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Old 21st April 2017, 15:32
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Capt.R.C. Proctor

Good Afternoon shipmates,
I haven't visited this site in years and while scrolling down the "Mystic"which I wrote about in June 2008,I read your comments on Capt.R C.Proctor OBE.He was a great ship Master,and looked after his apprentices very well.Did you know that he wrote a book entitled " Fifty years with the Prince Line"? published in 1967 by Arthur H Stockwell.I have a copy in my library and it makes nostalgic reading for someone of my age ,74,who went to sea in 1959 in time to see the end of an era before the BOX arrived to change it all.By 1969 I had passed Masters FG and opted to have a home life working on cross channel ferries.
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Old 21st April 2017, 19:21
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Hello Capt.Bob. I have a copy of the said book. My interest in Captain Proctor goes back to my school days and the British Ship Adoption Society. Captain Proctor was with the Prince Line and he corresponded with our school. I can remember the Head Master reading his letters to us at assembly.
In the acknowledgements of the book it is the latter of the schools mentioned.
Regards Bill
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Old 4th June 2017, 09:49
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Good morning to you all.
My son reminded me that I had cine film gathering dust, and I have at last had it 'digitised'. Wow, what happy memories.
I was on her as deck cadet in 1962 under Capt. Proctor, for 2 trips to OZ.
I am currently editing the film, and hope to post it on YouTube sometime fairly soon. I will post the link once it is done.
meanwhile, thank you all for your anecdotes, and stand by for questions if I need answers!
All the best, Bob Gardiner.
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Old 21st April 2018, 16:55
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If anyone out there is inerested my film is now finished and I have uploaded it to Youtube.
Search for Geoff Cushnet, and two films are available.
I would love to hear any comments from anyone who has the time.
All the best to you. Bob G.
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Old 22nd April 2018, 22:09
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Hi Bob. I have just had a quick look at your Youtube posting I think your efforts are well worth while. Those of us who sailed to Australia in that era will remember it as it was, unlike now. The short clip of Captain Proctor was magical to me as he was the main correspondent when I was at school through The British Ship Adoption Society
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Old 23rd April 2018, 09:54
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I was delighted to see the Mystic mentioned when I visited the site.
I was on her throught 1962 in my last year as a deck Apprentice.The others were Brian Kelly,Peter Kerpener,Jeremy Stanford,Bob Gardiner.
Master Capt R Proctor,Mate Ted Hoyle.2nd Mate Rog Blackburn,úrd Mate ? 4th Mate Brian Maflin.
C/E D.Graham Eng Cadets Donnie McLeod? Mel Griffiths.
The Mystic was a particularly happy ship.She had been trading to NZ before I joined but switched to Aussie when I was on her.We had a great football team run by Ron the r/o and were well known on the coast as a "Party Ship"
I regret that I didn't get back to her during the rest of my time with Furness,but a friend of mine Terry Griffiths was on her in about 1964.
look forward to your comments,

Bob Gray
Hi Bob. I'm not sure if you have seen my post, but I have just uploaded a film of our trip which might amuse you. It is actually a composite of two trips that I made with her.
If you're interested, it's on Youtube, under the name of Geoff Cushnet!
I would love to hear your views.
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Old 24th April 2018, 21:51
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Good Evening Bob,
Hearing from you was a real "Blast from the Past."
I've had a quick look at the u tube film and will watch it completely as I only flicked through it.
One thing I didn't recall was calling at Colombo after leaving Aden.
I seem to remember you buying that cine camera with a Barclays Bank cheque from a Bum Boat man in Aden,which must have been a first.
I'll be in touch again and if you could contact me by e-mail we can catch up on 55years.
Bob ( Paddy) Gray
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Old 25th April 2018, 11:16
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Good Evening Bob,
Hearing from you was a real "Blast from the Past."
I've had a quick look at the u tube film and will watch it completely as I only flicked through it.
One thing I didn't recall was calling at Colombo after leaving Aden.
I seem to remember you buying that cine camera with a Barclays Bank cheque from a Bum Boat man in Aden,which must have been a first.
I'll be in touch again and if you could contact me by e-mail we can catch up on 55years.
Bob ( Paddy) Gray
Hi Bob.
Thanks ever so for your message.
I don't have an e-mail address for you, but mine is [email protected] and it would be lovely to hear from you.
I'm not sure about your reference to Colombo though, unless I made an error in the commentary!! My journal shows that on my first trip we visited Trincomalee outbound, and Galle homewoard bound, but missed out Ceylon on my second.
