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Bob MacIntyre
13th July 2011, 01:08 PM
Any of you out there who sailed on the 'ATHENIC' in 1969 , it would be good to hear of your thoughts and reminiscences. I made 2 trips on her, the last one being down to Kiwi ,back up to the States & Montreal in Canada. From there we sadly took the old girl to scrap in Kaohsiung in Taiwan. I remember spending some memorable nights in Taipei prior to flying home via Bangkok, Karachi,Istanbul, Frankfurt, Ostend and finally paying off the ship in Stanstead Airport. A couple of days flying time I seem to remember. One of the chaps I remember was a Dutchman called Finn Boxon , he lived in Kiwi and signed on in Auckland. He wanted to make a surprise visit to his mother in Amsterdam whom he hadn't seen for a lot of years.

The first trip I sailed on her I remember us getting an S.O.S. from a Greek Passenger Boat , can't remember whether it was ( The Fairsea, The Fairstar or The Fairsky. ) any way one of em. We ended up working all day on deck on a Sunday securing a tow , only to be told when we got to her to standby for a yankee boat to take over. The salvage money would have been nice. I think the boat ended up being towed to Panama. Any of you out there remember any of this , it would be great to hear from you.

Happy Days
Bob MacIntyre ( R859849 )

aussie
14th July 2011, 06:35 AM
Hi Bob, that would have been Sitmars Fairsea which caught fire en route to Panama. She was taken in tow by Louise Lykes, and laid up Balboa until sold to breakers and towed to Italy for demolition. I was in contact with a guy from last trip, Dave Smith i think his name was. Will have to find old emails. Lives Canvey Island these days i think. Wonder how much L.L crew got for tow!! Cheers Aussie

Bob Dunkley
14th July 2011, 02:21 PM
bob iwas on the athenic that trip as an edh we got the sos by the galipagos and went through the islands to make good time bosun was i believe jimmy bird??after taking all those massive ins wires aft and connecting to the bits and talking about retiring on the salvage we got told to stand by untill dawn and then leave for panama i was told that the captain of the ship (sitmar) shot himself after arriving in balboa???on this ship was also dave share author of oceans of time but he never mentioned this in his book the captain of athenic was capt hayward nicknamed (turkey legs) by the crew and foxy fowler was chief mate what rank were you my name was bob dunkley maybe you can remember me read oceans of time and theres a chapter on that trip

Bob MacIntyre
14th July 2011, 09:10 PM
bob iwas on the athenic that trip as an edh we got the sos by the galipagos and went through the islands to make good time bosun was i believe jimmy bird??after taking all those massive ins wires aft and connecting to the bits and talking about retiring on the salvage we got told to stand by untill dawn and then leave for panama i was told that the captain of the ship (sitmar) shot himself after arriving in balboa???on this ship was also dave share author of oceans of time but he never mentioned this in his book the captain of athenic was capt hayward nicknamed (turkey legs) by the crew and foxy fowler was chief mate what rank were you my name was bob dunkley maybe you can remember me read oceans of time and theres a chapter on that trip

Hiya Bob,
Thanks for the reply. I'd signed on as a D.H.U. It was my very first trip. I remember Jimmy Bird the bosun, he was from Hull always wore a white peaked cap. I remember him saying to me when we got the orders to steam towards the Fairsea, ( you lucky b----r I've waited 40 years for one of these and you get one on your first trip).
I well remember dragging that insurance wire from forrad. The bosun nicknamed me 'prof' for some reason. I don't know if maybe that rings a bell with you Bob. Any way it was a real shame that we didn't cop for the salvage.Other crew names I remember were Alec ( lamptrimmer) always wore a beret, chippy was a welshman who was doing his last trip and going back ashore to work for Trinity House. Some others were 'Brian','Pickwick',
(he had long thick sideburns), both were edh's, another edh was a Charlton Athletic supporter whose name escapes me. I well remember Dave Share , he was an AB a dark skinned chap not that tall. I'll definitely search out his book. I still have quite a few photos from that trip Bob, maybe you feature on some of them.
Unfortunately I can't put a face to your name. I'll try to send you a couple in the next week or so. You'll have to bare with me on that one as my computer skills are not that good. Happy Days.

