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Old 21st February 2009, 06:12
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Tramp Ships of the 1950's and 1960's

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My name is Clive Spencer and between 1953 and 1966 I served in tramp ships belonging to Hain's, Billmeir's, Constants of Cardiff, Denholm's and Runciman's. If any old ship-mates from those days are still around who sailed with me then do please get in touch. Many Thanks.

Clive.
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Old 21st February 2009, 06:25
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Old 21st February 2009, 07:36
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Old 21st February 2009, 08:40
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Old 21st February 2009, 10:59
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Hello Clive

I served my apprenticeship with the Hain S.S.Co.
4 and half years.
Trevelyan from 1/07/1949 to 16/10/1950 and Trevaylor 6/11/1950 to 10/12/1953.
Obtained 2nd Mates Cert.1954 and went with Cunard until getting Maters in 1959 and then joining Fyffes in 1961 leaving in 1963 to go ashore

Ian Edwards

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Old 21st February 2009, 12:17
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Welcome to the crew, Clive.
Plenty of us old tramps aboard this ship, some of us later than others like me who started when you finished.
Find your way around, join in and have a good trip.
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Old 21st February 2009, 13:46
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Clive why not list out ships and dates you sailed on them. It will help jog peoples memories.

Just an idea as some people have trouble remembering names but never forget the names of the ships.

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Old 21st February 2009, 13:53
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Clive, from Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia, it's good to have you onboard.
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Old 21st February 2009, 15:05
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Old 21st February 2009, 16:10
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Old 21st February 2009, 17:04
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Old 21st July 2016, 02:02
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Clive why not list out ships and dates you sailed on them. It will help jog peoples memories.

Just an idea as some people have trouble remembering names but never forget the names of the ships.

Regards Ron
True Clive, I know I spent a while on the Trecarroll, but not sure when it was, I THINK I joined her in Salford about 1962.we loaded cement in Gydinia on a horrific Xmas when the Baltic froze and then off loaded in Ghana and went up the Nigerian Creeks to Sapelle to load the most dangerous cargo of mahogany logs I've ever battened down, we 'lost' about half a dozen of the deck gang stevadores we had picked up in Freetown though accidents, one fataly. I'm not surprised, they didn't just load the holds, the deck cargo was nearly up to the bridge. Taught me more about about rigging jumbo deck gear and splicing loading strops than I ever learned anywhere else, even the Vindi. No one called me a BP tanker man again. A good ship, hard as nails but as much money as you wanted to earn.
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Hain's that's the company to serve your time on your way to "Gold Braid Heaven", I also served in Palm Line and as a result know the creeks well.
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Yours aye,

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Old 21st July 2016, 15:14
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Hain's that's the company to serve your time on your way to "Gold Braid Heaven", I also served in Palm Line and as a result know the creeks well.
"One Link".

Yours aye,

slick
Very true.. They may have been Hungry Hains but there were no chancers on the mess deck..'Poper' sailors only on those buckets.. Ah the creeks.. monkeys in the trees on the bank, crocodiles on the mud banks.. half a dozen 'pilots' in canoes, trying to get aboard, "I am de one boss, I am de one" and worse girls in Canoes alongside too, 'Flash for gash Johhny, we flash for gash" (they wanted empty beer cans for 'patching' canoes up. Now they probably have smart-phones & ski jets. lol.

I was on the Ikeja Palm for a very short period but I've lost that old Blue book so don't know why, I know because I still have a photo of me on deck on her in Takoradi Harbour. I thought they were all Africans on deck on Palm line so I've no idea why an EDH (or OS) WOULD sail on her! Any clues? It would be about 1963/4 by the look of my supple youthful body.. By 73 the ravages of Four bells rum had put 20 years on it..

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Old 21st July 2016, 15:46
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Hello!

My name is Clive Spencer and between 1953 and 1966 I served in tramp ships belonging to Hain's, Billmeir's, Constants of Cardiff, Denholm's and Runciman's. If any old ship-mates from those days are still around who sailed with me then do please get in touch. Many Thanks.

