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Old 4th November 2014, 02:00
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Ocean Thistle, Mountain Thistle, Fuhwo venture.
I remeber quite a few names from this era>> Capt. Tony Brennan >> Peter Walker Chief Eng. from Perth >> Richard Berthrand 2/O and then C/O on the Ocean Thistle >> Captain Ray Bennet from NZ >> Capt Kerr from Australia >> Pat Ellaby C/O >> Charlie Kocherla 4/E then 3/E >> Angus ?? 3/0 Ocean Thistle >> Malcolm ?? 2/O Ocean Thistle >> David Sawyers ?? Chief Engineer Ocean Thistle >> Ian ?? 2nd Officer >> Satish Naidu C/O Ocean Thistle >> Ken Shuttleworth 2/E ocean Thistle >> Jim Downing from Liverpool 2/E and C/E Ocean Thistle >> Stan (the man) electrician >> but I cannot synchronise the people to the particular ships.. maybe someone can throw some light this way... How can I forget these guys... we all had a great time.. never a dull moment that time. Anyone can add some more names?
Is that you Ron? my next door neighbour? Ocean Thistle?
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Hello,

Graham settled in Costa Rica where he married a local woman. I heard when he decided to move back to NZ she decided to stay. Graham's first wife was Hiroko whom I would occasionally see in Vancouver when Graham's ship called here. Sadly she died of cancer soon afterwards; that must be nearly 30 years ago now. We have a mutual fiend I keep in touch with but he tells me Graham has now dropped out of sight though still probably living in NZ.


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Sailed from 1969 to 71 with Jardines as 3rd Mate on Eastern Maid (Master::Graham Taylor) and Eastern Cape (Master:Johnny Boyle). I remember Parrish. He fired me because I had done 18 months, was due off in HK, and suddenly they wanted me to stay for 2 more weeks and go to Japan. Had a Playboy Master who drive me nuts, so I said “No” I’m ready for leave. So they shipped me out. Had a great time on the Bay of Bengal Express Service. 11 knots, but the ‘Maid was a lovely ship. About 75% of our time was in port. Interested that Graham Taylor ended up in Belize. Used to run a ship into there 1981-2. Could have met up. I also don’t know what he found there. Terrible dump. Very violent. He was married to a very nice Japanese girl. Johnny Boyle was the best seaman I ever sailed with. I learned a lot from him. Japanese girls used to go nuts when he came in a bar because he looked just like Steve McQueen. There was a Jewish Ch.Mate called Lever(sp) who had bad gout. A 2nd mate from BI who got in trouble with a girl on the ‘Queen and used to live on gin. He ended up on the Cape Pillar lighthouse tender. There also was a Marconi man called George Butterworth. The ‘Cape went ‘foreign tramping’. She was ex-Hoegh and beautifully appointed, but she had those awful Kell hatch covers that needed tarps. Had I had a few weeks leave i could have stayed out in HK fleet. Went mickey-mouse flags after that. Banana boats, bilkers, then emigrated to Canada in 1973. After 37 years moved back to the UK in 2010. Worked on Canadian coast, ashore in govt, and ferries, and then retired in 2006. Glad I got in on the end of break bulk. In the beginning I thought it was going to last forever. Bloody boxes! Nowadays seafaring is definitely like being in prison. Anyboy remember me!
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Old 4th November 2014, 04:47
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Garry Dale Cole became a Queensland pilot in Bundaberg and probably harbour Master too. Apparently ran foul of Queensland Premier Bjelke Petersen as his wife Edith ran a clamerous anti Joh campaign from the Harbour Master's office.

Dale had been groomed to replace Parish when he retired but Edith's somewhat virulent socialist ideas didn't sit well with Jardine hierarchy and the job went to George Colbeck.

Dale refused to move from Bundaberg to Brisbane and left Queensland and moved to Melbourne where he worked for Howard Smith's towage division. Not sure whether he retired ther or went back to New Zealand. His daughter Moana made the news for climbing the fence at a US Airforce base in California and whacking jets with a sledgehammer in an violent anti-war protest, remember Edith was on TV violently denouncing Gareth Evans the Australian Foreign Minister of day as a lackey of the US for letting Moana being tossed in the slammer to cool off

If you were on Glory with Ken and Dale then you would have been with my good friend David Cauvin.

