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Doc Vernon
29th April 2010, 10:55 AM
Hi
I have recently come across this Company,and wonder if any here may have served with any of their Ships in the past,i see all of their Ship names begin with Silver (then whatever) eg Silverhow (Tower Bridge)

Would be interesting to know more about the Ships your Experiences on them and what you did aboard! Where did they travel to in say the 1950 and 60's or even earlier!

What kind of Ships were they! Cargo \ Tankers ??

They seemed to have a very large Fleet!

Cheers

AJ Hawker
29th April 2010, 01:23 PM
Hi Vernon
Silver Line were mostly i think cargo vessels they had a few coastal tankers, the Tower Bridge was the ex Silverhow, also had ore carriers two of them were Aldersgate and the Bishopsgate i was on the later a good ship if you like Severn Islands. Bishopsgate was later to become the Beechwood (John I Jacobs )
Cheers AJ:cool:

Mike Rotherforth
29th April 2010, 04:21 PM
Hi Vernon,
I sailed in the Silvercrag in the sixties,running from Middlesborough to Bone in Algeria for iron ore.
All the firemen were Somalis and strict ******s.During the serving of meals a Somali would stand inside the galley to observe the Infidels and to make sure they did not contaminate Their food I E Pork or dripping etc
This was a daily routine throughout the voyage.On arrival in the Uk and walking towards the after end,low and behold three Somali firemen stood behind the winch getting stuck in to bacon sandwiches from the local dock canteen,I nearly got on the phone to allah.
Best regards
Michael

Albert Bishop
29th April 2010, 06:56 PM
Hi Vernon, One trip on the Silversand as sec cook, in the late fifties, Tied up beside what looked like a slag heap in Newfoundland for iron ore, Then back across the north Atlantic in winter, not a lot of fun , But a good ship and good a company
Had a minor motorcycle accident (not my fault) and broke my foot while on a couple of days off, or I probably would have stayed longer. Cheers Albi

Doc Vernon
29th April 2010, 08:40 PM
Well thus far,this is quite interesting indeed,and hopefully i will get more replies with more info and experiences with this Company!
Would like to thank all who have so far replied!
Bringing back the old memories is what its all about chaps!
Thanks again and keep em coming!
Cheers

Robert Graham (2)
1st November 2010, 07:58 PM
Left BP in 1976 and joined Silver Line as a Junior Engineer on the Silveclyde. Did 3 trips on her, then onto the Eden Bridge and finally the Spey Bridge.

Russ Kennedy
2nd November 2010, 10:51 AM
Hi Vernon,
Found the attached on Silver Line courtesy of Wikipedia. Some of Silver Line ships (if not all, especially in the 50's & 60's) were Built on the Wear by JL Thompson. My father worked on them as a shipyard plumber, I also remember that he took me to the shipyard to see one of them launched, (the Silver Birch rings a bell. but that could be because it's a tree as well....it's my age you knoww!!!!)
Hope you find the attached interesting.
Regards
Russ K ;)

Doc Vernon
2nd November 2010, 07:27 PM
Hi Russ
Thank you for that attachment,i have saved it to my Docs!
Cheers

Mike Hall
3rd November 2010, 02:46 PM
hi,
have you forgotten our favourite picture site.
www.photoship.co.uk
there is nearly a whole page of ships begining with silver,all
from different shipping companies.:cool:

Doc Vernon
3rd November 2010, 06:36 PM
Hi Mike
No mate havent forgotten about that great site,and i may have put a small paragraph in my post that may sound as if i wanted to know what kind of Ships thet were!
In actual fact i was asking about "what kind of Ships they were in the context of those anyone served on" ie were they Cargo,Tankers etc!
Sorry if i put it wrong!
But thanks anyway Mike,its good to look at that grat site as far as Pics are concerned!
Cheers

Doc Vernon
7th November 2010, 06:25 AM
Hi Tony
Very interesting post and also the attachments,i thank you for that its nice to see these old things on site,and certainly is something that may not only interest me but others too!
Great stuff mate!
Cheers

Gees you earned a lot those days haha!:) Not that long ago was it! Mmmmm!!

