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Old 8th February 2009, 22:08
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I was writer on the m.v."Obuasi" Sailed Victoria Docks 3.5.56 docked Avonmouth 18.7.56 promoted Assistant Purser following trip, so must have done something right! Great ship, great crew (bit like bedlam sometimes,) but I was young too - had my 21st Birthday on board, seem to remember we would play anybody at anything even Rugby against Parkinson Howard who were building Tema Harbour - usual joke is "got sand in it", we got grit - played on a pitch that took the skin off everything - I think the Hairy arsed constuction workers knew how to rub it in, Return trip to Avonmouth, had a night ashore with " Jim" who I think worked for Costains as an Engineer, after his car was discharged, he took us in it to Bristol - good night out we couldn`t remember where he parked the car - didn`t see him again- no idea if he ever found the thing.
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Old 15th February 2009, 16:52
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The mention of George Fairbairn set memories of Georges voice ringing out :IS THE BEER ICED: as the greaser struggled up the gangway with a grate of beer on his shoulder having walked the best part of 2 mile with it in the mid day sun. Oh happy days,,,,,,, E.D.Line every day labour
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Old 31st October 2009, 13:29
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I was junior engineer on the Obuasi for two trips from May 1959 t0 December that year. Think one of the cadets at the time was Johnny Ainsworth, and I think there was another who was a good clarinet player.

Wonder if we overlapped
Johnny Ainsworth was 'Headman' when I joined her in January 1960. Harry Hathaway took over, from Johnny, followed by myself as the trip turned out to be a double header to the States.

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Old 26th February 2010, 00:08
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Pathe News report of Ondo stranding here:-

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42883

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Old 13th September 2010, 15:06
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Good afternoon to fellow Elders of Elders. Was introduced to SN by DB and am still finding my sea legs so, in this instance, trust I AM pressing the right buttons and this does drop anchor where I want it to, namely on the ED forum.

Notice the name John Ainsworth mentioned in respect of the Obuasi in 1959. He was headman when I joined her on Jan 1st 1960. From memory, Harry Hathaway took over from him and I from Harry in the middle of a 'double header' to the States. Did not leave her, on that UK to UK voyage, until Jan 1961 before joining the Eboe as uncerificated 4th mate.

Any 'names' out there from that voyage, apart from the many who 'came back' as a result of Paul Wood's rakaia site. Shipmate CaptK, to name but one, (Sangara 1958 and Obuasi 1960). You will know, if you are on my Nautical U Uncensored Document Exchange circuit, that I am talking about 'fellow Obuasians' who are NOT members of NUDEs.

Await, with interest, any reponse!

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Old 8th September 2011, 20:16
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Obuasi

Was headman on the 'Obuasi' in 1960, the third one in our States, 'double header' when we were away for a year 'plus'. Sailed January that year and finally returned to the UK January 1961. 'Quite a voyage'! Am still in regular touch with several of 'my lads'! Hard to believe we are now talking about events half a century ago! John Ainsworth was headman when I joined, Harry Hathaway then took over, then self. Hanging on my lounge wall is world renowned, Marine Artist, Robert Lloyd's original oil painting of the 'Obuasi'. He's a good friend and was my guest at the E of E, annual Liverpool lunch a few years ago. I restricted the prints, of his picture, to just 50, before the plate was destroyed. Are a few left so, should any of you reading this be interested, just let me know. GTP
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Old 1st July 2012, 00:16
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I sailed on the Obuasi in 66 as an O/S. John Higins was bosun and Bert was the Lampy. I have a photo of some of the crew which includes Bert. Trying to get hold of another one of the whole deck crew at the moment. We were on the West Coast at Christmas 66, and there was an American naval ship tied up ahead of us. Being dry ships a lot of their guys ended up drinking on board with us. The session ended up in a fight between us and the Yanks. No winners because they scarpered. Enduring memory is of Bert trying to beat one of the Yanks up by hitting him with the Christmas tree. So much for the spirit of Christmas.
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Old 12th July 2012, 16:58
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Elder Dempster's OBUASI was built by Harland & Wolff in 1952. She was a handsome ship that showed off in her lines the stylish touch of Elder's naval architect, John Waddington. She was a practical ship capable of lifting 7,089 tons on a loaded draft of 23 feet. There were 6 deep tanks for vegetable oil, reefer space and even a magazine for explosives. Comfortable accommodation was provided for 12 passengers on the centrecastle deck, with a lounge and bar forward and (this was a notable feature of all Elder Dempster's ships) a large verandah area at the after deck.
In the Kylsant era (1909-1931) Elder Dempster had pioneered deep-sea going diesel engines for OBUASI, engineering director Alan Bennett had decided that a 5 cylinder B & W single acting two stroke should be installed. It produced 3,750bhp and gave a service speed of 13 knots.
OBUASI was not committed to a designated route in the pooled services of Elder Dempster-Palm Line-Guinea Gulf's fleets: She was programmed into sailings as cargoes needed to be moved. This meant that the cadets found themselves on OBUASI heading for the USA from West Africa and back to the 'Coast'.
OBUASI's older sister was ONITSHA which, with a 150 ton heavy lift derrick - primarily for lifting railway locomotives- was unique.
I sailed on her sistership "Owerri" in 1966 as 3rd Officer and later in 1970 as 2nd officer A fine ship with a good crowd of officers.Captain Ronnie Greenwood was the master in 66 and Capt Brian McManus in 70
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Old 15th July 2012, 14:57
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John do you remember Joe Kelly and the J/E from Dundalk who sang in tenor and knew just about every song in the world?I kept in touch with Dave Atkin for decades and we still exchange Christmas cards.
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Old 17th December 2012, 17:26
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Sailed On Her In 1964 West Africa Free Town P Harcourt Lagos Then Up Then Upthe Creeks To Sapele A Great Run Kept Off The African Gin
Recently. I was in hospital,one of the male nurses was from Nigeria, and his grand father remembers well the ships that sailed up the creeks to, Wari, Burutu and Sapele. I belive now it is just oil rigs!
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Old 17th December 2012, 19:33
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OOs [ O ld O buasians ] might be interested to know that two, OOs - from 1960 - namely Roger Mackrell and 'self', presented the newly commissioned South African cadet ship, S A Agulhas, with a print of my 'O' painting. She was moored alongside HMS Belfast, in the Pool of London, prior to shipping out Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his 'vehicles and stores' to the Antarctic. You may well have seen her on National Television?

