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Old 25th January 2015, 21:32
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It was also very good daily rate of $7500 (approx. £3750) from the Italian charterers of the ship. Six weeks or so of that kind of money at that time would have made Mr. Bibby very happy. To put it in some perspective, my annual salary as C/O at that time was about £4800.
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Old 9th February 2015, 06:13
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First Shipment of Mubarraz Crude

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I can confirm that after trials, the maiden voyage was special. We went to Rastanurah to load a special cargo for the Sheik of AbiDabi (spelling?)
Alan
It's Abu Dhabi!

If this was 6 June 1973, I suggest you loaded in the UAE not Saudi as this would 'fit' with his highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan attending the ceremony for the first shipment of Mubarraz crude oil and later visiting Japan - to see

NB: I may have been one of your students at Brunel Tech (Rad 177).
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Old 9th February 2015, 20:31
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Neil just got back on this site and have seen your reply. I paid off the Staffordshire at Rastanura, the ship then went on to Thailand. Alan Kennedy relieved me as Electrical Officer. Alec would be the Cheif Engineer and Mike Horn would be the old man. I must admit I do not remember any of the other names at that time.
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Old 18th February 2015, 20:39
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Its a small world as I was trawling the sight when I saw a post from a lekie. Coincidence as I recognise the name Mike Horn.
I met him in my post seafaring career ( Lekie Reardon Smith Line 1969-1973) running my own retail newsagents business in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
I was attending NFRN ( National Federation of Retail Newsagents ) meetings in Alnwick, Northumberland approx. 1980 when I met Captain Mike Horn of Bibby Line who if I remember rightly was running his family newsagents in Alnmouth, Nr Alnwick.
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Old 3rd March 2015, 12:22
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It's Abu Dhabi!

If this was 6 June 1973, I suggest you loaded in the UAE not Saudi as this would 'fit' with his highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan attending the ceremony for the first shipment of Mubarraz crude oil and later visiting Japan - to see

NB: I may have been one of your students at Brunel Tech (Rad 177).
Hi
Thanks for supplying all that excellent detail on that particular voyage.

The first class I took when I joined Brunel was RAD180, you were a bit earlier than that although you were probably there in your second year or perhaps doing radar.

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Old 3rd November 2015, 17:11
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Hi My Name Is Ruth Scully My Father Sailed On The Devonshire In June 83 To October 83 Where Sadly He Died.did You Sail With Him?if So I Would Love To Hear Any Stories You Have About Him.thanks X
Hi Ruth I sailed with your old man on the dev the trip before he passed I remember coming to Liverpool with Steve Parry to visit your ma .. he was a big man blonde unkempt hair ex Bp who always looked after the junior ratings we saw him as a father figure .... Who wherever he ended up will still be grafting and always going on about his family and his daughters [email protected]
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Old 4th November 2015, 01:20
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Biby Line

I joined "Warickshire"in 1960.
Served on several of their vessels.
A great company, but left when the Rangoon run and trooping ended.
Didn't fancy their expansion in new areas (bulk/gas carriers etc.
NJR
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Old 21st December 2015, 16:26
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Hi to all, just joined the group, I was in Bibs as r/o from early 70 to late 72, still have gazettes from then and have recognised some names.
Rob Owens if anyone remembers from that period.

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Old 3rd March 2017, 03:20
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hi all just found this site hidden away ...sailed with bibbys 75...80 sips were worcestershire hampshire australian bridge berkshire yorkshire....berkshire ray ummins alias captain pugwash....haha sailed with so many good lads any one remember me
Hi Ray. I only saw this website today and recognised so many names from the past. We were at Riversdale at the same time. You were close mates with Paddy Moore and I hung around with Jebb Kitchen. I still keep in touch with Jebb - would you believe he is still with Bibby Line and is now the MD. I met Andy Smith a few years ago but haven't spoken with him in a while. Hope you keep well and out of trouble - we were bad lads back then! I seem to remember you had to fork out for someone else's new gnashers once....
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Old 4th March 2017, 23:09
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Not sure whether you are all aware that there is a Bibby Line for Seafarers forum page on Facebook - this can be found at the following

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695156350732675/

73's

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Old 9th March 2017, 13:41
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Not sure whether you are all aware that there is a Bibby Line for Seafarers forum page on Facebook - this can be found at the following

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1695156350732675/

73's

Geoff
Geoff, just joined the face book Bibby Line Group and already exchanged messages with two ex ship mates.
It was a great tip Geoff, thanks

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Old 20th April 2017, 15:57
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Help! I was a RO with Bibbys 1950-1953. Can anyone tell me the name of the radio superintendent at that time. I have racked my brains trying to remember. Cheers, Roger
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Old 20th April 2017, 22:55
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Help! I was a RO with Bibbys 1950-1953. Can anyone tell me the name of the radio superintendent at that time. I have racked my brains trying to remember. Cheers, Roger
Would it be George Nutter. I know he was super in 1960.
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Old 21st April 2017, 11:44
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Bibby Radio Supt.

