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Old 24th September 2015, 06:54
Dave Warren Dave Warren is offline  
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Looking for old shipmates from P&O GCD days

Hi, Although have been a member on this site for a few years , have only browsed on a few occasions , so its about time to look up any old shipmates. I joined Stricks as a Nav. Cadet in 1971 before it all became GCD, mainly sailing on cargo then to the gas ships before these were flagged out. Sailed as 3rd. & 2nd. Officer with GCD left in 1986, but returned later in 1990 to do a couple of trips on the Energos & Lumierre two product carriers P & O had inherited off Cunard, before finally going ashore in 1991. Also did a short stint with Ropner Ship management one trip on the Lackenby. Great times.
Dave Warren
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Old 27th September 2015, 10:48
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Hi Dave,
I was in P&O GCD from 1974-1983, mainly on their reefers. Some photos of officers in my profile.
Regards
Bob
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Old 1st October 2015, 09:15
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Hi Dave,
I was in P&O GCD from 1974-1983, mainly on their reefers. Some photos of officers in my profile.
Regards
Bob
Hi Bob,
Couple of faces look familiar probably met on ship to ship drinking sessions. Was on the Mallard a couple of trips , defo remember the bar. Think she was the Manapouri before the mallard did the Spithead review on her. Great times.
All the best Dave Warren.
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Old 2nd October 2015, 12:58
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Hi Dave,
I was in P&O GCD from 1974-1983, mainly on their reefers. Some photos of officers in my profile.
Regards
Bob
Hi Bob,
I see in your photo of Wild Avocet bar, there is Geoff Eggleton Ch/Stwd. I sailed with Geoff on my first trip M.V. Sussex. Geoff is on the right of the pic. don't recognise anybody else.
All the best
Bill
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Old 2nd October 2015, 21:41
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SaltyBOBUCK I joined N:Z:SCO in 1966 bit before Your time I know sailed or "coasted " most ,but from about .68 stayed with the "New tonnage" stating with "Westmorland2 I left in 80 to work in Abu Dhabi ...Strange We did not meet!....great pics! did we really look like that? Great to see old Travers Rowland He should have known better? , But He always had a soft spot for the "LADIES" Regards to You KEITHMAR .....KEITHMARZETTI sen lecky!
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Old 3rd October 2015, 10:54
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Hi Keith/Bill/Dave,
I was lucky to sail on nearly new tonnage with good accommodation and crews with the exception of Strathleven ( a wake up call). As most of the Wildboats were ums operation with electronics built for land operation, many engineers found it difficult and even slept in the engine room. Miss those days. Bob
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Old 4th November 2015, 17:09
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P&o Gcd 1977-85

Dave Stevenson, Jock Lecky, went to sea at the ripe old age of 21, just after I served my time ashore. Best years of my life.
I'll check my discharge book for ships and dates later.
I seem to remember a Warren, but thought he was an engineer??
Sailed on Strathalvie first trip.

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Old 4th November 2015, 18:52
Kevin Donoghue Kevin Donoghue is offline  
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Hi Dave,
your name rings a bell but I'm not too sure ( old age !! - my brain keeps saying Dave Warren "I know that name")....I was with P&O from 69 to 89 and could have met you on the Mataura, Westmorland,Tekoa, Jedforest, Irfon, etc etc
where I served as 4th Eng through to 2nd Eng finally going to Maersk as Chief Eng after the big bang.....then ashore Surveying until retirement 5 years ago.
Hope you and yours are all doing well.
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Old 4th November 2015, 20:27
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P&o Gcd 1977-85

Strathalvie 1977
Tekoa 1978
Wild Avocet 1979
Taupo 1980
Strathfyne 1980-81
Danah 1981
Qarouh 1981
Vosges 1982
Strathettrick 1982-3
Strathfife 1983
Strathfyne 1983-84
Strathfyne 1984-85
Then did a few trips with Silverline, working out of west Africa.
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Old 5th November 2015, 04:59
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Hi Dave,
your name rings a bell but I'm not too sure ( old age !! - my brain keeps saying Dave Warren "I know that name")....I was with P&O from 69 to 89 and could have met you on the Mataura, Westmorland,Tekoa, Jedforest, Irfon, etc etc
where I served as 4th Eng through to 2nd Eng finally going to Maersk as Chief Eng after the big bang.....then ashore Surveying until retirement 5 years ago.
Hope you and yours are all doing well.
Hi Kevin,
Remember you , think you were 2nd. Engineer when we sailed together but cant remember which ship but think it was probably one of the old NZ ships. Will dig at my discharge book see if it helps.
All the best Dave Warren
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Old 13th December 2015, 20:06
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I started as an engineer cadet with British India in 1970 but by the time I had done my first stint at college they had amalgamated into GCD. I had stints on the Merkara, Strathardle, Strathconon & Haparangi as a cadet. One I had completed my time I sailed on the Herford, Strathdoon, Wild Avocet, Otaki and the Wild Curley before leaving to get promotion with Jebsens. It was interesting watching the 'old timers' being put on ships from their usual company, especially those going from lines with indian & chinese crews to the white crew ships - such a culture difference!
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Old 14th December 2015, 09:48
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Hi John,
I was on the Wild Avocet 22-9-76 to 24-3-77 and again 10-5-78 to 23-11-78 as a.e.o.
I was on Wild Curlew 27-6-80 to 4-12-80 as 4th eng.
Bob
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Old 14th December 2015, 16:30
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Yes John,
you are quite right, the change-over after the amalgamation of different companies caused numerous problems. I remember when we went from BI to NZS ships, we could not get used to calling the Chief "Chief" - in BI it was a hanging offence.......and only 3 motormen as engine room crew whereas previously the engine room crew was in the low hundreds. No "turning gear book" to get signed by the duty deck officer brought wide-eyed open-mouthed frozen panic......."just have a quick look to confirm that the deckies aren't painting above the prop !!".......different braiding on the uniform " on the shoulders or on the arms"......but in spite of it all, it was still brilliant to be amongst such exalted company.
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Old 15th December 2015, 08:48
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I remember a BI second engineer joining one of the old NZS H Boats - (in the BI the second was a supervisor, in the NZS he was a working second) - on the first morning he went down below in a spotless white boilersuit complete with white hat and a brand new pair of gloves much to the amusement of the boys! He even had the temerity to leave his shoes outside his cabin to be cleaned overnight and was warned that if he did that again they would be thrown over the wall. Poor man, what a culture shock for him.
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Old 15th December 2015, 10:11
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I was on Wild Fulmar in 82 in Sharjah and think it was the Mulbera alongside. She had been sold and we had party on her final night. We drank all their beer and stripped the bar. Their chief walked in, with cummerbund and cigarette holder, and tried to stop us, he was ejected. 24 hrs later he boarded our ship as chief eng. he could not handle the crew or ums operation so he left.
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Old 15th September 2019, 15:52
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strathalvie 1977
tekoa 1978
wild avocet 1979
taupo 1980
strathfyne 1980-81
danah 1981
qarouh 1981
vosges 1982
strathettrick 1982-3
strathfife 1983
strathfyne 1983-84
strathfyne 1984-85
then did a few trips with silverline, working out of west africa.
hi dave ,see you stayed in a little longer than myself.strathettrick was my swansong.we were good drink buddies on vosges and the strath.still got photo of you as 007.did you ever stay in that wiffy cabin?good to see all is well.missing your jokes.brian asst engr fae fife.
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