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Old 3rd November 2012, 17:49
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I remember "Buckie" Thomson but can't remember him saying anything about Rome not being built in a day because he wasn't there but from what I remember of him it's the sort of thing he might well have said.
Hi Chris,
What ship were you on with capt. Thompson? I remenber it seemed to be quite a new ship when I went to visit with him. That would have been around 77.
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Old 3rd November 2012, 20:24
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Hi Chris,
What ship were you on with capt. Thompson? I remenber it seemed to be quite a new ship when I went to visit with him. That would have been around 77.


I sailed with "Buckie" Thompson in around 1978/79 on the Africa Palm mostly coastwise in Europe. Yes "Africa" was one of the newer ships at the time having been purchased from, I think, Polish owners
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Old 3rd November 2012, 22:22
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Hi steamship,
Capt.Thompson was in the tanker Matadi Palm all through 1977..
He had command of her alternately with Capt.Alston so that may
have been the ship you visited.
I have posted a photo of Capt,'Buckie Thompson'..I knew him for
many years..He was a very efficient officer.
Regards,
Stan
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Old 4th November 2012, 19:07
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Hi steamship,
Capt.Thompson was in the tanker Matadi Palm all through 1977..
He had command of her alternately with Capt.Alston so that may
have been the ship you visited.
I have posted a photo of Capt,'Buckie Thompson'..I knew him for
many years..He was a very efficient officer.
Regards,
Stan
Hello Stan,
Good to hear from you again as I said I sailed with " Buckie" in 78/79 Coastwise so I think this must have been after his voyage on voyage off on "Matadi" though I'm not sure. I sailed with George Alston as Master twice, not an easy man but I like to think I got on with him fairly well.....with the support of Colin Bennie-Coulson ( Ch. Engr.). I don't know what became of George but I do know his wife was still running the bed & breakfast in Seahouses in the late 90s. While researching for my book at the Maritime Archives in Liverepool a few weeks ago I came across a Portage Bill in the collection of Gordon Little, Purser in Palm Line in the 50s. that showed Gordon Williams being 2nd. Mate on " Baurutu Palm" in 1957 I'm sure you'll be able to confim if this is the same Gordon Williams (Capt.) who was Marine Super. during my time in Palm Line. I found this by accident my main area of research for the book being - Crew Victualling and Conditions in the Marchant Navy 18th.- 20th. Century. Have you any stories about ther old time Ch. Stewards during your time at sea?? Sure you will have.

Emailed Howard Spittle the other day to see if he was OK after Hurrican Sandy - He had lost power but replied by Blackberry to say he and his family are all fine but plenty of damaged.

Once again indebted to you for you wonderful knowledge.

Regards,

Chris,
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Old 4th November 2012, 20:27
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Sailed with both George Alston and Gordon Williams when they were mate (chief officers) the lattter was a good shipmate.
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Old 4th November 2012, 21:45
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Hello Chris and Bill,
I posted photos of Capt.Thompson and Capt.Morris in the Gallery yesterday
'Life on Board'..
Of Gordon Williams you are correct..In my memory he joined Palm Line as
2nd Mate and I recall a time when he was Chief Officer for a long time on the
Nigerian ship El Kanemi when they were officer manned by Palm Line and Elder
Dempster officers.
He had command of Elmina Palm for some time then ashore as Marine Supt.
and Tilbury Manager..He was then my boss when I was a rigger on contract
to Palm Line..They did not employ permanent riggers only a shore carpenter
for many years - Jack Ellerton.
As Bill mentions he was a good man to work for..
Captain Williams became Chairman of Palm Line during their final years.
Another name mentioned by Chris is Chief Engineer Colin Bennie -Coulson another very nice person.. Sadly he crossed the bar a few years ago.
Also nice to learn that Howard and family were OK in Jamaica but unfortunately
had suffered damage during the hurricane.
Chris you ask of Chief Stewards of my time at sea.In the early years they all
seemed to be 'belly robbers' and always had excuses mainly because we only
had 'ice boxes'and fresh vegetables were non existent after a few days at sea.
I will recall some of them and let you know..
But Chris - I am now 91 and I have managed to survive the victualling from those days so it was not all bad...
Best regards to you both,
Stan
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Old 6th November 2012, 18:15
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Chris Booth.
in your post you mention a Portage Bill in the collection
of Purser Gordon Little.
I did my first two trips to sea as Gordon's assistant,
the Gambia Palm 1955/1956, Capt. Frankie Imaz.
Do you know anything about Gordon, is he still with us,
and if so how can I contact him?
Best regards,
Peter (Pat) Baker.
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Old 7th November 2012, 19:26
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Hello Pat,
Thanks for your reply. Icame across the Gordon Little collection by chance while researching in the Archives at the Liverpool Maritime Museum There is quite a large amount of documentation most not really catalogued. Some is even restricted until 2057 but I understand from the staff that this is because it contains information relatining to crew medical conditions, STDs? Of interest is the fact that apart from the documentation and photographs the museum have on display in the " Crew Life" section a selection of Gordon's Uniform and some photographs. I don't know what became of Gordon only that he went to PSNC in the late 50s. after his time with Palm Line and then Shaw Saville. Given that all his papers/uniform etc., are now in the museum I can only assume the he has now, " crossed the bar " Hope this may be of use to you. If you are able to get to the Liverpool Maritime Museum you may find out more and I'm sure you would find the the items there of interest. The ref. for the archives is D/LIT 1950-1979.
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Chris

