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Message Number: 50 - Saturday, January 21, 2012 11:46:00 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

Thank you Rab. Its nice to be missed!
Message Number: 49 - Friday, January 20, 2012 18:20:19 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Rab Thomson
Comments:

Good to see the site up and running again. BZ to alcon.
Message Number: 48 - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 22:26:57 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:


Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in resolving this situation. As you can understand our technical department are currently under a very heavy workload in order to restore all the data back to the server therefore this is just a quick update to inform you that your website will shortly be in the process of being restored.

Thank-you for your patience with this matter.

Best Regards,

NetPivotal Team
Message Number: 47 - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 19:02:11 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Rab thomson
Comments:

Houston! You've got a problem.
Message Number: 46 - Saturday, January 7, 2012 10:05:23 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

Grazzi hafna Sammy.
The galleries on RFA Nostalgia are down due to a problem with the server in Houston, Texas. They are working to fix it and they should be back soon.



Message Number: 45 - Friday, January 6, 2012 18:59:45 CET
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Posted From:Malta
Name: Sammy Vella
Comments:

I just discovered this page. As a Maltese ex RFA lad i want to congractulate you and thank you for giving me the opportunity to see many faces of officers and crew members whom i've sailed with some of whom are not with us any more.
I will surely spread the word around other ex RFA lads about this page.
Keep it up and God Bless past present and future seamen
Message Number: 44 - Thursday, January 5, 2012 12:27:48 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: David Bolton
Comments:

Hi Choff,
I have loads of photos from 1968 onwards and video of every
trip since the Falklands. (including THAT photo on the flight
deck!)

This includes:- Ships, Ras's, People and Shore runs!

I'm in the middle of digitising the whole lot, so they should be
available in the near future (got too much time on my hands at
the moment).

regards David
Message Number: 43 - Wednesday, January 4, 2012 22:15:48 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

And the same to you David. I know you have some photos to add! DMG
Message Number: 42 - Wednesday, January 4, 2012 22:02:12 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: David Bolton
Comments:

Hi Folks,

Happy New Year to you all.

Nice site, glad I found it, good to see that there are still so many of
the RFA here.

I'll be back.

David
Message Number: 41 - Tuesday, January 3, 2012 17:36:25 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

Message for "Steve" who liked the Plumleaf. You are activated but your email address bounced. Looking forward to your photos.

Name: mike billett
Comments:

Hi Rab,

I'm pretty sure it was earlier than that because I
was on the Olwen from November 1975 to June 1976.
I would be very interested in talking to your Son
because I have started writing a book (a Welsh
comedy) and would like some advice on how to go
about publishing - do you have a contact e-mail?
Great to hear from you again.

Mike
Message Number: 39 - Monday, December 19, 2011 18:37:28 CET
[IP = 86.139.57.41] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Rab Thomson
Comments:

Yes Mike. It is the same fellow. I think he now possesses a
modicum of decorum in mixed company. I seem to recall his
words were uttered at a Sunday lunch bash on the Olwen in
the mid eighties. Time flies.
Best regards
R
Message Number: 38 - Sunday, December 18, 2011 09:43:25 CET
[IP = 86.5.141.92] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Mike Billett
Comments:

Seasons Greetings to everyone and I will certainly
look out for that book Rab. Bye the way, is this
the same child whose first words were 'big t**ts?!!!
Mike Billett
Message Number: 37 - Thursday, December 15, 2011 17:35:32 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Dave Burns
Comments:

Congratulations Rab on your son's achievment, also to Choff on an excellent website. Seasons greetings to all members.
Dave.
Message Number: 36 - Monday, December 5, 2011 10:29:31 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

OK Rab - no charge!
And the same to you.



Message Number: 35 - Monday, December 5, 2011 10:18:05 CET
[IP = 86.139.59.69] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Rab Thomson
Comments:

I hope the webmaster will not object to me giving a wee plug
for my son's first book published on Amazon Kindle. Titled "the
Secret of Hade's Eden, by Graham Thomson, it is a thriller
and at present topped in the Amazon Best Sellers only by
John Le Carre and Stella Rimington. The RFA do get a
mention in it.

Seasonal Greetings to all and finally, nice to see Mike Billet
onboard.
Message Number: 34 - Saturday, November 26, 2011 16:04:52 CET
[IP = 86.112.49.204] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

The RFA Reunion 2012 will be held on Saturday 19th May 2012 at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel Southampton.
Details will be circulated to Association members and on rfa-association.org website sometime after Xmas.
Message Number: 33 - Saturday, November 26, 2011 15:52:35 CET
[IP = 20.133.40.13] -
Posted From:United States
Name: Mike Billett
Comments:

Can someone please let me know when and where the next reunion is?

Best regards,

Mike Billett
Message Number: 32 - Thursday, November 24, 2011 23:24:26 CET
[IP = 82.39.152.207] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Gordon Clark
Comments:

With great sadness I must convey the news that Joe Nixon who served with the RFA for over 40 years has passed away.
Joe had gone on stage at the request of the audience to play guitar and sing a few songs. After singing "All My Loving" and "Peggy Sue" he came off stage to huge applause and tragically suffered heart failure.
He slumped into the arms of his wife Joan, and for 2 hours the medics tried to stabilise him but to no avail.
The funeral service will be at St Mark & St Cuthberts Church, Quarry Lane, South Shields.

If anyone has any photos, messages or stories of his time at Sea, I would be pleased to receive them, as I am making up a pamphlet for distribution at The Wake after the service at The White Horse Inn, Quarry Lane, South Shields.

Gordon Clark
gordonclark132@gmail.com



Message Number: 31 - Wednesday, November 2, 2011 09:58:49 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

Addresses passed to MB & JB. For security reasons, email addresses entered here are only visible to me but I will put people in touch with each other when possible.
DMG

Message Number: 30 - Monday, October 31, 2011 20:33:13 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: John Breckon
Comments:

Hi Mike, where have you been, Wales Rugby Team haven't been that bad.If you email me i can forward a phone number for ed or micky d. have a look down the photo's i think there's a old one of you, Charlie Sanderson and Alan Grant etc in edinburgh.
All the best jOHN B
Message Number: 29 - Monday, October 31, 2011 15:40:11 CET
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Posted From:United States
Name: Mike Billett
Comments:

Hello to anyone I used to sail with. I have lost contact with so many people, but I am currently working in Portsmouth Naval Base,so does anyone have a contact number for Ed Quigley?
Message Number: 28 - Monday, October 24, 2011 14:48:23 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: mick bulmer
Comments:

served the following .belgol,airsprite, robert middleton, wave baron, bedenham. no doubt most of my shipmates are dead and buried.
Message Number: 27 - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 14:47:42 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Gordon Monks
Comments:

Fantastic Model, many memories, sailed on her to the Falklands after the Conflict, (Formally Signalman RFA Resouce - Captain Bruce Seymour) From 14/10/1982 - 23/06/1983. Signalman, Captain was Bill (James) Bailey.
Message Number: 26 - Friday, September 2, 2011 12:01:00 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

Hello gaz,
RMAS Torrent was a Torpedo Recovery Vessel.
TRVs: Torrid Class: GRT550. Built 1971-72. Torrid A127., Torrent A128.
You will find a photo of her on our sister site RFA SHIPS - rfanostalgia.org/gallery3/index.php/RMAS/Trials
She was based at Kyle of Lochalsh.




Message Number: 25 - Thursday, September 1, 2011 19:37:26 CET
[IP = 94.2.82.250] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: gaz
Comments:

i wondered if anyone could give me any info about a vessel called "RMAS TORRENT" a friend of mine recently moved to anglesey and upon clearing the back garden he came upon a life ring with the name RMAS TORRENT on and also the word KYLE, any info at all would be fantastic and solve this interesting mystery, if you want to text me my number is 07970583544....thanks....gaz
Message Number: 24 - Wednesday, August 24, 2011 15:07:57 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Dick Elsey
Comments:

For Ciaran:
seem to remember we used a torque wrench with a long arm....not mine!!!

regards to all

Dick
Message Number: 23 - Thursday, August 11, 2011 07:56:33 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Ciaran Jefferies
Comments:

Guten Nacht (as they say here at MAN, Augsburg)...
We had a conversation today about bottom end bolts. Everything here is hydraulic, obviously. I know for a fact that the BE bolts were handamatic on the Grey/Black Rover Pielstick PCV\'s. Please can someone confirm?
Cheers,
Ciaran
Message Number: 22 - Wednesday, August 10, 2011 14:11:27 CET
[IP = 81.132.213.246] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Colin Fraser
Comments:

I am trying to get in contact with Keith Moody who worked at Eaglescliffe he was on the Fort
George STO(N) Dept can anyone help
Message Number: 21 - Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:48:49 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

Message for NEIL MARKS. The answer is no, he is not related.

