This small village of about 200 souls, is my birthplace. A stone's throw from the fishing town of Buckie in the background....To the right at the back is Jones'es Slip and boat yard, to the left by the crane, Herd & McKenzies slip yard.
I took this photo 3 years ago, Jones yard now derelict, the b
The Second world War battleship USS Iowa squeezing through locks on the Panama Canal heading for a maritime museum in San Francisco. It took two days for the 48,000 ton ship to negotiate the 80km canal with less than 30cm of clearance on either side of the locks. Most ships take about eight or nine
I stumbled on this old photo, while doing research for my book.
The Mosquito bar is on the near corner and upstairs. You can just see where the 'soi' (street) bends to the right, which leads to the Seamens Mission...still there today but called Mariners club of Bangkok
A journal entry, describes i
Doing a bit of shopping in Chong Pang City, which is a small community not far from Sembawang dock Singapore. Was there for a month. ship was getting extra steel put in.
Note the sign...Leaves a lot to be desired!!
The generator was going to Sydney. After the dollop of Tasman Sea drained away, it simply 'disappeared, leaving a few lengths of chain still shackled to the lugs, flapping uselessly on deck. circa 70's.
This was the state of the galley on "Pioneer Tween" when we joined in Dunedin N.Z. in the 80's.
Nobody knew who owned the ship ( too many shadow companies.)
Chartered to N.Z, steel for the Tasman run. The Dunedin cleaning ladies took four days to get the ship up to a livable standard...An absolute d
A blue grass monkey we bought in Visghapatnam India, for a carton of ****...Named thus because he would give an aspro a head ache.
Had a fondness for draining tumblers of anything.
Taken in the bar of "New Zealand Alliance"...drunk on gin.