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Old 5th July 2007, 23:54
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Collective Call Signs

Does anyone remember these? My company (Blue Funnel) was GTZB, Marconi was ( I think) GTZM - anyone got any more?
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Old 5th July 2007, 23:59
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Here you go, Trevor.
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Old 6th July 2007, 00:00
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For some reason the Houlders Collective Call Sign was GZTT - why on earth I should remember that I have no idea... Funny thing memory.

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Old 6th July 2007, 00:06
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They've got GZXY as the National Maritime Board whereas I have it as the Radio and Electronics Officer's Union.
That's from 2 messages I have that were sent out by the REOU in 1973.
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Old 6th July 2007, 00:33
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the first telling you to pay your overdue subs..............

the second that they could not help you with your imminant redundancy........

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Old 6th July 2007, 00:58
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Sorry, Sparkie, Wronnnnnggggg.

The first asking BP radio officers if they felt "their present salary adequately compensates for all hours worked".

The second was to do with the REOU trying to turn the MN into a closed shop as far as ROs were concerned. I seem to remember that we collectively told them to stuff it and resolutely refused to go on strike over the matter.
Sparkies don't go on strike. Irresponsible union pratts.

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Old 6th July 2007, 10:24
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GBMS = All British Merchant Ships!

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Old 6th July 2007, 11:25
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Old 6th July 2007, 11:47
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....another one, but already covered in Marconi Sahib's link.....

International Marine Radio Co (IMRCo).... GTZR

Crikey, they were a good company to work for as they had some lovely ships...

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Old 6th July 2007, 11:54
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How about MBMS - All British Merchant Ships?
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Old 6th July 2007, 15:29
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i do remember that period marconiman........albeit vaguely.
i never had any dealings with the reou....or the mnaoa, though i was a member of both....seemed a good idea when i started out as a cadet.
i tried to remember the format of the quarterly periodical the reou used to send to our home address, but cant for the life of me remember what it looked like in the slightest.
we all had a huge pile of post when we got home after 5/6 months at sea, and much of it was just thrown in the gash can........much of it unopened.
i think this fate befell the quarterly rag...........

keep your batteries in the green..........................
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Old 6th July 2007, 17:53
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Hi All,

Is my memory failing or did we have GACQ in the 1960's for "calling any British warship"?

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Old 6th July 2007, 18:42
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.... GACQ in the 1960's for "calling any British warship"?
You mean from the days when we had any warships? It was GBXZ GBXZ. See Marconi Sahibs link in the second post.

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Old 7th July 2007, 00:34
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Hi Trevorw,

Have a look at sections 3 & 4, of the document in website

http://www.jcs.mil/j6/cceb/acps/ACP113AFCh3.pdf

This provides collective call signs for miltary naval usage. It contains lots of other useful info.

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Old 24th July 2007, 18:57
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Hi Trevorw

BP Tankers collective callsign was GTZX
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Old 25th July 2007, 14:04
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....another one, but already covered in Marconi Sahib's link.....

International Marine Radio Co (IMRCo).... GTZR

Crikey, they were a good company to work for as they had some lovely ships...

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I agree they were a great company to work for. Also recognized a few other callsigns.
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Old 25th July 2007, 15:45
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I agree they were a great company to work for.....
In my own short career (and I include leave relief trips of only a fortnight or so) I logged up Ore Carriers Ltd (Houlders), Anchor Line (x2), Cunard (x2), Blue Star (x2), South American Saint Line, Furness Withy, Nerdrums (ex South American Saint Line's "St Helena") and Trader Navigation Co..

In my humble opinion and with the hindsight of over 40 years... to die for!

Oh, yes! In case I am accused of being OT (true), just want to say thanks to collective callsigns GTZR...and also to GTZM for having no vacancies at that time!

