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Old 11th April 2013, 16:32
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Delphic (Shaw Savill)

Just joined SN, so this is my first thread. I have been watching the various posts over of companies I used to sail with. I am an ex Marconi sparky.
I was on the Delphic from late '69 to Feb '71. She went to scrap the next voyage
I remember the following, and apologies to those I can't, by name anyway.
Capt McEwan, c/o Bill Strevens, 2/o Bob Joughin, 3/o's Mick Bullock, Norman Sadd, Mike Smith, Roger Watkins. Fridge was Arthur Maquire, Leckies, Jim Gilluley, Dennis Chapman and Alan Thorburn. Then there was Watty Haig, Dennis Philips and Geoff Ahern. Stan Wheeler was the C/Stwd.
I have only met up with Cpt McEwan about 1980 on the Cairn Elm and Bob Joughin who was a lecturer at either Plymouth or Portsmouth Polytechnic.
As they say, memories, but happy ones.
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Old 12th April 2013, 22:04
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Welcome to SN. Enjoy the site.

I sailed with Bob Joughin when he was C/O on Cotswold Prince in 1974. He became a lecturer at Warsash.

He is pictured here ( you will have to believe me!)

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Old 13th April 2013, 19:06
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Thanks Paul

When I saw Bob, it must have been between 1987 and 1991. I was demonstrating the advantages of satellite comms to the 'new' cadets and possible 'supers'.

Doing my job out of business!

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Old 15th April 2013, 19:05
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when I moved to Portishead in 1975 there were still 150 officers at the radio station, now even the sea going variety has gone ! times change indeed
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Old 16th April 2013, 13:04
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Hi John
I was on the Globtik Tokyo Apr-Aug '75, Running between Gulf and Kagoshima, Japan.

I used to do telex 'tests' with GKS (I think) on auto calling.
It was in the days when you called up on CW first to get a Telex channel.

Probably one of the first nails in the coffin.

Peter
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Old 15th February 2014, 20:51
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Hi all, You were on board at the same time as myself. I used to be called Maverick if you remember.
I was an Engineering Officer. All the names you mentioned I can remember but have lost contact.
I did have an email address of Alan Thorburn who lives / lived in New Zealand.

I remember the last trip from the UK via New Zealand to Taiwan where we left the ship and flew back home.
I will try and find some photographs I still have of some of the crew and post here if I can.
Good to see someone is still about.
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Old 24th December 2014, 01:32
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Just joined SN, so this is my first thread. I have been watching the various posts over of companies I used to sail with. I am an ex Marconi sparky.
I was on the Delphic from late '69 to Feb '71. She went to scrap the next voyage
I remember the following, and apologies to those I can't, by name anyway.
Capt McEwan, c/o Bill Strevens, 2/o Bob Joughin, 3/o's Mick Bullock, Norman Sadd, Mike Smith, Roger Watkins. Fridge was Arthur Maquire, Leckies, Jim Gilluley, Dennis Chapman and Alan Thorburn. Then there was Watty Haig, Dennis Philips and Geoff Ahern. Stan Wheeler was the C/Stwd.
I have only met up with Cpt McEwan about 1980 on the Cairn Elm and Bob Joughin who was a lecturer at either Plymouth or Portsmouth Polytechnic.
As they say, memories, but happy ones.
Hi Peter Arnold - do you remember a junior engineer called Snoz (aka Brian Riegler) on MV Delphic? I did two trips not long before she was scrapped - S.Africa - Australia - N.Zealand - etc. I think I was the first engineer ever to miss the ship in Sydney - then get locked-up in Auckland on the second trip!? (ALL completely innocent). Be good to hear from you or any others who remember me (how could you forget that....?!) Cheers all.
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Old 24th December 2014, 12:35
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Hello Brian, with such a 'history' I am surprised I cannot immediately member your name. I do remember a couple of times in Sydney, having to go to Monty's bar with the 3rd mate to round up one or two crew late returners.
Note, there is a small website "shaw Saville - culture shock"
Dennis Philips, Geoff Ahern, John Scarry and I think Alan Thornber have posted on that. Watty Haig I think is a leading member of the Shaw Saville Association UK.
No use getting older if you don't get wiser. Not sure where I went wrong.
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Old 22nd March 2015, 23:28
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Delphic 69 ish

Is there any one out there remembers building a bar on the Delphic we had it open at sea and when we got to the aussie and kiwi coast Had a good laugh from what I can remember
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Old 23rd March 2015, 00:32
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Delphic's crew bar.................!!

