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Well, not quite. However, ex-Blue Funnelers might be interested in a conversation one of my colleagues had this morning.

He was asked to value a small container feeder ship recently renamed "Priam", owned by an Australian company, Ocean Shipping Pty. Ltd. It turns out that this company is run by a former Blue Funnel master, Capt. Denis Gallagher. Furthermore, I'm told that the "Priam" sports the traditional Blue Flue colour scheme of black hull/white upperworks and, of course, the blue funnel. There doesn't appear to be any photos of her around as the "Priam" but here's one of her under her former name of Gabrielle:

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=319473

Ocean Shipping also own a smaller feeder ship called "Telemachus". Again, there doesn't seem to be any photos of her around.

Whilst these vessels undoubtedly do not hold the same charm and sentiment as the old Blue Funnel ships, I thought this might be of interest nonetheless.

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Ah, I'm not actuially a member of WSS Paul. Does she really sport the accurate Blue Funnel livery, or is it a bit of wishful thinking on the part of my colleague?

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As far as I am aware the original Ocean name of the company is now held by Exel, the road transport logistics firm.

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Thanks for all the comments Chaps. Shame that Capt. Gallagher isn't here himself to give us the full story of his company.

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From Indonesia Shipping Gazette of June 25.
Ocean Shipping Pty Ltd was incorporated May 1997 and is headquartered in Townsville, Queensland. Managing Director is Denis Gallagher. Owns and operates 4 geared multipurpose vessels, plus 2 in a joint-venture with PT Meratus Line of Indonesia. All Singapore flag and on time charter to regional operators trading Asia/Australia/Pacific Islands.

If anybody wants to contact Denis, company address (from phone book) is Ocean Shipping Pty Ltd., 41 Macrossan Street, Townsville, QLD 4810. Telephone (07) 4721 5568, e-mail [email protected] (No i in address)

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I think it unlikely that Denis Gallagher was a Blue Funnel Master unless he is in his 80s however, it is most likely he was an officer in that company.
 

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It is 46 years ago that I left the Blue Funnel Line after 6 years service therein (Deck Boy to AB left immediately on obtaining 2nd Mates (FG)). The company I left can never be reborn simply by using the same livery and names. After all these years I still hold my 'China Boat' memories very dear. In all the years away my regards for the men I sailed with is undiminished and the skills of the legendary Bosuns found in that company were not to be found elsewhere in British or any other flag. Sailed for an ex Blue Funnel Shipowner in the 80s who was horrified when this name/ livery thing was suggested. And rightly so.
 

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Dennis Gallagher

I think it unlikely that Denis Gallagher was a Blue Funnel Master unless he is in his 80s however, it is most likely he was an officer in that company.

Dennis rose to 3rd Mate in Blue Flu. Next time I saw him he was Mate on a Smit Lloyd oil-rig supply ship in Bass Strait, then a ship-broker in Brisbane in 1988.
 

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It is 46 years ago that I left the Blue Funnel Line after 6 years service therein (Deck Boy to AB left immediately on obtaining 2nd Mates (FG)). The company I left can never be reborn simply by using the same livery and names. After all these years I still hold my 'China Boat' memories very dear. In all the years away my regards for the men I sailed with is undiminished and the skills of the legendary Bosuns found in that company were not to be found elsewhere in British or any other flag. Sailed for an ex Blue Funnel Shipowner in the 80s who was horrified when this name/ livery thing was suggested. And rightly so.
Whilst I understand your sentimentality for the old Blue Funnel, no one has the right to decide who can use what livery on a ship. I'm sure that the company who have bought these ships have chosen the livery for their own good reasons and have the same right to use it as did Alfred Holt.

Making a sweeping statement regarding Blue Funnel bosuns that you cannot proove is nothing less than a slight on the many non Blue Funnel bosuns who sailed in the worlds merchant navies and probably had the skill and experience to match any of their peers. I sailed with a number of bosuns, who I believe had such knowledge and skill of seamanship matters that what they didn't know could be written on the back of a fag packet. However, according to your sweeping statement, they were 'second' class' seamen because they didn't sail for Blue Funnel.
 

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Whilst I understand your sentimentality for the old Blue Funnel, no one has the right to decide who can use what livery on a ship. I'm sure that the company who have bought these ships have chosen the livery for their own good reasons and have the same right to use it as did Alfred Holt.

Making a sweeping statement regarding Blue Funnel bosuns that you cannot proove is nothing less than a slight on the many non Blue Funnel bosuns who sailed in the worlds merchant navies and probably had the skill and experience to match any of their peers. I sailed with a number of bosuns, who I believe had such knowledge and skill of seamanship matters that what they didn't know could be written on the back of a fag packet. However, according to your sweeping statement, they were 'second' class' seamen because they didn't sail for Blue Funnel.
There was no implication that others were second class and further as Blue Funnel as such ceased around 67 some 10 years before you were even starting your apprenticeship you are hardly in a position to discuss the merits of this company.
 

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There was no implication that others were second class and further as Blue Funnel as such ceased around 67 some 10 years before you were even starting your apprenticeship you are hardly in a position to discuss the merits of this company.
I was not discussing the merits of the company, just your implied opinion that Blue Funnel bosuns were better than anyone elses.

That I started my seagoing career ten years after the 'demise' of Blue Funnel does not exclude me from airing my opinions on any company that ceased to trade before I went to sea. By your argument, no one can make comments on the merits of the likes of the White Star Line or The Aberdeen Line or any other company that ceased to trade before World War II, as these companies ceased to trade 'as such' before any of us started our seagoing careers.
 

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I was not discussing the merits of the company, just your implied opinion that Blue Funnel bosuns were better than anyone elses.

That I started my seagoing career ten years after the 'demise' of Blue Funnel does not exclude me from airing my opinions on any company that ceased to trade before I went to sea. By your argument, no one can make comments on the merits of the likes of the White Star Line or The Aberdeen Line or any other company that ceased to trade before World War II, as these companies ceased to trade 'as such' before any of us started our seagoing careers.
Primarily this site is about nostalgia and having sailed for the first six years (55/61) of a fifty year career with the Blue Funnel Line I was merely relecting my opinion on comparing both the Bosuns and Deck crew found therein with others as the best. I am quite aware that there were other fine seamen in other companies but one had to experience the Blue Funnel to know what I am talking about. Believe me it was different than elsewhere in the British flag as it was more like a family. The 'crowd' were all BF men from Deck Boy. Not 'off the pool' although I am told this 'creeped in' in the late 60s.
I say to you with all respect that unless one experienced the BF pre say 67/68 it is difficult to understand.


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From my experience the same "family" feeling can be attributed to -

Lamport & Holt
Bankline
P.S.N.C.
Blue Star
Hadley Shipping Co.
Esso
Texaco
Portline
Wilson Line

All with excellent officers and crew of all nationalities.
Thinking about it I would even add Hungry Hogarth and R. S. Dalgliesh if speaking about the regular officers and crew.

Oh, tall blue funnel
With top of black,
We will worship you -
Till we get the sack. - Anon.

Found that in the front of an album of very old pictures of very old Blue Funnel ships. One of two albums purchased recently and obviously compiled by a fan.
 
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