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Old 15th August 2005, 06:09
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Silver Line Ltd, London

Is there anybody out there who used to sail on the Silver Line ships in the 70's to 80's??

Would like to have some information on their ships if possible, pictures etc..

Ex Silver Line myself, any old ship mates still around, please get in touch.

Vaughan Williams...

(Ex Fleetwood Nautical College)..
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Old 18th March 2007, 19:51
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Hi

I did my time with Silver Line - Deck Cadet to 2nd Mate.

I'm Pete Jones - was at Cardiff (Reardon Smith's) Nautical College. I left about 1979 ish.

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Old 18th March 2007, 20:06
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Smile Welcome back

Pete,

A warm welcome back to the site from the Isle of Anglesey.
You will certainly spark many happy memories when you have a chance to explore our threads and, who knows, you may even re-establish contact with old shipmates.
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Old 19th March 2007, 02:23
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Hi Vaughan i was 2nd eng silver falcon 1968.best company i ever sailed with(arnt you capt if i mind right)think shipspotting or one of those sites i have a pic in gallery of falcon
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Old 10th July 2007, 12:22
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Smile silver line london iitavan

\ i vaughan.i sailed with s/l prior to emigrating to aussie in 1967.i spent 6
happy years sailing on the following vessels between 1961/1967. mv.silverpoint
jnr eng.mv silverweir 4th eng. mv. silversand 3rd eng.the following web site
miramarship index.org.nz will be able to fill any details on most vessels and
what happen to them . also in gallery phots.there is one of mv. silverweir.taken
in corpus cristi. i am deeply indebted to a member mr. dave edge for information
on above web site.does the name ernie gill ch/eng ring a bell from hull/york.
have a great day regards maverick/
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Old 10th July 2007, 15:31
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i have about 20 photos of various silver line ships.
let me know which particular one(s) you want and I'll see if I have them
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Old 11th July 2007, 03:57
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Hello
I was with Silver Line 72 - 75 as Jun Eng on Silvercove & Silvermain then 4/E on Silvershore, does anyone have any photos of the Cove or remember sailing with me. Good company and good crowd of blokes
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Old 11th July 2007, 10:36
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Anyone remember Ian Davidson, probably 4th or 3rd Engineer with Silver Line, from Middlesbrough, previously with Ben Line (1970s-80s0)?

John T.
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Old 12th July 2007, 19:19
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Hi
I sailed on the Mv SILVER EIRIK in 1976 from europort to gadansk.
Then on SILVERFORTH from istanbul & left in yokohama again in 1976.
Does anybody remember chief steward Hank Otter,if so please let me know.

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Old 26th July 2007, 23:58
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Hi there,I didn't sail in Silver Line but I sailed with you in Buries Markes (Twice).I know a boat yard owner up here on the Clyde who sailed with them and then walked away in disgust when they were sold,such was his commitment to them!!
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Old 27th July 2007, 01:43
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I was in the Silver Crag in the early sixties ,i am from M/bro i have been in N/Z since the late sixties,sailing as a/b ,but now retired, i enjoyed both countries ships and crews.
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Old 3rd September 2007, 20:41
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first ship at sea, silver sand followed by silver crag. c/e's len dewar, ted greenway, bob roberts, one lunged old soak from teesside whom i cant recall,and the unforgettable matty jack. 2/e's,the dreadful denis barker,big john doyle(ex military policeman), and freddie johnson. hank otter did his first trip with silver line aboard the crag, and his altercation with matty jack in vittoria (geordies bar) merited a mention in the guinness book of all time great pugilist contests, with the gloves removed. went back to silver line years later, on 'alice redfield, argo clyde, taabo, carchester, arapaho, then several 'V' ships managed ships. for the best part, great times.
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Old 3rd September 2007, 20:45
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just recalled the teesside old soak. alfy crowther. one other great old c/e was jack waites from british west hartlepool.
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Old 5th September 2007, 18:56
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Come on you old Silver Liners. There are lots of people whom we sailed with who are cworth a comment. Cap Ronnie Safe (the only Master serving with the MN who had a certificate to say that he was sane!!!!, his words) C/E Albert Trotter, Cap Don Troop (was he ever sober?) Albert RN the Chief Steward, Tommy Wilson, another chief steward, Billy Graham, no not that Billy Graham, this one an engineer. lets get this up and running
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Old 5th September 2007, 21:10
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I'm not a Silver Line alumnus, but I'd like to know when Silver Line started crewing with Mainland Chinese crews. Certainly by 1968/1969, when I noticed them.
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Old 5th September 2007, 21:34
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Silversea had mainland Chinese crew in 1966. Silverweir had Indian crew in 1968, but carried 3 H.K. juniors. Imet one much later in Aussie, he was Lloyds surveyor

