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I never sailed on Stricks as Stricks but had a great trip on Strathalvie (by then GCD) ex Floristan ....sister to Strathappin ex Shahristan. We were berthed alongside each other in Bahrain for a few days sometime @ 1975 I guess.
Visited several other ex Strick boats ....I liked their style and the also the slightly less formal approach than was evident on other GCD ships from NZS and BI. Not that there was anything wrong with that ....just different.
 

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I never sailed on Stricks as Stricks but had a great trip on Strathalvie (by then GCD) ex Floristan ....sister to Strathappin ex Shahristan. We were berthed alongside each other in Bahrain for a few days sometime @ 1975 I guess.
Visited several other ex Strick boats ....I liked their style and the also the slightly less formal approach than was evident on other GCD ships from NZS and BI. Not that there was anything wrong with that ....just different.
 

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My only experience of Stricks was on the Gorjistan, as RO relief on a light ship coasting trip Hull - Liverpool north about. It was certainly a little 'formal' though. I came down for breakfast the first morning, and went towards what I thought was the saloon, only for the Steward to stand in my way and point me down aft to where 'the others' dined !! Nice ship though, liked it.

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My only experience of Stricks was on the Gorjistan, as RO relief on a light ship coasting trip Hull - Liverpool north about. It was certainly a little 'formal' though. I came down for breakfast the first morning, and went towards what I thought was the saloon, only for the Steward to stand in my way and point me down aft to where 'the others' dined !! Nice ship though, liked it.

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Similar coasting experience on the Kohistan re. dining, although the Ch.Eng had to slum it with us one one occasion. Sailed Avonmouth to Liverpool where the skipper insisted I call the pilot on 2Mhz rather than he use the VHF. On to Antwerp where a very good time was enjoyed.....’paid off’ then ferry to Harwich, (Mobil would have flown us back).
 

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Back to my #4 , one dark and stormy night during that brief passage, I used the rotating loop DF every hour to get cross bearings somewhere approaching Pentland. I cannot remember whether this was because the Gorjistan had no radar or no Decca...…..or both. This was November 1964. Does anyone know if they were fitted ??

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I had 9 Years with FC Strick, Left just after they where fully integrated with GCD. I had just Got my Seconds, and no opportunity for promotion so went to Ellerman, followed by T&J Harrison, and Tor line.

Sailed on Baltistan, Karaghistan, Gorjistan, Turkistan, Armanistan, Floristan (Maiden Voyage) Shahristan, Registan. Mostly Good times, some Long voyages, especially once we had to round the cape after the canal closed (6 day war).

Added:- My longest voyage was on Shahristan, We left Milwall around Easter time, Got hit by a Liberian Tanker in fog in the channel and had 3 weeks in Southampton, for repairs to the upperworks. We had to wait whilst they brought a Deck Crane from Redheads yard to replace the damaged one. (I think it was designated for Floristan?). The usual run via Cape town (bunkers), to the Gulf, and the "normal" 6 weeks or so hopping from Port to Anchorage all over the Perishing Gulf. Then a marathon down to Australia! Light Ship!. Where we loaded Ilmunite? in Bunbury. For Salvador, Brazil, Another marathon!. The cargo being one of the most dense minerals known to man the ensuing G-M meant she rolled like a *****!. Then Sugar from Recife to New York and a Grain cargo from there to Rotterdam. In all, 10 months 27days according to the Dis-A book!. The upside being, by the time I got home I had enough "sea time" (and leave) in to go straight into part A chiefs!.
 

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Similar coasting experience on the Kohistan re. dining, although the Ch.Eng had to slum it with us one one occasion. Sailed Avonmouth to Liverpool where the skipper insisted I call the pilot on 2Mhz rather than he use the VHF. On to Antwerp where a very good time was enjoyed.....’paid off’ then ferry to Harwich, (Mobil would have flown us back).
Is sailed on Strathappin (Shahristan) and from what I remember the original dining arrangements were unusual. The old man had his own dining saloon but not sure who was intended to eat with him, the rest of the officers had a saloon further aft. In my time we all ate in the old mans saloon and the officers saloon had been incorporated into the bar.
She was a nice ship but we had to share bathrooms which wasn't good for a ship built in 1965 .

The trip I did was from UK to Doha with a full cargo and home in ballast. Horrendous weather on the way home and she sustained significant damage including the radar scanner getting blown away!

