Fyffes Line - Ships Nostalgia
23:30

Welcome
Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

Fyffes Line

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 23rd September 2005, 17:35
Andyroo Andyroo is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 10
Fyffes Line

Any one from the 'M' boats before being sold on in the 80's
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 23rd September 2005, 17:41
R58484956's Avatar
Super Moderator
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1952 - 1965
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 14,864
Go into forums and put in Elders, there are quite a few E & F sailors on that thread.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 23rd September 2005, 20:44
John Rogers's Avatar
John Rogers John Rogers is online now  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1947 - 1954
 
Join Date: May 2004
My location
Posts: 11,262
Never on a "M' boat but sailed on the "A", "B" and "C"
ARIGUANI, BAYANO,CORRALES,and the CAVINA . Oh!! Happy days.
John
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 16th January 2006, 17:12
KevinR KevinR is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
My location
Posts: 46
I was C/Engr. on the Manzanares and Musa for a while. All the banana ports were a good run ashore, especially Golfito!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 4th February 2006, 19:33
Basil's Avatar
Basil Basil is online now  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1962 - 1964
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,056
Seem to recollect Puerto Cortes being an amusing little place - at any time of the day or night
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 22nd February 2006, 23:58
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Puerto Cortes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ian Haldane
Seem to recollect Puerto Cortes being an amusing little place - at any time of the day or night
An occupational hazard when sailing on Bayano and Barranca (the wee container ships) - there every week !!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 23rd February 2006, 00:04
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Fyffes Line

Hi Guys,
Anyone fancy submitting names of those BOT aquaintances that we sailed with in Fyffes as has been done by the Brocklebank boys ? (of which I once was before Fyffes)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 23rd February 2006, 00:28
terence terence is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
My location
Posts: 31,259
its still sad to see ships u have been on gone to the breakers chirripo chicanoa changuinola chuscal chuscal only ten years old thats o .p ,e , c. for u ?



Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 23rd February 2006, 02:01
Andyroo Andyroo is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 10
Unhappy P.Cortes

Hi Jim S
Been back to Cortes since Barranca & Bayano as surveyor ,unfortunately social diseases have taken their toll of the usual watering holes. Getting a lot more civilised unfortunately.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 23rd February 2006, 21:16
trevorw3740 trevorw3740 is offline  
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Rogers
Never on a "M' boat but sailed on the "A", "B" and "C"
ARIGUANI, BAYANO,CORRALES,and the CAVINA . Oh!! Happy days.
John
Did my first trip to sea on "Ariguani" in March, 1955 - I was 2nd R/O

Regards

Trevor
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 23rd February 2006, 23:06
John Rogers's Avatar
John Rogers John Rogers is online now  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1947 - 1954
 
Join Date: May 2004
My location
Posts: 11,262
That was a couple of years after me Trevor,we gave her and her sisters the name of "The Sea Going Coalmines" 24 fires back to back.
John
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 23rd February 2006, 23:19
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Fyffes Line 1974

I attach a list of postings on Fyffes Line ships early 1974.

In order to make the print clearer I have divided the page into three sections
Part 1. Barranca, Bayano, Darien, Davao, Magdalena, Manistee
Part 2. Manzanares, MAtina, Mazatec, Morant, Motagua, Musa
Part 3. Patuca, Rio Cobre, Roatan, Ronde, Tucurinca, Turrialba
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Scan10343.jpg (69.9 KB, 435 views)
File Type: jpg Scan10345.jpg (77.0 KB, 413 views)
File Type: jpg Scan10347.jpg (72.0 KB, 369 views)
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 24th February 2006, 03:20
Doug H's Avatar
Doug H Doug H is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Radio Officer
Active: 1953 - 1958
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 251
Fyffe's Line

Jim S: No Radio Officers??
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 24th February 2006, 08:56
trotterdotpom trotterdotpom is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18,380
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug H
Jim S: No Radio Officers??
Fyffes ROs were from Radio Companies (Marconi I think) so probably not known to whoever printed the lists. I sailed on Morant in the '70s as a 'Freelance' and wasn't on the list, I did however, have a fine time

John T.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 24th February 2006, 20:20
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Fyffes Line

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug H
Jim S: No Radio Officers??
This was a Fyffes circular and omitted R/Os as they were not direct employees of Fyffes.

