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Sorry Ron, haven't been in touch with any of them. Sailed with Iain Minty Murray (2nd EnG) on Luminetta in '79 or '80. He was medically severed not long after that with back problems, shame, I had a lot of time for Iain. Robbie was a permanent fixture on Lucerna, sailed on Lucerna on and off til mid '89. IGY was PCO on Lucerna a few times in the early '80s then got himself permanent on the new ACL boat.
Thanks anyway, Hugh.

It always surprises me that some of the guys stayed on so long - I tend to think they left like me in the early 80's. Jealous of them really as they were GREAT times.
 

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Hugh Shuttleworth

Hi Hugh
Seeing earlier mention of John & Fiona Laing brought back memories! John sailed with me on the passenger ships after Oloibiri.... Fiona accompanied him. They divorced not long after that and John went 'foreign flag'. Made Captain I believe.
Fiona still lives in Yeovil area in Somerset.

Did you ever sail with Eric Heppenstall? He was Capt on the Lucerna with me. Saw him later when he was Captain of the Ogden Saguenay (sister class to Lucerna)

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Peter
 

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Peter Eccleson said:
Hi Hugh
Did you ever sail with Eric Heppenstall? He was Capt on the Lucerna with me. Saw him later when he was Captain of the Ogden Saguenay (sister class to Lucerna)

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Peter
Sailed with wee Eric on Luxor in 73/74, then on Lucerna in '76 where I understudied him on the "new class" before taking over as mate. Smashing chap.
 

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Whey hey!! It's me. The taller of the two cadets on the Oloibiri who are actually invisible to the naked eye on Hugh Shuttleworths photo.....!

Gordon Murray is the other one. He was killed in a car crash on his stag night when some thoughtless ******* decided to commit suicide by driving into a brick wall at speed, but Gordon's brothers car came around a blind corner and the suicidal **** collided with him instead.
 

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Can relate to all of that - remember Bernie Gilby having to wash Eddie Bucknalls neck , as he was about to leave the underneath of a Pielstick to fly to London. Suit on , straight on top of the muck! How do I access your gallery??

Ah good old Bernie Gilby!!! Wasn't his good lady called Doxford Doris??? I was on the good ship Oily Boily during the Lisnave drydocking...spent most of my time on nights then trawling the streets of Lisbon looking for cheap mateus rose...2nd's name was Mike Gray I seem to recall and the 4th engineer was a bearded chap called Clive....ah the memories!!

Dave Barker (was fiver at the time and I loved to do the jig in my clogs!!!!)......[=P]

Ron, I seem to recall you from somewhere.......do raise your hand if you remember moi!!!
 

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Dave,

I was the 2nd Lecky in those days, with Tom Curran (aka Hatch) the Chief Lecky.

I remember you as a first (deep sea ) trip guy, I also did the Lisnave Drydock with the pints of Mateus etc. My wife Janette was also there , though she left after the dry-dock and I sailed up and paid of at Ras Al Karma.

Also remeber the bearded-Clive with a very dry sense of humour...........

Ron
 

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Dave,

I was the 2nd Lecky in those days, with Tom Curran (aka Hatch) the Chief Lecky.

I remember you as a first (deep sea ) trip guy, I also did the Lisnave Drydock with the pints of Mateus etc. My wife Janette was also there , though she left after the dry-dock and I sailed up and paid of at Ras Al Karma.

Also remeber the bearded-Clive with a very dry sense of humour...........

Ron
I also recall you being matey with "My" Brian & Shiela Robertson.....wonder where THEY are???
 

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What guarantee was that Constant failure of all running machinery with nobody savvy enough to figure out the ballast and deepladen draught was too much to make fresh water. Remember running Scotch boilers on raw feed to keep deck seal intact so the whole lot would not end up in a puff of smoke. Left her in Dubaii but went back several times to put her on the SBM in Pennington and then after she started exporting. Pielsticks were a constant frustration and massively under rated and over revved .Alternators were electrically unstable and much else .

Not missed a bit but miss the craic
slainte
Uisdean mor

Sailed on it meself............did the guarantee dry-dock in Lisbon as well.
 

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Not me, Ron, I was there in '76 and '77. Left at the end of the drydock but went back a couple of years later for a stint at Pennington.
Actually Hugh, my mistake, the year will be 1977 on the way round to Karg (& before the Drydock over Christmas and New Year in Lisbon)
 

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I was on the Oloibri as an engineer cadet.Joined in Livorno after it sailed around from Pula shipyard.Then it was drydocked and checked out before being handed over.Sailed to Lagos for a couple of days of parties-Port Line cooks did the catering,then loaded in several ports,then discharged in Curacao.Then up to the gulf to load,discharge in Le Havre and pay off.
Gordon Ward first captain,Hoy the chief. Had a good time on there,but glad to never go back.Have quite a few photos of maiden trip at home.Slides, though.
Surprised it is still around.
 

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Sailed on her in 1979 before she went to Nigeria after the Lisbon (Almada) dry dock. I joined her by launch somewhere at the bottom end of the Gulf in February or March, and went round to Fos-sur-Mer then onto Lisbon for drydock. I seem to remember the average voyage speed was about a dozen knots and there was a constant stream of 1000-word msgs for work to be done and stores to be sent to the drydock. The old-man was Brian Nuttall, one of the best men I met in Cunard. I think they were stocking the ship up for 5-years. I don't remember many names now. They seemed to be mainly Merseysiders and the name Bernie Gilby seems familiar, the 2/E was from the Wirral - young and mangy. One of the engineers had his wife with him, they came from York. The The PCO was a really good bloke, I think his name was Ricky and he came from somewhere in Durham. The 2nd steward I think came from Warrington and had a screw loose but his replacement at Lisbon was an oldish guy called Bill who lived in Waterloo, Liverpool. The crew were Nigerian. The best thing I remember about it all was getting my wife to come and spending about 6-weeks in Lisbon in June.
 

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Hello,
I was R/O on Oloibiri took over from the unique Alistair Stoupe. I have a crossing line ceremony photo somewhere with Bernie & Doris and Brian Nuttall Robbie Pescott Chris Haughton. Hi to Hughie, we had a Guarantee engineer called Gianni, and a pigeon called Stormbringer. I ran the Ogbono Bean growing competition and the Saturday night entertainment. I remember the 2nd Elec Dave from Bolsover he kept ducks. I also remember running out of water on the way to Curacao and bulding a dam in the tank and having a bucket per person per day. I also invented 'Thunderbirds Are Go' a telephone scheme to save people from ear-ache.
Phil 'Willum' Williams R/O Guitar and Concertina player.
 

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Just as I was getting over my nightmares the cause rears it's ugly head again. Willum what year did you sail on IT. Was the sparky an Irish guy, very slim quiet and kept himself to himself as I think he did the maiden voyage on her with me, Gianni was also on her from the outset. There was another guarantee engineer, for the engines only, but I assume he must have left. If you seach gallery for IT you can see a couple of photos I posted(Cloud)(Cloud)(Cloud)

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