David Williams
9th November 2010, 11:41 AM
Hi Vernon.
My only connection with the Silver Line,who
I think were owned by Tate & Lyle,is that
they owned a lorry depot here in Llanelli for
their sugar tankers,this was knocked down
and a housing site built in its place,thats where
I live.

Dave Williams.

jimmyfry2
17th November 2010, 09:31 PM
Hi Vernon i sailed with silver line on the silver crag and the silver sand they were both iron ore carriers but they had a large fleet acid tankers,gas tankers,general cargo, ore carriers and a few car carriers that used to do the japan Australia ,west coast of the states the one name i remember on that run was the sig silver wonder if anyone as any photos of her,they were a good company to sail with ,i remember we went to a place called Almeria in Spain to load iron ore ,it was not long after they had made the film El cid there,any way we all went ashore ,and that was all i remember of Almeria because the full deck and catering crew went a drift and came to ,at sea and we had all lost two days!!any way when we got to Newport we were all sacked but none of us got a bad discharge.A number of years later i was working on the docks in middlesbrough and was in my local pub talking to George turner who was a river pilot on the tees and just happened to mention silver line,and he said that he had been a cadet with them in the sixties ,and it turned out that he had been one of the cadets who had tried to turn us to ,and to do our duties while we were all on the pop ,we had a good laugh about it its a small world is it not .A year later i joined the silver sand and stayed on it for quiet a few trips she had a great crew and a great skipper i only left to do my e d h ticket ,i went back to Almeria fr an holiday a few years ago but all i remembered was the castle were El cid was made great time had by all first time round i !!think!! jimmy the smoggy.

John Small
17th November 2010, 10:30 PM
Hello Jimmy
I was on the Silver Crag December 1962 (joined Newport)
Left her April 1963 Birkenhead (Asst Steward)

WE did the South Africa Run to Pepel
Then back to Canada

As you said, a good shipping line/happy ship

Gulliver
18th November 2010, 08:42 AM
Pix (courtesy of Photoship) of Silvercrag and Silversand:-
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Silvercrag-02.html (http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Silvercrag-02.html)
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Silversand-03.html (http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Silversand-03.html)

And two of the strange-looking Sigsilver!:-

http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Sigsilver-01.html (http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Sigsilver-01.html)
http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Sigsilver-03.html (http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20Sa/slides/Sigsilver-03.html)

jimmyfry2
18th November 2010, 10:27 AM
Hello John like i said in my tale they were a good shipping company didn't hold things like going adrift against you mind you i think at the time i was only a deck boy and was led a stray by all the older guys,had some great times in the Waterloo in Newport over the years also if i remember correctly you could get a pint in the dockers canteen near the ore jetty in Newport ,jimmy

Roy Coombes
17th January 2011, 04:49 PM
Gosh i forgot i sailed on her, must have been around january 1972 think we went from Teeside down to Morocco, coming back through the Bay of Biscay such a storm smashed half the bridge off i recall.........

Colin Meiklejohn
21st March 2013, 08:40 PM
evening Doc.
I don't know if you have had much success with information re Silver Line. I have a copy of a book called "Looking for a Silver Lining" it was written by the last owner/chairman of the company, my cousin, Martin Barraclough. He inherited the company from his grandfather Old Barraclough. Its a little heavy for posting a long distance, but it is a fairly complete history of the company. There are a lot of stories of the company during the 1st and 2nd world wars in it, and various accounts of sinkings etc. The company was hard hit in wartimes. One thing he did was to get a few ex personnel to write accounts of their trips and memories. Its a serious and good book if you want to find out how things went and how the shipping industry was, through the years (mainly from a shore- side perspective). also what ships they had in service . quite historical.
If you or anyone else for that matter are interested in information re the company, I would be able to scan specific information for the website. The book, in addition to the office history etc has photos or paintings of nearly all the ships with and their details.
cheers
Colin Meiklejohn

