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Most of my ships were tramps. I did sail on a few tankers & coasters but tramps were my favourites. Some of them were hungry but the hungriest was SS Carlton owned by Chapman & Willen of Newcastle. I could tell a few stories about that trip.

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Welcome to the site Arthur and let us have those stories about that ship.
we all have stories to tell and the narration by others often prompts the memory banks and produces a good thread.

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Arthur, I, and I am sure many other members, will be delighted to learn about you and you experiences. Many of the ships that are refered to as tramps have gone into history. It is what you, Arthur, and our members remember and record are important. There are so many events that have not been reported resulting in all losing history.
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warm welcome from Thailand Arthur, glad to have you onboard, I agree with Bob & Jim,,, a lot of people nowadays would not understand what Tramp Ships were, I myself worked onboard a few Norwegian trampers.

Enjoy the site mate

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Welcome to the site Arthur and many, many thanks for your account of my voyage as a seven year old on the old Fort Glenora.
 

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Welcome to the site Arthur and many, many thanks for your account of my voyage as a seven year old on the old Fort Glenora.
Surprise surprise!
Here we are again. You are the only person that I ever sailed with that I have been in contact with. Nice to meet you again.
 

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arthur jenner " carlton"

hi arthur, i done a trip in the " carlton" in sep 59 to jan 60 went to, africa, then across to buenos aries, argentine, i was s.o.s done 4 on 4 off the whole trip, i think i was the only one from liverpool, joined her in cammel lairds dry dock, what a trip, black cook, loved his brandy, some glasgow lads, one had his faced glassed in buenos , what trip, lucky to do 8 knots, was u there, what a shock comming from the blue funnel line hahaha, but wanted to see other parts of the world, frank hughes
 

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I too was on the Carlton and the Demeterton , and the grub was of the best , nicely cooked and very well presented, I was Chief Cook, seriously I must admit it could have been a lot better given a better budget, but the beer was excellent,kept it in the fridges, there was plenty spare room in there. After paying off Demeterton had to wait over a week for my pay off money from Newcastle .
 

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I too was on the Carlton and the Demeterton
Saw the Dmemterton launched from Readhead's yard at South Shields. She was the last ship that I worked on (as very junior helper) before moving from South Shields to Chelmsford. The radio installation was done by Sid Burnett who fitted most of the Marconi-equipped ships that came out of Readheads. Earlier this year he was still alive, in a nursing home and well into his nineties.
 

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hi u should have been in the carlton, then, we had a black cook, was it u, ??? as soon as we hit port he was on the brandy, he could not cook for ??? as they say, " who called the cook a c, who called the c a cook," but stll enjoyed my trip in her, all of 7 knots with the wind and sea behind us, when in B/A, had to wait for the tide to take us up to Roserio, even comming into Avonmouth, just as well we had a tug, frank
 

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I sailed on the old DEMETERTON Liberty ship built in 1944 from May 1958 till July 1959. The best trip that I had in the 5 years I was at sea. Joined it at Dagenham dock,

We had a cook from Ceylon and the 2nd cook was a Liverpool piss head (Freddie Sumner). The cook never went ashore all trip but the rest of the catering staff (2nd cook, A/S and myself Cabin Boy did and had a great time in the States, South America Japan, Canada back to the States then back down to South America again.

As far I can remember the grub was ok. It must have been as we were away for 14 months and I was still alive to pay off. 6 of those months we were without a Chief Steward. It beats those British Tankers trips anyday.

Happy sailing.
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My experience of Chapmans was in the Nurtureton in the 50's.
I have posted my story in the thread 'What was the worst ship you sailed on', post #18. The memory of that voyage will live with me forever!

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I sailed on the old DEMETERTON Liberty ship built in 1944 from May 1958 till July 1959. The best trip that I had in the 5 years I was at sea. Joined it at Dagenham dock,

We had a cook from Ceylon and the 2nd cook was a Liverpool piss head (Freddie Sumner). The cook never went ashore all trip but the rest of the catering staff (2nd cook, A/S and myself Cabin Boy did and had a great time in the States, South America Japan, Canada back to the States then back down to South America again.

As far I can remember the grub was ok. It must have been as we were away for 14 months and I was still alive to pay off. 6 of those months we were without a Chief Steward. It beats those British Tankers trips anyday.

Happy sailing.
Jim
Jim -
Demeterton was not a Liberty ship she was a British Standard WW2 type built at Burntisland.
She was sold in 1964 renamed Jayshree -Hong Kong flag.
!965 sold and renamed Freedom Venture -Hong Kong flag.
1971 broken up in Taiwan.
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Jim -
Demeterton was not a Liberty ship she was a British Standard WW2 type built at Burntisland.
She was sold in 1964 renamed Jayshree -Hong Kong flag.
!965 sold and renamed Freedom Venture -Hong Kong flag.
1971 broken up in Taiwan.
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Stan
Thanks for that info Stan, I was only a lowly cabin boy so was not into the technical side of ships but was always under the impression that it was built in the states in 1944. I stand corrected. Nice to know what her fate was.
All the best.
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Hi. I sailed on both the MV Demeterton & the MV Carlton in the 1960s my first ship the Demeterton as a junior engineer joined in january 1967 in Amsterdam & had the unforturnate accident of walking off the street into one of the canels & it was bloody freezing at the time.got a lift back to the ship in a convicts outfit by favour of the Amsterdam police ,boy did I look a sight for the crew.--happy day,s all gone now -but happy the the Demeterton is still going strong although not as pretty now.
 

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Hi. I sailed on both the MV Demeterton & the MV Carlton in the 1960s my first ship the Demeterton as a junior engineer joined in january 1967 in Amsterdam & had the unforturnate accident of walking off the street into one of the canels & it was bloody freezing at the time.got a lift back to the ship in a convicts outfit by favour of the Amsterdam police ,boy did I look a sight for the crew.--happy day,s all gone now -but happy the the Demeterton is still going strong although not as pretty now.
I joined the 'Demeterton' as R/O in Amsterdam in jan 1968. The R/O before me had some sort of skin complaint (his nickname was "The Plant")....The captain was Williams??? and 2nd mate was Bamber?(the apprentices nicknamed him "The Bishop") a real dour character and an engineer who'd played rugby for Hartlepool; a fitness fanatic. There was also the 'randiest' apprentice I'd ever come across; he looked and acted like Mick Jagger but he could certainly 'pull' the girls...

There was a rule that when buying cases of beer (Tennants) every can with a picture of "Ann?? boating on Loch Lomond" was deemed a 'clit can' and was put into a communal collection and drunk by all (I once had a case with almost half as 'clit cans': an expensive case)

She was possibly the worst feeder I'd ever been on. The fat and gristle from sunday's roast was served as a curry on monday and several day's potatoes were usually peeled in one go and left in buckets on deck where they seemed to dry out (I remember chips being as brown inside as out)
 
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