Bob MacIntyre
14th July 2011, 09:35 PM
Hi Bob, that would have been Sitmars Fairsea which caught fire en route to Panama. She was taken in tow by Louise Lykes, and laid up Balboa until sold to breakers and towed to Italy for demolition. I was in contact with a guy from last trip, Dave Smith i think his name was. Will have to find old emails. Lives Canvey Island these days i think. Wonder how much L.L crew got for tow!! Cheers Aussie

Hi Aussie, great to hear from you. Thanks! I well remember Dave Smith, his brother Terry was also on that trip. I seem to remember them both signing on in either Aussie or Kiwi, Aussie I think. They'd both been working on a dredger in Melbourne and wanted to work their passage back to the U.K. I remember Dave had a bit of a hobby putting ships in bottles ( always empty Grants Standfast bottles for their triangular shape).Dave was very keen when he got back to the U.K. to join the R.A.F. and work with Alsatian dogs. I wonder whether he managed it?
It would be great if you could let me have Daves' 'e' mail address.It would be nice to make contact after all these
years. I've still got some photos from that trip. Maybe you feature on some of them. Did you work on deck Aussie. Happy Days! Cheers Bob.

aussie
15th July 2011, 11:09 AM
Hi Bob,

Just found old email from Dave. Lost a few ages ago but one still there from 2007 so will P.M his email to you. Hioefully still using it. Yes his brother Terry was also on Athenic as you say. He lived in suburb of Melbourne,time of Ronnie Biggs in melbourne(lived around corner from Terry!!) and as i am in Melbourne sent him pictures of his street he lived in and Hotel he drank at etc. he said a young kiwi guy signed on as messman??? I wasnt on Athenic Bob. Didnt join Merch till 71. Think i had some imfo or something on Athenic and emailed him and thats how i got in contact. If you find him say hi from me. I have located a few old shipmates through site so good luck. All best from downunder. Cheers Aussie

Bob Dunkley
15th July 2011, 02:36 PM
Bob icant put a face to your name so if you send photos etc i will know then bob i was the charlton supporter my cabin mate was pickwick and the one with side boards was brian rodgers , who is now a 2 or 3 mate on the aussie coast,also on board was Billy Herd 2 deck boys from Rotherham harpo and his mate??might have been norma .Was you the bob who wrote letters to my girlfriend in good hand writing ??there was also an ab with a massive todger we called him pops.any case bob send what you got and ill reply take care Bob dunkley

Bob MacIntyre
16th July 2011, 10:20 AM
Bob I can definitely put a face to your name now. I was the guy who wrote the letters to your girlfriend for you, although I'm not sure about the good hand writing bit.Your beloved Charlton Athletic have gone through a few successes and failures since those days. I remember you were a big fan of Billy Bonds, others we use to talk about were Chris Cattlin and did Derek Parkin play as The other full back? Or have I got that bit wrong? You were right about the two deck boys Harpo & Norman. Was Billy Herd the fella with a mole on his cheek & came from a place called Robertsbridge? The AB with the massive todger must have been the tall guy with black hair must have been in his late thirties or early forties then. Jimmy bird the bosun had a few nicknames he use to like to call us. Can you remember 'The Hollywood AB' as Jim use to call him? A good looking bloke I think he came from Blackpool way on. I seem to remember he jumped ship in Auckland. Jims' nickname for me was 'Prof'. Maybe that rings a bell ! I can remember a few of the bars we drank in on that trip, namely The Montgomery Hotel in Fremantle and no-one forgets 'The snake pit' and 'Ma Gleesons' ( later re-named 'The Harbour View Tavern' ) I think !
Reading your Navy career Bob looks like you did a fair old stretch, 25 years or so. What did you get up to when you left the sea? From 1975 onwards I ended up working for a brewery for 35 years. I retired in June 2010. I've got two children a son & daughter. Daughters lived in Barcelona for the last 8 years. I hope we keep in touch Bob. I'll send you the photos when I seek them out. Take care Bob MacIntyre.

Bob Dunkley
16th July 2011, 01:13 PM
Bob just a quick reply after leaving british ships iwent onto Norwegian ships ,so iwas doing 3/4 months scaffolding and 4/5 months on nowegian ships we emigrated to aus in 81 came back in 82 iwas scaffolding on the rigs in north sea and started a scaffolding company ,which i still run in dartford kent ithink the fella with mole was billy herd he had friend with long blonde hair and they both come as you say from Robertsbridge billy now lives in aus so ive been told and Dave Share and pickwick along with Brian Rodgers live in N.Z.I still go to Charlton home and a lot of away games to where are you now.I have 2 sons and a daughter and 3 grand kids send the photos bobn it will be good to see them take care bob dunks one other face i remember was Dave Shares nephew???

Bob Dunkley
16th July 2011, 01:25 PM
bob one more thing Montgomerys was in sydney ,it was Cleos bar that was in Fremantle bob dunks

Bob Dunkley
29th July 2011, 06:18 PM
Bob still waiting on those photos cant you find them bob

kurutai
27th September 2011, 01:44 PM
Hi Aussie, great to hear from you. Thanks! I well remember Dave Smith, his brother Terry was also on that trip. I seem to remember them both signing on in either Aussie or Kiwi, Aussie I think. They'd both been working on a dredger in Melbourne and wanted to work their passage back to the U.K. I remember Dave had a bit of a hobby putting ships in bottles ( always empty Grants Standfast bottles for their triangular shape).Dave was very keen when he got back to the U.K. to join the R.A.F. and work with Alsatian dogs. I wonder whether he managed it?
It would be great if you could let me have Daves' 'e' mail address.It would be nice to make contact after all these
years. I've still got some photos from that trip. Maybe you feature on some of them. Did you work on deck Aussie. Happy Days! Cheers Bob.