Doc Vernon
21st March 2013, 08:49 PM
Hello Colin
As this is quite an old post,iam sorry if i havent responded to others as well,but seeing as its revived,it would be interesting to see some of those old Pics you talk of in the Book Colin!
Also possibly a few pages of the ore interesting Articles of the Line!
Thanks again for all who have posted regarding this Shipping Line!
As said it just came up and i thought it may be of interest to some here!
Thanks again
Doc

Tony Frost
21st March 2013, 09:52 PM
It is strange since the book was written by one of the directors at the time of the company's last built conventinal ships SILVER AVON & SILVER NESS that they are missing from the book?

cappy
22nd March 2013, 08:18 AM
did 2 or three trips in the Aldersgate she was ore carrier signed on in shields running articles paid off all hands Christmas eve from 7 islands in Newport about 4 in afternoon 0nly about 2 weeks trip didn't have enough money to go to shields could havegot a rail warrant but lived with granny and couldn't go home with no bucks asked if I could stay till next tripold man said yes stayed aboard only awatchmanand mate aboard had turkey sandwiches from bar on xmas day no heating but wasn't a problem signed on about 6 or 7 days later old man was frm shields signed me on from xmas day that was in my book never saw another signed on xmas day must have been people who signed on other ships xmas day saled with a good welsh crowdi think down to Victoria went on the pop sold some wrangler bjeans for the local plonk then flaked out one lad took my bottle when flaked out back aboard I broke his nose got caked up to tne old man who gave us both a bollokinsent himbelow then said he would have done the same no loggin that was a good ship and started to appreciate these ore carriers good food single accom I think her and the mabel warwick best ships of all regards cappy ps that was xmas eve 1960

Peter Gibson
23rd April 2014, 03:06 PM
Hi
I have recently come across this Company
What kind of Ships were they! Cargo \ Tankers ??

They seemed to have a very large Fleet!

Cheers
I sailed with Silver line between 69 & 74
Mainly on the eagle osprey falcon did maiden voyage on the main and fjord
Remover faces not names only one I really remember was Alf Gibson at head office
Started as deck boy and finished as gp1
Remover bosun Tom and there was also a Irish donkeyman also a kiwi and poncho from shields

Ian Malcolm
23rd April 2014, 04:46 PM
Doc

Details of the eleven Silver Line ships sunk are given in SHIPPING COMPANY LOSSES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

Ivan Cloherty
23rd April 2014, 04:52 PM
Used to see Silver Line ships tied up in the Royal Docks (think it was the Royals) discharging sugar for Tate and Lyle in the 50's, think there was also a river berth for Tate and Lyle in the Thames.

cappy
23rd April 2014, 05:29 PM
did a few trips in the aldersgate.....believe she was silverline .....best job i ever had at sea paid of xmas eve 1960 couldnt go home didnt have bucks old mansaid i could stay but the ship was closed downxmas day 2 turkey sanwiches in a bar .....she signed on again new years day ...old man from shields signed me on xmas day was very proud of that one never saw anyone sighned on xmas day before did 2 or3 trips in her 2nd steward best feeder ever

Dick Rees
16th October 2014, 10:38 PM
I was on company contract with Silver Line as 2nd Mate between 1971 and 1974. Excellent company to work for. I was on the Silvercove self discharging bulker on charter to Seaboard Timber of Vancouver on a triangular service carrying packaged timber to Puerto Rico and the US Gulf Ports thence up the east coast to load scrap iron for Vancouver. They also had two iron ore bulkers on long term charter to British Steel, the Silversand and the Silvershore. I sailed on both between UK ports and Murmansk, Sept Iles and Port Cartier in Canada, Vitoria in Brazil, Port Etienne (now Nouadhibou) and Monrovia in West Africa, Narvik. My last ship with them was the Silverdon, a 35,000 tonne self discharging bulker tramping. Other ships I remember at the time were the little stainless steel chemical tankers Silver Merlin, Osprey, Falcon and Eagle and the car carriers Silverfjord and large obos they managed for Seabridge. The Company was owned by the Barracloughs but the fleet was constantly changing as they bought and sold ships frequently.