PS. Any stories of old time Cheif Stewards for by research ?
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Old 8th November 2012, 16:05
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Chris Booth.
Hello againn Chris.

Thanks for your reply, it has brought back a lot of memories, although
after all this time they are somewhat hazy.

The chief steward of the Gambia Palm really was a larger than life
character. I cannot remember his name but he was a big burly guy
and was always known as "Joe Beef". I remember his wife had a
ladies fasion shop in Birkenhead.
Some of the tales about him and the Captain,Franke Imaz would need
to be told by a private message.
Another Chief Steward I remember was Chris Armstrong, a scouser
who had been in the Parachute Regiment during the war. He was a great
Chief Steward and a particular friend of mine, we were in the Kumasi
Palm together for two trips with Captain Alfie Mason, another character
and a West Coast legend.
Let me know if you would like to know more.
I am unable to get to the Maritime Museum, as I live in Mid Wales
and am partialy disabled - and bloody old to boot.
Are you doing research for any particular reason?

My very best regards to you Chris.

Cheers,
Pat Baker.
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Old 8th November 2012, 16:09
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Chris,

I have just had another thought, perhaps we could contact
each other by 'phone.
Either send me your number by private message,
or I will send you mine.
Cheers,
Pat.
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Old 8th November 2012, 18:44
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Capt Imaz ....... You could have many cast doubts on your sanity if you were to tell of his many exploits.
His broad Liverpool accent was a saving grace as some would have difficulty understanding him Thankfully.
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Old 12th November 2012, 21:36
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Hi steamship,
Capt.Thompson was in the tanker Matadi Palm all through 1977..
He had command of her alternately with Capt.Alston so that may
have been the ship you visited.
I have posted a photo of Capt,'Buckie Thompson'..I knew him for
many years..He was a very efficient officer.
Regards,
Stan
Hi Stan, Chris,
I think Chris was probably right. It was a cargo ship I went to visit.
He dropped anchor over the bar at Bonny while I was on the station tanker Wilstar. How do I find that photo, where exactly did you post it Stan.
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Old 12th November 2012, 22:33
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Hi steamship,
The photos are in the gallery -Click 'Life on Board' then in
Search Box type and Click 'Palm Line Masters'.
Stan
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Old 13th November 2012, 13:18
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Hi steamship,
The photos are in the gallery -Click 'Life on Board' then in
Search Box type and Click 'Palm Line Masters'.
Stan
Hi Stan, Chris,
My neice in Scotland got me Capt. Thompsons number and I spoke with him. He is going to look up the nostalgia site.
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Old 13th November 2012, 16:16
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Good news if Capt.Thomson views Shipsnostalgia.
He will find mention of himself in Palm Line threads
all good of course...
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Old 15th November 2012, 00:28
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I sailed with "Buckie" Thompson in around 1978/79 on the Africa Palm mostly coastwise in Europe. Yes "Africa" was one of the newer ships at the time having been purchased from, I think, Polish owners
Hi Chris,
You seem to be doing some research into feeders. Check out
Donaldsons of Glasgow and see some of the comments posted there.
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Old 15th November 2012, 19:17
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Hi Chris,
You seem to be doing some research into feeders. Check out
Donaldsons of Glasgow and see some of the comments posted there.
Hello Steamship,
Thanks a lot for that I will be having a look through Donaldsons of Glasgow. I am researching M.N. Victualling and Conditions 18th. Century to 20th. Century with the view to a book. Just working on some of the 20th. Century stuff at the moment.
Once again thanks for you prompt.
Regards,
Chris.
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Old 3rd February 2013, 02:08
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Hi Stan, Chris,
My neice in Scotland got me Capt. Thompsons number and I spoke with him. He is going to look up the nostalgia site.
Hi Steamship,
Just come across this thread.
Pleased to hear that 'Buckie' Thompson is still around. I sailed with him on the Matadi Palm a few times, the last being between 30.12.76 and 25.3.77. You will note that the trip was longer than usual, that being due to the serious enginroom fire which occurred about 1245am when we were some 200 miles NW of Cape Finisterre, heading South with lube oil and refined cooking oil. His wife and Daughter were on for the Voyage.
I was 2/0 at the time and was still enjoying my first coffee of the watch when I went out onto the port wing for a fag. The wind was NW about Force 8 and my immediate thought was that it was a bit foggy astern. Then I realised it was smoke! I then realised that the deck on the port side of the funnel was black. Should be green. Then, looking over the side I saw the white accommodation was black as well. Then I smelled the smoke and realised we were on fire.
Rang Capt. Thompson and rag 'General Alarm' at the same time. Went back onto the port wing and saw fire through the ER skylight.
The Master arrived on the bridge as the engine stopped and the lights went out. Officers on the bridge but headless chicken time for the lads. Even the Chief Steward went forward to start the emergency fire pump!!
Sparks sent a Mayday as by then the oil had flashed off and the funnel was ablaze as was the port side of the accommodation and the port lifeboat. Even the swimming pool was on fire.
A British Tanker nearby answered our Mayday but said he could not identify us amonst other ships. At that the funnel exploded. The access door on the port side blew off together with the funnel top plate which allowed a huge jet of flame fly upwards. Sparks later said that the British Tanker said a laconic phrase - " I see you now".
By this time I had donned a BA Set and had a look into the ER from the crews deck. No fire there but the savall round the boiler was full of Heavy Diesel. Looked up and ralised that the fire was in the funnel and the flat below. Reported this to "Buckie" on the Bridge. I told him I was going to explore the fire from the Officers Deck door and ordered a hose from the boat deck to be shut off at the nozzle and put through the ER Skylight. This was done and Buckie and I went in across the overhead walkway to the top of the boiler. We could see that the fire was above so we climbed up to the next flat and put the hose onto the fire inside the funnel. Anyway, we put it out.
What a mess. After a few hours the main engine was re started and we limped into Lisbon for 10 days of repair before completing the voyage.
I would very much like to contact Captain Thompson again and would greatly appreciate it if you could PM me his tel. no. to do so.
If you think it inappropriate, I understand but then can use the same method as you did.
Good Sailing Gentlemen
John
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Old 29th March 2013, 21:42
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mv enugu palm

