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Hi Brian, yup I was a lecky and even though I wasn't keen on the ruskies and my heart sank when Peter in Liverpool phoned to tell me I was going an another one they did have a charisma about them, the big ruskies with the raised bridge worked out OK, the void space was turned into a makeshift gym area.

Hi Engine Serang, I visited the space museum in Washington and like you I thought the space capsules reminded me of the switchgear on a Russian, they where big and chunky switches that almost needed 2 hands to operate and compared with the US capsules it was like entering another dimension.

Never did meet up wit Capn Quigley though and we arent related as far as I know.
 

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Hi Brian, yup I was a lecky and even though I wasn't keen on the ruskies and my heart sank when Peter in Liverpool phoned to tell me I was going an another one they did have a charisma about them, the big ruskies with the raised bridge worked out OK, the void space was turned into a makeshift gym area.

Hi Engine Serang, I visited the space museum in Washington and like you I thought the space capsules reminded me of the switchgear on a Russian, they where big and chunky switches that almost needed 2 hands to operate and compared with the US capsules it was like entering another dimension.

Never did meet up wit Capn Quigley though and we arent related as far as I know.
Hi again Bob, My wife visited the space centre in Houston and yes the phones on the Russian space capsule had phones exactly like the ones in the engineroom of the small Russians
Sailed on all the big Russians before the conversions and of course lots of the small ones, I didn't mind them as there was always a challenge in one way or another, but of course the K Class were a lot better, my first one being the Ibn Rushd new out of Govan with Albie as my 3rd engineer, happy days and many good memories.
 

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I love the word challenge. My first trip as second was on the La Mansouriah and my first trip as chief was on the Al Aridiah, both were challenging and proved someone in Liverpool did not like me.
I've been on numerous management courses and listened to modern management terms like Teamwork, Team Building, Morale, Esprit de Corps etc, we had all that in 1970 and also a sense of achievement followed by a good pour-out. If the Russians didn't break you they made a man of you. Later in life when things were not going so well and the job was falling to bits around me I'd say to myself, It was worse on the Mansouriah (and it was).
 

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"my first one being the Ibn Rushd new out of Govan with Albie as my 3rd engineer, happy days and many good memories."

Hi Brian,
Thanks for the mention I am still around and thought of the Ibn Rushd today when I drove over the Erskine Bridge Glasgow taking somebody to a hospital in Glasgow. As you say many happy memories of the maiden voyage, all the families on board during the prolonged stay in Tilbury and the football matches on Sundays with kids and the parties in the Worlds End pub afterwards. Ian Askew 4/E had a shop in Albert Dock Liverpool selling framed cigarette cards but I since heard he emigrated to Australia. One of the best maiden voyages I did with KSC. Keep safe during this unprecedented outbreak.
Albie
 

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"my first one being the Ibn Rushd new out of Govan with Albie as my 3rd engineer, happy days and many good memories."

Hi Brian,
Thanks for the mention I am still around and thought of the Ibn Rushd today when I drove over the Erskine Bridge Glasgow taking somebody to a hospital in Glasgow. As you say many happy memories of the maiden voyage, all the families on board during the prolonged stay in Tilbury and the football matches on Sundays with kids and the parties in the Worlds End pub afterwards. Ian Askew 4/E had a shop in Albert Dock Liverpool selling framed cigarette cards but I since heard he emigrated to Australia. One of the best maiden voyages I did with KSC. Keep safe during this unprecedented outbreak.
Albie
Hi Albie, Nice to hear from you and that you are still gainfully employed by the Red Cross, its us oldies that have to watch out for this cov 19, however if you are sensible then should be OK.
Roy and Mary Emmas have both passed away now, but yes we had a good bunch of lads on there and even the landlady in those brownstone houses in Govan was part of the fun.
 

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Hi Brian

So you sailed with Albie .................. Did you ever hear him sing ?? we encouraged it all the time.

I do remember a few stories from him about the Rushd, just wished I could remember the details of them.
Hi again Bob,
Tony Owens was the purser, Pip Walton the old man,Tony was fun and used to rib Albie with his impediment when Albie was mad he didn't have it, he may have sang but memories fade.We were the last ship to go round the cape before the canal opened again. The Hayan beat us into the gulf from Govan and took our charter to Japan, hence I joined the Ahmadia at Dubai, Jim Wilkie as old man and Gronwen Owen Hughes Chief had a good trip and got engaged to my now Japanese wife of 43 years. Still got the Salton Hot tray the lads got me as an engagement present on the Rushd. Fantastic memories.
 

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Congrats for the 43 years, bet you didn't think the run ashore you had that day was going to be so long lasting. (Thumb)

We encouraged Albie to sing because he was as clear as a bell, he would only consider it when he had emptied a few tins in the bar though.

I'm going to have a look for my old diaries I kept from those days, had the ships and people I sailed with written down. My memory for detail is fading fast but I do remember purser called Tony Owens just cant recall the ship, I think old man was Tommy Wheel and C/E was a friend of Matt Hedley?, cant recall his name but he was a Geordie.
I have a lot of good memories from those times, dont remember a ship that I was unhappy on, even sailing with Cpt Parry didn't dampen the experience.
A 3/E I sailed with when I first joined the merchant on the Bank Line said to me you only remember the good times, the bad memories fade (==D)
 

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Bloody 'ell, feel like I am reading my own obituary here!!

Tony Owen was with us out in Cadiz for a while, till they realised there was no food for him to dish out. I believe he ended up co-sharing a flat with Richard "My name is Richard and there is no truth in the rumour I like Dick" Gibbons because he reckoned it was cheaper with two!
Tony was/is a great lad, sailed with him a few times and lots of hilarious tales to tell.
 

