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Hi Willie

Did a trip on the Pass of Balmaha - Falmouth April 76 to Stanlow June 76
then on the Post Chaser - round world trip from Rotterdam to Rotterdam Sept 76 to Feb 77 as R/O on secondment from P&O GCD.
The Chaser was a brilliant trip with a brilliant crowd one of my best trips.
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Panocean Chemical Carriers

Went out to a shipyard in Horten, Norway with Glyn (Whiskers) Smith, the P&O radio superintendent, to commission the transmitter on the first of the series of 4 (or 6) chemical carriers being built there. I cannot remember the name of the vessel, Post ???

The radio room had been fitted out with Marconi equipment by engineers from Norsk Marconikompani A/S but it was the first 1500-watt 'Conqueror' transmitter that they had seen. To avoid problems I was sent out from the UK to set it to work before handing over for seatrials. Flew from Heathrow to Oslo and then travelled down the fjord from Oslo to Horten by a small, high-speed, hydrofoil passenger ferry which, as there was floating ice everywhere, did not fill me with confidence.

Middle of winter, bitterly cold on board but things soon heated up when I put the transmitter on air. The installers had drilled a hole in the deckhead only about 0.5mm bigger than the diameter of the copper tube connecting the transmitting antenna selector switch to the antenna trunking. Lots of rf energy transferred from the antenna feeder to the deckhead resulted in the "non-flammable" deckhead material and insulation igniting and burning merrily. Lots of alarms, lots of activity with extinguishers and more activity to enlarge the hole around the copper tube antenna feeder.

Horten, being only a small town, did not boast a state liquor store so people had to travel quite a distance to buy booze. At my hotel, a bottle of duty-free gin was stolen from my suitcase in a closet in the locked hotel bedroom. It could only have been stolen by someone with a key to the room i.e. a hotel employee. When I complained to the manager he pointed to a sign behind the reception desk which said "For security reasons it is recommended that all valuables are handed to the management and kept in the hotel safe. The management accept no responsibility for items left in the rooms."

When I suggested that in England a litre bottle of gin was hardly considered "a valuable" item, he replied "In Horten it is worth a fortune".

You live and learn (slowly, in my case).

Ron
 

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Panocean (Anco)

Hello Willie
Although not strictly a Panocean shipmate I did work in the U.S. for Panocean-Anco. Joined the New York office right after the merger in 1976, two years later transferred to the Houston office working with Capt. Jimmy Hunter and Gerry Duffy. Stayed in Houston for five years until the merger with Stolt Nielsen at which time I was moved to Connecticut.
While in Houston I did get to spend some time on the ships and still recall some of the Captains - Phil Messinger, George MacIver, Henry Watson among them.
Welcome to the web site you will enjoy your time here..
Cheers
Jim MacIntyre
 

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I served as R/O with Panocean from August 1977 till April 1987.
Served on the following even with the name changes.
Post Champion Pass of Brander Anco Charger Post Challenger Anco Champion Pass of Balmaha Chelsea Pioneer Anco Chaser Stolt Stane Stolt Templar Aquamaster Iver Chaser Iver Champion.
Just realised that I started and finished with the Champion but had twelve discharges from the Balmaha my favourite ship of all time.
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Willie
Where have they all gone. All those that played with computers onboard. Sure some of them are retired and playing with their computers at home. Musn't have found this great site
Best wishes
Bert.
 

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Hi Lads

I find it very surprising that there hasn't been more of a response to this Panocean Thread.

When I sailed on the Post Boats from 1974-76, the social life on board ship, and this included all departments, was excellent, and if I recall there certainly wasn't too many shrinking violets about.

Where are you all now.

Maybe what is needed is a Panocean Forum in the Ships and Shipping Area. Does anyone know how to go about requesting our own Forum

Willie
 

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Worked on Anco ships in the 80s, first trip Sovereign then various including Stane,Templar,Sceptre,Enterprise,Endeavour,
Some good times some not so good,
Would be great to hear from any old mates.
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Thanks Bert,
There dont seem to be many ex panocean guys on any of the sites i have found,but will carry on trying.My daughter finds it COOL that her Dad once sailed around the World even though he is ancient( i am 41!)
 

