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I found it difficult to believe at first. Bill and I came from the same hometown, attended the same school and both of us joined Blue Funnel at age 16 as deckboys, although Bill was five years ahead of me.
When the allegations surfaced that he had been posting under various names, I couldnt believe it but the ,then, site owner, Steve, actually telephoned me and gave me chapter and verse of Bill's rule bending, I was gobsmacked.
It was a shame. As others have said he was a very knowledgeable seaman who had accomplished much in his life. Latterly he was, maybe still is, a farmer in Shropshire, who occasionally shipped out as master on VLCCs.
Hi Pat,
Bill Davies was the type of individual who always had to be right, hence the reason for him inventing all those alter-egos so that it appeared that others supported his views, regardless of how ridiculous they were.
Just goes to prove the dangers of remaining at sea too long, as it's a young mans game and I don't think I ever came across anyone over 40 who did not display some type of idiosyncrasy in their character.

Across the spectrum, from old bed-room steward to old-man, they were always a little weird and whether it was down to the life of isolation or the grog, who knows but life at sea certainly high-lighted those flaws in peoples character.

Sorry to hear about the demise of Odyssey Works and Birkenhead docks, as they were the type of institution I just assumed would go on forever in my youth. I'm coming over to the UK in August so will have to try and re-visit my old haunts just for old-times sake but guess I will be in for a shock.

Regards Phil (Thumb)
 

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I think the ' Great Gallery Drama of '17 ' had a lot to do with it getting so quiet.... what with the old owner of the site then going and setting up in opposition and taking half the trade away... I thought that a rather cynical move.

That plus most of us have already told all our yarns at least once... not that that matters as most here won't remember having read it before anyway....

I miss the quiz stuff and the ships needing identifying ... that seems to have all but disappeared.....
 

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I think the ' Great Gallery Drama of '17 ' had a lot to do with it getting so quiet.... what with the old owner of the site then going and setting up in opposition and taking half the trade away... I thought that a rather cynical move.

That plus most of us have already told all our yarns at least once... not that that matters as most here won't remember having read it before anyway....

I miss the quiz stuff and the ships needing identifying ... that seems to have all but disappeared.....
With the old owner still on this site while promoting the other the whole situation is becoming like a rear guard action.
 

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I found it difficult to believe at first. Bill and I came from the same hometown, attended the same school and both of us joined Blue Funnel at age 16 as deckboys, although Bill was five years ahead of me.
When the allegations surfaced that he had been posting under various names, I couldnt believe it but the ,then, site owner, Steve, actually telephoned me and gave me chapter and verse of Bill's rule bending, I was gobsmacked.
It was a shame. As others have said he was a very knowledgeable seaman who had accomplished much in his life. Latterly he was, maybe still is, a farmer in Shropshire, who occasionally shipped out as master on VLCCs.
Regarding Bill Davies, he was not alone, at that time (long ago) there was several members on the site who had multiple accounts and one of them is still posting now via his main account (not me). A moderator who has now passed away told me that the main reason for him quitting as a moderator was in his words (the goings on behind the scenes)............(Thumb)

Cheers Frank
 

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KS was a strong poster as was Seamen38 so, what has become of them.
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Alas to the disappointment of a few (or possibly many) I can confirm that Seaman38 is still alive and well having just returned yesterday from a months dancing in Tenerife. I had advised that I was going to be absent. When I am away I never look at a computer and my telephone works on steam, if there is anything important happening in my personal life it will appear on my wife's gadgets. Vacation time is for relaxing, reading, talking to people and in our case dancing.

I am surprised to learn from a member that I was never listed as a member. (Smoke)

For Laker Captain,(and others) keep writing your about your memories and experiences. When at sea and ashore in the marine industry we considered our lives normal and accepted the dangers of our profession, such as hurricanes, cyclones, anti cyclones, Malacca Straits pirates, collisions, onboard fires and many more incidences as normal fare of our profession. When talking to people who say 'What did you do?' and you tell them some of your experiences, without embellishment, they find it interesting, as one Banker said to me, 'I thought my job was interesting, now I realise it was boring' he was not alone in those comments throughout the years.

I would say to anyone who writes for their own satisfaction to keep their passion alive and hope that their grand children may one day read them, contact your local University Librarian (or the one near where you spent your childhood) as your jottings are all part of history. My own ramblings about what I could recall from age 5 to 27 (120,000 words) are lodged with Hull University, it is not necessary to have been to University, my own formal education virtually finished at the age of 13. However I have always been an avid reader
 

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Seaman38,

Only posted that - Seamen38 was not a member as that is the name I was quoted on the post.
Glad you are well and full of life.
Maybe you could be the new judge to take over from Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing!

Hawkey01
 

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Seaman38,

Only posted that - Seamen38 was not a member as that is the name I was quoted on the post.
Glad you are well and full of life.
Maybe you could be the new judge to take over from Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing!

Hawkey01
Thanks your message, I'd rather take over Darcey Bussell![=P] but guess it's a case of dream-on
 

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Regarding Bill Davies, he was not alone, at that time (long ago) there was several members on the site who had multiple accounts and one of them is still posting now via his main account (not me). A moderator who has now passed away told me that the main reason for him quitting as a moderator was in his words (the goings on behind the scenes)............(Thumb)

Cheers Frank
Interesting Frank.
I have long held the view that there are some members with multiple identities on here. It is noticeable that one or two posters pop up in support of an initial posting, but rarely do they post any stand alone postings. They function solely as a little support network, with no original thoughts of their own.

