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Old 10th January 2012, 05:14
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You mentioned the the Coastal Ladies some names that spring to mind are Midnight Maggie.. Egg on Legs ....The Oily Water Seperator ... Two Way Mavis ... and Shirley (who married Charlie Culver P.O.E) We all got a half day to go to the wedding
I was one of the coastal ladies back then lol i knew eggs on legs, kay, Annette and my name was carol they were good days in lyttelton at the british hotel
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Old 11th January 2012, 09:17
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Annette Nelson is a friend of mine and is on facebook as Annette Pinnell we are all on Bay Boats facebook page
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Old 12th January 2012, 07:54
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Hi all Kevin Jones ex OCL/ P and O Containers/ P and O Nedlloyd as electrician. Sailed from 82 to 98 with above companies. Did 23 trips on the old far easters, many on baby bays. Also Remura Bay, Resolution Bay , Tor Bay, Prov Bay, Singapore Bay, Newport Bay, Falmouth Bay. Started off with Ocean Fleets 1974 to 1982.
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Old 7th November 2012, 09:56
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I completed 2 trips to the Far East on the Kowloon Bay
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Old 9th November 2012, 16:02
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Sunk any more destroyers, Kevin?

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Hi John just found your reply, remember we were having a beer outside on the night of the collision.How are you?
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Old 4th December 2012, 20:24
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Not been on here for an age buy keen to hear from folk who sailed the bay boats from bout 1975 to 79. my name is Terry Saul and I often sailed with my cousin Paul Green. be good to see some pics and hear from folk.....T
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Old 30th December 2012, 19:05
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Still looking for any of the guys that sailed on the Kiwi coast from 79 to 84. I still have fond memories of those days and would like to talk to anyone else that sailed on the 'Bay boats'
I sailed on the Mairangi from December 80, Charlie Mckenzie, Banjo, Spike, Wally Finkle, Candy the cook, to name a few. It was only my second trip deep sea and i was only 16. The Kiwi coast opened my eyes and i still think about my nights in the Lion Tavern in Auckland or Chicks in Chalmers, thankfully iv'e sobered up now, although it took a while.
I also sailed on the Moreton during the 2 month stay in Sydney and i seem to remember a certain deckboy 'baring all' as the Aussie submarine past us in Port Phillip Bay and dipped her flag, the crew were lined up at attention and saluted as the sailed past, it just seemed too good an opportunity to miss !
Anyway, that trip, i managed a night in the cells on the Rocks, a logging and also stripped off in a gay bar (naked) You see, there was a toga party and i didn't have a toga, fortunately no-one fancied me anyway and we made our way to Montys in one piece.

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hi buddy

i remember that bright eyed bushy tailed lad in gravesend !!!!! lol.... i was doing one of my cooks coarses there at the same time you was learning it all .. i even think i done a trip with you .. the Resolution comes to mind with Carla Hughes if memory serves me right .. are you still at sea ? ..... you have certainly mentioned some of the bay boat characters ... . if you want to catch up with some of the other guys lofty has opened a page on facebook , it will also tell you of the reunions we have been doing in Liverpool which have been fantastic.. its like a joining / pay off day ... definately plenty of this been happening .

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Old 4th January 2013, 11:06
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Hello Chaps,
Not been on this site for a long time but does anyone remember sailing on the first 2 voyages of Kowloon Bay? I went to Keil for 6 months mid '72 for final commissioning and handover to us ; sailed as Snr 4th Eng. They were luxury compared to the Patroclus which I had been on for 2 years previous amongst other Blues. Hope 2013 will be good for everyone - Safe Passage!!
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Old 1st January 2015, 13:19
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Looking for sparky Elizabeth "Liz" Mackenzie

Hi All,

This is a very long shot. I have never worked for OCL but would dearly love to get back in touch with former friend and fellow student Elizabeth "Liz" Mackenzie - sometime radio officer of the MV Moreton Ranger - early- to mid-1980s, probably.

We met at South Shields Marine and Tech (as it then was), where we were studying for the electronic navigational equipment maintenance certificate (ENEM - again, as it then was - do not know if same exists today).

