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Old 17th September 2007, 20:58
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Uncle John and other Houlder Offshore Vessels

Hello everyone just to let any old officers and crews know,that up to 18 month ago John Houlder was looking as fit as a fiddle.
I was at a Houlder reunion in Newcastle and JH flew himself in from London to Newcastle at the age of 91 I believe after coming over from Argentina or Uruguay. He made a speech and certainly had it all there and spared a hand shake and yarn with all Masters and AB's.
Incidentally I served on Oswestry Grange,Clerk Maxwell,Hornby Grange,Orelia (1st)Orelia (now still working) and Uncle John,as well as the Pacific Northwest. Geoff of Hull
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Old 18th September 2007, 19:26
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Yes Geoff, it seems that at 91 he is a lot more on the ball than most of us and I will be only to happy to have half his ability when I get to his age.

I had to do a little thinking about that last ship you mentioned (whilst not a proper Maltese Cross, I am sure she was was fine ship none the less ) - Built in 1954, sold in 1971 and re-named Aegis Power, and scrapped in 1974
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Old 18th September 2007, 20:16
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Thanks for comment

I too was with Houlders when the take over took place most likely read the same letter as you how they were increasing the fleet immediately with the transfer of the "Pacific Wasa" to the fleet.Then the dark days.
I am presently sailing with some ex Houlder men as I was with the "Uncle John" when she went through various change of hands as well as the "Orelia" from Houlder offshore hence the reunion with big John and the guys of the Maltese cross
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Old 19th September 2007, 09:39
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John Houlder

Hi Geoff.
If there is to be another "Houlder North Sea Reunion" will you post the details as I would like to attend. It would be nice to see some old faces.
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Old 19th September 2007, 14:08
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Hello Leo..I believe there should be one this year in the New Forest area previous ones were in Newcastle but to even it up they said down south.
Will try and find out, it may be difficult as I have recently changed address but will definately be trying most likely when I get home after this trip..If you can remember any names will try and remember who was there I will post a group photo on the site once again when I get home...Geoff
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Old 19th September 2007, 16:01
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Hello Geoff.
Would appreciate that group photo. Names well!!! my memory isn't what it was but I'm sure Kevin Campbell was there.
Willy Vermullen,Mike Mitchell,Mike Waterton,Angus Davidson,Danny Harrington are other names I remember from the Offshore side of things.
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Old 19th September 2007, 20:46
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Danny Harrington

Hi Leo...old Danny well I was with him the day he retired at the grand old age of 67 and he was still asked back after that to go as HLO..He was last seen walking around Aberdeen docks 18 month ago he was reminiscing and had travelled up from South Wales for the day out.
I still keep in touch with Norman McSween and some of the others at the reunion are .Mick Bowlen.Robby Dowsing,Keith Summers,Davy Wilkins,The Wrexham rat,Little Reg (electrician)Ian Scott Some of the guys are still on the "John "but working in the US gulf for CalDive she is sample drilling
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Old 20th September 2007, 10:51
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Hi Geoff.
Those names brought back some memories. Do you remember these names from the Catering Dept. Garry Jones,Dave Cheeseman,Tommy Mckenna,Malcom Gardner. The Uncle John had a superb name for the standard of catering on board. Wonderful memories.
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Were any of you on the Dundee Kingsnorth, was on her for the last month of building in Finland and then to Stavanger and then to location for Conoco
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Old 24th September 2007, 20:43
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Hi Magnus...I was not on the Dundee kingsnorth..But I think Cyril Stainton was and maybe Davy Meech I have not seen them for years though..same as George Simpson saw him last about 12 years ago in Northern Marine offices..Geoff
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Hi Magnus...I was not on the Dundee kingsnorth..But I think Cyril Stainton was and maybe Davy Meech I have not seen them for years though..same as George Simpson saw him last about 12 years ago in Northern Marine offices..Geoff
Hi Geoff.
Last saw Cyril Stainton on KUK, Dave Meech as Deck Foreman on High Seas Driller. I think George Simpson is working ashore in Aberdeen.
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Hi Geoff.
Last saw Cyril Stainton on KUK, Dave Meech as Deck Foreman on High Seas Driller. I think George Simpson is working ashore in Aberdeen.
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George was'nt at the last UJ reunion (2005), but he was at the previous one in 2002. At that time he was working for a paper company, around Inverurie somewhere.
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Old 4th October 2007, 22:51
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Hello John..Do believe George Simpson is Personnel super with the outfit I am with but on the drilling side..Technip..Northern Marine ..the old Stena drilling..Am trying to dig the reunion photo out but having just moved house may take some finding...
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For all the interested people who have been in touch with me about the reunions have been informed there will not be one this year but maybe next year..I have been asked to let people know through the site any details that may be planned ...Asked if John Houlder was still around and as far as they know he is ...Geoff
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For all the interested people who have been in touch with me about the reunions have been informed there will not be one this year but maybe next year..I have been asked to let people know through the site any details that may be planned ...Asked if John Houlder was still around and as far as they know he is ...Geoff
Thanks for that Geoff, keep in touch.
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Hi joined the site today,would just like to say hello.I was on Uncle John in the catering staff 1982-86 great days.Worked on nights with Murry MacCloud.
Would like to let you all Know Tommy Mackenna Died last year.
All your names bring back happy memories to me,thanks.
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Old 1st November 2007, 20:46
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Welcome to the site Robbie