i served as sos on the enugu ,about 1963 and i did three trips on the trot on her eventually paying off inamsterdam if my memory serves me well.
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Old 4th April 2013, 19:53
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Palm Line. Terry Riley. R826503

I was with Palm Line first joining the Ikeja Palm on16.11.65. and sailing as Jnr.4th.Engr.on her for 3 trips until 05.05.65. then joined the Lobito Palm during the Seamans Strike in Rotterdam on 15.06.65and did 2 trips as Snr.4th until 21.08.66.when I left to work on M.V.Assiout. Moss Hutchison Line. for 1 trip then M.V.Swan River. Houlder Bros. for 8 months round the globe. Then 1 trip on the M.V.Devis. Lamports. then finished off with T & J Harrisons on the M.V.Linguist for 3 trips. If anyone remembers me please let on. Terry Riley. Bolton
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Old 29th October 2013, 18:32
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Some of those sunbeam rapiers made it ashore! in 74 or 75 i was working in Takoradi when the mission chaplain asked me to look at one of his friend's car. it was a sunbeam and had an SU carburettor
that had a bent needle. I was told there was another one up the hill at an expa.ts house that didn't work but i never got a chance to look at it
I may have been wrong about the car I worked on being a sunbeam rapier. An old friend of mine who rode in the car several times tells me it was actually a Hillman Minx. Old Timers is setting in!
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Old 30th October 2013, 20:50
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Sailed on bamenda Palm 1964 and again 1967.Learned to speak like a Scouse in 64. Am from Norfolk. Did double header 64. Ship never came to UK. Only loaded and discharged on the continent. Used to either fly or ferry to go and return from leave. Bosun was Norman Obrian!. Relief bosun was a Dutchman Ben Larosse. Spelling probably wrong. Had brilliant time on her. We took deck passengers from Lagos to Port Harcourt just before the outbreak of the Biafra war. Nearly all from Ebo tribe.
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Old 10th November 2013, 02:36
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Hello Pat.

I notice that you mentioned a Chief Steward by the name of Chris Armstrong in your post. Chris is/was my dad - he sadly died of ill health in 1989. I know very little of his time at sea, other than he sailed with the Palm Line up until about 1967, I think. Any information or anecdotes you might like to share would be very much appreciated.

Thanks.

Nick Armstrong.

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Old 11th December 2013, 17:11
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I Sailed on 7 Palm ships from August 1962 to November 1965
SS Sapele Palm
MV Ikeja Palm(4 Trips)
MVAndoni Palm
MV Lagos Palm (2 Trips)
MV Badagery Palm
MVElmina Palm 2 Trips
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I did one trip on the Lokoja Palm as RO over Christmas and into the new year of 1965. It was........ 'an experience'....... I never see a mention of it in Palm Lne posts.

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