Originally Posted by John King
Hi nobody seems to Remember Gill Witherspoon 1st lecky took her out new from swans, I was an appy then and years later i sailed with him on the laurentic, he told me that dai Evans was bit hard on eng cadets and juniors engs by sending them down below to trace pipe lines under the floor plates and make a drawing,anyone have that experience. Good thread thanks jk
Hello JK. Yes, I remember Gill Witherspoon, but can't remember on which ship. He was quite right about Dai, I and my mate DJ were his first cadets, on Alaric in 1959. We spent most of our time on day-work, but every evening after dinner we were sent down onto the tank-tops to trace out and draw up every system. If the drawing had any errors, we were sent straight back down again until it was right. I was down there until midnight on some occasions! I hated him at the time, but realised he was doing it for a purpose and it did serve us well for the rest of our careers. I next sailed with Dai on Corinthic in 1965, he and his wife were passengers on their way to Wellington where he became NZ Engineer Superintendent. Then met him at sometime every voyage until I left SS&A in 1968. I saw him for the last time in 1996 when I was on holiday in NZ, visited him at his home in Lower Hutt. I was sorry to learn on this forum that he crossed the bar a few years back. A good Man and Engineer, he taught me a lot.