As an aside, a good many years ago, and I cannot now remember the ship.
But I recall a newspaper report that a Fyffes ship had sailed up the US East Coast without an R/O. I believe they had left a sick R/O at a previous port.
Possibly the thinking had been that they would be in VHF contact on passage up the coast but this cut no ice with US authorities and were fined for the breach.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 25th February 2006, 00:44
trotterdotpom trotterdotpom is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18,380
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim S
This was a Fyffes circular and omitted R/Os as they were not direct employees of Fyffes.

As an aside, a good many years ago, and I cannot now remember the ship.
But I recall a newspaper report that a Fyffes ship had sailed up the US East Coast without an R/O. I believe they had left a sick R/O at a previous port.
Possibly the thinking had been that they would be in VHF contact on passage up the coast but this cut no ice with US authorities and were fined for the breach.
Could this have been Morant? I joined her in dodgy circumstances in Genoa (story already posted elsewhere on site). She had previously been trading up the US west coast and RO had got into trouble with white powdery substances purchased in Central America.

John T.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 25th February 2006, 18:12
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Missing R/O

Quote:
Originally Posted by trotterdotpom
Could this have been Morant? I joined her in dodgy circumstances in Genoa (story already posted elsewhere on site). She had previously been trading up the US west coast and RO had got into trouble with white powdery substances purchased in Central America.

John T.
Could well have been - I was not with Fyffes by then and it was just one of these things that caught the eye in a newspaper - the passing years have clouded the detail.

Surprised at the "white powdery substances " - in my day ganja was the halucinate of choise. I suppose that is "progress" . On Camito we would often get a passenger or two from Jamaica with one way ticket to Bermuda - little did they know, or perhaps did not care, that they were under suspicion. They were clever operators though and would engage some assistance from the galley staff and just off Bermuda a choreographed dumping of galley slops would take place at the same time as the packages of ganja was dumped to be picked up by waiting boats. The galley refuse being intended to distract the patrolling police launches.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 26th February 2006, 14:40
Andyroo Andyroo is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim S
This was a Fyffes circular and omitted R/Os as they were not direct employees of Fyffes.

As an aside, a good many years ago, and I cannot now remember the ship.
But I recall a newspaper report that a Fyffes ship had sailed up the US East Coast without an R/O. I believe they had left a sick R/O at a previous port.
Possibly the thinking had been that they would be in VHF contact on passage up the coast but this cut no ice with US authorities and were fined for the breach.
can coinfirm as on vessel @ time as 2/0. charterers paid up as cargo urgent. passage was from Golfito to Albany via canal. Illness was not drug related.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 26th February 2006, 15:02
trotterdotpom trotterdotpom is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18,380
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andyroo
can coinfirm as on vessel @ time as 2/0. charterers paid up as cargo urgent. passage was from Golfito to Albany via canal. Illness was not drug related.
Thanks Andy, obviously a different episode.

John t.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 2nd March 2006, 21:24
dondoncarp's Avatar
dondoncarp dondoncarp is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
My location
Posts: 664
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andyroo
Any one from the 'M' boats before being sold on in the 80's
I was on Mazatec late 83 Golly,Tela,ETC.........Happy Days,Now where did i put that pure coconut oil,suns coming out!
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 12th March 2006, 20:34
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Fyffes Line Staff Late 1960's - Early 1970's

I have listed the names of Fyffes Line staff that I remember during my time with the company from late 1967 until mid 1974 to see if it awakens any memories, good or bad. I apologise in advance that the names I remember are predominately engineering.
Eng Supts;- Frank Parsons, Bob Thomson, Tommy Chambers, Derek Griffiths.
Chief Engs;- "Sam" Greedy, John Smith, "Silias" Hall, Pat Stockbridge, Frank Meredith, Andy Beveridge, Brian? Clarricoates, ? De Rozario. Pat "Snecky" Inverarity.
2nd Engs;- Pat Carey
Elects;- Eric Taylor, George Briggs, Ken Carlisle, Hugh King, Mike Ryan, ? Williams, "Spider" Webb, Ernie Stanhope.
Refrig Engs;- Jimmy Leatherbarrow, Trevor Owen, Kevin Murphy or might have been Murray, Benny Banks, his brother Bobby Banks.
Captains;- Chubb, Hamilton, Thomson, the one from Arran, there was another "Aberdeen" Thomson, Hill, Dole, Young, Morris, Booth, Hodges, and Evans.
Gilbert who was Mate became Master before I left.
Pat Carey became Chief Eng on Rio Cobre.
Marcus Bowden who was 3rd Eng on Camito became Chief Eng on Barranca and when I last heard was with the Dutch based " "White Ships" Ship Management Co.
"Sam" Greedy became Supt and then Operations Manager before the demise of Fyffes.
I heard from Marcus Bowden a couple of years ago that some of the above have passed away. Tommy Chambers, Frank Meredith, Eric Taylor, Hugh King,
Jimmy Leatherbarrow and in tragic circumstances while still serving Bobby Banks.
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 2nd April 2006, 19:03
Torrin Torrin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18
Jim

