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Anyone got a photograph of the PASS OF MELFORT one of the fleet of Pass tankers that was on the UK and Continent coast. I think a couple of the others where the Pass of Kildrummy and the Pass of Glenclunie (dont know if the spelling is correct) Did time as Donkeyman on her in 1967...Thanks Frank
 

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Hi Frank

There's a photo of PASS OF MELFORT (if you ignore the tug alongside) in this forum, just put PASS OF MELFORT in the "search forum" dropdown menu above.
 

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Thanks Bob.....
Pity about the tug...Fond memories of this little lady...a big eye opener from the deep sea vessels...you could eat a three course dinner of the engine room plates,it was that clean and polished and painted...like being in a sub in heavy weather..most of her was under water....if any one has any unobstructed pics, would be nice. Thanks again Bob.
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I'm afraid the steam job was a bit before my time Rudd, thanks for the post.....however you got the one Tony...Little Johnie Morrison the skipper from Lewis, knee high to a grasshopper..a good guy, had a dram or two with him..bit of a nightmare when he and Angus and Donald the deck boy got together, and the Gaelic started to flow..even the Bosun Callum couldn't understand a word they where saying...Belfast Ch/engineer..Glasgow 2nd engineer / Gordie 3rd engineer and myself Yorkie Donkeyman, down below..a good ship and crowd..Little Johnie would take her out in all weathers, like a bloody submarine, the only thing visible would have been the housing and the funnel...good times, Thanks for the post Tony.
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Hi Frank
I sailed in the old pass of Glenogle,but then she was converted to a sand dredger.She still had her old pump room and pumps when i was aboard,but we had them removed in the early 80's,when we had the 3 paxman gennies removed and replaced with 2 listers.The old girl finally went to the Breakers in 2003 at the grand old age of 40. (Fly)
 

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Great little work horses'...loved my time on the MELFORT (one and only coaster)...but the call to go back deep sea got to me, and the fact that I couldn't save any bloody money on a coastal job,ha/ha!!!!...going up to the skips cabin every Fri afternoon and getting a pay packet,.... constant runs ashore, no trouble to get a case of Tennants and a bottle of Ski on request.... A job and a half keeping the pump room bailed out during heavy weather...looked like a swimming pool sometimes from the top of the ladder....
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I'm still looking for a Pass of Balmaha picture of the same era Ruud, built 1942 scrapped 1967
Any help would be appreciated
 

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Ahoy,

I haven't forgot you, but still looking for her.But hard to find a piccie

Damsel
BRT:784
Len:193
Beam:31
B'LDR:39
Comp:1942
Coastal Tanker.
1942 MOWT managed by C.Rowbotham.
1946 MOWT managed by Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co.
1947 PASS OF BALMAHA, Bulk Oil SS Co, London.
1967 Scrapped Dalmuir
 

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Frank Holleran said:
Anyone got a photograph of the PASS OF MELFORT one of the fleet of Pass tankers that was on the UK and Continent coast. I think a couple of the others where the Pass of Kildrummy and the Pass of Glenclunie (dont know if the spelling is correct) Did time as Donkeyman on her in 1967...Thanks Frank
Ahoy Frank,
I think this is the Pass of Glenclunie you're looking for?
 

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Hi Frank

There's a photo of PASS OF MELFORT (if you ignore the tug alongside) in this forum, just put PASS OF MELFORT in the "search forum" dropdown menu above.
looks like tug is holding her above water
 

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Cory's coastal tankers

Ahoy all, just scrolling through and caught this thread, I posted a question in "Other companies" regarding Pass of Glenclunie, thanks for the pic Ruud, I was on her as Catering boy in mid 60's she was then in Cory's colours, joined her at Saltend in my home port of Hull, she used to carry some dodgy stuff around, Methanol, ethanol, Acids etc, just prior to my joining her a couple of crew had died of asphxiation in the pump room on passage up the Firth of Forth to Grangemouth. The old man (whose name escapes me for the minute)
Was famous for a daring rescue in the Irish sea in the early fifties when one of the Heysham-Belfast ferries (Princess Elizabeth I think) sank with great loss of life in horrible weather. At the time my Dad was stationed in Belfast & we lived there most of the time,& we were due to sail that night but missed the train from Hull spooky eh?. Anyway she was a great little ship & we went to some interesting out of the way places, up the Sheldt, Flushing, Shellhaven,Fawley,Isle of Grain etc. one trip in Europort, I missed her sailing as I was told by the mate "sailing at two" and thought he meant 2am, at 6pm she was well gone, I went to Hook of Holland and spoke to one of the shoreside stewards there & got a ride over to Harwich, rang my dad who was a tanker driver for DCL and he said I should go to BXL at Manningtree, got a cab down there, and a lift to DCL at Saltend and was on the Jetty as she came upriver. the mates face was a picture!! The old man said my initiative was good but he still docked me a days pay. Does anyone remember sailing in her in the mid 60's?? or the story of that storm??
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ruud said:
Ahoy Frank,
I think this is the Pass of Glenclunie you're looking for?
Rudd...Thats the one ..but different colours from the Cory days.

