In Oct 61 I joined the Clyde Explorer on the the Tyne as AB. (really British Explorer but renamed by BP as a Tax dodge )With a mixed crowd of Geordies and Jocks. We were heading for a few months work on the Aussie Coast. At Port Said waiting for the Northbound Convoy to clear, we heard that The Workman was coming North. She was full of fellow Geordies and we all knew each other. As she passed us there was lots of screaming and shouting between ships,Great hilarity, and they were pointing to the backend. Then we started see the name as she passed !first the letter e the s and so on, esuohkrow hsitirb. Someone had been over the stern through the night coming through the canal.Hi John-F I heard many years ago that something similar happened to the BR Workman,it was repainted Workhouse do not know if it was true,and never met anyone who could verify it
First post on here!BRITISH QUEEN,built 1959,32431 g.t.16 knots,in an impressive shot of the era.
(old pic collect.)
Graham,I have a drydockcrew list when she left drydock March 1961, J/E's Dick Payne, David Jones and JR Henton were three of my buddies. Are you interested?
Was Dick Payne from Barrow (***bria) or thereabouts?
I'm sure I sailed with an E/Cdt a few years back by the name of James Payne and I think he mentioned his father had been with the company.
Thanks for the above info, would they have sailed with her when I was aboard