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Old 25th June 2013, 16:47
loco loco is offline
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I sailed with Gill on the LINDFIELD in 1978, for one round trip West Indies-NZ and back. IIRC, the two of us spent most of the northbound trip at the mast tops installing new floodlights. Southbound, we had two shore electrical engineers re-winding one genny stator, which had shorted out after, I think, a cooling pipe fractured.
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Old 8th July 2013, 12:40
Brian Brown Brian Brown is offline  
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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
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Can't imagine any other way of finding out the 'actual' placement of under plate pipelines...knew Dai Evans for many years and found him very fair
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Old 5th October 2013, 10:31
John King John King is offline  
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Heard a tale about an eng on the megantic, scored at party the night before she sailed,he woke up the next morning and realized they were moving and she was still in his bunk luckily they were about to drop the pilot and she went off with the pilot.anyone know if it was true
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Old 5th October 2013, 13:47
barry john macauley barry john macauley is online now  
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Must have been an Australian Pilot. I bet the Engineer was distraught.
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Old 5th October 2013, 23:37
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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
I sailed with Gill, but on the Deck side ... but it's hard to remember now ... don't think it was Icenic ... or Gothic ... but I am going for the first few voyages of Laurentic. Cheers, Bob.
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Old 11th January 2015, 19:44
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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.

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