Second mate in '73. Masters were JG Ridley, Joe MacNeil, and Rodney Megran. I remember striking oil in the segregated ballast, it went all over the harbourmasters launch in Fawley, JG must have known something about the harbourmaster as no legal action was forthcoming! Also loading in Bonny and Forcados when we found that all the valves were passing and that the concept of loading every second hold had been somewhat compromised. As this was only discovered after we had arrived in Forcados it made for a somewhat interesting load and subsequent discharge!I believe the vessel continued downhill from there and was eventually relegated to Ore Cargo only.
Anyway it sealed my decision to keep well clear of any similar vessels and hastened my transfer into the offshore world.
Yes that was me.
Certainly is a small world, I even came across a letter in Seaways a couple of years ago, signed JG Ridley Redcar, there can't have been two of them could there?
It is amazing who you come across in this forum, names from the past and memories of events often best left just as that.
PS I looked at your portfolio and am mightily impressed!
I cannot remember the Chiefs name, although Erskine seems to ring a bell or two, he was a geordie if I remember correctly (thats not much of a clue!) and had fair hair(and thats not much better) he didnt get on with R100%M but who did?
I joined Denholms in 1970 Bibi, Clunepark,Trollpark, Scotstoun and finally Avon Bridge then moved into offshore/marine services world for next 30 years. Now Harbourmastering in Hebrides not quite Bermuda but suits me fine.
Hi StephenSmall world!
Your relief, Sandy Cathro did a double-header. He was on board for just about a year. Far too long. Lost track of him, but I know that he later married the Junior Sparkie and they left Denholms sailed together on German flag ships for many years.
A couple of years ago I found a photo of EDEN BRIDGE... sitting in port with a broken back!
Wasn't Tommy Erskine on the Avon Bridge at that time, I think the name was Alec Rennie, doing his last trip. I was aboard when that chief left and he disappeared in Sicily for a few days causing panic with the agent as he thought he had been kidnapped by the Mafia!A small reddish fair haired ch.eng. from South Shields , that can only have
been Tommy Erskine.
Stephen ; I have noticed in many of your postings that you seem to enjoy
character assasinations especially when the people concerned are not able
to reply to you. I do not think this is proper for an open forum.
If you wish to continue ****ging people , please do this via PM's. Thanks,