Dave fell foul of Parish and left after being C/O on Easter Ranger.
He then was Master on a South African ship running coal from Lourenco Marques tio Capetown. Dave was born in Capetown his father was Harbour Master there. He was aiming to settle there and was taking his Japanese wife Ayako there and she was in LM awaiting permision to take her to South Africa where Goverment had promised Dave she would be treated as an honourary white. Unfortunately the government reneged on rather petty grounds that Dave had become a British citizen when South Africa left the Commonwealth, he had done this because he had to be a British citizen to sit for his Masters ticket.

David and Ayako returned to Hongkong where David worked for a Yacht Consultants. David's ambuition was to sail the world and whilst getting the yacht ready Ayako was killed by a gas bottle exploding in yacht cabin. I saw David regularly in 197O-80s. Sadly he died of cancer at his sisters in Hobart in 1988.

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I think David was thinking of moving on anyway and when he found he could get a better berth as master on the newbuilding in Japan (the Johann Something ) he resigned. He was mate on the Muse at the time having recently sailed on the Ranger. Immigration troubles prevented him from bringing Ayako to Durban, one the terminal ports of his new run and I was able to get him a job in HK with the same surveying company I had only recently joined. He was always a small boat man and general surveying began to pall after a couple of years. He left in c 1968 to open his own yacht chandlery on Wyndam Street in Central and went from strength to strength. He later built his own boat & became a part owner of Cape Yachts, He was destined for great things but his premature death from cancer put paid to them. A great loss. Nick
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Old 6th November 2014, 02:43
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www.mastermariners.org.nz has several ex Indo China Steamship officers in it.
Dale Cole is in Australia still.
The Web site is rather long but their names are in the members list for Auckland and Wellington.
I have lost Peter Colewell's address, he was 2nd Engineer on the Eastern Glory with me and was our best man
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Old 6th November 2014, 03:16
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Ocean Thistle, Mountain Thistle, Fuhwo venture.
I remeber quite a few names from this era>> Capt. Tony Brennan >> Peter Walker Chief Eng. from Perth >> Richard Berthrand 2/O and then C/O on the Ocean Thistle >> Captain Ray Bennet from NZ >> Capt Kerr from Australia >> Pat Ellaby C/O >> Charlie Kocherla 4/E then 3/E >> Angus ?? 3/0 Ocean Thistle >> Malcolm ?? 2/O Ocean Thistle >> Dave Parker Chief Engineer Ocean Thistle >> Ian Coates 2nd Officer >> Satish Naidu C/O Ocean Thistle >> Ken Shuttleworth 2/E ocean Thistle >> Jim Downing from Liverpool 2/E and C/E Ocean Thistle >> Stan (the man) electrician >> Christopher Stergeon 3/O Ocean Thistle and many more who i cannot place in my aged head. Batteries are wearing off and I cannot synchronise the people to the particular ships.. maybe someone can throw some light this way... How can I forget these guys... we all had a great time.. never a dull moment that time. Anyone can add some more names?
Is that you Ron? my next door neighbour? Ocean Thistle?
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I made some corrections and added some names that I recalled yesterday
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Old 6th November 2014, 08:25
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Hi Jim,

I was with Jardines as Electrical Officer from1981 thru 1985. I sailed on Malahat, Eastern Moon (twice), Raven Arrow, Mountain Thistle and Nandu Arrow. I don't remember if we ever sailed together, but it was good to see someone else from Jardines on SN. I then went to Swires for 15 years. My page is Jonesy55 I have some photo's posted on SN. Cheers, Jonesy
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Old 6th November 2014, 08:31
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Eastern Moon

Hi Jim,

I was with Jardines as Electrical Officer from1981 thru 1985. I sailed on Malahat, Eastern Moon (twice), Raven Arrow, Mountain Thistle and Nandu Arrow. I don't remember if we ever sailed together, but it was good to see someone else from Jardines on SN. I then went to Swires for 15 years. My page is Jonesy55 I have some photo's posted on SN. Cheers, Jonesy


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I was 3/E on Eastern Saga from July '84 to Jan '85. It was quite a wreck then but the run was good.[/QUOTE

I sailed with Jardines (ISNC) from 1980 to 1984.