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Old 5th August 2013, 13:01
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Collective Callsigna

Here are a selection of the more recent companies:-

GZWF SHELL TANKERS
GZXW CANADIAN PACIFIC STEAMSHIPS LTD
GTZA OCEAN FLEETS LTD
GTZB ALFRED HOLT & CO
GTZC CUNARD STEAMSHIP CO LTD
GTZD P & O PASSENGER DIVISION
GTZE ELDER DEMPSTER LINES
GTZF ELDERS & FYFFES LTD
GTZH KELVIN HUGHES
GTZJ SIR WILLIAM REARDON SMITH & SONS
GTZM MARCONI INTERNATIONAL MARINE CO LTD
GTZQ BLUE STAR LINE LTD
GTZR INTERNATIONAL MARINE RADIO CO LTD
GTZU P & O STEAM NAVIGATION CO
GTZX BP TANKER CO LTD
GWZB UNION CASTLE LINE
GWZC PORT LINE LTD
GWZJ MANCHESTER LINERS
GWZK ESSO PETROLEUM CO LTD
GWZL PALM LINE LTD
GWZM T & j BROCKLEBANK LTD
GWZN FURNESS WITHY & CO LTD
GZTA LONDON & OVERSEAS FREIGHTERS LTD
GZTE MOBIL MARINE SERVICES LTD
GZTR SHAW SAVILL & ALBION CO LTD
GZTT HOLDER BROS LTD
GZWB ELLERMAN LINES LTD
GZWC ELLERMAN'S WILSON LINE LTD
GZWE CONTAINER FLEETS LTD
GZWF SHELL TANKERS LTD
GZWJ PANOCEAN SHIP MANAGEMENT LTD
GZWR J & J DENHOLM (MANAGEMENT) LTD
GZWX BIBBY BROS & CO
GZWZ HUNTING & SON LTD
GZXD F T EVERARD & SONS LTD
GZXF REDIFON LTD
GZXM BRITISH & COMMONWEALTH (GROUP MNGMT)
GZXN WALPORT LTD
GZXP OVERSEAS TANKSHIP (UK) LTD
GZXQ SUGAR LINE LTD
GZXR P & O BULK SHIPPING DIVISION
GZXX SCOTTISH SHIP MANAGEMENT
GZXY NATIONAL MARITIME BOARD
GZXZ P & O GENERAL CARGO DIVISION
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Old 5th August 2013, 15:05
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I have a feeling that Royal Mail line was GTZT. I have a picture of the wireless room somewhere .....!
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Old 5th August 2013, 15:21
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Royal Fleet Auxiliaries GZXB
Any / All British Warships GBXZ
Any / All Nato Warships NAWS
British Merships GBMS / MBMS
British Merships Wartime GACQ
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I have a feeling that Royal Mail line was GTZT. I have a picture of the wireless room somewhere .....!
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Royal mail line was GTZT according to my list.
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Old 5th August 2013, 17:14
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Collective Callsigns

On a deleted post there was a link to a website showing a comprehensive list of British Collective call-signs. I converted the list to produce two lists, sorted alphabetically, by call-sign and by company name.

I have attached them and you are welcome to use them as you will.
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Old 5th August 2013, 17:45
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Good effort with a lot of nostalgia...
Blue Funnel GTZB kept in contact on MF with TR's as a matter of company policy.
Unlike other flags I get the feeling that under the rules of the issuing authority ie HM PMG HF scheds between ships with British call signs was not allowed.
I went to sea in 1960 and every company that I sailed with kept HF skeds between their ships. If it was illegal, so be it but my impression was that everyone did it. Certainly we were never warned of any restrictions during college days - and I had the impression at the time that 99% of our training concerned the hated 'Regs' and procedures.
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During my one trip with Bank line, the ship happened to be in Port Natal together with two other Bank boats and, having met the other R/Os, we kept in touch on HF, using the 16 Mc/s second working frequency, for about a week and then ran out of things to talk about. There was no easy way to get any other ships of the fleet to join in, and in any case, it wasn't as if any of us had an afinity for the company.


Niarchos took the company sked very seriously to the point that most of the ships had an extra HF working frequency, where the type of Tx permitted, in a particular section of the band to keep them all close together. There was no official collective callsign, though, just 'LNR'
If you heard it and didn't know what it meant; then you didn't need to!
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Don't see any harm at all in HF scheds which were the norm free-lance and used to pass free of charge enormous ship chandler lists and other jiggery-pokery.
I cannot speak for other British companies as Blue Flue radio-wise were in my opinion neanderthal yet the terms of the licence as I remember PMG allocated HF frequencies were for calling/transmitting ship to shore traffic only..
I may be kidding myself, but I've got it in my head that there were allocated HF Intership frequencies.

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