same ships diferent times,were you on the gowen or dhu when it ran into the office wall in montreal.i think it was capt percy, up the river hard a strb. hold her on the spring,well the spring broke and she ended up with her fo'cle in someones office and 10 ton of bricks on top of the windlass
there was always jobs on the cairn boats ,but trying to get up the road before we sailed from leith, what with them deep tank lids and all those bolts,and they were always pooping them on the way back from montreal,winter time that is[notwhite poop from another thread],aother good thing was you could pay of in leith and work by with dinwoodies shore gang at 3 time the pay,good times
remember the avon when she ran into some realy foul weather coming home,if i remember rightly she was a coal burner ran out of bunkers and burnt anything they could,also trying to make the tide at leith and trying to top the gear at the same time,steam on deck,no steam or we wont make the tide,pause while i wipe my eyes.
gibsons,was another story,joined one in irvine,friday afternoon cargo of sulpher,got on board and the gally was on fire,the diesel drip pan on the gally fire had carbonend up, diesel all over the gally deck on fire put the fire out across the road to the pub,every one in there and the wharfies,told the mate then went home for the week end
Dom, I think it was the old " Cairnesk " when she ran into foul weather. She burned everything ,doors,mess tables, the lot. She was scrapped in 1959. She had made 204 round trips between the U.K. and Canada.
The " Cairnavon" had a fire aboard in Leith docks in 1956, 3 crew died. She was scrapped in1968 in Shanghai.
Live in Canada. As a child of a war bride, my mother, sister and I were passengers on the Cairnesk for a trip to Britain for a visit where my maternal relatives lived in Blyth Northumberland. We were on voyage #161 from Halifax arriving in Newcastle on 23 Apr 1950. My sister was just a baby in the crawling stage. At one point, she was crawling to go through a doorway when the hook holding it open slipped. The door slammed shut and as luck would have it her only injury was to have the very tip of her baby finger severed. As you can imagine, there was no doctor on board so the steward bandaged things up as best he could. To this day she still has a lump at the end of that finger where the end of her finger fused back together as it healed.