I was onboard the Tsuru Arrow, Malahat, Eastern Moon, Mountain Thistle and Eastern Saga.

The Saga was a bit decrepit right enough but as you say, she was always on a good run.

The Eastern Moon was my favorite, Vancouver to Eastern seaboard of the states with lumber.
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Old 6th November 2014, 10:35
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Hi Jim,

I was with Jardines as Electrical Officer from1981 thru 1985. I sailed on Malahat, Eastern Moon (twice), Raven Arrow, Mountain Thistle and Nandu Arrow. I don't remember if we ever sailed together, but it was good to see someone else from Jardines on SN. I then went to Swires for 15 years. My page is Jonesy55 I have some photo's posted on SN. Cheers, Jonesy
Hi Jonesy,
I dont recall sailing with you but you must know Ron the electrician who you could have replaced on one of the ICSN ships. I need to know his surname. He is from Newzealand. do you know him? I cannot find the pictures you mentioned. Whats the direct brouser link for it? can you paste it here pls?
cheers... maltese john R/O mountain thistle, ocean Thistle, fuho venture.
P.S. moountain thistle foundered in the 1991 hurricane 1500 Nmiles off perth with the loss of all crew. At that time it was owned by another company.
M/V "Mineral Diamond". Steel bulk carrier, 75,330 tonnes. Built in 1982 as the Mountain Thistle. Lbd 265.01 x 42.98 x 23.78 metres. Disappeared with her crew of 27 between Dampier and Cape Town, mid April 1991. She may have been caught on the edge of Cyclone Fifi and foundered in a force 10 gale about 1,500 nautical miles off the WA coast. [LW]
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Old 7th November 2014, 22:18
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I also remember Captain Ray bennett Ocean Thistle or Mountain Thistle >>> I remember Captain John Temple on the Ocean Thistle >> Chris Brown 2nd officer and Christopher Surgeon 3rd Officer at that time (1982 and 1983).
If anyone has photos to exchange from this era please get in touch.
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Old 5th February 2015, 18:24
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Hi all Richard Wakely is the only contributor I can recall sailing with during my time with ICSN and JSM from 1982 to 1987.

third Mate on Eastern Thistle, Fjord Thistle, Liwo Venture, Chemical Venture, 2nd Mate on Cape Thistle, Malahat ,Osprey Arrow x2 and Nandu Arrow.
Went into the offshore industry now in Luanda, Angola.

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Old 5th February 2015, 19:38
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1971/1974- Carrel, Eastern Ranger, American Main, Eastern Saga.

Ron Williams, Lecky.

Some names I recall- Tony Oliveira 2/E. Tom Corneille 2/E. Keith Osman C/E. Dave Shephard 3/E. Athol Mc Gilchrist C/O. Other faces to which I can't put names.
Hio Ron,
How are you? are you Ron from Newzealand? did you sail with me in 82/83? I was sparks... ocean thistle... remember ?
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Old 15th June 2015, 13:57
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Robert, are you still on this site? I sailed with you on the ROVER; You were Mate, Spider Murphy was 2/O and I was a brand new 3/0. And later on the the MAID, when you were Master, Don Gibbons was Mate and I was 2/0. Rocky Fitzgerald was 3/O, later relieved by Sudzee Burton.
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Old 9th July 2015, 13:16
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Sounds like its Robert McDonald. I last heard from him two years ago and he was not well. From Peter Ballantyne (around Jardines same time as Jon Elliot and many others).
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Old 9th July 2015, 13:45
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Good to hear from you Peter, and yes it is Robert MacDonald..... BTW any sighting reports of Graham Taylor? I heard he is is back in NZ. Jon
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Old 9th July 2015, 14:31
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Yes I heard that Graham Taylor went back to NZ.
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Old 9th July 2015, 14:58
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M/V Mountain Thistle

