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dave smiley
30th June 2011, 10:46 AM
Anyone remeber them? I was with Trident from '66 - '69 - some nice ships, and PANDO lifestyle, unusual on a tanker.
MEGNA ( EX 'FOYLE'), 'OPAWA', 'GARONNE', 'ERNE'

Geoff Dixon
29th August 2011, 04:44 PM
I joined Trident in January 1966, the "Maloja" then "Eridge" "Kent" "Busiris" "Quedia" "Malwa" and last of all "Garonne". leaving in 1972 when I passed my Masters. They were in the main good days and I enjoyed it all. There is a book on the company by a ex member "Trident Tankers a change of course"

Colin Wicks
25th December 2011, 12:23 PM
I sailed with Trident from mid 68 to end of 70, and had some really good trips.
Grafton, Ardtaraig and the Erne come to mind, especially the latter when we sailed out to the South Pacific Islands.
Capt English comes to mind, also Ben Woolley who I later worked with in Libya for a number of years, in fact we are still in contact.
Good days.

Ravenglass
7th February 2012, 11:37 AM
Hi Dave,

Don't know if we sailed together, my memory for names was, and is appaling. Sailed on Megna Feb to June 69 and Erne Sept 69 to Feb 70.

Chris Perkins [Lecky]

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Hi Colin,

I joined the Erne in San Francisco just as she finished the South Pacific Islands trips. The C/E was Jimmy Read and I think the Captain was Scudamore (wrong spelling I think?).

Chris Perkins [Lecky]

Gary Price
13th August 2012, 08:55 PM
Hi Colin

I was the R/O on Megna and good friends with Ben woolley.
Pse pass on my very best if yr still in touch with him.

Gary Price

mcmillkm
26th September 2012, 12:41 AM
I sailed on Quiloa, Ellora, Ardtaraig, Ardlui, Ardvar, Ardsheil, Lauderdale 1968 until 1972 J/E to 3/E

There was a Dave Smiley I think on the Ras Al Kaimah launch service Grey Swift if my memory serves me correctly ??

Regards
Ken

Brian Crisp
21st October 2012, 03:17 PM
Just found this site and delighted!!!!. Started with P & O and switched to Trident in Dec 68. Started on Grafton then 2 great trips on the Garonne through to end of 1970 - super ship, great crew, good trips and loved every minute. Sailed with Captains English, Bolton and Bishop. Was great mates with a 4th Deck Officer called Roger Barber (from Doncaster) and would be great to track him and others down. Being a Sparks was best position with Trident, shut down radio office on arrival and as long as equipment was working my main responsibility was to escort any wives that wanted to go ashore (and get paid for it!)

Capt Bill Davies
21st October 2012, 08:39 PM
Just found this site and delighted!!!!. Started with P & O and switched to Trident in Dec 68. Started on Grafton then 2 great trips on the Garonne through to end of 1970 - super ship, great crew, good trips and loved every minute. Sailed with Captains English, Bolton and Bishop. Was great mates with a 4th Deck Officer called Roger Barber (from Doncaster) and would be great to track him and others down. Being a Sparks was best position with Trident, shut down radio office on arrival and as long as equipment was working my main responsibility was to escort any wives that wanted to go ashore (and get paid for it!)

Captain Peter Bishop, Taunton..? One of the finest!

Ian Aldous
11th February 2013, 12:13 PM
Hi

I joined Trident Tankers from P&O in 1963 as the first ships were being transferred from their original operating companies within the P&O Group.

I had been 4/O and 3/O in cargo and the passenger ships Strathmore and Canton but then found that with the withdrawal of the pre-war built liners all promotion stalled. I sailed as 3/O in Garonne as a P&O-Orient ship and deciided that if the new construction was going to be predominantly tankers I might as well follow that route.

