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Old 5th July 2015, 19:05
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Hello I am the daughter of Captain John Smith who served as Ships Master on the MV Eskwood and MV Tynewood. He would like to hear from anyone associated with these ships.
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Old 5th July 2015, 21:15
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Welcome to Shipsnostalgia....
There must be somebody out there who worked for the Constantine Group, I did but was in their Middlesbrough Agency Dept....

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Old 6th July 2015, 12:41
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Thanks Geoff. We lived in Hartlepool when Dad was with Constantines. I am trying to help him use this site. He is 89 now and he doesn't find these things easy.
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Old 5th August 2015, 22:51
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i was a catering boy on the MV. TYNEWOOD from 5/10/66 to 9/2/67 and i think its your fathers signature in my discharge book,i don't remember much about my time on it.
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Old 5th August 2015, 23:33
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Was on the Lochwood but can't make out the old mans name it starts with an a Reds kev.
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Old 5th August 2015, 23:54
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Was on the Lochwood but can't make out the old mans name it starts with an a Reds kev.
Lochwood and Gartwood were the two 'Scottish' vessels and nobody ever saw them unless in Glasgow or the Med!
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Lochwood and Gartwood were the two 'Scottish' vessels and nobody ever saw them unless in Glasgow or the Med!
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Not exactly. I only did one voyage on the Lochwood (in 1961) and though Glasgow was one end of the route, we also called at Avonmouth, Cardiff, Swansea, Dublin and Belfast on the way back from the Med to the Clyde. Never got near Middlesbrough though!

I think the other West Coast ship (on the same run, about 2/3 weeks apart) was the Eastwood.
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They also did Dublin and Belfast and it was Lochwood hart wood and Eastwood brgds kev
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Old 6th August 2015, 12:49
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I'll stick with Gartwood rather than Hartwood as don't remember that one in my time there!..Eastwood was launched about time I left in 1960 and was the last ship to be built for them.

You may be interested in the pdf which they issued for their 125th Anniversary.
http://www.constantinegroup.com/hist...onstantine.pdf

As a matter of interest I actually went to work for two,non-shipowning, members of the family on my return to the North East in the late 70's, Joe Barnard ( later Sir Joe) who died about three years ago and Martin Constantine who is alive an well and living in North Yorkshire still. They had been two of my bosses when I was an Office Boy in HQ in the 50's

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Sorry erimus I meant gartwood brgds kev.
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Sorry erimus I meant gartwood brgds kev.
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Old 5th July 2016, 12:40
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on the 1st of august 1958 at 17.30 the BBC broadcast a programe called KEEL 495 it was about the building of the tynewwood from start to finish,i dont know if it is still available but you could try the BBC.
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Old 16th July 2016, 08:17
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Never knew much about the Costantine Shipping Line: except that their office or one of them was in Borough Road MiddlesBrough, exactly opposite the Constantine Technical College, where as an apprentice I studied my OND. When the lecture got heavy I would often gaze out of my lecture room on the 2nd floor, and just wonder who or what the Constantine Shipping Company were, and what were they doing in that office. During midday we would (Me and my class mates)- all different shipping company eng. cadets, would walk down to the town docks and go aboard and meet and betaken around by the ships eng. crew many a Brocklebank, or Stick Line ship. Many memories, and some hard studying (59-61).
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I was 2nd. Mate on the Eskwood 1965. Joined Blyth left Avonmouth. Don't remember much so long ago, loading bagged cement London River for Wilhelmshaven. Can't make out Capt. name in dis. book but can picture him vividly, I believe he came from Aberdeen and had his daughter on board who I was delegated to escort ashore when she wanted to go up the road to the shops.
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#13. I was at the Tech School behind that building, Dave. Used to get off the bus and see a couple of what were probably house flags on the window (I think - could have been glass doors though). They were also the consualate for a few countries, maybe Sweden, etc. I found it all very enticing.

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Old 17th July 2016, 15:56
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David Freeman...I was the Junior Shipping Clerk for Constantine & Co (1947) Ltd, aka Office Boy...I was in that building from 1958 to 1960 before moving to BISC(Ore)Ltd; also in Middlesbrough.This was the agency company....my hours were 0745 to start opening the mail to when I finished,usually somewhere about 1900/2030 before the post office closed to get the days mail out..Saturdays we were supposed to have one in three off,usually one in five and no overtime! Part of my starting 2.00 included providing my own bike for mail runs etc....they insured it but I had to pay for punctures

JohnT...yes they were the Group House Flags in the stained glass and in the oak doors. The whole of the building was Limed Oak which was pricey in those days too. For a company that still had about 7 ships they manned the office there lightly,there were 2 ship managers, two engineering supers and a rather large accounts department,much of which looked after the family Canadian investments. The Glasgow Office looked after the Wood Line vessels and London the Chartering and Saguenay.

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Old 9th August 2016, 08:24
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Hi i was on the Copsewood for a few months in 61 AB. Capt sig looks like T.E.Goodman. My father was AB/Bosun on the Cedarwood ? Blyth 57/8 fell of ladder died in Ashington hospital. Myself went to sea in 56 and finished in 2011.
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Old 7th January 2017, 22:58
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Hi ,I was cabin boy on two of their old coal burners The cedar wood also the Northwood during 1959 they were both built during the1930s and real old rust tubs .The captain of the former was called Olsen ,not the best I sailed under,the latter was capt Jones a great guy .Mainly loaded coal for the Thames then,shipped loose cement at Greehithe for Blue circle at Gateshead .She did do one trip to Ghent .A really smashing crew on board the stoker taught me how to load the coal on to the boiler fires ,the skipper also let me take the wheel now and again,I really enjoyed my time aboard her even though she was a hackyblack old bugger.Hope you find this thread interesting
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Old 8th January 2017, 02:04
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Long time since I heard the term "hacky", Dave. Are you a Teessider?

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Old 8th January 2017, 23:47
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Hi John,not a Teesider,born in Whitby,lived in Darlo for some years ,now lied in Teasdale for many years.You are not the first to point out that hanky black is local to the north east.Theres one thing about the word it really means bloody mucky.cheers John being on coal burning coasters after them every other ship was like a five star hotel.many seamen do not know they were born,especially nowadays .in my opinion the 50s and 60s were the halcyon days to be at sea
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Old 8th January 2017, 23:53
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Thanks Dave. Wondered about the Constantine connection. My mother used the term "hacky" a lot - gave her the opportunity to attack me with her finger in a wet hanky! Welcome to SN.

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John...as a Boro born lad we didnt use hacky in our house.

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John...as a Boro born lad we didnt use hacky in our house.

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What can I say? Maybe you didn't use a "bait box" either.

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Snap tin....bait boxes were for maggots for fishing.

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