A couple of earlier posts on this thread seem to have confused Silvertown Services aka Sugar Line with Silver Line.

Geo Knight
11th November 2014, 05:49 PM
I was on company contract with Silver Line---bought and sold ships frequently.

A couple of earlier posts on this thread seem to have confused Silvertown Services aka Sugar Line with Silver Line.

yes i agree i sailed on the Silvergrag-silvermain-and the silveried and never heard of a silver ship carrying suger,but there again i only sailed on three of them one a ore carryer one car/general bulk/one a chemical tanker,grain from the U.S to Japan but no suger, now Athel is another story. geo.

Ivan Cloherty
11th November 2014, 06:45 PM
A couple of earlier posts on this thread seem to have confused Silvertown Services aka Sugar Line with Silver Line.

You're probably right, I stand guilty as charged!!

Dennis Robinson
3rd December 2014, 03:25 PM
Hi,

I have been meaning to respond to this thread for some time.

Silver Line was started in 1925 , I think, when Stanley and John Thompson lost an order. Thompsons were shipbuilders and shipbrokers, I cannot remember which one was which, however, they quickly became well known ship owners and formed alliances with Hoegh, and Kerr Shipping.

Pre war ships were fast and prestigious operating a liner trade, mainly in the Pacific.

They lost many ships during the war and were handed over to receivers who put them in the hands of Dene Shipping who incorporated what was left into their tramping trade.

Then the Barracloughs were involved, and become quite innovative, having the very first purpose built bulk carrier, the first purpose built car carriers and starting the trend for purpose built chemical carriers, largely due to the younger of the Barraclough family, David.

Like many other British shipping Companies, they also had their quota of Ore Carriers chartered to British Steel. These were the Aldersgate, Bishopsgate, Silvercrag and Silversand.

In the early days, Silver Line ships were named after trees, Silveroak, Silverash etc and their interiors were panelled in the wood of the tree that their names bore.

There were also the twin funnel ships plying the Pacific routes, but the For'd funnel was not a real funnel, but housed the Master's accommodation, Sparky and the Radio Office. It was more prestigious to have 2 funnels in those days.

I began my career with them, as a cadet, joining Silverweir ( the first bulk carrier ) in Belfast, June 1964, serving for a year on her. My fellow cadets were Ogilvy, Smith and Davies. The Master was Johnny Walker from Llangranog in Wales, C/O Mike Gower, 2/0?, 3/0 Smiler Harrison from Hull.
Ch.Eng Matty Jack from Glasgow.

I then later served on the maiden voyage of Tower Bridge, Aldersgate, Silverweir again as 3rd Off, Silversand, Silvercove & Silvermain as 2nd Off, Silverdon, Silvermain as Ch.Off and as Master on Silvermain, Amsterdam, Spey Bridge, Erskine Bridge Alva Sea, Alva Bay, Algol, Alkes, Almak and Alvega.

I accepted redundancy when V ships had taken over the Silver Line operation and were running down the fleet especially with British Officers.

There are far better accounts of the Silver Line History around, notably one by Mike Coker, a Silver Line Apprentice ( before my time) who eventually became Personnel Director of Buries Markes and later their Managing Director.

The Barraclough Family, I believe are still active in shipping today.

