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Welcome to the site Promar.promar said:Thanks for the information about the book. Have just received my copy in the post this morning (£32). From first perusal it certainly appears to be an excellent reference. Notwithstanding its focus on the tanker fleet I was a little disappointed to see the only photo of the "North Sea" vessels being represented by the Forties Kiwi. Your point about the fleet incidents like the 'Aviator collision and fire on the 'Queen are well taken, but there are probably so many that we are talking about another book!. Incidentally there is no mention about the British Baron and Duke, if my memeory serves me correctly, being designated towing vessels and equipped with special towing winches on the poop.
Here in Aberdeen there are quite few of Ex BP Mariners. We have annual get to together which Stuart usually manages to attend coming up from Devon. Stories about Stuart are so many they are worthy of a book! As for being a ladies man ...well I can support that but saying anthing more would compromise the rules of the forum!! Above all he remains a gentlemanrichardc said:Welcome to the site Macjac. I sailed with Stuart LeFevre when I was a first trip apprentice on the Power from oct 64 to apr 65, a nice chap. He was the Xtra Mate at the time and I seem to remember he had a taste for Lapsang tea on the bridge after tea at 1800. He also had a penchant for the ladies I seem to remember. The Power was a good ship at the time as we had a good bunch amidships and all got on together well.
I first met Stuart 1957 upon joining the "British Industry" (new) John Browns,promar said:Here in Aberdeen there are quite few of Ex BP Mariners. We have annual get to together which Stuart usually manages to attend coming up from Devon. Stories about Stuart are so many they are worthy of a book! As for being a ladies man ...well I can support that but saying anthing more would compromise the rules of the forum!! Above all he remains a gentleman
There is an apochryphal story about when the Patrol had to her leave her long-time coastal trade pattern. Half way down the channel they suddenly realised that there were no sextants aboard. The trip to Port Said was interesting to say the least and followed a somewhat unathordox passage plan!richardc said:Didn't the Patrol go "deep sea" in 1966 during the seamans strike along with the Workman. That must have been some trip. I was on the Centaur at the time and we spent weeks going from the Gulf to the Med via the Cape, a lot of the time at 12 1/2 knots.
John, Is there anything from my website ( pics etc) in Ray Solly's book. He contacted me 2004 about info. I was wondering whether it was worth the $100 for me to get a copy?John_F said:Recently purchased a copy of the above book. It features photos of almost every vessel ever owned by the Group plus a short potted history of each vessel from launch to scrap. As a factual reference book it is very good but I was disappointed in some ways as there are very few anecdotes (& there must be many that could be told). For example, there is no mention of the collision between the Aviator & the Crystal Jewell, no mention of the fire aboard the Queen. However, the first few chapters on the development of the fleet from 1915 to the current day are excellent with plenty of illustrations & cutaway drawings of vessels & equipment. Not cheap at £40 but you can get a 10% discount if purchased direct from the publishers, Chatham Publishing. ISBN No:1861762518.
I know a George Munn , 1952 "Engineering" apprentice. Same guy?Argyll said:Anyone out there remember a apprentice by the name George Munn from Ardrossan. he would have finished his time in 1964. I was in the Watt college with him , I will give the reason for this request later beleive it is honourable.
Graham,Graham Wallace said:John, Is there anything from my website ( pics etc) in Ray Solly's book. He contacted me 2004 about info. I was wondering whether it was worth the $100 for me to get a copy?