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    I was on the Chuscal when she lost five men in a storm.Its a day I will never forget.The following sea was too big to try to turn the ship around.Big decision for the Captain at the time.I felt so sorry for him.You could see how alone he was. The rest of us had each others company.The Chuscal was a good ship to be on.We were alll treated fairly.That wasn't always the way.Some companies were very tough.Overall, I have good memories of my time on the Chuscal.

    Michael

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    Hi Michael

    I have just come aboard your fine site and I am so pleased to of read your post.
    My name is Kevin Smith and my Dad was Michael Sydney Smith. I was four when I lost him and I lost my Mum at an early age as well.
    I have never been able to get any information about my Dad, his ship (Chuscal) or that day.
    I know that there is a memorial plaque and I have seen a photo of the plaque but I do not know where it is now?
    Do you have any photos of my Dad or your Ship anything at all really?
    I was a Sea Cadet and bound to follow my Fathers footsteps and join the Royal Navy back in 1981. I ended up joining the Army Royal Engineers and served for just over ten years.
    My children are now starting to ask questions about their Grandad so it would be nice to have something to tell them. I do hope you can help.

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    Kevin

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    Hello Kevin
    Welcometo the site,and hope you will get lots more info on your quest!
    Here is something posted by Gulliver (see previous page)(a good old Member) Opps sorry Gulliver! that i am sure will start this off!
    All the best
    Cheers

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    Welcome aboard Wendy.I hope you find someone who remembers your Dad.
    That was a very sad tragic incident you mentioned about the CHUSCAL.
    Just one example of seafarers being called upon to 'do their expected duty',...and next minute they've been taken.....a great tragedy for their families-their loved ones never came home and,a very sad loss for their shipmates,imagine the feelings of those on board,who would have to continue to sail with the vessel home,leaving behind their shipmates...
    Seafaring was,and still is a very dangerous profession.Hardly any of us realised it at the time,we just knew we loved the life....and it could never happen to us......
    I Found the following on Ships Nostalgia Site,and must credit their members Dave Beaumont and Willie Mac for details and picture of the plaque from CHUSCAL.
     
     
    A Plaque to the memory of the five lads of the Fyffes banana boat "Chuscal" who were lost overboard in 1966. According to a newspaper report at the time the "Chuscal was 520 miles South East of Newfoundland. Around midday the lads were out on deck attempting to lash down a loose horsebox when a huge wave engulfed them and swept them all overboard. A crew member described the seas as mountainous with waves over seventy foot high. Because of the atrocious weather conditions the captain was unable to turn the ship round to search for them. (Photo courtesy of Dave Beaumont)

     
     
    Bosun ANDREW SELF
    A.B. WILLIAM LESLIE HARVEY
    Deck Hand MICHAEL SYDNEY SMITH
    Apprentice ALAN ROBERT McLINTOCK MOODIE
    Apprentice RICHARD MARTIN WILLCOCK

    Senior Member and Friend of this Website

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    Thank you for the welcome Castleman. Gulliver sounds very interesting and his knowledge has led me to finding out just some small amounts of info that count. Thank you.
    Reading a lot of your posts I am begining to see why my Dad loved the sea so much.
    I have a vision of Gulliver proped up in some old inn on a bar stoll in the corner of the bar telling his stories to all that will listen. If I knew where that bar was I would be there to buy your next pint.
    Sorry Gulliver if I got that wrong?
    Your camaraderie is so warming, I think I'm going to enjoy this voyage.

    Regards
    Kevin

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    Well Gulliver, it appears Kevin has you sussed. Proped up would be about right I reckon, drunk as a skunk talking in shorthand?
    Happy daze John in Oz.

    Life is too short to blend in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy daze john in oz View Post
    Well Gulliver, it appears Kevin has you sussed. Proped up would be about right I reckon, drunk as a skunk talking in shorthand?


    Oh Firkins to you,John.....Firkins !

    (And we don't talk publicly about our sussies either).
    Thank You

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    My father Paul Fisher was on the Chuscal, I am not sure of the dates he sailed on her however I am proud to say Chuscal is one of my my middle names. Always a topical subject especailly when you say you were named after a banana boat.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paula Cardy View Post
    My father Paul Fisher was on the Chuscal, I am not sure of the dates he sailed on her however I am proud to say Chuscal is one of my my middle names. Always a topical subject especailly when you say you were named after a banana boat.....
    Welcome Aboard Paula.
    Nice story,and certainly a unique middle name !

    Enjoy the site !

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    Was EDH on Chuscal Jun 70 - Oct 70

    Cant remember where we went (wish I had kept a proper log)
    Was Seaman, now
    "Freeman on the Land"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Smith View Post
    Hi Michael

    I have just come aboard your fine site and I am so pleased to of read your post.

    . I do hope you can help.

    Regards
    Kevin
    Hello Kevin,I am David,Alan Moodie's brother,who was lost the same time as your father,and Richard,and Andrew and William.I have one plaque in my courtyard and the other is at the Seaman's Mission in Southampton.I hope this is helpful.It is so good to hear from someone else about this tragedy.
    I was 15 but you were only 4and lost your Dad.I thought the world of my brother.He was 20 at the time.We were very close.
    Take care,David.
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