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Old 29th May 2004, 19:26
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Cool Hello Palm liners one and all.

Just came across this wonderfull site in Ships Monthly, couldnt believe The Palm line port of the site, my father was at sea with Palm line from the 50's up untill he retired in the late 70's with ill health. I was a very lucky lad as i used to spend all my school holidays aboard Palm line ships, all over the Uk and europe. As a Purser- Cheif steward, he would often be on either relief or just back from West Africa and i would have a school holiday. Been aboard most of the fleet up to and including the Africa palm aquired in the early 70's.
My dads fave was the Elmina Palm hence the name tag, but mine was a close thing between the Bamenda and the Andoni palm.
I am just happy to be aboard, and if my Dad is looking down from his office aboard Heavenly palm, i am sure he will be smiling, or opening a bottle of capt morgans rum, or both!
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Old 30th May 2004, 12:01
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Just came across this wonderfull site in Ships Monthly, couldnt believe The Palm line port of the site, my father was at sea with Palm line from the 50's up untill he retired in the late 70's with ill health. I was a very lucky lad as i used to spend all my school holidays aboard Palm line ships, all over the Uk and europe. As a Purser- Cheif steward, he would often be on either relief or just back from West Africa and i would have a school holiday. Been aboard most of the fleet up to and including the Africa palm aquired in the early 70's.
My dads fave was the Elmina Palm hence the name tag, but mine was a close thing between the Bamenda and the Andoni palm.
I am just happy to be aboard, and if my Dad is looking down from his office aboard Heavenly palm, i am sure he will be smiling, or opening a bottle of capt morgans rum, or both!
PALM LINE is a very interested company in the great era inthe 1950-60
the company were composed of 24 cargo ships and very good colours:
HULL:dark grey with red boot-topping
FUNNEL:green with black top and green palm tree on white disc and band.
best regards
from ITALY MILAN
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Old 30th May 2004, 12:47
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Wink Palm Line Etc......

Hi Elmina man
Welcome to the site.
It is early days but we hope to build the site into one of the web favourites over time.
If you have any pictures of Palm Line, or other line ships we would be very happy to have you post them on the site.
My time at sea was 1959 to 1964. Palm Line were 'Marconi ships' in that their radio officers were employed by the Marconi Company.
I would often see Palm line vessels in Glasgow in the fifties. One I recall was the Opobo Palm.
Hope to see you often on the site,
Regards from Canada.

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Old 16th June 2005, 20:50
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Hi Elmina man

What was your Dad's name. Purser Chief Stewards Office was the Agents favourite place, second was the officers Bar
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Old 17th June 2005, 01:44
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Welcome aboard and enjoy the site.
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Old 17th June 2005, 11:50
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Palm line fleet 1953. Ashanti,Barutu,Benim,Dahomey,Gambia,Kano,Kumasi,La gos,Lokoja,Matadi,Mendi,Niger,Oguta,Opudo,Takoradi and Volta Palm.Details of ships if required.
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Old 17th June 2005, 22:18
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Hi,
I would be interested in any info you can offer about Palm Line ships.
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Old 23rd June 2005, 17:58
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Andoni - Katsina.

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Originally Posted by tanker
PALM LINE is a very interested company in the great era inthe 1950-60
the company were composed of 24 cargo ships and very good colours:
HULL:dark grey with red boot-topping
FUNNEL:green with black top and green palm tree on white disc and band.
best regards
from ITALY MILAN
GP
Hi, good ships, I worked on the Andoni and Katsina late 50s, creek work Andoni, Katsina and Kano too big, by the way, painted overside many a time, Hull: dark grey 2 - 3 metres of green then red boot topping, masts, mast housings and derricks etc were brown but later photos show them as cream, any idea why the change, query on info left about the fleet in 53, I never knew of a Opudo Palm, there was an Opobo. Cheers to all.Ken.
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Old 23rd June 2005, 19:34
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Opobo Palm, (Ex Congonian 1949) 6082 tons Built 1942 Swan Hunter, 3 cyl up & downer. 415.6 x 56.7 x 29.5 code flags MAHV. DF, ESD, RADAR. BUILT TO CARRY PETROLEUM IN BULK.
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Old 29th June 2005, 21:16
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What was your dad's name ??
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Old 7th July 2005, 10:30
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Hi,

I've posted a pic. of the Benin Palm in the Gallery, which might interest you.

