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Names of shipmates I remember;
Dave Roddick, James Grant, Russell Gordon, Jack Evans, Jim Sunners
( deceased) Bob Stoddart, Les Dow, Harry Allison, Ron McMurtrie, Cliff Watson, Rankin Sinclair, Campbell Sinclair, Johhny McCallum, Jeff Purnell, Stan Deavearaux, Les Flockhart, Pete Roberts, Chris O'Grady, Mike Jones, Ted Wezdecki, Bob Beattie, Larry Cleall-Harding, Eric Lorimer, Alan Ross,
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Virtually all of the above ring bells for me, Here are a few more that I sailed with:-

Capt Barrow, Capt Sam Baxter, Bill Behenna, Bruce Bennion, George Black, Capt Phil Brand (D),
Capt Tony Briggs, Ian Clucas, Dave Coscar, Brian Cotterill, Charlie Draught, Tony Dunster, Huw Evans, Ken Fawcett, Capt Tommy Fox-Lloyd , Dave Garside, Capt Charles Gray,
John Gray, Capt Nobby Grayson,, Capt Erin Jackson, Nigel James, John Kerbyson, Laurie Des Landes (D), Charles Lindall , Tony Lloyd, Bill Lloyd-Jones, Capt J.A.MacLaren, Pete Margeson, Don McLeod, Dave Meeks, Dave Monks, Capt “Crikey” Morris Capt John Munro, Roger Newlands, Jeff Nicholls, Capt John Nuttall, Capt Owen Pritchard, “Taffy” Roberts, Capt John “Cyclone” Saxty, Dan Scroggie, Barry Shawcross , Roger Smart, Andy Stallard, Capt Michael Taylor, Capt G.B.Thomas, Capt Eddie Watkins,Capt Butch Ward, Capt, John Watson-Ross, Dave Wild, Alan Willis, Dave Winter, Bill Wood, Dave Wolfenden, Steve Worthington,

There are more but that’s enough for now
 

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I am looking for Bill Adams who I last saw in Colombo in 1956. At the time he was 2nd Mate on one of your Brooklebank ship in that port. He was at Nav school with me and others in Aberdeen early to mid 50's

Thanks Bill Ross
 

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I forget to add Crikey Morris, it was his first trip as master on my first on Maihar, also first as CE for Russell Gordon, who I believe is in a home in Leven in Fife.
Also Butch Ward, was 1st mate on Matra with his wife on honeymoon.
Also Cpt. Nuttall
 

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A couple of names from Michael's 9th July message I have been in
touch with recently.

Sam Baxter was on the "Friends Reunited" website last year and we passed
a few messages about "Makrana" .

Nobby Grayson was on the first Snowbow "Maritime Memories" cruise,
or Ancient mariners Cruise as we called it. Tony Spriggins was also
there and the Brocklebank Flag was flown along with others. We
were the only 3 from Brocklebanks on that cruise.

Anyone going on the next one from Harwich to Barcelona on Sept 20th?

"Crikey" Morris was Master on the Maihar which was the first
Brocklebank ship that I piloted into the Tees.

Capt "Gob" Nutall was Master in "Malancha" on my first trip.
What an impression he gave to a young man!!!!

Tony C
 

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Unknown Sparks

Calling all ex-Brocklebank Sparkies. Do you recognise this chap ?
Came across this photo-taken on Mahout,Mawana or Mangla 68-70 on the reverse is "Tony 2nd Sparks" no idea of surname, but would satify the puzzle if someone recognises him.
 

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Tony Crompton said:
A couple of names from Michael's 9th July message I have been in
touch with recently.

Sam Baxter was on the "Friends Reunited" website last year and we passed
a few messages about "Makrana" .

Nobby Grayson was on the first Snowbow "Maritime Memories" cruise,
or Ancient mariners Cruise as we called it. Tony Spriggins was also
there and the Brocklebank Flag was flown along with others. We
were the only 3 from Brocklebanks on that cruise.

Anyone going on the next one from Harwich to Barcelona on Sept 20th?

"Crikey" Morris was Master on the Maihar which was the first
Brocklebank ship that I piloted into the Tees.

Capt "Gob" Nutall was Master in "Malancha" on my first trip.
What an impression he gave to a young man!!!!

Tony C
Any idea the date of taking Maihar into the Tees Tony?
 

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Maihar

Sorry Tony, I was hoping you were referring to the REAL Maihar, the sssshhhteam driven one, not the grease driven ship!
From all accounts the MV Maihar and sister were fabulous ships, with everything you could wish from, and duplicated at that.
Did to see that article in past Sea Breezes re these?
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japottinger said:
Sorry Tony, I was hoping you were referring to the REAL Maihar, the sssshhhteam driven one, not the grease driven ship!
From all accounts the MV Maihar and sister were fabulous ships, with everything you could wish from, and duplicated at that.
Did to see that article in past Sea Breezes re these?
Jim
Jim,

I notice from many of your posts that you seem a little biased in favor of steam driven vessels over diesel powered ships so I am sure the following little ditty which we used to sing on the Mahsud (The REAL diesel one) might appeal to your sense of humor:-

If you ever go to Sweden where the maidens are so fair
Go along to Gothenburg you’ll find a shipyard there
Where they build Pielstick engines, they’re “automatic” too
And those “automatic” engines give me the finger pokin’ blues.

