Hi all. I am new to this i stumbled across this forum wile doing some research for my great grandad marmaduke bentley. I know he usto attend the annual reunion and thats about all i know. It would be lovley if anyone has a story about him.
I sailed briefly as 3rd Mate with "Duke" Bentley , to April 1979- he was Master of the "American Islander". He had come out , if I recall correctly, to Hong Kong to take over this rust-heap from the Acting Captain/1st Mate, who took temporary command in Japan after the illness of the previous Master, Ralphy Charlton
If you search the gallery and my posts, you'll find more ( and a few pics) about this container- feeder ship managed by Souters for United States Lines (now defunct).The ship was engaged in a feeder service with containers from Hong Kong to Manila and back- loads of lovely ripe mangoes as deck cargo!--all my fellow British officers stayed on after Manila,where I left the ship, but the Chinese crew were changed to philippino.
"Duke" was a bit of a legend in Souters, but this was my only time with him during my 13 years there, and I did not really get to know him much, so cannot really tell you much else I'm afraid.
A lot of names familiar to me on this thread.
I sailed with Brian Grey as a cadet on the Petrogas 1, along with Alan Clish, Richard Pursar, Stan Wiems, Eddie Davidson, Gary Rodaway, Brain Kinson ,Phil Curren was the Deck Cadet, great Lad. I can see the faces of the others but struggle with names off the top of my head. The trip on there was based in Kosichang Thailand, hard work but Party City, I wondered why everyone didn't want to go to sea! When I paid off I owed Souters money!but then I joined the Equinox in Redcar for my next trip and did 6 months and understood why!
I was last man standing from the old Souter lot with OSG, paid off the Overseas Everest March 2014 at Long Beach then being made redundant," farmer boy" Roy Elliot was Old Man but he paid off the week before me, we were being run from Athens then as the Newcastle office had closed.
I had some great times with Souters, and sailed with a load of great guys, or "Board of Trade Acquaintances" as Kid Currie used to say!
Sad to hear Souter's have gone.
A few familiar names in your post Richard Purser was one I couldn't remember.
I think I do remember a third mate I used to relieve but never sailed with. Or Maybe a 4th I did sail with. He was known as Ballbags Butler.
Yeah Mam used to pack my Dads pants!!!! good old 'y' fronts.
I seem to remember a Canadian 3rd mate, where you on the Esplanade 86-87, or maybe the Ulla, or Trudy?
I see you are living in Vancouver, did you ever sail with Stu Crawford? he lives in Vancouver now, he's a manager at some ship repair yard I believe.
The Old Man you were thinking of must be 'clever' Trevor Robinson, and the 2nd mates Tom Lawrie, I heard he had moved to Monaco.
Yes Canadian 3rd mate actually from Glasgow but had a girl in Vancouver and married her.
Trudy and Esplanade. Trudy several times. Cleaver Trevor yeah I remember Him and Tom Laurie. I sailed with Tom a couple of times.
Stu Crawford? The names familiar. He might have been a Eng Cadet I sailed with. Matt Helm and I gave him a hot cross bun one night. We might have been drinking. If he is Vancouver at a ship yard I should be able to find out.
Did your wife used to sail with you?
a shot in the dark late 70's based in the Newcastle office, maybe one of souters eng supers?? any takers? I am looking for a name, please. A Newcastle lad, spent some time at Kings College doing a study on adding water injection-into diesel and boiler combustion of various fuels.
I was an understudy of this gent in 1974-76, and trying to recall old names from my past, this gent escapes me. Like all old codgers, I am gradually going dolally.
I have no specific reasons just curiousitty killed the cat??? Excuse spelling please???
I was on the " Scottish Wasa " Ex Iron Crown , when we were in a collision with the German freezer boat "Rheinelander" in September 1976 . This was on the River Scheldt I think we had a football match against them a few days before . They had oranges at half time .... we had Tennants served by the 2nd Engineers wife (Colin Wright?) and the 2nd Mates wife (Dave and Elizabeth?) Then spent about a month in Antwerp drydock . Will try to upload photos of damage , but my scanner is not too good .