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brian anthony morris
7th July 2014, 01:17 PM
Further to my previous posting re joining my first ship ,the Mataura in RAD july 1971, my second and final voyage was on the Otaio.Joining her in Avonmoth in august 1972, finally getting around to london in the midst of a dockers strike to load for NZ. when the seagoing crew joined the ship.Thats when the trouble started.Chief elec and chief eng were two of the most horrible lazy s.o.b.s that ever put to sea, their names were Tommy Collin and Laurie Lendry and apart from those 2 the crew were superb including around 70 deck cadets, who tragically we lost one when he fell from a samson post in a dead calm sea one morning on the return journey back to the uk.we had to put his body in the deep freeze until we got back to Hull in january.I left the company after that so i never found what the verdict was, he was 17.If anybody remembers the incident or fancies a chat about anything, most welcome!

Red Lead Ted
8th July 2014, 10:36 AM
Hi, Brian, I see your on Merseyside, I have a video which I can transfer onto dvd its a 6 month trip aboard the M.V. Otaio. If your interested email me your address and I will burn you a copy and forward it. A few quid never breaks the bank {YET} Regards shipmate Terry in Seaforth.:)

Doc Vernon
8th July 2014, 09:50 PM
Still watch your Video Terry!
Its a real keepsake mate
Cheers

brian anthony morris
15th July 2014, 07:27 PM
hello scouse terry, yes, love to have some record of the nzsc. can you let me have details of costs etc and i will get back to you.thanks brian morris, email is bertiebasset247a@hotmail.com

Red Lead Ted
15th July 2014, 08:16 PM
hello scouse terry, yes, love to have some record of the nzsc. can you let me have details of costs etc and i will get back to you.thanks brian morris, email is bertiebasset247a@hotmail.com

Brian ,Mate I have sent M.N. Memorabilia all over the world to a lot of the lads on this site, Charge nada a few quid wont break the bank Bri I will mail you later this evening. The only thing I would ask is that if you ever get the chance drop a £1 in a collection for the blind society, They were brilliant with my blind mam when her life came to an end, Regards Brian watch this space Terry.:)

Red Lead Ted
19th July 2014, 01:08 PM
Lads, I would appreciate if anyone of the many i have sent M Navy memorabilia to from Canada to New Zealand, To confirm if i have never charged them one penny. This is imortant to me lads because Bertie Basset.................Above insists on sending me a cheque for a dvd i promised him for free. I a not glory seeking here lads you all know who you are. And i requested the same from him a small donation to the blind society who done there bit for my dying Mother. p.s. oh by the way Bertie Boy forget it the offer is off you are getting nothing from me and i would appreciate you deleting my email adress as i have deleted yours i exist on disability payments this is not a money making excersice if i can bring these genuine ex seaman friends of mine a step back in time to what was a part of there life they enjoyed then i will carry on doing so. Also the proud owner of the M.Navy war veterans Badge for supplying British Armed forces during the Suez Crises, And later on in Belize. Terry.

Les Woodard
19th July 2014, 09:47 PM
Can confirm that for once in my life I got something for nothing of a scouser. Still have that DVD Ted so once again thank you for doing that mate.

Doc Vernon
19th July 2014, 10:27 PM
Same here Les
Received a lovely DVD free of charge from Terry a while back and still sit and watch it from time to time.
A great DVD indeed!
Thanks Terry!
Cheers

Brook Johnson
19th July 2014, 10:36 PM
some coincidence.
My first voyage to sea was on Otaio (voyage 2)
in 1958.
Unfortunately on the return voyage to UK one of our fellow deck cadets fell from the bridge wing whilst trying to access the bridge front to clean the windows.
He was buried at sea

brian anthony morris
7th October 2014, 04:51 PM
hi terry, did you get my address i sent to you, ive heard nothing since. can you you still post otaio tape? speak soon. brian morris.

Ian Neary
31st May 2015, 12:13 PM
Hi Brian,
I am not ex Navy but I am looking for an old friend of mine who served as an Engineer Cadet on the M.V. Otaio after he left school in Maghull, Liverpool in 1968. I have tried unsuccessfully to find him for a number of years, the last letter I had from him was in 1968 from Panama.
Can you help me at all?
Cheers
Ian

Red Lead Ted
31st May 2015, 10:37 PM
Ian, What was his name? Brian I have P.M. You reply mate asap Terry.

