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This was the first of the Stulcken derricked heavy lift ships operated by T&J Harrison and was taken in Glasgow/s King George V Dock in the late 1970s.
 

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Very good this is a very nostalgia. ADVENTURER was the first, then arrived
CUSTODIAN -TACTICIAN 1961 and the last INVENTOR 1964 .At the biginnig
of 1980 ADVENTURER become the greek flagged ELEFTHERIA and probably
broken up in 1985.
 

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Harrison's

I'm a new boy here on the forum, nice to see & read about T&J Harrison's as I have a bit of a soft spot for 'two of fat one of lean' having sailed on Adventurer/Custodian/Barrister/Interpreter & Jounalist [run job] in the early sixties.
There's not a whole lot of info on the web regards to Harrison's & it was such a big company.
Joining the Custodian in South Shields where she was fitting out prior to sailing for Birkenhead for her maiden voyage,unfortunatly for me I was injured when she was departing B,head for S Africa ,I rejoined her some months later.
I sailed on Adventurer a few voyages also ,I think that her Stulken derrick was the first on a British ship a 180 ton lift big for it's day.
Believe it was Hansa Line of Germany that pioneered the Stulken & Adventurers was installed in there.
 

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Those of a certain age like me will remember no doubt,the cutaway drawings in the EAGLE over the years.This is the one featuring ADVENTURER being the first heavy lift ship for Harrison.
 

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Shades of Dan Dare and the Mekon??, green bloke with an anti grav chair...where the hell did you come up with that copy of the Eagle from??, dont tell me you have had it all these years!!. Good one!!. My Dad used to buy it for me for years, think he quite enjoyed reading it as well.
 

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Yes Doug,still got a few copies from those days-well the cutaways anyway.There/s an EAGLE website with cutaways of a general cargo ship and the guided missile destroyer HMS DEVONSHIRE which I did have but didn/t survive!
Will dig out some of the others.
 

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I worked as a stevedore storekeeper working the heavy lifts for tos&jos before I went away myself working down below so I am familiar with all harrisons fleet. Just loved watching the Craftsman do her stuff testing her twin derricks
 

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I picked up a really nice print (Harrison Line advertising piece) from Liverpool HQ in 1972 of the "Adventurer" 1960 - 1979, off Greenock, painted by John Stobart ... I loaned it to him about 3 years ago as he forgot he had painted it ... he was to return it after making a copy for himself ... I am still waiting and he does not answer letters or telephone messages. Keith A.
 

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There's not a whole lot of info on the web regards to Harrison's & it was such a big company.
Captain Graeme Cubbins' "Harrisons of Liverpool" gives a first rate account of the company from cradle to grave. Got our copy from John Clarkson of Ships in Focus.

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As the quote says T&J Harrisons was one of the larges companies in Liverpool, but when you start to look for information it’s as though they never existed especially in Liverpool's maritime museum.
I worked for them for 8 years back in the 1970 as a enginer, and it was the best years of my life.
 

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I can remember the building of the Benarty for Ben Line in early 60's and the testing of the Stulken Derricks caused a lot of interest in Dundee at the time. It was also reported she was deigned to sit on beach at low tide and still work cargo, maybe some Ben Line guys would know if this was the case.

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I served on the M.V.Tactician from August 68 till Jan 70 and found them one of the most friendly Companies out of Liverpool. Does anyone else remember the crew Personnel Manager a MR Reston if my memory serves me well, One of lifes Gents if ever ther was one. Any one else out there by the way who served at this time?
Harvey.
 

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In the early 60's I heard there was an electrician in Harrisons called Anthony Armstrong Jones, same name as somone married into the royal family, can anyone throw some light on this, or did this Harrisons electrician marry into the royal family.
 

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Hi Harvey!
Do you remember a Tom Maddox? He is an ex Harrison Skipper and a member of our local model boat club.He has been building a model of tactician for the last two years...the Titannic took less time!
 

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Hi Harvey!
Do you remember a Tom Maddox? He is an ex Harrison Skipper and a member of our local model boat club.He has been building a model of tactician for the last two years...the Titannic took less time!
Its' working out how to rig that jumbo thats' causing the delay.
I was in that Tactician on a run job to Manchester, and we had to break out the Stulken while going up the canal. Its' a bloody monkey puzzle.
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As the quote says T&J Harrisons was one of the larges companies in Liverpool, but when you start to look for information it’s as though they never existed especially in Liverpool's maritime museum.
I worked for them for 8 years back in the 1970 as a enginer, and it was the best years of my life.
I sailed on the Speaker as my first ship as an R/O on my own in 1956/57.She was one of their Samboats, I joined her in Manchester,my home town, and was fascinated by the trip down the canal.

My first ship had been the Cunarder Parthia and I was constantly being told that my next ship would be a T&J,accompanied with tales of hunger and hard times. The reality was totally different.

The Speaker had just had a new radio fit out complete with R/T. I did two trips, one to South Africa and the other to the Caribbean. I was invited up to Mersey Chambers and shown plans for future radio installations and asked if I would like to do another trip on the Speaker. She was scheduled to go to India but I had heard such horrific stories about Calcutta that I declined.I watched the arrival of the new ships with interest, and often wondered if I had made a mistake in not taking up the offer to be one of their regular R/Os.

The Institute of Marine Engineers have a paper presented by Norman Swindells which covers the history of Harrisons, its a about 30 pages, and is well illustrated.

The following address,

http://www.imarest.org/publications/content/details.asp?ID=1

Will get you to the details, but you may have to register to get it.
 

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Hi Harvey!
Do you remember a Tom Maddox? He is an ex Harrison Skipper and a member of our local model boat club.He has been building a model of tactician for the last two years...the Titannic took less time!
Hello Andy.
No I did,nt have the pleasure of sailing under Capt Maddox, but the name really does ring a bell. When I was on The Tactician we served under a Captain Erskine, lovely chap, did,nt bother you if the job was going well, the kind I liked. Which run were you on Andy, round the Cape or the Carribbean & Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia,( Rough old place that Santa Marta ) and the States of course. This was my favourite.
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Hello Andy.
No I did,nt have the pleasure of sailing under Capt Maddox, but the name really does ring a bell. When I was on The Tactician we served under a Captain Erskine, lovely chap, did,nt bother you if the job was going well, the kind I liked. Which run were you on Andy, round the Cape or the Carribbean & Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia,( Rough old place that Santa Marta ) and the States of course. This was my favourite.
Harvey.
Kindly excuse my error, but Im afraid I got Skippers names mixed up, it was not of course Captain Erskine on board The Tactician but Captain Skelley,I was with Captain Erskine on board M.V. Urshalim, Im very sure a few T.J. Harrison men spotted my error, apologies again.
Harvey
 

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any one remember my friends mel jones 2nd engineer,harry sayers 2nd eng,or cushy stroud pro 3rd eng,round about 1968 ,later mel was chief engineer with kuwait shipping graham phillips thats me i as junior eng
 
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