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Old 24th December 2012, 16:47
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Nothing to do with the "Obuasi" except I sailed on her as Clerk 1950`s
Wonderful trip, Soccer,Rugby, Cricket (?), we`d have done water polo if offered..
But this was to say Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year to all ex-ED`s and visitors on this forum.
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Old 6th August 2013, 19:47
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My 'Obuasi' time was Jan '60 to Jan'61, a States 'double header' and a 'single' States trip, as third mate, in '63, when we sailed into NY with the ensign at half mast after JFK's assassination.

I have an original, oil painting of her by the world respected, marine artist, Robert Lloyd, who was my guest at our annual luncheon a 'few years' back. I limited the numbered prints of same to just 50 and there are just a few left. Let me know if they are of interest to you.

Those of you reading this, who know me, are aware that we have a long standing Es of Es 'global' circuit but any {Es of Es} 'new blood' is more than welcome to join. Again, just let me know.
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Old 6th August 2013, 20:02
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Apologies for some 'repetition' in my last message! It's an age and memory {lack of} 'thingee'. Anyway, at least we do have, now, a 2013 'posting'!
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Old 7th August 2013, 16:29
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Pathe News report of Ondo stranding here:-

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42883

Derek
The link has changed to this: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/fr...und/query/ondo
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Old 28th November 2013, 11:39
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Johnny Ainsworth was 'Headman' when I joined her in January 1960. Harry Hathaway took over, from Johnny, followed by myself as the trip turned out to be a double header to the States.

Graham 'the pipe' Smith.
Just 'found' this posting, which was my first and still shows me as having only made ONE post, as opposed to the 300+ 'actual'.
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Old 28th November 2013, 19:39
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According to me it says you have made 320.

Incidentally, with reference to the Ondo, I sailed on her from November '60 to February '61 - a couple of trips before she was wrecked. A fine ship, one of my favourites and I din't really know why, must have been the crew I suppose.
There used to be a German site that showed her over the years, gradually getting more and more destroyed by the weather and the sea. Such a shame.

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Old 28th November 2013, 19:51
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According to me it says you have made 320.
Hi Roger. If you click on the 'whatever' after my Graham the pipe Smith - and I don't use the 'Smith' - as you know, it says joined Oct '09 and post 1.
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Old 29th November 2013, 18:18
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How strange - on the top right-hand side of your last post I see:
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https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showth...369#post373369

Hi Roger. Click on the link - which is to THIS page - and look at #28. #Posts 1.................Yes?

Just for the 'record', AFTER you've 'replied', with a post confirming you've read this, you'll only need 7 more posts and you will then become a SENIOR MEMBER! Advance congratulations on your 'promotion'! Can't remember but don't think you've left your 'appraisal' on the latest 'O' painting? If you haven't, could you, please?

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Old 30th November 2013, 13:03
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https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showth...369#post373369

Hi Roger. Click on the link - which is to THIS page - and look at #28. #Posts 1.................Yes?

Just for the 'record', AFTER you've 'replied', with a post confirming you've read this, you'll only need 7 more posts and you will then become a SENIOR MEMBER! Advance congratulations on your 'promotion'! Can't remember but don't think you've left your 'appraisal' on the latest 'O' painting? If you haven't, could you, please?
2 profiles!
You are two people, you have registered twice, once with Smith and again without. You used Smith only once.

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Ha!! A double agent. I always suspected it !!
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Old 1st December 2013, 06:59
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"I vill say this OWN lee Vunce! Shamburgers, ships, split peas, personal 'ETs' and doubling as a gent go byebyes when 'her indoors' says the BIG O is upon her". You will note - JW and DB - that I have brought this thread back on to the 'subject at hand' by dropping the rganism and the buasi and staying with 'her' name that is known and used by ALL OOs.
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....The Pipesmith

GTP, going off thread.
My father was a dedicated "pipeman" and many of his rituals will be lost forever, good some might say, but I was always fascinated by the way in which he carried out his habit.
He was faithful to his pipe, always a "Barling", his tobacco, "Players medium" and his matches, "Bryant and May", oh and mother as well.
He set fire to himself on occasion, putting lit pipe in pocket, embers from pipe on clothing and furniture. Whenever he left the house he would always tap his pockets to make sure he had his "equipment" with him, very similar to spectacles, testicles..etc.
Do you have rituals, sub-conscious or not, related to your pipe?
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