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Mike I was in Jardines 1962 to 1964, I remember the girls from the BMH used to come down in Singapore and the girls from the British Embassy also in Rangoon. The parties on the Australian coast were also good.In Shanghai we used to put our tape recorders up to the porthole windows and play Rule Britannia loudly to watch the red guards come running and then stop playing before they reached the gangway. Luckly they did not catch anyone.
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Hi Jon,
Did you sail with me on the ocean thistle or the mountain thistle.. I was R/O and your name rings a bell... Think you were C/O.

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Not guilty, John, I had gone ashore by the time those ships appeared. My ICSN sea time was 1966 to 1970, then I was in JM&Co office in Taipei. I was in HO SANG, HANG SANG, E. MAID and both the E.ROVER and E.RANGER.
Ah right, I was JM&Co 82 till 85 then sealink British ferries, Kent line and came ashore working in dublin as Electronics Engineering Commissioner. I know your name from back then obviously as you worked in the offices of JM.. I was saddened 2 years ago to hear that the mountain thislte fondered with the loss of all crew.. that happened after it was sold and renamed MV Mineral Diamond... i found this on this link
http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?213536
Anyhow.. nice to hear from you and thanks for the info.
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maltesejohn
Anybody know any details of this casualty, John? did she crack, or did the fxl store hatch or air pipes leak? Sounds similar to what happened to DERBYSHIRE.

Jon[/QUOTE]


Hi Jon,
I searched and searched but the only info I found is from that link... the Shipwrech site.

http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?213536

I cannot even find the names of the crew... the owners had changed from JM in 1985...
I presume that all records foundered with the ship... we dont even have records of the mayday signals... if there was any... sad. I loved that ship..
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Old 14th July 2015, 19:25
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I wonder if there are any ex H-Boat deck officers still reading these ICSN comments who sailed on the Borneo run and have noted how Scarborough Reef has been in the news lately. It is now one of the disputed outcroppings in the South China Sea claimed by the PRC though very close to the PI.

I remember it as a constant navigational threat as the ship ploughed through the South China Sea looking for the Hole in the Wall and probably without a sight for two days. As far as I know it never claimed a ship but the name can still conjure up anxious moments lived through fifty or more years ago.

Likewise the Paracels much further to the west, though in good weather there was an old ship's boiler on the reef to give you some warning during daylight hours. Happy, happy days!
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Old 15th July 2015, 01:16
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Yes Nick, I went past many times in the good ship HANG SANG!!
I am in Singapore now and see the news re Scarborough Reef frequently.
Some yarns to tell later when I have more time!

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Old 15th July 2015, 02:00
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Jon, I must have just missed you. I was on the Hop/Hangsang several times between 1959 and 1965. Like her sisters, a great ship though in heart rather than looks. The original Hangsang, sold in 1960, was the only Hboat I did not serve on. My total Hboat time on articles came to three years and three months or about one third of my time with Jardines. Nick
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Old 15th July 2015, 15:45
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I joined ICSN in April '65 from a Shell apprenticeship, Nick, and went straight to the HO SANG. She was sitting outside Cosmo Dock, and as I approached her in Parrish's launch I could see something was wrong. It wasn't until we got alongside that I realised she didn't have a rudder!
She had to undock, and as the rudder had been sent up the road to a smithy, and the road had then been dug up, she had to get out temporarily without one!
Laurie Cox was Master, and Charlie Yuen was 3/0. I was 2/0 with a yellow chit saying I wasn't old enough to use my new 2nd Mates ticket!! I think John Mc Cross was 2/e, but believe everyone else was ashore....!!!
I left her back in dock to fit the rudder, and joined the ROVER. David Wilson was Master, Graham Mc Donald c/o, Spider Murphy 2/0 and I was 3/0. C/E was "the strongest man in the fleet" Stan Little, 2/e was Neil Guide.
Later I went to HANG SANG, where Gordon Ison was OM, Harry Dalton and then Blossom was mate, and Paddy Richardson was C/E. Ison soon left and was replaced by Johnny Boyle, and Paddy retired in the midst of the Red Guard nonsense, replaced by big Bruce Auld and his diminutive wife. Johnny Boyle spent many hours arguing over artistic detail with her, but hurt his back waterskiing in Sandakan (where else?) and David Greengalgh (Vasco) joined. Blossom entered his name in the official log as Capt Greenhorn, which didn't make the gin any cooler!
Blossom (Mike Sawyer) was a great guy to sail with, but pathologically unable to get on the bridge for his watch before 0500!!
We backed into the turning buoy in Sandakan, with a loud clang, and that trip we broke all speed records for a Northbound H boat voyage!!
I have photos of both of these old ladies in my office, and although they look down and dirty, they were without doubt the best ships anyone could hope to sail in.
When I tell people these days that we had 75 crew, they think its past my bed time!!

