Firstly a warm welcome to you on the occasion of your first posting. Yes, I can agree with you that Tom Wolcott as a different sort of person, and some might well conclude that his extrovert behaviour was out of the usual… I too joined my first ship at Z Shed, I think the bus fare was 4d. (EEK)i sailed on the hardwick grange as j.o.seamen in early 1972,join at z berth in the old vic dock,does anyone remember fiddler the boson,also on furness bridge with d.r dixon and the faraday with mad tom wolcott
I query the 1961-1975 bit. We were tied up next to (and went aboard for a few jar on several occasions) the Hardwicke Grange in New Plymouth NZ mid 1976, probably August 1976.Houlder Brother’s HARDWICKE GRANGE (61/10338) seen at her berth in the Victoria Dock, London on the 27th July 1969.
Hello Derek, I think you were the 2O on my first trip to sea as 2nd 'lecky' to Maurice Patterson. I was annoyingly keen in those days.
Sailed on HArdwick as jun/5 eng 1963/65 Fred chapstick. Was 3engHardwicke Grange was a very nice vessel, good accommodation, good food, and good crew with a good run, and plenty of time to get ashore in South America on the few trips I did. Steam turbine with large diesel generators for power, and she used a lot of auxiliary power as a fridge ship with all the refrigeration compressors running on the way home full of Argentinian Beef. Just about the Merchant Navy at its best.
texas bar, new texas bar, cloe together, great memoriesI had the pleasure ( and it was a pleasure ) to sail on the Hardwike twice once as a cadet in 73 and later as a J/E in 75 Z berth was always a home from our trips to the Royston when we were studying up the road in Poplar, and again when I served on board the Hardwicke, our times in BA were legend and whos still got a Butterfly tray from Santos or a Coat from Casa Marios in Monte. John Purvis I recall as 2/E to the C/E Bomber Harris, Johns somewhat excentric personallity extend to his Al Cantor impressions at the drop of a head, another infamous engineer at the time was the "Grey Bager"
She was a lady and I thought this was the life till I was rudely awaken by haveing to actually work and not just leaveing it to the relief crew. Who can name the Bars on 25 de Mayo?