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Hi Alwyn
is your surname Copin [spelling?] ,if so I sailed with you possibly on the Apapa Palm ,but definitely between 1986 1988. I was second electrician I think you were fourth engineer
let me know
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Chris, Hi, yes it is Alwyn Coppin, don't think he uses the site much anymore. According to Palm Bulletin you were together on the Apapa Palm as at 1st December 1977, just after she joined the fleet.

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Chris, Hi, yes it is Alwyn Coppin, don't think he uses the site much anymore. According to Palm Bulletin you were together on the Apapa Palm as at 1st December 1977, just after she joined the fleet.

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Graham
Hi Graham
I did get a reply from him ,he remembered a small incident where a chip fat fryer caught fire whilst the Apapa was in dry dock in Middle Docks in South Shields . I sailed on the first 2 trips before leaving Palm Line summer 1978. I joined her in Lagos originally whilst she was still the Schoenburg The photo of the ER Scottie dog posted was probably taken just after I left . The chief on my last trip was John Cook the electrician is Cliff Hutchinson. I would be interested in a electronic copy of the bulletin if possible.
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Hi Chris, will try to get the "Bulletin" scannned as soon as I can. You must have worked with my Dad then, he did the voyage prior to the ship being taken over from Schuldts whilst it was on charter to the Black Star Line. He did the drydocking in Sheilds. Adrian Hobbins. Happy New Year.
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Hi Graham
Happy New Year
I must have sailed with your father I joined the Schoenberg as it was then in Lagos on 17th June 1977 [wonderful things diaries]
and left it in Liverpool , to rejoin in Middle Docks later in the summer
Somewhere I have a photo of the Apapa in Tilbury before leaving on its maiden trip to Lagos , cannot find it at the moment
I have got a scan of an Apapa Palm menu for 18/2/78 but cannot work out how to attach it

Cheers Chris
 

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How I remember those menu cards!!
 

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Left the company not long after this one was launched. However, I did a voyage on the old Africa Palm, went up the Manchester Ship Cnal in her to SSalford Docks as well. She had very dark wood panelling in the officers cabins, iron radiators that were very troublesome and the Doxford engine was a small bore four, I had a shock when I first saw this small engine in the middle of the plating down below. But it was a happy ship, cannot remember who was on it.
 

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Viewing that menu was strange as it was very ordinary.
When I sailed with Palm Line 1957/62 the dinner menu was a fairly elaborate affair and we mostly fed well. Had to have some attraction to go down the "Coast".
Guess the daily rate was reduced but scrambled eggs for supper. That is a new one.
Bill
 

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OK you guys, I will get out my Xmas menu and post it as the Ibadan Palm had a terrific menu for Xmas 1967. The back is signed by all the ships officers; George Redford was the second engineer and the purser/chief steward was Andy Bryce. He used to give us tickets for our expenses and say they had been forwarded to the Kremlin. We had a great crew and 'Gunboat' Smith was the captain.
 

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Locking Splice has posted a photo in the Gallery of the funnel of Africa Palm..It reminded me of an incident concerning another Palm ship funnel...
When employed as a ships rigger in Tilbury Docks I had a crane drivers licence which enabled me to operate all the types of cranes used in the docks..It was very convenient in storing ships,removing hold rubbish etc...it saved much time in not having to rig derricks..
Mid 1960's I was using a crane to put stewards stores aboard the old LOKOJA PALM and using wire nets..
As I slewed the crane shorewards a gust of wind blew the empty net onto the funnel and it fouled the tree ripping it from its fixings..As I continued to slew,the tree dropped and struck the gunwhale of a lifeboat then fell onto the quay at bottom of gangway...Fortunately nobody was close by...
The felled tree had its fronds straightened and was replanted on the funnel by shiprepairers...
 

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Hi Chris, will try to get the "Bulletin" scannned as soon as I can. You must have worked with my Dad then, he did the voyage prior to the ship being taken over from Schuldts whilst it was on charter to the Black Star Line. He did the drydocking in Sheilds. Adrian Hobbins. Happy New Year.
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Graham
Graham long time since we met. You were often on turn rounds with your dad when we met, I was a junior engineer at the time, mark williamson. Best regards to both you and your dad who was great to sail with
 

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Hi Mark,

Really good to hear from you, I remember you well. You had a lot of pestering to put up with from me! Dad is well and sends his regards back, he was 80 last October and is still golfing most days.

What are you up to these days? PM me if you like

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Graham
 

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Africapalm, great to see you here and a very warm welcome from the Palmliners that are still around. I often wondered what had happened to you after that little job in Falmouth with Eddie Burkhill.

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David Wilson.
 

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Hi graham, just found this site today and going through some of the comments. Must be getting old as nostalgic for palm. Left the sea in 86 when booted out by palm, done all sorts, now work as business development manager for a college in Birkenhead. What about you? Your dad was the best guy, still enjoying his tipple I suppose.
 
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