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Hi Todd
In the early 60s I worked as the receptionist in the Purvis Shipping co in the Minories London and the 'Old Man' would come in 3 or 4 times a week and so I got to know your Grandfather Sam very well.
When did Noel Purvis die?
I wondered if the shipping company is still going.
I recently moved to Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire.Yesterday while walking my dog through the local church yard I came accross the grave of Noel Purvis of Purvis Shipping.His chauffeur was my Grandfather. In 1962 he arranged for my parents to return from sydney harbour, Australia to Liverpool on board the 'Avisfaith'. The Captain gave up his cabin for the six week crossing ! . I may be able to locate some photos. Regretfully both my parents died some years ago .I beleive that the ship docked at Liverpool in late Autumn/early winter 1962. If anybody knows more I would be keen to hear.
 

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Names that I have found are Graham davies Newport 3rd Eng. Roger Britton Galley boy, Norwich, Osman Yaddi, Liverpool Carpenter, Patola AB, these of course were 3 years later than you, still cant find your photo, all I have is these.

Alan
I joined the Avisfaith as 5th engineer on 17th April 1968 in Barcelona and was in all the usual places that you mentioned and guess who the third was , yes Taff Davies he did take some leave but returned afterwards again as third till the end of trip on 23rd September 1969 at Algiers. The OM was D.Dickson
Third mate John Coco age 72
Chief Engineer A Davidson
Fourth Engineer D Jenkins
Radio Officer Clive Henty
Bosun Abideen from Colombo Sri Lanka
 

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Here she is as the Egidie, ( copyright unknown )
1971 she was ALEXANDROS
1977 EGIDIA
1981 SEAVICTORY
1981 SOUTHDENE
1984 ASTHER
The end was 1985 broken up at San Esteban de Pravia.
Many names but AVISFAITH to me, many a good time had during the 17months trip.
 

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John, this could be your lucky day, as I found some photos of the Engine room, do these ring any bells, I have got one of Taffy Davies but I need to scan it in, The cooks name was Barron, and he was from Ceylon as it was, I just remembered that.

Alan G
Please excuse my ignoance,but a picture is worth a thousand words,especialy the foto of the engine tops.I'm confused,AVISFAITH was a 5cyl.but your foto shows 6cyl.Gotaverken.I think its the SURREY TRADER's engine?
 

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Hi Guys
My Name is John I Joined the Avisfaith in Kingston Jamaca in 1965 as a 1st trip junior Engineer I remember My first flight my first delux hotel in Kingston, and of course first taste of tropical climate, we were kept away from the ship until Just before sailing time, and the old crowd had paid off..
I wonder Why ?? Did anybody Join With Me I Think I remember Graham from Newport I was On his watch 8-12 there was another Junior called Les and Jeff from Tynside also a first triper.. Does this Jog any memories ??
Hi John,

My name is John Hopkins and I joined the Avisfaith along with you and other in 1965. It was my first ship and I signed on as a cabin boy. Just for you info the chap that got married in Cuba was the Doc (our cook). His was from the Little Rhonda. My first memories of the doc was seeing a naked woman run out of his cabin to the heads and back when I was being shown to my cabin by the lads signing off. The next think I remember was the Doc with a cleaver in hand chasing some chap off the ship. You may also remember, my cabin mate also John(nicknamed Doberry) The Doc sold him as a cherry boy in Japan.

Unlike some of the comments I've read about the Avisfaith being a bad ship. I can only say that I had an absolutely wonderful time especially in Havana where I met wonderful people went to lots of street parties accompanied by a wonderful girl I had made friends with - Mira Levin who I'm sorry I never kept in touch with.
The people I remember:

Taffy the 3rd engineer always gave me good advice when I went ashore in whatever country we were in at the time.
Arin Anjon (not sure the spelling is correct) he was a Malay and always helped me out with both clothes and the Spanish language especially when we were in Valencia.
John, The Seventh Engineer, Always a joy to chat to.
The doc – Dominic. I can’t remember his last name but he was just brilliant.
 

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Barron the Cook, and me in a Havana Bar.
Malayan Crew Memeber, in the Mess.
Going Ashore In Santiago, the Ship behind is Not Avisfaith, I think its the Valentino Tereskova a Russian Ship we used to go on, and sample there Vodka.
 

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Heh, Alan G what an interesting thread you started in 2007 and have continued on. Hope there will be more tales from the Avisfaith and perhaps the Surrey Trader. Kia ora!
 

