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What happened to Larrinaga Line, I served my time there and stayed till Second Mate, serving on the Richard de Larninaga and Niceto de Larrinaga, last voyage two years long.(Ouch) Frank Waring
 

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I do not know how Larninagas actually finished, i do recall an advert in a newspaper for an upmarket auction house in Chester, stating that fine objects and paintings from Larninagas house were going under the hammer. I estimate it was some period in the early seventies.
Their house in Carnatic Road Mossley Hill, Liverpool has been a nursing home for many years now. The present owner is a friend of mine, when she bought it there was in a locker in the basement full of seamens wage accounts plus photos of all their ships. I was promised that I could have them as she did not have the key on her person at the time it was arranged for a later date. Sadly about 3 months later when we opened it all the contents were gone and she said she did not know what became of them. I suspect she had the locker emptied and the contents put in a skip but would not admit to it.
In the basement there were many lockers and alleyways just like a ship, plus a walk in safe and a huge cast iron boiler. In the roof space the roof trusses were steel, painted red oxide with the steel manufacturers name stamped on them Dormon Long Middlesburgh, obviously steel leftover from one of their ships that was built.
The name of the home is Redbourne whether that was the name in the Larininagas era I cannot say, it has been changed quite a lot with extensions and a bungalow built in the grounds hidden by a wall and seperated from the existing building. But in its day it was an imposing house and gardens very secluded and private.
 

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Hello Frank.

We met somewhere in La Guaira - I was master of a CAVN charter ship called Sig Ragne - early 79 according to my discharge book.

You had a Greek Wilhemsen ship chartered back in port when I met you.

Good to hear of you again - I trust you are keeping well.

Best regards,

Roddie MacKenzie.
 

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Where've you been R65 ? London & Overseas Freighters had four SD14s and two B26s. They liked them so much the bought the yard. P&O General Cargo Division, Trinder Anderson, Jardine Matheson, Metcalf's of Hartlepool, probably several more. Lift your game, mate.

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Hello Frank.

We met somewhere in La Guaira - I was master of a CAVN charter ship called Sig Ragne - early 79 according to my discharge book.

You had a Greek Wilhemsen ship chartered back in port when I met you.

Good to hear of you again - I trust you are keeping well.

Best regards,

Roddie MacKenzie.
It is a few years back but I remember the greek vessel very well when it came to offhire in Maracaibo "many problems mister chief"cured by waving wads of dollars around, good old days. I went on from there to New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Nigeria, where I ran a ICD company, I actually ended up practically running the railroad and then road transport when the railway collapsed lack of funds, spare parts a typical case of African malaise. I eventually ended up running my own own independent marine survey company, finally finishing up with a major oil spill in Venezuela running the claims office in Maracaibo an altogether interesting and fascinating career path, though I say it myself, right place right time, now retired why I dont know, age I suppose , enjoyed it all, how about you ? Regards Frank
 

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Hello Again Frank.

The Greek ship was an ex Wilhelmsen (I think one of the Japanese built ships) with a very minimal name change.

I seem to remember you telling me you were having plastic pellets poured into your fuel tank to reward you for some changes you were making in stevedore practices.

I also recall you telling me, if I am correct, that one of your parents was Spanish, hence your grasp of the language, and you had worked for Larrinaga.

After that brief escape to cargo ships it was off back to tankers and OBOs, before going to work for SBM in Nigeria, where I spent 12 years before retiring.

Definitely enjoyed most of it, though some of the Nigerian labour disputes were a bit tiresome!

Best Regards,

Roddie.
 

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Hi Keith,
Were you on the Niceto when she had her collision in The Channel in which she lost her bow & No. 1 hatch, & a cadet (+1other?) lost his life? Served my time with Larrinaga, favourite vessel was the Niceto, managed to stay collision free when I was on her. She did have another smack when anchored at Hong Kong & a Pioneer boat ploughed into her. I also sailed on the Richard & Ramon.
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Hi David,

I'd moved on to Maria De and was somewhere off the lizard in a Papayanni boat on day of the collision . In a "radar assisted "collision myself in '63 when the Patrician went down, not so happy days!
 

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Hi Keith,
I was always led to believe that the proceeds from the sale of the Maria went towards the funding to jumbo the Niceto. If memory serves me & the grey cells haven`t given up altogether, wasn`t a Santa boat the other half of that collision somewhere around Gib Straits? Good that you obviously survived.
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What happened to Larrinaga Line, I served my time there and stayed till Second Mate, serving on the Richard de Larninaga and Niceto de Larrinaga, last voyage two years long.(Ouch) Frank Waring
Had a quick look on t'internet, and two pages came up www.shippingtandy.com an article by norman middlemiss, only the breif version available, which said they finished in 1974, a further page on www.theshiplist.com had a list of vessels, again states the company was sold in 1974 to a Greek company
Hope it helps
Rgds
Kev
 

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Has anyone heard of the "Buenaventura" steamship that was under the Larrinaga line? And does any of you know where to find the passenger list of the ship during 1871? All I found was the crew list of Buenaventura.
 

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My first ship as R/o with dispensation was the Ramon D Larrinaga, from Avonmouth to Manchester. Dec 1967.
The telescopic masts and the fold down radar mast proved quite problematic, what with several years of rust since the last visit to Manchester
De funnelling at Eastham locks. Just the funnel cowling actually.
 

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Now there`s a memory jerker, I joined her in Jan `68 in Manchester, went as far as Ellesmere Port about 10 days later & then left her.
 
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