Hello Bob long time no see ,you are right when you say my brother Terry and I worked our way back to Blighty on the old girl I was a.b and my brother joined her as dhu , I have to say you have a good memory because I did in fact look into joining the R.A.F.so that I could work with dogs but it did not work out ,although I have always had dogs since leaving the merch , because I could splice wire I got a job in the lift trade I only intended doing that as a fill in I ended up spending over thirty years at it to be fair it worked out well for me all in all , although I would love to have another go at the merchant navy that we served in but alas those days are long gone ,I am still building ships in bottles and have been since 1964 I wont tell you how many bottles that I have in my shed waiting to be be filled just lets say to many, my wife cant get in there do you remember the old dimple bottles well I have got around 700 hundred of them and thats not counting numerous 1.5 litre teachers whiskey bottles , I have not been on line for quite some time as I ended up having to get a new computer and also I have had a few problems but then again who hasnt got problems .
The fella Aussie is a good old boy he took the trouble of going out to Mount Waverly and taking photos of where Terry and I where living back in 1968 and then posted them over to me as I say a good old boy in fact my brother and his family are flying out to Melbourne in december he wants to take a trip down memory lane he is staying with someone he knew from his school days I doubt I will ever go down memory lane I like to keep my memories as they where , if you get a chance to read Dave Shares book that,s if you havent already read it do yourself a favour and get a copy I was in touch with Dave [ another of lifes good old boys ] a while back but as I say life,s problems sometimes get in the way and before you know it you end up losing touch with people ,somewhere I have a photo of us leaving Montreal all wearing check lumber jack shirts I will have to try a dig it out , by the way I dont know if you can answer this but when I joined her in Auckland when I opened my locker to stow my gear there inside it was a plaster cast that had been cut off from someones leg I could not beleive it and I have often wonderd about it over these last 41 years anyhow best regards to you and all those good old boys from the golden days Dave .

Bob Dunkley
4th March 2013, 09:39 AM
Bob just on the offchance did you ever find those photos and where do you live now ??? bob dunks

Bob Dunkley
24th May 2016, 07:30 PM
Hi Bob its Bob Dunkley , just wondering if you ever dug out those old photos from the Athenic ,would be really nice to see them if you have .you can email them if you like ,my beloved Charlton went down this year to div 1 , have emailed dave share and had yarns with him he is 74 or so now .he told me Brian Rodgers is still 2nd mate on the aussie coast , a real seaman ,he must have done over 50 years at sea i take my hat off to him .take care dinners calling

Bob cheeseman
24th May 2016, 08:19 PM
Hi Bob Cheeseman here ,i am still in touch with Brian and Dave ,had a drink with Brian about a year ago, he came up to see me we both worked the Kiwi coast together and his still on the Aussie coast but is job sharing just about to give it up. Dave is well retired in Wellington .I last saw Pick Wick 1975 he and his wife were running a boarding house in Auckland20441

Bob Dunkley
26th May 2016, 04:44 PM
Hi Bob, Dunks here good photo of yourself and Brian ,know that smile anywhere ,I still email Dave acouple of times ayear tried to get in touch with pickwick through his wifes email but no joy.even though I started with im an old shipmate incase she thought he had a bit on the side andeleted it .if you see any of them give them my regards hows the family ? taecar Bob Dunks

Bob cheeseman
27th May 2016, 03:25 AM
All good with me and mine ,.I know Pickwick was running a boarding house the last time we went round to see them it was in Hernebay Auckland about six month's later he had moved on and we lost touch,and never heard a thing since,will catch up with Brian in the next few month's,have phone chat's when we remember,he live's in Mount Mongaunui about a 3 hour drive for me ,he is in Auckland a bit got a daughter lives there up to see her and his grad kids a bit regards Bob c

kurutai
19th December 2016, 03:52 PM
Just came across this post whilst steaming down memory lane when I joined Athenic with my brother the old girl was on a double header we took her from Auckand to the states and Montreal then supposedly on to the UK ,but Shaw Seville decided to scrap her as her board of trade certificate was due we left Montreal then on to Kaohsiung to the breakers in fact I was the last man to steer her we put her alongside the Blue Funnel line ship Sarpedon Blue Flu another one of my old companies I was 27 at the time I knew the writing was on the wall I had seen the end of the South American Saint line and about the time I gave it up there was very little new tonnage just ships going to the breakers regards to all hands Dave .

Bob Dunkley
18th January 2018, 06:44 PM
Hi Bob
How are you and yours ? jut wondered if you have heard from Dave Share, we used to email each other but the last couple that I have sent I've had no reply, have you heard anything maybe he is ill or something. Can you see if you can find out thanks Bob Dunks . Has Brian finally retired give him my regards.