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david smith said:
Picture of Medic at Avonmouth. Ship was newly painted in grey, dark grey for hull and no white stripe, and light grey for superstructure. Uniforms also featued "Unigate milkman" grey.
Built 1963 12,220t
Always thought the grey spoilt the look of the ships.Just my humble opinion.......
 

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I sailed on the Medic in 1967. She was the fastest ship I had ever been on.
We averaged 24 knots from Auckland to Durban. (8))

I have some pics but I can't seem to paste them here :)@)
 

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Medic All In Grey

david smith said:
Pictures at Avonmouth the Medic in her grey colour scheme and no white line. Grey ships & grey uniform.
Does this mean, in the twilight years of SSA, they painted out the white line and painted over the buff masts and derricks ( to save money I suppose) then got the officers to but grey uniforms in place of Blues or Whites?
 

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You've got it in one.
Dark grey shipsides, light grey acommodation, grey shorts, shirts and grey long trousers. Dark blue pullovers etc - looked like unigate milkmen! The Long trousers faded out, prefering black. The white line around the hull proved to be expensive, so was dropped. Of course all passenger ships had "gone East" to the breakers - but we still had No 10's, monkey jackets and all the paraphanalia.
 

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God, i remember the greys.....

Sailed on her in '76. Terrible trip. The C/E didn't like the 2nd and you can guess the rest..........
 

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Interesting that the name Miles Eden Smith and great trip occur in the same sentence.

My only contact with this gentlemen was on the Megantic between April and June 1979 and the term 'great trip' certainly didn't come into it, at least where he was concerned.
 

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It was a great trip for me personally as I had only sailed on container ships up untill that point, and sailing on a reefer ship was a one off experience, as was the NZ coast. I also concur that Miles was something `special`, and he worked us long hours, but looking back, I wouldn`t have missed it for the world.

Steve F.
 

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Medic as a Cadet Ship?

Sailed on Megantic as my last ship before Second Mates - as far as I can remember there were only two x 2 berth cadet cabins so how did you berth 12 cadets on Medic (sister ship) with one girl single berth- I would think??
 

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I have just sailed from Dover to Singapore with Miles so you will be pleased to hear that he is alive and kicking! Not too impressed with some matters on Fred Olsen's Balmoral but that I will put on a cruise critic site rather than here

John
 

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I sailed on the Medic March to July '76 as 4th trip cadet - knew it all, I thought, but learned a lot and grew up a bit more on that run.
Had quite a good trip as I remember. Samoa, Fiji, Kiwi - usual standard SSA run - in the days before cadet ships. Never fancied them!

I did the discharge in Avonmouth - after the dock strike. That was the ladybird summer when we stopped work for 'severe insect manifestation'. The crane drivers couldn't see to work.
 

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I sailed on the Medic's first voyage as a cadet ship. I did three trips. Two of those trips were spent in Timaru a month at a time. The middle trip we did a bit more of the coast. Good time with the cadets onboard. Miles E. Smith (Or Smiffy as we called him!!!) arranged plenty of sightseeing trips for the cadets and we used to tag along. Please pass my regards on to him. I was second lecky at the time.
Would know me as Peter Maxfield.
 

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Medic days

A couple of photos attached from the 'middle trip' of my three on the Medic.
Miles's Mighty Medics. Played this match in Auckland, nice match, poor guy sitting crossed legged at the front. (the one with the hair) got his leg broken by the then first electricain Kieth Buxey who was playing for the other side.
The other one is lunchtime at anchor, waiting to berth in Tauranga. Happy days.
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When I was on there in `78, we played a couple of games as well. The first one was against a high school in Whangerei, and we got hammered 7 or 8 nil. What made it worse was that their main game was rugby!! We then played against a team called Queens Park Rangers whilst we were in Bluff. That one we did win 3-2, but they had two girls playing for them. Afterwards we went to their clubhouse, and despite their team name, the walls were adorned with posters and other memorabilia of Manchester United, which made me feel right at home.

Steve F.
 

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I have just sailed from Dover to Singapore with Miles so you will be pleased to hear that he is alive and kicking! Not too impressed with some matters on Fred Olsen's Balmoral but that I will put on a cruise critic site rather than here

John
Surprised to here Miles is Still on the High Sea"s
Hard to keep the good ones down.
Ex Bosun "Laurentic"
 
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