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Thanks David. Your photo is actually much better than the one I was attempting to post so I'll forget about that one. The other five will be of interest, however, so if you wouldn't mind describing the posting up method I will oblige.
The way I post pictures is by means of a hyperlink.

See here for instructions I made for posting on another forum. I have shown how to use photobucket but you can use any image-hosting website.
 

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Just seen your message, Rendtag, alias Mike Gardner. Haven`t been on tis site for sometime. I`m Gilly, alias Donga which you also sailed on. Had a few mind blowing experiences on her. I`m in touch with Cornish, Gregor. Will let him know you have log on to the site.
 

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Overdue response

Mike,

Good to have made contact again.

It was following the notifcation of another post that I found this one for me. I guess that any earlier notification is lost in somewhere in digiland (sounds like somewhere in the north end of Liverpool), or 'the ether', perhaps.

Some other names from our year were Pete Graham (ED, Middlesborough), Henk ('Hank') Krouwel (Shell, Bristol) and Richard Gidman (Mobil, Liverpool). I've kept in touch with Richard since and, although it's always years between meetings, there also developed a connection with his family. When standing by, as a J/E in Liverpool, 300 miles from home and when all the local based crew were at home for the weekend, a phone call to his home would result in an invitation for Sunday lunch, around 4pm. He was always at sea, but there was always a warm welcome from his mum and dad.

I noted, in another Riversdale post, the mention of Teddy Tap. This was sold on to Dick Denning (ED, Dorset). I made, and then lost, contact with him some 6 or 7 years ago, at which time he was in Western Australia, having just retired from his own company. Dick was in the year ahead of us, along with 'Bronco' Lane, and, before starting his own business, had been engineer on a pearl fishing boat in the Pacific.

Also in River House, one of the Ph3 guys, by the name 'Ferdy' I believe and who was 2 or 3 years ahead of us, had a 2-cyl Bradford van (Jowett Motors). As ever with cars of that era, there always seemed to be more maintenance that motoring, or was it a case of oily fingers being cheaper than petrol?

My first car was a 1956 split screen Morris Minor Series 2, purchased from Ken Norman, who left our year in ED to join the RAF in Shrewsbury. (Before Ph3?) By then I was in digs in Alma Road, off Mersey Road, and we used to fit around 6 of us in for the short run around to Riversdale. Phil Robinson used to sit 'beween' the front seats and did the gear changes for me. The brakes were abysmal and it's amazing that we survived two crossings of Aigburth dual carriageway. I sold it some 4 months later (having run a big end bearing that I replaced, by the roadside, in the rain, in Shepton Mallet; the consequence of oil consumption of 50 miles to a pint). The advert was misplaced in the the 'Deaths' column of the Western Evening Herald and produced some 30 replies. Fortunately, the words 'Owner sailing Monday' didn't put them off.

There are a couple more names for you, Mike.

Look forward to meeting up again shortly.

With apologies to all for repeating anything from ealier posts.

Cheers,

Cornish

Hi Greg (Cornish)
I'm Mike Gardner and have just found this site. I remember the days at River House and Riversdale Tech well. John Waddell, Big Mac, Phil, Rod Turner who I did two trips with on the Donga. I then sailed on the Mamfe Apapa and Aureol before getting my seconds ticket and came ashore in 1970
I have remained good friends with Howie ( Howard W ) elder brother of Stasher ( Steve W) both of whom were Shell Apprentices.
I often wonder what happened to all the lads and how they got on in life.
It was me that got attacked in Blackpool.
I see John G has made a post . John was a Brockelbank Apprentice and we were work colleagues for many years before I retired in 2007.
Cheers
Mike
 

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Riversdale Road

I think that Jim Cullen might have been Jim Culkin.

Now, Riversdale Road was always full of dog **** and Jim, bless him, who was also also resident in River House, used to maintain a map showing all the latest deposits. This was fine when heading to the Aiggie, but a bit (s)hit and miss on the way back to River House.

Hi Greg (Cornish)
I'm Mike Gardner and have just found this site. I remember the days at River House and Riversdale Tech well. John Waddell, Big Mac, Phil, Rod Turner who I did two trips with on the Donga. I then sailed on the Mamfe Apapa and Aureol before getting my seconds ticket and came ashore in 1970
I have remained good friends with Howie ( Howard W ) elder brother of Stasher ( Steve W) both of whom were Shell Apprentices.
I often wonder what happened to all the lads and how they got on in life.
It was me that got attacked in Blackpool.
I see John G has made a post . John was a Brockelbank Apprentice and we were work colleagues for many years before I retired in 2007.
Cheers
Mike
 

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So glad I found this site, it's been great reading all about Riversdale, I was there in 82/83 ( I think) for my engineering finals, remember Iain "Snoopy " MacPherson very well indeed......not so good on other names though.....left the sea in 84 (made redundant) and joined the fire service for 23 years now work for a wind turbine company.
All the best

David B
 

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So glad I found this site, it's been great reading all about Riversdale, I was there in 82/83 ( I think) for my engineering finals, remember Iain "Snoopy " MacPherson very well indeed......not so good on other names though.....left the sea in 84 (made redundant) and joined the fire service for 23 years now work for a wind turbine company.
All the best

David B
Mr. "Bruun",
Glad to remake your acquaintance - Fellow Jan'80 intake - Dave R.
Send me a Private Message!
Rgds.
 

