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Hi all

On the subject of ship callsigns I am missing one for one of my ships, the m.v.Darro of Royal Mail built 1943 ON. 168452 and would be grateful if anybody could fill in the gap.

I was also relief on the Oilrig Staflo (anagram of Floats - semisubmersable) of Shell Exploration and I sure she keep radio watch as well as manning the teleprinter, so I assume she must have had a callsign as well. Anybody help?

NigelC
Ex R/O 63-69
 

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Ships Call Signs

Edinburgh Castle - GOHN

Very easy to remember as most of the Chief R/&Os were called John anyway -only joking but very easy to send via morse
 

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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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My father Charles Sleightholme was Master of the Corbeach from the early sixties to when he retired in 1971. I remember him telling me that he was always having trouble with the welsh dockers because he insisted on having the steele ingots tack welded together. It apperantly affected their bonus.

Just before he retired Corys were trying to sell the Corbeach and a party from British Nuclear Fuels visited the ship as they were interested in her for transporting Nuclear waste to Japan. The old man told them that the ship was too unstable for such a voyage or cargo. Not sure if Cory's were pleased with him about that.

Did a few trips myself on the Corbeach during school summer holidays. I was always in the 2nd Mates on the port side. The 2nd Mate thought that cabin was too noisy so he resided in the Pilot's cabin on the stardboard side which was next one down the alleyway to the Radio officers cabin.
 

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Westmeath 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.

Thanks.
I was R/O on Westmeath's final voyage. Middlesborough 1962.
I think it was GQGJ.
 

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RIP Westmeath

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.

Regards.
Westmeath sailed in to Middlebrough from Durban carrying ilmenite in November 1962. I understood it was to be scrapped - I hope so, the radio equipment was only just better than a crystal set. (I was R/O)
 

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My call sign book for 1963 shows the call-signs as follows

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

Hope this helps.
Best regards
John
 

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There are no coast stations active on 500 kc/s though a move is afoot to secure this frequency by the American Maritime Radio Historical Society for museum and historical initiatives. Tests have been carried out between two former American coast stations KPH in California and KLB Seattle.

Alas, no.

500 will be used for a new high speed version of NAVTEX.
 

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When I lived in Bermuda 1961-1964, I believe two of the local radio stns were ZBM1 and ZBM2. Later in life became a ham opr, went to Little Cayman Island as ZF2VZ. Is it possible that the ship yoiu refer to might have been ZB-- ? 73
 

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I sailed on a ship called the Tepozteco, the callsign was "3ED04" Panamian flag.
In 1992 it was pure w/t. The callsign was almost as long as the messages on that ship.
Mexican crew and a great run, west coast of South America to Mexico.
Absolutely basic accommodation but great people. Last ship I sailed on where
there was no restrictions on alcohol.

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When I lived in Bermuda 1961-1964, I believe two of the local radio stns were ZBM1 and ZBM2.
I remember Bermuda as being VRT, a Cable & Wireless station. But it was a long, long time ago.
 

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Seems Im coming a bit late on the scene, how time flies.Can anyone help me with the call signs for the following BALTISTAN, GRIT, WANDSWORTH, CITY OF ELY, HAWKWOOD, PORT VICTOR, BOWCOMBE,TEAKWOOD, MERCURY, RETRIEVER, all between 1959 and 1965. Appreciate yr help
John Flower.
 

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MV Darro

Hi all

On the subject of ship callsigns I am missing one for one of my ships, the m.v.Darro of Royal Mail built 1943 ON. 168452 and would be grateful if anybody could fill in the gap.

I was also relief on the Oilrig Staflo (anagram of Floats - semisubmersable) of Shell Exploration and I sure she keep radio watch as well as manning the teleprinter, so I assume she must have had a callsign as well. Anybody help?

NigelC
Ex R/O 63-69


Nigel
Sorry unable to help wiyh Call Sign but Darro rescued us in the Indian ocean Jan 1944 after we were torpedoed by U boat. She was en route to Australia but due to picking up 112 survivors she had to return to Aden to land us.
Ivor lloyd
 
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