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Decca Survey Fleet in the 70's

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Old 27th September 2017, 21:29
GrahamBurn GrahamBurn is offline  
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I was on Bon Entente Bon Accord and Bon Esprit in the eighties working for JimMckee. Spent a winter on Bon Esprit on Bollard Quay getting her ready for her first charter with the Navy Hydrographer
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Old 5th January 2018, 15:57
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I remember those Mckee boats, a neighbor of mine was ships manager - a Geordie named Wally ??? . Did a wind and waterline thickness survey for him on the Bon Entent I think it was. The forepeak was full of small holes and you could see daylight outside . Those vessels were run on a shoestring but I always thought the Bon Espoir had nice lines.
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Old 5th January 2018, 18:54
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Wally Slater lived near Beccles I think his brother was the NUS Big noise back in the day.
Norman the foreman was the engineer super second home the gallon can!
Happy days
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Old 28th May 2018, 20:23
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Anyone recall Sea Services Shipping of Yarmouth - Border Boats?
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Old 4th July 2019, 15:16
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Decca Survey

I worked on all the Decca Boats at one time or another including the Bembridge working out of Blythe.I remember Andy and of course Nick Wade who i have lost touch with.I joined BP [Sonarmarine]which became Subsea Offshore and eventually Subsea 7 [via DSND]I retired from Subsea 7 in 2005 in Brazil but still work with a number of companies in Brazil.The Bembridge was notoriously unreliable-we were once without all power for three days.The HMS Ark Royal offered assistance but the captain refused based on an unwillingness to sign Lloyd's open Form if I remember correctly so we carried on drifting.
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