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I served my apprenticeship with "Counties" between 1953 and 1958 and there must be many other SN subscribers who have served with this company. Is there anybody there ?!!!!!
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Welcome to the crew, Bill.
I've removed your email address because the site is searchable from the internet and you could end up getting a lot of spam.
Find your way around the ship and have a good trip.
 

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Hi Bruce, well you were a bit later than me (1953-1958), the 2 ships I sailed in were a Doxford economy (London Banker ex Tower Hill) and the Akti Hill, ex Fort La Cloche. Maybe by your time they had modernised...had they? I well remember that the Akti Hill was badly corroded, my fellow apprentice and I spent many hours using a windy hammer on tne hatch coamings, the decks and the tween deck. Thats why my hands shake now.......well thats my excuse!
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I served my apprenticeship with "Counties" between 1953 and 1958 and there must be many other SN subscribers who have served with this company. Is there anybody there ?!!!!!
NB MV London Banker and SS Akti Hill.
I was interested to read your CV. I served on the London Banker from 1951 to 1953, as 3rd and 2nd Mate, leaving her on the London river in July 1953, to sit for my 1st Mates ticket. The Master at that time was Captain Newton, but he was being relieved by Captain W.D. McKenzie, who appeared to be the permanent Master of that ship. I recall the ship had a big hole in the bow, suitably patched with concrete and a steel plate welded around the hole, sustained in Dijoubti, whilst on our way out to Indo China. I understood that she had been sold to Purvis shipping of Newcastle and was to be renamed Avisbank?
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I sailed with Counties as supercargo on two ships whilst they were on charter to Harrisons of Liverpool.
They were Wynchwood Hill (2 trips) 26.08 1957 to 16.11. 1957. the Master was Capt Dalzieel.
Sycamore Hill 26.05.1963 Master Capt.Humby.
Anybody remember me?
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A friend of mine is preparing a talk on the loss of the ss Barn Hill due toi enemy action and her wrecking near Eastbourne in WW2. He is desperately seeking a photo of her in service or in previous ownership as ss Canadian Challenger.
Can anyone help please? I have found one picture already on SN of her wrecked and on fire http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/101733/title/tramp-steamer-/cat/523 but it would be nice also to have one of her in service.
 

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Anyone out there with a picture of Sudbury Hill ?. I served on her for two trips, as R/O June 55 till Jan 56. Coal then general to the west indies, every Island they could find. Captain Nelson, so i was in good company.
Did you ever find your photogragh of the Sudbury Hill first ship I ever boarded as an office boy. She was loading in Birkenhead for East Africa for T & J Harrison. he Captain was Roy Nelson.
 
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