Hi - my name is Bri Riegler (Snoz) and was a junior engineer on Delphic 1969 through two deep sea trips to Oz and Kiwi to 1970/71 and spent many a happy hour in the crew bar!! Can't remember any names - but I remember having a few rollikings off the Queen Bee for drinking with the crew (bloomin good bunch they all were too!!) Happy Days!!!!!

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Old 23rd March 2015, 10:23
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The bar was built on the outward voyage October 1969. It was constructed in two cabins in a cross alleyway. The cabins had been used in yesteryear by 'horse groom' and 'cattleman'. There were no external portholes so the bar was 'designed' as a dungeon. The main feature was a door made to look like a dungeon door with mock iron nails, made of polystyrene and a cargo hatch ring bolt as the door handle/knocker. The inaugural opening was about the 21st November in New Zealand, how do I remember, it was mine and a nav cadet's 21st birthday.

The bar was further embellished, in keeping with the theme. We purchased a BSR record player deck, installed in the radio room and connected to the point to point telephone system. We gradually accumulated a collection of records which were played and 'piped' into the bar. These, I understand were donated to a school in Kiwi, that had 'adopted' the Delphic.

I remember a couple of crew members, particularly Bosun (Mr Claridge) Lamp trimmer (Mr Lineacre). I should remember Chippy as he made our 21 today keys out of plywood, but alas, I cannot remember that bit.

Good times

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Old 23rd March 2015, 21:04
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Hi Peter Arnold - do you remember a junior engineer called Snoz (aka Brian Riegler) on MV Delphic? I did two trips not long before she was scrapped - S.Africa - Australia - N.Zealand - etc. I think I was the first engineer ever to miss the ship in Sydney - then get locked-up in Auckland on the second trip!? (ALL completely innocent). Be good to hear from you or any others who remember me (how could you forget that....?!) Cheers all.
. Thanks brian and Peter I done 3 trips on the delphic. I was sixteen years old when I joined her and just a lowly gally. Boy later to rise to the dizzy heights of a steward..regarding the Delphic bar I got my picture in one of the New Zealand news papers when the bar was opened. So this info ties up with your info Peter both me and another
Kid was pictured behind the bar with t shirts on with the Delphic kiddies wrote on them, I have been trying to find out which newspaper took the pics but it was a long time ago. If I track it down I will put it on this site, Peter would you know the nick name of that bosun you mention. Thanks guys. Please keep me in the loop. Tom
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Old 23rd March 2015, 22:24
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The bar was built on the outward voyage October 1969. It was constructed in two cabins in a cross alleyway. The cabins had been used in yesteryear by 'horse groom' and 'cattleman'. There were no external portholes so the bar was 'designed' as a dungeon. The main feature was a door made to look like a dungeon door with mock iron nails, made of polystyrene and a cargo hatch ring bolt as the door handle/knocker. The inaugural opening was about the 21st November in New Zealand, how do I remember, it was mine and a nav cadet's 21st birthday.

The bar was further embellished, in keeping with the theme. We purchased a BSR record player deck, installed in the radio room and connected to the point to point telephone system. We gradually accumulated a collection of records which were played and 'piped' into the bar. These, I understand were donated to a school in Kiwi, that had 'adopted' the Delphic.

I remember a couple of crew members, particularly Bosun (Mr Claridge) Lamp trimmer (Mr Lineacre). I should remember Chippy as he made our 21 today keys out of plywood, but alas, I cannot remember that bit.

Good times

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the bosun would be Mick Claridge smoked a pipe
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Old 24th March 2015, 01:01
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Hi ~ are you Pete Arnold ? Did we sail together on Southern Cross? my cabin as junior purser was the pilots cabin next to the Radio Room!
Cheers Jamie the Purser
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Old 24th March 2015, 09:22
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Hi Jamie

I never got to the elevated position of 'passy' boats.
In my dreams maybe.

