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Old 30th January 2012, 09:45
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I sailed on the Stanvac S Africa MQMF built in Japan there were plenty of M's in the fifties as I recall.
On the 'Retainer' (small passenger vessel) her callsign was GGVC which I believe reflected her original connection with the RN - I seemed to get great response from UK radio stations.
Prefix GG did I think indicate RN ships - anyone know ?

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Old 30th January 2012, 09:46
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It never entered my head to buy my own morse key. Just used whatever was there.

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Old 30th January 2012, 10:08
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re 'Kentwood' one version was the France Fenwick collier with the callsign GIGB

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Old 30th January 2012, 13:42
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M Call Signs

Sailed in Elder Dempster's "Onitsha" 1968/1969 - call sign MMLD

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Old 30th January 2012, 21:21
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I was in Reardon Smith's "New Westminster City" for three years and I'm sure that her call sign was MWQD
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Old 31st January 2012, 18:46
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I sailed on the MV Ixion (3) Blue Funnel and her call sign started with a "M" the full sign was "MLLR".

Just wondering if any one can put a light on when the UK used an "M" in a callsign? I can not find another "M".

She is Liverpool and UK flag. built 1951 tons gross 10,12514,000 HP speed 18kts Steam.
Sorry do not know her IMO number yet.

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The UK always had the M as an option in its radio call sign block. Ships were using M calls since WW2 ended and possibly before that.
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Brocklebank's Marwarri was built in 1935 and her call sign was MBVY. the Titanic was MGY but I think that meant she was a Marconi equipment installed ship but probably also meant M was a UK allocation.
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Old 3rd February 2012, 13:23
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When on the Highland Monarch UK/S.America run I used to hear MAVY quite a lot and can't remember the ship's name but think it might be a Blue Star line vessel. Anyone know?

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Old 3rd February 2012, 15:51
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My records show MAVY as Uraguay Star in 1963.
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Old 4th February 2012, 08:53
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Thanks John,

That explains it. Both ships were on the same run.

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Old 20th February 2012, 00:11
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M Call signs

Hi,

Served on British Justice and British Victory early 70's Call signs MPLS and MPLY or was it MPLY and MPLS ? Brain Gone too.

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Old 20th February 2012, 11:30
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Hi Dave
I only have call-sign records for 1963. It shows British Justice and British Victory call-signs as GTCQ and MPLY respectively.
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Should you have a moment, grateful you check in your 1963 records the call sign of Blue Star's Auckland Star.

I ask out of curiosity..... I did a leave relief on her in 1962. At that time she was registered in Hamilton, Bermuda and her call sign was ZFBQ. However, I believe that shortly after that she was re-registered in London and, obviously, was give a G (or M) call sign.

Minor point in the overall scheme of things but the only gap in my records.
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Served on British Justice and British Victory early 70's Call signs MPLS and MPLY or was it MPLY and MPLS ? Brain Gone too.

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Dave, Neither of these ships are listed in the 1974-75 Lloyds, they must have gone to the great breakers in the sky or sold. There are dozens of other BP British ........ but not your two. Regards, Roger
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The October 1963 ITU List of Call Signs shows AUCKLAND STAR as GJNU

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The October 1963 ITU List of Call Signs shows AUCKLAND STAR as GJNU

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My first solo trip was on the London Tradition MXYC , 1962 , it might as well have been MZZZ, I was nearly always last on GKA tfc list. A right pain during busy times. Needless to say the QSL was seldom sent till the next watch.

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Bill, don't know if you're aware or not but there is an LOF website at http://www.lof-news.co.uk/

Were you on the Tradition when she was a tanker or after the conversion to a bulk carrier? Six of those ships finished up at lay up in Greece (Tradition,Harmony, etc). They were all alongside each other and became known as "the sixpack".

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Old 2nd March 2012, 11:01
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yes John know about the LOF site.

The Tradition was a small tanker about 20k tons - the first Tradition.

I signed on in Rotterdam, did one trip to the Gulf then to Aus back to the gulf then to Italy back to the gulf then to Rotterdam and that was 6 months of my life away!

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Old 12th January 2013, 01:31
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I sailedon an ED mail ship APAPA c/s MACE i agree about being at the end of the traffic lists
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Old 21st January 2013, 15:49
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There were lots of vessels with "M" call signs in the fifties, I was on the Cape Hawke MAHB (Lyle Steamships) early fifties

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I sailed in SSM's Cape Hawke in the 80's - she was GOXV
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Old 22nd January 2013, 16:33
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I sailed in SSM's Cape Hawke in the 80's - she was GOXV
Being old and out of date I am used to names and initials leave me feeling realy ancient. What the heck is "SSM"
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Scottish Ship Management? formerly Lyles.

I wonder what truth there is in the runour that the name change was designed to fool clients into thinking they were the Diamond D. Otherwise THE Scottish Ships' managers!

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