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I'm Maurice Grant and my first Second Engineers job was on the Dominic in 1954? and we had a couple of trips up to Iquitos one at low river where we took a fortnight from Manaus. Did you go up as far as that? Would be interested to correspond
 

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Welcome onboard Maurice to the site, enjoy it, we do. You are now amongst the sea/ship loving fraternity, most of us left years ago but our minds are still there.
 

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Hi Maurice,
I had given up hope of hearing from any other Booth Line seagoers
and had not tuned into the "ships nostalgia" site for some time.Sorry to keep you waiting such a long time for a reply.
I joined the "Dominic" as R/O in 1970 and sailed with her on and off for 4 great years. Never got as far as Iquitos
but spent great times on the Amazon from Belem to Manaus.
I left the sea in 1979 and now work for the Irish Aviation Authority where 3 or 4 other
Booth Line ex r/os also work.
We still remeniss about the good old days with
Maggies and all agree they were the best days of our lives.
Were you on the first trip when Booths took over the Dominic from the Danes? what was yr first trip on her? Do u remember
any of the names of those who sailed with u? Looking forward to hearing from u
and I wont miss out any posts from now on at the site

frank fawl
 

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Hi there - surprised someone didn't pick up on my comment (Best Watering Holes) about that shack in the jungle behind Manaus!! Me - ex Booth America - long time up the river - many strange memories - MV. Viajero.
 

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I sailed in the Boniface and the Benedict in 1983. Belem was unbelievable. 24 hour party town par excellence. Obidos upriver was very odd. Went ashore with some guys who were poisoned by 'high wine' wood alchohol mixed with Bacardi. Manaus was even better than Belem, especially The Cathedral club, built in the crypt of the ruins of the burnt out cathedral. What went on there was definitely NOT in the Book of Common Prayer!!!
 

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Six weeks from Belem to Iquitos - aground three times, one of them for ten days. Lost two propellors. Happy days. Drank a lot of Budweiser and Slitz!! Before the time of radar. Expect it's very different now - no cruise ships up there then.
 

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Hi,
Only did 1 trip with Booths in 1971 as 3/0 on the BONIFACE(ex ROSSETTI)my 1st trip as 3/0. great trip and great people. It was the trip after she had a mishap with the Brazilian gunboat and ended up in drydock in Belem. Can not remeber any names but I can remember the experience.
Sorry for the delay but only just found this sight

Dick S
 

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Hi Guys,

I was up in Manaus in 1960s on the L+H Sheridan. Along with our sister ship Spencer we ran between New York, West Indies and Manaus and St lawrence in the summer months, you may remember us.

Met quite a few Booth ships up there and in the Amazon and our two ships were later transfered to Booth Line as the Cyril and Cuthbert. I also sailed on the Rubens, which became the Bernard, and sailed on her again when she came back to L+H as the Rossini.

Chris.
 

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I sailed on the S.S. Denis to Brazil and up the Amazon in April, 1951. A lovely shipping line. Had a lot of fun and gained a lot of EXPERIENCE!
 

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Sailed as R/O on Basil in 1960's. Came back to join her in Hull after weekend ashore to find Customs rummage squads all over the vessel. They had found quite a hoard. We then took her round to the Blackwater for lay-up. (After we had all spent time with paint brushes making sure everything was spic and span)
 

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Boniface 1965

Hi,
Only did 1 trip with Booths in 1971 as 3/0 on the BONIFACE(ex ROSSETTI)my 1st trip as 3/0. great trip and great people. It was the trip after she had a mishap with the Brazilian gunboat and ended up in drydock in Belem. Can not remeber any names but I can remember the experience.
Sorry for the delay but only just found this sight

Dick S
hi i did one trip on the Boniface as galley boy 1965 it was a good trip till we got
to Barbados lost two crew by drowning. they said it was jinksed because she
had canged her name cant remember what she was called?.was it the same
ship you sailed on??

billyt
 

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Sad Loss On the Boniface

are there any ex Boniface crew from 1965 when we done all the west indies,
they will remember because it was a sad end to a good trip when the two A/B's
Eddie Lennon, and Lenny Bean Drowned in Barbados at the back of the New York bar. I was the galley boy and the cook was a colored feller from Liverpool
Charley??????/ would like to here from any one.

Billyt
 

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I was r/o on cuthbert nov 71 to jan 73, joined in NY did 4 trips upto Iquitos, best trip I ever did, several scouse officers Yogi & red engineers (4th eng pictured on the cuthbert pic seen on google at sale but cant remember his name. but he did take well to the pet pig ' georgeV). Elec jim (remember him setting fire to his bunk) 2nd mate ex china service, several skippers last one a taffy, big bearded mate from devon area, ch stwd also scouser, ch eng geordie who marred a WI girl and lived in trinidat -never had so much shore time
 

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At sea in the 50s with Booths

Hi ,

My father was on the "Dunstan" back in the 50s, just wondering if anyone else did a trip on her, my father to this day has a lovely photo of her on his hallway wall along with other ship photos he worked on.My Father has loads of good stories, but unfortunately cannot navigate a computer yet, I am trying to persuade him to get a pc and join this fantasic forum.

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Phill
 

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Boniface Photos

Hi, has anybody got any photos of the Boniface at sea or in dock
would like to see her again.
thank's
 

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Anyone remember Chief Stewards Fred Archer and Sam Murtagh, both ex Booth Line?

John T.
Ch/Stwd Sam Murtagh was around in P&O GCD in the mid 70's. I seem to remember his wife was spanish and he lived in Spain. He was also a really superb ballroom dancer a great asset on a run ashore in Belem!!
 
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