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    Hello, I am David Hambley from Liverpool. I sailed as an electrician on the Nicholas and a few of the small motor ships from 1960 to 1965. I understand its a long time ago but they were happy times. Does anybody remember me or was around in the fleet at that time

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    Hello David
    Welcome and thanks for the Post. I am sure there are a few here who served with Bowater Ships, and in time hope some will reply with some positive feedback
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    Hi David. I never sailed with Bowater SS Co but their ships are why I joined the MN. My father was in the insurance department for Bowaters and covered the overseas and marine sides. I can't remember the exact year, perhaps 1960, but the Sarah had been involved in a collision in fog and arrived in Northfleet with superficial damage. My father had to visit the ship on a Saturday and took me with him. He sat with the master whilst I was given a grand tour of the vessel. A little while later the Nicholas was in Northfleet and my parents and I were invited aboard for a party. I believe the master was Capt. Bosanquet (sp?). After those two visits I was determined to join the MN which I did in 1964. I joined a tanker company and life on board couldn't be further removed from what I had witnessed on the Bowater ships. Water under the bridge so to speak.

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    Hi Dave
    i worked on Bowater ships including the old 'Liverpool Packet' as an apprentice with the London Graving Dock Co. I went to sea with the NZSC. In 1963 i was 3rd engineer on the 'Rakaia'. We were berthed next to the Nicholas Bowater over Xmas in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. We had party's on both ships and one ashore, best Xmas i ever had! I remember the Lecky well as a year or so later i joined Buries Markes 'La Hortensia' as 3rd engineer and the Lecky was from the Nicholas Bowater. Was it you.
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    Best ship I sailed on.
    The Sarah Bowater in the 50ies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis McGuckin View Post
    Best ship I sailed on.
    The Sarah Bowater in the 50ies.
    I met a young lady in Cornerbrook who wanted me to jack in uncle joe and join Bowaters so I would get in to Cornerbrook more often; would have been bored with that so didnt

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    Knew one young lady there whos father made Screech.
    It made for a good relationship, until her father found out that I was taking advantage of his daughter and his booze. Think it was the latter that upset him more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis McGuckin View Post
    Best ship I sailed on.
    The Sarah Bowater in the 50ies.
    So how long did your association with this Sarah last????
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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    John, The ship was eight months, lasted longer than the girl.

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    Maybe, just maybe if you had not tempted here with some of your wonderful Tab Nabs, who knows.......................
    Happy daze John in Oz.

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