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BISCO Submarines when on the Sept Isles run, only bridge and aft accomodation above water.
On the Rievaulx did 3 trips Glasgow Sept Isles, 20 hours in Glasgow then 1Hr 50 minutes loading at Sept Isles. Followed by a trip to Port Elizabeth, 2 weeks loading by hand. least we got a run ashore.
 

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Tonga said:
Only sailed on the one - OREGIS - 1966/67. Going round North Cape and having the Captain turn the radar off during a blizzard (for no logical reason other than he had the key and was in charge) was "interesting".
Maybe the same old man who only appeared after his first bottle of gin.
 

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Baltic Wal said:
BISCO Submarines when on the Sept Isles run, only bridge and aft accomodation above water.
On the Rievaulx did 3 trips Glasgow Sept Isles, 20 hours in Glasgow then 1Hr 50 minutes loading at Sept Isles. Followed by a trip to Port Elizabeth, 2 weeks loading by hand. least we got a run ashore.
Yes Baltic Wal, that's absolutely correct - the Seven Islands loading in 60 minutes was a thing to remember - amazing stuff. You needed a trip to Vitoria or Port Elizabeth after that one.

As for the Port Talbot Pub... maybe "Walnut Tree" or something similar, but the night club, that name is a distant memory that escapes me too.
 

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Well done Peter, it was indeed The Carlton Club. It was run by Bryn Thomas and apparently the first night club licence in the country to be granted outside London. Specialised in Folk Music and I remember a "Peter, Paul & Mary" act playing there regularly. All I can remember was fancying Mary - which was just as well really given the alternatives....
 

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All this talk about 'Port Talbot' brings back great memories from 30 + years ago. The 'Walnut' rings a loud bell, memories of some good Chinese Resturants, Margam Abbey steelworks and most importantly 'my first love'. (*))
Those were certainly the days!
Does anyone remember a S Wales bosun by the name of Dennis Ahearn who served on sveral of the PT ore carriers
 

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DCMARINE said:
Life history of All the B.I.S.C. ore carriers (The Iron Ladies) is given in Records 23, 24, & 25 0f Ships in Focus. Makes interesting reading.
Donald
Where can I find Ships in Focus? I did one trip on the Iron Horse.Talk of Sept Isles and rolling has brought back memories which for 30 odd years had been lost in the deep subconscious. For good reason....
 

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Ah , what memories indeed.

The walnut is well remembered, also the Grand hotel which was nearest to Margam
and once you had crossed the railway lines served as a first stop and then the
last stop at the end of the evening.
There was also the "Lamb and flag"commonly known as the lamb and tit and a couple
of dubious watering holes on the way down to the "beach".

Remember all the laybys just inside the locks which after the neaps used to be well occupied.

Still got some photos of Santa Portalbot in the hey days which I can post if
anyone interested. (Don't all rush to your keyboards).

JC
 

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Crinan, Naess Trader, Sir Andrew Duncan, Ormsary in the 60's!! Happy memories of a memorable era.

Port Talbot - Red House!
Narvick
Seven Islands - Who could forget Sept Iles?
Pepel
Monrovia
Workington - Lovely memories - Cannot remeber the favourite drinking den!
Newport
Sagunto
Alicante - before the arrival of toursists, when a 'Cubalibre' cost pennies!!
Etc, etc.

John Cassells, I remember very well aand have fond memories of the old cacet vessel 'Crinan' - Well mostly fond, with the exception of one sadistic Instructor who will remain nameless!!

First Trip Cadets

Hamish Mackay
Syd Catto
Derek Wickins
John Jackson
Sam Brown
John Cassels
Frank Brown
Gavin Brownlie
John Gatherer
Stewart Cameron
Rodney Holroyd
Hamish MacKay

How am I doing? I have missed one!! Does anyone know what happened to my old pal Syd Catto

Regards

Roddy MacSween
 

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The Grand Hotel and the Walnut tree are the two I best remember especially when they erupted at closing time, still can't remember the nightclub only getting rooked playing roulette.

Was it the Commercial Hotel near the station in Workington I know the beer was Robert Peel, and as we got on well with the barmaid we pretended to be residents and got a lock in.
 
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