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David Parke
I can't say that I was, as a career man, but I did do a voyage in Goulistan. Must have been '53. Is that far back enough for you!

De Neuman was master, Seddon c/o and Jenkins 2/o. I was 3rd. You might know Jenkins as he was later c/o. Hope he made master, I liked him. Seddon, too, was a nice guy. Maybe you were one of the two apprentices, but I can't remember any more names.

De Neuman was a case, but I liked him, too.
 

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You're too far back for me.
I joined the Karaghistan as a first trip cadet in 1961 and stayed until shortly after the P&O GCD revolution. Since then I've been all over the place. I retired in 2008 and had no sooner sat down when an Australian company phoned to see if I liked the idea of survey / inspection work. I did and I do an average of 1 survey a month. Beer money.
I know the names Seddon and Jenkins. It was Lester Seddon, but I don't know Jenkins' first name. I sailed with them both when they were Masters. Must be the same people. DeNeumann I only knew by reputation.
 

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My father was one of the Superintendant Engineers until the P & O takeover did for him. He worked his way up from J/E to redundancy all in the same company.
 

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P&O GCD didn't do anybody a lot of favours. I found that I was 50 something in line for promotion to Master then I resigned the next day. Probably the best thing I ever did. I probably knew or at least met your father at some stage.
 

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No doubt. He was told, when offered the Super's job by the Chief Super, a bloke called Tommy Reay, that it may not be the best paid Super's job, but that Stricks would always look after him.......
He was called Peter Tyson.
 

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Now that I see the name Peter Tyson I'm pretty sure that I met him. I certainly know the name. The name Tommy Reay doesn't ring any bells at all. I was with Stricks from 1961 until 1977. Went thru the ranks from Cadet to C/Off then left when somebody said you're now 50 something in line for promotion. However during that time I'm sure I would have met your father.
 

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The other Engineer Supers were John Croudace and Alan Winter, the only Marine Super I can remember was Reggie Gardner (or Gardiner, or Gardener).
 

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I remember an Engine Super by the name of Johnson. I remember the name Croudace but not Winter. The Marine Super doesn't ring any bells. Do you remember the names of and ships staff?
 

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Hi Dave, I think I did part of a trip with you, probably about 1976 on Shahristan (Strathappin). I was second Mate and took over from an African guy in Doha for the homeward trip. I think it was a pretty uneventful trip as I seem to remember she loaded UK/Cont for Doha only and came back in ballast to Avonmouth. Will always remember the homeward trip for its filthy weather and the damage caused by it. I can remember an almighty clatter and the radar scanner disappearing over the wall. Those were the days of only one radar and we arrived off Avonmouth in fog! Cant remember the Old Mans name but he was from P&O and I think first trip? The poor soul had just returned to sea after major cancer surgery and became very unwell on the homeward trip, in fact I don't think he survived much longer. The only other Stricks man I know on this site is Tony Shaw who retired a few years ago. Like you ,I sailed with various companies after GCD before going into Piloting. Now in my 24th year, should get the hang of it soon.

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Dave MacVicker
 

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Now that I see the name Peter Tyson I'm pretty sure that I met him. I certainly know the name. The name Tommy Reay doesn't ring any bells at all. I was with Stricks from 1961 until 1977. Went thru the ranks from Cadet to C/Off then left when somebody said you're now 50 something in line for promotion. However during that time I'm sure I would have met your father.
And possibly me as well. Whenever he visited a ship in Millwall on a Saturday I, a child, always went with him. I missed it when it all ended. I joined Ellermans as a Cadet in '74, essentially because of seeing the Ellerman funnel in the entrance to the offices that Stricks shared with City Line in Camomile Street.
 

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Hi Dave,
Before I launch into all sorts historical events. Did we nearly come to grief in the Bay of Biscay? Split the deep tank. Was I the C/Off? Was the Chief Engineers name Frank DeSouza and was the Captains name Harris? and was Capt Harris a bit of an artist (the paint brush variety).
Keep going with this pilot thing. You'll get the hang of it.
 

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Hi Dave,
yes that was the trip. A long time ago now but cant forget that night in the Bay.
As I remember it the weather was about NW 12,the deep tank bulkhead split open and we had to pump out the ballast. Old man too ill to come to the bridge. I remember loosing steerage and we had to get Frank C/E to give her all the revs he could. Does that sound about right?
 

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Hi Dave,
yes that was the trip. A long time ago now but cant forget that night in the Bay.
As I remember it the weather was about NW 12,the deep tank bulkhead split open and we had to pump out the ballast. Old man too ill to come to the bridge. I remember loosing steerage and we had to get Frank C/E to give her all the revs he could. Does that sound about right?
Hi Dave,
Yeah. That's the trip. Probably one of the worst I've ever done. Talk to you later. It's nearly midnight and I'm off to bed
 

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I remember an Engine Super by the name of Johnson. I remember the name Croudace but not Winter. The Marine Super doesn't ring any bells. Do you remember the names of and ships staff?
The only names I can think of, off hand, are a Chief Engineer called Hudson, and an old man called Tommy Farrar. I met the first when a baby, and my father kept in touch with him and his wife until he died, so I met them several times subsequently. The old man I met in Hartlepool when I was in my early 20's. I was on leave and went there with my father as a "day out". We met him and his wife by chance and I was introduced to them. I got the impression that, as a 3/O on leave I wasn't worthy of much notice!
As far as ships are concerned, I visited nearly all of them! Baluchistan, Nigaristan, Sharistan, Gorjistan, Armanistan, Baharistan, Baltistan, Farsistan, Gulistan, Registan, Tangistan, Tabaristan and those I can remember immediately, and the Muristan, my first ship (as a baby on the coast with my mother), and my father's first ship as Chief.
 