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Herbie. When you reach seventysix that really is cool. I know, unfortunately ,from personal experience. Hope some more Panocean people will emerge
Best regards Bert
 

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Sailed on Enterprise, Chaser, Champion ,Charger and Princess from early 79 to 81, as what-they-called 2OE (Chief Lecky to everyone else). Great times with some great people.
 

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According to http://freepages.family.rootsweb.co...vecwll/anco.htm

The Sequence was :-
ANCO CHALLENGER 1972 / 1979 µex POST CHALLENGER

ANCO CHAMPION 1973 / 1979 µex POST CHAMPION

ANCO CHARGER 1973 / 1979 µex POST CHARGER

ANCO CHASER 1973 / 1979 µex POST CHASER

ANCO ENDEAVOUR 1974 / 1979 µex POST ENDEAVOUR

ANCO ENERGIE 1974 / 1979 µex POST ENERGIE

ANCO ENTERPRISE 1974 / 1979 µex POST ENTERPRISE

ANCO ENTENTE 1975 / 1979 ex POST ENTENTE
 

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Anco Templar

Worked on Anco ships in the 80s, first trip Sovereign then various including Stane,Templar,Sceptre,Enterprise,Endeavour,
Some good times some not so good,
Would be great to hear from any old mates.
Herbie
I served on Anco Templar twice - Jan-June 81 & Oct-Jan 81 also Anco Empress Jun-Oct 81, Pass of Drumochter July-Sept 82, Anco Sceptre Aug-Jan 82/83.
I was a Deck Cadet at the time, now not serving at Sea as suffered spinal injury that has left me paraplegic. I ask the question did we sail at the same time? Were you on the Templar when we rescued a vessel on fire in the Red Sea in May 81? Some names I remeber were Andy Blore (2nd mate), Captain Billing (?), etc.

Luckily to say that all my times at sea were great, but then I was only a cadet - haha - (Thumb)

Best wishes anyway
 

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I served on Anco Templar twice - Jan-June 81 & Oct-Jan 81 also Anco Empress Jun-Oct 81, Pass of Drumochter July-Sept 82, Anco Sceptre Aug-Jan 82/83.
I was a Deck Cadet at the time, now not serving at Sea as suffered spinal injury that has left me paraplegic. I ask the question did we sail at the same time? Were you on the Templar when we rescued a vessel on fire in the Red Sea in May 81? Some names I remeber were Andy Blore (2nd mate), Captain Billing (?), etc.

Luckily to say that all my times at sea were great, but then I was only a cadet - haha - (Thumb)

Best wishes anyway

Carl,
Were you with me in "Drumochter?"
I was paired Master with the late Duncan Mackinnon.
 

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Sceptre

Carl,
I joined the Sceptre in Liverpool on Jan 12 83, As Junior Op 2 ( deck boy basically.Sailed on her 3 times the last being her hand over to foreign crew in Singapore on 3 Dec 88( my last trip).
Still miss the good times but not some of the bad.
Im married with a 14 year old daughter and now work in aerospace engineering. (Thumb) cheers Herbie
 

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Great memories

Hi everyone, it is great to hear some of the names from the past.

Great memories!

From '75 to '80, I served on the Post Endeavour, Post Cheser, Post Charger, Anco Princess, Athel King, Post Runner. Joined as the lowest form of marine Life (lower than the Ameoba) as a Deck Cadet (or should it be Operations cadet) and left in 1080 as a 2nd Officer (Ops).
Unfortunately, can't remember too many of the names I've seen so far, but I thought that Phil Messenger was a tremendous help to me, Ken Tree was my first Master, and Paddy McKinnon was a respected (old school) guy, who gave me a bit of a hard time.
I had an absolutely fantastic time at see and I still miss it so much. I hope that some others from panocean come on board this thread.
 
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