Root em out and kill em, I say(Jester)
 

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I would say to anyone who writes for their own satisfaction to keep their passion alive and hope that their grand children may one day read them, contact your local University Librarian (or the one near where you spent your childhood) as your jottings are all part of history. My own ramblings about what I could recall from age 5 to 27 (120,000 words) are lodged with Hull University, it is not necessary to have been to University, my own formal education virtually finished at the age of 13. However I have always been an avid reader[/QUOTE]

I have been an avid writer ever since I bought a computer 18 years ago and I never miss an opportunity to place on paper any of the experiences or thoughts that come to mind.
The great majority of this scribe lays dormant in my hard drive with the hope that some day some one might dig to its depths and expose the meanderings of this old man who may have been their Great great grandfather!
A fair bit of my jottings are imbedded on this site, one of the reasons my hackles are raised when SN's existence is threatened, an emotion stirred that is as powerful as a mother reacting to a critisism of her child or that of a woman scorned.

One day Molly Woppy I might be discovered.

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don't give up the ship

I have nothing to offer regarding the ships mentioned in this post, but I encourage members to continue following this site because you never know what will happen. Sometimes the new information about a ship you knew nothing about will incite your interst and start you on a new quest. Other times (as was the case for me) you will find present in a post something which at first seems only tangentially related to your search but ends up being a very close clue. So, sorry I have nothing to add but encouragement...
Oops! also gratitude to all the members who continue to help perfect strangers in their search for the important stories that make up our collective international and personal nautical heritage.
 

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Thank you, Linda!

Without exception, we all like the sound of our own voices, or we would not post here at all. Those of us who continue to post are most grateful that SN exists - and happy to hear that a non-mariner might sometimes even read our scribblings.

Until a mere twenty-five years ago, nothing like SN ever had existed - and for most of us today it is hugely refreshing to be able to turn the clock back, if only in our own minds, for far more than twenty five years. Much very useful information is exchanged

Vive SN!
 

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I have nothing to offer regarding the ships mentioned in this post, but I encourage members to continue following this site because you never know what will happen. Sometimes the new information about a ship you knew nothing about will incite your interst and start you on a new quest. Other times (as was the case for me) you will find present in a post something which at first seems only tangentially related to your search but ends up being a very close clue. So, sorry I have nothing to add but encouragement...
Oops! also gratitude to all the members who continue to help perfect strangers in their search for the important stories that make up our collective international and personal nautical heritage.
I agree with your views, people should continue posting even if occasionally the stories get repeated............(Thumb)

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I would like a second identity, one that is educated and erudite with just a touch of poetry. This would be a foil to Engine Serang whom most members regard as a bit of a half-wit.
I shall call myself Captain Courageous.
 

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I agree with your views, people should continue posting even if occasionally the stories get repeated............(Thumb)

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They don't get repeated Frank, we just forget that we told them in the first place!

Thank you for your post Linda

I know many think they have nothing to tell, but you will be surprised how one jotting can spark another memory, they don't have to be in chronological order, once you start you'll find that even a word or the name of a port will bring back a moment of your life, which you may think insignificant or of no interest, but remember those who never had the privilege of going to sea and experiencing things and places we took as normal, may be interested in them.

Many of us on here have had, and will continue to have differences of opinion, but we all had a common mistress, whom at times we hated, but mostly loved. What other profession could place you apparently in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by a 360 degree horizon with stars from horizon to horizon and also being paid for the privilege, it is important to record these wonderous moments in time.
 

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ES,

Are you really qualified to say that most members regard you as a bit of a half-wit?

If so, you are indeed courageous. So courageous that you might even blow your own cover - and we would all then know for certain that it would be ES posting under a false name!
 

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I would like a second identity, one that is educated and erudite with just a touch of poetry. This would be a foil to Engine Serang whom most members regard as a bit of a half-wit.
I shall call myself Captain Courageous.
"A bit of a half wit". Well ES (CC) I recon your maths proves both of you are a every bit an astute person!! A bit of two halves make you two bits of a wit. Or does that make both of you a bit of two half wits or a bit of two wits?
Sit a bit before you pit-your-wits to answer that bit.

JJ.
 

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Being ex Royal Navy I feel that all my mates from the 1950-70 era have all passed away or no longer use the computer as I seem to be the only one here on SN who is still alive and kicking (just !!!!), lost contacts from the lads I knew on the RFA RESURGENT 1958/9 and the lads from my old navy ships have dwindled away ,even the navy reunions that I attended have closed due to lack of membership, it would be nice to log on one of these days and see someone asking the where abouts of
Dave from the cruiser CEYLON or one of the other ships---I`m 83 now so I haven't many years in front of me so please if there is anyone out there who knew me make my day and get in touch--BUT-- If I owe you money don`t bother, 4 Grand children and 6 Great grandchildren and a wife to support, I`m broke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Thumb)
 

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Hi Ceylon
I've often wondered when I see your Postings whether you were on "CEYLON"
back-end of 1956 - beginning 1957
I was First Trip Apprentice on the Molasses Tanker ATHELSULTAN (13 month trip !) at the time aged 16 - and now just coming up to 79
and we were tied up alongside "CEYLON" at Port Louis, Mauritius (the Molasses-loading jetty being the only berth at that time in Mauritius
"Keep those legs moving"
Roger Harrison now Perth Northern Suburbs (Western Australia)
 
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