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Would it be George Nutter. I know he was super in 1960.
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John
John, Yes that's the man. I remember him well and had half guessed it was Nutter but couldn't be sure. When I was editing the ROA Newsletter and Journal. His name had come up in one edition and I got a letter from a lady whose mother had been in the lifeboat following the torpedoing of a ship on which George had been returning home after a long spell of wartime duty abroad. He was the senior officer in the boat and took charge, They were rescued and she was full of admiration for him. Many thanks for your help. Best regards, Roger
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Old 22nd May 2017, 13:18
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Neil just got back on this site and have seen your reply. I paid off the Staffordshire at Rastanura, the ship then went on to Thailand. Alan Kennedy relieved me as Electrical Officer. Alec would be the Cheif Engineer and Mike Horn would be the old man. I must admit I do not remember any of the other names at that time.
Ahem - I haven't been on here for a while!! Sorry to miss your post. Yes, I remember Alan joining, I joined with Alec the Chief earlier. Mike Horn was a Gent, of the old school, lovely bloke. Did the Second join with you? Tony someone? Didn't seem to get on with any of the engineers at all, which spoiled things a bit. Still, all water under the keel!
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Old 21st August 2017, 01:50
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Smile Bibby Line Reunion 2017

Not sure whether members are aware but there is going to be a Bibby Line Reunion weekend to be held in Liverpool 3 ~ 5th November 2017. Details can be found on the Bibby Facebook pages and availability will be open until early October.

Geoff Valentine
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Old 21st July 2018, 09:14
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I was on the Herefordshire in 1969 before going onto the Pacific Bridge which was brand new but kept breaking down with cracked liners. Worst ship ever
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Old 25th August 2018, 12:36
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Capt. 'Tiger' Young

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I sailed with Captain Albert Edward Young in the late 1960s he was master I was a gadget and he spoke to me 3 times if I remember and one was Switch those clusters off!!

It was on the Rangoon Run via the Cape as suez was closed and if I remember rightly he had his wife with him.
He was not very tall and used to carry box around to be able to see over the dodgers.

Dick
I sailed with Captain Albert Young (Tiger) in 1965 on the "Shropshire" as a deck cadet. We were on charter to CSAV and did two runs loading around the continent for the West Coast South America and then backloaded for the Continent. What a fabulous run and what a terrific Master.
Arthur M.
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Old 25th November 2018, 00:14
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Bibby Line reunion 2019

A further Bibby Line Reunion is to be held in Liverpool over the weekend of 7~9 June 2019 - all details can be obtained by joing the Bibby Line Forum on Facebook.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Cheers Geoff
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Old 27th January 2019, 02:59
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Just wanted to say ......

My dad , Captain H R ( Hughie) Owen (Anglesey, North Wales) worked for Bibby Line for a number of years. When I was about ten yrs old (1975) I was lucky enough to spend three months on the Devonshire. My mum( Jane) and brother with me.
We joined in Gibraltar, went to Cape Town, over to the Middle East then across to the US. Pascagoula, Mississippi and New Orleans.
I’m now 53 yrs old and living in Canada. The memories of that trip still bring me joy.
The ritual of king and queen Neptune as we crossed the equator for the first time.
The daily salt tablets with our meals.
The crew catching a shark and having our pictures taken with it.
Being moored somewhere in the Persian Gulf and all the ships swapping movies ....on reels.
Watching the Arab pilots coming on board and then watching them in my dad’s cabin holding their cigarettes in a weird way.
Mr. Findlay (Scottish) the chief engineer blaring Shirley Bassey from his cabin.
I think the radio officer was a Mr Ferry.
My brother and I stayed in ‘The Owners’ cabin right next to my dad’s.
One of the engineers made my brother and I rings from 1975 new pennies.....I still have them.
Every single person on that ship worked so hard.
One incident was so vivid......my dad , in his office, screaming at a young man who had got drunk. I think his nickname was ‘ Killer’.
My brother and I were in total shock listening behind the door to him tear a strip off the young crew member.
Great, great memories.
Take care everyone.
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Old 12th April 2019, 13:57
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Mr Alan Melia R/O

Sorry to say that Alan has crossed the bar. With Bibbys late 1970s to early 80s. Lecturer at Brunel College in Bristol since then.
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Old 13th April 2019, 11:38
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Alan Melia

So sad to read that Alan has passed away. We sailed together on the Dart Line ships RIP. My deepest sympathy to his family.
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Old 15th April 2019, 00:17
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Alan Melia

Deeply saddened to learn of Alan's passing.He gave me great support and encouragement whilst I was studying for my MRGC.I met him a number of times when he stood by the building of Lincolnshire and I think it was the Cheshire.Also a ship visit in the Gulf,he was on the Warwickshire,I was on the Worcestershire.
My deepest condolences to his family.
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Old 15th April 2019, 15:49
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Alan Melia

Very sad to attend Alan's funeral today. Passed on the condolences.
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Old 15th May 2019, 09:54
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So sad to hear of Alan’s passing, we sailed several voyages together on the Car Carriers,but remember him best for the several nights out in Bristol with our respective wives, drinking too much to drive and staying with them, RIP my dear friend.
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