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Alan Weekes
10th August 2010, 02:10 PM
Alan Weekes, AB Ilesha Palm 1970-72, Lobito Palm, Andoni Palm 1972, Ikeja Palm 1972-74, Ibadan Palm 1974-75 (then: Jade, Cheviot, Bernes and Specialist). Had nearly six fantastic years down the coast with Palm Line.

Keith at Tregenna
10th August 2010, 06:33 PM
Many greetings will be forthcoming I am certain.

A quick welcome from myself.

Catch up later.

Enjoy your stay.


Doc Vernon
10th August 2010, 08:19 PM
Hi Alan W
Would just like to give you a warm Welcome to this very good site!
Here you will find lots of info,good Crew and with luck also find a few old Shipmates!
So sit back,relax and just enjoy the trip!
Hope we will have you here for a long time!
A site truly worthy of the British Merchant Navy!

If this applies to you then please do send in your details!
Note Well

If you would like to join in and have your Full name R Number and First Ship
Included in the Flag project then please pass it on to Mike Hall who is doing a Main Flag for all
to be displayed some time in one of the UK Museums!
We need your names to get the New Flag full,so please do respond!
Thank you
Vernon (castleman)

Please go to following Link


Or reply to me in person! Via Private Message Link above below I will pass on the info!


If any new Members or old ones too want a bit of info on the Flag Projects please
Go to the following Links where you can see Pics and Write ups on this subject!


If you have already done this then please accept my apologies!

27th August 2010, 04:41 PM
I have tried using the links but I get a message saying not available. Any idea why
Colin Curtis R797799

27th August 2010, 06:23 PM
Hi Palm Line People.

This is Tom Stone. Joined Lobito Palm in Jan 1967 as Nav Apprentice, and left in 70 as Uncert 3rd Mate. Anybidy remember me? (And no, I didn't borrow any money from you)!

Nigel Owen
7th July 2011, 08:27 PM
Hi There,
I was on the
MV Ilesha Palm Dec 1971 till Apr 1972
MV Elmina Palm May 1972 till Jul 1972

Keith Langridge
25th July 2011, 02:58 PM
Nice to see a few old Palm Boys around. I was on the Ibadan Palm first of all as Cadet Engineer in 1967 with old Gunboat Smith as captain. The Bosun was George Mathews who sadly crossd the bar a couple of years ago. Any other old Ibadan Palm boys out there?

Russ Kennedy
28th July 2011, 06:58 PM
Hi Keith,
I'm an old Ibadan Palm boy, reckon she was the best in the fleet at that time!! I did about 9 trips in total on her, first 1963, last 1966, with a few other Palm boats in between. Eventually swallowed the anchor 1968, with some great memories. Check the photo gallery "people and places" I think. There might be someone there you recognise!! ;)

Keith Langridge
5th August 2011, 02:52 PM
Russ, I too have some pictures when i can find them of the IP's football team at Sapele after we thrashed them 3 - 1. They did not like it demanded areplay after flying in more reserves and eat us 2-1. they would not let us have any beer so we all jumped into their swimming pool full of muddy boots and made a right mess of the pool. It was magic!!

Russ Kennedy
12th August 2011, 08:52 AM
Hi Keith,
I never played footie in Sapele (well, not that I remember!!) but I did play for the Ibadan in Freetown. The game was set up by the agent I think, played against a local team at a stadium (of sorts). we were all kitted out, about half of the local lads had boots, the rest played in their bare feet. They literally kicked us off the park!!! I also remember playing against the Cap boats, always ended up back on the Ibadan for a few??? bevvies. Happy days!!!!
Regards Russ ;)

Red Lead Ted
19th August 2011, 12:31 AM
Alan Weekes, AB Ilesha Palm 1970-72, Lobito Palm, Andoni Palm 1972, Ikeja Palm 1972-74, Ibadan Palm 1974-75 (then: Jade, Cheviot, Bernes and Specialist). Had nearly six fantastic years down the coast with Palm Line.