Geo Knight
4th December 2014, 01:39 PM
Dennis, were you on the Silvermain when it went into dry dock in south wales, was there for about three weeks,then the yard was told to just make it seaworthy,we then sailed in ballast to japan where it was repaired in two days, loaded with cars for the U.S arrived to find a dock strike on went into a navy birth for a couple of days,then did a runner leaving a very expensive mooring line.on to vancouver and took forever unloading on to lorry transporters,the story goes on. I seem to remember the skip came from around Madley in the west mids,but i may be wrong.

Chris Thompson
29th January 2015, 08:17 PM
What happened to:
The Don; sold to a Chinese company she sank in the south china sea (foundered to be correct) with only 3 survivors in 1998.
The Fjord; must have just kept going and going she was scrapped around 2009, there are some great pics of her on shipspotting.com, use IMO 7115048, she had been renamed but had reverted to her original name in the photos,

j.sabourn
29th January 2015, 11:19 PM
#2.. Was on the Beechwood a couple of times. That brings back memories I had forgotten she was the old Bishopsgate. Silver Lines not to be confused with Silver Marine Services, a crewing Agency run from Liverpool at one time. JS

cappy
30th January 2015, 02:03 AM
the aldersgate the best accom and feeder i was ever on.......silver line

edward gamman
1st July 2015, 09:49 AM
I joined Silver Line in 1967 as a Deck Cadet. My first ship was the Aldersgate (Later renamed Silvershore). Later vessels were the Silverweir, Silvercape. I moved on to Houlder Brothers in 1971 and Panocean in 1972. The Ore carriers were great for those who liked to be home regularly and the tramps were usually away for a long time so crew got to know each other quite well. The chemical tankers were very small and in those days quite dangerous to be on. I remember a young Officer with the surname Snowdon who died in one of the tanks. I was on the Silverweir in China when she was crushed br ice and sprung a leak in one of the holds. A very memorable adventure.

cappy
1st July 2015, 10:14 AM
best ship ever for me the aldersgate ......good feeder ......plenty overtime ,,,,,,home uk regular ......1960 to 61......ithink it was her second voyage when i joined her in shields....after 9 10 and 11 months on tramps it was nice to have the feeling of going back to shields when i felt like it.....cappy

Mike Sheppard
2nd February 2016, 01:34 AM
I sailed with Silverline for around three years, very good company, the carried specialised cargo, cars, chemicals etc ,I was on the Silvereid, which carried the chemical which was used for the petrol for leaded cars, very dangerous cargo, when loading all crew had to wear breathing apparatus and everyone from the captain down had to go for a urine test in every port, the company was very forward looking in personnel terms, the pay was great, on average I did a six month trip and then had three months paid leave.
I was told that when the ship was no further use it would be filled with cement and sunk in the Pacific , it could not be sold or scrapped, we broke down off Vigo in northern Spain, engineers flew out but could not repair engines so we were towed to Thessalonika to load cargo and then towed to Rotterdam and then to the uk where I paid off.

garden guru
16th February 2016, 06:11 PM
hello Vernon, I served for a short time on the 'silverpelegrin' running sulphuric acid up the coastline of north America, the ship loaded at a small port called 'Gaspe' on the mouth of the saint Lawrence seaway in Canada, then would run down the coast unloading at different chemical plants, i.e Baltimore, New London, St Johns, and Mexico,

Peter Ferguson
6th October 2016, 05:41 PM
Hi Vernon
I joined Silverline on the MV Silvertweed in Philadelphia 2 days before Christmas 1976 with about a dozen others. The ship was a 6 hatch geared bulker carrying bulk sugar. The river was frozen, they had to put mini bulldozer into the holds to break up the sugar. We were stuck there for a month until we got it all out, very cold. Went on to sail on the Silverclyde, Silverfjiord, Silvertweed again which became Argotweed before being sold to Greeks. These ships were all geared bulkers. I then transferred to the tanker side.

Fouro
6th October 2016, 06:49 PM
House flag, Silver Line Ltd - National Maritime Museum (http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/364.html)

FOURO.

