I joined Common Bros in 1977 probably one of the last batch of Cadets to join the company. I was with them until they laid everyone off in 1981/82. Great memories and met lots of good guys and lassies in my time with Commons.
Sailed on Caribbean Endeavour, Fina Britannia, Kurdistan (on her when she broke in two off the Canadian Coast) Afgahnistan, Alakram, Danny F, Fernando F, Persia.
Any old ship mates who are out there, love to hear from you.
Iain May, Edinburgh
I Always wounder if the pump room steam plant was covered in a white powder if this is the cause.of mesothelioma. The union has done some research into this with similar ships from BP.My late husband was a cadet with Common Bros and left for NZS late sixties. Gordon Scott, unfortunately he got mesothelioma in 2012 and died in 2013, its a horrible disease.
My husband said when he was a cadet and in the shipyards, the air was white like snow. My brother in law died in 2010 of asbestos related disease as well and he as a plumber in the ship yards. My husband's cousin also died of mesothelioma when he was 60 he had been exposed in the Royal Navy.I Always wounder if the pump room steam plant was covered in a white powder if this is the cause.of mesothelioma. The union has done some research into this with similar ships from BP.
Wasn't with Commons very long; sailing as 2nd Mate in IRON HORSEThis is Chris james how are you doing.
Good afternoon Mel.A merry Christmas and a happy new to all ex Common Brother staff.
Its been a long long time since anyone has written on these pages so I hope i'm
not the only one left !.
regards to all
I served my cadetship with Common Brothers from 1972 to 1976 then sailed as 3rd and 2nd mate until 1978
Started on Arabiyah then Daghestan, Langley (ex Butmah of Total oil -still the worst ship I have ever been on), Border Castle, Frank D Moores which became Kurdistan while I was on board, Vastiram two tours - almost all at anchor in Lagos! before finally leaving for B&I of Ireland.
Anyone left out there?