Hi John. Thanks your comments. Hope to see more from other members. Though well before my time these older Denholm News make fascinating reading. Hats off to the these earlier generations of officers and seamen. Times were tough but at least the pace of life was perhaps a wee bit slower (life before bridge control, GP manning, UMS, GPS, internet and mobile phones etc).Hi Willie,
Thanks again for posting these mags.
I have a few comments on these early mags.
They make interesting reading and the early editorials are written in an quaint old fashioned way i.e. the use of ‘Messrs’ and officers with contracts being called ‘Company servants’, references to ‘officers and men’ some comments look as if they have come straight out of a Dickens novel. Mind you Dickens was alive when the company was formed.
Editorial comments where it said that the company expected to get a better standard of junior engineers due to the ending of national service must have gone down well with all the engineers on Denholm’s ships, who had all been junior engineers at one time. Also I noticed a few comments about substandard work being carried out on the ships basically saying the ships staff were rubbish, or should I say officers and men.
I was amazed at the length of times some of these ships spent in port. A month in the Seychelles loading, sounds like a great hardship but loading Guano, I wonder what the smell was like? (Carronpark 1959) Apart from drydocks the longest I was in port was four weeks in Baltimore (1980) on the Wellpark (the cadet training ship) waiting to unload sugar as a strike on the railways had delayed the unloading. Usually my time in port was a couple of days or even just a few hours
As someone who spent a few years on the GTVs, it is interesting to read about the F.G.T.V Morar coming into service. I was beginning to think this ship was an urban myth. I always heard bad things about it so it will be interesting to read on, through the ‘News’ and find out about its voyages and its eventual demise. For the none Denholms people out there the GTVs used the jet engine exhaust to turn a turbine for propulsion and on the Morar it was a kind of diesel engine (called a gasifier) and its exhaust also turned a turbine.
It was also interesting to see the comments about standardising the methods of recording maintenance by the chief engineer. I still remember the Denholm’s maintenance reporting forms a D80 and D81 one was a tick box form and the other was blank so you could write a description of the maintenance carried out.
The use of Thistlebond to repair a set of false teeth (Sep 1959). Great stuff Thistlebond many ships and rigs were kept sailing/floating with the use of this magical stuff. I never knew that Thistlebond was around in 1959 I thought it had been ‘invented’ much later
Denholms News August 1961 page 5 tells a story of the new ship the Morven where there was total air conditioning in the whole accommodation so the ship was built with no opening portholes that must have be great when the AC went down. Thinking back to all of my times at sea and on ships and rigs it was only a few rigs where you could not open the portholes.I do remember on the Naess Soverign in 1974 the AC for the aft accommodation, where I lived along with the rest of the engineers and the 'men', broke down and even with the port open it was too hot to sleep in the cabin so we carried our mattress's out on to deck and sleep there.
I left Denholm’s in1984 so hopefully some mags after 1982 may turn up.
Great photo John. Please keep them coming.Keep them coming Willie, way before my time I had just started primary school but they make for interesting reading looks like Denholms in the late 50s were mostly ore boats.
Here is a photo of General Terminus Quay Glasgow where many of them would have docked this was taken in around 1980 as they were pulling down the cranes.
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