Would the superintendent have been Mr Walshe? Regards ColinFergus 62 said:Hi
Recently found an old scrap book I kept as a kid before I went to sea. In the early 60s the Belfast Telgraph used to print a weekly report on the "Movements of Head Line ships" - I think it was on a Thursday. I've typed a copy from October 1960 (I still have the origional cutting) and this gives an insite into the Head Line at that time.
Ballygally Head (Capt Seaton) Arr Belfast Oct 23 from Antwerp anf Ghent. Sails Oct 25 via glasgow to load at Antwerp and Ghent.
Bengore Head (Capt Quail) Due Helsinki Oct 25 to load for Belfast and Dublin. Completes at Hamina Oct 31.
Carrigan Head (Capt Haddock) Expected to sail from Liverpool Oct 27 for Seven Islands then Montreal to load for Liverpool and Belfast.
Fair Head (Capt Greene) Sailed from Montreal Oct 24 for Toronto Detroit Chicago and Milwaukee
Innishowen Head (Vapt Clarke) Sailed Wilmington NC Oct 24 for Belfast dublin and Liverpool
Ramore Head (Capt Davey) Due Belfast Oct 27 hence Dublin and Liverpool
Rathlin Head (Capt Stark)Expected from Dalhousie Oct 25 for Montreal and Port Alfred to complete loading for Belfast Dublin and Liverpool
Roonagh Head Sailed Glasgow Oct 25 for Detriot and Chicago
Torr Head Expected to sail from Montreal Oct 25 for Liverpool and Belfast.
The Carrigan Head holds a special place in my life history because as a kid I always wanted to go to sea although there were no family ties. As the time drew close to declare my intentions to my parents (who didnt quite know how to handle this youthful dream) unbeknown to me they arranged for a visit to the Carrigan Head one Saturday. This was with the Engineering Superintendent (a friend of a family friend) who was under instructions to make the life style appear as grim as possible and so put me off and thinking on another career path. This guy failed miserably and I came home stating that was definitely for me and I was off to the School of Navigation.
From there on it was full ahead through school and on to the Ellerman Lines
(better routes than continuous N Atlantic) and I never regreted it,
There is a history of Head LIne (G. Heyn & Sons Ltd) by W. J. Harvey and published by the World Ship Society in 1990.norseviking said:any info on any Headline Shipping Co., of Belfast especially Orlock Head