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Old 16th January 2012, 02:09
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Good evening Susan,
Your grandfather was Chairman and Managing Director of Palm Line and retired in 1967. I saw him on occasions when he visited Palm Line ships in Tilbury Docks.
You can be proud of your grandfather - he had a very distinguished career in the Army during WW2..
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Stan
Good evening Stan - Thank-you so much, we were all very proud of my grandfather and still are. He was a remarkable man - very clever, but also very kind and great fun. He took us grandaughters (2) individually to Tilbury docks as a treat to visit a ship; it may have been Katsina in my case, I am not sure. I have some photos somewhere. I think it was just after he retired around 1968/9. I went into the engine room (loved it) and got oil on my new white trousers (sorry Mum!) I remember the respect he was shown that day and I was treated very kindly and fed a rather hot curry. It is a very fond memory.

I don't really know much about his experience in WW2 except that he was in Egypt and was a brigadier. I think he tried to shield us from such things, but now I would like to learn more about him as an individual in his career and I really appreciate your comments as I'm sure my Mother and sister will too.

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Susan

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Old 16th January 2012, 14:59
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Electrician (Palm Line)

Stan,
I have just been re-reading all the posts in this thread, and I
noticed that you named an Electrician as Murdo McKenzie.
I sailed with an Engineer by that name.
Could this be the same guy?
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Old 16th January 2012, 19:19
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Hi Pat,
This Murdo was an Electrician,I knew him in Palm Line from 2nd Electrician
and I believe he was with the company until its demise..
Stan
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Old 17th January 2012, 15:07
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Murdo McKenzie.

Stan,
many thanks for your reply.
As it was a reasonably unusual name I thought
that two people in the same company with that
name was unlikely.
I know, of course, what meticulous notes that
you kept and realise that there must have been
two of them.
Look after yourself,
my very best regards,
Pat.
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Old 17th January 2012, 15:22
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Thankyou for the compliment Pat.
I did know Murdo very well as I took fresh milk and newspapers to
many of the officers when their ships were in Tilbury -they all became friends.
I do not recall another Murdo McKenzie as an engineer but I have a number of
Palm Bulletins and will check through them.
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Stan
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Old 10th April 2012, 20:25
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Hi there all,
Does anyone remember Captain "Buckie" Thompson? I rember visiting his ship
for dinner when I was manager of the station tanker operation at Bonny.
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Old 9th May 2012, 19:30
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Elmina Palm

Hello Elmina Man

You don't give the name of you father who was a Purser/ Ch. Steward. But I'm sure I would have known him at least by name . I was Purser/Ch. Steward on Elmina on her last voyage before she was sold and stood by in Tilbury until we handed her over the new owners.
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Old 9th May 2012, 20:17
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... I was manager of the station tanker operation at Bonny.
When were you there? I joined the Shell Tanker (ex-Eagle Oil) "San Florentino" in May 1963 as she was finishing her drydock following return from a 6-month tour as the topping-off vessel at Bonny. On the way home she was never able to make more than 7 knots (normal service speed 14.5 - 15 knots) because of all the growth that she had collected on her hull.

All the special gear that she had carried for transfer at sea (including the huge multi-wheel fenders) was on the dockside and, I believe, was transferred to the "Halia" and was then used for lightening duties in Lyme Bay.
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Old 9th May 2012, 21:43
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Hello Chris,
If Graham (Elmina man) misses this I will answer for him..He is the son of
Hughie McFeat Purser/Chief Steward who you must have known.
Sadly Hughie crossed the bar in 1990...He was a very nice person.
Of Elmina Palm I worked on her as a rigger in Tilbury while she discharged cargo
and during her lay by..I remember you being there..
Humphrey Jones was Palm Line Port Officer on the ship at same time..
Graham started this thread and gave details of his father.
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Old 11th May 2012, 04:05
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my cousin and best buddy ron macwilliams sailed on a few of palm line shipsas an AB out of liverpool between 53 till 72.
his last ship was the kano palm .sadly he passed away while on board.
72 i think, and was buried ashore in sierra leone.
anyone remembers him or on the kano at the time would like to hear
from them. regards liverbob.



