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alf corbyn
18th July 2008, 09:49 AM

Pat Marshall
9th August 2008, 06:46 PM
Oriana (old one)

john middleton
12th September 2008, 03:18 PM
I like the old one (Oriana), seems like only yesterday (24/10 /60), we joined at Barrow for the maiden voyage, paid off Southampton March 61, nice ship we were very impressed with the accomadation, 2 to a cabin, big change from the Cunard and CPR, anything from 6-14 men to a room, still preferred the Cunard though.

Bill Dobson
12th September 2008, 03:34 PM
Oriana (old one)

Hi. When were you on the Oriana? I was on from August 1969 to July 1970 (left just prior to the major fire in Southampton Water)


Pat Marshall
21st September 2008, 06:30 PM
Hi. When were you on the Oriana? I was on from August 1969 to July 1970 (left just prior to the major fire in Southampton Water)


Bill my dates were from March 1969 to November 1970

Bill Dobson
21st September 2008, 07:38 PM
Bill my dates were from March 1969 to November 1970

It looks like we were both on the Oriana at the same time. What were you on board, I was an Assistant Lecky.


Stuart Henderson
12th January 2009, 10:09 AM
I sailed on the SS MALOJA of P&O in 1953. She was on the Aussie emmigrant 10 run She was black hull and two tall black funnels with buff upperworks and her sister ship the Mooltan was famous because of smallpox epidemics. I was waiter but got promoted to Public Room Stwd on return voyage,think the original guy jumped ship. On arriving Fremantle rushed ashore after work only to find the pubs ( FIRST & LAST) had shut at 1800 hours. Told that we would be OK when we got to Brisbane as pubs opened later. Three of us trotted up the road there and entered the first well lighted hotel we came too. Very crowded ,all at tables anyway we found a corner one and called the waiter over and ordered. Drank quickly and reordered a few times and the next time the waiter was a bit peed off so asked for bigger drinks which we got. Next time we were ready for a change of venue and asked for the bill. The waiter looked at us in amazement. Bill he said,Christ arnt you guys guests,this is a private wedding party........ He then advised us to go out singly to the loo and just keep going,which we hurriedly did,wishing the happy couple happiness & prosperity.
Stuart Henderson R396040

27th January 2009, 10:22 AM
anyone out there on oronsay 1961-1963 i was a butcher done a bit of boxing and football with crew

regards. alan:)

happy daze john in oz
28th January 2009, 05:59 AM
G'day A reid and welcome to the site. You where a butcher who did some boxing and soccer, did you butcher the oposition??? This is a great site and no doubt someone will remember you in time. So sit back, grab a cold one nad enjoy the voyage. Hope your stay is long and happy.:eek:

27th February 2009, 06:07 PM
:) Hi

I was on Oronsay 1963 and also did some boxing, I have a set of pictures which were taken by the ship's photographer during the fight, I fought a guy (heavyweight) by the name of 'Olaf' QM, and knocked him out in the 3rd round.

P. Bruno

27th February 2009, 06:14 PM
Orsova, Oronsay, Himalaya, Canberra (2 tours)


Doc Vernon
28th February 2009, 03:56 AM
Hi Bruno,
When were you on the Himalaya plaese,as my late Uncle was on her for quite some time in the mid to late 60's as i recall.
He was well know as (Dusty) Gerorge and was Head Barman on her !
Just a shot in the dark mate,but possibly you may have sailed with him??