I sailed on three M boats in the late seventies early eighties the first was the Magdelana John Smith was the chief engineer if i remember he was from Liverpool and very much into boxing . He liked to practice with anyone who would take him on. My last trip with Fyffes was on the Barranca and Marcus Bowden was the chief in 1982

Regards Alan
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 2nd April 2006, 22:27
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Fyffes Line

Alan,
I sailed with John Smith C/Eng on Chicanoa in 1968. He never got anyone to take him on at boxing then. He and the 3rd Eng played deck tennis every morning. John Smith's policy was to intimidate his opponent by aiming the quoit at his face. He always liked to win. Liked to be seen as a bully but it was all an act. One day the Electrician locked himself in his cabin and would not come out until C/Eng apologised.
Marcus Bowden was 3rd Eng on Camito - I was very pleased to hear many years after I had left Fyffes that Marcus had got his Chief's ticket.

Three trips on an M-class ship you were a glutton for punishment.

Jim S

ps I have added an incident that I had with CPP on Motagua to my picture of Motagua in Gallery

Last edited by Jim S; 2nd April 2006 at 22:39.. Reason: addition
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 3rd April 2006, 16:26
Torrin Torrin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 18
Jim

It could have been worse when I first joined Fyffes they asked me to join the Darien in Japan. Fortunately or unfortunately suppose which way you look at it she had a major engineroom fire of the coast of Japan. No one hurt I think but she was towed to a Japanese port for repair, on joining the Magdelana in Genoa everyone on board said I was very lucky to have missed the Darien.

Jim you might be able to answer this, one of the M boats hit an uncharted reef in the carribean sea and she had to be towed to Savanha for dry dock and repairs. The old man was highly thought of by crew on the Motagua. I think his first name was Emyln ?
Apparantly there is a statue on this reef dedicated to three scotsmen who lost there lives there.

Cheers Alan
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 3rd April 2006, 21:05
Jim S Jim S is offline   SN Supporter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,386
Quote:
Originally Posted by Torrin
Jim

It could have been worse when I first joined Fyffes they asked me to join the Darien in Japan. Fortunately or unfortunately suppose which way you look at it she had a major engineroom fire of the coast of Japan. No one hurt I think but she was towed to a Japanese port for repair, on joining the Magdelana in Genoa everyone on board said I was very lucky to have missed the Darien.

Jim you might be able to answer this, one of the M boats hit an uncharted reef in the carribean sea and she had to be towed to Savanha for dry dock and repairs. The old man was highly thought of by crew on the Motagua. I think his first name was Emyln ?
Apparantly there is a statue on this reef dedicated to three scotsmen who lost there lives there.

Cheers Alan
Yes you were lucky Darien and sister Davao were fine looking ships but engine wise they were dogs. The previous German owners were glad to get rid of them.
About the M-Class grounding and Master's name - I don't know but I know a man who might. Will let you know.
Jim S
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Silver Line Ltd, London litavan Looking for Old Shipmates 605 3rd December 2019 08:47
The Palm Line Man Alwyn Palm Line 9 29th June 2018 04:07
Palm Line Contacts Alwyn Palm Line 17 8th April 2013 10:05
Picture Use. Glen and Shire Line. Capt.John Bax. Ret. Glen Line 5 22nd February 2007 21:33
GLEN and SHIRE LINE PICTURES. Capt.John Bax. Ret. Glen Line 2 9th October 2006 19:38



Support SN


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.