 

Message Number: 20 - Saturday, July 23, 2011 08:00:16 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Dave Stevens
Comments:

Message Number: #100 - Thursday, July 21, 2011 13:02:09 CET - IP = 84.45.136.83
Name: Dave Stevens

Comments:
Nice to see the old faces from Saxonia and Resource after so long

Message Number: 19 - Thursday, July 21, 2011 13:02:09 CET
Private Message - See control panel
Message Number: 18 - Wednesday, June 22, 2011 08:54:08 CET
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Posted From:Malta
Name: Choff
Comments:

Thank you Diana.
Message Number: 17 - Monday, June 20, 2011 13:44:19 CET
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Posted From:Australia
Name: Diana Hill
Comments:

Great photos and superb effort to retain history.
from Navy League Australia (SA Branch)
Message Number: 16 - Monday, June 13, 2011 17:15:03 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Graham Swinnerton
Comments:

Unknown Photograph 97/110 is 'shock horror' myself, on the right, and a familiar face whose name I can not remember. Regards



Message Number: 15 - Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:58:23 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

I'm off on holiday. Please minimise emails. The gallery should continue to run on auto with occasional tweaks from an internet cafe. Activation of new registrations may take a few days.
DMG
Message Number: 14 - Wednesday, June 8, 2011 09:23:18 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Shaun Jones
Comments:

Spare a thought for those lost in SIR TRISTRAM and SIR GALAHAD
29 years ago today (08 June 1982) during the Falklands Conflict.
Message Number: 13 - Sunday, May 29, 2011 13:32:42 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: chris harvey
Comments:

The un named person in the STON photo FILE 456/953 is AO Colin Smith - I worked alongside him in the STON Office on RFA Regent 1988-1989
Message Number: 12 - Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:46:14 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

Message for NEIL MARKS.
Hello,
I dont have any contact details for Neil Rowney but I understand he is still serving with the RFA and I have put out the word to try to find him. I will let you know if we have any luck.
The email address in your Contact form doesn't seem to work so I can only pass messages in this guestbook.
Regards
David Gerrard
Message Number: 11 - Saturday, April 9, 2011 16:12:14 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

He has now been found in faraway Santiago.

Message Number: 10 - Wednesday, April 6, 2011 08:12:29 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

An old friend wishes to contact ROGER BARLOW. Please contact me if you know where he is.
Message Number: 9 - Wednesday, March 23, 2011 17:26:53 CET
[IP = 86.112.73.69] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Choff
Comments:

Thanks Jim.
Message Number: 8 - Tuesday, March 22, 2011 18:52:52 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Jim Ramsay
Comments:

RFA People file no 167/278 Nigel Lace cdt., Andy Lauder C.Eng. Missing name:- David Jones cdt, taken in Tarbatness control room. I believe David was later lost when the Derbyshire sank.
regards
Jim Ramsay
RFA 1969-1989
Message Number: 7 - Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:50:12 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

Ta Mick, I eventually found it in the ARCHIVE GALLERY!
Message Number: 6 - Saturday, February 5, 2011 12:04:46 CET
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Posted From:Thailand
Name: Mick Spear
Comments:

Dave,
PID 372: missing names CPO(D) Ian Mclean, Steward Joe Lee and PO(E) Eddie Duncan



Message Number: 5 - Wednesday, February 2, 2011 20:19:11 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

WANTED. By members of his family - Photos of the late JOHN HEWITT, former Bosun of this parish. If you have any, please send in.
DMG
Message Number: 4 - Monday, January 31, 2011 13:58:53 CET
[IP = 86.23.91.187] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Dave Burns
Comments:

Happy to endorse that Rab. Just in case anyone did not find out Ken Robinson passed away on New Years eve. Best CH/ENG I sailed with.
Message Number: 3 - Thursday, January 20, 2011 20:31:02 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Rab Thomson
Comments:

Good to see the People gallery back on line. Many thanks to the Webmaster.
Message Number: 2 - Tuesday, January 18, 2011 13:36:58 CET
[IP = 86.112.64.207] -
Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Webmaster
Comments:

The People Gallery is back at rfanostalgia.org
Message Number: 1 - Saturday, January 8, 2011 01:53:40 CET
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Norman Ibbotson
Comments:

Hi Damien
I sailed with a Denzil, Junior Engineer on the Wave Baron back in 1969. We were both first trippers. I was a JRO.
If it was your uncle, I would be very interested in whether he remembers our first trip to Freetown, Sierra Leonne and the very amusing events surrounding his purchase of an African Grey parrot he kept briefly as a pet.

 

Message Number: 50 - Saturday, February 27, 2010 08:21:43 CET
[IP = 82.32.225.171] -United Kingdom

Name: Meg
Comments:
Just 'dicovered' this site thanks to google. My father was George Osborne, Plymouth. He worked as a Storehouseman in the Victualling Yard, Stonehouse before joining the RFA Regent in the early 1970's. Sadly, dad died in 1975 but I'd love to hear from anyone who worked with him or remembers him. Nigel Bell was also on board during the same sort of period.
Margaret

Message Number: 49 - Friday, February 26, 2010 20:21:20 CET
[IP = 94.193.145.62] -United Kingdom

Name: Sandy Mitchell
Comments:
Enjoying my retirement. Looking through photo's again. Some more possibilities for you.

Is 109 of 165 L.O. Graham Neale?

130 of 334 looks like C.E.O. George Thom(p)son standing to the right of the R.A.F. Officer.

328 of 334 (Alex Forsyth) C.E.O. is Maxie Clements Tidereach 1965.

Message Number: 48 - Friday, February 12, 2010 20:01:57 CET
[IP = 213.40.219.63] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks Sandy. Sorted. No Don Edwards is certain that is not him!
DMG

Message Number: 47 - Wednesday, February 10, 2010 16:15:10 CET
[IP = 94.193.26.51] -United Kingdom

Name: Sandy Mitchell
Comments:
Sorry for the vagueness on my last comments.
Officer on File 120 of 269 may well be Don Edwards.
File 159 of 165 is J.El.O. David Small.
File 90 of 165 is Ray Tilley on the far right.
File 79 of 165 is 2/O "Rags" Rawlings if my old memory serves me correctly.

Message Number: 46 - Friday, February 5, 2010 14:47:41 CET
[IP = 94.192.120.167] -United Kingdom

Name: Sandy Mitchell
Comments:
Names for photo's.
Engineers East of Suez. Big lad behind Pat, J.E.O. Ron Woolmer. Travelled to Portland with him from Rosyth to Portland to join Tidereach.
Tidereach 1965. Neptune's band at pump-room skylight, hooped shirt and bonnet playing clarinet, C.E.O. Maxy Clements.
Unknown 4.e.o. on Tideflow is J.El.O. David Small, ex Devonport Dockyard and came from Plymouth area. I was 1.El.O. at the time.
Message Number: 45 - Thursday, January 21, 2010 09:56:20 CET
[IP = 213.40.227.161] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks David. New recruits are always welcome.
For those who are still thinking about it, follow
the link from the Gallery Home Page and then go to
Downloads to get the application form.

Message Number: 44 - Wednesday, January 20, 2010 20:06:57 CET
[IP = 82.33.3.94] -United Kingdom

Name: David Blackaller
Comments:
Joined Association 2 months ago,joined the computor fraternity 3/4 months ago.I was E/O inRFA from 1951 to 1964,Found this site and find it very interesting,well done,David Blackaller.

Message Number: 43 - Tuesday, December 22, 2009 16:45:10 CET
Private Message - See control panel

Message Number: 42 - Saturday, December 19, 2009 10:17:46 CET
[IP = 213.40.121.134] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
By all means, Alex.

Message Number: 41 - Friday, December 18, 2009 22:17:13 CET
[IP = 86.162.53.247] -United Kingdom

Name: alexander birt
Comments:
nice to see your r.m.a.s album i spottted some of my photos, i am makeing my own private album of all vessels that were p.a.s so i hope you don't mind if i copy one or two. alex


Message Number: 40 - Thursday, December 17, 2009 15:09:09 CET
[IP = 24.129.40.73] -United States

Name: alan e winsor
Comments:
looking to see who is left in the rfa from the late 60's to early 80'. i was on the rfa's
tidepool,
tidespring,
lyness,
resource,
cherryleaf,
regent,
and green rover.
the only person i see is JOHN HIGGINS, on this web page. would like to get in touch with some older seaman from my time in the rfa....thanx, alan..............

