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Old 25th September 2014, 17:32
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Check here http://globalmariner.com for some interesting shots of former Bluies. If link doesn't work just google "globalmariner.com" without the the quote marks.

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Old 25th September 2014, 19:02
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Perseus, Pyrrhus, Peleus & Patroclus were 4 of a kind (class) as were Neleus and Theseus.

Save for Pyrrhus sailed on all of them either coasting or voyage.

Favourite of all was the "A" class Autolycus, followed by the "H" class Hector. 7 voyages on Autolycus

Oh for just more trip as it used to be - what would we all give up to do it all just one more time.

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John,
Neleus and Theseus had a third sister, the Nestor.

I had good times on Autolycus as well. Although only coasting in her, with a crowd of heroes from Scotland Rd, we smuggled eight young ladies from Du Barry's Bar in Belfast on board, and had a high old time with them over to Glasgow, where they disembarked, heads held high, 24 hours after we tied up in KGV.
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Old 26th September 2014, 12:15
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Neleus and Theseus had a third sister, the Nestor.

I had good times on Autolycus as well. Although only coasting in her, with a crowd of heroes from Scotland Rd, we smuggled eight young ladies from Du Barry's Bar in Belfast on board, and had a high old time with them over to Glasgow, where they disembarked, heads held high, 24 hours after we tied up in KGV.
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Those red headed Colleens sure did know how to travel in style and with eclectic deck crews.

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Old 26th September 2014, 18:03
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Those red headed Colleens sure did know how to travel in style and with eclectic deck crews.

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Funny enough John, one of them was a red head, her name was Marty, and she was a photo copy of Shirley MacLaine.
She certainly made a big impression on me.
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Thanks for that Dave another of our once great shipping company,s gone ,at least I have the memories and of course the chance to keep the memories alive on here with like minded good old boys, I reckon I have got a couple of watches on the wheel left in me given half a chance having said that if there was half a chance I reckon I would get flattened in the rush to get up the gangway best regards to all hands Dave
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Old 28th September 2014, 10:17
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No, he never spoke about them to us either. It was only when I got away to sea that I learned of his history.
No doubt you recall his demonstration of wire splicing? It was like a conjuring trick. Once he had the first tuck inserted, in went the spike, and then a quick whirl of movement, and he'd run it in to five or six tucks. He could put an eye splice in a gal wire in about three minutes flat from start to finish.
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Yes I do remember the way he could run a splice Pat I tried a few times but could never do it that way.Always ended up doing one tuck at a time.
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Old 28th September 2014, 13:12
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No, he never spoke about them to us either. It was only when I got away to sea that I learned of his history.
No doubt you recall his demonstration of wire splicing? It was like a conjuring trick. Once he had the first tuck inserted, in went the spike, and then a quick whirl of movement, and he'd run it in to five or six tucks. He could put an eye splice in a gal wire in about three minutes flat from start to finish.
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On Slicing wire Pat the best I have ever seen was a rigger in Land and Marines loft his name was Terry Ezra I don't think he had ever been to sea,a guy was doing demonstrations some years ago at the Liverpool Maritime Museum and he told me it was Terry who taught him ,he was doing work for the rigging on the Warrior in Portsmouth.
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Shoreside Splicing

I tread warily here since I am looking back near six decades, but when I worked for just a few months with a rigging firm i did my share of splicing mainly wire trawl warps. We had the facilities there to hold the wire and thimble in a vice with special jaw attachments then the standing part of the wire would be hauled vertical by means of an overhead block and made fast. After the first tucks I am almost certain the strands were run up one after the other. A finishing touch was to lay the splice on an anvil and gently beat out any irregularities; all nice and tiddly.

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Old 28th September 2014, 19:02
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I tread warily here since I am looking back near six decades, but when I worked for just a few months with a rigging firm i did my share of splicing mainly wire trawl warps. We had the facilities there to hold the wire and thimble in a vice with special jaw attachments then the standing part of the wire would be hauled vertical by means of an overhead block and made fast. After the first tucks I am almost certain the strands were run up one after the other. A finishing touch was to lay the splice on an anvil and gently beat out any irregularities; all nice and tiddly.

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More or less Keith, except I always hauled the standing part horizontally not vertically. As for special jaw attachments, saw them used in Cammell Lairds rigging loft, but they mainly were using hydraulic swaging instead of splicing at that time.

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After four deepsea voyages, followed by a coasting voyage, on the Glengarry, I requested a voyage to Australia before I left the sea. Calverley, who appointed R/Os, was non-commital and sent me coasting on several ships for a period of about seven months, then asked, "How would you like the Deucalion. She's going to Australia?" Then added that the Ixion, fitting out in Belfast, would be ready next month and that Reg Peaston, who was to sail as her 1st RO/Purser, was ill and that, if he hadn't recovered, I could have her.

Reg recovered in time and I sailed from Liverpool on the Deucalion (Captain 'Film Star' Kerr) during the evening of Monday, 8 January, 1951. We broke down in the Mersey, it took 43 days to reach Melbourne, and we ended up going round Indonesian islands loading copra. (The story of the voyage is told in my Kindle book, Last Voyage and Beyond.)

The Deucalion had been the Glenogle, built in Glasgow by Harland & Wolff in 1920, and was part of the Glen Line Fleet acquired by Holts in 1935. Glenogle, Glenapp, Glengarry, Glenbeg, and five other vessels of the same design, had been the largest oil burning ships in the world and all were twin-screw motor vessels. The Glenogle, which was renamed Deucalion in 1949, had a gross tonnage of 9513 and accommodation for twelve passengers.

