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Hi Jeff,

I was on Raphael as a cadet from 1965 to 1967. I recognise the Leccy, but his name fails me at the moment. If I remember correctly he was an ex Liverpoool Policeman.

Was Captain Williams still in Command, and Mr Duncan Chief Steward. Neville Pearson was the Chief Engineer and Mike Cawood Chief Officer.

Great pictures, I have a couple of colour slides somewhere, I will have to dig them out.

Kind regards

Chris Allman.
 

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Hi Jeff,

I was on Raphael as a cadet from 1965 to 1967. I recognise the Leccy, but his name fails me at the moment. If I remember correctly he was an ex Liverpoool Policeman.

Was Captain Williams still in Command, and Mr Duncan Chief Steward. Neville Pearson was the Chief Engineer and Mike Cawood Chief Officer.

Great pictures, I have a couple of colour slides somewhere, I will have to dig them out.

Kind regards

Chris Allman.
Hi Chris,

I must have just missed you, both cadets at the time are in the photographs.

My memory on the names is a bit hazy (It's a shame when you get like this!) and I only seem to have first names on the photographs, but the Captain certainly was Williams, and Neville Pearson the Chief Engineer, not that we seen much of him. I do recall that the Leccy was an ex-policeman, he never went ashore much.

I will try to dig out some more slides today.

ATB

Jeff
 

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Hi Jeff

Enjoyed your photos, had a good laugh at the menus.
Was on the Raphael 1963-4 as a carefree third mate, so the pictures of accommodation etc. brought back memories.
I seem to remember one of the chief stewards I sailed with in L+H telling me that the menus had to saved and available for inspection at the end of the trip in Liverpool.
Hence why they always looked a lot fancier than the actual food.
Look forward to more of the same. I think the chief engineer is the only person who
was on board at the same time as me, although it may have been on one of the other ships.

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Hi Jeff and Georged,

I went from the Raphael to the Sheridan out on the Amererican coast as Third mate. Great time with Captain Wilson. Tim Abbott was second mate.

Great run out there especially up the Amazon and around the West Indies.

Chris
 

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J G I was on the Raphael in 1955, all I can remember is she was a happy ship, not a bad feeder and a good crowd , what I'd give to be able to do another trip today,Ah well that's nostalgia
 

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Hi Jeff.
Great photo's of your time on the Raphael, I must have just missed you,
I was 5th then 4th engr. on her back end of 1967 to 1968.
I certainly remember Steve the cadet, we were quite good friends, but the
thing that really stands out in my memory is the crappy typewriter they
used to type the menues
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Hi Jeff.
Great photo's of your time on the Raphael, I must have just missed you,
I was 5th then 4th engr. on her back end of 1967 to 1968.
I certainly remember Steve the cadet, we were quite good friends, but the
thing that really stands out in my memory is the crappy typewriter they
used to type the menues
Cheers.
Hi John,

You must have been on her previous trip. I suppose you have seen my photographs of the dreaded menus and the one of Steve giving the 5th a haircut. Alan Jones, the Leccy, is looking on, he would have been with you as well.

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Hi Jeff,
That's right Alan Jones was the Leccy , I remember on one trip he used to roll
his own cigarettes ( he didn't smoke ) just to show he could do it !.
I hope Steve made a better officer than he did a barber !!!.
Shame you can't remember the 5th engrs. name, I was wondering if he was a junior
on the previous trip, there was one called Garry from Rochdale, he wore glasses,
I don't seem to recognise his face, but I'll bet his mother wouldn't with that haircut.

John.
 

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Shame you can't remember the 5th engrs. name, I was wondering if he was a junior
on the previous trip, there was one called Garry from Rochdale, he wore glasses,
I don't seem to recognise his face, but I'll bet his mother wouldn't with that haircut. John.
John, I believe it was his first trip on the Raphael. I distinctly remember the 2nd not getting on with him too well though.
 

