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Old 1st November 2007, 18:55
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Do you know if that was the Capt Hine who was Master on the City of St Albans when she was shelled in the Bay of Bengal late 60s/early 70s.
If so I sailed as 3/o with him on his first trip as Master on the Bedford. He and all the Mates were on respective first trips.

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Fergus, can't say for sure since I never heard about the St Albans getting shelled, I guess it was the India/E.Pak war (70-71).
However, Capt Hine was with me (note the distinction - he did one trip, I did 2.5 !) on the Colombo, this would have been 1972-3, However I am wracking my brains who was Capt on the Bedford - (I did one yarpy trip in 1971 on her). Buit Hine never mentioned anything, as I recall, concerning any 'bovver' on the St Albans.

The only sad thing I did hear about Capt Hine was that after he parted ways with Ellermans he went freelancing and as I was told, he died somewhere out in the far Esat and his poor wife had a devil of a job to recoup and bring back his body with no assistance what so ever from the ship's owners. No further comment req'd.

Ya remembered Capt Fergerson was on the Bedford at that time.
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Old 1st November 2007, 19:03
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Now I understand why the Newcastle is not fitting in my memory drive - she was gone to Ben before my time - Thanks Shipmate17 for resting my poor discombobulated (sp?) mind.
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Old 1st November 2007, 21:08
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Re the CIP run, flew out to the City of Glasgow with Dan Air in a Comet. My first ever flight in 1970 and 2nd trip as a cadet. Landed in Keflavik for bunkers on the way out and landed in a snow storm at St Johns NB. There was a MANZ run ship in at the same time but cannot recall which one hence the charter flight for the changeover. Capt was Neil Airey and mate was John Petter?, a steep learning curve for me that trip so I spent a lot of time in deep tanks and cofferdams !
Re the St Albans, I sailed with a 3/E later on who was in bed the night the shell came through his bulkhead, over his bunk and into his wardrobe, he was lucky not to have been dreaming !
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Old 2nd November 2007, 00:04
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Re. John Petter. He became the Cadet Training bloke, for a while, interviewed me for my cadet's job, then became Old Man on the Worcester, I think. I met him in Mombasa when I was recovering from Malaria on the Auckland. I was lucky, the Purser died of it when on leave after that trip.
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Old 2nd November 2007, 18:08
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Tks John ,it was Dan-dare the airline that was used for mulitple crew changes. I was with Niel Airey on the maidan voyage of the Hull, last I heard about him he went out to the West Coast to the Dilkara (PAD) service, the last I heard of him
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Hi Fergus you old salt. I am trying to think of yor last name?Iwas leccy on that trip Capt Hine had his wife who thought the 'fireworks' were lovely (shells) Mike Fagan C/O (died of cancer about 2 years ago)I remember we limped back to Calcutta for repairs,was the irish chippy Mclaughan? It was certainly a trip to remember.You can thank me (I was running the bar)for conning a barrel of beer from the superintendand.Do you remember we had a plaque made with one of the shell holes? Hope to hear from you and if you can remember any of the other officers name
Happy xmas & New year. Malcolm (Bennington)
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Capt Hine + wife was on the City of St Albans when we got shelled.We were on our way to Kulna(chalna)to load hessian.We were hit about 74 times but were lucky as most of the shells had dropped off and only the detonators hit us,eough to give us a fright though.After returning to Calcutta for repairs we then went to Mauritus to loadsugar.The only crew members I can remember were Mike FaganC/O Joe Mclaughlan 'chippy'.I do remember tho' Mrs Hine wandering around the bridge saying how pretty the 'fireworks' were!!!
The date November 11th 1971 Amistice Day! It was the Indian Navy that shelled us,begining of East Pakistan becoming Bangladesh.
regards Malcolm Bennington ex City of St Albans 'leccy'
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Old 17th February 2008, 19:13
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My last ship was the City of Newcastle,.i was serving as 4th engineer until her last voyage, then she was sold to the Ben line as the Benrathe in 1967.
i was with you then and sailed on benratha from glasgow on maiden voyage
. i remember you and ginger the other 4th, keith another jnr. laurie the 3rd. and costello the 2nd. and dick the company cadet.
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Old 27th February 2008, 12:52
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Late to the party,but never mind.I did two coasts on the Newcastle in 1973 as extra third. On the way back from the boozer, after a run ashore one night i managed to find a street name plate from the houses that were being pulling down next to Gladstone dock, the name?, NEWCASTLE STREET. Was it still onboard when the ship was sold ?.
Ps Left a good overcoat in the spare cabin next to the smoke room the first time ,it wasn't there the next time !!!
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Old 9th October 2009, 21:05
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Something wrong here, I sailed two trips on the Newcastle , the second trip was 9 mths long and terminated in Montreal in 1976. The Olympic games were on the time and all the flights home were booked out, so we were put up in a French style hotel for a fortnight ---first time I ate snails. I digress, the poiunt is ,was this the same City of Newcastle that you refer to.
I joined the Newcastle as Junior Engineer in Montreal, as the Olympics were ending.
As I recall just across the river they were running the last boat races.
Although we got as far as Chittagong, we came back via Suez, with Kenyan Tea, paying off in Avonmouth.
I was able to give running light across the North Atlantic in Winter a miss.
A much shorter trip than you.
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hello roy, hope alls well with you,its ginger again long time no contact!since our last contact ive managed to get in touch with tim hudson who was 3rd eng with us on the good old Newcastle he has asked about you but I cant remember your e.mail address apart from 007 ho ho.everything fine with us here just come back from a great 2wks in denmark, stay in touch cheers ginger.
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Hi Fergus you old salt. I am trying to think of yor last name?Iwas leccy on that trip Capt Hine had his wife who thought the 'fireworks' were lovely (shells) Mike Fagan C/O (died of cancer about 2 years ago)I remember we limped back to Calcutta for repairs,was the irish chippy Mclaughan? It was certainly a trip to remember.You can thank me (I was running the bar)for conning a barrel of beer from the superintendand.Do you remember we had a plaque made with one of the shell holes? Hope to hear from you and if you can remember any of the other officers name
Happy xmas & New year. Malcolm (Bennington)
I was cadet on the St Albans in '72 for the drydock doing the permanent repairs, Alexander Stevens in Glasgow. They cut a plate out of the starboard side of No 2 hatch then went on strike for about a month. It was great fun walking up to the toilets on a wet November morning.

