Hi John, I was slightly earlier than that, left the Euroliner in Southampton 27th October 1972 and went direct employ with Bibby Line on their N Atlantic container ships.Hi Marconiman you would not happen to be Nick Dunbar, he was ECO when I joined the Euroliner in September 1074
Hi Steven, Yes same voyage, I expect we had a pint at the bar. My book is stamped 31st Aug 72 Clyde Ports paid off Southampton 27th Oct 72. The Old Man's signature is N A Macdonald. You would have also done the following voyage in that case.I must have been on board at the same period. I joined at New York on 7 Sept 1972. Paid off 'Clyde Ports' on 25th Nov, 1072.
Roddy Mackenzie was Mate. Williamson was Master (I think. He left about three weeks later and RS Sharp took over.
The 'torch' was definitely not EUROLINER, the pieces were on the dock at Weehawken when arrived... probably October or November.
Mike Pride was Eng Cadet. The Deck Cadet, can't remember his name, but he was known as 'Captain Kettle'. When he left I became the 'Senior' Deck Cadet. (After Kettle left I was the only one!)
The torch incident was EUROFREIGHTER (I believe) and the master was IC Grahame.
On 22nd Nov we departing Le Havre. The port rotation was different. Had come from New York, missed Le Havre, missed Zeebrugge and went straight to Rotterdam, Bremerhaven and then came down to Le Havre to head for Greenock. On departure we were in a 'hurry' to get off the berth and out of the port as a VLCC was coming on and we would be delayed. Went to station immediately and left the berth. As soon as we were clear she picked speed. Making one of the turns, she was probably going to fast, but the ship heeled and the port propeller struck the bottom. Went out on the starboard propeller. Once clear of the port the engine started again and seemed to work, but the CP would not give any ahead or astern. Headed straight to Greenock. Got there on the 23rd Nov. At that point the ship was put into Scott Lithgow for repairs. I left the ship before going into the dock.
My dad passed on 5 November. I was going to be able to get home for the funeral. As we were going to go into dock I was paid off and flew back to Bermuda. Remained home until 13 Dec and flew up to New York to rejoin. Promoted to Uncert 3rd Mate at NY. Did two 'tours' and paid off on 28th Jan 1973. On the morning of 29th I was in the classroom at GCNS!
Marconiman: trying to recall the surname of the ECO during my 5 months on the Euroliner. Can picture him, but only remember him as Paul. Paid off Euroliner 30/11/71 in Rotterdam. I am sure he was on the GTV's for some consuderable time.Hi John, I was slightly earlier than that, left the Euroliner in Southampton 27th October 1972 and went direct employ with Bibby Line on their N Atlantic container ships.
The GTV's were well ahead of their time in the 70's wouldn't have missed the experience for anything, the only similar thing for me was the RN frigates propulsion systems after I had left the MN and worked as trials engineer with naval systems.
Must have been NA Macdonald not Williamson.
My book, 'VOYAGES' . Wrote down for day joining and date leaving and then list of the ports. Unfortunately I didn't write down dates at each port. Would be damn useful now!
You joined 31st August. at Greenock. Did you make two round voyages... ie Greenock US Ports then European ports to US Ports, back to European ports and left at Southampton OR did you make one the one full round voyage.... Greenock, US Ports... European ports and left in Southampton?
Who was R/O while you where there? Can't remember his name.
I was only very briefly in ASIAFREIGHTER... one week, Greenock to New York, Feb, 1974. 3/O, but as supernumerary. Did some watches for the Mate, 2nd & 3rd to give them a break. Dougie Naismith was master.
Was the order not NY , Norfolk , Baltimore , Wilmington then last , Charleston ?.
Regarding the voyages I think it must have been two as it spanned 2 months, the order of ports was Greenock-NY-Baltimore-Charlston-Wilmington-maybe continent then Soton or other way round. It would have been more likely two than one as previously with Dart Line Containers had done 2 trips on and one off each voyage of 3 weeks Soton-Halifax-NY-Norfolk-Antwerp-Soton and had done 14 of those. The Euroliner was faster but more ports so I guess 2 round voyages.
Somehow those policemen do not look young despite the short trousers.
Didn`t the waitresses have to carry 4? in each hand or some such quantity. Not sure if it`s still there. Happy times in Hamburg, with the Star Club over the road somewhere, & of course `Penny Farthing Alley`, good old days.
The Zillertahl, didn't you have to buy the band a round when a particular tune started and the hat was carried through the beer hall and if it ended up on your head, you were then elected to conduct the band.