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Did about a year as 3rd Mate on Hartington 1955-1956 and enjoyed my time in her. We had a very fine Master (Capt Champion ) and an excellent galley staff who provided a varied and unusual menu out of the mundane ingredients in the storeroom. Hartington so influenced me that after Mates ticket I joined the ex Harperly sold to J A Billmier and renamed Elstead as 2nd Mate and certainly did not enjoy my time in her, infact the worst ship I ever sailed in. After much logging, violence, desertion and shortage of food and tobacco the voyage ended and we paid off. Never would I join another tramp so I joined BI to give them a try but in the end I concluded that the old sailor's maxim "there are no good ship owners only some are worse than others" was true
 
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