Message Number: 39 - Wednesday, December 16, 2009 17:55:31 CET
[IP = 81.152.179.150] -United Kingdom

Name: David Burgess
Comments:
I must say that I really didn't recognise the drunken fresh faced youth smiling at me in file# 240 / 312. It came as rather a shck. Was this really me ???
Anyway I still have my Discharge Book so a quick check confirms that I served aboard Tide Austral (with Rex Cooper) btween 10/8/1959 and 8/7/1960.
I vaguely remember Rex and Andy Hunter but mainly the other apprentice engineers that studied with me at Portsmouth; i.e. Geoff Harris, Bill Lane, John Crowther and John Virgo.
Where are they now??

Message Number: 38 - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 21:16:22 CET
[IP = 213.40.104.161] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks Ian. Looking forward to them.

Message Number: 37 - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 20:46:28 CET
[IP = 88.108.106.33] -United Kingdom

Name: Ian Brooke
Comments:
Just found your website with some great photos of my old PAS/RMAS vessels. I really MUST go through all of my old negatives and see what I can find. ( Only about 15 boxes!)
Many thanks, I will return!
Ian Brooke
Ex RMAS eng.

Message Number: 36 - Monday, December 7, 2009 00:17:52 CET
[IP = 86.167.171.45] -United Kingdom

Name: Patrick Molloy
Comments:
Communicators photos file 28/78 it is Paul Headley with Russ Taylor


Message Number: 35 - Monday, November 23, 2009 08:20:19 CET
[IP = 84.9.144.18] -United Kingdom

Name: Mike Ainley
Comments:
Excellent website, thank you.

In the unnamed 27/163 is Fred Barnes SRO, sailed with him in Olmeda and Tideflow. Was talking about moving to Canada.

Message Number: 34 - Saturday, November 14, 2009 17:20:41 CET
Private Message - See control panel
Message Number: 40 - Thursday, December 17, 2009 15:09:09 CET
[IP = 24.129.40.73] -United States

Name: alan e winsor
Comments:
looking to see who is left in the rfa from the late 60's to early 80'. i was on the rfa's
tidepool,
tidespring,
lyness,
resource,
cherryleaf,
regent,
and green rover.
the only person i see is JOHN HIGGINS, on this web page. would like to get in touch with some older seaman from my time in the rfa....thanx, alan..............

Message Number: 39 - Wednesday, December 16, 2009 17:55:31 CET
[IP = 81.152.179.150] -United Kingdom

Name: David Burgess
Comments:
I must say that I really didn't recognise the drunken fresh faced youth smiling at me in file# 240 / 312. It came as rather a shck. Was this really me ???
Anyway I still have my Discharge Book so a quick check confirms that I served aboard Tide Austral (with Rex Cooper) btween 10/8/1959 and 8/7/1960.
I vaguely remember Rex and Andy Hunter but mainly the other apprentice engineers that studied with me at Portsmouth; i.e. Geoff Harris, Bill Lane, John Crowther and John Virgo.
Where are they now??

Message Number: 38 - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 21:16:22 CET
[IP = 213.40.104.161] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks Ian. Looking forward to them.

Message Number: 37 - Wednesday, December 9, 2009 20:46:28 CET
[IP = 88.108.106.33] -United Kingdom

Name: Ian Brooke
Comments:
Just found your website with some great photos of my old PAS/RMAS vessels. I really MUST go through all of my old negatives and see what I can find. ( Only about 15 boxes!)
Many thanks, I will return!
Ian Brooke
Ex RMAS eng.

Message Number: 36 - Monday, December 7, 2009 00:17:52 CET
[IP = 86.167.171.45] -United Kingdom

Name: Patrick Molloy
Comments:
Communicators photos file 28/78 it is Paul Headley with Russ Taylor



Message Number: 33 - Monday, November 9, 2009 10:30:33 CET
[IP = 82.110.109.212] -United Kingdom

Name: Mick Cole
Comments:
I Was STO(N) Fitter on Fort Austin and Regent.
Good site, seen a few faces I had not seen for a long time.

Message Number: 32 - Thursday, October 29, 2009 03:48:31 CET
[IP = 121.223.86.176] -Australia

Name: Ted Dynes
Comments:
Further indentity for group of 4 on deck of RFA Wave Prince with RY Britannia in background. File #135 Page 5 People.
1st left is Ted Dynes, 3rd left is Arthur Boyle both from Belfast, sorry I cannot recall names of other two
Cheers
Ted Dynes

Message Number: 31 - Thursday, October 22, 2009 08:35:42 CET
[IP = 86.112.255.237] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Chaps, it would help if suggestions & queries for the galleries could be placed there directly as the Album numbers being quoted change every time a new pic is added.
Thanks.
DMG

Message Number: 30 - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 22:50:38 CET
[IP = 86.27.76.213] -United Kingdom

Name: Colin Evans
Comments:
In photograph 1/281 its looks like Mike Brace 4th from the right at the back and Jimmy Ross on the far right. In 5/260 its Don Evans the "Lecky"

Message Number: 29 - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 19:58:01 CET
[IP = 213.40.129.80] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
OK Dave, mistakes happen, even on the best regulated websites. It has now been corrected. The other one was Henry L'Estrange.

Message Number: 28 - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 19:36:32 CET
[IP = 86.26.91.236] -United Kingdom

Name: Dave Burns
Comments:
In the "Deck" section of the picture gallery I would question picture 7/201. It gives Joe Dines as the subject. He I believe is picture 3/201. It was in 1963 and 1966 when I sailed with him on Tidepool and Resource and although time plays tricks with ones memory I'm sure I am correct.

Message Number: 27 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 15:14:18 CET
[IP = 86.170.104.238] -United Kingdom

Name: Dick Elsey
Comments:
For Rab Thompson:

Yes Rab. my discharge book says I left mid october '68; relieved by Gerry Williams if I remember correctly.

A book by Richard Woodman (him of the Nathaniel Drinkwater sseries) called 'Blue Funnel Voyage East' captures those days very well, he even mentions the stall holder in Bugis street (him with the bottle bottom glasses!) that we use to sometimes frequent....!
Happy times and good memories!

regards to all

Dick

Message Number: 26 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 14:34:29 CET
[IP = 92.21.141.171] -United Kingdom

Name: Rab Thomson
Comments:
Mr Tan it was at the RNOC Terror.. He had a brother who had a barber's business in Nee Soon. I joined Pearleaf Sep 68 to relieve the late Gwyn. You were there then, Dick, as Second Eng if I remember.

Regards : Rab Thomson

Message Number: 15 - Tuesday, September 1, 2009 11:35:36 CET
[IP = 86.26.57.16] -United Kingdom

Name: Dave Burns
Comments:
Thanks Dave. Do you have an email address for Ken or how to contact him.
Cheers,
Dave.

Message Number: 14 - Tuesday, September 1, 2009 10:19:04 CET
[IP = 213.40.115.60] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Presume you mean the pics taken at the 2008 Reunion in Edinburgh, Dave.
I think he is the same person, he's the only one I know of with that name.
Message Number: 20 - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 00:38:51 CET
[IP = 70.66.148.165] -Canada


Message Number: 25 - Sunday, October 18, 2009 20:19:04 CET
[IP = 213.40.102.155] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Indeed Dick, but wasn't it Mr Tan who presided over the bar at Terror, not Mr Wong?

Message Number: 24 - Sunday, October 18, 2009 14:25:46 CET
[IP = 83.138.172.72] -United Kingdom

Name: Dick Elsey
Comments:
John Littlechild's article in the latest Gunline was a real trip doen memory lane, or should it be down Bugis Street?! The pic. of Pearleaf brought back memories of that time when she was station tanker while 'Goldie' was having her refit.
Memories too of those three Welsh 'wizards' Messers Coulthard, Tom Davies, and Gwyn Evans sadly now all crossed the bar. Memories too of John Cartwright: Chief Officer painting Pearsleaf's anchors (not him personally of course... )
white and being reprimanded by the admiral!!
I have a photo taken at the same time to prove it, and it includes yours truly and Ernie Brasier on 'standby' Starboard side aft.
Happy Days of long ago!!

regards to all

Dick

Message Number: 23 - Saturday, October 17, 2009 16:53:49 CET
Private Message - See control panel

Message Number: 22 - Monday, October 12, 2009 11:59:44 CET
[IP = 136.148.109.150] -United Kingdom

Name: Peter Robinson
Comments:
I am one of the two editors of historicalrfa website and I would like to ask for a little help from you all. We are compiling a comprehensive list of all those who served in the Falklands war in 1982.