Doc Vernon
6th October 2016, 07:00 PM
Good site that one with lots of info on it!
Cheers

Robert Denzel
11th December 2016, 08:26 PM
Hi,
I have just been talking to my grandfather how's 93! (Andy Wright) And served on silver line ships during WW2 He sailed on the silver walnut and Silver sandal (all types of wood) this involved sailing down to North Africa to supply the 8th Army and returning with cargo, or battling through the North Atlantic. He told me the usual crew was 12 or so men. He also told me some very funny stories about time spent in Portugal, in 41. Apparently the best bars were the German ones! He'd get drunk with the Germans then try and get out of port as early as possible next morning before they came hunting for them!
If any of this rings a bell with any ex sailors here please get in touch so I can pass on any messages to my grandfather.
Cheers. Rob

Ivan Cloherty
11th December 2016, 11:10 PM
Robert thers will come up with better information, but only 'Silver Walnut' info I could find is built in 1939 with a grt of 6770 tons which means she wuld have a deadweight (cargo capacity) of approx 9 -10,000 tons and that type of ship would normally have a total crew of 38/44, if he was on deck then it would have a 'deck crew' of 12/14 which is what he is referring to when he says a crew of 12 men

If you give his date and place of birth and any other scrap of information our lads and lasses will paint a fuller picture for you

Doc Vernon
12th December 2016, 01:20 AM
Link here Robert of Silverline Ships!

The Allen Collection|Silver Line (http://www.benjidog.co.uk/allen/Silver%20Line.html)

Ship Name: Silver Walnut Gross Tonnage: 6770 | The National Archives (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8655914#imageViewerLink)

21881 Silversandal

21882 Silverwalnut

And the Silverpalm was Sister ship to Silverwalnut

charles allan
8th February 2017, 05:11 AM
Hi All
I sailed with Silver Line from January 1960 on the Silvercrag for 11 months as apprentice, then Silverlake from January 61 until april 1963 latterly as third mate. Great company, the crag was an ore carrier chartered by BISCO and the Lake was a tramp, typical 5 hatch with derricks, great ship happy Days
Love the site by the way.
cheers

Mike Allan

Robert Dewick
1st December 2017, 03:47 PM
Hi
I have recently come across this Company,and wonder if any here may have served with any of their Ships in the past,i see all of their Ship names begin with Silver (then whatever) eg Silverhow (Tower Bridge)




Cheers

I joined the OBO Eden Bridge in November 1979. At the time, she was a Silver Live vessel. I am not sure if that was her name while she was in Silver Line because a week or so after I joined, she was taken over by Denholms, and Eden Bridge was the only name I knew her as. She was an OBO, and during my tour on board, we carried coal and iron ore. I'm afraid that it's so long ago that the old brain doesn't allow me to remember the names of the guys on board.
Bob Dewick

happy daze john in oz
2nd December 2017, 04:54 AM
Would they in any way be related to the cruise line Silver Seas?

Chris Thompson
2nd May 2018, 08:24 PM
Would they in any way be related to the cruise line Silver Seas?

Silver Line were a London based company operating chemical tankers and bulk carriers mainly. They were part of seabridge consortium operating large OBOs. The bulk carriers loaded all over the world and were regular visitors to your neck of the world, the last trip I did we called at Sidney(Woolamaloo), Adelaide and Freemantle.
In short to answer your question though, Silver line in this thread have no connection to cruise line Silver Seas. Though I must say we might not have realised it at the time but they were a good company to work for!

Don Foster
28th May 2018, 06:44 PM
I joined Silver Line in 1967 as a Deck Cadet. My first ship was the Aldersgate (Later renamed Silvershore). Later vessels were the Silverweir, Silvercape. I moved on to Houlder Brothers in 1971 and Panocean in 1972. The Ore carriers were great for those who liked to be home regularly and the tramps were usually away for a long time so crew got to know each other quite well. The chemical tankers were very small and in those days quite dangerous to be on. I remember a young Officer with the surname Snowdon who died in one of the tanks. I was on the Silverweir in China when she was crushed br ice and sprung a leak in one of the holds. A very memorable adventure.

