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Hi Hugh, I assume that this heavy cargo was in connection with the construction of the airport. I am correct?
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I'm fairly certain it was. Costains were constructing whatever and they do the big stuff.
 

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I hope all you Sailor men didnt spoil that lovely Island,it was a youngs mans paradise when I went there in 1948. Its a wonder any of the crew came back to the ship.
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That cargo would almost certainly have been for the new (first) airport. I was on Masirah and Mawana in 1968 and 1969. One of those trips, I can't remember which, unloaded large floating pontoons at Seychelles. These would have been used for offloading later cargoes.
I recall that unloading took 2 or 3 days so we had lots of time ashore (I was engineer cadet at the time so hardly anything to do on board when in dock).
Is there anybody out there who was on Masirah or Mawana in 1968/1969?
 

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Sorry can't do the Masirah or Mawana but did take Costains directors on the Mahout to the Seychelles from Cape Town plus one hell of a lot of wine which they shared with the old man.
I was an eng apprentice about that time, which college did you to ?
 

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I remember taking a fairly serious Coles crane out to the Maldives on the Port Nicholson (On charter to Brock's) in the autumn of 1973. The islanders had a nice teak barge built and towed down from Calcutta for us to load it onto, They then towed it into Male harbour (between the 'Belisha Beacon' harbour lights), and then we gave them a bit of a hand with building a bridge from the barge to the shore to get it off again... I think that was the first crane in the Maldives...
 

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dsaile, ahoy there
It sounds very much as if we were shipmates on at least one Brocklebank ship.
I was 2nd Mate on Masirah 5th Aug to 31st Oct 1968 leaving the Masirah in Chalna and flying to Colombo to join the Mawana from 5th Nov 1968 to 15th June 1969. If memory serves the 2/0 of Mawana was unable to continue the voyage-for whatever reason - and Capt Yegg Thomas requested yours truly from the available 2/0`s on the Indian/Pakistan/Ceylonese coasts.
To be honest I do not remember the floating pontoons you mention but my memory is not what it was (if it isnt written down somewhere things are a bit vague !) PM me your name may jog the memory( belay that request understand its David Saile ?). Regards
 

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dsaile said:
That cargo would almost certainly have been for the new (first) airport. I was on Masirah and Mawana in 1968 and 1969. One of those trips, I can't remember which, unloaded large floating pontoons at Seychelles. These would have been used for offloading later cargoes.
I recall that unloading took 2 or 3 days so we had lots of time ashore (I was engineer cadet at the time so hardly anything to do on board when in dock).
Is there anybody out there who was on Masirah or Mawana in 1968/1969?
Hi Dave,

Remember Birkenhead Tech 1966 to 1968. Long time ago now. Last saw you after you had moved on to further your education and came on board either the Markhor or Mahsud can't quite remember which. Heard you went on to work for Shell shoreside. Are you still playing Basketball?

Best regards, (Thumb)

Ray Charlton
 

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dsaile said:
That cargo would almost certainly have been for the new (first) airport. I was on Masirah and Mawana in 1968 and 1969. One of those trips, I can't remember which, unloaded large floating pontoons at Seychelles. These would have been used for offloading later cargoes.
I recall that unloading took 2 or 3 days so we had lots of time ashore (I was engineer cadet at the time so hardly anything to do on board when in dock).
Is there anybody out there who was on Masirah or Mawana in 1968/1969?
I joined the Masirah in Dundee 27th December 68 for 10days (Whilst #4 & #5 hatches had a Jute Fire!!)
 

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Seychelles a very friendly place. Went into post office to buy stamps for my collection, man behind me said "I wrote book on sey; stamps come round to my house and I will give you copy. Went into shop to buy a conus shell (My namesake) man behind counter said "I wrote a book on sey; shells come to my house and I will give you a copy" Went into shop to buy a book on sey; birds, owner said it is unusual for tourist to buy that book and to say thank you I will send my car around to your hotel and pick you up and you can have my yacht (MC checked spelling) for tomorrow, thankfully it was a crewed yacht. The Minister of Tourism bought all our drinks one evening in the hotel. As you all say a friendly place.
Yes I did collect the books and still have them.
 

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Now thats what I call friendly, by the way I have some land in Florida to sell you, make sure you come when the tide is out. Almost forgot I also have a bridge in Brooklyn I will sell you cheap.
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Hi I collect Film and Photos Of Seychelles, I have Film of the airport being built by Costains, and have the largest Seychelles FILM collection in the world , I’m always seeking more photos and especially FILM, please contact me if you have any, we can exchange etc
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Bit late on parade and seen this almost 15 years after you posted, but I was Deck Cadet on Mangla (joined Tilbury 2/1/69) which carried half a barge across No.2 hatch which overhung both gunwales by about 8' which we discharged in Mahe along with about 600 tonnes of cement, all for the airport. Although we shipped it the barge wasn't ready to be loaded onto and we had to wait for the dhow type vessels to be towed from our anchorage to Port Victoria, unloaded then towed back out. Took 6 days to discharge, probably the most idyllic of my seagoing career! We also had a hatch full of ammunition for the Jordanians and 6 Centurion tanks loaded in Zeebrugge and I was on the wheel passaging the Hormuz Straits and watching the Israeli artillery battery follow us around. Skipper Phil Pembridge turned to C/O Huw Evans and asked if he was with the guns what would he make of our deck cargo? "Tanks reversing into garages" was Huw's laconic reply! There's a photo somewhere of the Mangla's officers with King Hussain of Jordan when he visited to thank us for bring much needed replacement supplies for those lost in the 6 day war
 
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