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I think my dad - Jack Moffat - was 2nd Eng. for part of that trip. The Marine Surveyor was Capt. Alistair Cant who was ex-Stricks as well.
 

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I think my dad - Jack Moffat - was 2nd Eng. for part of that trip. The Marine Surveyor was Capt. Alistair Cant who was ex-Stricks as well.
Hello Gents

I haven't logged on for quite a while, so was pleased to see a discussion about a good company!! Al - I am sure I sailed with your father once though I can't remember which ship.

I went to sea in 1961 with Strick as a cadet, and stayed until after the great demise in 1972, ending up as Chief Officer. Sailed on Baltistan, Tangistan, Baharistan (twice), Farsistan, Turkistan, and Serbistan. In GCD I did the last voyage of Karaghistan before her sale. The Gulf run was undoubtedly not the most glamerous, but the company was good, we only found out how good when it was gone!

Pleased to see there are some of us around who still remember.
 

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I think my dad - Jack Moffat - was 2nd Eng. for part of that trip. The Marine Surveyor was Capt. Alistair Cant who was ex-Stricks as well.
Your dad was my second engineer, when we did the "Marathon" voyage, we had my kids on board and the wife while coasting. Always a gentleman. I have some photo`s of that trip somewhere. I was 3rd. Lovely man. We knew him as "The Laird of Arran". Gave me a right bollocking once for something, what I forget, (Age I guess). Then "bought" me a beer!. Another time I was with him, on the coast, Might have been Turkistan? or possibly Gorjistan?
Just showed this to the wife, she remembers him.
 

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Your dad was my second engineer, when we did the "Marathon" voyage, we had my kids on board and the wife while coasting. Always a gentleman. I have some photo`s of that trip somewhere. I was 3rd. Lovely man. We knew him as "The Laird of Arran". Gave me a right bollocking once for something, what I forget, (Age I guess). Then "bought" me a beer!. Another time I was with him, on the coast, Might have been Turkistan? or possibly Gorjistan?
Just showed this to the wife, she remembers him.
Would love to see the photos. I did a 6 month trip with dad on the Floristan - a fantastic experience.
 

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as an apprentice doing my ond at Constantine in Middlesborogh, we wold often go into the town docks and be invited by the C/E of the visiting Strick Line ship, loading steel [mainly for the middle east], and be given a guide tour of the engine and machinery spaces. Turkistan was one of the vessels, other than a Brocklebank Boat with double ends scotch boilers [4 in a boiled room] and the turbine plant. Just a passing memory of 59-61.
 

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Hello Gents

I haven't logged on for quite a while, so was pleased to see a discussion about a good company!! Al - I am sure I sailed with your father once though I can't remember which ship.

I went to sea in 1961 with Strick as a cadet, and stayed until after the great demise in 1972, ending up as Chief Officer. Sailed on Baltistan, Tangistan, Baharistan (twice), Farsistan, Turkistan, and Serbistan. In GCD I did the last voyage of Karaghistan before her sale. The Gulf run was undoubtedly not the most glamerous, but the company was good, we only found out how good when it was gone!

Pleased to see there are some of us around who still remember.
Karaghistan. Was one of two ships I had the family with me on. S3/E. The Captain "Carbolic" Jones, allocated the wife and kids one of the old passenger cabins, unused by then, we sailed from Manchester, via Durban for bunkers, and a full stern gland re-pack, we where shipping so much water, the pumps couldn't cope, we kept the stern watertight door closed for most of the last 6 or 7 days!, then the usual 6 or more weeks in the Gulf. The return Voyage, was via Bombay (crew change at anchor), where we had daily blackouts, as India and Pakistan where at War!, "Billy" Furey was 2/E, and got us all in the bar with candles singing "Wartime Songs"!, and then to Panjim, in Goa. We had Xmas on Board, The "lads" made a big fuss of my two boy's., Jack ----- was C/O, his wife Vicky? was with us too. Time has lost the surnames of many, but the C/E was Geordie, known as "Bimbo" (Behind his back) E/O, acting 4/E, was Davy? from South Shields, 3rd mate was Greg ---- an Australian, 2nd mate was Keith -----. J3/E was Billy-----, who had been on the "old" Armanistan, he was nearing retirement, but was doing "motor time", my kids called him "Granddad" Billy, he had grand-kids of his own, and used to tell them stories.

The kids benefited from the experience and the "one to one" teaching, they went back to schools ahead of their year!.

Karaghistan, sank in the Adriatic off Greece BTW.
 

