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Sailed with John Gormley on the mighty Aramaic in 1967ish. That trip we did a K Line charter from Sydney to Singapore to Bangkok to Rotterdam. I was 2nd Elect..
Remember it was Johns second attempt on a sea going career,as he'd had a spell ashore. Do'nt know if his return was instigated by his wife or if it was voluntary. I remember him telling me that the Foreman asked him why he only turned to for four days the previous week: His reply was that he could'nt manage on three. He introduced me to "Leckies Pic-nics for which I will always be grateful. A real character, I hope he and his Liver are well.
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Sailed with John Gormley on the mighty Aramaic in 1967ish. That trip we did a K Line charter from Sydney to Singapore to Bangkok to Rotterdam. I was 2nd Elect..
Remember it was Johns second attempt on a sea going career,as he'd had a spell ashore. Do'nt know if his return was instigated by his wife or if it was voluntary. I remember him telling me that the Foreman asked him why he only turned to for four days the previous week: His reply was that he could'nt manage on three. He introduced me to "Leckies Pic-nics for which I will always be grateful. A real character, I hope he and his Liver are well.
barry mac[/QUOTE

Hi Barry

Thanks for your speedy reply re Le Gorm. Joining the Megantic for a one way from Kiwi to the UK it was an hilarious experience being supernumery 2nd Eng on day work knowing that that crazy Geordie would be lurking somewhere with some kind of "witches brew"

Take care
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Hooray Brian;
Just had a vivid flashback of Gormley skipping from Barstool to Barstool early(or maybe late), one morning in a Bar in Bremen. The tune on the Juke Box was "Puppet on a String" by Sandie Shaw. Any normal person would have been killed.
Remember the occasion well, as later when Herr Kelner drew the curtains, we noticed it was time to turn to.
All of the best
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I did my first two trips in 'Megantic' as a cadet in 1976/7. Joined in Sheerness, then went to Wallsend for drydock; loaded in Le Havre for Noumea via Panama, then on to Bluff for a full load (in midwinter!) back to Avonmouth and Sheerness via Panama. On the way across the Pacific homeward, as we were carrying a doctor (and his wife) we had a diversion to Pitcairn for a medical emergency.
The second trip was Sheerness-Bremen-Antwerp-Genoa-Suez-Aden-Fremantle (diversion to land our C/E who had had a heart attack, and again, we were carrying a doctor and wife)-Auckland-Wellington-Lyttleton-Timaru-Lyttleton-Panama-Liverpool. This second trip was at the time the DERBYSHIRE was lost; we had a crew of Liverpool Malays, and they were obviously very upset, as they knew many of the lost crew. Steve Clarke was senior cadet first trip, and I now see him frequently at Harwich when he goes out for his ship; he is now a senior London pilot. On the passage from Aden to Freemantle, we passed IBERIC in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the only ship seen on that part of the passage.
Master; M Musson;C/O R Wooding; 2/0 (1) Ray Thomas (2) J Salter 3/0 (1)A Brinkworth (2) Martyn Bishop C/E L May (replaced by C Sanderson) 2/E M Stevens 3/E B Walton 4/E (1) ? (2) B Curtiss (Sp?) 5/E L Hobson Juniors D Bowler D Hornsby (plus others) Elec/O (1) A Smythe (2) M Pond (sparrow) 'Freezer' (1) F Lamb (2)D Finlay 2nd elec P Scott Purser Emil?. Deck cadets included C Jones, H Cavanagh,G Duncan, R Hall, N Prosser, R Lee, K Hodson. Eng cadet E Black.
Many of the P/Os were also on the ship for both trips, but not so certain of their names now.
Hope this gives some memories. It was the trip after I left that she suffered a major genny fire.
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Hi nobody seems to Remember Gill Witherspoon 1st lecky took her out new from swans, I was an appy then and years later i sailed with him on the laurentic, he told me that dai Evans was bit hard on eng cadets and juniors engs by sending them down below to trace pipe lines under the floor plates and make a drawing,anyone have that experience. Good thread thanks jk
 

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I sailed with Gill on the LINDFIELD in 1978, for one round trip West Indies-NZ and back. IIRC, the two of us spent most of the northbound trip at the mast tops installing new floodlights. Southbound, we had two shore electrical engineers re-winding one genny stator, which had shorted out after, I think, a cooling pipe fractured.
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Hi nobody seems to Remember Gill Witherspoon 1st lecky took her out new from swans, I was an appy then and years later i sailed with him on the laurentic, he told me that dai Evans was bit hard on eng cadets and juniors engs by sending them down below to trace pipe lines under the floor plates and make a drawing,anyone have that experience. Good thread thanks jk
Hi John
Can't imagine any other way of finding out the 'actual' placement of under plate pipelines...knew Dai Evans for many years and found him very fair
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Heard a tale about an eng on the megantic, scored at party the night before she sailed,he woke up the next morning and realized they were moving and she was still in his bunk luckily they were about to drop the pilot and she went off with the pilot.anyone know if it was true
 

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Hi nobody seems to Remember Gill Witherspoon 1st lecky took her out new from swans, I was an appy then and years later i sailed with him on the laurentic, he told me that dai Evans was bit hard on eng cadets and juniors engs by sending them down below to trace pipe lines under the floor plates and make a drawing,anyone have that experience. Good thread thanks jk
I sailed with Gill, but on the Deck side ... but it's hard to remember now ... don't think it was Icenic ... or Gothic ... but I am going for the first few voyages of Laurentic. Cheers, Bob.
 

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Hi nobody seems to Remember Gill Witherspoon 1st lecky took her out new from swans, I was an appy then and years later i sailed with him on the laurentic, he told me that dai Evans was bit hard on eng cadets and juniors engs by sending them down below to trace pipe lines under the floor plates and make a drawing,anyone have that experience. Good thread thanks jk
Hello JK. Yes, I remember Gill Witherspoon, but can't remember on which ship. He was quite right about Dai, I and my mate DJ were his first cadets, on Alaric in 1959. We spent most of our time on day-work, but every evening after dinner we were sent down onto the tank-tops to trace out and draw up every system. If the drawing had any errors, we were sent straight back down again until it was right. I was down there until midnight on some occasions! I hated him at the time, but realised he was doing it for a purpose and it did serve us well for the rest of our careers. I next sailed with Dai on Corinthic in 1965, he and his wife were passengers on their way to Wellington where he became NZ Engineer Superintendent. Then met him at sometime every voyage until I left SS&A in 1968. I saw him for the last time in 1996 when I was on holiday in NZ, visited him at his home in Lower Hutt. I was sorry to learn on this forum that he crossed the bar a few years back. A good Man and Engineer, he taught me a lot.
 

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I've been copying my slides to digital, and found this one which includes Gil, taken on 'Lindfield' about Aug 1978.

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From left;

Gil Witherspoon, 2/E Pete Poland, 4/E Martin something (from Bristol area, forgotten his surname), Eng Cadet Sam Salt.

Taken at the smoko table whilst investigating the Green Flash.

Martyn
 
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