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David Kerr
8th February 2016, 06:34 AM

Full Name
David Kerr Discharge Book Number
UK062749 Department
Deck Your Rank/Rating
2nd Officer DPO Which Ships were you on and When
MV Ixia June 1980, 81
MV Zinnia 1981, 82
MV Thamesfield 1982, 83, 84
MV Sir John Fisher 83
MV Ravenscraig 1983
MV Appleby 1983
MV Lakenby 1984 Notes:

8th February 2016, 08:08 AM
morning david see you had a couple of stag line ....did you sail with brian williams bosun and company man for stag line .....cappy from shields

David Kerr
8th February 2016, 09:35 AM
Yes I sailed with Brian he was bosun on my first trip as Deck Boy on the IXIA, I joined in Lisbon in June I think of 1980 may have been sooner but we had a great trip up the lakes, I learned a lot from Brian and the EDHs and ABs, from the Lakes we headed down to Rio De Jenero, San-Francisco de-sol, Paranagua, and back up the lakes before heading back to I think it was Brest and pay off

Ivan Cloherty
8th February 2016, 09:59 AM
before heading back to I think it was Breast and pay off

I see your mind was wandering away from navigation and the French port of Brest David

David Kerr
8th February 2016, 11:32 PM
I see your mind was wandering away from navigation and the French port of Brest David

I left the ship in Breast Ivan but not one of my favorite ports, i have been to many many places since and have many great momories, maybe one day i will share them in a book...

9th February 2016, 12:01 AM
David don't think you saw the subtle joke of Ivan when he mentions your mind wandering to particular parts of the feminine figure. Brest is Brest and Breast to put it more crudely is you know what. Cheers and welcome to the site. We all make gaffes at some time or other and is quite acceptable among us. Stag line was at 1 Howard Street North Shields and at one time stayed at the top end of the same street, was offered a job once with them but declined, shortly after this they ceased to exist. Regards John S

David Kerr
9th February 2016, 01:50 AM
OOps yer right John , sorry Ivan missed the pun
I remember visiting the Office in Howard Street once or twice, i also remember Huntings old office in Dean Street in the TOON.
First trip on the IXIA i ended up owing the company 60
But it was a hell of a trip

9th February 2016, 08:20 AM
hi david brian was one of the nicest guys you could come across ......much respected in shields a proper old time bosun .....but stood no cowboys and those in shields of that ilk wouldnt sail with him......one family of so called hard cases were told to go away from any ship he was on ...and took the tip .......he worked in security after leaving the sea and was not in the best of health ...he asked me how to do a will and igot theform for him to fill in .......sadly he passed 3 years ago ......and the will was not completed or found ......i had conversations with his sister she was a headmistress in a school a proper lady......one of the last of a long gone breed ofseamen......never to be seen again RIP brian......cappy from shields

Doc Vernon
9th February 2016, 08:52 AM
Hello David
Welcome the site and thank you for listing your details and Ships
Always nice to have new Crew aboard!
Hope you will find lots here to take your interest!

David Kerr
9th February 2016, 11:34 AM
Cappy sadly the only thing we can be sure of in this life but people come and go in our lives and some leave their mark on ours, I was a deck Boy and Brian was the Bosun, he looked after me and steered me or tried to steer me right haha he was a great teacher and one of the reasons im still at sea 36 yrs later, Brian, Little Willy (Whos last name evades me (Another shields Bosun) and Jimmy Stewart (Handy Man with Huntings) always planning on moving to Vancouver but not sure if he ever did.
Funny i remember those days like yesterday but cant remember what i had for breakfast hahahaha

9th February 2016, 12:18 PM
#7... David was a common occurrence getting into debt. Most seamen were honest when it came to the push and was one way of getting people to come back next trip. I believe 56 Pilgrim street (Runcimans) finished up as a Night Club, don't know if still is. Cheers JS

9th February 2016, 01:55 PM
who are you with now david .......not many ships left now........yes brian was a goodn straight as a dye......not the best when it came to picking his women.....he was still a tall man and had to have a larger bed in hospital even at his age....jeez we had it all .....them days long gone now ......regards cappy

