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Old 27th November 2019, 12:48
Foca Foca is offline  
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Organisation: Merchant Navy
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Active: 1955 - 1997
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Originally Posted by Bob Hay View Post
Hi Duquesa and Caffj, these are the times I was on Booth boats.
Viajero April 59- April 60 as 4th Engineer
Basil Dec 60- Feb 61 as 3rd
Valiente Oct 61 -June 63 as 2nd
Boniface Nov 64 -Dec 64 as 2nd.
Yes I remember old Stan Witkowski well. Bit temperamental at times but otherwise great Chief to work under. Had some amusing twists of the tongue with his English into the bargain.
without a doubt those trips to Brazil and Peru were the best times of my life like yourselves.
Just been looking through my discharge book...Boniface Sept 1964/Dec 1964...I was Second Mate, think Mackereth was Master
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Old 2nd December 2019, 14:41
Mike Williamson Mike Williamson is offline  
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Active: 1965 - 1975
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Originally Posted by duquesa View Post
...The reason for including this is that I believe the engineer sitting in the middle looking round, is the Geoff Laws mentioned in posts above.
Great to see Geoff again, although he was a bit older when I sailed with him on Viajero, on what was then his second sortie.

We were together for a year in 1966/67, initially as 3/E and 4/E until Frank Stinchcombe went home after six months, and Geoff moved into the Second's cabin and I became 3/E. It was quite an experience sailing with Geoff AND the irascible Frank Stinchcombe with his Casey Jones cap, National Health Specs and his rolling West Country accent. No one could make a Cuba Libre like Frank.
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