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Old 4th October 2019, 21:07
Richie McBride Richie McBride is offline
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I served on board Fyffes banana boat MV Manistee as Engineer Cadet from about September 1975 to February 1976. My first daughter was born while I was sailing past Puerto Rico and I handed in my resignation as soon as we made port. I remember being hove to in a mid Atlantic Force 10 for 30 hours and, being totally wet behind the ears, wasn't unduly worried. The rest of the more experienced crew definitely felt otherwise, the inclinometer on the bridge recorded 45 degrees roll at one point I remember. Chief cook made a great big, pink iced cake to celebrate our Ann being born. I remember a 3rd engineer, on overnight standby (we were running a UMS system for part of the voyage) falling while responding to a bilge alarm and almost bleeding out on his bunk afterwards since he'd self-anaesthetized to a great extent. He went off duty and cold turkey as was discussed at the next port. I really can't anyremember names at all, I'm afraid. Geordie sparks I played guitar with, second engineer from Looe and lovely third engineer Nick from Malta - first time I'd ever seen anyone put olive oil on salad was Nick. Never regret leaving, but never regret being there either. Subsequent life story too long but ended up station commander Chester Fire station. I'm looking for photos of Manistee to show grandkids now 👍
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Old 4th October 2019, 21:55
R815614 R815614 is offline  
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Richie;;;did 11 years with fyffes,from galley rat to ch/stwd.the ships would roll on wet grass.but enjoyed the trips
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Old 5th October 2019, 10:03
Richie McBride Richie McBride is offline
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Glad to hear we didn't suffer alone😃
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Old 5th October 2019, 10:04
Richie McBride Richie McBride is offline
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Thanks for replying, did you have any photos of the Manistee btw?
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Old 5th October 2019, 19:48
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not of manistee. sailed on Matina,Musa,Morant,Magdelana,will see if any photos
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