK govt for lugging squadies and their families around the world, mainly to the ME and Far East. All finished around the late fifties early sixties.
Forum: The Radio Room 23rd February 2019, 02:18
Replies: 7
Views: 1,466
Posted By gordonarfur
I have a morse key with F.I.L Z.H. ser. no 777...

I have a morse key with F.I.L Z.H. ser. no 777 stamped upon the a plate and fixed to the top , anyone know what that means?
Forum: Maritime Family History Research 23rd February 2019, 02:07
Replies: 24
Views: 2,599
Posted By gordonarfur
The Union Company owned two ships Tofua and Matua...

The Union Company owned two ships Tofua and Matua which had a regular 3 week voyage from Auckland to the Pacific Islands, they had passenger berths but often carried many islanders as deck passengers...
Forum: The Engine Room 15th February 2019, 22:38
Replies: 39
Views: 5,554
Posted By gordonarfur
There were plenty of them in Wellington and...

There were plenty of them in Wellington and Auckland in the late fifties and early sixties and all free!!
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