I'ld be glad of your comments though, especially any mistakes!!
I do look forward to hearing from you.
All the best, Bob G(ardiner).https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/images/icons/icon7.gif
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Old 25th April 2018, 15:21
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Very well done BobG/Geoff Cushnet, a wonderful film.
I was with Shaw Savill and Albion, just finishing my Apprenticeship as you were starting yours. I always regretted not taking more pictures of my life a sea, even though I did purchase a camera from the Aden bum boats. Now you have finally done it all for me. Many thanks.
My first trips in Alaric were almost exactly like yours in Mystic, same cargoes and virtually the same ports although Alaric and the other three 'A's always started and finished in London, and throughout my career I never did get to Adelaide.
Your film should remind all of our generation how extremely lucky we were to be at sea during the finest years of the British Merchant Navy. More time in port than actually at sea thanks to the cargo handling systems in use at the time, and nobody shooting or trying to torpedo us when we did leave port.
We were truly blessed, than you again for recording it for us.
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Old 25th April 2018, 17:08
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Very well done BobG/Geoff Cushnet, a wonderful film.
I was with Shaw Savill and Albion, just finishing my Apprenticeship as you were starting yours. I always regretted not taking more pictures of my life a sea, even though I did purchase a camera from the Aden bum boats. Now you have finally done it all for me. Many thanks.
My first trips in Alaric were almost exactly like yours in Mystic, same cargoes and virtually the same ports although Alaric and the other three 'A's always started and finished in London, and throughout my career I never did get to Adelaide.
Your film should remind all of our generation how extremely lucky we were to be at sea during the finest years of the British Merchant Navy. More time in port than actually at sea thanks to the cargo handling systems in use at the time, and nobody shooting or trying to torpedo us when we did leave port.
We were truly blessed, than you again for recording it for us.
Thank you for your post Alaric.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the film, which I enjoyed putting together.
Although I 'swallowed the anchor' in 1968 having got my master's, I have always looked back with great affection to my time at sea, both with Furness Withy and with the RFA.
I do so agree with you about our good fortune, and I still maintain that our generation have had the best of it really.
Did you have a look at 'Princes Playground', my other film?
It is an earlier attempt, before I began to get the hang of the editing software.
The films were gathering dust, forgotten, until a friend found them.
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Old 27th April 2018, 17:59
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Another excellent film Bob, this time to ports, other than Valetta, that I have not visited. You seem to have enjoyed a varied career, did you continue filming when you served with the RFA?
I hold Shaw Savill in high regard and was very happy to sail with them, but in hindsight I wish that I had left and joined other lines to see more of our world.
Like you, I had a relatively short seagoing career leaving in 1968 so never got to sail as Chief.
Thanks for posting these really interesting, now historic films.
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Old 28th April 2018, 10:22
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Another excellent film Bob, this time to ports, other than Valetta, that I have not visited. You seem to have enjoyed a varied career, did you continue filming when you served with the RFA?
I hold Shaw Savill in high regard and was very happy to sail with them, but in hindsight I wish that I had left and joined other lines to see more of our world.
Like you, I had a relatively short seagoing career leaving in 1968 so never got to sail as Chief.
Thanks for posting these really interesting, now historic films.
Thanks again Alaric, and I'm so glad that you enjoyed both films.
I still look back on my time with great fondness, and a sense of astonishment that I was actually PAID to visit all these places!
I discovered while being a Senior 2nd Mate in the RFA however, that I was not interested in becoming a 'Man Manger'. The idea of Chief or 'Old 'Man did not appeal.
I've had a whale of a time since though, so I have absolutely no regrets, (apart from not getting my Instructor's Rating as a Pilot, of course!)
I still have footage to work on, some from a trip on Pacific Reliance to the States, and quite a bit of the RFA at work.
Unfortunately, the Pacific Reliance stuff is not as good as I had hoped, but may make something, and I need to find a 'thread' around which to 'hang' the RFA pictures.
I'm enjoying it, though, Very nostalgic.
I will let you know when anything new is posted.
All the best to you.
Bob G
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Old 31st May 2019, 10:47
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Hello again to all.
Just to let you know that I have now completed a film about Pacific Reliance, which I have also uploaded to Youtube.
If you are interested, search for Geoff Cushnet on youtube, and I have 5 films there for your enjoyment.
All the best, Bob.
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