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Always thought you would move out to Cadiz Albie, you spent so long there even the locals assumed you were a fixture.
Aye I knew I'd been there too long when I was invited to a funeral. Been back three times over the years and still a great place. Was there last year for the Feria de Caballero in Jerez, great time renewing my taste for the fino.
 

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Bloody 'ell, feel like I am reading my own obituary here!!

Tony Owen was with us out in Cadiz for a while, till they realised there was no food for him to dish out. I believe he ended up co-sharing a flat with Richard "My name is Richard and there is no truth in the rumour I like Dick" Gibbons because he reckoned it was cheaper with two!
Tony was/is a great lad, sailed with him a few times and lots of hilarious tales to tell.
Used to play cribbage with flunky Gibbon on the Al Atheer his line was my name's Richard but I like Dick. Had a big Scottish junior Grant King he used to smack Richard with the plastic rule on his desk and he would be crying out like a wee girl. Nice fellow though and not too bad a feeder, I have some very good and happy memories of most people I sailed with in KSC & UASC.
 

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Congrats for the 43 years, bet you didn't think the run ashore you had that day was going to be so long lasting. (Thumb)

We encouraged Albie to sing because he was as clear as a bell, he would only consider it when he had emptied a few tins in the bar though.

I'm going to have a look for my old diaries I kept from those days, had the ships and people I sailed with written down. My memory for detail is fading fast but I do remember purser called Tony Owens just cant recall the ship, I think old man was Tommy Wheel and C/E was a friend of Matt Hedley?, cant recall his name but he was a Geordie.
I have a lot of good memories from those times, dont remember a ship that I was unhappy on, even sailing with Cpt Parry didn't dampen the experience.
A 3/E I sailed with when I first joined the merchant on the Bank Line said to me you only remember the good times, the bad memories fade (==D)
Besides Malcom Headley & Tom Bailey the only other Geordie chief was Gregory, he was from Blyth and not popular with a few of the lads, he had me pull a unit in Kuwait without getting permission and against my advice,as I was taking off cyl head nuts he came flying down the steps and told me to box up. I threw a spanner at him which just missed him and he scooted back up the steps like rat.
Parry was actually a nice guy, stickler for uniform and his 3" between his short bottoms and his socks plus white gloves on inspections but I got on well with him.
 

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I'm going to have a look for my old diaries I kept from those days, had the ships and people I sailed with written down. My memory for detail is fading fast but I do remember purser called Tony Owens just cant recall the ship, I think old man was Tommy Wheel and C/E was a friend of Matt Hedley?, cant recall his name but he was a Geordie.
I have a lot of good memories from those times, dont remember a ship that I was unhappy on, even sailing with Cpt Parry didn't dampen the experience.
A 3/E I sailed with when I first joined the merchant on the Bank Line said to me you only remember the good times, the bad memories fade (==D)
I have gone thro my diaries and have ended up with lists of names, most of which I can't fit a face to. Most were good guys and happy ships but the ones I clashed with jump out the pages at me. I do not have happy memories of sailing with Mr Watt and Mr Jacques.
Anyway happy memories of a Far East trip with Tony Owens, paid-off a poor man, but a wiser one.
 

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Besides Malcom Headley & Tom Bailey the only other Geordie chief was Gregory, he was from Blyth and not popular with a few of the lads, he had me pull a unit in Kuwait without getting permission and against my advice,as I was taking off cyl head nuts he came flying down the steps and told me to box up. I threw a spanner at him which just missed him and he scooted back up the steps like rat.
Parry was actually a nice guy, stickler for uniform and his 3" between his short bottoms and his socks plus white gloves on inspections but I got on well with him.
Can remember one night I went out the bar door to the empty pool due to having far too many beers, Cptn Parry was coming out the stbd acomm door and saw me, stood and gaped at what I was doing so I saluted him with my left hand, couldnt use my right hand for obvious reasons. He was not amused and I got called to his office the next morning for a rollocking. He mentioned something about using the cabin toilets and scolded me severely, in reality the guys said it was because I had not given him the correct salute by using my left hand.
Happy days then (K)
 

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Hello Nutsplitter, I sailed with Alan Dodd on a couple of trips, he is a great lad. He was 3/E and I was 4/E and you are right about his mum and dad having a pub, it was The Three Stags in Bebbington Wirral.
I have heard from him since the UASC years and he was Ch/eng With Maersk, offshore in Brazil and he lives somewhere in Yorkshire.
 

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Hello Nutsplitter, I sailed with Alan Dodd on a couple of trips, he is a great lad. He was 3/E and I was 4/E and you are right about his mum and dad having a pub, it was The Three Stags in Bebbington Wirral.
I have heard from him since the UASC years and he was Ch/eng With Maersk, offshore in Brazil and he lives somewhere in Yorkshire.
I thought Alan would have ended up running a pub! We were both J/Engs on the Ibn Shuaid on its first trip. I can't remember who the rest of the crowd were but we all got along and all must have gone well as no major incidents are lodged in my memory.
 

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I visited Tilbury on many occasions with my Mam Brenda. Always found it funny how the lecky had purloined the owners cabin on the fudge. Sorry to say my Dad passed in February 09 whilst working for James Fishers.
I can remember sailing as 2nd Lecky with Jimmy but I cant remember the name of the ship. I do remember his wife and kids coming to visit the ship though.
While Jimmy was having a private meeting with his wife I volunteered to take the kids on a "long" tour of the ship. We played an the stairs up to the bridge with a slinky, we must have let it slink down the stair dozens of times. I took them up to the bridge and let them use the PA system as well.
Jimmy later told me he heard them shouting "MUM DAD HELLLOOOOO" through it and he and his wife burst out laughing when the meeting was reaching a critical point.
Sad to hear of his passing though.
 
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