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Hi Dave,
yes that was the trip. A long time ago now but cant forget that night in the Bay.
As I remember it the weather was about NW 12,the deep tank bulkhead split open and we had to pump out the ballast. Old man too ill to come to the bridge. I remember loosing steerage and we had to get Frank C/E to give her all the revs he could. Does that sound about right?
Morning Dave,
Just had a look in the discharge book. Seems that I joined the Strathappin (Shahristan) straight from the Strathbrora. That was on the 10th Oct. 1976 in Bahrain. I came down from Kuwait.
The weather in the Bay was horrendous and I remember Frank DeSouza, myself and a Chinese chippy and probably a few others trying to keep the deep tank in one piece. Don't think it worked so we pumped it right out. Then we were a cork on water. When the weather got a bit better, the fog came in but we eventually limped into Avonmouth. Capt Harris was taken off and a Capt Burn joined. We went to drydock probably in Avonmouth. I remember we had a crack on the port side shell at the break of the accommodation.
I went home (thank God) from Liverpool on the 21st December 1976. Frank DeSouza phoned me at home and before the ship left the UK to tell me that Capt Harris had died. Must say I felt bad about it since on board, it seemed to me that he took a bad turn when the weather got bad.
Some years later I heard or read that Frank DeSouza was working in Hong Kong maybe in MarDep or surveying. Must say I really liked Frank but I've never heard from him since the phone call. Can't remember who else was on the ship but I think a few people thought they were going to breath their last.
 

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The only names I can think of, off hand, are a Chief Engineer called Hudson, and an old man called Tommy Farrar. I met the first when a baby, and my father kept in touch with him and his wife until he died, so I met them several times subsequently. The old man I met in Hartlepool when I was in my early 20's. I was on leave and went there with my father as a "day out". We met him and his wife by chance and I was introduced to them. I got the impression that, as a 3/O on leave I wasn't worthy of much notice!
As far as ships are concerned, I visited nearly all of them! Baluchistan, Nigaristan, Sharistan, Gorjistan, Armanistan, Baharistan, Baltistan, Farsistan, Gulistan, Registan, Tangistan, Tabaristan and those I can remember immediately, and the Muristan, my first ship (as a baby on the coast with my mother), and my father's first ship as Chief.
I think that it's all a bit before my time. However I do remember people talking about Tommy Farrar and I think I remember the name of C/E Hudson. I've sailed on some of the ships that you mention: Nigaristan, Shahristan, Gorjistan, Baharistan, Baltistan, Registan, Tabaristan. My last trip with Stricks or P&O GCD was on the Strathappin (Sharistan) and after that I moved on to various companies.
An interesting book (maybe you already have it) is simply called Frank C. Strick &Co. - A history of Frank C. Strick and his many shipping enterprises by J.E.B. Belt and H.S. Appleyard. I sailed with Capt. Belt many years ago.
 

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All you guys are making me weepy with good memories. I sailed with a third engineer called Hudson on the "Baluchistan" and a third engineer called Peter Tyson on the "Farsistan" ,both around 1963/62. I think Harold Gardner was marine super in Liverpool and Reggie Gardiner, his brother was one of the top men in London. The latter always wore a bowler hat.
 

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All you guys are making me weepy with good memories. I sailed with a third engineer called Hudson on the "Baluchistan" and a third engineer called Peter Tyson on the "Farsistan" ,both around 1963/62. I think Harold Gardner was marine super in Liverpool and Reggie Gardiner, his brother was one of the top men in London. The latter always wore a bowler hat.
Hi Tony,
Don't get weepy or I'll only start. Seems that you were at sea from 1959 until 2007. I thought that I was doing well from 1961 until 2008.
I saw something from you the other day which might have been dated a few years ago re John Wightman. John and I sailed together on the Floristan around about 1968. John and I were quite close. John and the family (wife Chris and two children Kelsie and Jamie) went to the USA about 1974 and around mid 80's John started up his own stevedoring company (SE Crescent Shipping) in Wilmington NC. I was with a company that ran into Wilmington quite regularly. Sadly John passed away about 6 or 7 years ago. To my knowledge his wife and children are still in the US. I would like to see them again. Memories memories.
Also saw something that would suggest you knew or sailed with Bernard Toft. Bernard and I were cadets together on the Karaghistan in 62/63. Haven't seen him for a few years now but he has retired from lecturing in Cork. Memories memories
 

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All you guys are making me weepy with good memories. I sailed with a third engineer called Hudson on the "Baluchistan" and a third engineer called Peter Tyson on the "Farsistan" ,both around 1963/62. I think Harold Gardner was marine super in Liverpool and Reggie Gardiner, his brother was one of the top men in London. The latter always wore a bowler hat.
My father was Chief on the Muristan in about '55-56, he became Super in about '58-59, as we moved to Kent from Hartlepool about then. Not that I remember as I was a dot at the time! I can remember Reggie very well, having visited his home as a child. I remember him as being really nice, a sort of friendly uncle sort of character. Indeed, you're all making me feel a bit weepy as well! They're all long gone.....
 
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