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Old 13th May 2012, 19:35
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Hello Chris,
If Graham (Elmina man) misses this I will answer for him..He is the son of
Hughie McFeat Purser/Chief Steward who you must have known.
Sadly Hughie crossed the bar in 1990...He was a very nice person.
Of Elmina Palm I worked on her as a rigger in Tilbury while she discharged cargo
and during her lay by..I remember you being there..
Humphrey Jones was Palm Line Port Officer on the ship at same time..
Graham started this thread and gave details of his father.
Regards,
Stan
Thanks for you kind reply Stan,

I remember Hughie well - sorry to hear of his passing he was well respected among the rest of us Purser Chief Stewards. Have an always present reminder of the old "Elmina" her Galley Clock and a Photo are on my Dining Room wall - the clock is still in first class working order - wonder if the Greeks missed it !!

Regards Chris,

PS. I'm sure I remember you being in Tilbury, just can't put a face to the name at the moment - sorry.
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Old 14th May 2012, 01:14
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Hi Chris,
I also have a nice reminder of Palm Line - apart from all the great memories.
Andoni Palm was also at Tilbury when she was sold in 1976 and the Chief Officer presented me with her large Red Ensign before the Greeks took over.
From 2000 up to 2008 I presented it to Gravesend Council each year and it was seen flying above Civic Centre on Merchant Navy Day.
The Council have since bought their own Red Ensign.
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Old 14th May 2012, 02:06
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The Elmina Palm,was always a ship I will remember with effection and a very happy ship when I was on her,even when we sat aboard her during the seamans strike in 1966 I think the year is correct,we anchored off Zulu 2 anchorage Southend for over a month approximately after a 3 month trip to the West Coast,..I joined her as a SOS and left her as an AB ,The Bosun was a real character form Glasgow with a boxers nose only shortish,The other crowd was mainly from Shields,But the Chief Engineer was a Hull guy out of South American Saint Line,think he had his wife with him,The Writer was an old class mate at Hull Trinity House with me Anthony Stevens..The captain well can't remember 100% Dootson or Ditchburn one of them was in Houlders with me can't remember which ..
I remember docking at Avonmouth during the strike but could not pay off or join the strike as they got us for Last Port of Discharge,hence the anchorage ..
jimmy Macquillan of Dundee ,Alan Stainton,Bill Walsh ( Shields) and 2 scousers were on deck with me during 1 trip we stopped at Teneriffe which was a change.
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Old 27th May 2012, 19:23
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I still have a wonderful mahogany elephant (about 18" high) on permament loan to a friend in Lincolnshire since the 70's. It was either a 20th or 21st birthday present from Maggie the chandler in Takoradi. Anyone remember her?
Hello Howard,
Just came across your thread I remember Maggie well and of course you. Remember you from E.Ds. and sailing with you when I first joined Palm Line on the " Ibadan " Norman Alexander was the " Old Man ". If you could get back to me with an email address we could catch up. Hope you are well. Regards Chris.
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Old 11th April 2013, 20:56
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Remember on the Kano Palm we were in Calabar and going ashore and finding the grave of the Famous Scot Mary Slesser(spelling)?who was adored in the region,felt very proud that day.
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A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great site has to offer
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Old 12th April 2013, 08:12
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A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great site has to offer
Thanks for the welcome and agree its a great site,when i am on it i am back in the best days of my life,all the best to you,Jake
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Old 10th August 2014, 04:13
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Hello Howard,
Just came across your thread I remember Maggie well and of course you. Remember you from E.Ds. and sailing with you when I first joined Palm Line on the " Ibadan " Norman Alexander was the " Old Man ". If you could get back to me with an email address we could catch up. Hope you are well. Regards Chris.
Hello Chris just saw this post. Of course we have been in email contact for some time now. Am sure many here remember Alexander from Carnoustie.
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Old 10th August 2014, 19:21
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Kano Palm

Remember on deck as sos on the Kano Palm we had a collision with a Dutch"think"cargo ship shortly after leaving Tilbury in thick fog,we had a large hole just above the waterline at the bow and the Dutchman scraped along our Port side,quite a few had "soiled" pants as you can imagine,anyway we got paid off in Antwerp 14th feb 1963 and signed on again at Tilbury later on,rotten bassas you would think they would have given us all that time in Antwerp,lol anyway anyone on here on her at that time,one I remember was Graham Guppy on deck who came from High Wycome and would give my right arm to get in touch with him again,Thanks Jake.
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