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Old 3rd January 2013, 11:53
Len Harbottle Len Harbottle is offline  
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Yes very sad. He had been working in the office with Fraser Exley on a ship board IT project. Not retired long before he died. The same thing happened to Ted Wilson, John Conn etc.
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Old 7th January 2013, 12:55
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Yes very sad. He had been working in the office with Fraser Exley on a ship board IT project. Not retired long before he died. The same thing happened to Ted Wilson, John Conn etc.
When did John Conn leave us? I sailed with him twice.
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Old 7th January 2013, 14:15
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Len, hope you are well been a while since we spoke-working off W Africa now on supply vessels after last 6yr as c/o on tankers in caribbean.Often bump into a few of the lads around town.Sorry to hear abt Keith very nice bloke.
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Old 8th January 2013, 01:02
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@ Seclerat I am just guessing now but with John Conn it's probably about 15 plus years ago. He hadn't been retired long and his wife Pat followed him not long after.

@ Kevin its good hear from you and its sounds like you're doing alright. Were you working at PGT when in the Caribs? Been in Singapore for over five years now and its a great place to work >
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Old 8th January 2013, 08:12
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Hi Len ex Souters now living in Thailand but get alot to Singapore
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Old 8th January 2013, 09:24
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@ Seclerat I am just guessing now but with John Conn it's probably about 15 plus years ago. He hadn't been retired long and his wife Pat followed him not long after.

@ Kevin its good hear from you and its sounds like you're doing alright. Were you working at PGT when in the Caribs? Been in Singapore for over five years now and its a great place to work >
I can remember being on one of those horrible Essberger chemical tankers with him. His wife had just bought a new car and he called her to tell her to drive to the sea front at Whitby, he then brought the ship in really close so that he could see it! I loved sailing with him; a man of real character.
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Old 8th January 2013, 10:00
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Yes it was with GPG-not the best of companies to work for(long story) but now on for Gulf in a new sector of the industry I have never done before so finding it all very interesting .Mind doesn't beat Singapore thats for sure-lol.
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Old 9th January 2013, 03:39
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@ Scelerat yes it was always a pleasure to spend some time with John Conn when he visited our office in Gosforth.

@ Kev, keep in touch and if you are ever out this way, let me know.

@ Gdynia well if you want to meet up and reminisce over pint of Tiger on your next visit just let me know.
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Old 9th January 2013, 05:22
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@ Scelerat yes it was always a pleasure to spend some time with John Conn when he visited our office in Gosforth.

@ Kev, keep in touch and if you are ever out this way, let me know.

@ Gdynia well if you want to meet up and reminisce over pint of Tiger on your next visit just let me know.
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Old 20th March 2013, 21:48
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I can remember being on one of those horrible Essberger chemical tankers with him. His wife had just bought a new car and he called her to tell her to drive to the sea front at Whitby, he then brought the ship in really close so that he could see it! I loved sailing with him; a man of real character.
Sailed on one too. 1979,the Solvent Discoverer,a horrible experience.Sailed on the Sheaf Holme in 1962.Kenny.
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Old 21st March 2013, 08:23
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THe same one as me. I hated it.
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Old 11th July 2013, 21:37
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I can remember being on one of those horrible Essberger chemical tankers with him. His wife had just bought a new car and he called her to tell her to drive to the sea front at Whitby, he then brought the ship in really close so that he could see it! I loved sailing with him; a man of real character.
John Conn was one of the nicest guys I ever met.Hearing of his passing made me strangely sad!- one forgets how many years ago it all was. I sailed with him on many occasions,I guess the above must have been common practice, as he did this whilst I was on the bridge, sailing from Teeside he came up on the bridge for the signal. They had a Datsun Sunny 120Y at the time, we had a Datsun 100A Cherry- I really envied his "fastback / coupe!

I was in Essberger Pilot and Pioneer, also when renamed to Solvent Venturer and Solvent Explorer. I was also in Solvent Challenger ( ex Brenton Point) but never really liked that ship- but I really enjoyed the other two. I never sailed on the Solvent Discoverer, but visited a couple of times, once to see an old fellow- student of South Shields Marine and Tech on board, Nigel Riley.
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Old 12th July 2013, 05:31
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Unfortunately Keith Tranter died about two years ago only a few months into his retirement. Very sad as he was a thorough professional and a good bloke.
Very sad to hear Kieth passed away.
I see quite a few names who passed on soon after retirment.

