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merchant navy personnel

Post by siam sam » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:55 pm

how many are still with us?
zip me up in my oilskins and jumper.
no more down the docks i'll be seen.
just tell me old shipmates.
i'm taking a trip mates.
and i'll see them on fiddler' green.

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by ralph » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:22 am

siam sam wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:55 pm
how many are still with us?
Sam, I was in the MN 1965 to 1969, with Port Line. I spent most of that time trading between Canada, The US, Australia and New Zealand, but I did in 1967 a voyage from London, out through Suez missing the Israel-Egypt blow-up by a few hours. We went on to Australia and New Zealand, returning through Panama and then back into the Med (Famagusta, Piraeus and Genoa before returning to London - one of my more memorable voyages.

Port Line still has an 'old staff' association 'Vintage Port' and has reunions each years in London and across in either New Zealand or Australia. Sadly, we get all too many reports of old hands having 'crossed the bar' these days but it provides a great way to share memories and photos. One of my oldest pals is a shipmate from my second voyage and he comes to stay with me about every six weeks and we can still have a chuckle about many of the good times we had and people we worked with.

I notice that now at the re-unions, when wives are present, there is much talk of cargo-stowing, engines being stripped down, star-fixes and storms and none of the subjects that filled most of the conversations when they were young! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by siam sam » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:08 am

i was with furness withy, royal mail, prince line and bugge supply ships in the north sea. genoa brings back happy memories to me, we lost a main bearing on the main engine in the straits of gibraltar limped int0 gib. and got a tow to genoa. three months fitting a new crankshaft, spent many a night at the sea mans mission run by a guy from liverpool.
zip me up in my oilskins and jumper.
no more down the docks i'll be seen.
just tell me old shipmates.
i'm taking a trip mates.
and i'll see them on fiddler' green.

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by whip » Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:50 pm

Still a few x M N fella's about.

Know of 3 living in Manchester.
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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by Pilot » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:31 pm

Common Brothers
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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by andysfootball » Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:58 pm

royal navy 75-82
royal Australian navy 83-86
lambs navy rum 75 to ongoing
STAY CALM AND SANDDANCE ON

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by jeff » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:15 pm

Pilot wrote:
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:31 pm
Common Brothers
Never in the MN but Pilot's note about Common Bros struck a chord in the old memory box. Father in Law (Arnold Smith) WW2 on the Hindustan (general cargo) from Immingham January 1940 to October 1940, across the Atlantic and up the west coast of America and return.
Previously Athelprincess (tanker) (United Molasses)and later El Argentino (refridge)(Furness Withy) to Montevideo and return 1941.
There's nothing wrong with being mediocre........as long as you're good at it!

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by jeff » Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:19 pm

Arnold Smith - Originally signed on in South Shields , San Quirino (tanker) 1938 Eagle Oil & Shipping. Sold to the Argies in 1939.
There's nothing wrong with being mediocre........as long as you're good at it!

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by Pilot » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:27 pm

People used to laugh and say Common by name, common by nature, but they were a good company to work for, I was with them from 1968 to 1975 as 3rd mate, 2nd mate and 1st mate and they treat me very well.
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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by andysfootball » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:04 pm

you like to do what the common people do?
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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by Pilot » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:21 pm

Well I am a common person.
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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by J Jackson » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:05 pm

Just think Andy ,Sam or Ralph could of had the pleasure of bringing you toilet roll before you set off to battle.

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by ralph » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:26 am

Pilot wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:27 pm
People used to laugh and say Common by name, common by nature, but they were a good company to work for, I was with them from 1968 to 1975 as 3rd mate, 2nd mate and 1st mate and they treat me very well.
That's all that counts in the end.

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by memor » Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:58 am

Pilot wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:21 pm
Well I am a common person.
Nothing common about you Pilot your first class mate :)
I always value Pilots wit and input

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Re: merchant navy personnel

Post by J Jackson » Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:20 pm

Joking aside I spent four summers in the merchant navy from 78 to 82 manning the rowing boats in the marine park lake under the command of old Mr Duckworth .

Your time is up number 2 please return to the dock forever etched into my memory.

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