If your father was Capt.L.L.James,I sailed as Writer with him on the Onitsha (Tilbury-West Africa-Hull )29/6/61-15/9/61. A true Gent.Allan James said:........I have some very happy memories of her, she had been one of my fathers ships and I can remember being very upset when he left her. I think he moved to the Tarkwa, one of the express ships.
I sailed as Third Mate on the Onitsha in 1963 (I think) when your father was in command. A fine ship!I have some very happy memories of her, she had been one of my fathers ships and I can remember being very upset when he left her. I think he moved to the Tarkwa, one of the express ships.
I sailed on the Obuasi in 66 as an O/S. John Higins was bosun and Bert was the Lampy. I have a photo of some of the crew which includes Bert. Trying to get hold of another one of the whole deck crew at the moment. We were on the West Coast at Christmas 66, and there was an American naval ship tied up ahead of us. Being dry ships a lot of their guys ended up drinking on board with us. The session ended up in a fight between us and the Yanks. No winners because they scarpered. Enduring memory is of Bert trying to beat one of the Yanks up by hitting him with the Christmas tree. So much for the spirit of Christmas.Interesting that most hits on a thread in the EDL section is when a ship's name is the subject heading. Obviously many ex EDL guys out there but not may contributing.
Was on the Onitsha in 1970 after she replaced the Fourah Bay as cadet ship. She was a yacht. Full Liverpool crew, fourteen cadets plus kroo boys down the coast, she gleamed John Higgins was Bosun (still see John regularly) and Bert Campbell was Lampy. Amongst officers were Jones, Jones & Jones (2nd Mate, Lecky and ?)
Remember well all the dockies down the coast watching in amazement as the cadets were put through their exercise routine each morning before starting work.
These were the days when Angola was a great run ashore. The trip down to Benguala was memorable.
When you say riggers! Do you not mean seamen?Hi Julian,
I worked on Onitsha many times as a rigger but I am surprised that she became
ED's cadet ship,and that John Higgins was her Bosun.
End 1950's early 1960's Obuasi was cadet ship and the Bosun was George ..
I knew John Higgins well and he was Bosun of Falaba for a long time.
The last I heard of him was that he was Shore Bosun in Lagos for ED's and
he had married and lived there..
Of Onitsha,the jumbo derrick was an abortion...when she lifted anything over
100 tons we had to rig 7 extra stays - they were stowed in No1 tween decks.
Also the four steam guys were attached to the lower purchase block - not to
the derrick head.
To prepare it for a lift was an all day job for 6 riggers..
The two heavy lift ships of ED's earlier - were Mary Kingsley and Mary Slessor.