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Jim Brady
29th December 2012, 07:53 PM
Why is it that many members dont declare where they have dropped anchor??I wonder how many are like me and after reading a post you think "I wonder where that guy lives" I'm sure it would give us a better insight to the post.I look at post's and see the ships the guy has sailed on and it gives me an idea if he sailed out of Liverpool for argument sake.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Ivan Cloherty
29th December 2012, 08:01 PM
Well Jim as you see from my heading I dropped anchor in Torquay, but have never sailed out of here. I spent four years sailing out of Liverpool (PSNC) but lived in Hull, the rest of my time was signing on/off in numerous ports in UK and Continent. Also one of our shipmates ,Robin I think, dropped anchor in the Andes but I bet he never sailed out of there !, so where you dropped anchor may be misleading as to your most frequent port, perhaps unless you live in Dover and worked on the cross Channel ferries.

Sure there will be some interesting responses

Rgds Ivan

Jim Brady
29th December 2012, 08:08 PM
Ivan,my son dropped anchor in Croatia but he still fly's all over the world to ship inspections and dry docking.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Don Rafferty
29th December 2012, 08:13 PM
.............after reading a post you think "I wonder where that guy lives"
Jim.B.

Good idea - have edited my profile.

Keith Moody
29th December 2012, 08:21 PM
Born and bought up in Dover, but went deep sea as early as possible, mainly out of The Royals,Tilbury then Southampton, Dover (cross channel) then London Docks also Fowey. finely dropped anchorage in Winnipeg Canada in 1973. and reading some of the blogs on here about the conditions in the UK, I think i made the right desicion.
keith moody
R635978

Captain Kong
29th December 2012, 08:35 PM
I was dropped in Bolton, [on me `ead I think, ] but always sailed from and stayed in Liverpool, on the Pool, then I joined Esso, stayed and just flew around the planet to join ships and pay off. Then I went to Singapore to sail out of and stayed there a bit before going back to Boltonistan as it had become. Just like being back out east without the bronzy.
Cheers
Brian.

Doc Vernon
29th December 2012, 08:45 PM
Well as for me Jim
As most know,i was Born and raised in South Africa, Born Roodepoort Transvaal) but raised from age 4 in Cape Town so thats my Home!
Went Deep Sea from Cape Town ,and of course sailed into KG5 Tilbury on my first trip!
Then on to Southampton later for a spell on the Mail Run with UCL!
Actually dropped Anchor in Southampton,then joined the RAF!
Finally after the RAF,weny back to Cape Town to do various other things,before getting Re-Married,lived in Durban and then finally came to Australia,where i really dropped the Anchor good and proper!
Been here now 33 Years,and although i still love and miss my Home place of Cape Town,i too think that i definately made the correct decision to come here!
I live quite well (certainly not a Millionaire haha!;)) but have most of what i need in this short life!
Australia has really been good to me and the Family!
Cheers
Now in Blackheath NSW!

Lou Barron
29th December 2012, 11:58 PM
Yes i agree with what Jim as propose it would be nice to know where some of our members live now .
If i had this information a few years ago (also the Laptop )i would have been able to get in contact with one of my best shipmates ever Johnny MacNab.

Also if i had not said where i dropped the anchor my good friend Capt Kong would possibly not have met me
So i am all in favour for it

j.sabourn
30th December 2012, 12:19 AM
Most of us are the closest you will ever get to being citizens of the world. However I thought everyone had in the top right corner of the posts their location. Maybe my powers of observation are really going astray. Some of us made choices to leave our place of birth many years ago and like Doc Vernon I find Australia the nearest to the land of milk and honey that i was able to find and have no regrets on my choice. Regards John Sabourn

Charlie Hannah
30th December 2012, 12:31 AM
I Bailed out of a Star boat in Auckland,N.Z. after a while left for Oz, and shipped out of Port Kembla for the rest of my time at sea,Lived in Wollongong then moved to south West Rocks,
Mid north coast of east Australia,.been in Australia 43 years.Loved every minute best move i ever made!

