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Does anybody have any association with the above. I remember the "Salford City" and "Mancunium" when they were in steam and had rather tall funnels. Later, after they were re-engined, I served on the "Manc" for 12 months or so as second mate. I did all the steering from Davyhulme Sewage works to Eastham, had the river passage off then started steering all over again.At the loading berth we were about an hour (which I had off) then it was back on the wheel again. If we were stuck behind a Manchester Liner container vessel most of the way I wasa little knackered by the time Friday came round. Jimmie Atherton was the skipper and Gordon Bancroft was the mate.The cook's name was George and when I asked him what he would do when he retired he said "He just wanted to curl up and die "
I hope he didn't - he was quite a character.
 

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When I was a lad we used to go down to the ship canal and sometimes the Salford Sh*tty ops sorry City or Mancunian would tie up at Stewart's Wharf and
we would ask what they were carrying and the reply was always "champagne, son champagne"
 

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Bellini/ Well we never went as far as to call it champagne. We weren't allowed to refer to the cargo as sewage but had to call it industrial sludge. When we used to load in Davyhulme on a hot summer's day with the saloon ports open our fried eggs used to turn green !
 

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As a kid in '49 - '50 I used to cycle out to Barton locks most Sundays. I got to know the lock keepers and skippers of the some of the tugs and regular coasters like the Guiness, Birker Force, Shetland Coast etc and got to work my passage back to Pomona with them. The Mancunian was always tied up in her berth beside the lock and conjured up pictures of sailing into the Mersey and out to the bar with whatever cargo... As a Mancy kid from Gorton it conjured up pictures of the ocean and freedom to me. I wanted to go with her... but life took me down another road.
 

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Ha ! Not seen this before....

My ol' mate Roy Lomas was a Mate and Skipper on the Manchester Sheet Boats, and was with them when they transferred to Liverpool.

He retired C 2000.

We were in the same Scout troop together - 2nd /218th Manchester ( St. Nicholas Burnage ) and he was in the same year as my younger brother at Burnage High School.

He tried to join Hain SS Co., but they were full up with deck apps.; so he went to Bank Line. He had an an accident and had to to give up going deep sea.

Anybody knew him ?

Laurie.
 

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A few friends of mine were on the sh. boats, as far as I know they are not active on this site, but I can contact one of them, who may be able to contact the others. they are, Dave Schofield, Brian Gee, and John Higgins, there was a another, Frank Whalley, but, sadly, he died a few years back now. Mick Brown.
 

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One of the Manchester sludge boats was named the Percy Dawson.
We saw her pass Cammell Lairds every couple of days, and always referred to her as the Percy Filth
I often wondered who Percy Dawson was, and imagined him as a Manchester Alderman or somesuch worthy, and wondered who he'd upset so much that they named a Sh1t boat after him.(Jester)
 

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Pat, regarding the Percy Dawson according to Shipsspotting she was still sailing in 2016, not bad 45 years.

You are correct, he was an Alderman and he had an interesting history. Click the link below.

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Cheers Frank
 

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Pat, regarding the Percy Dawson according to Shipsspotting she was still sailing in 2016, not bad 45 years.

You are correct, he was an Alderman and he had an interesting history. Click the link below.

Here

Cheers Frank
Interesting indeed Frank. From private soldier to Lord Mayor of Manchester takes some doing.
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A few friends of mine were on the sh. boats, as far as I know they are not active on this site, but I can contact one of them, who may be able to contact the others. they are, Dave Schofield, Brian Gee, and John Higgins, there was a another, Frank Whalley, but, sadly, he died a few years back now. Mick Brown.
Hi Mick, I sailed with Frank Whalley on Manchester Liners, I believe he was ex. RN. Sorry to hear that he had passed away, he was a good shipmate, came from Bolton if I remember rightly. Another old shipmate of mine, Stan Perry, also sailed in them.

Regards.......Alec Sheldon.
 

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A Hail to Lads on The Mancunian or The Percy " Do you get Time & a Turd for that Job " or " Aye Aye you been broaching the Cargo Again " All good fun on The River Mersey !
 

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Yes Alec, Frank was ex RN. He was a nice guy, (Radcliffe, by the way, near Bolton) I had my share of Manchester Liners, home every 4 weeks (married mans run, as they were called) I can't recall Stan Perry, I knew a Tommy Perry, I think he was from Burnley way, in catering, as I was.
 

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Yes Alec, Frank was ex RN. He was a nice guy, (Radcliffe, by the way, near Bolton) I had my share of Manchester Liners, home every 4 weeks (married mans run, as they were called) I can't recall Stan Perry, I knew a Tommy Perry, I think he was from Burnley way, in catering, as I was.
Hi Mick, did you know Len Winfield from Radcliffe. I sailed with him on the Manchester Fame or Faith (can't remember which one). Frank was on there at the same time, I think they were related through marriage.

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Yes Alec, I sailed with Len a few times on M. Liners, I am sorry to say he died a few years back now. I did not know if he was related to Frank. They were both Bosuns when I sailed with them, on different trips) I was on the Fame 4 trips (it was sold to the Greeks after my last trip) 16/12/69 to 26/7/70. I was second steward. They wanted to "containerize" me then and thats when I jacked in.
 
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