The other Glen Line ships listed above had been renamed as follows: Glenapp - Dardanus (GDXT) : Glengarry, which had been renamed Glenstrae in 1939 to release her name for the ship building in Copenhagen - Dolius (GCXD) : Glenbeg - Dymas (GBZK).
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Old 11th October 2014, 10:56
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Glengarry alongside Holt's Wharf.
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Old 21st October 2014, 10:34
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Perseus, Pyrrhus, Peleus & Patroclus were 4 of a kind (class) as were Neleus and Theseus.

Save for Pyrrhus sailed on all of them either coasting or voyage.

Favourite of all was the "A" class Autolycus, followed by the "H" class Hector. 7 voyages on Autolycus

Oh for just more trip as it used to be - what would we all give up to do it all just one more time.

BW

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You are so right about one more trip BW. I was working nights on a bluey I think it was the Ixion that was finishing loading for Aussie that night,I had sailed on her before I left the sea.
All night driving that crane I was talking my self into stowing away on her.but come morning when the shore gang started closing the hatches I couldn't do it
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Old 21st October 2014, 17:44
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If we all clubbed together could we get one built? ;>]
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If we all clubbed together could we get one built? ;>]
Wouldn't that be great FJ?i would throw all my worldly goods in. Cheers DUNNY.
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Old 15th April 2016, 12:05
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Hi my name is Geoff Deer

My first Blue was the Automedon 1961

Happy Days Henry's Bar Hong Kong
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I have always loved that term 'go down,' does anyone know how or where it originated?

India used the term too & still does.

As to Blue Flue, yes their ships always looked powerful & business like similarly well cared for though I never hankered to join one, nor a Ben boat either. Not sure why. Guess I just liked my delightful trampers often looking unkempt by 'line' ship stds but always enjoyable, as well you were never sure where you would wind up. Crews also had that feeling of being born under the wandering star as Lee Marvin sang. Yes sir would love to do it again.

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Old 15th April 2016, 19:34
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The ghoul. His name was Bert Evans Pat. Red lead

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I to had very few problems at sea and I sailed with lads from all corners of the UK and in many ships I was the only Londoner on deck in fact when I was with Blue Funnel from what I remember when I was in the Pyrrhus apart from me and a pal who joined her with me there was the bosun known as the Gaul I think he may have been also from London ,

I believe the bosun you mention was 'The Ghoul' whose real name, if I ever knew it, I have forgotten. He always wore black leather gloves, and would prowl the decks during the night. A strange man, he once had a small part in a film which featured a Blue Funnel ship, I think it was the Bellerophon, whose name was shortened to 'Belle' for the filming. The Ghoul played the gangwayman in one short sequence. The film was called, 'The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea, and starred Kris Kristofferson and Sarah Miles.
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You are right Red Lead, it was indeed Bert Evans.
Someone once told me that The Ghoul, as he was known to all, was a charabanc driver while he was home on leave. did you ever hear this?
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Old 16th April 2016, 08:41
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My first Blue Funnel Ship was the Agapenor, around the land. The Bosun was Ralph Ball. Bruce
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He was an A.B., Pat, when I knew him and I can remember him well having gone several voyages, one as a middy and then as a 3rd mate in the old coal-burning Elpenor previously Glenfinlas c.1946 and again in 1949 (yes, a white crowd in a Glen boat!).
Jimmy Newall was another name I remember.
I've got some copies of old Articles stashed away some-place, I'll see if I can come up with some more names which maybe familiar to you.
Seventry years ago-in this same month of April-I arrived in Hong Kong for the first of many times.
The first people to come aboard were the three sisters Tam King, Tam Choi and the youngest, Tam Chen.
Here's a photo, taken on Truro Station some 40 odd years later, of Tam Chen and her daughter, Cheng Wing Ling (Rita), arriving for a visit! (She is now living in San Jose , U.S.A.)
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MY FIRST BLUEY was the Liberty Ship 'Samite', and the preamble up to joining her was as follows.

30 June 1943. Collected PMG Special Certificate at Dundee Wireless College.
1 July. Received telegram from Alfred Holt & Co. to attend for interview at 54 Ullet Road, Liverpool, at 9am the next day.
2 and 3 July. Interviewed, medically examined, and accepted into the Company.
5 July. Joined the Merchant Navy at the Mercantile Marine Office in Dundee.
7 July. Boarded HMTS Queen Elizabeth in Greenock.
14 July. Arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

After sojourns in hotels in Halifax and Baltimore, we sailed in Convoy UGS.18, bound for the Mediterranean, and trouble.

MY FIRST POST-WAR BLUEY was the Liberty Ship 'Samnesse', the story of which is contained in my book, OUTWARD BOUND. I never had a happier time at sea, and the book is now available on Amazon in both Kindle and print formats.
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Like you Geoff my first Bluey was the Automedon in October 1964,joining as a still wet behind the ears engineer cadet,what an adventure,apart from a school trip to Interlaken in Switzerland in 1958 I hadnt been far from home before.Three and a half months later my first voyage completed couldnt wait to get home to share my experiences with family and friends.Always maintained that being able to travel the world for nearly 30 years was the best part of my education
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elpenor my first 1955 chef bill johnson 2nd cook joe hughes 2n steward vince .
other lad ronnnie baker brian yates Arthur graham captain A K HOLE...
.ABs mcvicar norman wong ,brian blease "also sailed with his brother joe on the catalina star"first trip far east .the old world ..after a battered ore carrier that was my first ship .they where a dream 9 trips in all ..memories
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My first was the Achilles. I joined her in Birkenhead as first trip deck boy on December 24 1958.
I was seasick, homesick, and shocked to the core by the realities of life at sea as a 'Peggy'
I swore I would spend the rest of my life working on a farm if only I could escape.
There was no escape, but strangely enough, I went back for more.
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