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Old 1st March 2006, 18:58
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Tks John

The ship was a bit of an old MAID and well, also the old man was bit of an old woman

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Old 12th April 2006, 01:02
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Hi Nigel,
Did you join Staflo im Middlesboro 1965/1966 ?
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Old 28th August 2008, 13:48
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Heres a list of Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd call letters as from June 1985.
Should jog a few ex GZWF R/O's memories
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Old 28th August 2008, 16:08
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Ships Call Signs

Edinburgh Castle - GOHN

Very easy to remember as most of the Chief R/&Os were called John anyway -only joking but very easy to send via morse
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Corbeach, that was a good ship. I was on it in about 1969 running between Newport and Ijmuiden with steel rolls. Roll about she did too with all that weight right at the bottom of the holds. I remember I had one of those big brass type alarm clocks with bells on the top to wake me in time for the radio watches. My nextdoor neighbor, the mate, woke up and thought the ships fire alarm was going and responded accordingly! I was not to use it again!

I was better on deep sea voyages, I preferred the calmer weather!
Hi

My father Charles Sleightholme was Master of the Corbeach from the early sixties to when he retired in 1971. I remember him telling me that he was always having trouble with the welsh dockers because he insisted on having the steele ingots tack welded together. It apperantly affected their bonus.

Just before he retired Corys were trying to sell the Corbeach and a party from British Nuclear Fuels visited the ship as they were interested in her for transporting Nuclear waste to Japan. The old man told them that the ship was too unstable for such a voyage or cargo. Not sure if Cory's were pleased with him about that.

Did a few trips myself on the Corbeach during school summer holidays. I was always in the 2nd Mates on the port side. The 2nd Mate thought that cabin was too noisy so he resided in the Pilot's cabin on the stardboard side which was next one down the alleyway to the Radio officers cabin.
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Westmeath Callsign

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Hi again,
Sorry for the delay in responding. Here are the some of the ships that I require the Radio Callsigns for my scrap book. Most of them were commissioned in the early 1960s.

TREMORVAH
LA SELVA
CORBEACH
THAMESWOOD
WESTMEATH
GLAISDALE
LETITIA
KEPWICKHALL
HAMINEA
GOTHLAND
ESSO EXETER
MANCHESTER SHIPPER
JOURNALIST

All U.K. registered ships. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
I was R/O on Westmeath's final voyage. Middlesborough 1962.
I think it was GQGJ.
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Old 18th October 2010, 09:38
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RIP Westmeath

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Thank you all for your input. I'm a happy chappy again.
The "Westmeath" was an older ship, ex. NZ Shipping Co., I think. I did her last to Antwerp in 1962 where she was sold.

Regards.
Westmeath sailed in to Middlebrough from Durban carrying ilmenite in November 1962. I understood it was to be scrapped - I hope so, the radio equipment was only just better than a crystal set. (I was R/O)
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Old 11th January 2011, 16:19
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My call sign book for 1963 shows the call-signs as follows

TREMORVAH MMWK
LA SELVA GXPM
CORBEACH MWPW
THAMESWOOD GWDV
WESTMEATH ?
GLAISDALE GBWG
LETITIA GHLU
KEPWICKHALL MXDG
HAMINEA GTRX
GOTHLAND GHQQ
ESSO EXETER GSTS
MANCHESTER SHIPPER MAPC
JOURNALIST MSFQ

Hope this helps.
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There are no coast stations active on 500 kc/s though a move is afoot to secure this frequency by the American Maritime Radio Historical Society for museum and historical initiatives. Tests have been carried out between two former American coast stations KPH in California and KLB Seattle.

Alas, no.

500 will be used for a new high speed version of NAVTEX.
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When I lived in Bermuda 1961-1964, I believe two of the local radio stns were ZBM1 and ZBM2. Later in life became a ham opr, went to Little Cayman Island as ZF2VZ. Is it possible that the ship yoiu refer to might have been ZB-- ? 73
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Old 24th February 2011, 21:23
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Re Westmeath confirming Nig's ident it was GQGJ. Regards Roger
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I sailed on a ship called the Tepozteco, the callsign was "3ED04" Panamian flag.
In 1992 it was pure w/t. The callsign was almost as long as the messages on that ship.
Mexican crew and a great run, west coast of South America to Mexico.
Absolutely basic accommodation but great people. Last ship I sailed on where
there was no restrictions on alcohol.

