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    Hi Arthur
    I was R/O on Clearton for 8 months in 1954. We spent the time up and down the N/S atlantic to the Cape from Europe and I can still taste those lovely Tom Collins and Ginger Squares in the Del Monica, Capetown. Going through the Bay of Biscay in a howling gale with a cargo of manganese ore is not for the faint-hearted.
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    G'day bobcat, let me assure you going through the bay in a howling gale with a ship load of seasick bloods is no joy either.
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

    John Strange R737787
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    Default CHAPMAN & WILLAN 1969 to 1975Heello

    Hello Arthur nice to see someone from Chapmans looks as though I served with you on Demeterton in 1972 to 1973 as cadet.Paid off in freemantle 4/5/73 and transfered to Frumenton as third mate in Kwinana on the phosphate run Bill gardner was master.

    HERMISTON 18/4/69 to 15/10/70 Cadet . Sold to Greek owners at Meadowside Glasgow.
    Demeterton 6/3/71 to 4/5/73 Cadet. Tommy Main was Master.
    Frumenton 5/5/73 to 9/10/73 3/0. Bill Gardner was Master
    Carlton 2/8/74 to 7/1/75 3/0 Bill Gardner was Master/Bill Peacock replaced him later in the trip.
    Federal wear 8/1/75 to 11/3/75 3/0

    then parted company with Chapmans and went Denholms untill december 1978 and came ashore.

    Laurie Ireland.

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    Photo uploaded to cargo ships Hermiston in Chapman colours cheers Arthur

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    Hi Lauriie
    remember the name nice to hear from you left msg on your profile page cheers Arthur

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    Default chattie chapman apprentices who had sail with some psychos, alkiies etc

    hi Arthur
    never met you but i was an apprentice on the Ingleton 1957-59 and Scorton 59-61

    Brian Grace

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    hi Laurie

    Bill Peacock was my skipper on the Scorton from 1959-61

    Brian Grace

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    Dear Arthur,

    I served on the Demeterton and Frumenton 1972 - 1974 - as a lad!; paid off in Kobe from the Frumenton in May 1974 having joined her in Melbourne. I do recall your surname and hold you responsible for my leaving the MN! You asked me one day what I was doing there (at sea). I replied I was looking out on to the deck, but realised that was not the answer you were looking for! I left the MN after paying off in Kobe. I take my three years at sea as my stint at university and have never looked back! I went to on to return to my studies; joined the MoD then the FCO, where I am now and back in London for a while.

    Where are you and what are you doing with your retirement?

    I hope you are well.
    Very best wishes
    David (Turnbull)

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    saw the name captain peacock on the thread and it rang a bell.on looking at my discharge book i see that he skippered the generton when i was on her in 53.good skipper
    john sutton

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    Question SS Carlton

    HI Brian.
    A rather late response, but I too sailed on the Carlton, You say you signed off in Liverpool in August 1959. I evidently signed on for the next trip on 8 September 1959 in Birkenhead as 4th Engineer. I had previously sailed with Clan Line, but took the Carlton as it gave me my first "Watch Keeping" job. I later sailed with other top branded shipping companies, but nothing compared with the Carlton for team spirit and friendship at least amongst the four Engineers. The Chief (- - Davies) a great guy was a retired Blue Star Chief. He asked me if I had worked main engines, and I responded with a positive voice "Yes.Chief" But up to then there had always been in Clan Line a 2nd, and at least two other Engineers stood alongside. We left Birkenhead in ballast, I was the only Engineer in the engine room, with the Chief stood up top at the engine room door. That was a sure way to give one confidence. In fact if I believed the rumours, which I believe were true, the 2nd was un-ticketed but sailing on a "dispensation". But what a great guy and a good Engineer. The 3rd was a good guy highly experienced and I reckon 20 years older than myself. Together we made a sreat group, who would do anything to help each other.

    The captain I believe was a R Newlands, and we left Birkenhead heading for Gdynia, to load coal for the Argentine, except for taking on water, I believe at Ceuta we steamed on at 8 knots making Buenos Aires in plus 30 days. from there up the River Plate to Rosario to load grain for the UK. Signing off in Glagow 29th January 1960. I would be delighted to communicate with any one who was on the Carlton at that time, as I am convinced I could write a book on that trip alone. Brian A. Fletcher

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