Bill Bland
30th December 2012, 12:35 AM
tropical bolton, where the palm trees wave in the breeze. happy new year brian. think i was two weeks ahead of you at the Vindi 25-2-52, to16-5-52. all now distant memories. bill bland

Tony Wilding
30th December 2012, 01:51 AM
born in London, moved from there in 1945 to East Kent, Broadstairs *1950 to *Essex/ Southend on Sea, about 30 years there, Mahon in Menorca *3 years, *then near Caistor, Norfolk, to Ramsgate, to India 7 months, all over but mostly Goa, *to Southend again, now Cebu, Central Philippines, Shipped out of KG5, *To my mind the UK has *gone past the point of no return, what with the EU and a Goverment *who only penalise the poor and *disabled, and the crime rate of *immigrants, illegal or otherwise ,* * PS almost forgot went to Trinidad for a month with the idea of possibly living there, biggest problem there was being kidnapped for ransom by the African community, it was rife, the Indians were fine, population is roughly 50/50 , problem was i stayed in Rio Claro, with in laws, never seen drinkers like them, Overproof Rum in Jamaica was tame by comparison to #Punching Rum# one Million Population and the Murder rate was higher than London, so back to UK.

Ivan Cloherty
30th December 2012, 08:54 AM
Ivan,my son dropped anchor in Croatia but he still fly's all over the world to ship inspections and dry docking.
Regards.
Jim.B.

Good luck to him Jim, I know what hard work that can be, did it for over 20 years, your neighbours think you are going on holiday all the time, they don't see the 20+ hour flight and then straight in at the deep end without chance to draw your breath and then off onto the next job. But mind you I wouldn't have changed a thing, it kept me close to ships and the characters (and barstewards) who sailed upon them and widened my knowledge of the world and its peoples from other than a seafarers experiences.

Guess I kind of envy him now

Captain Kong
30th December 2012, 09:16 AM
tropical bolton, where the palm trees wave in the breeze. happy new year brian. think i was two weeks ahead of you at the Vindi 25-2-52, to16-5-52. all now distant memories. bill bland
.
.Hi Bill, I was at the VINDI 17 March to 6 June 1952, so we must have met in those days.
They put three of us in a Catering hut, B3, for four weeks then to the ship for the rest of the time. I enjoyed it there.
a girl friend from Sharpness who I saw for two years after, got in touch with me again at one of the reunions after near 60 years. amazing. She was now a millionairess after marrying a lad from the village who made it big.
Cheers
Brian.

Duke Drennan
30th December 2012, 10:11 AM
Born and bought up in Dover, but went deep sea as early as possible, mainly out of The Royals,Tilbury then Southampton, Dover (cross channel) then London Docks also Fowey. finely dropped anchorage in Winnipeg Canada in 1973. and reading some of the blogs on here about the conditions in the UK, I think i made the right desicion.
keith moody
R635978

Keith,
As nice as Winnipeg is, don't you miss living near the ocean?
On a similar note, to those crew members that live in countries other than their home port, don't you ever miss the "Auld Country" so to speak? I read the many posts of those who complain at the state of the U.K. these days, but is it really any worse than the other countries that some members chose to drop anchor in? After all, the common denominator in all of them is the politics and all of them are rotten to the core, the politicians, that is. As good as the U.S. has been to me from a career and standard of living perspective, I still miss Scotland and go "home" every year. Say what you will about the U.K. but I still feel fiercely British and doubt that I'll ever change in that regard.
Just my 2 cents worth, sorry, I mean pennies.

Keith Tindell
30th December 2012, 10:22 AM
i agree Duke, i love England and the part that i live in, i certainly would not live anywhere else, i do my fair share moaning, like most. This country has been very good to me, although i admit i was lucky to grow up in the era that i did, ie plenty of employment, plenty of ships etc. I still think if you are prepared to graft there are still oportunitys here. the only country that i have visited in the last few years that could have a draw on me would be New Zealand, but no, i will die here in good old green leafy England, regards KT