Hi - yes, I keep in regular touch with Tim, he has not heard from Mike for a long time.Hi Derek, have you tried contacting Tim Kelly or Ian Pinney? Unfortunately, I don't have any contacts for them but I know that they spoke to Mike on occasion. I hope he is ok and has just moved house or something? I will try a couple of other routes and post if I find anything.
Hi Jon ..Hi Derek.
So sad to hear about Mike Cotton, I will always remember him as C/E on the Wheelsman 1985 I think when we were in dry dock in Avonmouth sharing the dock with Tankerman. He had his wife and children down staying in their caravan somewhere just outside Bristol.
By a very sad coincidence I'm not sure if you have heard but Gordon Coates who I also sailed with on the Wheelsman was killed in an accident on the Thames last October. He was still working as a Pilot and was killed boarding a ship in Gravesend Reach. Gordon I remember was more known as a chemical ship master, but occasionally came over the clean oil side.
On a happier note through your great work in setting up this site I have re-established contact with Tim Kelly, and Helen and I have been to stay with him and Julie on a couple of occasions now.
Thanks for all you do.
You were on the Tilly just before I joined Rockies in March 1980 then Alex.My First trip as second mate was eventful, I went straight from Warsash to the Tillerman in Feb '79 and it promptly caught fire in the accommodation just of lands end R. Owen was the Captain. After the fire I went to Mexico on the Vegaman, and when I came back I was mostly regular second mate on the Bridgman with Stevie Pond and Daisy Andrews.
Derek Hunt was Skipper on the Helmsman with Jo Wilson as Mate, she seemed to do Immingham - Leith nearly all the time!I think from the Helmsman, when I was a Cadet, the Master was called Hunt, he had been there for years but retired not long afterwards.