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Search: Posts Made By: Billhobbs
Forum: Elder Dempster 26th March 2018, 20:00
Replies: 14
Views: 2,510
Posted By Billhobbs
Tin Can Island

Anyone know where the name Tin Can Island originated? Hoping Julian Calvin can assist.
Forum: Elder Dempster 14th January 2017, 22:55
Replies: 24
Views: 4,762
Posted By Billhobbs
Alan - you must have been with ACE around 1975...

Alan - you must have been with ACE around 1975 when their office was, I think, in The Strand. Cogs are clicking in where I had first met you as I had been seconded from OSAL? in India buildings to do...
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 24th December 2016, 12:59
Replies: 28
Views: 8,175
Posted By Billhobbs
Aberdonian - was in Dammam 1979 - 85 as owners...

Aberdonian - was in Dammam 1979 - 85 as owners rep and ops for FOSS. Algosaibi were our sponsors and agent. Vessels had to be self sustaining so we had shore based big forklifts for discharging our...
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 23rd December 2016, 13:23
Replies: 28
Views: 8,175
Posted By Billhobbs
Alan - those names don't ring any bells but I...

Alan - those names don't ring any bells but I spent a good few years in the Middle East post OCL with FOSS and then the rest of my working life with OTAL and West Africa.
Cheers Bill
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 22nd December 2016, 09:18
Replies: 28
Views: 8,175
Posted By Billhobbs
Alan - I came across Dick Denning during a brief...

Alan - I came across Dick Denning during a brief stint at OCL Birmingham before he moved to Beagle House, would have been circa 1976. Also think our paths briefly crossed when I was with FOSS and you...
Forum: Elder Dempster 30th September 2016, 07:36
Replies: 8
Views: 3,172
Posted By Billhobbs
http://www.seabreezes.co.im/index.php?option=com_c...

http://www.seabreezes.co.im/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=403:ships-we-forgot-to-rememberclearway&catid=34:ships&Itemid=56

Julian - not sure if this will work but above is link to...
Forum: Say Hello 25th February 2016, 17:39
Replies: 11
Views: 913
Posted By Billhobbs
Julian - on another topic heard that the Delmas...

Julian - on another topic heard that the Delmas brand has been finally closed by CMA-CGM. That's the final link with Elder Dempster gone.
Forum: Say Hello 25th February 2016, 17:00
Replies: 11
Views: 913
Posted By Billhobbs
I joined the original Onitsha in Nov 1970. She...

I joined the original Onitsha in Nov 1970. She had a 150 ton stick that we used to discharge a rail locomotive in I think it Lobito. Anyway relieved to see Alan and his pals did not undergo a 9 year...
Forum: Say Hello 25th February 2016, 08:58
Replies: 11
Views: 913
Posted By Billhobbs
I thought the Onitsha was sold in 1972 which...

I thought the Onitsha was sold in 1972 which would make your Aulis dates a bit odd. Either that or you had a very long apprenticeship.
Forum: Elder Dempster 26th December 2015, 07:12
Replies: 16
Views: 3,053
Posted By Billhobbs
It was 45 years ago to the day on my first trip...

It was 45 years ago to the day on my first trip on the Onitsha that we were anchored at Boma waiting for our berth upriver in Matadi. My first Xmas at sea - well on a muddy river. One of those "where...
Forum: Elder Dempster 7th September 2015, 08:42
Replies: 29
Views: 8,380
Posted By Billhobbs
The Guinness link with Elders was still running...

The Guinness link with Elders was still running at least until 2005 ish. Delmas who bought Elder Dempster still had the contract to carry Guiness's own Tanktainer fleet between Dublin and West...
Forum: Blue Funnel Line 2nd June 2015, 08:49
Replies: 17
Views: 2,742
Posted By Billhobbs
I have a vague recollection that our charts in...

I have a vague recollection that our charts in Blue Funnel had "Way Points" marked through which vessels were expected to sail. This may have been something to do with providing assistance to other...
Forum: Elder Dempster 15th April 2014, 16:10
Replies: 19
Views: 3,947
Posted By Billhobbs
The groundnut crop was still in evidence up to a...

The groundnut crop was still in evidence up to a few years ago. I can remember Delmas (who took over EDL in the early 90's) scheduling a vessel to call and pick up the crop on their way back to...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 22nd March 2014, 09:39
Replies: 15
Views: 3,848
Posted By Billhobbs
Well my advice is to take yr better half for a...

Well my advice is to take yr better half for a days shopping in London, point her in the direction of Oxford St with an agreed rendezvous and head straight to the Guildhall Library. Worked a treat...
Forum: Elder Dempster 11th March 2014, 08:18
Replies: 19
Views: 4,406
Posted By Billhobbs
I cannot contribute to the technical aspect of...

I cannot contribute to the technical aspect of this thread but I do vividly remember the bouncing effect going through the Great Lakes locks in the Antenor, a newly built Ocean Fleets bulk carrier in...
Forum: Looking for Old Shipmates 15th April 2013, 09:35
Replies: 51
Views: 16,187
Posted By Billhobbs
Josh Garner who was on HMS Conway with me was...

Josh Garner who was on HMS Conway with me was last heard of as Master of the super yacht "D".
Forum: Elder Dempster 8th March 2013, 22:57
Replies: 33
Views: 10,851
Posted By Billhobbs
From what I remember the first 2 years we were...

From what I remember the first 2 years we were "deck cadets" and spent the majority of our time on deck becoming experts at chipping, greasing and the efficient use of a holystone etc.

There came...
Forum: Say Hello 20th January 2013, 10:27
Replies: 7
Views: 2,162
Posted By Billhobbs
Dealers Arms Garston

John - I was at Aulis in Riversdale various times between 70 and 73 and remember well the Dealers Arms. It was where I met my first wife. I think the landlord was an ex Blue Funnel bosun and Xmas 72...
Forum: Ship Research 10th July 2012, 12:57
Replies: 13
Views: 5,534
Posted By Billhobbs
I was in Saudi Arabia late 70's thru to mid 80's...

I was in Saudi Arabia late 70's thru to mid 80's with FOSS operating roros into Jeddah and Dammam where I was based. Spent some time relieving our port captain in Jeddah where Fayez was our agent who...
Forum: Elder Dempster 27th May 2012, 22:08
Replies: 33
Views: 10,851
Posted By Billhobbs
My first trip as cadet was on Onitsha from what...

My first trip as cadet was on Onitsha from what was once South Huskisson dock in early November 1970. Remember Ron Wild as Captain and the Training Mate was Brian Jones. He was assisted by two...
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