It would have been about 1987, I think, as I seem to recall ENEM was after first trip, so would have been quite late in my time at S. Shields - probably 87.

Liz was a Kiwi, but I think also had links with Scotland.

I do not know if it will help in any way, but I recall she was a very keen surfer - but probably not something she would have indulged in her professional life. However, it might just trigger someone's memory that she had talked about it.

Best wishes, and thanks for any help or news.

Tina
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Old 1st January 2015, 18:09
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What Happened....?

The great OCL and the legendary ACT. What happened to the British contribution to containerization in the long run? After all, we practically 'owned' the international liner trade at one time! Any of you who took part in the glory days of British container operations may have some answers and I think it's time we all heard what happened. I have my own views but I would appreciate some others!
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Old 6th January 2015, 12:34
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Hi All,

This is a very long shot. I have never worked for OCL but would dearly love to get back in touch with former friend and fellow student Elizabeth "Liz" Mackenzie - sometime radio officer of the MV Moreton Ranger - early- to mid-1980s, probably.

We met at South Shields Marine and Tech (as it then was), where we were studying for the electronic navigational equipment maintenance certificate (ENEM - again, as it then was - do not know if same exists today).

It would have been about 1987, I think, as I seem to recall ENEM was after first trip, so would have been quite late in my time at S. Shields - probably 87.

Liz was a Kiwi, but I think also had links with Scotland.

I do not know if it will help in any way, but I recall she was a very keen surfer - but probably not something she would have indulged in her professional life. However, it might just trigger someone's memory that she had talked about it.

Best wishes, and thanks for any help or news.

Tina
Apologies - for anyone I did manage to confuse with my earlier post, I do mean the MV Moreton Bay, of course (I seem to have been getting mixed up with Norton motorcycles for some reason - put it down to the holiday excesses!)

Everything else still stands - one person has been kind enough to contact me with a possible lead, rightly guessing that I meant the Bay.

Thanks,

Tina
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Old 22nd April 2015, 07:49
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I did an "internal transfer" from the P&O passenger liner ORIANA to join ENCOUNTER BAY at the end of her maiden voyage in Antwerp on 13 MAY 1969.

We sailed 28 MAY 1969 non-stop to Fremantle, apart from slowing down at Las Palmas and Cape Town to collect our letters from a small boat.

We were in and out of Fremantle the same day, two nights in Sydney, one night in Melbourne and back in Antwerp 25 JULY 1969.

I recall that the ship suffered "teething problems" with severe vibration due to the five bladed, single screw propeller and we carried some specialist engineers to try and cure the problem.

I preferred the short sea legs that ORIANA did around the world and I regretted ever joining OCL.
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Old 27th July 2017, 22:44
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Thumbs up Captain Short

I remember him when he was Chief Officer in 1973. good to know he made Captain and for his marriage, even though I didn't even know he was Gay.
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Thats certainly a eye opener for me as i never guessed he was that way inclined!!
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Lost mates

Is there anyone out there who has come across Johnny Neville originally from Cranham.Essex U K .if he's still around he would be about 78 yrs. also Dicky Frost and Barry Norton who were on the New Zealand shipping line in the late 50's
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Old 9th November 2017, 03:20
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Kowloon Bay

Hello Edward Parry.

I feel I should know you Ed as I have an entry in my Discharge book of having joined Kowloon Bay in Southampton 2nd Dec 1972 and leaving her in Hamburg 2nd Feb 1973 can't remember much about it....old age I guess. Following that did two trips on Liverpool Bay to Japan. Sadly on the last trip Steve Becket was badly hurt (burns) and my wife who was with me on that trip asked me to write a letter of resignation there and then, as we had a wee baby girl at home. Kind of spoiled my experience of the Bay boats but met some grand lads who I will never forget.

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Hello Edward Parry.

