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Old 19th January 2011, 20:52
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August 1964 San John ODGG previously La Bahia and Grainton, then short period on the Oronsay during 1965
Next the newer Grainton GXST 1966.
I did not know for many years that the San John had been launched as the Grainton


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Old 22nd January 2011, 03:15
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the callsign is sitting with a yacht now the Lady Sarya... i think it got it in the 70s...but i have a book when i left the coast stations that has them all just cant find it yet...
G'Day Chris still no luck with GDRC? Teb
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Old 22nd January 2011, 03:18
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Joined my first ship Baharistan call sign GBQU as 2nd R/O in Manchester in November 74.
R/O Alan Bickford, Master Jack Woodmass.
My second ship was the Cumberland GPPY.
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Old 22nd January 2011, 12:32
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Canopic - GSWK - Capt Phil Murchison, Chief McNiell, R/O Eric (hyphen)Jones (can't recall the first part).
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GBQA - 'Rothesay Castle'
Joined in KGV, London, on 11 Jan 1971
First trip J/R/O, with Roger Perks, doing a relief trip for 'Pud' Cullen, as Chief with his wife, Laurie.
With that call sign there was no missing the start of the GKA trafic lists !
General from London, Hamburg, and Rotterdam for the Cape coast to LM (as it was then), then loading avocados, apples and pears at PE and CT for Le Havre and Southampton.
Master - Dai Rees (ex 3/O on Rochester Castle on Malta convoy)
C/O - Tom Petch

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GHQC _ Gorjistan, FC Stricks Ltd. 1966 London -PG-Mauritius-Canada-USA-home. Snr R/O John Kidd. Capt Newman (the White Arab). A1 voyage.
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Old 25th January 2011, 20:15
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Nice ship GHQC. I coasted Hull-Liverpool north about in November 1964. I remember the main whistle was only a few feet from the RO's cabin porthole.

Nearly made a terrible faux-pas the first morning when I nearly entered the forward dining saloon, but was quickly re-directed aft by the steward.

It was the only time I had to use a DF 'in anger'. The hardest part was trying to keep the rotating loop steady in a gale.

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Old 29th January 2011, 08:18
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First as R/O was Avistone/GBSV Capt Roche, cant remember 1st R/O's name in 1954
last was M/T Seakap/VNNM in Feb 1992 but first when on deck was Empire Athelston/Benalbanach in December 1947
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Old 29th January 2011, 18:11
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1953 M.V. "Drina/MAIL", Royal Mail, Ch. R/O Dougie Franklyn - a call sign designed for rythmic morse code
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My first trip in 1954 and all others after,all their call signs have just left the mind, age you know.
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Signed off my first ship 42 years ago today. Ross Polaris, MAWW. It was a bloody nightmare and I swore I'd never go back, but I did.

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Joined Houlders Hardwicke Grange in Falmouth July '67. Sailed from layup, bunkered Cape Verde,B.A. (Doc Sud), La Plata, Santos and home to Z Shed. Great ship, good bunch on board, don't remember names but my boss was the inimitable R.R.Mills.

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The grey matter must be slipping!!! c/s GHMU

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GTBK - F.C. Strick's Khuzistan - Joined No.9 Shed, No.9 Dock, Salford in August 1968. Derek Austin was Chief R/O.
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GBHL
'Mangla' in Las Palmas June 1968 (10 days shy of my 18th birthday).

A great callsign being so close to the front of Portishead's traffic list.

I have forgotten many a ship's callsign, but never the first one!
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1st trip as J/R/O Border Terrier/MSDL---1967/8
C/R/O Alan Baird, Captain Donald Fraser.
4month trip turned out to be 14 months, shanghaid by Marconi's!
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Smile First trip

Bennevis/GFMZ. June/Sept 1969. Chief R/O Ray Bourne. Capt McFee.
Cabin over boiler, had to sleep outside in tropics - magic days !
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Old 8th February 2011, 11:21
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Border Shepherd/GGRA, nice rhythmic callsign for first ship. Joined her on the Tyne in April 1966, 1st RO Roy Stirling, Capt Bell. Nearly had a fit when we sailed, was allowed to send the TR to GCC and couldn't understand his morse, thought I was in the wrong job. Only years later, when I joined the coast station service, that I discovered that (I've really forgotten his name) was well-known for his lack of morse skills!
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Rembrandt

GTV "Rembrandt" maiden voyage 1960.

Call sign GGGH ( just missed a full house !!)
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Canberra / GBVC sailed from Soton 21st April 1974 - it was memorable as it was also my 21st birthday!

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P&O tanker ss Maloja/GDHQ at Los Angeles 28th November 1973, bound for Anchorage, Alaska. R/O Dave English, captain Eric Stewart. Happy days.
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Old 12th February 2011, 01:25
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Joined my first ship Baharistan call sign GBQU as 2nd R/O in Manchester in November 74.
R/O Alan Bickford, Master Jack Woodmass.
My second ship was the Cumberland GPPY.
Hi Jim
the Cumberland was my first ship in 1974 I was 2nd R/O 6 month trip from April to October UK to NZ and Back you must have joined after i left?
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Old 12th February 2011, 01:31
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G'Day Chris still no luck with GDRC? Teb
No sorry i have LLyods register of radio callsigns that i managed to hang onto when Landsendradio/GLD closed. I turned the lights off. But i cant find it, its in the house somewhere probably in the eaves of the attic, but i will keep looking , i am sure that GDRC will be in there, strangely the callsign does seem familiar!!!
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Old 12th February 2011, 09:21
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No sorry i have LLyods register of radio callsigns that i managed to hang onto when Landsendradio/GLD closed. I turned the lights off. But i cant find it, its in the house somewhere probably in the eaves of the attic, but i will keep looking , i am sure that GDRC will be in there, strangely the callsign does seem familiar!!!
Thanks for the reply Chris. Should you venture into the attic one day it would be nice to know what ship it was.If by some strange quirk it comes back to me I'll let you know. Teb
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Old 12th February 2011, 11:28
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Joined Aramac GSWQ at Brisbane August 1965 as 3rd RO. Chief RO John Watson, 2nd RO Bill Muldoon.
Joined Parthia GSWQ in Liverpool March 1956. Chief RO Mr O'Sullivan,2nd RO Mr Markham, never knew their first names.
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Old 13th February 2011, 17:43
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First trip in '53. ss Mooltan, c/s GFBC. It is stuck forever in that big space between my ears where my brain should be. Can anyone remember also ss Himalaya c/s MCDY. In the olden days of Area Broadcasts she was well down the list. She was eventually re-allocated GBDK by the Home Office, no doubt after some "nudging" from P & O.
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