For anyone who might be interested I recently commissioned Stephen J Card to paint a picture of Kinnaird Castle. He did a remarkable job! I joined Kinnaird Castle as a first trip deck cadet in Birkenhead in 1971 following a year's pre-sea at Warsash and was one of eleven cadets on board. The others were John Harris, Nigel Hughes, Tony Snell, Tim Broughton, Rick Hamilton, John Gilbert, Chris Thompson, Pete Weston, Bob Nell and Paul Drew. I'm still in touch with John and Nigel. The master was Basil Biggs, C/O Phil Atkinson, 2/O Sam Ondondo, 3/O Dick Thomas, R/O Chas Pratt and the Training Officer was Dick Mennell. I can't remember who the plumbers were so they clearly didn't leave a lasting impression!
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