David Kerr
11th February 2016, 03:05 AM
I left Newcastle for Great Yarmouth in 1984 so i wouldnt know J.
I started work with Zapata in 84 when i got wed.
Im still wed but Zapata is no more, im still at sea and still wishing i was home hahaha

David Kerr
11th February 2016, 03:12 AM
Im at Allseas now Cappy, on the Pioneering Spirit
Yes i treasure those days and eventually Brian will be in my Book, He was an honest man and what you seen was what you got.
I remember once getting a bollucking from the Captain Ozzy Colins, and afterwards he slapped me lightly across the back of the head and said Chalk it up son , and move on , good advise then and now...
Brian was a big bloke I can imagine him causing hell in hospital haha RIP Brian.

11th February 2016, 08:06 AM
david just googled the pioneering spirit ......it is interesting to look at .......like a space ship compared to the old 5 hatch tramps out the tyne in the v50s and 60s......progress in a new world indeed regards cappy.......

Keith Tindell
11th February 2016, 11:42 AM
Hi Cappy and David, WOW, that's some vessel, just googled the same, just a monster. We are just from another era, at least most on this site. Mind you would not have missed the old days for anything, the sheer joy of humping all those hatch boards, and three sheet tarpaulin covers, hatch bars, wedges etc, (only joking there). But the old days of tramping were great, but long gone kt

Ivan Cloherty
11th February 2016, 12:00 PM
She certainly is some vessel, but alas her crew will never know the joy of going where we tramping men went, on the plus side they will never be away from home so long, I was two years older when I came back from one of my trips and still paid off with the same balance as I would have done from a three month trip, as then, as now life was/is for living!

John Arton
11th February 2016, 02:34 PM
How did you feel about the Pioneering Spirits former name Peter Schelte, who was apparently a bit of a nasty piece of work in WW2??
Have Allseas been awarded any rig removal contracts yet that she was built for.
My ex. next door neighbour works for Allseas up in Aberdeen in the H.S.E. dept., moved up there about 5 years ago from Shields.

David Kerr
13th February 2016, 03:04 AM
I have been in the offshore game since quiting deep sea when i got married mid 80s, there wasnt much left of a merchant navy then anyway, i have worked on just about every type of vessel in that time, but this is a new concept, if it works it will be a true PIONEER, my days are now as Safety Officer which along with 4 other safety officers is a 24/7 task. but very good for the exercise and mind hahaha there is a LOT of her.....regards Dave

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there was a lot of publicity regarding the old name
its a name and maybe not a good choice but i have no opinion on it J
although i do like the new name better.
what is you ex's name J (if your allowed to name drop)

David Kerr
13th February 2016, 03:13 AM
I loved Tramping, loading a cargo and punting it while you sailed down the locks from the great lakes hahahaha
we were heading for Rio once upon a time as far as we knew but when we got to the St Lawrence Seaway we found out we were heading for Leningrad as it was then and 3 month in the river awaiting to discharge, paying off in Keel, But got to see lots of Leningrad, the winter palace will live in my memory and the seamans mission was the oldest building i have ever been inside i reckon.
the black market was the only reason i left that ship in the black we were exchanging dollars for LOTS of Rubels as i remember.

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Hi Keith
I loved my work tramping on Stag Boats
Its a job paying the wages these days but sometimes i do still think im very lucky
she (Pioneering Spirit) is a beast and i am exited to part of the Allseas future

13th February 2016, 03:37 AM
Rates of Exchange... Rubles to pounds. If remember correctly the official exchange rate in the 60"s was about 2.5 to the pound. For an actual pound note in Murmansk could get at least 5 on the black market. The only place to spend though was at the International Club only open to Foreigners. The best buys were Shotguns, Russian Champagne (Vodka) and tins of caviar. At the same period in B.A. the official rate was about 39.5 to the pound but a pound ashore was worth about a 100 pesos. Britain was still Great then. Was one of the few perks a seaman got. JS

Ivan Cloherty
13th February 2016, 08:52 AM
. Was one of the few perks a seaman got. JS

Thought that was 'pokes' John

14th February 2016, 01:48 AM
Cappy knows all about them. JS