Official records do not seem to exist, so we are doing it ourselves before the information is lost forever, if you served on an RFA in the Falklands please get in touch and register your name.

Thank you.

Message Number: 21 - Wednesday, September 23, 2009 13:48:42 CET
[IP = 213.40.114.174] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
WANTED. Photos of RAS with QE2.
1. A trial RAS with Grey Rover after QE2 sailed from Southampton on 12 May 1982.
2. A fuel RAS with Bayleaf during QE2s return from S.Georgia to Ascension probably early June 1982.

Name: Steve Oatey
Comments:
Excellent choice of picture for this year's Christmas card!

Message Number: 19 - Friday, September 18, 2009 12:22:17 CET
Private Message - See control panel

Message Number: 18 - Monday, September 7, 2009 20:31:20 CET
[IP = 213.40.125.45] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Probably Portsmouth 2010 and Plymouth 2011.

Message Number: 17 - Monday, September 7, 2009 14:40:17 CET
[IP = 84.92.175.161] -United Kingdom

Name: Byron Jones
Comments:
Dave,
Thanks for the Navy Days photos. Sorry I missed it. When is the
next one?

Message Number: 16 - Tuesday, September 1, 2009 12:05:06 CET
[IP = 213.40.115.60] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
See email.


Message Number: 13 - Tuesday, September 1, 2009 08:32:33 CET
[IP = 86.26.57.16] -United Kingdom

Name: Dave Burns
Comments:
In files 1/2, and 2/2 in the reunion section I came across Ken Robinson. Does anyone know if this the Ken Robinson who was Chief Engineer on Tidespring in 1965 when we visited Sydney and Perth.

Message Number: 12 - Sunday, August 30, 2009 08:16:10 CET
[IP = 90.199.229.170] -United Kingdom

Name: Jim Morgan
Comments:
Hi
I served on the STON side for 3 trips and I would
love to find an old shipmate Tony (Digger)Hill. He
started as STON staff and transferred over to
deckside approx 1985. Anyone who knows him or me I
would love to hear from you.

Jim

Message Number: 11 - Monday, August 17, 2009 19:51:19 CET
[IP = 86.112.217.50] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks Colin. If it's as good as his last one it should be worth reading.

Message Number: 10 - Monday, August 17, 2009 16:58:01 CET
[IP = 82.3.231.76] -United Kingdom

Name: Colin J Evans
Comments:
For those persons interested:-

"The Fourth Force: The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Since the War"
By Geoff Puddefoot; In Hardcover; Ł21.25

Available from all good booksellers from the 30th October 2009

Message Number: 9 - Monday, July 27, 2009 13:28:06 CET
[IP = 86.112.255.236] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Broadband now restored. Send anything you like. DMG

Message Number: 8 - Saturday, July 18, 2009 12:18:17 CET
[IP = 213.40.12.20] -United Kingdom

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
I'm having Broadband problems. Please dont email any large attachments until further notice. DMG

Message Number: 7 - Thursday, July 16, 2009 10:29:27 CET
[IP = 195.93.21.72] -United Kingdom

Name: John Breckon
Comments:
Hi Barry
i had just left Tideflow when you joined and the people you are on about are Peter Beer,Joe Davis,
I think the chief was Dave Meikle, second Dave Butler,Peter Macnichol another forth (Bar stockist!)

Message Number: 6 - Monday, July 13, 2009 14:49:40 CET
[IP = 86.149.135.144] -United Kingdom

Name: Barry Twigg
Comments:
On R.F A Tideflow as jnr Eng Ffom 17/1/75 - 4/7/75 cant rember all crew but some names are Alan Waker Paul Routly Dave BUTTLER BERINE ?
jOHN PENINGTON? Peter? from carddif Clive Attcins? Joe ex rn can anyone fill in some names from 34 years ago.


Message Number: 5 - Monday, July 6, 2009 09:08:16 CET
[IP = 217.145.14.50] -Malta

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
To understand the previous comment, you have to be able to read steam morse, or have a programme which does it for you!

Message Number: 4 - Sunday, July 5, 2009 21:52:27 CET
[IP = 92.8.28.42] -United Kingdom

Name: Rab thomson
Comments:
I thought tap dancing was a requirement in that branch!

Message Number: 3 - Sunday, June 28, 2009 10:47:41 CET
[IP = 92.2.76.26] -United Kingdom

Name: Rab Thomson
Comments:
Yes Dave..still here. I have let Mike Nurse know that he is being sought.

Message Number: 2 - Friday, June 26, 2009 10:48:31 CET
[IP = 80.77.204.211] -Malta

Name: Webmaster
Comments:
Hello Mike, Mike Nurse is around but I dont have contact. Rab Thomson can probably help. Are you there Rab?

Message Number: 1 - Thursday, June 25, 2009 16:09:13 CET
[IP = 41.145.179.53] -South Africa

Name: Mike Spencer
Comments:
Hi everyone

Has anyone details of Mike Nurse SRO. I would like to say hi to him.

I served as Radio Office from 1969 to 1975 before settling in South Africa (Tidereach, Tarbatness, Tidesurge, Engadine,Wave Chief, Empire Gull.

Now living in Bloemfontein South Africa as an estate agent, developer and valuer.

Mike Spencer
Radio Office A

 

Me

Message Number: 50 - Friday, June 19, 2009 16:25:27 CET
[IP = 86.112.239.84] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Its holiday time. New registrations and webmaster assisted uploads are suspended for the next couple of weeks. Please minimise emails. Members registered in the Galleries should find that everything continues on auto. Hopefully!
Back soon.
DMG

Message Number: 49 - Wednesday, May 27, 2009 11:40:33 CET
[IP = 92.20.249.175] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:
Good Morning.
The funeral of the late David A.MacKenzie (SRO).
will be on Wed 03 Jun at 1130 in Kirkcudbright Parish Church then to Roucan Glen Crematorium Dumfries at 1300.
Family Flowers only.
Donations if wished to "End Polio Now" collection at Church or to Osborne Funeral Directors
41 Castle Street
Kirkcudbright
Kirkcudbrightshire DG6 4JD
TEL. 01557 330441 FAX 01557 331791

Message Number: 48 - Sunday, May 24, 2009 22:21:14 CET
[IP = 92.20.249.175] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:
Regret to inform you of the untimely death of David A .MacKenzie , Senior Radio Officer (Retired) who passed away early this morning at his home in Kirkcudbright. Survived by his widow, Christine and daughters Kirsten and Karen and son, Ian.  

Message Number: 47 - Saturday, May 16, 2009 11:38:06 CET
[IP = 82.18.146.5] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Jerry Oakey
Comments:
The un named 2EO Sir Bedivere 1983 looks like Ian Doolan.  

Message Number: 46 - Monday, May 11, 2009 19:02:15 CET
[IP = 86.112.218.56] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Sorry about the blank which may have been caused by the photo having been wrongly named in the first place. Now reposted. Email follows.
DMG


Message Number: 45 - Monday, May 11, 2009 18:12:35 CET
[IP = 78.150.99.172] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Mrs Joy Rutter
Comments:
My Grandson found the site, i did not know it existed. I found it very interesting having spent many journeys with my husband Capt. Graham Rutter, I found there was a picture of us both ,taken circa 1981at home. This was about the time of our trip to the U.S, with her Her Majesty in Britannia. I cannot find where the rest of the photos are? Can you help me? There is a blank page with Harry Carrs name where Graham's photo should be,very strange .Perhaps someone can let me know,
Sincerely
Joy Rutter..TQ14 8LU Teignmouth.