Jimmy...Dont know what the story was with the tug.... Remember one time in Middlesborough, I was taking the movements and the Chief Engineer was on the controls..bridge rang down, full astern, and the bugger jumped full ahead..bosun on the wheel, and he had the forsight to swing her hard 'a' starboard...but we still caught the wharf with a good bang..the boys told me later the shore linesmen were legging it everywhere...so not a surprise to see her with a tug..still a bloody good vessel and crew.

Paul..Got to see some of the crew from the Glenclunie in Grangemouth a couple of times, if memory serves my right..she had a few of the Island boys on her (Lewis/Harris) same as the Melfort..that would have been around 66/67..that was a few drams and pints of heavy ago.
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Great picture of the "Glenclunie" under Panocean colours.
It looks like Dordrecht to me?
I was OM of "Glenclunie" from Dec 77 to Jan 81 in tandem with Capt. "Nockie" Morrison doing 6 weeks on and 6 weeks off.

C/E's were the never to be forgotten "Tommy Griff" and Tom Crowe.
Tom Griffiths was an amazing character. He went through the war with Athel Line and Eagle Oil without any torpedoings.
He retired to Rhayader and sadly died nearly 10 years ago. A host of old "Pass Boat" men gave him a rousing send-off. I did an "obit" on him for "Sea Breezes"
Tom Crowe was a likeable rogue (from Easterhouse). He also is no longer with us.
Paul
You are referring to the loss of the Stranraer-Larne ferry "Princess Victoria" in January 1953. One of the rescuing ships was "Pass of Drumochter" built as "Empire Bute" in 1944 under the command of Captain James Kelly of Larne. They managed to take the PV's No. 6 boat in tow and the survivors were taken off by the Donaghadee lifeboat. Tommy Griffiths was a great pal of Captain Kelly, who passed on some 15 years ago.
"Glenclunie" was a nice ship to handle, although astern movements were weak. It was a delight to swing to the flood at Billingham Oil Jetty and berth port side to.
 

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Pass of Glenclunie

Ahoy Vic, yes it was Capt Kelly who I served under on the Glenclunie, he was a firm but fair man, when he found I used to work on the fish dock in Hull he was always asking me to deep fry his fish, the C/E may have been the Tom Griffith you mentioned as I recall he liked a drop of malt, when we would go to the continent & draw a bond he made sure there was a few bottles in the store. Do you have a picture of her in Cory colours?
Cheers Vic,
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A regular Master in "Pass of Glenclunie" I remember was Johnson, cannot recall his christian name. Affectionately known on the East Coast as the "Geordie Arab".

Cannot recall particularly poor stern power on this ship but like all Pilots I was always aware of the possibilitry that a Pass Boat would not go astern!!. Happened to me on both the Dalveen and Melfort.
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Can't recall a "Johnson"
Perhaps you are thinking of George Holmstrom, formerly of South Shields. although the
appellation "Geordie Arab" rings no bells. George, before retirement was Master of the
chlorine carrier "Northern Star." He recently celebrated his 70th birthday at the "Sea Hotel" S.S. which was attended by a healthy ex-Pass contingent, other well remembered Masters of the "Glenclunie" are Dave Greer, the late Duncan McKinnon, and Charlie Grant (now a pilot at Workington). Davey Greer was Master of the "Dalveen" for a long time.Another one was John Collister (BOAC-"berth on arrival Collister") who became a Forth pilot, sadly, no longer with us.
"Glenclunie" was sold to West African interests as a bunkering vessel around 81-82.
A regular Mate, Richard Pigula was offered large quantities of USD to go down to W.Africa with her to show the new guys how to survive in the pumproom. I was in the "Drumochter" in Rotterdam Botlek berthed close to her prior her departure festooned with Yokohama fenders and we went on board to see Richard who told me that the new guys where extremely apprehensive about the coming deep-sea voyage.
Unhappily, Richard contracted a virulent form of malaria on the coast and died, perhaps he didn't keep up with the tartan tablets.
Tom Griff the Chief of the "Glenclunie" had a disconcerting trick of giving vigorous "dead slows" simultanously remarking to old "Paddy" the Donkeyman, "..that'll keep the ****** on his toes." It did!
Davey Greer was Master of the "Dalveen" for a long time
 
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