Hello Robbie sure it wasn't Murray Hessleton he was camp boss whilst I was there..on deck there was Norman Mcsween,Danny Harrington,Simon ?good days ..ocm were Nick Bowen and Mike Bolan
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Hi joined the site today,would just like to say hello.I was on Uncle John in the catering staff 1982-86 great days.Worked on nights with Murry MacCloud.
Would like to let you all Know Tommy Mackenna Died last year.
All your names bring back happy memories to me,thanks.
Sorry to hear about Tommy, he was on the "Oregis" with me, and then on the "Uncle John" always cheerful, plenty of chat, great guy. I seem to remember that Murray MacCloud (McCloud)? was night Cook on there. Mike Boland was Master from 1977 to the sale to CalDive, mid 1990s.

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Old 3rd November 2007, 11:31
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was defo Murry McCloud,myself and Steve Morgan as night steward.Gunter was also on her,main man me thinks.
Is that Simon MacAdam you mean,Geoff.
What a time we had in Hamburg dry dock,fantastic.
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was defo Murry McCloud,myself and Steve Morgan as night steward.Gunter was also on her,main man me thinks.
Is that Simon MacAdam you mean,Geoff.
What a time we had in Hamburg dry dock,fantastic.
Hi Robbie.
Welcome aboard. I remember Murrey McCloud very well, in fact Night Cooks did not come much better than him. He trained quite a few of Houlder's young Galley Staff who did very well for themselves. Steve Morgan ended up as Chief Cook on the Shelf Driller(Explorer) then he retrained through Transocean as a roustabout and is now a Crane Op. on a gas platform off Yarmouth( The last time I was in touch).
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PS Sorry to hear about Tommy, knew him in the early days on "Oregis"
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Old 5th November 2007, 20:53
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Thumbs up Was Simon Macadam Robbie

Hi Robbie..yes it was Simon mcadam,both him and his father were at the last Uncle John reunion..
There are still a few of us Uncle John people about working "Technip" which is about the 3rd name change of the company since houlder offshore went..To name but a few with Technip...Sam Angay,Robbie Dowsing,Keith Summers,Willie Jackson,Ian Liddle,Simon Mcadam,Andy Hood,Murray Hessleton,Dave Wilkins has just retired,Dave Kirsley ,Jim Watt,Jim Davis,Tony Duck. sure the must be a few more still working for Technip..Hope you remember some of them
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Old 5th November 2007, 22:25
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murry trained me,i went on to be nite baker on a few houlders rigs kuk, shelf ,transocean leader, to8.
ye steve did well,i was his best man at his wedding.Is that Sam the crane driver Geoff,what a nice guy.Is he still doing his rope weaving i still have one he did me must be 25yrs old now.
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Old 20th December 2007, 21:08
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Just been reading this thread, and a lot of the names spring to mind!
I worked on the UJ under "Murray Heseltine", (a first class Chef in my book).
I was a steward at the time, and "Robbie", i know you, and i remember we couldn't speak to you if Liverpool lost .
"Leo", you know me well, would be good to see you again one day.
"Geoff", were you the welder on "Transocean Discoverer"?
I ended up as Night Baker on "Transocean Explorer". Then fancied something different and shifted to the deck/drilling side. Eventually worked as Derrickman on "Shelf Explorer" / "Leader" before deciding to try my hand ashore. That was 4 years ago, and yeah i do miss "the game", but i don't think i would return now.
But memories, oh yeah !
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Old 21st December 2007, 08:33
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Not me Cliff

Hi Cliff ...just got me in time..arrived back in the UK yesterday from India were Technip (old Stena offshore) have quite a bit of work..
I was Crane driver up to her last trip in the North Sea..got off 2 days before she layed up in Rosyth...Murray has done 2 trip with the unit I am on this last year for a week or two filling in he works for ESS now.Regards Geoff
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Hi Cliff

Dave Cheeseman here, what a nice surprise to see your name, had lost track after all these years, would love to hear from you.
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