I was also on the Silverweir with you as the Radio Officer. I still have some rather scratchy photos of our time in China.

Lee Steven Olney
1st November 2018, 09:42 PM
Was on The Silver Merlin in 81

Anthony Allen
3rd November 2018, 07:09 PM
Hi Doc, I was on the MV Silversands on 28 March 1963, I joined it at Falmouth, where it had been laid up for almost a year, I remember it as a lovely general cargo ship, very well appointed and the catering was full silver service when I was serving on it.

Peter Copley
2nd February 2021, 03:59 PM
Hi Doc I sailed on the MV Silvercrag a bulk carrier in 1959. I also sailed on the MV Shief Field another bulk carrier, I get the ports mixed up which ship I was on but here are places visited; Wabana in Canada, Bone Algeria, La Gaulette in Tunisia, Vitoria Brazil, Casablanca Morocco returning to UK ports Immingham, Birkenhead, Middlesbrough and so on. In Bone, during the Arab attacks on the French, they targeted cafes and bars. We visited a bar I think it was called either 'Charlies Bar' or it was owned by a former matelot called Charlie. He was on the French battleship that took part in hunting the Bismark with the RN. Anyway, the week after our visit to the bar it was blown up by terrorists killing many patrons. PC 710198

cappy
2nd February 2021, 04:42 PM
Hi Doc I sailed on the MV Silvercrag a bulk carrier in 1959. I also sailed on the MV Shief Field another bulk carrier, I get the ports mixed up which ship I was on but here are places visited; Wabana in Canada, Bone Algeria, La Gaulette in Tunisia, Vitoria Brazil, Casablanca Morocco returning to UK ports Immingham, Birkenhead, Middlesbrough and so on. In Bone, during the Arab attacks on the French, they targeted cafes and bars. We visited a bar I think it was called either 'Charlies Bar' or it was owned by a former matelot called Charlie. He was on the French battleship that took part in hunting the Bismark with the RN. Anyway, the week after our visit to the bar it was blown up by terrorists killing many patrons. PC 710198

sailed on the sheaf field 62 ...a full shields and jarrow crowd ,,,,good ship good feeder plenty overtime a proper change from old bangers R683532

cappy
2nd February 2021, 05:32 PM
for me the aldersgate was the best vessel i sailed in ....great feeder ...great crowd ...all welsh on second trip out of newport ...overtime galore own accom i believe all hands and a good sea vessel in north atlantic december ...cappy

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for me the aldersgate was the best vessel i sailed in ....great feeder ...great crowd ...all welsh on second trip out of newport ...overtime galore own accom i believe all hands and a good sea vessel in north atlantic december ...cappy
dec 1960

Lewis McColl
2nd February 2021, 07:04 PM
Doc cast your mind back a few weeks, I got some mileage on the Nautical Quiz with this little lady.31598

Lewis McColl
2nd February 2021, 07:23 PM
Trying to get the grey cells functioning again. Silver Line ? did they not also operate an Airline in the 50's & 60's called Silver city airways. I think they just operated around the UK and Europe. Maybe I am even more confused these days was there not also a tie up with Court line. It all went pear shape due to Court Line getting into debt. There was a famous incident in Canada? when the Crew of a Court line ship ? slipped her moorings and did a runner ? I thought Silver line & Court line became the one entity. But as said it does not cause much to have me confused at the moment sorry if I am talking rubbish, my usual talking rubbish will be resumed in a few days.

happy daze john in oz
3rd February 2021, 05:33 AM
Lewis if I recall there was an airline of that name somewhere in the States.

But it could well have also been one of those early ones when overseas travel in the form of package holidays came about in the 60's.