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Christmas greetings to all who sailed with ED'S. to all West Coasters and to all who are using great web site. May you all have a blessed, healthy and most of all peaceful and safe festive season. I am keeping out of the village now until after the festive season, the place is packed with holiday makers. My grand - daughter however is doing very well working as a 'waitron' during her University Vacation at one of the popular beach front restaurants. Everyone in generous tipping mood and yes I did terach her to always ensure the man in the party always has a drink![=P]
 

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Came back from Lagos on Sunday.
Everything there crazy as usual. Apapa now a no-go area as tank farms and bulk producing factories have been allowed to be positioned with no thought that this is a busy, working port.
Still only two roads to access and both blocked every day.

Leaving on Sunday morning at 0700 saw a new Bentley Continental parked at a roadside stall as driver drank his morning 'livener'(ogogoro). Wish the owner could have seen.

Back in new year and will try to post pics of the present Lagos skyline.
Happy Christmas to all.
 

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A very merry Christmas and a happy new year to all the ex. Hendersons' and Elders personnel using this great web site.

George Thomson
 

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Christmas greetings to all who sailed with ED'S. to all West Coasters and to all who are using great web site. May you all have a blessed, healthy and most of all peaceful and safe festive season. [=P]
Thoughts of two acquaintances who were 50s cadets with ED's:
Stewart Thompson who, I heard, sadly came to an untimely end down the Coast.
and Alistair "Johnny" Rae who I believe eventually came ashore to work for KP Nuts.
(Memory glitch; the last named may have been with Palm Line)

A Merry Christmas and a Prosperous year to you all.

Keith
 

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It was 45 years ago to the day on my first trip on the Onitsha that we were anchored at Boma waiting for our berth upriver in Matadi. My first Xmas at sea - well on a muddy river. One of those "where are they now" moments for the rest of the crew and my fellow 11 cadets.
 

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Stewart Thomson died in Morocco, Casablanca I think. Mugged on his way back to the ship. An awful end for a great shipmate and friend.

George T.
 

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'Aberdonian' and 'Dod Caukie' I greatly appreciate you posting the news,
to me, of Stewart Thomson and his sad demise. RIP even if it was years ago. He was my senior Cadet on the COTTRELL. We sailed from Greys Wharf in 1956. He was then known as POKEY'. but not for that reason, he had a habit of poking a finger at you when arguing. We transferred homeward bound to the DEIDO in Takoradi as she was going on the Cape run. He paid off sick in Cape Town and I saw him off as DBS as first class passenger on the EDINBURGH CASTLE. He was a great cabin and ship mate and we vgot on very well togeter.
 

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Stewart Thompson

An interesting post, woodend.

I remember Stewart and his ready smile very well since we socialised in the same group when up for Second Mates in late 50s Aberdeen.

Dod Caukie may well be correct, but the version of the sad event passed on to me many years ago had him involved in a fight with Greek seamen when he was returning to his ship somewhere on the Coast.

Either way, I recall him as a personable young man who would have made a good shipmate.

Keith
 

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Stewart had left Ocean Fleets at the time of his death and was Master of a Saudi ship I believe. The bit about Greek seamen might be right but I'm sure it was in Morocco. I attended his funeral service in Aberdeen in April/May 1989.
 

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Seasons greetings to fellow Ocean Fleeters. I never went to the West Coast but heard many tales! I worked by on several ED ships (S boats) in Liverpool Docks.
Rgds.
Dave
 

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Stewart had left Ocean Fleets at the time of his death and was Master of a Saudi ship I believe. The bit about Greek seamen might be right but I'm sure it was in Morocco. I attended his funeral service in Aberdeen in April/May 1989.
You make a very strong case, Dod Caukie, against my version based only on word of mouth.
Thanks for the interesting follow up.

Keith

Edit: There is something amiss here DC since the news I heard was long before 1989. Stewart would have been too young to be Master.
There was another Stewart Thompson up for a ticket, who I knew in early 50s Aberdeen, nicknamed Jumbo.
I wonder if he is your man?
 

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A prosperous New Year to all Ocean Men. It does seem like a lifetime ago - actually, it almost was! Anyhow those still about continue to perpetuate the times and stories from when we were there!
 

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Apologies for missing Christmas Greetings,but I hope I am not too late to wish all ex ED`s a happy and prosperous New Year.
As an aside I used to stay in Newport on Tay, I will miss the horns at midnight from the vessels alongside at Dundee across the river Tay
 
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