Message Number: 44 - Monday, May 11, 2009 16:02:57 CET
[IP = 213.40.117.142] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks Chris. You just missed the visit by Wave Ruler.
Thanks also Jerry, but if you would like to register, it would save me having to copy and paste!
DMG

Message Number: 43 - Friday, May 8, 2009 13:00:45 CET
[IP = 62.172.214.124] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Chris Puxley
Comments:
Recently got back from my second revisit to Singapore with the RAF Seletar Association (my long gone Dad served there 2.5 years 1953-55 and I accompanied him with family). This time I got the Association into Sembawang Shipyard for a visit after a bit of early planning and liaising with their PR dept. Good to see it all again and all very busy. U.S. auxiliary undergoing refit amidst all the other activity. Across the Straits, what used to be jungle is now the eastern section of the busy port of Jahor, (they have dropped the 'e')which now extends widely on both sides of the old causeway. Tiger still tastes as good as ever out there and we included a visit to the brewery. Saw the Olwen's badge on display. Hundreds of ships anchored off the city in ballast awaiting orders, whilst ports of Keppel Harbour and Jurong keep busy. Had a great time and could go on .......

Chris Puxley 1964-79

Message Number: 42 - Friday, May 8, 2009 09:28:48 CET
[IP = 82.18.146.5] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Jerry Oakey
Comments:
Further to my last, just found the previous messages about this picture and on second thoughts Resurgent looks more likely. I didn't sail on Retainer so not sure how similar the control platform was. It is not Reliant as the controls where at the fwd end of the engine. All a bit sad that we can make these comments from a small picture taken over 20 years ago.  

Message Number: 41 - Thursday, May 7, 2009 16:01:06 CET
[IP = 82.18.146.5] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Jerry Oakey
Comments:
The picture of Bob Smith on the Engineers page File 233/233 looks like Plumleaf. Bob did its last trip.  

 

Message Number: 40 - Thursday, April 30, 2009 20:50:45 CET
[IP = 86.112.254.111] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Graeme, I have replied by email. DMG

Message Number: 39 - Thursday, April 30, 2009 19:16:50 CET
[IP = 86.151.72.51] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Graeme Bond
Comments:
Hi guys, I am hoping you can help me. My Father is 70 this year and I wanted to get him something special. He was in the RFA and served on the Wave Victor. Can anyone help me in getting a print of the ship and maybe some information on her too. I am in the RAF and sadly my knowledge of ships is very ltd. He sadly has not mentioned too much of his times in the RFA and I don't know much. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Graeme  

Message Number: 38 - Thursday, April 9, 2009 23:44:13 CET
[IP = 86.142.166.220] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   John Caruana - London Branch
Comments:
Regards to Alex Redpath who I had a pleasure to meet again after 46 years  

Message Number: 37 - Sunday, March 29, 2009 17:13:50 CET
[IP = 86.31.37.77] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Dave Burns
Comments:
Re photo file No 1/126 in the mixed section. I think the guy extreme left looks very like Brian Davies who was on Tidespring/Tidepool in the mid 60s. He then was a 2nd eng getting in his steam time. I think his photo is on the engs section!
Dave Burns.
 

Message Number: 36 - Thursday, March 26, 2009 16:07:34 CET
[IP = 195.93.21.72] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   John breckon
Comments:
re John Berry's Funeral
I am travelling to Plymouth tomorrow to go to Johns Funeral, stopping at the Fleet club overnight FRI, anybody who wants a lift, just email me i am setting off from the fleetclub at about 1.00pm Fri.
ATB
John B


Message Number: 35 - Wednesday, March 25, 2009 14:58:13 CET
[IP = 86.144.230.183] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   bryan davies
Comments:
In unnamed photo's Tiger Club 23/3/09 with Pete Foley is it Geoff Stokes and Fort Grange 1986 with pint in hand which was not strange Geoff Stokes again

Bryan  

Message Number: 34 - Friday, March 20, 2009 23:56:36 CET
[IP = 213.40.216.226] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
John Berry. Funeral details now on News page.  

Message Number: 33 - Friday, March 20, 2009 09:28:25 CET
[IP = 86.112.239.47] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks for that John. If anyone has any more info about JOHN BERRY, please send.
DMG  

Message Number: 32 - Thursday, March 19, 2009 10:06:02 CET
[IP = 195.93.21.72] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   John Breckon
Comments:
Just heard John Berry 2nd Off E Has been called to work on the big turbine in the sky,RIP John
John lived in Callington,Plymouth.

Message Number: 31 - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 23:53:58 CET
[IP = 88.105.135.135] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Dennis Harker
Comments:
David,

I guessed it was to avoid certain spam problems so I tried all the usual tricks with spelling out punctuation, removing the H T T P and removing the W W W but to no avail - it kept coming up with the message that I was using ""unauthorized HTML links or "inappropriate language". I also checked for any combination that could be seen as bad language but to no avail.

However, I think Dick should be able to get onto the RO Association site and then find the links I was referring to.  

Message Number: 30 - Wednesday, March 18, 2009 15:19:05 CET
[IP = 213.40.221.143] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
The reason the system doesnt allow hyperlinks is to avoid their exploitaion by nasty spammers.
You can always get round it by typing DOT or SLASH etc.  

Message Number: 29 - Tuesday, March 17, 2009 23:24:11 CET
[IP = 88.105.134.167] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Dennis Harker
Comments:
For Dick Elsey,

Try Googling "The Radio Officers Association". Under "Resources" I spotted a couple of Marconi veterans links. For some reason this system won't let me post the full hyperlinks which is why I'm suggesting you google the above.

Good luck.

Message Number: 28 - Tuesday, March 17, 2009 22:27:21 CET
[IP = 213.40.107.240] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Thanks for all these Colin. Glad to see you are registering!  

Message Number: 27 - Tuesday, March 17, 2009 22:17:28 CET
[IP = 86.27.35.13] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Colin Evans
Comments:
Photographs, Unnamed section. It is David Turner photographed as a 3rd Off. and incorrectly labelled as 3EO and the STO(N) picture 2 is Peter Bulmer AFS  

Message Number: 26 - Monday, March 16, 2009 23:50:14 CET
[IP = 86.27.47.81] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Colin Evans
Comments:
In the Unnamed section of the the photographs The Doctor is the late Dr Tony Stainton-Ellis and in the STO(N)s the NAAFI manager is Maurice ??


Message Number: 25 - Monday, March 16, 2009 16:03:30 CET
[IP = 92.19.203.230] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:
For Dick Elsey.

Have had a "Google" but cannot find any specific Marconi archives. Will continue to look.

Best Regards

Rab T  

Message Number: 24 - Monday, March 16, 2009 15:51:08 CET
[IP = 86.27.38.11] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Colin Evans
Comments:
The Engineer shown in the People Unnamed section of the photographs is Howard Bewley, aka. "The Gaffer".Re joined Fort Austin in San Carlos water in October 1983.  

Message Number: 23 - Sunday, March 15, 2009 15:38:52 CET
[IP = 83.138.172.72] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:
For Scofe and Rab. and anyone else who can help?

My uncle was a "Marconiman" in the 1920s, I know he served in Booth line and B.I. Ships.
I wonder if you know of a 'Marconi archive' where I could find out more?
I have put a post on the Ships Nostalgia site nothing positive so far!!
heres hoping!!
regards to all

Dick

Message Number: 22 - Monday, March 9, 2009 12:00:13 CET
[IP = 92.19.203.230] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:
A derelict Wave Ruler was lying in Manila Bay, Philippines, when we visited in RFA Regent in the summer of 1973.  

Message Number: 21 - Thursday, February 26, 2009 14:41:27 CET
[IP = 213.40.222.151] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Wave Ruler was sold for scrap. She was towed from Gan to Singapore in March 1976. I believe she may have ended up in the Phillipines. I will put a photo of those who were there for the handover in 1970 in the People Gallery (Mixed).
Dont know of your Chief, I'm afraid. DMG  

 

 

Message Number: 20 - Thursday, February 26, 2009 13:33:23 CET
[IP = 78.148.206.194] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Steve Oakley
Comments:
I served in the RAF on RAF Gan during 1972. During my time there I frequently fished from the stern of the Wave Ruler which was providing logistical support for the Beira patrol.

The Chief Engineer diring my time was Harry Maddison.

Does anyone remember Harry and can anyone tell me when the Ruler was finally scrapped, or did they leave her in the lagoon when Gan closed in 1976?

Thankls

Steve Okaley  

Message Number: 19 - Wednesday, February 25, 2009 22:11:38 CET
[IP = 84.92.175.161] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Byron Jones
Comments:
We had a Purser on Wave Sovereign back in 1963/64 and his speciality was to recite the Farting Competition. Can't remember
his name but could he knock them back! Occupational hazard I
suppose.

