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Old 29th January 2016, 02:56
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After 40 years

I was a Deck Cadet at Reardon-Smith Nautical College in 1973 and graduated as 2nd officer ... Went to Glasgow for my 1st Mate and Masters.
I left sea after 10 years or so and joined world of computer science. Always miss my days at sea.
I went back to Cardiff last summer after 40 years and it was very sad to see the good old Reardon-Smith building was gone.
I could imagine Commander Ball and his border collie .... Miss those days ...
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Just been having a rummage and found this.
My, how prices have gone up!!!!
(From Aug 1956)
Thank you for this. I enjoyed reading the Outfit List, it was worse than the bl00dy Worcester. I mean 'Rolled Gold Cufflinks' .....double ended bow tie..!?
As a thirteen year old I recall struggling mightily with stiff collars !

I have a vague association with Cardiff having done 1st Mates there in 1969.
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Studied at RSNC 1966 to 1967. Have a few images that I will post up some time. Left to join J &J Denholm of Glasgow.
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Hi I was a cadet at Reardon Smiths in 1957 and somewhere if I can find it have a photograph album showing the college, cadets and activities. Was SLC boats for a term and spent time on Margarita (ex Nocturne) I remember Capt Rose and Captain Sleeman, Also Fred Ball and Snowy Whiteman as our instructors
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Hi I was a cadet at Reardon Smiths in 1957 and somewhere if I can find it have a photograph album showing the college, cadets and activities. Was SLC boats for a term and spent time on Margarita (ex Nocturne) I remember Capt Rose and Captain Sleeman, Also Fred Ball and Snowy Whiteman as our instructors
In that case I'll look out mine and post over the weekend. I was there then as well. Left in '58.
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Hi Lightkeeper

I was also there in 57 my time was up in July. With of course all the lecturers you remember. I was also one of the three cadets that brought Nocturne round from Dartmouth on the final leg of her delivery voyage to Cardiff over Easter in 57. For the rest of my time at RNSC I had charge of her engine room.

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Old 7th November 2016, 11:43
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Hi Masirah, Thanks for that info. Just trawled through the thread looking at all the posts and photographs. I have remembered more names and noticed Peter Anderton from Brum. He, Dickie Burroughs and I (Peter Williams) were in the same Brum Sea Cadet Unit TS Sherbourne. Some names to add to your photograph.
Back Row LtoR: John Frost, Mike Meredith, Jarrold CC,Pete Radford, ?, David Ball, Peter Willams, Stamantou. Front Row L to R need to work on it but holding cup was Gary Harnett.
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I'llhave to search for those old photographs. I was there when Jarrold was CC. Recall the names Frost and Stamatou. There was another Greek there at that time also. Anderton went through with me.
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Old 8th November 2016, 09:16
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I believe the crew of Margarita were Meredith, Harnett & Burroughs together with Messrs Ball & Wightman.
Below is a pic taken on a visit by Princess Margaret when we all were lined up and inspected.This one shows cadets Coley,Perrot & Elbro (L to R ). A second one is a group which must have been 1957 as I am in it.
Another is one of Margarita. I'll post this and attach later as I have to resize the files. Apologies.
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Not great at this stuff but lets see how this works
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Apologies again guys - really not up to speed on this attachment bit.

In the group picture: Rear row L>R:- Hayman,Watkins,Elbro,Coley,Perrot,Allen(?), Palmer,Anderton,Reardon-Smith,Burns.
Front row L>R:- Fronks & Seymour.
The Work Crew:- Hayman,Burns,Elbro,Perrot & Reardon-Smith.
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Old 9th November 2016, 15:46
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Hi Duquesa, I have just seen your pictures of 7th November especially the one with the group of 12 "Innocents"!!

I seem to remember that in, possibly, my first post that I mentioned that I was US at 'things practical'. On one voyage I made such a 'Castor & Pollox' of something that the Bosun uttered these immortal words "Son, you are as useful as a man with no hands". I have used that comment to get out of 'working parties' ever since.

I have had a rough year with stays in hospitals for varied reasons. These stays had the effect of my having to cancel a 2nd Tandem Skydive planned for June. I did my 1st one in May 2013 and it was absolutely wonderful.

