My father, Charles Sleightolme was first mate to Griff in the late fifties and then took over as Master on Griffs retirement until his own retirement in 1971.Hi Nelson,
Hadn't seen your post before I replied to your msg. Re "Griff" and Jimmy, I remember that they got a group of us barred from a pub somewhere; Griff had asked for a cloth to wipe the darts scoreboard.....when they wouldn't pay attention he used their plush window drapes to do the job. Their were lots of other characters on the colliers at that time, who I heard mentioned in conversations but never came across e.g., "Flash Farrant", and "Russian Johnnie". Most of us R/Os would not have been long enough in that trade to encounter many of them, but I'm sure there must be other crew members out there with a host of memories.
Thanks for that. If it was the same Jimmy (C/Steward), he lived in Blyth, but came originally from Buckie. Stansberry was Mate under Griff when I was on her; he was from Banbury, and was referred to in his absence by Griff as "that gentleman f-----g farmer". You don't happen to remember the name of the C/Eng at that time , do you? Think he was from South Shields.My father, Charles Sleightolme was first mate to Griff in the late fifties and then took over as Master on Griffs retirement until his own retirement in 1971.
I remember visiting the Corbeach in 1960 in Blyth and the guy I think you are referring to as Jimmy would have been Jimmy Cole the Chief Steward who came from Blyth. I then spent my school summer holidays in 1965 & 66 on the Corbeach, mainly going from Sunderland North Dock to Bowaters Quay, Northfleet on the Thames. Jimmy Cole was still there. First Mate was a Paul Stainsbury(Southerner) and the R/O was a lad in his early twenties from Sunderland (the Argo Frigate was his local pub).
I joined Corbeach in the summer of 63, on the same day as a replacement 3rd Engineer named Brian Kirkley from South Shields. We went on to become drinking buddies......often wondered what happened to him afterwards. You might well have been his predecessor?I sailed as 3rd eng on the Corbank and Corbeach in early sixties, they were sister ships. The were two other motor colliers of about the same size but they were not the same as the Bank and yhe Beach. They were Corbrae and Corburn, I think the latter two were a bit older than the Bank and the Beach.