Message Number: 18 - Sunday, February 22, 2009 16:38:19 CET
[IP = 86.112.201.122] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Actually Dick, they are now Logistic Supply Officers! I'm not sure why!  

Message Number: 17 - Sunday, February 22, 2009 15:48:53 CET
[IP = 212.100.250.230] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:
For Ross Miller:
"Tab nab" Taylor seems familiar but don't think I sailed with him; some pursers to bring back a few memories: Harry Lowe, Eddie Atkinson, Francis Spiteri,and Alfie Kendal.
I thiunk they are now known as Supply Officers?

regards to all

Dick

Message Number: 16 - Wednesday, February 11, 2009 17:51:36 CET
[IP = 86.29.86.15] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Ross Miller
Comments:
For Dick Elsey,
We've never sailed but heard of you.As to 'nicknames' can you recall a Purser by the name of 'Tab Nabs' Taylor. All the best.  


Message Number: 15 - Thursday, February 5, 2009 15:01:43 CET
[IP = 213.40.121.144] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
NEW RFA PEOPLE GALLERY NOW OPEN  

 

 

Message Number: 14 - Tuesday, February 3, 2009 15:39:22 CET
[IP = 86.29.88.147] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Ross Miller
Comments:
Sad to hear about Doug "kyushu" Cunningham.Sailed with him on the 'Ness' boats.Rab& speaking to Scofe you were both correct ie.Korean War.As for nicknames can anyone remember Barry 'Black Bat'Thompson,'One way'Harris?  

 

 

Message Number: 13 - Saturday, January 31, 2009 14:15:13 CET
[IP = 213.40.111.61] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Well Rab, I do put nicknames where known in the captions in the People Gallery. Happy to add more if they are sent in (and if not libellous!)
By the way I am revamping this gallery which will be out soon in interactive format, so you will be able to add rude comments directly under the pics.
DMG  

 

 

Message Number: 12 - Saturday, January 31, 2009 11:02:45 CET
[IP = 92.17.40.219] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:
I believe Doug Cunningham did indeed acquire "Kyushu" from his post Korean war time as did Wally "Shinto" Shannon. It would jog a few brain cells if some of these nicknames could be joined up with their owners.  

 

 

Message Number: 11 - Friday, January 30, 2009 15:03:08 CET
[IP = 212.100.250.218] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:
Sad to read of the passing of John (Pancho) Williams, and of Doug. (Kyushu) Cunningham;- R.I.P. This got me thinking of other nick names that are suitable for printing?! here are a few from the past: "Poona," "China", "Typewriter," "One punch"
"Seldom seen" "Half day" "Small eats"
any more?

Did Doug get his nick name during the Korean war, spending time in Japan? I'm sure someone will know?

regards to all

Dick
  

 

sa

Message Number: 10 - Friday, January 30, 2009 12:28:01 CET
[IP = 84.92.175.161] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Byron Jones
Comments:
Gunline just arrived  

Message Number: 9 - Saturday, January 24, 2009 00:51:34 CET
[IP = 213.40.116.213] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
For Doug Cunningham's Nephew. Thanks for letting us know. I have passed your message to RFA Association HQ for futher distribution.
Please accept our condolences. If you would like us to pass on the funeral details, please send by email.
David Gerrard  

Message Number: 8 - Friday, January 23, 2009 14:37:57 CET
[IP = 92.17.40.219] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Doug Cunningham, another good shipmate has become a Silent Key.

I received the following today from Troy gale, daughter of the late John "Pancho" Williams.

"Firstly, I'm really sorry that I haven't got back to you before now.
As you can imagine the last couple of months have been difficult, coming to terms with losing Dad so close to Christmas. He would usually spend christmas day with me and my family. We would meet him at Bristol raiIway station (He never learnt to drive) and enjoy a chat over coffee/cider before heading back to our house where his grandchildren were waiting for him. Excitement always filled the house as he was always full of fun and mischievousness.
I was very comforted by responses posted on the unofficial website and a BIG thank you to all the guys who took time and effort to mention him there. (I love their sense of humour as well!) You wouldn't believe what that meant to me. I can truly appreciate the effectiveness of such a website. I will still log into it every now and then.  

 

 

Message Number: 7 - Thursday, January 22, 2009 12:49:03 CET
[IP = 86.27.39.147] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Colin Evans
Comments:
Ref ERPR? The engineer to the left of Andy Lauder is Nigel Lace and to the right is/was an engineering cadet.  

 

 

Message Number: 6 - Wednesday, January 21, 2009 23:36:47 CET
[IP = 79.76.98.243] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Doug (Kyushu) Cunningham
Comments:
I am Doug (Kyushu) Cunningham's nephew. It is with great sorrow that I write that Doug died on Sunday 18th Jan 2009 at 78yrs. I do not know much about his RFA career apart from he was radio / comms from a young age until retirement and also served in the Falklands. I am not sure where the nick name Kyushu came from. I found this site whilst searching Doug's name and the RFA. His picture ( with friends) is in the coms, supply and doctors pictures section. Possibly this message will reach his past friends and colleagues that we have no way of contacting.
He was a kind, reserved and gentle man who will be missed by all of our family.
 


Message Number: 5 - Thursday, January 15, 2009 03:08:01 CET
[IP = 82.46.48.71] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   roy hindley
Comments:
rfa regent 1980-1987 in my eightees now but fond memories of my time at sea, falklands,and many great places i visited good wishes to anyone that knows me and god bless.  

 

 

Message Number: 4 - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 18:47:01 CET
[IP = 86.3.129.60] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Gerry
Comments:
Came across your web-site whilst reminiscing about RFA Tidereach. I served on her on deck from 1965 until late '67 and made many friends alas no way of contacting them. You have a great site I will visit again

May I wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year  

 

 

Message Number: 3 - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:40:23 CET
[IP = 213.40.117.43] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
I'm sorry you didnt like it Steve. The photo was by George and was considered to be the best we had available at the time. There was a dearth of entries and it was always going to be a hard act to follow Chris Locke's South Georgia. Contributions to be considered for next years effort should be sent to Pat Thompson at RFAA HQ in due course.  

 

 

Message Number: 2 - Wednesday, December 31, 2008 01:10:39 CET
[IP = 70.66.134.40] -
Canada
 

 

Name:   Steve Oatey
Comments:
Many thanks to George Mortimore for the excellent (alternative)calendar. Now, if any one of those pictures had been on the Christmas cards I would have bought some, as I usually do. The chosen picture, though depicting an important moment in RFA history, was not something suitable for sending to other people (in my humble opinion).  

 

 

Message Number: 1 - Wednesday, December 24, 2008 16:03:22 CET
[IP = 92.20.35.119] -
United Kingdom
 

 

Name:   Rab Thomson
Comments:  

 

 

ge Number: 20 - Saturday, July 12, 2008 19:26:22 CET - [IP = 86.112.252.2]
 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Yes Dick, I remember the Doxford game well. It was even more fun with twin engines, going in opposte directions.
As for nurdling, I was uncrowned champion of the Far East Fleet. Being fairly tall helped but it didnt do my back any good. I'm sure none of this would be allowed in these sober times.

Message Number: 19 - Saturday, July 12, 2008 19:00:19 CET - [IP = 81.156.193.6]
 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:
Looking at the 'party pics.' from Resource, and the webmaster asking about 'firing orders'-153642! reminded me of the daft doxford game we used to play in the bar,- six guys lined up hands on head, and then you ducked down when your number was called!!, also other games: 'where are you Moriaty?', walking out on beercans,-I still have the scars!! did we call it 'nerdling'?- building a 'quick pyramid' was also popular!! I wonder what games they now play in the bars on 21st century Bay class ships? I'm glad they still have time to fly model helos!
regards to all
Dick

Message Number: 18 - Monday, July 7, 2008 21:30:17 CET - [IP = 213.40.116.105]
 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
And now the moment you've all been waiting for.
A whole new page for the STONNERY!
Plus lots of party pics from Resource on MIXED.
All courtesy of David Soden. More to come. Enjoy!

Message Number: 17 - Tuesday, July 1, 2008 05:56:52 CET - [IP = 70.66.139.25]
 

Name:   Steve Oatey
Comments:
Ahead or Astern?? (just kidding!!)

Message Number: 16 - Sunday, June 22, 2008 08:56:43 CET - [IP = 78.133.63.1]
 

Name:   Webmaster
Comments:
Fascinating to read all this Clankietalk from my holiday resort. Now what about the firing order?  