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Hi I was there around 1974 - 75 - sponsor was Mobil Shipping - visited Liverpool last weekend and the Aigburth Arms is now a Toby eatery - Cricket field is still there and the college is now housing - Kinsman House now has flats on the site (called Kinsman Court) see attached photos
 

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Tracing old friends

I was at Riversdale from 1964 to 1966 (for my OND in Engineering) and again 1967-1968 for the Marine endorsements. I was employed by Cunard and spent much time with Jim Diack including being his best man. Jim's home was Edinburgh. I have long since lost contact with Jim but would really like to find out where he now. Does anyone know????? Another person from that period I would like to trace is Michael Chamberlain whose son is my Godson. He used to live in Liverpool. Both of these guys would be around 70 years old now.
 

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Riversdale staff 1955

I've recently been given the attached photo by Keith Scott, who was a BP Tankers apprentice at Riversdale from 1953 to 55. So the initial group.
I was there 1955 to 57 as a Brocks apprentice, so recognise some of the faces. L to R Gordon Kenworthy Neale (Heat Engines), ?, ?, Ken Drysdale (Workshop Practice) and George Harwood(Maths.), I hope I've correctly remembered the subject titles. Can anyone identify the others?The face of the missing gentleman I seem to recognise.
Also many of the postings relating to Riversdale correctly make a strong link to the Aigburth Arms, although I preferred the little Bents further towards Garston which had a warming open fire in the winter. Both are demolished, and the Aigee site now contains sheltered housing. Perhaps upgrading its use for us!
Happy days
Bill
 

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I've recently been given the attached photo by Keith Scott, who was a BP Tankers apprentice at Riversdale from 1953 to 55. So the initial group.
I was there 1955 to 57 as a Brocks apprentice, so recognise some of the faces. L to R Gordon Kenworthy Neale (Heat Engines), ?, ?, Ken Drysdale (Workshop Practice) and George Harwood(Maths.), I hope I've correctly remembered the subject titles. Can anyone identify the others?The face of the missing gentleman I seem to recognise.
Also many of the postings relating to Riversdale correctly make a strong link to the Aigburth Arms, although I preferred the little Bents further towards Garston which had a warming open fire in the winter. Both are demolished, and the Aigee site now contains sheltered housing. Perhaps upgrading its use for us!
Happy days
Bill
Bill,

Keith Scott (GK Scott)was actually a 1954 Intake BP Marine Engineering Apprentice. 1954 was not the initial entry

The initial (full) group was the 1952 intake consisting of 51 personnel.

The initial BP Marine Engineering group consisted of 6 guys at Acton Technical College who were brought into the BP fold as they finished their independant two year OND Mechanical Engineering Course (no Marine Engineering endorsement) in the summer of 1962.
Three actually failed their OND and were let go. The remaining 3 went to Llandarcy Refinery Apprentices workshops for 6 months and went to sea at the some time on the same ship January 1963 and served 15 months as Apprentices.

Graham
 

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I was at Riversdale in 1970,71,72 as a Radio Officer student so didn't mix too much with the non-R/Os. I wonder if any ex-Riversdale R/Os are reading this?
Only just noticed your post from a few years back. I was also there 1970-73 then went to sea with Marconi....were you in the hostel (Kinsman House)? My memory for names is not as good as it used to be but don't think we were in the same class? Were you with Garry Black, Pete Barnard, Alan Cloke etc?

All the best

Ivor (aka John Davies)
 

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Roger Green

Belated so, I feel I must record on this site, the sad passing of Roger Green 22 October 2017, at a far too young an age.
I was at Riversdale with Roger Sept 78 to July'sh 79 on the OND course Phase 3. A great time had by all, especially the football!
Sadly missed.
 

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Just found this site and glad of it. Brings back many happy memories, was at Riversdale between 70 and 74. Remember well watching Top of the Pops in the common room in Kinsman House to the accompaniment of loud bangs on the roof as some joker dropped anything and everything from the rooms above. The Kinsman opened at this time, before that we used to go to Garston but can’t remember the names of the pubs, maybe something to do with the amount consumed. As for Greasy Annies and the ‘ meat’ and potato pies they were an intergral part of college life. We used to get a week in a cottage in Coniston which I believe belonged to the college where we did a bit of walking and a lot of drinking and a good time was had by all. Happy days indeed. Shame it’s all gone.
 

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Ah, that would be Lawson Park - we had a great week there except the bit where two silly buggers got lost and we had to go out in the dark to find them!

Greasy Annie's too - what memory!
 

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Thanks couldn’t remember the name of the place. It was a guy called Les Cusworth took our group there used to lecture on heat engineering at college.Great guy, had to be to teach me but got me through ok
 

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You're welcome. It was mechanics I struggled with but it dawned one day and was OK from then on! Had Bond for Heat, can't remember the others. Power Plant was Nobby Christian....Harry Scott.....good blokes. Arnie Kirkbride for Electrotech, then Kenny. Seems a long time ago - 76-80.
 
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