I feel I should know you Ed as I have an entry in my Discharge book of having joined Kowloon Bay in Southampton 2nd Dec 1972 and leaving her in Hamburg 2nd Feb 1973 can't remember much about it....old age I guess. Following that did two trips on Liverpool Bay to Japan. Sadly on the last trip Steve Becket was badly hurt (burns) and my wife who was with me on that trip asked me to write a letter of resignation there and then, as we had a wee baby girl at home. Kind of spoiled my experience of the Bay boats but met some grand lads who I will never forget.

Cheers Ed
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Steve Beckett recovered and returned to sea - I sailed with him when he was Chief on Oriental Bay. Sadly he died of cancer just before retirement.
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Old 9th November 2017, 07:57
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The great OCL and the legendary ACT. What happened to the British contribution to containerization in the long run? After all, we practically 'owned' the international liner trade at one time! Any of you who took part in the glory days of British container operations may have some answers and I think it's time we all heard what happened. I have my own views but I would appreciate some others!
Hi Alistair

Just browsing on SN (like we do ) and came across your post.

The comprehensive answers to your question are contained in a fascinating and hefty book by a director of OCL - Alan Bott, who wrote a tomb called “ The Box Boats”. Well worth a read.

I had a few years with OCL, which I wouldn’t have missed for anything, and the spirit and ‘ can do ‘ attitude was a real eye opener.

Amazingly, (to my mind) the whole venture was judged finally to have been a brave failure. Not a disaster, as good dividends were paid to the shareholders over the years, but consortium problems and in -fighting over the direction did for the venture. Politics, in other words.

Technically and operationally, it was a great success. Boxing 99% of cargo, ( not without difficulty!) and using much larger and faster vessels produced a dramatic increase in efficiency, ramped up by short turn rounds. The savings over the old time honoured methods of break bulk were eye watering. Set backs occasioned by the use of new technology bit into the profits, and were a cause of friction among the line members. One notable set back occurred with the purchase of thousands of reefer containers which turned out to be toxic. The chemical linings were tainting the contents, and needed a very expensive remedy.

In many ways the early container consortia like OCL and ACT paved the way for the ultra efficient but ugly giants at sea today, ironing out problems as they arose. It was a fascinating time.

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Old 4th January 2018, 19:52
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My name is Graham Kemp I served as a Lecky on various OCL vessels from 81 to 87 when I left to come ashore, joined Police. Previoulsy on Buries Markes Geerbulk ships, then short time with Uglands on Supply vessels. Great memories with OCL. Very short sea career but those short years left a lasting impression on me with great memories. Mairangi Bay, Remuera, Cardigan to name but a few. Great memories of Aussie and Kiwi coast, Auckland and Port chalmers special memories. Nearly 60 now but still look back with fond memories of great people and good times.
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Maiden voyage 1969.
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Hi, Dave Phipps from Glasgow, aren't they all here, I was 3rd engineer on Moreton Bay in 76, Auz and NZ great ship, I had been with Chevron tankers for a few years prior and this was a great change, far more relaxed and enjoyable, at least we got to go alongside in civilisation not a mono boye 2 miles off, can,t remember any names but perhaps someone will remember me.
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hi Shayne

glad to hear you are well.

Chas told me about this website so thought i would give it a little varde.

Also in touch with Chris Milligan, Trish, Miss Matthews. Miss Condon got married in a civil ceremony to some Tunisian hommie last year. See Dave Hall (pastie) and little Marty in Cornwall. I expect you know about Dicky Retchford passing away last year.

I am still in touch with Dot Whiteman. We have regular polarie on phone.

I am off to Italy in three weeks on one of my state visits.

Bona voyage!

Jess
Would that be Eddie Matthews? I sailed with him a few times. Him and Frank Martin (Mother) shared a flat in Birmingham. I have just read of Franks death.
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Old 4th September 2018, 15:17
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Hi! A bit late to this thread. I was on the P&O box boats from ‘92-‘97 cadet to 3rd mate. Love it. Quite an eye opener and awesome experience for an 18 year old. Love the Aussie and kiwi coast and actually also enjoyed the twin cape route. Pissed up old men, obnoxious CO’s, kiwi moles, and she’s loads of chipping and bilge cleaning. Oh and cheap VB! Good memories.
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