Shona Anderson
8th June 2015, 10:19 AM
some coincidence.
My first voyage to sea was on Otaio (voyage 2)
in 1958.
Unfortunately on the return voyage to UK one of our fellow deck cadets fell from the bridge wing whilst trying to access the bridge front to clean the windows.
He was buried at sea

Hi.

Can you remember the name of the cadet who was killed - I think it may have been the cadet that I became a
friend with & we corresponded for some time. I often wondered why his letters stopped coming & I was told a long time later of his accident. He was a lovely young man & I have never forgotten him after all these years.
I lived in Port Chalmers, New Zealand at the time of our acquaintance & now in Timaru.

Shona Anderson

Shona Anderson
9th June 2015, 08:44 AM
Hi Brook Johnson

Do you remember the name of the deceased cadet that you mention?
I met & corresponded with a cadet around that time who had a fatal accident on the Otaio.
We met at my home town of Port Chalmers NZ. I was later told of his tragic accident but only the brief details. I have never forgotten him.
I hope you don't mind me approaching you with this sad topic.

Shona Anderson



some coincidence.
My first voyage to sea was on Otaio (voyage 2)
in 1958.
Unfortunately on the return voyage to UK one of our fellow deck cadets fell from the bridge wing whilst trying to access the bridge front to clean the windows.
He was buried at sea

R 864382
17th April 2016, 07:46 AM
Hi Brian I was on the Otaio when she docked in Avonmouth . Went on leave joined again took her to Antwerp then back to London which as you say was empty .
I left in London after conflict of interest with the C O . I went by the name of JC the AB . Ring any bells.

Gary Jones (2)
27th January 2017, 01:06 PM
Hi Terry. Just joined this great site. I was a deck cadet on the Otaio - joining it in May 1969. Any chance of a copy of the DVD too? Kind regards. Gary (Jones)

David Greenshields at
22nd December 2017, 02:07 PM
Hi Terry I have just found and joined this site. I was an engineer cadet aboard the Otaio in 1964/65 doing 2 trips out to Australia and NZ with stops on the way. I can see you have a DVD of the Otaio i would love to have a momento of the Otaio like this, what should I do? I now live in Austria.

David Greenshields

David Greenshields at
8th February 2018, 02:30 PM
Hi, Brian, I see your on Merseyside, I have a video which I can transfer onto dvd its a 6 month trip aboard the M.V. Otaio. If your interested email me your address and I will burn you a copy and forward it. A few quid never breaks the bank {YET} Regards shipmate Terry in Seaforth.:)

Hi Terry. I can't seem to navigate this site. I have put a message on here about your DVD of the Otaio but now can't see the message. I was an engineering cadet on Otaio 64/65. I would love a copy of the video, any chance please. I have a few b&w photos of life on board and if I could find out how I would post them somewhere. Also just one maybe unusual anecdote of a fire in the engine room when leaving Opua. I was controlling the port engine at the time, for the first time ever, and the third, who was standing hind me ensuring I did everything correctly, very important when in the Bay of Islands, had to dash off.

David Greenshields at
4th July 2018, 07:35 AM
Hi Terry I was an engineering cadet on the Otaio in 1965/66 completing 2 circumnavigations. I would be very interested in any tape/DVD of the Otaio. I have tried to contact you before on this site and apparently failed as I have never had any notification. Can you please email me separately to say yes or no to this request. Thanks. Email is david_greenshields@hotmail.co.uk , it is an underscore between my name's.

Red Lead Ted
4th July 2018, 12:08 PM
As this thread has popped up again i honestly cant remember everyone i done the DVD For :headscratch: David i will email you today mate Terry. p.s just emailed you Dave. :thumbsup:

Gary Jones (2)
12th March 2019, 09:47 PM
Hi Terry.
I know itís been a while since this chain of posts was last added-to, but my question is, do you still offer a copy of the Otaio DVD for a donation to a blind charity? I was a deck cadet on the Otaio for two voyages in 1969/70 and have very fond memories of it.😀
Kind regards
Gary (Jones)

Ronnie Grant
30th June 2020, 08:51 PM
Hi from Havelock North. My drinking mate was Andy Hopkins from Ayrshire and one time engineer on Otaio. Our pub was the Occidental in Vulcan lane Auckland.
Andy crossed the bar some years ago suffering from a brain tumour. Regards.