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vince cowie
16th April 2011, 11:21 PM
sailed with port line & blue star from 1969 i was on the port pirie,adelaide star,lofty kellett was bosun done 2trips great ship then port adelaide, oronsay,forth bridge ,few whitco marine ships, southland star,last trip before she converted,auckland star last trip to kiwi then second trip s africa then scrapyard karachi.done maiden voyage on australia star also sailed on act 1, act 6, act 7 not very keen on box boats went to maritime fruit andp&o stratherrol still miss the life, shoreside life boring

Alex Salmond
18th April 2011, 01:48 AM
Hi Vince,
Alex Salmond here,Just saw your post,I sailed with you on the Southland Star about 1979 your right she was converted to a box boat after that I done quite a few trips in her after that on the west coast to NZ run she was out there for 4 or 5 years.The trip we done on there we joined in Falmouth?? and went to New Plymouth ,Opua and back home again,my mate Iain Scougall (Scoogs) was on there Lampy I think ,We keep in touch by phone mostly now as I have been living in Auckland for the past 20 years,****** was on there ,and maybe a guy called Harry ?Tony Rice was Purser on there him and Scoogs had a punch up in the Waitangi hotel in Pahia that time Scoogs ended up with a broken finger still give him heaps for that,Frankie Allen from Glasgow was chippie,few ringbolters too Tony,Chrissie Dawson ,get in touch mate and let me know how you are,
Cheers,Alex.

vince cowie
22nd April 2011, 09:58 PM
hi alex, good to hear from you didn,t think there was anyone who remembered me scoogy and ****** were on there.last time i seen ****** he was working in auckland.give my regards to scoogy. ginger was bosun, hard to think of names after all these years. never get those times back but never will forget them all the best vince

Alex Salmond
24th April 2011, 11:20 AM
Hi Vince,
Alex again found a photo from Southland that time with Harry,Scoogs ,Nigs and me flaked out my memory of who was on there is not much better than yours think the cook was Dagenham Dan,2nd cook was a big lunatic called Tug Wilson who had a big black beard smoked all these mental looking pipes,he came from cornwall but used to go ashore in a kilt work that one out,also remember drinking games that if you lost you had to dive head first into the bin with all the empty cans as for nigs i see quite a few people on thes sites looking for him with no luck. Couple of other memories from that trip is me and scoogs being in a car crash we were that out of it in the back seat that we dint even know there had been a crash bounced about like a couple of rubber men and walked away without a scratch,also me nigs and scoogs being on the piss in the Breakwater pub walking back to the ship and deciding it would be a good idea to take all our gear off cos it was a nice day walked back without a stitch on and the mate and co.legging it from the gangway when they saw us great times eh! ill tell scoogs next time I talk to him that I heard from you,
Cheers mate,Alex.

Alex Salmond
24th April 2011, 11:21 AM
Sorry mate forgot to tell you to look at the photo gallery lifeonboard and look up Southland Star and you will see the photo,
Alex.

vince cowie
24th April 2011, 07:58 PM
thanks alex great picture. i remember harry now i,ve seen the photo. pity there wasn,t a photo of the rest of the crowd.would have been great to see old faces

vince cowie
5th June 2011, 08:08 PM
:)hi alec, have not heard from you for a while .hope you keeping well