Message Number: 15 - Thursday, June 19, 2008 15:17:45 CET - [IP = 212.100.250.230]
 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:

For Steve and Ross.
I think that by now we are all agreed that Bob is 'driving' an 'old'style doxford engine, set for 'ahead' but with the main control lever possibly being brought back to 'stop' (obeying telegraph) I still think its either Resurgent or Retainer!!
I'm sure others who read this site have found all this absolutly gripping!!?
regards to all

Dick

Message Number: 14 - Thursday, June 19, 2008 00:30:00 CET - [IP = 70.66.139.25]
 

 

Name:   Steve Oatey
Comments:
Agree this is NOT Plum as she had the extra lever for fuel pressure regulation, not the handwheel shown in the picture. Plum's air start lever was forward for ahead, pull it back for astern, but the fuel lever went the same way for either direction (i.e. it was zero fuel nearest the operator, with increasing fuel as you pushed it away, towards the engine). If the telegraph is at stop, I suggest it might be an engine trial after working on it. Them were t' days!!

Message Number: 13 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 19:03:53 CET - [IP = 86.29.82.230]
 

Name:   Ross Miller
Comments:
Hello Dick,
Ref.your last...Being left handed one can remember the Ahead/Astern Quadrant/Lever on right hand side.The pic shows in AHD. pos.

Message Number: 12 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 14:04:04 CET - [IP = 86.146.22.208]
 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:
I don't think its Plum or Pear, as the reversing lever quadrant is clearly shown, also on the older Doxford the 'stop' position was central, forward for ahead and back towards the operator for astern. also he is operating a wheel for fuel pressure adjustment; only Plum had a lever for this. he is is not looking for divine inspiration; only keeping the pressure at 6000psi.!!
well maintained Doxfords were reliable engines.... as long as they had good quality lub. oil...(any one remember the Ocean oil debacle?? some one with the initials HB was responsible if I remember correctly?)and no water leaks in the crankcase!!
kind regards to all plumbers reading this and of course best wishes to all

Dick
Message Number: 11 - Tuesday, June 17, 2008 13:06:00 CET - [IP = 81.108.188.116]
 
Name:   Ross Miller
Comments:
Pic of Bob Smith

Most definitely a Doxford.I think 'Plumleaf'.As I recollect the Telegraph on right-hand side of the 'Orangeleaf' & 'Resurgent'.The fuel pressure was governed by a wheel on last and a lever on 'Plum'.
Why is the the telegraph at 'Stop'when fuel lever at 'Full Ahead'???
Best regards to all  

 

Message Number: 10 - Friday, June 13, 2008 09:36:53 CET - [IP = 195.93.21.72]
 

Name:   John Breckon
Comments:
Looks like he is looking for divine help, being a doxford he will need it.
ATB

Message Number: 9 - Thursday, June 12, 2008 09:54:18 CET - [IP = 212.100.250.230]
 

Name:   Dick Elsey
Comments:
Pic of Bob. Smith:

A Doxford engine, I think either Resurgent or Retainer, don't remember the levers painted red?
best wishes to all
Dick

Message Number: 8 - Tuesday, June 10, 2008 19:53:29 CET - [IP = 70.66.139.25]
 

Name:   Steve Oatey
Comments:
For anyone who has not seen it yet, there are some good photos of RFA's ancient and not-so-ancient on ("triple w") photoship.co.uk/ Follow the instuctions to make your browsing quicker. (And it's free!)

Message Number: 7 - Wednesday, June 4, 2008 15:51:16 CET - [IP = 84.92.175.161]
 

Name:   Byron Jones
Comments:
The first photograph on the 2008 Reunion site is of Rita Jones, Dr
Janet Stirk, Brian Stirk and John Vickerson

Message Number: 6 - Monday, May 26, 2008 14:59:48 CET - [IP = 213.40.12.14]
 

Name:   Steve Oatey
Comments:
I know the 2008 reunion has only just taken place, but does anyone know yet when /where the 2009 event will be held?

Steve
 
Message Number: 2 - Wednesday, May 7, 2008 14:05:59 CET - [IP = 213.40.220.189]
 
Name:   Ross Miller
Comments:
"In the Mixed section...Geraint Xmas 1982,methinks ? Cowan is Bob Cowan"
Message Number: 1 - Wednesday, May 7, 2008 13:56:00 CET - [IP = 213.40.220.189]
 
Name:   Christopher J Love
Comments:
Hello Shipmates,
Though these times are not without their difficulties I am and will always remain a dedicated believer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and their mission.
Fair winds and following seas,

Chris Love  

 


The guestbook

Ross Miller - 2008-04-09 09:31:21

"In the Mixed section...Geraint Xmas 1982,methinks ? Cowan is Bob Cowan"

Christopher J. Love - 2008-04-08 14:21:07

Hello Shipmates,
Though these times are not without their difficulties I am and will always remain a dedicated believer in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and their mission.
Fair winds and following seas,

Chris Love

Dave Smith - 2008-04-04 16:05:53

Could be Ray Gollop possibly visiting from Fort Charlotte which was always on berthed in the opposite corner of Stores Basin.

Webmaster - 2008-04-04 10:13:32

Could be Byron, there isnt much to go on,but that would give us two Captains on one ship?

Byron Jones - 2008-04-03 22:42:06

In the Mixed section Gold Ranger - could Tony Mitchell? be Ray Gallop?

Bev Hatch - 2008-03-30 07:00:54

For Colin Evans.

I think it is Seigneur Persewer Brian Reid.
Mind you he does have the same diamensions as David!

Colin Evans - 2008-03-29 23:36:28

In the unnamed section photo labelled "Xmas".
Would that be Dave Tooze in the centre ?

Webmaster - 2008-03-24 14:12:07

Thanks John. Is he the one in the front row, between Capt & Choff, or the one behind waving?

John Caruana - 2008-03-23 22:15:22

Blue Ranger Suez - Ken Anderson 3EO - 3rd from left - Jioed him in Malta 1958

Webmaster - 2008-03-23 12:10:35

Hello Colin,
Welcome. 3 ways of sending photos.
1. Email to me. (Click Webmaster)
2. Upload direct after registering in Mortimore Gallery.
3. Snail mail to me at 4 Furzehill Road, Heybrook Bay, PLYMOUTH. PL9 0BT.

No the Ruler is no longer in Gan!
Dave Gerrard

Colin Smith - 2008-03-22 07:58:25

Correction to my last post..it was Retainer I served on as 4th Mate not Regent... a "senior" moment!

Colin Smith - 2008-03-22 07:54:48

Happy Easter. I was on Wave Ruler as 1st Trip Cadet in 1966, joined in South Shields in Refit and then we went to Malta Station via work up at Portland. I was 4th Mate on wave Ruler in I think 1970 on her last trip before going to Gan as floating bunker...Is she still there? I served on Regent as 4th Mate with Laurie Swanson as Chief Mate, courted his pretty daughter too!
I was on Hebe,Olna,Resource as well before foolishly joining BP Tankers. Any old ship mates out there. I have a few Photos from those ships... anyway to post same?

Rab Thomson - 2008-03-16 18:56:30

Certainly looks like Tony Tomkins..sailed with him many years ago..he was ex RCN submarine communicator.

Steve Oatey - 2008-03-14 01:22:51

In the unnamed section photo labelled "Xmas", is the guy in the background an R/O named Tony Tomkins? Not sure of that spelling. He was ex-RCN.

Dave Smith - 2008-03-10 23:25:55

Resurgent. is the 2/o to the right of JRB Kim Watts?

Webmaster - 2008-03-05 10:12:59

By what seems to be a majority vote, I am going to name Bob Platt right and Rod Deller in the middle unless anyone else can offer an opinion!

Dennis Harker - 2008-03-04 00:45:06

2nd thoughts - didnt Bill Dwyer also smoke a pipe? And could the Pete Anthony lookalike be Jim Ashwell or had he left by this time? So many questions!

Dennis Harker - 2008-03-04 00:40:11

Resurgent Ashore - 4th from left Rod Deller, 5th from left makes me think Pete Anthony but only about 50% on that one as it is probably a bit early for him, extreme right is Bob Platt - the pipe gives it away.

Dave Smith - 2008-03-03 15:53:13

Yam Sing. its Sir Tristram possibly xmas 1976 HK
Chris Mackenzie, the lady on the right is Monica Brooks.

 

Colin Evans - 2008-03-02 14:02:25

Boat Dk Bar. Far left of the picture could be John Pearson or Jack Rowe (Black Jack)?

