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Old 16th November 2005, 00:16
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Polarum, when did you leave Bolton's? I started as Apprentice on Ribblehead Aug 59 and was on Romanic following year had misfortune to have Colin as senior apprentice. Chief Officer on Ribblehead was John Porter.
Greetings Wal: John Porter was 2/0 on ROMANIC in my time. Here's a pic of him on board in Wallaroo (Aust) in March 1957
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Old 16th November 2005, 00:20
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Hi Baltic Wall. This guessing game could be fun. Fortunately, I am not Colin! I remember an apprentice called Colin who had a big chip because he was originally rejected by the Royal Navy - we called him 'Lord Nelson'. I left Boltons early 1962 after a few trips as 3m on the Redcar - one of which included a mutiny of sorts. Did your folks run a pub in Stoke Newington?
......and talking of apprentices, maybe you knew Philip Baylis? Here's a pic of him on ROMANIC in December 1955 - Philip on left, yours truly on right.
Shee-ert, I've just realised that was fifty years ago!
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Old 16th November 2005, 12:02
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Thats certainly John Henry, certainly had fun with him on the Ribblehead. Mind you he was a good Chief as far as apprentices were concerned, started us on Navigation early rather than treating us like slaves, plus overtime. Canl't remember the Masters name on the Ribblehead but his action caused a complaint by the NUS rep in Middlesbrough and an official apology from Mr. Arthur.

It was Colin Wilson, I was plagued with him throughout my life at sea, Ribblehead and Romanic, then with him on his first trip as third mate. Left Bolton's after and joined UBC, he was on the Ribera in Surrey Commercial and saw me on the B Sprite and decided they were a good company, and I sailed with him yet again.

Yes my parents had the Queen Victoria in Stoke Newington.

Have just moved to France so all my photo's are packed up, will be going through them when I get the chance.
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Old 16th November 2005, 19:30
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Doug H: Thanks for the photo of Dev Brewer whom I immediately recognised. I’m sure he went to work for a bank minus the beard. Chief Engineer Finden (leafy rural paintings) put a month’s wages on a horse in NZ. It did not win.

Baltic Wal: I heard that Colin Wilson was engaged to Grierson’s daughter. Lets hope he got the father-in-law he deserved. You and I sailed together on the Rievaulx with ‘Chatty’ Hamilton - three apps. I still have my diary. On 21st March 1961, I had to stay aboard in Cardiff - the last night in port so I was a bit down, but you brought me back a large bottle of lager and a bag of chips! What a good fellow you were. Happy days. Tony
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Old 16th November 2005, 19:53
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Hes he did marry her. Went through his service with Oil and water doesn't mix so how he got on with his father in law I'll never know. He wasn't offered another job with UBC due to a row with an engineer.

1961 was my first of two spells on the Rievaulx, came off the Romanic early Jan 61 then onto the Rievaulx. Not sure if that was the spell when we went down to Port Elizabeth where the ore was all loaded by hand. Will post a photo of her entering B'head with me on the break of the fo'csle.
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Doug, I remember those telegraphs, when I joined someone had previously varnished them, spent a trip converting them back to nice shiny brass. the Pilots in Aus and NZ thought what a rust bucket but lovely shining telepgraphs.
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Old 17th November 2005, 18:17
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Romanic - ocean greyhound

I was the someone who had varnished the bridge telegraphs and I did it three times a year, but the real culprit was Donald MacAllister - one of life’s better chief mates. Attached is a cutting from a Glasgow paper when the Romanic delivered jet propulsion to the Govan ferry.
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I was the someone who had varnished the bridge telegraphs and I did it three times a year, but the real culprit was Donald MacAllister - one of life’s better chief mates. Attached is a cutting from a Glasgow paper when the Romanic delivered jet propulsion to the Govan ferry.
i was in lyttleton in nz . in mid 1961 does anyone know if romanic would have been still with shaw savill at that time i was in the mystic i still remember an old ship laying astern of us with shaw savill coulors from what i remember we where told she used to take best part of 7 weeks to get out there
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ss magdelena built 1949 17547 tons wrecked on maiden voyage off BA, anyone have news as to why ? very few people seemed to have heard of her.
When i was in the old Essequibo in 1961 it was said that she had the lifeboats from the Magdalena how true that is i dont know i would imagine that as Essequibo was built around 1952 this may just have been a yarn Magdalena was in fact lost off Rio on the 25th april 1949
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sailed in drina21jul-8oct62,the most painted ship I ever sailed on,hit the lock wall leaving kg5,length of metalwork got stucin the hull,back in for repair,i worked with the chippy,in cold chamber,fine fibre glass matting between outer hull & inner insulation,paid off in Antwerp after trip.
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Romanic (ex Drina) Pic attached I hope

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Correct me if I am wrong (and I know you will !) but the Drina in the picture, I was a cadet on her, I thought ended her days under the red ensign still with RML and the later Drina was an ex SSL "I" or "C" class vessel?
The RML "D" boats were Deseado, Darro, Durango and the (drunken) Drina. As I recall the Drina was a happy ship and I enjoyed my time on her.

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When i was in the old Essequibo in 1961 it was said that she had the lifeboats from the Magdalena how true that is i dont know i would imagine that as Essequibo was built around 1952 this may just have been a yarn Magdalena was in fact lost off Rio on the 25th april 1949
I believe the Essequibo had glass fiber life boats, so not from the Magdalena. I was third mate on the "Squib" under Capt Anderson, Max Hobbs was Chief Officer and Ray Contreras Chief Eng.

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This is the Romanic I joined in 1966, we took her to Belfast for dry dock and then layby for further work for 2 months. I then left and joined Iberic.
Romanic, the bosun was Dave Wade (Aussie) lampy Roger Brown a Londoner the remainder of the deck crew, engine room and catering were from Belfast. Met up with them in NZ

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