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Karaghistan. Was one of two ships I had the family with me on. S3/E. The Captain "Carbolic" Jones, allocated the wife and kids one of the old passenger cabins, unused by then, we sailed from Manchester, via Durban for bunkers, and a full stern gland re-pack, we where shipping so much water, the pumps couldn't cope, we kept the stern watertight door closed for most of the last 6 or 7 days!, then the usual 6 or more weeks in the Gulf. The return Voyage, was via Bombay (crew change at anchor), where we had daily blackouts, as India and Pakistan where at War!, "Billy" Furey was 2/E, and got us all in the bar with candles singing "Wartime Songs"!, and then to Panjim, in Goa. We had Xmas on Board, The "lads" made a big fuss of my two boy's., Jack ----- was C/O, his wife Vicky? was with us too. Time has lost the surnames of many, but the C/E was Geordie, known as "Bimbo" (Behind his back) E/O, acting 4/E, was Davy? from South Shields, 3rd mate was Greg ---- an Australian, 2nd mate was Keith -----. J3/E was Billy-----, who had been on the "old" Armanistan, he was nearing retirement, but was doing "motor time", my kids called him "Granddad" Billy, he had grand-kids of his own, and used to tell them stories.

The kids benefited from the experience and the "one to one" teaching, they went back to schools ahead of their year!.

Karaghistan, sank in the Adriatic off Greece BTW.
Karaghistan. Was one of two ships I had the family with me on. S3/E. The Captain "Carbolic" Jones, allocated the wife and kids one of the old passenger cabins, unused by then, we sailed from Manchester, via Durban for bunkers, and a full stern gland re-pack, we where shipping so much water, the pumps couldn't cope, we kept the stern watertight door closed for most of the last 6 or 7 days!, then the usual 6 or more weeks in the Gulf. The return Voyage, was via Bombay (crew change at anchor), where we had daily blackouts, as India and Pakistan where at War!, "Billy" Furey was 2/E, and got us all in the bar with candles singing "Wartime Songs"!, and then to Panjim, in Goa. We had Xmas on Board, The "lads" made a big fuss of my two boy's., Jack ----- was C/O, his wife Vicky? was with us too. Time has lost the surnames of many, but the C/E was Geordie, known as "Bimbo" (Behind his back) E/O, acting 4/E, was Davy? from South Shields, 3rd mate was Greg ---- an Australian, 2nd mate was Keith -----. J3/E was Billy-----, who had been on the "old" Armanistan, he was nearing retirement, but was doing "motor time", my kids called him "Granddad" Billy, he had grand-kids of his own, and used to tell them stories.

The kids benefited from the experience and the "one to one" teaching, they went back to schools ahead of their year!.

Karaghistan, sank in the Adriatic off Greece BTW.

His post and mention of “Carbolic” Arthur William Jones took me back to my aforementioned trip on Strathalvie. Willie Arthur was the skipper on that trip and an interest sting experience it was (with him wandering around in his not so small smalls as he was prone to do)
Everyone else on the trip were spot on and I may have sailed with some correspondents on this discussion trail.
For anyone interested I have already posted in Facebook a number of pictures of Strathalvie and Strathappin together in Bahrein taken in 75. search Ships of the P&O group and you will find an album there.
When I get a chance I will scan two pictures of Baltistan also in Bahrein on her final voyage as the Gulf Diamond not long before hitting a reef.
 

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Would love to see the photos. I did a 6 month trip with dad on the Floristan - a fantastic experience.
Found the Photo`s, and can scan them and E-Mail should you wish. Or could post here?. I suspect they where all taken around the Xmas, in (I Think) the Indian Ocean?, either en-route for Australia, or on passage to Recife in Brazil.

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Attached are the pictures of the damage to Shahristan, at the beginning of the voyage. 3 weeks in Southampton, All the result of an "argument" with a Liberan Tanker in Ballast, as we left the Thames in thick fog.

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Found the Photo`s, and can scan them and E-Mail should you wish. Or could post here?. I suspect they where all taken around the Xmas, in (I Think) the Indian Ocean?, either en-route for Australia, or on passage to Recife in Brazil.

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Attached are the pictures of the damage to Shahristan, at the beginning of the voyage. 3 weeks in Southampton, All the result of an "argument" with a Liberan Tanker in Ballast, as we left the Thames in thick fog.

Pete
If I remember the layout correctly the Mate would have got a hell of fright if he was at home!!!! Was the pilots cabin just aft of the Mates accommodation?
 
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