I stayed on for the trip to yarpie land were you there for that trip Malcolm, you name seems familiar
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There was many a time I was glad to see that " Black, white and sh### Funnel after a night ashore in some imposssible place, The Captain was I.G>Lumley a Welshman and I was on my first trip ever as A/P and I joined her in London, does anyone remember the Post Box in London Dox where you could post 50 King Eddies and the GPO Van did the smuggling.
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Old 20th October 2009, 17:22
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Capt Hine + wife was on the City of St Albans when we got shelled.We were on our way to Kulna(chalna)to load hessian.We were hit about 74 times but were lucky as most of the shells had dropped off and only the detonators hit us,eough to give us a fright though.After returning to Calcutta for repairs we then went to Mauritus to loadsugar.The only crew members I can remember were Mike FaganC/O Joe Mclaughlan 'chippy'.I do remember tho' Mrs Hine wandering around the bridge saying how pretty the 'fireworks' were!!!
The date November 11th 1971 Amistice Day! It was the Indian Navy that shelled us,begining of East Pakistan becoming Bangladesh.
regards Malcolm Bennington ex City of St Albans 'leccy'
She was some woman and Alan and Rose came to our wedding I remember when we were on the "St Albans" passing them somewhere and Rose waving the yellow quarantine flag she was some woman and after Alan died she kept up her work with the RNLI
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I joined the Newcastle as Junior Engineer in Montreal, as the Olympics were ending.
As I recall just across the river they were running the last boat races.
Although we got as far as Chittagong, we came back via Suez, with Kenyan Tea, paying off in Avonmouth.
I was able to give running light across the North Atlantic in Winter a miss.
A much shorter trip than you.
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Hi ,
I think I was on the same trip then as I joined the City of Newcastle in Toronto in September 76 ,as I recall we raced across the Indian Ocean in late December and just managed to get tied up in Mombassa around 19;00 hours on Christmas Eve . And yes we finally paid off in Avonmouth in early 77
Some of the engineers on that trip were 4/E "little Taff" , J/E "Stan the man ".

Regards, Mark
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Old 8th June 2010, 16:14
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She was my fist trip. Joined Hull Sept 74. Paid off Swansea April 75. Loaded Hull, Antwerp, London, Liverpool, Belfast and Dublin. Discharge usual Persian Gulf ports. Came back light around Cape as Suez still closed. A long way and we had to stop at Durban for bunkers both ways.
Happy days.
Clive Radley was mate - later was mate on the ill-fated Derbyshire. Poor guy that must have been awful. You can just imagine them trying to get the lifeboats out in a hurricane - if there was time even for that.
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