I will have to plan for the next one in 2017. I also went to Cardiff to see the college and was disappointed to see that it was not there any longer. That's, so called, progress I suppose. I still remember my time at RSNC and my time with Ben Line with great affection, at least that's what I like to kid myself!!!!
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Old 9th November 2016, 17:19
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Busy few days just now Peter but will send you a PM shortly. Good to hear from you. I wonder where the other reprobates in that group are??
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Old 23rd December 2016, 01:09
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My Dad was at Reardon in 1958 - Clive Graham.
Does anyone remember him?
I would also love to know if there are any other websites dedicated to finding others who were there at the same time?
Many thanks!
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Old 23rd December 2016, 08:07
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My Dad was at Reardon in 1958 - Clive Graham.
Does anyone remember him?
I would also love to know if there are any other websites dedicated to finding others who were there at the same time?
Many thanks!
Yes, he was there in '58 but I only recall the name not the face. I'm not sure but I believe he may have started at the beginning of my last term.
This site is the only one that has ever mentioned the college. Brummie Pete (above) may recall. The group photograph would have been taken in '57.
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Old 23rd December 2016, 11:25
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List of some of the cadets at the college in 1957 and where they were from CC indicates Cadet Captain.

P.Williams Birmingham (Lightkeeper)
Z Shakir Iraq
B.Jaggo Iraq
S.Youisif Iraq
K Al Sheraidh Iraq
M.Wilson Pembroke
R.Jones ?
R.Burroughes Birmingham
B Abbas Iraq
S.Paulus Iraq
P.Anderton Birmingham
E.Allen ?
W.Burns Northern Ireland
M.Coley Wolverhampton
M.Elbro Wolverhampton
M Eggleton ?????
R.Flack ????
P.Hayman ?????
L.Fronks ??????
P.Reardon Smith Barry
J Perrot ?????
R.Palmer ????
D Seymour ?????
R.Gaunt Nottingham
L. Watkins ?????
A. Saliba Iraq CC
P.Jeffrey Cardiff ?
P.Simmons Wolverhampton?
D.Ball Abergavenny
P.Gummerson Manchester
? Irvine ?????
M.Stamatiou Cyprus
? Al Badir Iraq
A.Jardi Iraq CC
W.Burroughes ??????
G.Harnett Cardiff
M.Meredith Penarth
?.Lawrence Newport Pembs
? Jarrold ????? CC

I have a couple of photographs which I will scan and put on this thread.
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Old 23rd December 2016, 13:22
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OK - I think I have managed to attach 2 photos of him.
Lets see if it works!
How long was the training at Reardon?

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Yes, he was there in '58 but I only recall the name not the face. I'm not sure but I believe he may have started at the beginning of my last term.
This site is the only one that has ever mentioned the college. Brummie Pete (above) may recall. The group photograph would have been taken in '57.
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Old 23rd December 2016, 14:14
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Good comprehensive list there which confirms my memory. Your father was there in '58 certainly in the summer term if not Easter. Seeing the photographs I now recall the face. The course was a year - three terms although some of the Iraqis had done a little longer but they were the exception. I would have been CC in your Dad's first term.
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Old 1st January 2017, 16:53
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Hi Duquesa,
Thanks for the reply - forgive me - what is a CC?
Can you also tell me your name so that I can ask him if he remembers you?
Many thanks!
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Old 1st January 2017, 19:35
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CC means Cadet Captain. There was a new one each term as the old "batch" left and went to sea. I've sent you a private message.
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Old 29th April 2018, 16:11
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Hello,

I am looking for any photos of Peter Whelan please. He was at Reardon c.1955

Thanks,
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RSNC Prospectus

Rummaging around in the loft I found a copy of the prospectus.
I've posted pics of the pages in the gallery, if interested, take a look.
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A mate of mine [sadly no longer with us] started at the college in 1950
but due to family circumstances had to leave and get a job.

At one time the Reardon Smiths [Sir William] lived just round the corner from us in Barry, and I had an aunt and uncle who moved in the Reardon Smith's social circle.
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Old 31st March 2020, 14:18
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I was at the college in 1970. Cmd Kenworthy-Neil was in charge.
The training vessel was the Margarita.
I have tried to attach an image of the mess. I am on the right. I cant remember the names of the others.
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I was at the college in 1970. Cmd Kenworthy-Neil was in charge.
The training vessel was the Margarita.
I have tried to attach an image of the mess. I am on the right. I cant remember the names of the others.
Here she is. 1957. I'll try again. Tech issue.
Having trouble with resizing. Will try later.
I'll tell ou something - in the 1950's we would not have been allowed that hair!!! The principal would have had apoplexy.

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