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Raphael

2. POLA RIKA / RAPHAEL: SITTING IN FRONT OF ME IS THE SHIPS BELL.I BROUGHT IT BACK FROM LAGOS NIGERIA ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO. THE VESSELS OWNERS WENT BANKRUPT AND THE SHIP WAS LEFT IN LAGOS ROADS UNMANNED- THE CAPTAIN OFFERED ME THE SHIPS BELL AS THANKS FOR MY HELP (AS CHARTERER OF VESSEL)- THE VESSEL HAS EITHER SUNK SINCE THEN OR HAS BEEN BROKEN-UP LOCALLY. I CAN WRITE THE FULL-STORY IF NEED BE. HOPE THIS IS OF INTEREST. CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS:



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2. POLA RIKA / RAPHAEL: SITTING IN FRONT OF ME IS THE SHIPS BELL.I BROUGHT IT BACK FROM LAGOS NIGERIA ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO. THE VESSELS OWNERS WENT BANKRUPT AND THE SHIP WAS LEFT IN LAGOS ROADS UNMANNED- THE CAPTAIN OFFERED ME THE SHIPS BELL AS THANKS FOR MY HELP (AS CHARTERER OF VESSEL)- THE VESSEL HAS EITHER SUNK SINCE THEN OR HAS BEEN BROKEN-UP LOCALLY. I CAN WRITE THE FULL-STORY IF NEED BE. HOPE THIS IS OF INTEREST. CHRISTOPHER PHILLIPS:
I for one would certainly look forward to reading the story. I think this would apply to others as well as she held a lot of happy memories to many members of this site. After Lamports information on her is scarce, to say the least.
 

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Hear hear, I would love to hear what happened to her, sad as it may be. She was my favourite ship and will always be dear to my heart. Polished that bell many many times I can tell you, look after it.

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Hi Jeff and Georged,

I went from the Raphael to the Sheridan out on the Amererican coast as Third mate. Great time with Captain Wilson. Tim Abbott was second mate.

Great run out there especially up the Amazon and around the West Indies.

Chris
Hi Chris, my names Jim Cockburn and I did the same as you. Cadet on Raphael for 2 years or so, then on to the Sheridan in NY Brought her back to South Shields, where they lengthed her. Raphael from '61 to '63. Sheridan '64
 

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Hi Chris, my names Jim Cockburn and I did the same as you. Cadet on Raphael for 2 years or so, then on to the Sheridan in NY Brought her back to South Shields, where they lengthed her. Raphael from '61 to '63. Sheridan '64
Hi Jim,

Small world isnt it. Loved both those ships, Sheridan was a lovely little ship and just right to start off as Third Mate. I broought her back to Le Havre where she was taken over by Booth, sad day, went on to join the Rossini, and a trip to the Middle east, but thats another story.

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Jim,

I was third mate on the Raphael 63-64, which must have been around the same time as yourself. Only cadet I remember is Ted Ling (at least I think that was his name) We planned to spend a leave in Sweden, as at that time Sweden had a reputation of being somewhat different from the UK in respect of the attitude of the girls, but like a lot of plans hatched at sea it never came to pass.
The second mate for part of the time I was there was an Angus Murchie who got engaged in BA to a doctor's daughter. The father worked for Vestey, and got Angus a job as a cattle buyer for Vestey, although I don't think Angus knew one end of a cow from the other. Nice girl who said her friends would like to meet us, but Angus would not let us near them.

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Hi George,
I'm sorry I don't remember you, although if I jiggle your memory, you might remember me. I was the goofy one[cadet] with two fingers missing [which I lost on the DEVIS] I think his name was "Johnnie Lin" I certainly remember Angus. I've often wondered what happened to him. I lived in Dunbar and he in Edinburgh, so we travelled together sometimes. I'm going to look to see if I've any old pics and will contact you. She was a lot younger than Angus and that really intrigued me[ at the time ]
Bye for now, Jim
 

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Pearcay - Did you ever get around to writing the story of the Raphael.
I have some very happy memories of my trip on her as I am sure a lot of
others do.
A very happy ship
 

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You may have a long wait for a reply, John. (Sad)
Pearcay hasn't been back for two years.
Apart from Santos, who I sailed with on the Raphael, we all seem to have followed each other on her.
A happy ship indeed. (Thumb)
Cheers
Kris
 
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