1st March 2009, 06:39 AM
G.Day Vernon.;)

I was on Himalaya 65/66, as Asst Linenkeeper and do remember Dusty Head Barman, only because he was a good friend of my Father. when he had been on there, by the time I joined, my Father had gone to 'Oriana' I believe, I remember his cabin was three up from mine.
Small world
Have a cold one for me, I miss living in Australia.
Paul Bruno:)

Doc Vernon
1st March 2009, 08:06 AM
Well Bruno you are the first one now that recalls him,and this is after some 2 years since i first posted asking if anyone remembered him! So yes i am so glad that at least i found someone!
It is a pity that he passed away quite some time ago,he had left the MN in about 1982 after having done his last trip on the old Sea Princess,and he remarried here in Sydney,(he was previously married with 5kids and lived then in the East End of London).
He got a job in the Holiday Inns Menzies (Sydney)also as a Head Barman,then left there and went to work at David Jones as a Floorwalker!
He then had problems with his Health and consequently passed on,he was very sadly missed by me,as he,my late Brother and myself were always very close more like Brothers than Uncle and Nephews! He was a late baby in the Family so was close to our ages!
Well thats it,but it was great to know that at least someone still recalls him!
Thank you so much!

These may give you some memories!
1st Pic Dusty on Right
2nd Pic Dusty on left!

Geoff Anderson
1st March 2009, 08:42 AM
Hi Vernon.
Im Glad that you found someone that knew DUSTY. Youve been waiting along time for that post to come in.It also proves that this site works when trying to find somebody. congratulations.
Best wishes geoff.:D

PS , who are you going to look for next????:D

Doc Vernon
1st March 2009, 09:01 AM
Hi Geoff,
Yes mate this site does work,all one needs is patience,and thats what i have a lot of!
Who to look for next well there is the good friend Oscar Lavagna that i still am looking for,will have to post something on him again,never know now hey!:)

Hope you are well

1st March 2009, 12:36 PM
Hi Vernon.
Many Thanks for the pictures, I havn't seen that face in a long time. Sorry that he isn't with us any more.
I am going to show the pictures to a chap at work next week, he too was on Himalaya as a Barman in his younger days, will let you know the outcome.
You take care
Paul Bruno

PS In case you don't have a picture of the ole girl.:D

Doc Vernon
1st March 2009, 09:55 PM
Hi again Bruno,
Yes i bet its been a long time since you saw a Pic of Dusty!
It will be interesting to see what your Friend says about it,thats if he recalls him as well!
I have a few Pics of the old Himalaya,cant find then at the moment but will look around!
This group of Pics is when my Sister in Law and a Friend of hers left for Australia (Sydney) from Durban South Africa on the Assisted Passage plan in 1968,seen standing on the Deck!
I am in the farewell crowd looking down at my young Daughter last Pic with White Trousers and Black Shirt!
Cheers and thanks again!
Take care too mate!

If you right click on attachment and open in new Window,you will get a better view!

Louis the Amigo
17th April 2009, 04:42 PM
Hi shipmates, I never sail on any P&O ships but bunkers' them all in Southampton, But I need some information from any one whos left from WW2 or knows anything about. The Cambridge 11,o63 tons Cargo ship sunk 5 days out from aussie by mine my mate, Laurie 84 yr would like a picture of it{He Lost a good friend on it} please can you help? He will buy you a rum !!!:o

Frank Appleford
3rd May 2009, 04:28 AM
A fire broke out in the boilerroom just as we entered the English channel. We were towed back into Southampton. I can still taste that thick black smoke!:eek:

Pat Marshall
8th May 2009, 03:55 PM
A fire broke out in the boilerroom just as we entered the English channel. We were towed back into Southampton. I can still taste that thick black smoke!:eek:

It was quite entertaining down below as well :eek: bit of a pain going back into drydock and still having passengers aboard.

Tommy the T
1st August 2009, 12:56 AM
Hi all,
as per title, all the ships i served on were P&O,
Strathdoon (Deep Sea Cargo Division)
Strathesk (DSCD)
Wild Fulmar (DSCD)
Uganda ( Falklands run )
Royal Princess

i come from a sea faring family, my father was at sea for 40 yrs, mainly B&I and NZshipping then P&O,
also my older brother is still at sea,
between the 3 of us..... dad, brother & me we have approx 75 yrs of time at sea.:eek::D

i personally did the maiden voyage on the Roya Princess & i also sailed as a passenger with my wife (whom i,d met onboard the Canberra) on the final cruise of the Canberra.

anyway it would be great to catch up with anyone that knows me.

proud to be in the MN.

all the best

26th November 2009, 02:50 PM
Might be a bit to recent but I was on the Grand Princess for 6 months from 1999 to 2000.
My first ever Merchant Ship. I was an ETA onboard.