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ALAN BARNSLEY,
Joined the Avisfaith in Algiers in 1969 as Electrician,flew out from Heathrow with my mate Clive Whylam from Barry Docks. We stayed in a hotel in Algiers for 3 days before we were allowed to se the ship along with a West Indian deck crew mainly from Liverpool. We discharged bagged sugar at various ports around the Med before loading general cargo for Brazil, Clive managed to break his elbow while working in the engine room in Marsielles and got flown home. We sailed to Rio de Janerio,Santos,Paranagua and Recife loading bagged coffee beans for the Mediteranean ports for 12 months, in that time we changed C/Eng. 4th Eng. 5th Eng. and Radio opperator. The new Sparks was John Clancy from Dublin. We had a British head Cook who got a lot of us to join a Football syndicate with Littlewoods and managed to win over £5000, we had a pay out in Rio, much to the displeasure of the old man because we couldn,t find the crew for a week, what a ship. Finaly paid off in Trieste 1970.
 

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AVISFAITH
Reg:LONDON
18.000 Gross Tons
Aviation & Shipping co, Managed by N.Purvis.



Trade was, Chartered to Castro's Cuba, and took raw Sugar to Japan, China, N. Korea, and Russia, and Rice and General back, Castro chartered this vessel because it was British Flagged, and the USA could not stop it using the Panama Canal, they would not store us, a bunch of Marines just came on board and sprayed the Air Vents with Flit, case we had anything nasty, and gave us priority passage.


Did anybody sail on this ship? I joined in May 1967 flew to Gib, on a Dan Dair Comet, and paid off in 23rd April 1968. I would like to here from you if you did, as it was like a Humphrey Bogart Movie, most of the crew where Malayan, and Officers British, and everyone one wanted off, they were all going around trying to kill each other, we even had the Captain die on us and we tied him up in a canvas bag and hung him in the Veg Room, then they buried him at sea, which was a big mistake as anyone could have killed him, we needed to get into port quickly, as an investigation should have happened, still they thought a nice Burial at sea was the answer, sure got that from the movies.


Alan Godfrey
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Hello Alan,I was on Avisbay 15/12/1960 to 2/2/62 Captain Evans he took ill we lowered him over the side of Broome picked up a new Captain Borneo a Boer see Captain Evans was on Avisfaith when new took rice from China to Cuba Yanks would not let us go Panama long way round via Med.


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Captains Burial.

Hi All

Here are some attachments of the death of our Captian, I have posted some here, because of the lack of a relevant thread in the Gallery. so am not sure were to put them.

As a Catering boy, I used to take the Old Man his morning cuppa, one morning I found him lifeless on the floor, it looked as though he had slipped and hit his head, I am a lad of 17 and I really didn't know much about this kind of thing, I called for the CS, he said it looked as though he had banged his head as he went down on the side of a table, if my memory serves me right we were mid Indian Ocean, after nearly getting stuck in the Suez canal, after the Bitter lakes where closed, I think our next port was Penang.

The Chippy made a canvas bag for him, and he was put in the Veg Room, and the CO took command, I got to tell you know that this was the ship from Hell, we where not a happy bunch, and the CO had a serious case of the DT's and all the rest were as bad, biggest load of misfits ever assembled, we all come to the same conclusion that we had been Shanghaied, as we joined her in Gibraltar not knowing anything about her, she never got to a British port so we could pay off, so everyone was trying to work thier ticket, I even jump ship in Penang, but that's another story, what with a dead Captain on our hands, the Malay and other assorted crew, you can imagine are a very superstitious lot, and all of a sudden 90% of them developed bad backs, and wanted to see the Doctor in Peneng and get off.

I possibly feel this is the reason they took the decision to Bury the poor man at sea, to get him off the ship, I am sure no communcation from head office would have made it, if there was any, but who knows with that outfit, I must admit they did do it right though, as the photos attest.

Engine stopped, Flag at half mast, all in our good gear, Hatch cover Flag and prayers, I still not sure if he had family or not, but I did hear when the S***t hit the fan, we should have gone to the nearest port, and there should have been some kind of investigation, to establish, cause of death, after all anyone could have murdered him, and nobody would have been any the wiser.

Alan G
Thats interesting Iwas on Avisbay 1960 to 62 Captain was C Evans put him ashore Broome 1961 heard he was later on Avisfaith he was from Whitley Bay.
 
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