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Old 14th November 2014, 18:19
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hi jimmy yes billy glasgow was my uncle and benny they have both passed away now ,i remember you as i sailed on the gothland done six months cant remeber what year it was but i recall being in dry dock in govan and having a couple of day off to go home billy came to
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Old 14th November 2014, 20:51
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I was transferred to Currie Line after the takeover by Anchor Line - all the Currie Ships were transferred, Gothland, Highland,Pentland,Finland,Courland and England ( Bareboat Chartered from Sea Containers) - Sailed as Second Mate on Pentland with Captain Wallace in 1971 then on Gothland with Captain James Laing in1971 then Gothland again in 1973 as Chief Officer - mainly with Captain Laing - First Class Master and a pleasure to sail with - Chief Engineer was Bob Christie and Mr McCallum - very happy and comfortable ship but yes she could roll as all ore carriers did ! Remember passage through the Pentland Firth en route to Glasgow from Narvik and at one point we were at Full Ahead and were getting nowhere due to the adverse current. - believe some Masters would slow steam on approach and await the right conditions to sail through the Firth ! BISCO had instructed the Company to sail on passage at around 10 knots - I once had to take a full turn in the English Channel due to meeting the Begian Fishing Fleet in low visibility and it took 12 minutes - seemed like eternity ! Bit of a change from the Anchor Line Twin Screw Passenger Vessels but have fond memories of the Gothland - and Currie Line - good shipmates.
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Old 12th December 2018, 01:32
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I was at the launch in 1961 - got some official photos. My father was Jim Munro - Chief Marine Superintendent for Currie Line - based at Goldenacre, Edinburgh.
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Old 12th December 2018, 07:56
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Jim - I remember your Father well from the Currie Line days both on the Gothland with Jimmie Laing and Bob Christie and on the Pentland with Andy Wallace - also on the Anchor Line Indian Trade Vessels - a Jim plus your Mother came out to Bombay ( as it was ) for a dry docking when I was there - he was an excellent Superintendent and always easy to work with. You will also remember Captain Dickson the Marine Superintendent. Happy days. Bob
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Old 22nd December 2018, 17:08
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Not sure of the full story but believe she was laid down for Ropners & sold on the stocks to Currie`s.
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Old 22nd December 2018, 17:20
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Not sure of the full story but believe she was laid down for Ropners & sold on the stocks to Currie`s.
Must admit that was news to me....you could be right but there wasn't any mention of any Ropners connection to 'my' fleet until mid 1970's.

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Old 22nd December 2018, 19:52
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David - Have not heard of the " Ropner Connection " re. the sale on the stocks to Currie Line - given some time I could check this out - whatever happened it was a good move for Currie Line - it might have been a spec ship built by Lithgows as they did build a few - mainly general cargo vessels in the 1960's.

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Old 22nd December 2018, 20:31
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Certainly she didn't fit the normal BISCO spec, as by then we were chartering vessels in the mould of Victore/Welsh Herald/Livanita with DWT of about 27.000 and somewhat speedier...Gothland normally was about 21800 winter marks.

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Old 22nd December 2018, 21:54
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Seem to recall that, on BISCO instructions, we ran continuously at reduced speed for quite a few years - the longest voyage we ever undertook was to Angola and do remember always loading around 21,500 tons. Was always interesting if we were instructed LEFO - info waited with some interest - Reliefs !!!!

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Old 22nd December 2018, 23:11
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Indeed,most economical speed was the watchword on a couple of vessels.

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I`ve got the wrong vessel, & it was the Roland that was sold to Currie`s on the stocks by Ropners, & not the Gothland, sorry for that. I have no information why this happened & can only guess it may have been influenced by the Rushpool + Romanby coming on stream at roughly the same time. They were almost 2k dwt greater than the Roland. Once again apologies for the duff info.
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Old 4th January 2019, 09:42
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Thanks David...can stop searching now!

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