12th January 2010, 05:33 PM
Do you no what happend to EDDY Duncan ?:)

16th May 2011, 06:30 PM
Hi bill did a posting recently .i would have sailed with you as i was ist elec fora fer years till 1970 came ashore ,kids growing up . See you left and went to the tidlers as an elect. Live in lichfield since 70 before that redcar, have not come across any of the old shipmates . Hope you are keeping well. Still go to sea .greek islands now on my shared yacht . Been retired 15years .loved every minute . Did my 45 years . So not feeling guilty . Best regards barry

Pete Leonard (Bruno)
17th May 2011, 11:13 AM
Maloja P&O
Hi Stuart, I know it has been a long time since you posted this and I have probably read it before but did not connect with the fact that I was on the old girl the same time as you. Although I had been at sea for a few years before I joined her the only thing they would offer me was as a pearl diver. I did almost a complete voyage in the sweat shop and was made up to A/S and then to BCS for the next voyage. I was on her from24/2/53 to19/2/54.which was her final voyage. I am sure that our paths crossed at some time, it was that kind of ship. The only names I can remember are Steve Orchard who was a BCS and his mate Mel Currie who was a PRA in The Lounge.
Pete Leonard

Bob Sendall
18th May 2011, 12:29 PM
Corfu 27.5.60 to 13.04.61. Bell Boy

Canberra 26.04.61 to o4.09.61 Tourist Winger

18th May 2011, 02:50 PM
"....... I joined her the only thing they would offer me was as a pearl diver. "

Pete(Bruno),I'm not so well up on my terminology as some of you slightly oldies- so I beseech thee-what 's a pearl diver?:D

Mike Newell
18th May 2011, 04:58 PM
That would be he who washes the dishes methinks, as opposed to divers other divers we could name;)

alf corbyn
25th May 2011, 10:34 AM
i wos one of them there pearl divers. a very good job.no uniform or white jackets, just a pair of shorts and flip flops. all the soap you needed for your dhobying and lots of time off in port. any hassle from the 2nd steward, just drop a pile of plates and see him go white at a lost bonus. haha alf

1st March 2012, 03:17 AM
hello john did you ever run across Bill " Spud" Dempster. Had C/E ticket .Sailed on the Oriana around the early sixties.
Anyone know of his where abouts. I was told at one time he retired to the Channe Islands

Paul Davidson
31st May 2012, 06:15 PM
I was on the Canberra as a Bellboy for her first four trips then left and went backa year later
Paul Davidson R 745457 peak 108

4th June 2012, 12:54 PM



Graham Payne
4th June 2012, 01:15 PM
Hi all

"Oronsay" 12.3.63 to 5.4.64 Deck Boy & J.O.S.
4. 9. 67 to 3.1.68 EDH

"Orcades" 29.12.65 to 13.6.66 EDH

"Himalaya" 5.2.68 to 19.9.68 Q.M.

"Oriana" 1.11.68 to 20.3.69

Dick Cine Operator
4th June 2012, 04:43 PM
" ORCADES " twice

1965 - 1970

Dave John Leonard
4th June 2012, 05:55 PM
My first ship was a Shell Tanker H class Haustelem 1968 as Catering Boy Joined at Eastern Lock Stanlow oil refinery paid of 4 months later at Bremen March 69. Went on to complete 41 years, registered British Seafarer, retired through i'll health (Industrial deafness and tinnitus. My last position was full time Convenor with RFA. I am presently on the board of M.S.W.M.S as a trustee for the last 11 years (Springbok).

D.J Leonard