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Old 3rd September 2013, 20:07
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Hi Malcom, No, my nick name was Boyo, I am on the left of the picture.The Bear was Paul Wright, he was a very nice chap, when I first joined the Princess as a new second engineer still wet behind the years, the Bear took time to show me the ropes, he ended up there as staff chief engineer, he got a transfer to the Countess some years later, he was a colourful chap, he would sack you in the evening and then buy you a beer at the lunch time session ! had a few drinks with another Cunard engineer, Jim Hayes a little while ago , he said the Bear had died of some heart problem, he finished up as a suprintendant of some shipping co, fond memories of our times together. Paul
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Old 4th September 2013, 01:27
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Jim Hayes

The Jim Hayes you mention - is he the one who did a very passable impersonation of Hitler while on watch in the boiler room on the QEII?
If so I have a few good memories of being on watch with him while I was an apprentice in 1980.
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Old 4th September 2013, 21:23
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Hi, thats him, When I first met him on the S.A. VAAL 1975 he was doing them, we were on the QE2 together and later the Cunard Princess, he was doing those impressions right up until we parted in 1994, he went back to the Queens, so I would think he was doing them untill he retired ,His Most famous one is Mick Jagger doing "Brown Suger". We meet for a drink now and then, will mention you to him. He still finishes his pint with two hands wrapped around the glass, another famous Jim stance. Paul
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Old 5th September 2013, 00:13
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Greetings Paul,
Thanks for correcting me. I looked at the picture again and bells are ringing through the foggy haze. Yes all the faces are familiar but still no names. That's not odd really - I have written mine and the wife's in soap on the bathroom mirror so when I get up in the morning not only do I know who I am but also who I slept with last night !
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Old 6th September 2013, 15:32
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Hi Malcolm, contacted Jim Hayes today, he remembers you well, he id
the chap in the picture for me. David Cameron, you were right with the first name. so I have them all now. left ,me, Bootsie, Kevin, Dave and Steve wall, all there in 1980 . My mist of time has cleared a little. Talking of Spike Milligan, do you remember Cunard's Spike Milligan the electrician ?, One christmas afternoon long long ago aboard the Princess,he invited me to his cabin and introduced me to a bottle of
Pusers rum,just the two of us mind you! its the best rum in the world he said! and he proved to be right, and I thank him for it, ho I do! it was not to be had on board for another five or so years, even today I think of Spike when a dram passes my lips , bless him. paul
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Old 8th September 2013, 07:24
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Yes I remember Spike - a good man. Much as I like Pussers while on the Countess I moved to Mount Gay and then Cavalier (Antiguan) I found it very smooth.
Were you on the Princess for the Lauro charter? That was a fun time as was our first season in Alaska afterwards. We certified the dancing girls as helmsmen, made life on the bridge more bearable for us and the pilots!
M
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Old 11th September 2013, 10:35
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Hi Malcolm, First trip on the Princess was 9/2/80, not sure when the Lauro charter was, did the first Alaska trip, remember a group of lads moaning in the wardroom about leaving the sun , we had drinks on arriving at Juneau, rolled up our pants and put knotted paper napkins on our heads as you would have found on British beaches in past days, sort of a sign of our discontentment. The idear was to go ashore, find a bar dressed as we were. When we got to the swinging doors of the Red Dog saloon suddenly some chap was ejected through them by some very large bouncers, we tidied ourselves up fast! and were well behaved for or visit. I think some of the chaps were Bruce Bergman,John Towers,Ron Henan, and JJ Nolan to name a few. Will try the Cavalier rum if I ever make it back to Antigua, wich is on the cards. Talking of Antigua, we run a life boat there and had a barbecue, I have a memory of Alan entertaining the locals there, he got a lot of laughs, wonder if he remembers? we warned him about the rum punch, it had been fermenting in the bunker station for a week!
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By jove Paul, you are bringing up names from the past! Last time I saw JJ Nolan was in New Orleans - I think - he was working shore side selling or representing Castrol. Myself and a few others be-friended a local family in Antigua, they used to pick us up and take us to different beaches. The only condition was that we had to stop for and 'oil change' on the way. We soon learnt that the oil was rum and it was for us not the car! We also took the life boat out to a beach as well.
I enjoyed the CP, way better than the CC
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Old 15th January 2014, 23:17
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Malcolm the dancing bear I believe was Paul wright I just found this site I worked in the casino on countess first then princess. Really enjoyed both. Oh forgot started on adventurer joined countess in la spezia, went on princess when she was just a shell in builders yard
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Old 16th January 2014, 10:22
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Seeing the Cunard Line mentioned I was interested in this posting having been with Cunard from 1958 t0 1972 mostly the freighters. However did recognize Laurence Portet in the first post photograpgh although to be truthful more because the people were all named in a later post. Larry Portet received his 1st command on one of the cargo ships I sailed on in the 60s. Tried checking dis/bk for Masters signature on pay off but unable to identify.
Sorry to hear about his ill heath an if he is still with us wish him well.
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Old 17th April 2014, 03:55
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Found this forum by accident after hearing about the Countess fire. Glad to see some old friends are still with us even though it's 30 years ago now. Wore the purple band on the QE and Princess in the 70's.
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Old 23rd April 2014, 12:46
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Paul Williams photo

