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Old 16th February 2008, 22:31
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Smile orionman

i was on the Orionman as the regular stwd when Willy Miller was skipper,around 1990 , good days when you look back and some friends with that company
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Old 4th March 2008, 16:37
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Rodney has now retired and quite often visits ships in Fawley as 'the Mission Man'
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Old 4th March 2008, 20:08
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Sailed with Rowbothams/P&O/Fishers from '82 till '03, mostly as Mate. Regular ships were Bridgeman,Pointsman,Helmsman,Wheelsman and the four MSE's - Anchorman,Chartsman,Rudderman & Steersman.

My lasting impression of 'Radio Rodney' was him having a 'conversation' with his dog over the mobile phone!!

Capt's Willie Millar and Andy Shenton are sadly no longer with us.

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Old 4th March 2008, 20:40
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Willie did his first stint in the company with me, I think on the 'Leadsman' in 1972, he had previously been Capt. with Whittakers. The last time that I met Willie was at Pembroke Refinery in the late 1970s, he was then Capt. of the 'Astraman'. I was sorry to hear that Willie had died, he was a good man.
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Old 4th March 2008, 21:55
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Just heard about S*****r Shenton.
Sailed with him a few times found him ok, anyone know what happened,
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Old 5th March 2008, 20:06
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Hi Cymruman,
Never sailed with Andy Shenton but met him on a couple of occasions. Believe he died of Bowel Cancer.
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Old 6th March 2008, 19:24
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just heard about andy shenton and willie miller two good blokes , and good memorys of both
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Old 10th March 2008, 13:57
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Indeed, sad to hear about Willie Millar & Andy Shenton.

Always seems to make you realise how time has passed when your hear of fellow sea-mates passing on, there seem to be fewer & fewer names to mention everytime I talk to my contact Mike Cotton, ret'd C/E.

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Old 10th March 2008, 15:52
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Not wanting to join on the “morbid” trail here but RIP

Keith Barnett
Hugh Hall
Mike O’Brien
John Marsden

.....and I did hear Frank Craske was in very poor health just before Christmas2007 also Dave Andrews and Dave Bee.
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Old 10th March 2008, 16:43
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I never actually sailed in Rowbothams, but worked on nearly all of them. When I packed in the sea, I had a job servicing shipboard compressed air breathing apparatus, and I used to drive all over the place to meet up with the ships. Rowbothams seemed to like going to some really out of the way ports like Harwich, Pembroke, Grangemouth, Immingham etc.
I remember a marine superintendant, Captain Laverick, who was a really nice guy, and all the cooks, especially the one on the Orionman who would get me a huge fry-up, no matter what time of the day or night I turned up.
I think the only ship I never worked on was the River Lea, which seemed to be
permanently based over in Ireland.
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Old 10th March 2008, 16:55
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I remember a marine superintendant, Captain Laverick, who was a really nice guy
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Still doing fine is Captain Dave Laverick, retired in 1998
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Old 11th March 2008, 12:14
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Not wanting to join on the “morbid” trail here but RIP

Keith Barnett
Hugh Hall
Mike O’Brien
John Marsden

.....and I did hear Frank Craske was in very poor health just before Christmas2007 also Dave Andrews and Dave Bee.

You can add to that list 'Rusty' Buchan too!

What about Steve Pond & John Godwin? Does anyone know if they are still with us as I know they were both ill some time back.

Also an old cook called John Cook! a real old timer from the BoT days.
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Old 11th March 2008, 18:46
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Hi Derek and Willincity,
I remember all those men very well, in particular Frank Craske, Steve Pond, John Marsden and Dave Andrews, good friends all.
I sailed with John Cook a few times, mainly on the old Helmsman, once met never forgotten. He was Ck/stwd. on the Helmsman when I was mate there with Alex Graham and later, with me when I was master. Jimmy Ritchie and Eddy Walker normally used to rotate as Ch/engs. and the permanent 2/eng was Roger Havard, quite a happy family.
I remember once, in Heysham I think, John returned to the Helmsman with a few items of stores and came to me for the cash, this was in the late 1960s and the 50p coin had just been launched. The Bill Came to a figure that included the use of a 10/- note. I gave John a 50p piece which John was not at all happy about and went straight down to see Eddy Walker (always a leg puller) who, in turn told John that I was pulling a fast one, how could 50p be equal to 10/-? use your sense man, said Eddy, it is only worth 4/2d. With that John came straight back to me demanding a 10/- note.
John was quite a character, I could relate quite a few stories about him. He was a pretty fair cook as well under the circumstances.
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Old 11th March 2008, 21:37
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Bruce...

Yes, John was an 'excellent' cook under the circumstances!

The old Tillerman had a butane gas stove, fed by cylinders on the boat deck. John used to make those cylinders last longer than any other cook (we always changed them in Stornoway if possible, quay to boat deck at low water!)....but we always had a hot meal regardless of weather whilst others dealt up sandwiches.
John always had a pan of soup on the go with all the 'left-overs' in...and he always baked his own rolls, a bonus for the morning 3-8 watch!

A story about him was told that returning to the ship one morning after going for the papers...he saw a field full of mushrooms. Rubbing his hands with glee he made to climb over the gate...and the mushrooms flew away. They were all seagulls!!
Such was Johns eyesight.


And as for tales about the late Roger Havard....he lived about a mile from me in Paignton and I saw him regularly on leave...along with his wife Dorothy.
They had plastic grass on their balcony for the dog to [email protected] on...and Roger would shake it out every day!!

