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Ben Line Deck Cadet 1963 - Mike Galloway

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Old 10th September 2012, 08:57
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Ben Line Deck Cadet 1963 - Mike Galloway

Can anyone recall a Michael Galloway who joined Ben Line in early1963 as Deck Cadet.
He was from Forfar and attended Dundee School of Navigation prior to joining.
Top Bloke - I wonder where he is today ?
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Old 11th September 2012, 11:30
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Sorry to butt in on your thread oldman.
I don't know Michael Galloway but I'd like to know what happened to John Watkinson who joined Ben Line in 1960.
He was a top bloke too. Must have been lots of them in Ben Line.
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Old 12th September 2012, 00:24
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That's not a name I recall from Ben Line .
There again I don't recall hearing too much about Mike after he joined, so maybe he didn't like it and "gave it away" so to speak.
Yes, there were many great guys in Ben Line - how great, - one doesn't perhaps appreciate until the passage of time, at least in too many cases.
Ben Line - "Time Served" - that in itself was a passport to virtually any company at all - Industry recognition was universal.
Those were the days when a cadet always carried a spike and a knife - essential equipment, - so it was.
Then came containers, and it started to change somewhat.
The spike and the knife became more like a comb and a mirror in the back pocket of your jeans. Even worse, came the earings, body piercings, and all the rest of it !!!!!!! (including studs in the nose).
I'm joking of course, but U get "the picture" - I'm a bit "old fashioned" I suppose.

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Old 12th September 2012, 01:44
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I joined in 1963 - does that make me a top bloke also? Don't remember any of these names.
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Old 12th September 2012, 02:35
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Well you should know - better than most.
Perhaps it was "the times" - as much as anything else.
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I joined Empire Atherstan which became Benalbanach on 1st December 1947.
Does that make me the "Ancient Mariner"
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I joined Empire Atherstan which became Benalbanach on 1st December 1947.
Does that make me the "Ancient Mariner"
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probably you must be at least 81. Good guess??
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NZ Scotty,
Yep will be 81 next month, also made a typing error in my last statement, she was the Empire Athelstan, heavy lift job with 120 ton jumbos, my next two were Liberty ships Samdauntless and Samaffric which became Bendoran and Benvrackie
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i was a lecky on s.s. benvenue 1962 to 1964 the only cadet i can remember
was j miles, his father worked on a radio station in north scotland.
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Can anyone recall a Michael Galloway who joined Ben Line in early1963 as Deck Cadet.
He was from Forfar and attended Dundee School of Navigation prior to joining.
Top Bloke - I wonder where he is today ?
Hi

As you can tell from my username, I'm a Forfar loon.

I was at school with Mike in Forfar and we both decided to join the MN at the same time. Again both went to Dundee Tech's short Pre-Sea Course with Capt. Gardner et al.

Mike joined Ben Line and I joined Blue Star. After only a few trips he decided it was not for him and came ashore and joined a local bank in Kirriemuir. I keep in touch occasionally (friends funerals etc!!).

How do you know Mike? Were you with Ben Line or at Dundee Tech at the same time as us?

Send me a PM if you would like more info.
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Hi

As you can tell from my username, I'm a Forfar loon.

I was at school with Mike in Forfar and we both decided to join the MN at the same time. Again both went to Dundee Tech's short Pre-Sea Course with Capt. Gardner et al.

Mike joined Ben Line and I joined Blue Star. After only a few trips he decided it was not for him and came ashore and joined a local bank in Kirriemuir. I keep in touch occasionally (friends funerals etc!!).

How do you know Mike? Were you with Ben Line or at Dundee Tech at the same time as us?

Send me a PM if you would like more info.
PM on it's way shortly. Yes I remember there were two of you who travelled from Forfar each day on the bus. (Alexanders - I think). Also I remember one of you went to Blue Star.
Mike and I went to see the first James Bond movie together - Dr. No, at the movie house next to the bus station in Dundee. (The ABC Theatre - I think, owned at the time by J.B. Milne.)
We also got our photo taken - on a Denholm ship - Glenpark, - I believe, - carefully scrutinising a gyro repeater at the helmsmans position.
He was wearing a very trendy striped shirt (trendy at the time) - I bought one just like it after my first trip as cadet. (Marks and Sparks - I think )
One hell of a decent guy - I remember.
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Strange enough about that time I went to see Dr No at the flicks in FORFAR while I was home after a trip on the "British Mallard" I lived not to far away ......don,t know the other two lads referred to though ???
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Strange enough about that time I went to see Dr No at the flicks in FORFAR while I was home after a trip on the "British Mallard" I lived not to far away ......don,t know the other two lads referred to though ???
Backsplice - Was it at the Regal or the Pavillion (the Gaff).
Mike galloway was not a Loon - came to Forfar from Gala in 1957/8
Pete Mungall was a proper Loon. What about you?
I went to see Dr No in London when down with my Dad for interview with Blue Star!!
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PM on it's way shortly. Yes I remember there were two of you who travelled from Forfar each day on the bus. (Alexanders - I think).
Yes. Used to chat to a couple of girls from Forfar who went to the Catholic secondary in Dundee.
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Bridie . a mate of mine was engaged to a Farfar lass he had a car (61 Ford Anglia) so me and my girlfriend of that leave used to hang out there ..also dancing at the Reid Hall it was only 14 miles from home Carsnootie........ them was the days ..also after my life at sea i was a member of the Canmore Angling Club Forfar and used to fish the burns of the Angus glens
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