Hi Paul
I'm new to this site. The chap in the middle is Kevin Denson Electrical Eng. The chap on the far left is Ned Kelly Eng. from Southampton. They both served on the Cunard Countess. I was a plumber during my time on the Countess from 1982 to 1989. I hope this helps.
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Old 5th September 2014, 15:07
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Hi all,

For those who may remember me, Paul Cocker, Engineer on Cunard Princess 84 - 88.

I just got back from 2 weeks working on board Disney Fantasy - Chief Engineer is Gareth Hamblin. We spent quite some time reminiscing about the CP!

I met Chief Electrician Tony Flake last time I was on board but unfortunately he has now retired.

I'm still in touch with Tim Denver after all these years.

Best regards to all.

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Old 8th September 2014, 12:05
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Hi Paulc, Are you the engineer that told me the story of the bike you were unhappy with? "no speed" you said, then one day the the turbo charger cut in putting you in virtual orbit. I tried to contact Tim a few times through the years, but no joy. My last memory of him was us standing on a supporting strut way up the fiddly fighting a lagging fire
We were around San Francisco so that would have put it about 1988.
good to hear about Tony, does he still live down in Hants? I heard recently that another engineer you would have sailed with on the CP has passed on. Steive Wall. the news came via Vancouver.
all the best to you and all . paul
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Old 9th September 2014, 13:38
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Hi Boyo, long time no see!!

Yes that was me with the turbocharged Kawasaki 750 and after all these years I'm still riding ridiculously powerful bikes.

It seems Tim was a pretty good firefighter, I remember an HP FO leak igniting on the exhaust cladding. I hit the emergency stop and Tim, cool as a cucumber, picked up a garden hose and put out the flames. Those were fun times!

Yeah I heard about "The Brick", terrible news. I also heard that Paul "The Bear" Wright passed away. Very sad.

I spoke to Tim last night and will reply to your PM later today.

Hope you are keeping well, maybe catch up one of these days?

Paul.
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Old 29th September 2014, 13:46
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Hi Paul and all, I have found a picture with Tony in, we had been fishing in Alaska, not sure of the port, or the date, another engineer you would have sailed with, Bruce Berryman is in the picture with the Bear and me, all the best Paul
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Old 26th March 2015, 00:09
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HI , chaps, Gareth Witt is putting a reunion together in Cardiff 21/22 august 2015, Qe2/cp/cc. number is up to 20 already. contact me for details. all the best and good luck!!!!!! Paul

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Thanks for the info, however due to distance will be unable to attend. However would like to see some pictures from the event please
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I may be up for the reunion Boyo. Can you PM me with Witty's contact details? Will also pass it on to Tim D.

Thanks!
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Old 1st April 2015, 10:29
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will do malcolm, will do Paul, regards Paul[ boyo]
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HI , chaps, Gareth Witt is putting a reunion together in Cardiff 21/22 august 2015, Qe2/cp/cc. number is up to 20 already. contact me for details. all the best and good luck!!!!!! Paul
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I'd be interested. What's the details?

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Whatever happened to the CP after the fire - was she scrapped?
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My mistake - it was the Countess that had the fire.
But the question still stands - where is she now?
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Still sailing as the Golden Iris I believe:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/...el:GOLDEN_IRIS
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If anybody is still interested, in the picture - top row left to right=
Dixie Dean - carpenter
?? - Security P/O
Alan Lynch - boson
?? - medical P/O
Angie Eddleston - Nurse (believe she married Paul Jowett - 2nd Off)
David Pope - 1st Officer (believe he divorced and moved to Spain)
Harry Jefferson - radio officer
Malcolm Scanlan - 1st Officer (moved to Canada)
seated =
Ron Bolton - Chief Officer (retired)
Dick Sturge - Staff Captain (retired)
Laurence Portet - Captain (retired and sadly going blind and I hear not very well)
Alan Kirwin - Doctor
Alan Marsden - radio officer (married nurse Pam and lives in Aussie land)

Picture was taken on the bridge and represents the deck department only, all the engineers were in the 'wardy' drinking coffee (Nah!)
P.O. Medic was Arthur Myers
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