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RML don't seem to be listed in the shipping companies so perhaps I had
better start the ball rolling!. I was 3rd R/O on Amazon /GVVV
and Aragon/GVVT. I remember the Aragon was under the command of
Captain Fox. The 2nd R/O Jack Barter later was killed on the
Royston Grange/GFDU. I can remember a Chief Purser called Stroud
and another purser called Nigel Yeo. After that things get a bit
fuzzy!. Had lots of wonderful times in Buenos Aires.
Brings back many memories. Thy later transferred the RML A ships
to Shaw Savill. I have a picture of one converted to a hideous car
carrier.
 

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Hi there all just wondering if anyone remembers the old "A" boats that used to ship out of the Royal Victoria Docks in London, I served on them as a boy rating in the early 60s and often wondered what happened to them,would welcome any info thanks.
 

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I remember them behind us when we were on KGV 7 shed (now the airport). Arlanza, Aragon, and I can't remember off the top of my head,the other one.
I think Hoegh converted them into car carriers eventually.
I left the Vindi in 1963 (November) and another guy in our group joined the Arlanza same time as I joined Andania (Cunard), was it you?
Best regards,
Chris
 

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Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire.
I see you've had a response from a member already.
Find your way around and enjoy the voyage.
 

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The three had a varied career Amazon became Shaw Savill's Akaroa in 1968. Converted to car carrier Hual Akarita broken up at Kaohsiung in 1982.
Aragon renamed Aranda of Shaw Savill in 1969. Again converted to car carrier broken up Kaohsiung 1981
Arlanza renamed Arawa of Shaw Savill in 1969 she too became a car carrier and broken up at Kaohsiung in 1981.
In all the trio only spent about 9 years with Royal Mail. 2 or 3 years with Shaw Savill before being changed out of all recognition as car carriers.
 

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Hi Chris Thanks for reply fraid it was'nt me I joined the aragon in 1961 then moved around with Shaw Saville, then on to Hungry Haines and finally on the sugar boats for Tate and Lyle,by the way the third one was the Amazon,
Best Regards
Dick.
 

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Welcome

Dick,

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the SN experience!
You will certainly spark many happy memories when you have a chance to explore our threads and, who knows, you may even re-establish contact with old shipmates.
Good luck! (Thumb)
 

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From Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia, Deekeye.
This is a nice place to spend some time, so make yourself at home and enjoy our forums and galleries.
Bruce
 

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Hello Graham,
Yes its suprising Royal Mail hasnt had more attention.
I did my first trip to sea in Royal Mails "Loch Garth" as galley boy. She was a fine ship and great run to West Indies,thru Panama and up west coast of States & Canada that was in 1948 January. Later in the early fifties I also sailed on Drina, Durango and the old Gascony. Found them a good company to sail with. Am still a member of the Royal Mail Association which unfortunately is on its last legs ,like us old uns.........
Best wishes,
R396040 Stuart Henderson
 

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I too am surprised Royal Mail is not in main forums. Did first trip as sos in POTARO 1964.She was on her last legs then and we were on the P.S.N.C run down the West coast South America,ten ports from Panama to Punta Arenas.
Cheers John.
 

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Ben Blyth

Anyone sail with Ben Blyth in Royal Mail? Met him at South Shields when he was doing 2nd Engineer's ticket. For a while we shared the same digs. His parents were living in Glenrothes at the time, but I don't know if that was his home town. A softly-spoken Scot, in 1964 he was the proud possessor of a (very) full set of red whiskers - in fact he had more hair on his face than on top of his head. Great guy, great fun to be out with (and we had lots of opportunity at South Shields.)
 

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Hi Graham,
I sailed in the Essequibo, and the Andes, as AB. Have to say I was not bowled over by either of these ships, but they weren't the worst I ever sailed in.
The Andes was a strange ship, every one seemed to have been in her for years, and there were many on deck, who did not appear to do any work whatsoever, but had cushy little jobs which took them out of sight from morning til night, when they would reappear, half drunk and well fed.
Weren't Royal Mail closely related to PSNC?
Pat
 

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RML Essequibo

Hi Pat,
Did my 1st trip at sea as 2nd R/O on the Essequibo in 1959. A good start I thought as it was a nice run - Bermuda, Kingston Jamaica, other West Indies
ports then back to London. I found it a nice ship and 12 passengers added to the entertainment. This would be a fair while before your time on her I'd say.
Can't remember offhand when she was scrapped.
Denis.
 
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