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I remember in 1964/65 seeing a Crescent ship in Gt.Yarmouth with a jury rigged drilling tower built on deck made of big timbers, the drill tower was hanging above the port side. I was told she was to be used in the southern north sea to drill for oil/gas. I don't remember her name, and never saw her again as she had sailed before we sailed from Gt. Yarmouth. I don't know if she was ever used.
 

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This post brings back some old memories for me.

I used to work for Crescent Shipping at Strood, Rochester Kent, back in about 1969?. I was just a 16 yr old costing clerk in the shipyard office, but I knew all the boats names, and numbers, back then. I recall that many ended in "ence", but my memory is failing me now.

Ambience, Blatence, Cadence, Dominence & Eloquence started the alphabet...

Some of the older London & Rochester Trading Company barges are listed at: http://www.thamesbarge.org.uk/barges/Willmott/owners/FWlrtc.html

The Pudge built 1922 by London & Rochester Trading company
http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/index.cfm/event/getVessel/vref/224

There is a picture of "The Cabby" a 1928 barge, in the livery of Crescent Shipping at http://bargetrust.org/active_barges.html

I am trying to remember the name of the one we launched while I was there, but all I can recall is that the bottle didn't break when it should have done!
Hi..My Dad Leslie Foreman worked for London Rochester/Crescent Shipping and was on the Pudge for about 6 months as far as I know do you remember him.
 

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Yes he was. He also had Ordinence later. I think he did a couple of Orkney cable laying jobs with Eloquence when he was skipper.
I am still in regular touch with him.
 

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No I don’t think so. He is from Kent and most of his family are too. Gainsborough was a regular run for him.
 

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If it was t him then I can send him a message and get back to you in a day or so. He should know if anyone does.
His wife worked in the office for Crescent.
 

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I joined mv Eloquence, for a short period, as 4th member, the fellow seafarers had already bonded ! Now; I had served Deep Sea from school, attained EDH status... I was alone, on watch in daylight 3/4 of the way across to
Noordzeekanaal. I recall it was a fine sunny, smooth crossing, a pleasure to be in control of, what was then a lovely vessel. A Dutch Military aircraft circled us twice, dipping and raising its engine noises !!! it then proceeded at low level to the Nth Est of our position, I utilised Binoculars and noticed smoke in the sea, I called for the skipper and altered course towards the sighting, the aircraft re-approached us and again completed the manoeuvre as previous. I recall from my training that this is a manner that aircraft will (if no radio contact) alert shipping to a distress situation. The skipper immediately instructed me to alter course to the previous heading, and we ignored the situation. Now this has always troubled me, some 4 weeks later, we were at anchor awaiting the Trent Pilot, all seated around the galley table, a heated conversation ensued and I referred to my disagreement as to the events some 4 weeks previous, the skipper "chinned me" in front of the crew ! Now I am shocked and disgusted at the behaviour as a skipper is God on a vessel and I always held such a position with respect. I had no option, but to discharge myself in Gainsbourgh as I could no longer sail with a person with whom I had No respect. I could not retaliate then as he is the skipper! a leader !! ASK him if he recalls. Later in life as a Investigator I was involved with Eric Ellen the then Chief of PLA Police, IO referred to these incidents and he told me I should have reported the actions to the appropriate authorities. As as speaker at events I refer to this period, I got on well with him until this situation.
 

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My mate was Master for a short time in 1977 before he took Ordinence new off the yard. The skipper of Eloquence during your time would have been, not sure if the surname is correctly spelled is Graham Setterfield/Satterfield? He was nicknamed Sir ***ference as he was as tall as he was round. I am informed he is no longer alive.
 

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Rogul, Roina and other two handed motor barges from my sketchy mwmory. Also Kiption, and did anyone say Jubilation? Which one was it stranded on the quay at Wells?
 

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Hi Robert. It was Function that ended up on the quay at Wells in 1978. Another LRTC barge broke through the sea wall just below Snape and from memory had to be scrapped. The hole was never repaired if I remember.
 

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Robert. Found this site which has lots of pics that may interest you.
Cheers
Bill.B
 
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