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Brian Probetts (Site Admin)
31st May 2011, 02:28 PM
Any of my old friends from the London Bridge or the Forth Bridge out there - I was the Chief Steward 1968/69.

Doc Vernon
31st May 2011, 11:09 PM
Hi Brian
Well there have been quite a few that have found some good olod mates on here ,so i dont see why it should'nt reap rewards for you too!
Good luck !
Cheers

DAVID BRYAN
28th September 2011, 07:28 AM
Hi
Just reading your comments and I would like to add that I worked for Bowring Steamship Company and sailed on the MS Trinculo as a Junior Engineer from February to June 1971 we were sailing from Glasgow to Murmansk.
I am still at sea today on the West Australian coast, supply vessel to the oil rigs.

Kind Regards

David.

Ivan Cloherty
28th September 2011, 08:39 AM
Hi
Just reading your comments and I would like to add that I worked for Bowring Steamship Company and sailed on the MS Trinculo as a Junior Engineer from February to June 1971 we were sailing from Glasgow to Murmansk.
I am still at sea today on the West Australian coast, supply vessel to the oil rigs.

Kind Regards

David.

Hi David

It's nice to hear from someone who is actually still at sea, as a lot, if not most of us on this site are living from our "fond" memories, we had very hard times as well as very good but our overall concensus is that we wouldn't have changed a thing.

Time permitting are you able to regail us with any up-to-date stories of life on the ocean wave, how are conditions, how does leave compare to our 14 days per annum and an additional day for every Sunday actually spent at sea, if you arrived in port before noon on a Sunday, no additional day, if FWE was rung at 1215 the log was flogged to FWE at 1145 it saved paying 70 or so crew members an additional days leave. What about messing arrangements vis-avis officers/ratings, weather on the coast etc. I feel sure you have a story there somewhere, you can change the names to protect the innocent!

We look forward to hearing from you

Ron B Manderson
28th September 2011, 06:10 PM
Hi
Just reading your comments and I would like to add that I worked for Bowring Steamship Company and sailed on the MS Trinculo as a Junior Engineer from February to June 1971 we were sailing from Glasgow to Murmansk.
I am still at sea today on the West Australian coast, supply vessel to the oil rigs.

Kind Regards

David.

David
If you think for one tiny moment that you are making us jelouse
Then sadly you are correct.

I am just checking post number one. Forth or london bridge. I take it your are asking about ships .
I only asked lo0l
Ron the batcave
rn

DAVID BRYAN
23rd October 2011, 06:29 AM
Hi Guy's

Just giving you an update on the conditions at sea today as requested by Brian.

I have been on two short trips since I spoke to you last, One was from Broome West Australia to Ambon in Indonesia, a small passenger ship carrying thirty five passengers the ship was called the True North and went all around the Islands it also carried a chopper for the passengers to sight see.

The ship I payed of this week was a container called MV Melville Bay, Sailing out of Darwin Australia going to Gove which is on the peninsula the very top of Australia.

I was asked by Brian what the condition were like in today's MN, Well they are a lot better than when we started going to sea, The leave is one for one, you work one day you get a day's leave, and the normal swing is five weeks on and five weeks off.
However the messing arrangements is are a lot different, there is no segregation we all eat in the same mess and we all have to wash our own dishes, most cabins have their own toilet and shower and there are lots of DVD'S to watch.

In the offshore industry the normal hours of work is twelve hours a day but its usually fourteen and upwards

Thats all now

Kind regards

Diesel Dave.

johnmc
1st March 2012, 02:37 AM
Hello David I sailed on the Trinculo mid fifties when she was a fairly new ship.
Ore from Canada, Sweden, North Africa. A good ship
johnmc
Ps Have you worked for Bagwan Marine at all?

Rod McDonald
14th October 2014, 09:09 AM
I sailed as Third Mate in Trinculo, Stephano, Forth Bridge and London Bridge 1971 to 1974.

john gill
14th October 2014, 10:23 AM
My father was bosun aboard several Bowring boats, including the Trinculo and several Bridge boats. He finished up on the Sydney Bridge in Vittoria after a heart attack there, was hospitalised, stabilised and was flown home. July '73.

Louis the fly
14th October 2014, 01:00 PM
I was on one of Bowring tankers " El Lobo " ( the wolf ). She had a regular run from Ellesmere Port to West Coast South America.
If I remember right she had a yellow funnel with an L for Lobitos.

Jim Brady
14th October 2014, 01:13 PM
That was a regular through the pool Louis.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Louis the fly
14th October 2014, 03:36 PM
Yes you are right Jim, every six weeks. As tankers go she wasn't a bad job, short trip and the main port La Libertad a good run ashore.
Not many stayed for more than one trip, handy if you wanted to be home for a certain date.

johnnyd
15th October 2014, 07:35 PM
I Also sailed on the MS Trinculo joined in Glasgow 1970 down to Monrovia then over to Baltimore and ports up the US coast many happy memories

ogdenm
13th January 2015, 11:52 AM
My late father (he crossed the bar in November 2001) was Captain Michael (Micky) Ogden... He was with Bowrings from March 1942 till forced redundancy in early 1985 when the new owners sold the last ship... I was lucky enough to go away with him on several ships - Forth Bridge, London Bridge, El Lobo although I was probably really annoying as the captain's sprog...

Brian Probetts (Site Admin)
13th January 2015, 02:03 PM
The captains son, Roger Pilling, came with us for a voyage on the London Bridge.
He got in the way of a pot of boiling coffee on the Bridge after the ship took a hefty roll and got very badly scalded.
Often wondered what happened to him, it was a very nasty accident.

john gill
13th January 2015, 04:43 PM
My Father, Tom Gill, was bosun for many years with Bowrings, his last ship was Sydney Bridge where he fell ill in Vittoria and flew home dbs after being stabilised there following a heart attack. Just looking at his discharge, Masters name was Lyall I think. (1973)
Gilly

j.sabourn
14th January 2015, 01:41 AM
#3... Hi David, if your working offshore chances are you are probably working for Total Marine, Tidewater, or Mermaid. I gave up the Ghost in 2002, so if you were here prior to this chances are I know you. However my memory re names is not so hot, unless it is one that sticks in memory banks for some reason. Swires had offshore ships during my time, but were managed by Total Marine, they did take the ships off the coast for a while, but should imagine they have certain tonnage back again. Even if I don't know you and you come in the time frame mentioned will almost certainly know people who you may have sailed with out here. Cheers John S

Bengy Roberts
11th October 2017, 05:36 PM
sailed on a forth bridge,,in 90s,she was a tanker.but different company,from one you sailed on,,,maybe worst vessel i sailed on,BENGY

Leonard Lowther
16th March 2018, 06:41 PM
Hi I was on the Forth Bridge 06/05/74 until 25/10/74 I have no memory what this ship was like or where we went. Bizarre I agree. I am looking at my discharge books and would like a photo of all the ships I sailed on. If you have a photo I would love a copy as I have googled MV ForthBridge and all I get is the London Bridge. Cheers Len




Any of my old friends from the London Bridge or the Forth Bridge out there - I was the Chief Steward 1968/69.

Jack smith
14th July 2018, 05:47 AM
Was deck cadet on Forth Bridge 1971 -72. Spent most of my time in the duct keel working the ballast tank valves locally as the remotes never worked.

Douglas Young
4th December 2018, 05:53 PM
Hi just joined site to see if any of me old shipmates are still around. Did me cadetship with Bowrings. Was made redundant when company sold to Marsh and McClelland in 1977. Did me last trip on the Trinc and paid off in Immingham. Dougal,2nd Off, was what they called me in them days.