Although I can sing it I can’t remember the actual name of the tune it was sung to. Maybe some other Brocklebank members might be able to help.

I also remember that we used to say the reason the engines were called “automatic” was because they automatically went wrong and we automatically went and fixed them.

Seriously though, they were outstanding ships and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Mahsud.

Regards,

Ray C
 

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Sung to "Fulsom Prison Blues". But where are the other 5 verses. Came across a typed up version on Lumen or Luminetta - same shipyard, same powerhouse less a few Cheveaux. Used to know who penned the words but that fails me now.
 

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Thanks for the tune info. I have been trying to remember that for a while. I never knew any other verses and only remember this one because of a slightly built Scottish Leckie whose name escapes now but who used to sing it incesantly especially when he had had a few pints.

Ray Charlton
 

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He was electrician on Lucerna in 1976, name escapes me but I can picture him behind his glass. I believe he was the author. Will have to ask Stuart for help with the name.
 

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Brocklebank Song

No idea of the correct name of the tune but I remember,

"They say there's a Brocklebank leaving Madras"
"Bound for old Kidderpore"
"Heavily laden with 26 men bound for the port they abhor"
"They say that Calcutta's a wonderful place"
"But take it from us its a great big disgrace"
"They don't grow Maize, Barley or Wheat"
"But humans and cattle all sleep in the street"
"And so I am told that for a very small charge"
"You can go down to Park Street for a phoney massage"
"And just round the corner, it's not very far"
"You meet the intelegentia in Isiah's Bar".
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Another song

I remember engineers singing :-

"We are we are we are we are
we are the engineers,
we can we can we can we can
devour forty beers,
Boilermakers, Navigators can not drink with us,
and we don't give a damn for any old man
that don't give a damn for us"

cannot remember the middle few verses but they
were about Lady Godiva's ride through Coventry
with the last lines being

"and the first to help her off her horse and take her for a beer
was a Board of Trade Surveyor, ex Brocklebank Engineer"

Any engineers remember the full version?
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Tony C
 

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I well remember Fred. I first sailed with him on one of the ex-Cunarders (It was the Mahronda). We were in Aqaba, Jordan, discharging ex-BAOR Chieftain tanks. Fred
collpsed on deck and was rushed ashore with a suspected heart attack. The next day, however, the doctors said they would return him to the ship after a couple of days drying out!
I ended up working with Fred's battie-wallah trying to fix winches (not very successfully). Working on top of the winch houses, however, provided a good view of the antics on deck.
Several of the tanks were carried as deck cargo, and were pretty rusted up by the time we arrived in Jordan from Hamburg. Several were suffering from siezed brakes. The method used by the stevedores to shift the tanks was to rig a heavy-lift cable through a pully secured on deck and run the bitter end to the tank. Winching in on the cable dragged the tank along the deck and freed the brakes. They had a little Jordanian army sergeant in the tank's driver's seat to re-apply the brakes. This operation worked splendidly for three or four tanks, but one must have been a bit more obstinate than those that preceded it. More power was required by the heavy-lift winch in an attempt to unseize this particular tank. All of a sudden, with a loud bang the pulley attached to the deck broke free, the winch took up the slack, and the front of this 40-odd-ton tank was lifted at an angle of nearly 45 degress. At this stage the brakes freed themselves and the metal behemoth started to trundle down the deck, scattering arabs, deck cadets, crew and anyone else who happened to be in it's path.
Now don't forget the little Jordanian Sergeant in the driver's position, frantically stomping on the brakes. Our hero (not that he had much choice) managed to stop the run-away tank not too many feet from the front of the all-aft accommodation. I remember thinking that it was a good thing that the ship's bar was on the other side and out of harm's way.

Luckily, nobody was injured in the slightest. All the dents to the hatch-coamings and bulwarks were eventually repaired. Oh, and Fred made it safely back to the ship.

I later sailed with Fred on the Lucellum and we saw in 1978 (I think) in Albany, New York.
But that is another story.

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The name of the Tune is "Bless Them All" the long and the short and the tall you wont gat no promotion this side of the ocean so cheer up my lads bless them all. Its an Old military song.
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Blue Moon

Blue moon was Fred McKays song. He would also at or around the time he was ready to sing somehow managed to slowly climb out of his chair and end up "perched on the back " flutter his wings a bit ; chirp somewhat and then break into Blue Moon . That was usually the sign for everyone to "turn in " !
Derek
 
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