We had a Conway/Worcester gathering here a year or so back, and Vasco came up from Australia; I think I found we had far more in common re H Boats than all the other old school chums etc.
Sorry, I can go on for ever about these ships!!
We went back to Sandakan a couple of years ago; drove over from Jesselton (sorry, KK!). We stayed in there Sabah Hotel, as good as ever, but the old Nak (Nakkers Arms) is sagging! Our old T jetty is now a Navy base, and there is a real jetty further inside on the stbd side as you go up. They have done a good job of preserving the houses on the hill, including Agnes Keith's. Pity they didn't preserve an H boat there too!! Jon
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Old 15th July 2015, 17:51
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A flood of memories brought back! I plodded back and forth past Scarborough reef for six months on hinsang with Laurie cox master about 1964. Later as master free and American main, I used to choose to go north to HK by way of coast of Vietnam and Hainan. People thought this was a radical thing but office was not bothered due little extra miles or time and more safety coz of low height of eye and unreliable radar and on free often only magnetic compass. Made sense to me. Parrish died this year at Melbourne at over 100 years. Harry Dalton died decades ago in Vancouver still a young man, car crash. Sometimes hear of others. Peter ballantyne
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Old 15th July 2015, 17:54
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That free was supposed to be the tanker cree. Do not like these stupid tablet keyboards. Peter ballantyne.
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Old 16th July 2015, 03:26
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A flood of memories brought back! I plodded back and forth past Scarborough reef for six months on hinsang with Laurie cox master about 1964. Later as master free and American main, I used to choose to go north to HK by way of coast of Vietnam and Hainan. People thought this was a radical thing but office was not bothered due little extra miles or time and more safety coz of low height of eye and unreliable radar and on free often only magnetic compass. Made sense to me. Parrish died this year at Melbourne at over 100 years. Harry Dalton died decades ago in Vancouver still a young man, car crash. Sometimes hear of others. Peter ballantyne
Sorry, to hear of GPP's death though he certainly had a good innings (Australian batsmen please note!). He was a difficult man to love but he did things his way and they say he was great fun when he took his Marine Super's cap off. We just never saw that side of him sadly.
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Old 16th July 2015, 03:47
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I joined ICSN in April '65 from a Shell apprenticeship, Nick, and went straight to the HO SANG. She was sitting outside Cosmo Dock, and as I approached her in Parrish's launch I could see something was wrong. It wasn't until we got alongside that I realised she didn't have a rudder!
She had to undock, and as the rudder had been sent up the road to a smithy, and the road had then been dug up, she had to get out temporarily without one!
Laurie Cox was Master, and Charlie Yuen was 3/0. I was 2/0 with a yellow chit saying I wasn't old enough to use my new 2nd Mates ticket!! I think John Mc Cross was 2/e, but believe everyone else was ashore....!!!
I left her back in dock to fit the rudder, and joined the ROVER. David Wilson was Master, Graham Mc Donald c/o, Spider Murphy 2/0 and I was 3/0. C/E was "the strongest man in the fleet" Stan Little, 2/e was Neil Guide.
Later I went to HANG SANG, where Gordon Ison was OM, Harry Dalton and then Blossom was mate, and Paddy Richardson was C/E. Ison soon left and was replaced by Johnny Boyle, and Paddy retired in the midst of the Red Guard nonsense, replaced by big Bruce Auld and his diminutive wife. Johnny Boyle spent many hours arguing over artistic detail with her, but hurt his back waterskiing in Sandakan (where else?) and David Greengalgh (Vasco) joined. Blossom entered his name in the official log as Capt Greenhorn, which didn't make the gin any cooler!
Blossom (Mike Sawyer) was a great guy to sail with, but pathologically unable to get on the bridge for his watch before 0500!!
We backed into the turning buoy in Sandakan, with a loud clang, and that trip we broke all speed records for a Northbound H boat voyage!!
I have photos of both of these old ladies in my office, and although they look down and dirty, they were without doubt the best ships anyone could hope to sail in.
When I tell people these days that we had 75 crew, they think its past my bed time!!

