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Old 1st June 2010, 15:41
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Bad discharge [DR]

[QUOTE=Jim Brady;272442]I dont know about the three R's but the name Baron or King comes to me.
You would scatter from the Pool when ever one of these were "going through"
As you approached the Pool the conversation would be"Whats going through
boys" any Tramps going was bad news. Fortunately most of the guys that
sailed (no option) on these ships had a bad discharge i.e. Double DR single
DR or V.N.C..This is why the crew was made up of a crowd of "Cowboys".
On the other hand you could have a crowd that wanted to clear their book
and get accepted back onto the Pool as a "good boy"
The story goes the guy was in the Pool and was offered this nice ship the
Barongedes which he accepted when he got down to the ship it turned out
tobe the Baron Geddes!!!

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I sailed in Baron Yarborough in 1949. Primitive and very poor conditions. BOT ration scales [on your pound and pint], hungry all the time. Lived in `open foc`sle. Had to bath in a `bucket`. only water supply was `midships outside the galley. Stinking `icebox` on lower bridge, green meat after a week or two. Everything else infested with weevils, which you ate anyway because the only alternative was to starve.
The `punch line`is :- I did not know of ANYONE aboard that ship who had a DR [Bad discharge], or was a `COWBOY`.
Regardless, I wish I was back aboard her now.

Regards.

Ken.
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Old 1st June 2010, 16:53
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Though not trampers in the accepted sense of the word, I was on Many of BPs Product Carriers. We joined ships anywhere in the world, did trips from anywhere to everywhere. Had changes of orders frequently, we went where the cargoes were required, discharging parcels all over the place. Often discharging, loading another cargo, then returning to back load the original cargo. Orders could be changed at any time, even mid ocean. Often the first indication we would have of a change of orders was when the ship began to vibrate due to a change of course. I also joined a couple of ships in NW Europe and ended up coasting the Far East, Australia and New Zeland with no idea when joining the ships where I would end up. Not real tramping, and often the turnrounds were quite quick, but it was interesting and fun.
Often we got LEFO (Lands End For Orders) but never got there
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Old 21st March 2012, 05:16
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tudor palmer...uskbridge

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Surely a tramp is a ship with no regular routes. All Shell tankers were tramps, never knew where you were going from one trip to another.Also never knew when you would get off. Spent 12 months on the Valvata,must have been mad because could have paid off in drydock in Bremenhaven. Also sailed on Uskbridge one of Jones of Newport they were also tramps,especially when they lost contract between Ireland and Casablanca with phosate.We even went to the States and really got hammered going across N Atlantic,plates on bridge buckled in and windows broken.They were real ships, not like todays lot floating around in palaces.Ah happy days, I Think!!!
Hello Barney..I was on that trip, Uskbridge, maybe 1968...to the states, mexico and down to BA...great trip, good tramping, crossing the line and all that good stuff. I was the deck apprentice until they sold out soon after.....Tudor Palmer
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Old 21st March 2012, 18:50
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I dont know about the three R's but the name Baron or King comes to me.
You would scatter from the Pool when ever one of these were "going through"
As you approached the Pool the conversation would be"Whats going through
boys" any Tramps going was bad news. Fortunately most of the guys that
sailed (no option) on these ships had a bad discharge i.e. Double DR single
DR or V.N.C..This is why the crew was made up of a crowd of "Cowboys".
On the other hand you could have a crowd that wanted to clear their book
and get accepted back onto the Pool as a "good boy"
The story goes the guy was in the Pool and was offered this nice ship the
Barongedes which he accepted when he got down to the ship it turned out
tobe the Baron Geddes!!!

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0

I sailed in Baron Yarborough in 1949. Primitive and very poor conditions. BOT ration scales [on your pound and pint], hungry all the time. Lived in `open foc`sle. Had to bath in a `bucket`. only water supply was `midships outside the galley. Stinking `icebox` on lower bridge, green meat after a week or two. Everything else infested with weevils, which you ate anyway because the only alternative was to starve.
The `punch line`is :- I did not know of ANYONE aboard that ship who had a DR [Bad discharge], or was a `COWBOY`.
Regardless, I wish I was back aboard her now.

Regards.

Ken.
Crikey, Ken! How can you wish to be back on one of those? In 1948 I made my first voyage as apprentice on a Counties Ship Fort.

Sounds as if she was a dozen times better than yours. We all moaned, of course, but the conditions you were sailing under were, frankly, a disgrace. Hogarth, Chapman, Ropner were all company names to send a shiver down our spines!
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Old 13th February 2019, 20:51
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SS Largo Law .

I`m repyling to this post of 10 years ago my uncle did his first trip on Largo Law 1925 I`m just in the process of finding out info on his sailing days He was Gordon James Luffman Anderson born 1909 in Pontypridd Wales dis no . 1128681 .
I have seen a picture of the ship just by googling it I also have this information it it helps . Clive .

Cargo Ship Great Britain
Builder W Dobson and Co 1907
Shipyard Walker on Tyne
Broken up 1932



QUOTE=brenpower;388933]Does anybody have a photo (or know where one exists) of the SS Largo Law, No 124163? My father served on her in 1924/1925. I am trying to get photos of all the ships he served on; so far I've managed to get 17 out of 20 and would love to improve on this. The other two missing are the SS Westhope (137267) and the SS Northborough (133411).[/QUOTE]
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