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I was Rad Op on Hudson Strait, collier NE to London River, June/Sept 1963 my first ship unsupervised. Kindly old man can't remember his name or decipher his stamp in discharge book, but always passed a beer though to my cabin when he was socialising. Radio equipment very ancient but adequate, emergency TX was a spark transmitter.
 

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My older Brother Jim (Marsat2 on here) did 2 trips on the Hudson point. When he went to rejoin her in Dagenham I traveled up with him to see her. Fine looking ship to a young lad like I was at the time. Remember looking down into the Engine room from the fiddley at what I presume was a Doxford. She was discharging Sugar into lighters at that time. To say the least as a schoolboy at the time I was impressed and felt the call to salt waters.
 

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Pretty sure Hudson Light was a collier carrying coal to Tilbury, etc. Used to see her in Immingham sometimes.

Maybe she did do a trip to the Med - some of the larger colliers did odd trips now and then. I think the power station coal trade slowed in the summer.

John T
 

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Used to see Hudson Light and Deep coming to Cliff Quay power station Ipswich in the late 60s. They were good looking ships.
 

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Hudson Firth

I was the R/O on the Hudson Firth after R/O called O'Shaugnessey.

It was a fabulous trip Jamaica Cuba Br. Guyana Canada, States, Mexico
Spain Netherlands, France and The Baltic.

Last port was Blyth to Methil !!! with coal and then the Tyne to sign off.

Captain Crosby was a great guy and first officer was "UM" Uminski who took over as Captain on Captain Crosby's passing.

Never got a chance to visit Hudson Deep or any other Hudson as I then moved to Clan Line as a direct employee.

The equipment on the Firth was ancient but it worked.
Robert Bridges was 2nd engineer and chief Vernon Parker

It was a very happy ship
 

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I was the R/O on the Hudson Firth after R/O called O'Shaugnessey.

It was a fabulous trip Jamaica Cuba Br. Guyana Canada, States, Mexico
Spain Netherlands, France and The Baltic.

Last port was Blyth to Methil !!! with coal and then the Tyne to sign off.

Captain Crosby was a great guy and first officer was "UM" Uminski who took over as Captain on Captain Crosby's passing.

Never got a chance to visit Hudson Deep or any other Hudson as I then moved to Clan Line as a direct employee.

The equipment on the Firth was ancient but it worked.
Robert Bridges was 2nd engineer and chief Vernon Parker

It was a very happy ship
Surely you didn't take coal from Blyth to Methil,as at that time, both were coal exporting ports!
 

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Hi Notnila?? lol

You may be correct but my memory was of leaving Blyth to sail Methil which had a bloody big power station and I assumes that was where we were taking the cargo. I agree both ports were coal focussed.
At this time I was introducewd to coaster life
A. Holding the wheel and taking instructions from the pilot
B. That Newcastle Brown was sold in Methil - Do you know how to tell if its past sell by date - very important to Geordies
C. God was born on the Tyne

cheers and thanks for your contribution

3 Contributing to the menu selection for the voyage!
 

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In 1964 I sailed on the Hudson Point. All the while at school I yearned for a life at sea, my father however wouldn't hear of it until I had served an apprenticeship. Immediately I completed my time I set about getting away. I joined the Hudson Point as a Junior Eng. at the Mercantile Dry Dock in Jarrow on the River Tyne. I had never been near a ship in my life and I don't think I had been outside my hometown of South Shields. We sailed from the Tyne for Flushings where we took on bunkers. We sailed immediately to Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic and took on sugar. We then sailed through the Panama Canal to Auckland in New Zealand to discharge the sugar. The Chief Engineer at the time was Peter Surtees and the third Engineer was Paddy Joyce from Jarrow. This was, and still is the highlight of my life. I still have a few pictures I can upload if anyone is interested.
 

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I sailed with Hudsons during the 80's. At that time the fleet comprised: Garrison Point / Crusader Point / Landguard Point / Warden Point (all small bulkers) and the dreaded Sir Alexander Glen, sister to Derbyshire. A decent outfit all in all but history now of course.

Some of the ships went on to lead colourful lives post Hudsons. The Crusader Point was converted to a Gas tanker and the Landguard Point a Products / chem tanker. The Warden Point was converted to a dedicated cement carrier.
Greek toon i also sailed with Hudsons in the early 80’s, both the Crusader and Landguard Point for one offs. Spent most of my time on the Glen, I was there when Hudsons took over from Denholm in Japan
 

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Hudson Deep

Interesting, I spent over a year on the Hudson Deep running bulk sugar into Auckland from Fiji and Queensland. The charter was with CSR (Colonial Sugar Refiners) who were Sydney based. Sugar everywhere, crunch crunch crunch.
I joined in Auckland in early 1968 along with a complete crew change, and she was dry docked over a year later at the Devonport naval dockyard, and on completion the charter was continued.
I seem to recall that there was a lot of grief with the New Zealand unions over the manning and operating of the Hudson Deep as it was seen as "stealing jobs", but no action was ever taken.
I think that ! was possibly one on the crew when you joined in 1968. It was a complete crew change except for a couple of us apprentices who stayed on. I think I eventually became "acting" third mate. We had had about 14 months on that "sugar run" supplying New Zealand with raw sugar to the "North Shore" under the harbour bridge in Auckland. My total time away on the "Deep" and, later transferred to the "Hudson Point" in Japan, was about 22 months.
 
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