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I spent several months as R/O on the "Corbeach" in the early 60`s. Really good little ship. We were up and down the east coast, and used to do trips to Setubal in Portugal, with coal ex Blyth, or NE, and return to UK with ore for I can`t remember where.
 

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Hello Nelson
“Corbeach” William Cory & Son
Built by: 1957 Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. Ltd.
2106 Gt 2760 dwt 270 x 39 x 18 British Polar 8 Cylinder
1040 bhp capable of 11k

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Hi Nelson,

spent a very interesting time as 2nd Mate aboard her sister ship the 'Corbank' (see my avatar) in the 70s cruising the Meddy but don't have any recollection of a Sparks being aboard. Probably was, but in comparison to my other rather extrovert shipmates he may have just been keeping a low profile. Arguably one of the best ships I ever sailed on.
 

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Corbeach
Renamed Kappa Pioneer 72,
Revilo 73
Romney 75
Assos 75
Astronaut 78
Sank 13th December 1979 after developing leaks on voyage Larnaca/Beira.

Corbank
Sold 1977 name unchanged
Aground on rocks 14th January 1982 at Jounieh Lebanon after striking submerged object on voyage Chekka/ Iskenderun

From Black Diamond Fleets by Norman Middlemiss
 

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Hi Nelson,

I agree with you about the Corbeach, she was my favourite of the ships I sailed on. I was R/O on her 63/64, like you, did a mixture of trips Blyth to Thames/Medway, as well as that round trip you mentioned; if I recall correctly it was Hull-Setubal-Ghent and back. Great days indeed......do you remember the "Seven Stars"? That's where I made my HQ!
Thanks also to you other guys for the extra information, it's greatly appreciated.
 

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I was sparks on Corburn for a few weeks in 1956. The captain was extremely variable in character, he had been chucked off cable ships, one was never sure what would happen next. When we got to Battersea the cook would send the boy ashore for fish and chips for our dinner. We broke down off the Longships, the hatches were covered most of the time, we were going sideways onto the rocks and I thought my end had come, later we broke down just as we passed Dover and blocked the cross channel traffic for a good while... they seemed irritated. We used to take coal to the glue factory in Plymouth and tied up next to a huge pile of verminous and smelly bones. There was a Dortmunder beerglass in my cabin, I still have it.
 

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Was R/O on the Corburn from 7/8/57 to 6/2/59.
Joined her at the Tyne entrance outward bound. The R/O had fallen asleep and missed the Newcastle station. There was a canary in my cabin but it dissapeared at London
There were six different Captains during my time there. Think I know the one you referred to.
Regards Bert
 

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Hello Bert, you did well staying so long on Corburn. She was a smart little ship. That skipper's name was Anderson, sometimes he would leave Bible tracts in my cabin and shortly after that might swing to the other extreme.
I looked at your profile but there is nothing there, I was disappointed. It would be great if chaps would add just a bit to their profiles.
Best wishes
Harry
 

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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.
 

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ships plans Corbeach

James Pottinger made some very good drawings of the Corbeach in 1/100.
I enlarged them in 1/50 that makes a nice 1,68 metre model. Wishes to build her at this scale, but lack time to do so.

Does anyone have some more detailed pictures? I would be happy to get more picture of the deck, superstructures, front castle and the poop.

I saw the picture on the gallery, already. a good overall picture.

Apart the Corbank, had the corbeach other sister-ship(s)?

Thank you for your help
 

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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.
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).
 

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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).
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.
 

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What a great little vessel, I was on her during the last couple of months before she was sold to a Greek outfit. We were trading west coast to the continent mainly stone from Newlyn out and grain in, sometimes sulphur from the continent to Garston. We got caught up with the National dock Strike in 1972 in Liverpool, we were in the Brunswick Dock with grain on the Friday lunch time the dockers had a meeting and went to the pub and on stike, the National dock strike commenced on the Monday.
We remained in Liverpool for the duration of the strike we only had about 3 hrs of discharging to go to finish. The sparkie from Dublin cant remember his name, hired a private plane from Liverpool to Paris he piloted it and went to see the French classic horserace at Longchamp, he invited me to go with him I thought he was joking. It was only when he was away all day that I found out he was in earnest, when he returned we checked his licence and hire details, it was genuine. He must have been a Sparkie for a hobby and not for money.
We handed the vessel over to the new owners in Cardiff, first we knew we were sold was when the Agent boarded us in the locks as we entered port. He said the new crew were in the MN Hotel and would join the ship on completion of discharge. Our Bosun was a Welsh Geordie had been on board for 14 yrs and had no leave for about 7 years, he was on an emergency tax code to pay back taxes he owed, he had a wife and daughter in Sunderland but no real home. He was a very sad and broken man when I left,I did really feel for him as the Corbeach was his home. I often think how he fared in life after the Corbeach went.
The strange thing about the Corbeach is that I cant remember names but can remember where everyone came from, I can even remember their faces but their names is a mystery.
 

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Apart from the Corbank, had the corbeach other sister-ship(s)?

From the looks of her she is a lot like the Corbrae. I sailed on her during the summer of 1957 and really enjoyed it. The Captain was I think called Galloway and came from Herne Bay. The second mate was a man called Barker.
 

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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.
 

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"Our Bosun was a Welsh Geordie had been on board for 14 yrs and had no leave for about 7 years, he was on an emergency tax code to pay back taxes he owed, he had a wife and daughter in Sunderland but no real home. He was a very sad and broken man when I left,I did really feel for him as the Corbeach was his home. I often think how he fared in life after the Corbeach went.
The strange thing about the Corbeach is that I cant remember names but can remember where everyone came from, I can even remember their faces but their names is a mystery."

Yes, I remember the chap.......a good-humoured, easy-going bloke; called Taff, naturally.
 

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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.
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?
 
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