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    Hi All

    sailed on the trinculo to monrovia, east coast states, uk 1970 be glad to hear from any old shipmates

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    surprised she was still afloat then, my father was bosun aboard her in the 50s/60s

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    I signed on MV Trinculo 26 August 1963 at Newport as EDH. Unusually for ore carriers we sailed with a full cargo of coiled steel from Llanwern steelworks and headed for Savonna in Italy. Homeward bound we called at Bone, Algeria for a cargo of iron ore. Many French ships there at this time evacuating the French and their possessions. Discharged at Middlesbrough where, in those days, 'ladies of the night' slept aboard. I was saving myself for the girl of my dreams but the guy and his companion in the next cabin kept me awake all night! Then down to Pepel in Sierra Leone for another cargo of iron ore for East Moors steelworks in Cardiff where my old man worked. In the middle of the Bay of Biscay the big ends packed in. We spent almost the whole day fixing a tow to, I think, the 'Atlantic' but when a salvage job came up she cast us adrift and we had to wait for the 'Pacific' which eventually towed us to Cardiff where I paid off on 6 November and caught a taxi that took me home and into the arms of the girl of my dreams.

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    I was Third Mate in her 1971-72. Three trips from Glasgow to Monrovia and Murmansk. And I lived in Newport!

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    did one trip sometime in 1971, joined her in south shields, loaded iron ore at nouadhibou, paid off in liverpool. got a DR for conduct, not a nice person in those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j hardy View Post
    d not a nice person in those days.
    Well you must be now 'J' as you are now on this site. I do notice that you are a man of few words, 6 posts since 2011, when you get to 10 we'll have a party, start telling those stories cobber

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    thanks for that ivan, probably am a lot nicer than i was then. as you say, man of few words, in the MN scheme of things, just a small blip on the radar, unlike my father and most of his brothers, james stoddart (butch) hardy, cook 1928-1968, eddie (sinbad) hardy, engineer, bill hardy, cook, thomas hardy, cook, killed on the fishpool at syracuse 1943, father (butch) torpedoed on the swainby 1940, uncle bill, torpedoed 3 times, got a touch of shell shock, so the govt sent him coastal minesweeping, go figure. all west hartlepool men, and proud to be monkey hangers before anyone starts!

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    Also sailed on the greenbacks 'J' Levenpool, Swiftpool, Wandy, longest trip 22 months on the Wandy, sailed with a few W. Hartlepool men, most could take the monkey joke in their stride. A few on here have sailed on the Levenpool, a slow, slow slow ship but did a few trips on her, all short ones.

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    been out with the hartlepool life boat ....the guys have a hung monkey on therelife.jackets .....a fine crowd male and female

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    #7, Had to google"monkey hangers" J hardy,crikey what a story!
    For the uninitiated like me:Hartlepool Monkey Hanging Legend - YouTube
    Video for monkey hanger► 3:39► 3:39
    Hartlepool Monkey Hanging Legend - YouTube
    24 Jun 2009 - Uploaded by Daniel Bramley
    The monkey-hanging legend is the most famous story connected with Hartlepool. During the Napoleonic Wars ...

    Hoping as Ivan requests you'll indulge us here on site with a few more
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