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Old 15th February 2015, 20:41
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Hi, Hugh,

My apologies for any confusion. In March 1960 there most certainly was a young lady in the tailoring trade at Hong Kong known as Hong Kong Mary. Of course, there might well have been more than one Hong Kong Mary - ond only the warmest of good wishes are sent to any one of them.

For sure, no disrespect was intended to the lady in your most touching account of friendship rekindled. I hope that you are all well.

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Old 26th February 2015, 06:52
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Joe Duggan

Hello Barrie and Hugh.

Warm thoughts indeed of those happy days.

I wonder if you gentlemen or any other SN member remember a lovely man who was 1st R/O on the SS IXION.around 1970.

His name was Joe Duggan as I recall and he liked a pink Gin or two before dinner. A dear man who always had a cheer you up story, and could sing the wild Colonial boy.

Succour.
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Old 26th February 2015, 16:04
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1970!?!? Much too late for me; I had left for greener pastures all but twenty years prior.
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Old 26th February 2015, 16:28
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Me, too (although not as Senior as Hugh)!

Very sorry.

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Old 8th July 2015, 01:38
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I remember Jim Geddie - did a voyage with him in 1953 as a Middy - can't remember what on.
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Old 24th May 2019, 10:10
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Hi Peter Martin and Mike Lynskey
I was middy with Peter and Mike was warden at Aulis during MCC in Riversdale in 1970. Cheers, Sylvester on 24 May 2019
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Old 8th November 2019, 20:19
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Ah N.E. Roberts - a gentleman Bosun. Always paid off skint when I was with him

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What a load of rubbish! How on earth would you know he paid off 'skint' as you put it. NE Roberts was staff from 62/63 onwards, well before you started in the China. Staff did not pay off in the same way the rest of us did. Leading Seamen, Lampy's and Bosun received their money into the bank like the officers. Worth saying something complimentary in that NE Roberts came from a fine family in Denbigh, North Wales. Brothers and sisters were either medical practitioners or Lawyers. In passing, NE Roberts was a gentleman and holder of a Second Mates (FG) ticket. Joe Bates, did not hold a ticket like you say in another thread.

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Old 9th November 2019, 02:41
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Re post #67

I sailed with men who had an Extra Masters Certificate.

SAMFORTH, 1944/5. Captain E.A.H. Gepp and 1st Mate Mr. Guppy.
GLENGARRY, 1949/50. Captain Duncan MacTavish.
DEUCALION, 1951. Captain W.K. Kerr.
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Old 9th November 2019, 10:29
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I was middy with in 1970.
Alas the rest of us in lesser companies were just cadets or apprentices
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Happy for anyone to correct me but I understood the reason why Blue Funnel were allowed to call their apprentices midshipmen was because it was an honour bestowed by the "Ministry of Defence" for BF apprentice gallantry manning the evacuation craft at Gallipoli.

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Old 9th November 2019, 14:19
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What would make you think that a word in the English language could be in the gift of a government department? Any company can apply whatever titles that it wishes to its employees, as long as the actual words chosen do not imply an unwarranted medical, academic or similar qualification/earned entitlement.

If a hotel wishes to call its doorkeepers Petty Officers, Sergeants, Marshals or Commissionaires, that is a matter for them, not the government of the day.
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Old 9th November 2019, 14:39
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Happy for anyone to correct me but I understood the reason why Blue Funnel were allowed to call their apprentices midshipmen was because it was an honour bestowed by the "Ministry of Defence" for BF apprentice gallantry manning the evacuation craft at Gallipoli.
There were many acts of gallantry by cadets/apprentices in other companies in both WW's and awards made, they did not change into midshipmen. I have noticed over the years that somehow a MFG Certificate of Competency obtained whilst serving in BF is somehow thought superior to one gained whilst serving in other companies, or they seem to think it is. I would argue that a Master of a tramper is just as competent, and perhaps more so than someone who has spent their whole career on a waterborne bus route (no disrespect intended, career paths are chosen for a number of reasons). The Master of a tramper is thrown into the unknown on frequent occasions and also sometimes without adequate charts because they were not available at the last port of call and there was insufficient time before sailing to have them flown out, just an observation.
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Old 9th November 2019, 15:50
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Re post #67

I sailed with men who had an Extra Masters Certificate.

SAMFORTH, 1944/5. Captain E.A.H. Gepp and 1st Mate Mr. Guppy.
GLENGARRY, 1949/50. Captain Duncan MacTavish.
DEUCALION, 1951. Captain W.K. Kerr.
That captain Gepp you mention Ian, was marine superintendant in Liverpool/Birkenhead during my time in BF. (1950/60s).
He always wore a bowler hat as he watched the incoming ship through the locks, and onto the berth.He always looked stern and judgemental.
I never had anything to do with him, but I got the impression that he was feared and disliked.
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Old 10th November 2019, 03:45
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That captain Gepp you mention Ian, was marine superintendant in Liverpool/Birkenhead during my time in BF. (1950/60s).
He always wore a bowler hat as he watched the incoming ship through the locks, and onto the berth.He always looked stern and judgemental.
I never had anything to do with him, but I got the impression that he was feared and disliked.
Pat

He was well liked when Master of the Samforth. Later, in 1948, when Marine Super, he came on board the Atreus to inspect her before she sailed, saw me and came over to shake my hand.

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