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Old 3rd May 2019, 01:24
Devans47 Devans47 is offline  
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Active: 1966 - 1970
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First ship Benarty GKGH (had a nice rhythm to it) 1966 CH/RO Willie Paterson don't remember the captain only that he was a bit sullen. They put the jnr/RO in the owners cabin as the 2nd/RO cabin on the bridge was used by the Suez canal pilot. Had my own bedroom and Toilet/Shower. Southampton via Suez to far east 3 months great trip, then got put on a collier "Sir William Walker as a jnr/Ro to get my 6 months in, lots of fun running up and down the coast.

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Old 25th August 2019, 18:26
Brian Derksen Brian Derksen is offline  
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first ship - CYRE HMCS Saskatchewan. 1st deep sea - 6ZYU Seaview
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Old 24th September 2019, 06:02
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First ship Ellerman Bucknell's TSMV "City of Port Elizabeth" 1953. Call sign GPLC.
Coastal and then South Africa. 2nd R/O for a two R/O ship with 100 passengers. Very nervous about first transmission - QTO out of Antwerp - but there was a flurry of Channel SOSs so I had to wait again for that first try. In retrospect had to be sorry for the Chief taking on a newbie for such a ship.
Survived for another 10 years. Last ship was ss "Canberra" /GBVC until 1963.

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Old 24th September 2019, 13:10
Gordon L Smeaton Gordon L Smeaton is offline  
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GHVX British Hussar joined Isle of Grain Nov 66 as junior R/O two months and 23 days later got a dispensation to sail as R/O, a bit daunting but survived, remained at sea till 2010.
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