Then there was his old London taxi...a landmark in Torbay!!
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Old 11th March 2008, 22:02
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Hi Derek,
I believe that the story about the field of mushrooms has an element of truth in it, I was told that it happened while John and Eddie Walker were walking back to the Helmsman from Heysham and Eddie brought Johns' attention to the field of mushrooms. I can't vouch for this I wasn't there.
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Old 12th March 2008, 08:27
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Retired C/E Mike Cotton told me....and he confirms it IS true!!
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Old 12th March 2008, 20:19
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Update on a few names that are sadly no longer with us (from Mike Cotton!):

Brian Spencely (Eng Super)
Gordon Davis (Wheelsman C/E)
Frank Craske
John Charlesworth
Jimmy Ritchie


.....and a few who are still going strong-"ish":

John Godwin
Tony Duffin
Eddie Walker
Peter Davidson
Dave Andrews
Colin Farmer
Ian Shields
Ian Storey
Alan Everett

...and from the Office: Brian Porter, Alan Thurbon & Pat Bennet

No info on Kenny Plummer & Stevie Pond though.

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Old 13th March 2008, 13:21
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Hi Derek,
Sorry to hear about Gordon Davis, Frank Craske and Jimmy Ritchie, I didn't sail with John Charlesworth but met him a few times when I worked at Pembroke Refinery. I sailed with Tony Duffin a couple of times, but knew him first in my Everard days, Dave Andrews and Eddie Walker were old friends and I think Alan Everett relieved me once or twice as Master. Brian Porter was an old friend and ally. I am glad to hear that they are still going fairly strong.
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Old 13th March 2008, 13:56
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Hi Bruce

I have been in touch with Bryan Porter not 20 minutes ago!

If you would like his email address send me a PM and I will forward it to you.....he is all for keeping in touch and I quote him...

"We're a dieing breed as the Company no longer exists and the breed will keep going until the last person whoever did work with the Company has 'moved on'!"
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Old 18th March 2008, 22:09
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I spent 9 years with Rowbothams, last 5 years as mate mainly on the chemical ships. Left after getting my Masters ticket in 1988. Since then been working ashore in the ports industry.
I sailed with many of the guys mentioned. I particularly remember Willie Millar, Tony Duffin, Dave Andrews.
Also remeber quite a few guys who are probably still around such as Dave Day, Peter Macanaly, Terry Frith, Ian Storie, Dudley White, Malcolm Johnson, Chris Pennington, Graham Westgarth etc.
Had some good times in Rockies, particularly when foreign in Mexico on the Vegaman and Centaurman and Trinidad on Polarisman.
I still think the Rowbotham Chemical ships where cargo wise a good design. Although the ballast pumproom up forward caused a few challenges (apparently water runs up hill on Rowbothams) and the pumps on Vegaman & Centaurman where always playing up and rigging portable pumps with acrylonitile on board was interesting to say the least!
But there was always a good crowd and we worked hard but played hard..
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Old 19th March 2008, 10:05
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Hi Pete,

Dave Day, Don't know where Daffy went after ROBO
Peter Macanaly, was with Sally line
Terry Frith, went to Stolt and now T/M at CDI
Ian Storie,retired sick 12 years ago lives IOM
Dudley White, RIP (4 years ago)
Malcolm Johnson, ??
Chris Pennington, Working for himself N Wales
Graham Westgarth, landed good job with TEKAY

Are you UK ports or global?
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Old 19th March 2008, 21:45
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Peter Macanally was indeed with Sally Line. Sadly his first wife died while he was with Sally. He remarried one of the gilrls from the office in Ramsgate (16 years his younger). I sailed with him last in 1998 on the Dart 4. Last heard he was living in Kirkudbright. I did hear that he was working for Norfolk Line but I can not confirm that.
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Old 21st March 2008, 21:39
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Hi Pete,

Dave Day, Don't know where Daffy went after ROBO
Peter Macanaly, was with Sally line
Terry Frith, went to Stolt and now T/M at CDI
Ian Storie,retired sick 12 years ago lives IOM
Dudley White, RIP (4 years ago)
Malcolm Johnson, ??
Chris Pennington, Working for himself N Wales
Graham Westgarth, landed good job with TEKAY

Are you UK ports or global?
I spent 10 years at The Tees then moved to Tor Line in Mingming as ops manager. Currrently with ABP in Hull.
I understand Dave day is a pilot on the London river. I have seen Graham Westgarth in Lloyds list, as vice president with Teekay.
Great to hear some of the old names, sorry to hear about those no longer with us.
Peter Wilkinson
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Does anybody remember Captain Rodney Burnet who served on the Orionman
and the Bridgeman?
He was from Southampton and married to an nurse.
Would be about 67 years old I think now

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I sailed with Radio Rodney, (Radio because he was always on the vhf) several times as 3rd and 2nd mate dont know where he is now though.

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I worked as an AB in Rockies from 88 to 96 when I did my second mates. Left soon after Fishers took over and went to work for Pat Bennet at SMS in the offshore game.
Now sailing as Old Man with Swire Pacific Offshore.
Its sad to see many of the old names are no longer with us, and good to see that some still are, oh how times have changed at sea since the days of Rockies!! I sailed on Helmsman, Orionman, oarsman, all the 'Gate' Boats - several times, Tankerman (With Rodders) Echoman (Master Bates) and Cableman (Daisy Andrews), Astraman etc etc
Gordon Simms ex Rockies chief eng. was looking for old shipmates to chat to on shipmatesreunited on the NUMAST website.
I had a great time during those years at Rockies / P&O
How my liver survived on the Irish runs with Terry Frith and Sean Geoghan...............

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