My old mentor, Captain James Lough of the China Navigation Co Ltd, began his career at sea with Salvesens.
James Lough joined Salvesen's Culter as cadet about 51/52 tramping around the world. The master "Paddy" Hunter was one of the old school, He insisted that the course blackboard in the wheelhouse be altered each time course was altered. Being a smarty pants third mate I thought that this was unnecessary during the hours of darkness as the helmsman couldn't see it. I was out on the bridge wing one night when old Paddy appeared and asked me what course we were steering. On being informed of the course he reckoned the helmsman, cadet Lough, was not steering this course. I immediately went into the wheelhouse and inquired from Cadet Lough what course he was steering, he replied giving the course steered prior to last alteration. I shone the torch on the steering board which fortunately showed the new course. On informing the cadet that he was steering the prior to alteration course he immediatel replied that there had been no course changes since he came to the wheel. Paddy knew that apart from the log book entry I would hardly alter the wheelhouse board without issueing the necessary instruction to the helmsman, and bawled out the cadet. I realised then that I could learn a lot from this Old Man. This is not a criticism of Lough who was a good and willing cadet, just an incident in the learning process for Lough and myself. I was glad to see from your post that he did well.
Yes I recall her at that time in Gladstone, My old fellers cousin was in one of her sister ships, Southern Princess, torpedoed in 1942, he survived. And your right about the stink, my auntie Rose could smell it in her house a good half mile away, still at least ships looked like ships in those days, not there powered mess tins you see today.As an aside, my dad took me and my twin bro to see the Southern havester and the kister dan plus some catchers in gladstone dock Liverpool in the early 50s thru the gates right up alongside and the smell would knock you over, the the slop chesters alongside the gates did a roaring trade with with the crews
I always thought they were hero's becouse of MOBY DICK the book Tony
There is a book by Tom Gordon "Whalers thoughts Remembered" came out a few years ago,well worth a read,all about the whaling expeditions down at South Georgia with Salvesen.
Wully...believe it should read "Whaling Thoughts Recalled" by Tam Gordon. Would love to get a copy but so far onlt found one at Abe but out of my price range.There is a book by Tom Gordon "Whalers thoughts Remembered" came out a few years ago,well worth a read,all about the whaling expeditions down at South Georgia with Salvesen.