Originally Posted by Rai
My first trip to sea was the crowborough Beacon 1960.
definitely no females We left Hamburg for Norfolk USA,during the night we were blown off the mooring and just
managed to get the engine started and get the ship swung round broadships before hitting the concrete railway bridge supports. There was a big write up in the local papers about excellent seaman-ship by the master, then they gave him a fine for not having enough lines out
I was the deck apprentice ordered to secure the ship with Insurance wires and extra mooring lines! I think the Skipper was either Tom Pearson or Mike Diggins It took the whole day and I thought that we had done a good job. We also had a tug on standby pushing us into the jetty. All to no avail!!
Mike Walder now in Smedstorp Sweden