Clive.
Hi Clive i sailed on the Wellpark 53/55 my names Jim Williams
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Old 21st July 2016, 21:46
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Hello Clive

I served my apprenticeship with the Hain S.S.Co.
4 and half years.
Trevelyan from 1/07/1949 to 16/10/1950 and Trevaylor 6/11/1950 to 10/12/1953.
Obtained 2nd Mates Cert.1954 and went with Cunard until getting Maters in 1959 and then joining Fyffes in 1961 leaving in 1963 to go ashore

Ian Edwards
My full respect Ian.. You must have been looking after yourself. I'm in my seventies and you were at sea in 49... wow...11 years before I even went to the Vindi at 15. That is what you CALL an old sea dog...
again, respect. Especially as you served your time on REAL ships. Hains. The Trecarroll mess was the nearest thing to 'REAL' sailors I ever worked with, I learned more experience in seamanship on that rusty old ship than any I ever sailed on, before or after.. We made bell ropes, rope soled sandals, hard pig skin knife & spike sheaths, loaded and roped our own logs deck cargo.. Three man watches, no Iron Mike, odd bits of painting but don't think I ever saw a sugee cloth.. The company Bosun, and AB's and even the senior cadets were unbelievable sailors. I enjoyed my six months on her..Hungry or not.
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Old 21st July 2016, 22:52
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Hi and welcome from Havelock North. I sailed on the Stanrealm Billmyers 1957.
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Old 4th August 2016, 04:21
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Hello!

My name is Clive Spencer and between 1953 and 1966 I served in tramp ships belonging to Hain's, Billmeir's, Constants of Cardiff, Denholm's and Runciman's. If any old ship-mates from those days are still around who sailed with me then do please get in touch. Many Thanks.

Clive.
Welcome aboard Clive,it looks like I went to sea about the same years as you,I sailed on the Trevose,I'm not sure if that was a Hain's vessel?
we went through the Suez to Shanghai and ports in between.
my name is Paddy McDonnell.
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Old 4th August 2016, 06:37
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Welcome aboard Clive,it looks like I went to sea about the same years as you,I sailed on the Trevose,I'm not sure if that was a Hain's vessel?
we went through the Suez to Shanghai and ports in between.
my name is Paddy McDonnell.
I went to Shanghai in a tramp in 1961 the only problem I had I was paid off sick regards .
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Old 4th August 2016, 11:40
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Very true.. They may have been Hungry Hains but there were no chancers on the mess deck..'Poper' sailors only on those buckets.. Ah the creeks.. monkeys in the trees on the bank, crocodiles on the mud banks.. half a dozen 'pilots' in canoes, trying to get aboard, "I am de one boss, I am de one" and worse girls in Canoes alongside too, 'Flash for gash Johhny, we flash for gash" (they wanted empty beer cans for 'patching' canoes up. Now they probably have smart-phones & ski jets. lol.
I think that time has been an enemy for you as I too was up these creeks in West Africa and remember the ladies in the canoes saying "FLASH FOR DASH' which was a gift of some sort. Almost anything was acceptable but soap was special.
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Old 11th October 2016, 19:22
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True, I could be wrong... But 'Gash' was empty beer cans etc. (ie:Mess gash buckets?) perhaps they were saying, "Flash my gash for dash?" either way I definitely saw more gynaecologicol sights on that river than any doctor.... It must have made a lasting impression on my young mind because first 3 piece suite I ever bought when I finally settled down ashore was black leather with pink cushions!...
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Old 29th October 2018, 21:12
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Hello Clive

I served my apprenticeship with the Hain S.S.Co.
4 and half years.
Trevelyan from 1/07/1949 to 16/10/1950 and Trevaylor 6/11/1950 to 10/12/1953.
Obtained 2nd Mates Cert.1954 and went with Cunard until getting Maters in 1959 and then joining Fyffes in 1961 leaving in 1963 to go ashore

Ian Edwards

Hi Ian you were the senior apprentice on the Trevaylor when I joined in 1951 as an apprentice.You had the responsibility of knocking me into shape and dealing with my homesickness for the first few months! The trip lasted 18 months I was no longer a mummyís boy when we eventually got back to the UK so thanks for that ( I didnít appreciate it at the time)
I remained on the Trevaylor until I was senior apprentice then stayed with Hains until passing my firsts mates then joined Palm Line
I hope you are around to read this because I am 82 now!
I think the other apprentice was called Sweet?
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Old 30th October 2018, 08:59
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True, I could be wrong... But 'Gash' was empty beer cans etc. (ie:Mess gash buckets?) perhaps they were saying, "Flash my gash for dash?" either way I definitely saw more gynaecologicol sights on that river than any doctor.... It must have made a lasting impression on my young mind because first 3 piece suite I ever bought when I finally settled down ashore was black leather with pink cushions!...
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