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Old 16th January 2018, 20:29
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Can vouch for the food on her and 'the Mabel'...somewhat better than the small Port Talbot ore carriers..

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Just caught up on this topic after several years absence from the site. I joined the Joya McCance for her maiden voyage in West Hartlepool in October 1960. It was my first trip as third mate (uncertificated) after transferring from the Ledbury. Before sailing, Sir Andrew and Joya McCance were entertained for dinner on board. I was deputed to accompany them from the dock gates to the ship. As a very junior officer I didn't find it easy to engage in conversation, but Lady McCance was very pleasant and chatted to me. I remember her saying what a thrill it gave her to see her name displayed on the stern as we walked towards the accommodation ladder. Needless to say, I wasn't invited to join the dinner. That was reserved for the captain and chief engineer and a clutch of dignitaries from Houlders (Captain Allen, perhaps), Bisco and I assume some local civic office holders. The captain was George Boothby who, of course, died tragically in the Royston Grange disaster. I left the Joya McCance five months later after a few uncomfortable voyages to study for my 2nd Mate's ticket at Cardiff.

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That was reserved for the captain and chief engineer and a clutch of dignitaries from Houlders (Captain Allen, perhaps), Bisco and I assume some local civic office holders.
Indeed there were three senior BISC(ore) people there,at least, but not I as a very junior member of the,then, Teesside staff. I seem to remember our Branch Manager and Ship Agency Manager plus one of the London Board....yes the Mayor of Hartlepool was there,saw him in the photographs, along with the local steel works management, South Durham Steel & Iron co of Hartlepool.

Capt. George Boothby, lovely man.

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