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Ahoy there,
I am an ex Radio Officer now residing in New Zealand. I have sailed on a total of 18 UK ships and I am trying to remember some of their Radio Callsigns for my scrap book. Can anyone help please.
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Hi

I have a copy of her Majesty's Stationery Office book from 1963 which lists all of the Signal Letters of United Kingdom and Commonwealth Ships that were afloat in that year. Like you as an ex RO I was interested in the call-signs of all of the Ships of the company that I sailed with. If any of the ships of interest to you were around in 1963 let me know and I will look them up for you.
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I see the new Lloyds Shipping Index (LSI) includes all callsigns. My old April 1980 does not. Callsigns changed as ships changed owners or port of registry.

I have an old (1940) "Stand-By" Nautical Telegraph and Radio Code. This coded telegrams into five lettered sections and reduced the cost of messaging - how impersonal! Similarities to sms on mobile phones nowadays. I suppose we could all revert to the Q codes!

I remember reducing text and confusing Lands End Radio when using Telex over radio in the 80's.
Life as we knew it!
 

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Do you of any radio station still transmitting on the 500khz band? Think there is one left maybe in California..... Smokey
 

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Ships Radio Callsign

Hi again,
Sorry for the delay in responding. Here are the some of the ships that I require the Radio Callsigns for my scrap book. Most of them were commissioned in the early 1960s.

TREMORVAH
LA SELVA
CORBEACH
THAMESWOOD
WESTMEATH
GLAISDALE
LETITIA
KEPWICKHALL
HAMINEA
GOTHLAND
ESSO EXETER
MANCHESTER SHIPPER
JOURNALIST

All U.K. registered ships. Any help would be appreciated.

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Some infor on three others, sorry no radio callsigns yet.

HAMINEA -- 12191 Tons, Tanker -- built Middlesbrough1955, scrapped 1972

GSN No. 20036769

Official No, 186292

LR/IMO 5141237

Call sign GTRX



GOTHLAND -- 16664 Tons, Ore -- built Port Glasgow 1961, scrapped 1979

GSN No. 20035111

Official No, 303456

LR/IMO 5107346

Sold 1977 re-named DAPO SKY



ESSO EXETER -- 17527 Tons, Tanker -- built Newcastle 1955, scrapped 1982

GSN No. 20026942

Official No, 186261

LR/IMO 5107346

Sold 1968 re-named GOOD HOPE



JOURNALIST -- 8366 Tons, Cargo -- built Sunderland 1954, scrapped 1982

GSN No. 20044964

Official No, 185487

LR/IMO 5176294

Sold 1973 re-named AGHIA THALASSINI

Sold 1980 re-named ELISSAR
 

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Hope the following helps. Sure is a great list of ships.

TREMORVAH MMWK
LA SELVA GXPM
CORBEACH MWPW
THAMESWOOD GWDV
WESTMEATH ????
GLAISDALE GBWG
LETITIA GHLU
KEPWICKHALL MXDG
HAMINEA GTRX
GOTHLAND GHQQ
ESSO EXETER GSTS
MANCHESTER SHIPPER MAPC
JOURNALIST MSFQ

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Thank you all for your input. I'm a happy chappy again.
The "Westmeath" was an older ship, ex. NZ Shipping Co., I think. I did her last to Antwerp in 1962 where she was sold.

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Radio Call Signs

Re Call signs
"Westmeath "
There has been another looking for the sign
Have a look at this link http://www.voy.com/149183/1842.html
came across looking for New Zealand Shipping "Pipiriki" on which a friends father sailed, John Walker from Lochwinnock Scotland I think in the early 60's
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John Leary said:
If any of the ships of interest to you were around in 1963 let me know and I will look them up for you.
Best wishes

John Leary
Hi John - I was on 11 ships (including HT leave reliefs) and I can clearly remember all the callsigns... or so I thought.

Wonder if you would be kind enough to settle this little dilemma for me?
Back in '62 I did a leave relief on Blue Star's "Auckland Star". I remember the callsign as ZFBF but someone else says he is equally sure that it was in fact ZFBQ. (She was registered in Hamilton, Bermuda). Would be grateful if you could have a shufti at your book and let me know.


Keeps me awake at night.. :rolleyes:
 

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Hi BA 204259

Seems funny calling someone by a number. Anyway have looked in my little blue book and I'm afraid you might still be tossing and turning as neither ZFBF or ZFBQ are listed. The only entry for Auckland Star is GJNU, Registered London, Reg Tonnage 7013, Official Number 196448.
Sorry if this is not what you were expecting.
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Hi John

Thanks for your speedy reply. It is the same ship. Just looking in my Discharge Book and the Official Number is the same, 196448. GRT 11798 and, as you mention, Net tonnage 7013. I remember reading somewhere once that at that particular time she was the biggest reefer around.

She was registered with some Blue Star subsidiary in Bermuda (which I just can't remember the name of at the moment). Callsign was definitely ZFBF (or Q), but now that you mention GJNU bells ring faintly, (very faintly), that sometime after I'd been on her she bcame UK registered.

Possibly some old Blue Star hand may see this and be able to confirm that one way or t'other.

Anyhow, many thanks for taking the trouble to look, much appreciated.

Edit:- Just checked on the Blue Star website that "Auckland Star" was build in 1958 for the Salient Shipping Co (Bermuda) Ltd (a Blue Star concern) and registered in Hamilton. She was re-registered in London in '62, so that must have been shortly after my time on her.
 

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Corbeach, that was a good ship. I was on it in about 1969 running between Newport and Ijmuiden with steel rolls. Roll about she did too with all that weight right at the bottom of the holds. I remember I had one of those big brass type alarm clocks with bells on the top to wake me in time for the radio watches. My nextdoor neighbor, the mate, woke up and thought the ships fire alarm was going and responded accordingly! I was not to use it again! :)

I was better on deep sea voyages, I preferred the calmer weather!
 

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ruud said:
Auckland Star 1959=ZFBQ
Hi ruud - thanks for that bit of info, I could have sworn it was ZFBF but you've sorted it out in my mind now. The dreaded memory failure (again). You must have a copy of "Sparky's Bible".. :)
 

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Corbeach MWPW

Hi Pete,

Likewise here, many happy memories of Corbeach. Did some trips Hull-Setubal-Ghent on her, as well as usual London power station runs. Headquarters for most of us was the old "Seven Stars" in Northh Blyth. Happy days!
Regards,

Brian
 
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