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Old 6th September 2007, 00:34
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Interesting.
Silverweir visited my port (Astoria, Oregon) in Feb 1968, I think it had a Chinese crew then, but I'm not sure about that. I can most assuredly say that the Silversea in Oct 1968 and the Silverbeach in Jan 1969 both had Chinese crews when they called. The Silverdon called twice in 1976, my foggy memory is of an all-UK crew, but I won't lay money on that.
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Old 6th September 2007, 21:10
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according to my discharge book, I joined Silverweir 25.9.67. in Avonmouth and left 1.6.68. in Montreal. We did stay one night in Astoria before going up to Kalama ( not sure about spelling, anyway Red Indian place) to load grain for India. She definitely had Indian crew. Master was Capt. N. Tuddenham of unlamented memory. Silversea and Silverbeach were car carriers and had Mainland China crews.

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Old 6th September 2007, 23:38
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Thank you for helping me straighten out my memory.
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Old 27th November 2007, 00:03
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I sailed on the Silvershore most of 1972, anchored at Falmouth for 3weeks during the dock strike. Had rowing competitions etc with the other iron ore wagons to pass the time.Also on the Silvereagle 1973 for the usual couple of months in the Baltic then headed south to Huelva,Santos,Buenos Aires etc, think it was first time the ship had been in warm water, The old man was Barmy Burfitt, good trip and good company....
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Old 2nd December 2007, 17:03
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I sailed with who I think was Hank Otter on Chealsea Bridge in early 70's, the one I am thinking of was Dutch, he had bits of his ear missing, said it had been shot off during the war, I never understood if it was the German Army or the Dutch Police that did it. He said he had left Holland at the end of the war and stayed away( or was shanghied) for a number of years. He kept some boxing gloves in his desk draw, he said they were for any body who compained about the food. I found him to be a good guy to sail with.
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Old 3rd December 2007, 05:52
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William H., there is a bit more about Chelsea Bridge on the site, under "Iron Sirius" and maybe "Sigsilver", if you're interested.

John T.
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Old 10th December 2007, 19:53
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I sailed with Silver Line on demise of Union-Castle, spent three fairly happy years with them. Only thing I didn't like was having to fly out & home. Have never been as uncomfortable in a ship as I was in flying machines especially on long hauls such as out to Manila or back from Yokohama.
First SILVERDON messing about in the Pacfic. Some good shipmates Capts Forth & Smith, C/O Eddie Macatear, C/Stwd Roger Northcote, 2/0 Basim Balal.
Next stood by tanker ALGOL in Cammell lairds for several months & sailed in her for 6 months. Dreadful boring time lightering off Galveston. More good shipmates Capt Morgan, Mike Smith C/O, Alan Younger 2/0, Simon Telford 3/0,
C/Stwds Hank Otter & Adrian Cooper again.
Finally SILVERAVON (Later BANDAMA). Three more excellent captains here as well, Tuddenham, Tester & Robinson. Also C/0 Steve Last, Elect Dave Webster (with whom I sailed between 1978 & 1990 on SILVERAVON/BANDAMA & both RMS ST. HELENAs). C/Stwds Bill Beamson & Adrian Cooper again. & not forgetting our amaibale chief engineers the late Les Wynne & Rama Ramakrishna & 2nd engineer Colin Warburton.
At then end of that time, I went back into passenger ships in the old ST. HELENA & remained there until leaving the sea in late 1992.
Regards
Bob Wilson (Ex R/0)
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Old 11th December 2007, 12:52
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Thumbs up For WilliamH

Thanks
Sounds like Hank, he also had a false eye,
his party pease (rude joke).
Good boss,never to be crossed.
Malcolm.

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Old 12th December 2007, 17:01
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I am presently sailing with an old Silverline electrician Dave Bucknall ? he is just about to retire in fact I believe he has 3 weeks to go..
If anyone knows him etc and wants to pass anything on will oblige.
Incidentally I joined the Sealion tankers sometime back when quite a lot of the guys followed Mr Barraclough to sail in them.
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