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    Hi. I joined the MN in 1964 as a galley boy, my first ship was Mv North Devon a tramp steamer sailing out of Manchester Docks on the 17/12/64. After serving 5 years I was discharged from the shipping federation in Salford, and I have not seen my discharge book since. My last ship was Mv Escalante, Royal Mail line, in September 1968. I would like any help or advice on finding my discharge book, other ships I sailed on, Mv Photinia Stag line, Mv Caxton, Mv Naess Trader, Mv Eluthera. Mv Kingsnorth Fisher etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David newton View Post
    Hi. I joined the MN in 1964 as a galley boy, my first ship was Mv North Devon a tramp steamer sailing out of Manchester Docks on the 17/12/64. After serving 5 years I was discharged from the shipping federation in Salford, and I have not seen my discharge book since. My last ship was Mv Escalante, Royal Mail line, in September 1968. I would like any help or advice on finding my discharge book, other ships I sailed on, Mv Photinia Stag line, Mv Caxton, Mv Naess Trader, Mv Eluthera. Mv Kingsnorth Fisher etc.
    was the bosun on the photinia a cockney who sailed out of shields brian williams .....thought the north devon at that time was a motor vessel...regards cappy ps

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    Hi David.
    Welcome to the site hope you enjoy all there is to offer, best MN site going. There will no doubt someone who will point you in the right direction for your Discharge or replacement.
    Cheers Des

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    Thanks Cappy.

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    Welcome Aboard Dave !

    There's Lots of interesting reading,discussion and nostalgia on this great site.Glad to know you have apparently good memories and served just in the right years before the rapid and sad decline of our British M.N.



    As a starter for you I’ve put together potted histories of the ships you mention (details courtesy of Miramar Ship Index)


    m.v.NORTH DEVON (ON 186875) regd Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Built South Dock,Sunderland 5/58 for North Sg.Co,Newcastle 7,905 gross tons.Cargo Ship
    Sold 67 renamed ARMANIKOS (Liberian,then Cyprian flags),77 became PANAGIS S.(Greek).
    Fate.Fire damaged Drapetzona,Greece 10/78 and broken up Split,Yugoslavia 6/79


    m.v.ESCALANTE (ON 186335)regd London.Built 12/55 by Harland & Wolff,Govan for Royal Mail LinesLtd .7,791 grt.Sold 1970 renamed MANES P.(Greek).

    Fate Wrecked S.Partridge Is,St.John,NB 2/70 in ballast Tyne-St.John.



    m.v.PHOTINIA (ON 187933) regd North Shields.Built 3/61by Readhead,South Shields for Stag Line Ltd. Bulk carrier 7,676 grt.
    1962 was converted to operate as a cable layer before reverting to bulker in 65.

    Fate. Wrecked Milwaukee 5/78 and broken up locally 11/78.




    m.v.CAXTON (ON 187802) regd London.Built 6/58 by Blyth DD & SB Co.for Transatlantic Carriers Ltd. Cargo Ship 5,729 grt.

    Sold 68 and renamed ELENA M.(Greek) 78 VASSILAKIS (Greek) 81 SILVER SHARK (Greek,then Panama) 84 JUPITER STAR (Maltese)
    Fate Broken Up by Gadani Beach ship breakers,Pakistan 9/84.



    m.v. ELEUTHERA (ON 301303 )regd Liverpool built 5/59 by Hall Russell,Aberdeen for P.S.N.C.Ltd. Cargo ship 5,407 grt.
    71 Sold renamed MIMI.M (Cyprus) .74 MARIA (Greek,then Maltese)
    Fate .Broken Up by Gadani Beach shipbreakers 11/84




    m.v.KINGSNORTH FISHER (ON 309186 regd.Barrow built 10/66 by Hall Russell,Aberdeen for James Fisher,Barrow. Heavy Lift cargo/ro-ro ship. 2,355 grt

    1990 renamed NEW GENERATION by same owners.
    Fate 2001 renamed NEW GEN for delivery to Alang,Indian breakers by 12/01



    m.v.NAESS TRADER (ON 187263) regd. Sunderland Built 9/57 by Pickersgill,Sunderland for Inverness S.Co,Sunderland. Ore carrier 6,853grt

    1973 renamed ZAPATA TRADER and reflagged to Panama Converted to Drilling Ship.
    1979 Renamed CORA.1983 Reverted to name ZAPATA TRADER
    Fate 6/87 Broken Up,Singapore


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    PHOTINIA as Cable Layer 1962-65.jpgELEUTHERA 1959-71.jpgKINGSNORTH FISHER 1966-90.jpgNORTH DEVON Pic 2.jpg

    A few more I couldn't resist including Photinia as a cable-layer.
    I like the one of North Devon alongside with the general public walking about.No 'Elf & Safety or yellow jackets and bone-domes in them days!
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    Gulliver I have faint recollections of meeting an ex master off I believe one of the Fisher ships. He had been employed in carrying nuclear wastes I believe from Japan, to somewhere in the UK. this would probably have been in the 70"s. When I saw the name Kingsnorth Fisher it struck a bell and thought that might be it until I saw she was a heavy lift and Ro Ro vessel. Was there one of the Fisher ships employed in that trade. Cheer JS

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.sabourn View Post
    Gulliver I have faint recollections of meeting an ex master off I believe one of the Fisher ships. He had been employed in carrying nuclear wastes I believe from Japan, to somewhere in the UK. this would probably have been in the 70"s. When I saw the name Kingsnorth Fisher it struck a bell and thought that might be it until I saw she was a heavy lift and Ro Ro vessel. Was there one of the Fisher ships employed in that trade. Cheer JS

    John,I'm sure there are others here who can tell you more,but in the early 60's James Fisher & Sons won the contract to transport irradiated nuclear waste ( fuel (rods) from Workington(the port for Sellafield) to Japan,in flasks within her holds.I believe the first one was the 1962 built 1,540 grt coaster LEVEN FISHER,converted in 1965.The two round voyages per annum went via Panama,with bunkering/storing in Honolulu. Later on came the larger 3,044 grt PACIFIC FISHER,ex German vessel(JOPULP) built in 1966 and converted in 1970.She was scrapped at Cairnryan in 1985,but there were others after,although not sure if James Fisher still has the contract.
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    James Fisher did have a vessel carrying Nuclear Waste for processing, I forget what the name was. , I believe the POOL FISHER that sank in heavy weather in November 1979 did a couple of trips out there before they got a specialist ship.
    Brian

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