Cliffy Grey still around? If I remember right it was Kieth who got him out the tank.
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Old 10th October 2013, 12:16
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Hi Guys.
I sailed between 1990 & 1999 as C/O & master.
Great times considering tramping bulkers.
Sad to hear about Keith Tranter's passing. He was a gentleman - but smoked way too much!
I did the tanker course ready for OSG then was summarily made redundant mid-1999. I think I was a bit outspoken at times!
Went on to be a pilot and harbour master here in Oz before starting my own survey business, now manager in Newcastle (Oz) servicing exactly the sort of vessel's I used to work on - especially trimming them to summer draft or tidal river limit, as well as P&I and expert opinion to the courts.
Anyone know the whereabouts of Lenny Andrews?
Certainly remember Kinny the poison dwarf, Matty Helm, Lenny Harbottle, and many more faces I can visualize but whose names presently elude me (as Esmerelda said about Quasimodo - "I don't remember the name, but the face rings a bell").
Kind regards to one and all who I had the pleasure of sailing with and cares to remember me.
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Old 14th October 2013, 21:19
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Sailed on British Wasa 73. Doe's anyone remember Dougie Brown 2eng Scots lad or Peter Gardner the oldman from Hexam two great guy's. Chief's name was George Stokes ex Shaw Savill
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Just found this site that may be of interest to any ex-Souters. It shows a bit of information and pictures of the Dunstanburgh Castle.

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Just found this site that may be of interest to any ex-Souters. It shows a bit of information and pictures of the Dunstanburgh Castle.

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Ah yes...I remember her well.

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Old 7th November 2013, 16:13
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3 times in the DBC myself- I loved that ship- several pics of her in my gallery, and others also on SN.
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Old 7th November 2013, 16:38
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Funny how things can catch you unawares; my late father was C/E on her, and my late mother was onboard with him. As soon as I looked at the link I thought, "Mum would be interested in this." .....
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Old 7th November 2013, 17:17
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Of similar interest to some ex-Souters-- those who like me spent time in the Stolt parcel tankers managed by Souters-- is this site:

http://global-mariner.com/index111StoltSheaf.html

The Stolt Sheaf was the only Stolt boat operated by Souter which they actually owned; the others "Stolt Castle" Stolt Crown" Stolt Lion" (renamed "Mercator" whilst I sailed in her) were solely managed by them.
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Does anyone remember my father Captain George David Sandercock who retired from Souters about 25 years ago. I am his daughter (Christine Atkinson) and am pleased to report he is still going strong !
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Old 7th January 2014, 05:59
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Does anyone remember my father Captain George David Sandercock who retired from Souters about 25 years ago. I am his daughter (Christine Atkinson) and am pleased to report he is still going strong !
Yes, I sailed with "Gritty" on the Equinox about 88 must have been not long before he retired.
I was a 3rd mate at the time.
I'm glad to hear he is still around and doing well.
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Hi,
I had the pleasure of sailing with your father in 1988 on the Equinox. We paid off together in Pondicherry India. we had quite a journey home. He probably doesnt remember me, I think I was the first Irish recruit into Souters. Please give him my best wishes.
Regards Peter O Donovan
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Old 9th January 2014, 21:20
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I had the pleasure of sailing with your father in 1988 on the Equinox. We paid off together in Pondicherry India. we had quite a journey home. He probably doesnt remember me, I think I was the first Irish recruit into Souters. Please give him my best wishes.
Regards Peter O Donovan
Hi Peter.
I was on the Equinox in Pondicherry. I think I remember you. I wouldn't have till I read your post. it was a long time ago.
I must have sailed with you. Were you a 3rd Engineer?
I was 3rd mate. I joined in Japan with the 4th. Joe?
Japan, Portland Oregon, Tacoma, Singapore Pondicherry
I think Richie Fenwick joined after you left.
Mad Mull was the 2nd.
The Chief. Alastair ?. had a bad time on There. Problems with a turbo in Tacoma.
Funny I can't remember which the Capt who relieved Dave Sandercock
C/O was ?
2nd Mate John ?
The R/O was really strange, even for an R/O
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Old 9th January 2014, 21:26
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Referring to Post 12 and Post 13 Empire Shepherd of Souter's.
Empire Shepherd was my first ship after the war ended.. with Japan!
I joined her as AB in Tilbury Docks on 30th August 1945.Then to Antwerp and loaded portable Army huts for Lübeck..Sailed and had engine trouble in North Sea so we diverted into the Tyne..Here we were told that as we had signed on
Home Trade Articles we were to sign off then resign Foreign Articles as we would be going into the Baltic...I declined and paid off 12th September 1945.
1948 bought by Souter's and renamed Sheaf Arrow.
1956 Sold to Kjerland & Co of Oslo and renamed Eva.
1969 Broken up in Antwerp.
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