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Old 20th July 2019, 11:31
Peter Cheseldine Peter Cheseldine is offline  
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Lots of names to conjure up memories. Tommy West was a lovely man, a workaholic who expected the same from his engineers. Unfortunately he died in a terrible accident when he fell in a tankers hold.
The cricket matches were truly something else. The last one I played in was 1975, a truly unsober event.
I left Huntings in 1979 and went on to C.Y.Tung and Y.K.Pao as Chief Eng before swallowing the anchor in 1987. Huntings demise was not long in coming but I kept in touch with Mike Simpson when he went o to form a crewing company.
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Old 23rd July 2019, 15:29
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In my career within the marine industry during the 70's I am aware of a Huntings super 'Jim'? who was an ex examiner of engineers at the Gosforth Dp.Tp office, and was a student/lecturer at Kings College Newcastle. Quite a gent.
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Old 23rd July 2019, 16:30
Peter Cheseldine Peter Cheseldine is offline  
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The Jim that you are thinking of is James Weedon, a gentleman in every respect. He issued me with 2nd Eng steam permit in 1975 if I remember correctly he was later a superintendent engineer with Denholms.

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Old 24th July 2019, 08:30
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The Jim that you are thinking of is James Weedon, a gentleman in every respect. He issued me with 2nd Eng steam permit in 1975 if I remember correctly he was later a superintendent engineer with Denholms.
thanks my memory is shot!
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Old 25th November 2019, 22:25
Colin P Smith Colin P Smith is offline
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What happened to Hunting's KEN milburn

Hello KEN
Sailed with you on Edenfield 1957 , deck apprentice.
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Old 6th May 2020, 21:46
martinfbrown martinfbrown is offline  
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I became a Huntings' indentured apprentice in January 1957. My TOTAL pay for four years service was 575. I still retain my indentures, they were signed by the then personnel manager, John Keenlyside. This was obviously before Tommy Shanks took over personnel. I left Huntings after receiving my master's certificate in 1967 and have lost touch with all old shipmates bar one.
My last two years with Huntings were spent on the Duffield, running between the US West coast and Japan. I served on various other ships, the first one being the Laganfield. I was on the Pontfield when we delivered her to Yugoslavia for scrap. 'Porky' Muir was master.
I have read all through the thread and came across many familiar names. Time will no doubt have caught up with many of them, especially those who were then the senior men. Among the masters, I sailed with Abuelo, Harrison,Murray, McEnzie(mad head),Friskney,
Park, Lawson(Hank),Johnson, Finnegan(?)and Mark Henry Hooker.
I am surprised that Mark Henry is not mentioned in the thread, he was a well-known character. Probably someone out there recalls that he was attacked by a knife-weilding quartermaster shortly after his ship docked at Mena-al-Ahmadi must have been in the 50s but I can't recall which ship it was. Anyway Mark Henry survived and returned to sea-going duties. The second mate on that ship was Bill Attwood, does anyone know what happened to him?
I am also interested in the following old shipmates, hope that some of them are surviving and will get in touch, can you help?
Phil Hansen, John Elcoate, Mal Brannen, Theo Kelly, Steve Holroyd,
and anyone else who knew me and is interested in contacting me.
Incidentally, I sailed with the chief steward Willie Watson, who was mentioned in the thread a few years back.There were two Watsons as stewards in the company at that time, Willie was always affectionately known as 'half a kipper Watson'.
I have a few old Hunting's Fleet Magazines, 1967 to 1972 so they don't cover my time with them but are interesting reading nevertheless. Hunting Gibson travel advertise on the back page of one of them, '4 weeks in Majorca, from 36 gns, prop-jet Britannia flight, good hotel, transfers,all meals'.
Those were the days....
Hi, Does anyone know if you can get copies of the Hunting fleet magazines? Thanks
Martin
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Old 29th June 2020, 13:12
Jim Weedon Jim Weedon is offline  
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The Jim that you are thinking of is James Weedon, a gentleman in every respect. He issued me with 2nd Eng steam permit in 1975 if I remember correctly he was later a superintendent engineer with Denholms.
Hi Peter
I have just been contacted by a Hunting "Old Boy" Derek Rowan who I think I sailed with on Forthfield in 1963-64. I want to send him photos of the 9 Hunting ships I sailed on, but could not find a photo of my last vesel Derwnentfield. So after an absence of 6 years I logged on to Ship Nostalgia hoping to find a photo of Derwnetfield and saw your nice remarks about me.

Does anyone have a photo of Derwentfield ??

Jim Weedon
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Old 29th June 2020, 13:22
Jim Weedon Jim Weedon is offline  
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I was a sea going Hunting & Son Engineer from 1958 until 1968
I worked with my two good friends Stan L Smith and Tom West when I was Superintendent in the Hunting Stag Office from 1983 until 1985 when Fishers closed the Newcastle office. I remember ending up at your house in Ponteland with Mr Fraser Smith after an Office Party.

I have fantastic memories of working with Hunting Personnel at sea and ashore

Jim Weedon
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