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Old 25th March 2015, 10:14
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Hi Peter ~ thanks your response ~ strange there being another sparky with name Arnold ~ maybe it is Roger ~ sort of rings a bell. Noticed on previous posting you recalled Mick Bullock ~ he lives in Auckland NZ ~ and may have retired after serving many years as Captain of a containership. Mick & I sailed on Southern Cross in 1969 ~ he was junior 3rd then.
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Old 25th March 2015, 10:41
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I'm a bit confused here, I think there are two bars being mentioned but both are being referred to as "crew bar". I was on Delphic in 1968 as AB and there was a bar in existence, built in the crew recreation room, after end of accommodation on the port side, which was the same side as the deck dept. cabins.
Peter, are you speaking of a bar being built for mates and engineers etc.??
The bosun on Delphic was a friend of mine from Tiree named Murdo McDonald and the lampy was a Brummie John ?? who got married whilst we were in NZ and I did stand in lampy. Murdo asked me would I take the lampy's job on next voyage. Subsequently I was put ashore ill when we reached Panama and taken by ambulance to Colon where I stayed for 6 weeks then transferred by Northern star to london where I spent 6 months in Greenwich.
The reason I write the above paragraph is because of my surprise to learn that Murdo did not remain as bosun ... I rejoined SS&A but never heard of him again.

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Old 25th March 2015, 14:20
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To Jamie and Ferrandou.

I did three trips on the Delphic
16/10/69 to 6/3/70. It was on this trip that the 'Officers' bar was built.
Mick Bullock was also on this trip, I last saw him when we attended the wedding of the 3rd mate, Norman Sadd.

Murdo was the Bosun, I now recall with your prompting. I remember we went up to Bremerhaven, with ice coming down the Elbe. Those on deck were all togged up in heavy weather gear. Murdo was on the focstle wearing a home made singlet and shorts made of canvas, or so I was told.

The following trips were
2/4/70 to 8/9/70

12/10/70 to 26/2/71.

I believe it was these last voyages, that M Claridge and Lampy I refer to sailed.

To Jamie, my wife says there can't be two Peter Arnold's. Not sure what she means by that.

Take care, happy memories.

No use getting older if you don't get wiser... I have gone wrong somewhere!
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Thank you Peter, for making things clear.
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Ferandou. I did two trips on the Medic in 1970/1971 and the bosun was called Murdo McDonald - but I think he was from Stornaway.
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Ferandou. I did two trips on the Medic in 1970/1971 and the bosun was called Murdo McDonald - but I think he was from Stornaway.
It was a reasonably common name in that part of the world but I never sailed with many Hebrideans on SS&A. Murdo did not smoke or drink alcohol and his main hobby was fancy ropework.
He was not a big man but he was as strong as an Ox and was not a bosun for sitting in his cabin or wandering around aimlessly. I first met him on English Star, he was a first trip DHU but a fast learner and we became firm friends. His father was a weaver of Tweed. I think after Delphic he must have gone to Medic.
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Murdo did not smoke or drink alcohol and his main hobby was fancy ropework.
He was not a big man but he was as strong as an Ox and was not a bosun for sitting in his cabin or wandering around aimlessly
Sounds like the same Murdo that I sailed with.
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Delphic, Murdo

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Sounds like the same Murdo that I sailed with.
My recollection of him, and his attire in winter, as I described, might have conjured up the image of a Viking going into battle.

No use getting older if you don't get wiser, one out of two is not bad!

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I all you ex Delphic guys have just joined the forum and great to read about you all.Joined delphic 1969 and stayed till scrap.Peter i remember
the days building the bar with you the First mate?and many others.Snoz
we were on watch together in the engine room,Met Wally Haig out here in NZ.I have lived in NZ since 1972 last ship Laurentic.
Would love to see/hear from any of you guys if over this way live in Whangarei.
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Old 17th July 2015, 20:40
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Hi Dennis, I think we last touched base on the Shaw Saville Culture shock site.
The first mate was Bill Strevens, it was from his wardrobe we obtained the plinth for the record player turntable. To think we could actually play vinyl records whilst under way. I had contact with Alan Thornber, I think he was 3rd Elec, he's out in NZ. Everybody seems to have gone to NZ. Sad to say, I can't remember many of the Juniors names. I did visit NZ about 5 years ago, but didn't know about this and the other Shaw Savill site. Maybe some day.

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