We had a Conway/Worcester gathering here a year or so back, and Vasco came up from Australia; I think I found we had far more in common re H Boats than all the other old school chums etc.
Sorry, I can go on for ever about these ships!!
We went back to Sandakan a couple of years ago; drove over from Jesselton (sorry, KK!). We stayed in there Sabah Hotel, as good as ever, but the old Nak (Nakkers Arms) is sagging! Our old T jetty is now a Navy base, and there is a real jetty further inside on the stbd side as you go up. They have done a good job of preserving the houses on the hill, including Agnes Keith's. Pity they didn't preserve an H boat there too!! Jon
Jon, That some collection of memories you have so why doesn't your name ring a bell? It should because I really do have a very good memory of those days. Yes, I too heard Vasco got illusions of grandeur when he got command though he was one hell of a tearaway when we were up for our tickets in early 1960. We visited him in 2001 while looking up old Jardine friends In Australia. He had just lost Julie and was already retired. Also met up with Angelo Bagnato in Melbourne and Johnny Arthur (our host), Don Isbister and Bill Cariss in Brisbane.
Are you absolutely sure Gordon Ison was master. I have a clear recollection of meeting him in Melbourne in 1962 after he had married and been dragged ashore by his wife. We used to keep in touch with Mike Sawyer but lost touch about 15 years ago, He and Julie were living on Roatan at the time.
Don't know if you ever sailed on my favourite ship, the original E.Saga, but I have just acquired from Hamburg Sud Amerika, a 1945 b&w photo of her taken in Hamburg? when she was still the 'Esmeralda. Anyone interested in a copy?
BTW I left Jardines in November 1965 just failing to complete ten years and thus losing part of my provident fund but shore jobs in those days could not be deferred because they were so hard to get. Nick (41 years in B.C.)
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Sorry to hear about the passing of Capt Parrish, he certainly had a good innings.
Indeed there are a few familiar names mentioned by Jon that brought back good memories of a time I still reckon was my best time at sea.
I had forgotten the name of Charlie Yuen who was 3rd mate on the Hang Sang when I joined in July '64 on my first ICSN ship. He had already outlived three wives (or was it more ?) Remember his binoculars ? The prisms had been knocked at some dim and distant time in the past and looking through them presented two images with a step up between. The only way to get a full image was to cant the head over at 45deg and everything lined up. Charlie however used them without leaning over ! Also the neat crosses on the chart at the end of his watch, which I heard were achieved by looking out the bridge window then producing neat crosses on the line !
Happy happy days

Mike

PS Anyone remember the 'Flying Phallus' kept on the monkey island that was going to be entered in the Sandakan Yacht Club annual race ? It was a dugout canoe bought from the locals at Bohian Island by the mate (forget his name) and was being 'done' up by getting sails made in HK by either Wo Fat or Wing Cheung the tailors. The phallus bit was because of the prow which had been modified to represent said member !
Never did get to compete in the race as it launched itself off the monkey island during heavy rolling in the ne monsoon and that was that !

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