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Old 4th March 2011, 09:59
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When I lived in Bermuda 1961-1964, I believe two of the local radio stns were ZBM1 and ZBM2.
I remember Bermuda as being VRT, a Cable & Wireless station. But it was a long, long time ago.
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Seems Im coming a bit late on the scene, how time flies.Can anyone help me with the call signs for the following BALTISTAN, GRIT, WANDSWORTH, CITY OF ELY, HAWKWOOD, PORT VICTOR, BOWCOMBE,TEAKWOOD, MERCURY, RETRIEVER, all between 1959 and 1965. Appreciate yr help
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MV Darro

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Hi all

On the subject of ship callsigns I am missing one for one of my ships, the m.v.Darro of Royal Mail built 1943 ON. 168452 and would be grateful if anybody could fill in the gap.

I was also relief on the Oilrig Staflo (anagram of Floats - semisubmersable) of Shell Exploration and I sure she keep radio watch as well as manning the teleprinter, so I assume she must have had a callsign as well. Anybody help?

NigelC
Ex R/O 63-69


Nigel
Sorry unable to help wiyh Call Sign but Darro rescued us in the Indian ocean Jan 1944 after we were torpedoed by U boat. She was en route to Australia but due to picking up 112 survivors she had to return to Aden to land us.
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I hope the following helps. As there were three ships called mercury in 1963 I leave it to you to decide which one is correct.

BALTISTAN GQSV, GRIT MXZL, WANDSWORTH MNOJ, CITY OF ELY MFJM, HAWKWOOD GCLR, PORT VICTOR MSWK, BOWCOMBE GCMW,TEAKWOOD GHTJ, MERCURY GJXH/MRFJ/ZFDB, RETRIEVER GHMP.

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Old 2nd April 2013, 12:49
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The call sign of MV Darrow was MAID.

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Hi

My father Charles Sleightholme was Master of the Corbeach from the early sixties to when he retired in 1971. I remember him telling me that he was always having trouble with the welsh dockers because he insisted on having the steele ingots tack welded together. It apperantly affected their bonus.

Just before he retired Corys were trying to sell the Corbeach and a party from British Nuclear Fuels visited the ship as they were interested in her for transporting Nuclear waste to Japan. The old man told them that the ship was too unstable for such a voyage or cargo. Not sure if Cory's were pleased with him about that.

Did a few trips myself on the Corbeach during school summer holidays. I was always in the 2nd Mates on the port side. The 2nd Mate thought that cabin was too noisy so he resided in the Pilot's cabin on the stardboard side which was next one down the alleyway to the Radio officers cabin.
I was on the Corbeach at the end of the 1960s I'll look up the skipper in my discharge book....
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Seems Im coming a bit late on the scene, how time flies.Can anyone help me with the call signs for the following BALTISTAN, GRIT, WANDSWORTH, CITY OF ELY, HAWKWOOD, PORT VICTOR, BOWCOMBE,TEAKWOOD, MERCURY, RETRIEVER, all between 1959 and 1965. Appreciate yr help
John Flower.
Hi John,
From the 1960 Signal Letters of British Ships I have the Wandsworth listed as MNDJ, City of Ely GCNQ and the Retriever as MRYW.
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Old 3rd April 2013, 11:44
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To John Leary and Dryden, many thanks for the call signs brilliant service.
I swallowed the anchor on the Mercury/GJXH in 65, emigrated and spent the next 26 years signing VJQ in Kalgoorlie Western Australia as R/O with the Royal Flying Doctor service, a bit like Portihead but with land stations, however never forgotten the key.....Cheers All John flower
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John,

you may like to have a look at an old - Flying Doctor control room - from an old photo card, which I posted - a little older than your era I suspect!

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/galler...o-room/cat/530

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There are no coast stations active on 500 kc/s though a move is afoot to secure this frequency by the American Maritime Radio Historical Society for museum and historical initiatives. Tests have been carried out between two former American coast stations KPH in California and KLB Seattle.
According to official documents I have seen at work there are still a few CRSs operating on 500 kHz - almost all in Russia and South East Asia (espcially in Indonesia). In reality I suspect their operation is minimal but as they still appear in official lists of Radio Signals we have to assume the capability is still there. Probably for non-GMDSS vessels (local traffic) only who may still carry an R/O.
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According to official documents I have seen at work there are still a few CRSs operating on 500 kHz - almost all in Russia and South East Asia (espcially in Indonesia). In reality I suspect their operation is minimal but as they still appear in official lists of Radio Signals we have to assume the capability is still there. Probably for non-GMDSS vessels (local traffic) only who may still carry an R/O.
The efficacy of Indonesian coast stations on 500 kcs was pretty poor in the days when everyone was using it. They are probably still sitting at their consoles reading newspapers and ignoring everything that's going on, same as they did years ago. Nobody told them that it's all over.

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