The years you mention Alan i am sure you must have come in contact with one of the best boatswains i ever sailed with Kano Palm { Jimmy Turten} Had a brother Ernie also in the palm boats Regards AL Terry.;)

Keith Langridge
21st August 2011, 11:21 AM
Russ, was the second engineer on the IP George Redford? The chief was an old guy "Fiery Ted" Thompson and his wife "Diamond Lil" she shared the same birthday as me. Often wondered what happened to redford he was a great 2nd and gave me the n ickname of Horace due to m y eating habits. Found out he became a chief eventually.

Peter Trodden
21st August 2011, 01:48 PM
Hi Terry,
I sailed with the Turton brothers. Ernie was QM on the APPAPA, July 1957. and Jimmy was QM on the EMPRESS of BRITAIN, later that year Oct,1957.

Ron B Manderson
21st August 2011, 07:42 PM
Welcome to the site my man.
Enjoy as we do
Ron The batcave

Russ Kennedy
21st August 2011, 07:51 PM
Hi Keith, Can't remember George Redford, two I can remember were Bill Fisher and Peter Kane. Don't remember Ted Thompson, sailed with quite a few others on the IP...Maclennan, Dickie Dawson (met up with him again when I worked in Aberdeen about 15 years later. Other C/E's Don Scully, Bill Liston, W Mulin? and R Ruthy? The only ones I can put a face too are Bill Liston and Dickie Dawson. Happy days !!
Regards Russ ;)

Red Lead Ted
22nd August 2011, 11:07 PM
Hi Terry,
I sailed with the Turton brothers. Ernie was QM on the APPAPA, July 1957. and Jimmy was QM on the EMPRESS of BRITAIN, later that year Oct,1957.

Iwas with Jimmy on the Empress of canada when he was second bosun to the mighty quinn, Then as i say later when he was bosun on the Kano Palm. Ernie died a few years ago he went into the shore gang after all the firms left Liverpool and ended up working in some capacity on the docks , Jimmy dropped dead at the foot of the gangway around 1980 after signing off a Palm Boat which one i am not sure........... Scorce of info Jimmys daughter was a barmaid in the local comrades club i used to drink in. Did you ever sail with a bosun named Stan Duval...........More commonly known down the pool as Stan the man Regards Pete Terry on the warm side of the river ;)

Christopher Booth
7th November 2011, 06:05 PM
hello alan
think I may have salied with you on the ibadan in 1975 when I joined palm line from elders, it was a sort of induction to the company voyage for me as extra PCO. Howard Spittle was PCO and I think Norman Alexander was the " old man" I seem to remember that you where AB/Handyman

Alan Weekes
11th November 2011, 08:01 PM
Hi Chris.
Yes, I was AB/Handyman on Ibadan. I remember Howard Spittle and Norman Alexander well. In 1975 both Adrian Hobbins and Ian McClean served as chief Officer with Norman Alexander on Ibadan, both great guys. Good to hear from you. Did you stay with the company for long? Im sure you must have great memories of those days, I know that I have. Any old photo's to share?

Denis O'Shea
12th November 2011, 01:51 AM
Hi u Palmies
My first trip in palm line was in 1962 on on the old OGUTA PALM which I stayed until I had a fall crossing the Bay and broke my arm ( no good for a sparkie) went ashore in Las Palmas as DBS and came home on the Auriol, but laterjoined Elder Dempster and went back to WA Warri Burutu Sapele was a regular member of the local club and had some good times with the local Ex Pats.
Rgds Denis

Bob Dunkley
15th July 2012, 10:26 AM
keith I was never with palm line but i was on elder dempsters DUMURRA and we played football in sapele against the european club but the lamptrimmer on the Dumurra was allways on about the Palm Line, I think he was known with them his name was Albert Shakespeare from Hull he would buy African grey parrots on the coast at 3 each and sell them back home for 30 he was a bit of a charector who had his own way of dealing with the locals does anyone remember him

Ron B Manderson
16th July 2012, 04:14 PM
Welcome to the site Allan.
Enjoy as we doo.
Ron the batcave

15th August 2012, 06:16 PM
lbert Shakespeare sailed with him in the Andoni Palm 1963 to 1964 i was also on the ilesha palm beruto palm alln the sixties

Col Grace
17th August 2012, 06:29 PM
I was on Ibadan Palm, EDH, Jul/Aug 1971, I belive the Bosun was George Matthews, was he from Tilbury and had a chunk missing from the end of his nose?