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    Default Forth and London Bridge

    Any of my old friends from the London Bridge or the Forth Bridge out there - I was the Chief Steward 1968/69.
    Brian Probetts (site admin)
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    Hi Brian
    Well there have been quite a few that have found some good olod mates on here ,so i dont see why it should'nt reap rewards for you too!
    Good luck !
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    Hi
    Just reading your comments and I would like to add that I worked for Bowring Steamship Company and sailed on the MS Trinculo as a Junior Engineer from February to June 1971 we were sailing from Glasgow to Murmansk.
    I am still at sea today on the West Australian coast, supply vessel to the oil rigs.

    Kind Regards

    David.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVID BRYAN View Post
    Hi
    Just reading your comments and I would like to add that I worked for Bowring Steamship Company and sailed on the MS Trinculo as a Junior Engineer from February to June 1971 we were sailing from Glasgow to Murmansk.
    I am still at sea today on the West Australian coast, supply vessel to the oil rigs.

    Kind Regards

    David.
    Hi David

    It's nice to hear from someone who is actually still at sea, as a lot, if not most of us on this site are living from our "fond" memories, we had very hard times as well as very good but our overall concensus is that we wouldn't have changed a thing.

    Time permitting are you able to regail us with any up-to-date stories of life on the ocean wave, how are conditions, how does leave compare to our 14 days per annum and an additional day for every Sunday actually spent at sea, if you arrived in port before noon on a Sunday, no additional day, if FWE was rung at 1215 the log was flogged to FWE at 1145 it saved paying 70 or so crew members an additional days leave. What about messing arrangements vis-avis officers/ratings, weather on the coast etc. I feel sure you have a story there somewhere, you can change the names to protect the innocent!

    We look forward to hearing from you
    Last edited by Ivan Cloherty; 28th September 2011 at 08:40 AM. Reason: incorrect wording

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVID BRYAN View Post
    Hi
    Just reading your comments and I would like to add that I worked for Bowring Steamship Company and sailed on the MS Trinculo as a Junior Engineer from February to June 1971 we were sailing from Glasgow to Murmansk.
    I am still at sea today on the West Australian coast, supply vessel to the oil rigs.

    Kind Regards

    David.
    David
    If you think for one tiny moment that you are making us jelouse
    Then sadly you are correct.

    I am just checking post number one. Forth or london bridge. I take it your are asking about ships .
    I only asked lo0l
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    Hi Guy's

    Just giving you an update on the conditions at sea today as requested by Brian.

    I have been on two short trips since I spoke to you last, One was from Broome West Australia to Ambon in Indonesia, a small passenger ship carrying thirty five passengers the ship was called the True North and went all around the Islands it also carried a chopper for the passengers to sight see.

    The ship I payed of this week was a container called MV Melville Bay, Sailing out of Darwin Australia going to Gove which is on the peninsula the very top of Australia.

    I was asked by Brian what the condition were like in today's MN, Well they are a lot better than when we started going to sea, The leave is one for one, you work one day you get a day's leave, and the normal swing is five weeks on and five weeks off.
    However the messing arrangements is are a lot different, there is no segregation we all eat in the same mess and we all have to wash our own dishes, most cabins have their own toilet and shower and there are lots of DVD'S to watch.

    In the offshore industry the normal hours of work is twelve hours a day but its usually fourteen and upwards

    Thats all now

    Kind regards

    Diesel Dave.

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    Hello David I sailed on the Trinculo mid fifties when she was a fairly new ship.
    Ore from Canada, Sweden, North Africa. A good ship
    johnmc
    Ps Have you worked for Bagwan Marine at all?

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    I sailed as Third Mate in Trinculo, Stephano, Forth Bridge and London Bridge 1971 to 1974.

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    My father was bosun aboard several Bowring boats, including the Trinculo and several Bridge boats. He finished up on the Sydney Bridge in Vittoria after a heart attack there, was hospitalised, stabilised and was flown home. July '73.
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    I was on one of Bowring tankers " El Lobo " ( the wolf ). She had a regular run from Ellesmere Port to West Coast South America.
    If I remember right she had a yellow funnel with an L for Lobitos.

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