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Old 26th February 2006, 12:27
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What was your dad's name ??
Sorry for the long wait my PC had bit the dust, My fathers name was Hugh Davidson McFeat Chief Steward,who passed away in 1990 retired in 1989,such a shame.
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Old 26th February 2006, 12:56
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Elmina Man,
I made two voyages in Gambia Palm, one trip in Burutu Palm and two more in the Kumasi Palm between 1955 & 1957 before joining T&J Harrison of Liverpool.
In my days in Palm Line the Purser and Chief Steward were completely different jobs.
I cannot remember your father I'm afraid.
Pursers I remember are Gordon Little and Willie Cruickshank, Pat Cullen and Alan Coughbrough.
Peter Baker.
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Old 26th February 2006, 13:17
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Welcome Elmina,,, pity palm line up the swany,, like many others..loved the W/A runs.. crew boys ... pepper chop... bits of surplus cargo???? and dont forget the Elephant tables...First child born while i was on the Andoni... she is blessed with it in her middle name??Jim
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Old 26th February 2006, 13:58
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Welcome to the site.
See the thread about Palm line as I put a couple of posts there.
The old Opobo Palm was indeed a tanker and when I was on it we sailed from Brombrough Dock to West Africa and loaded Palm oil for the return voyage.
Loaded one of the empty tanks with fresh water for cleaning the tanks outbound. The engineers heated it so it was hot when we stopped at Freetown for the Kroo boys for tank cleaning.
It was great for them as when they joined from the barge all had empty drums and any of the palm oil gleaned went home with them.
I alas do not have all those rosey eyed views of my time there as I doubt any deck mate had as we were the hardest workers on the cargo ships a 16 hour day being the norn. A half day was 12 hours on deck cargo work. On deck also ment being down the cargo holds slinging awkward cargo as we were our own stevadores.
Will get some other tales posted later

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Old 26th February 2006, 21:15
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Its funny how things go. Was going through some old papers at my parents today and we found my Mams discharge paper from the Tema Plam. She had very good conduct on hers (thank goodness!) in 1961.

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Old 20th April 2006, 12:27
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Can anybody help me to find photgraphs of the Gambia Palm, Burutu Palm and Kumasi Palm?.
Happy to pay for them of course.
Peter Baker.
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Old 22nd April 2006, 07:50
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Lagos Palm

I was a junior 4th. engineer on the Lagos in64/65. I can remember the 2nd eng. (Leckie?) advisng me to Join CNCo or similar Co. (Don't think he liked me very much). Took his advice though and did 25 yrs with the latter.
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Old 23rd April 2006, 20:14
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I was a junior 4th. engineer on the Lagos in64/65. I can remember the 2nd eng. (Leckie?) advisng me to Join CNCo or similar Co. (Don't think he liked me very much). Took his advice though and did 25 yrs with the latter.
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Tony,
Was the 2nd, engineer called Ian Leckie from Bearsden in Glasgow by any chance, if so I sailed with him in the late '60,s.
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Old 23rd April 2006, 23:19
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Tony,
Was the 2nd, engineer called Ian Leckie from Bearsden in Glasgow by any chance, if so I sailed with him in the late '60,s.
Yep that was him, nice chap. Can't remember any other names though.
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Old 24th April 2006, 06:44
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Hi, Elmina man,
I have just come across your posting and subsequent threads.
For what its worth, there is an excellent book filled with pix and a ships list + a short history of the company,up to its sale to the frogs in 1989, by Laurence Dunn & Peter Heaton. If you are in the UK it would be worth buying for the 112 splendid pages of pix alone.
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Old 13th June 2006, 20:29
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Palm Line

Hope it's ok for me to join in this chat albeit a bit late.

I joined Palm Line in August 1965 (straight from school) and worked in the Marine Personnel and Salaries Department. So if between then and May 1970, salaries and allotments were late then it was my fault.

Denis Way was the Personnel Manager - he didn't take any prisoners !!!

This great site was introduced to me very recently by a guy that I worked with in the office all those years ago and we got back in touch through Friends Reunited a while ago.

I have photos, mostly social occassions,and some of the ships taken in Tilbury.

Kind regards

ps I've got an elephant table - wedding present from one of the ships
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Old 14th June 2006, 00:21
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Welcome aboard Elmina Man and Rosie B
would love to see some of your pics and postings enjoy the site and all on offer
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Old 14th June 2006, 02:58
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Burutu Palm

Hi Peter
This is a photo of the “Burutu Palm”
Built by : 1952 Short Bros, Ltd. Pallion, Sunderland,
433.2 x 57.8 x 23.55ft, 5411.49 gross, 8516 d.w. 12.5 kts.
Engines : North Eastern Marine, diesel, Doxford 4-cylinder 3000 b.h.p.


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Old 14th June 2006, 20:56
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Palm Liners

Hello all Creek Men,
I too was in Palm Line from March 1963 until August 1964, indeed halcyon days.
I sailed on the Badagry and Lagos Palm hard work and happy days.
Captain Everall and Captain Astbury (he always insisted on RNR Officers and Petty Officers to keep his Blue Ensign), Cocoa, Palm Oil, logs - Mansonia Obeche and Obura (?) ( floaters and sinkers) the Forcados River the Fork. Sawmill Creek, Kru Boys, Beachmasters the list is endless, a way of going to sea never to be seen again.
We used to play football against Walman Line and the Dutch ( Kust Lines) in the cool(!) of the evening followed by glorious good natured beery nights.
I also ended up like others going to China Navigation for the next three and a half years.
Yours aye,
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