First ship was Malwa which I joined as a P&O ship in Falmouth and sailed as Trident after a little paintwork on the funnel. Captain Harry Long RNR remained in command after the change over so we set the standard for Trident flying the Blue Ensign, most of the officers were from P&O with 2 from BISN and 1 from Nourse.

Promotion to 2/O followed and I joined the NZS/Federal tanker Lincoln in January 1964 in Antwerp. A much bigger paint job here and a total change of crew. As NZS she had British ratings but Trident, like P&O and BISN had Indian crew. The Officers were from the same 3 companies as in Malwa.

I left to obtain my Master's but then my Father was struck down by a heart attack and I was granted up to a year's unpaid leave. In the end I never returned to sea but joined IBM in the early days of commercial computing. I did work for P&O again but as a Computer Systems Analyst in the Head Office developing a Passenger Booking system.

They were good days, but computing (and meeting my wife at IBM) proved better.

Ian

dave smiley
4th April 2013, 01:36 AM
I don't know if you will ever look back at this, but you are correct, I was the first 'Grayswift' skipper in early '71. Did it for a year before moving on to Jebel Dhanna, where I was a pilot/mooring master for a few years.
Dave Smiley



I sailed on Quiloa, Ellora, Ardtaraig, Ardlui, Ardvar, Ardsheil, Lauderdale 1968 until 1972 J/E to 3/E

There was a Dave Smiley I think on the Ras Al Kaimah launch service Grey Swift if my memory serves me correctly ??

Regards
Ken

Ian Mackay
20th April 2015, 03:03 PM
Anyone remeber them? I was with Trident from '66 - '69 - some nice ships, and PANDO lifestyle, unusual on a tanker.
MEGNA ( EX 'FOYLE'), 'OPAWA', 'GARONNE', 'ERNE'

Good Afternoon my name is Ian Mackay, I was with Trident from 1965 to 1967 and sailed on the Erne and the Orissa. Now retired and living in Scotland.

Mark Bromwich
13th October 2015, 04:44 AM
Good afternoon, Mark Bromwich, I joined Trident in 1970, first ship was the Mantua, round the UK coast for 6 months, then the Garonne, Ottawa, and was the first lot over on the bulk carriers in 1972 when we amalgamated to BSD on the Fernie. Then the Gambhira for a couple of trip, back to Mantua, and then on gas ships till 1982 when I left!
First ChEng on the Mantua, my first trip was Tommy Wilson, ex BISM, and first trip Master in 1988, Tommy Wilson was cheng. Hadn't changed at all, pink gin still at 1200hrs, come what may!!

Arthur Dennis Woof
29th May 2017, 10:33 PM
Hi my name is Dennis Arthur Woof... known as Dennis
As an apprentice for Nourse Line i was on "standby" at Glasgow docks whilst waiting for the Foyle to be built.
Around 1959.
I was aboard the Foyle doing speed trials at Greenock before company take over Nourse Line/ trident tankers.
I spent at least 2 years on the Foyle under Captain Greenwood.

mcmillkm
1st March 2018, 03:39 PM
I don't know if you will ever look back at this, but you are correct, I was the first 'Grayswift' skipper in early '71. Did it for a year before moving on to Jebel Dhanna, where I was a pilot/mooring master for a few years.
Dave Smiley

Finally got back to reading this sight interesting to see where we have all been and what emerges we have. I cannot remember how your name stuck with me but for some reason the trip coming off one of the above vessels is always in my mind. I went on to become superintendent in KOTC, NMM, Vela Inernational and now happily retired in Glasgow.

Regards
Ken Mcmillan

j.sabourn
1st March 2018, 10:04 PM
#11... is that Ian Mackay off the Lowland Cavalier. Think it was cavalier. might be wrong. You passed some remark years ago It was about some post I put up to satisfy people’s curiosity. Never came back so assumed you didnt want to talk about the. Subjectwbich was understandable. However if was you Ian welcome back and good to see your weathering well
Regards JWS. Sorry my mistake have just noticed the date on #11 thought it was a new posting. JS.