 

Webmaster - 2008-03-02 10:18:49

For DS. Boat Dk Bar. Is Mr Chan behind the bar?
How about Capt J McCulloch with his back to us and John Pearson far left?
Yam Sing.Yes I thought they couldnt all be Laundrymen!
For BD. If that is Bill Dwyer, he changed a lot by 82. Anyone know where he is? We tried to find him for the Lancelot F25 Reunion last year but failed.

Dave Smith - 2008-03-01 21:32:41

Yam Sing. On the left is Jimmie Mair.C.E.O. centre is Nelson ER stores, this is possibly Lancelot at a later date.

 

Dave Smith - 2008-03-01 19:19:50

Boat Dk. Bar. centre left Mike Fleming.extreme right. Mr. Chan,

 

Bryan Davies - 2008-03-01 15:26:27

In unnamed Resurgent Ashore is the one on the right a young Bill Dwyer

 

Webmaster - 2008-03-01 09:54:39

No it seems to be in a club ashore (probably American) but the photo is labelled Resurgent.

Dave Smith - 2008-03-01 08:59:05

I dont think this is Resurgent?

Webmaster - 2008-02-29 20:55:20

Thanks DS (aka SS). Steve, thats the one I thought was Rod Deller, though on reflection its perhaps a bit early for him.. Any more offers?

Steve Oatey - 2008-02-29 20:46:37

Looking at the picture of Resurgent (in "unnamed" section) I thought the far right was Bob Platt. Then I looked further along and it looks more like Bob fourth from right.

 

Dave Smith - 2008-02-27 23:49:50

Gold Ranger2.is Mike Fleming the 4/e i relieved looks as if taken at the Dockyard club.
H.M.S. Terror would have been to expensive for Mike,

 

Dave Smith - 2008-02-27 22:49:38

Photo Singapore67 was actually 68 Fred? from S.Shields 3/e Gold Ranger taken in Bungalow 578 SeembawangRd.

 

Jan - 2008-02-25 09:04:14

Just found the site, looking forward to having a look.

 

John Breckon - 2008-02-22 17:14:32

PCMDs Wedding is it BoB Bright Second lecky 2nd from left
ATB John B

 

Webmaster - 2008-02-22 09:35:14

Now on UNNAMED. PCMDs Wedding 1972. Names wanted. More to come from the collection of the late Jeremy Brooks.

 

Webmaster - 2008-02-14 21:18:08

Now now Richard, stop stirring it! The main website serves a perfectly proper function of spreading necessary information and being the "Official" window of the Association, it probably cannot adopt such an informal relaxed manner as this one. Also the webmaster probably hasnt as much time to play around with it as I have. Now I must get on with the garden .....

Richard walker - 2008-02-14 16:43:16

Why cant the main website be like this one!

 

Graham C Egleton - 2008-02-12 23:18:49

For Alex Landels - meant to contact you earlier. Trust you are well. Re the picture of Nick - I presume that he returned to Wave Ruler after leave because he left Wave Ruler with myself and John Watson in Malta at the beginning of February 1964. Lost track of him after that. Do not know if you heard any news of him after that. You can contact me direct at grayce@ntlworld.com. Best Wishes Graham E

 

Rab Thomson - 2008-02-09 15:40:25

Thank you David,for explanation but if it aint broke etc etc etc..

 

Webmaster - 2008-02-09 09:49:33

Yes Rab, this is a cheap and cheerful guestbook which doesnt allow the posting of complete URL addresses. This is necessary because once a post is made, I cannot delete it, so the spammers could run riot.
One of these days I will get round to looking for a better system. DMG

 

Rab Thomson - 2008-02-08 23:31:52

Regarding my last post. I tried to send the complete SN address but was told I might be a spammer and the system would not accept my post. ( hence missing out the www)

 

Rab Thomson - 2008-02-08 23:29:32

I joined Sir Galahad in Keppel Harbour Jan 70. I was the first RFA appointee and she was still with BI at that time. E.F Wardlaw (Ed) was the appeared shortly after and was appointed 2nd Eng, Chief Eng was C.K.A Adams (Ken) who transferred from B.I. as did Capt John Swan. The RFA articles were signed on 08 Mar 70. Entry in my discharge book can be seen at (remember and put in the www ) shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61396/ppuser/2224

 

Dick Elsey - 2008-02-07 21:58:13

not so pedantic as I thought!! read 79 as 69!! must be getting senile!!
disregard my last!!

Dick

 

Dick Elsey - 2008-02-07 21:54:26

From the pedantic plumber...

concerning Ed. Wardlaw: my old discharge book tells me that I relieved him in Sir Galahad at Hong Kong on April 27 1971.. (just to set the record straight!!)

regards to all

Dick

Webmaster - 2008-02-06 15:02:29

OK Rab.I was just trying to provoke our American cousins into a friendly argument! DMG

 

Rab Thomson - 2008-02-05 22:21:19

For the Webmaster:

Have posted a reply to your comment on JPJ on the ShipsNostalgia.
Regards

RT

 

Rab Thomson - 2008-02-01 16:58:42

Un-named Tidereach 1965 picture.
The partially obscured gentleman on the left of the photo would be 3rd Eng Alex Forsyth c/w bagpipes and wearing the Jock frock.

 

Webmaster - 2008-02-01 14:33:28

Certainly does Alex, but he retired as a 2EO in 1979. Long Time??

Webmaster - 2008-02-01 14:32:03

Certainly does Alex. But he retired as a 2EO in 1979. Long Time ??

ALEX LANDELS - 2008-01-27 10:20:51

UNNAMED page, the officer with the armed escort on BLUE RANGER 1956 looks like a young Ed Wardlaw 2nd Engineer??

Webmaster - 2008-01-16 20:48:31

How far back to you go? RFA Aldersdale 1937/8.
See ENGINEERS/MIXED/UNNAMED. Anyone with memories of CEO William Forster or who can identify the others, please get in touch.
Making a welcome return to the GUESTBOOK/HUMOUR page - Eric & Ernie!

 

 

Webmaster - 2008-02-14 21:18:08

 
Now now Richard, stop stirring it! The main website serves a perfectly proper function of spreading necessary information and being the "Official" window of the Association, it probably cannot adopt such an informal relaxed manner as this one. Also the webmaster probably hasnt as much time to play around with it as I have. Now I must get on with the garden .....
 
 
 
Richard walker - 2008-02-14 16:43:16

 
Why cant the main website be like this one!
 
 
 
Graham C Egleton - 2008-02-12 23:18:49

 
For Alex Landels - meant to contact you earlier. Trust you are well. Re the picture of Nick - I presume that he returned to Wave Ruler after leave because he left Wave Ruler with myself and John Watson in Malta at the beginning of February 1964. Lost track of him after that. Do not know if you heard any news of him after that. You can contact me direct at grayce@ntlworld.com. Best Wishes Graham E
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2008-02-09 15:40:25

 
Thank you David,for explanation but if it aint broke etc etc etc..
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2008-02-09 09:49:33

 
Yes Rab, this is a cheap and cheerful guestbook which doesnt allow the posting of complete URL addresses. This is necessary because once a post is made, I cannot delete it, so the spammers could run riot.
One of these days I will get round to looking for a better system. DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2008-02-08 23:31:52

 
Regarding my last post. I tried to send the complete SN address but was told I might be a spammer and the system would not accept my post. ( hence missing out the www)
 
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2008-02-08 23:29:32

 
I joined Sir Galahad in Keppel Harbour Jan 70. I was the first RFA appointee and she was still with BI at that time. E.F Wardlaw (Ed) was the appeared shortly after and was appointed 2nd Eng, Chief Eng was C.K.A Adams (Ken) who transferred from B.I. as did Capt John Swan. The RFA articles were signed on 08 Mar 70. Entry in my discharge book can be seen at (remember and put in the www ) shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/61396/ppuser/2224
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2008-02-07 21:58:13

 
not so pedantic as I thought!! read 79 as 69!! must be getting senile!!
disregard my last!!

Dick
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2008-02-07 21:54:26

 
From the pedantic plumber...

concerning Ed. Wardlaw: my old discharge book tells me that I relieved him in Sir Galahad at Hong Kong on April 27 1971.. (just to set the record straight!!)

regards to all

Dick
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2008-02-06 15:02:29

 
OK Rab.I was just trying to provoke our American cousins into a friendly argument! DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2008-02-05 22:21:19

 
For the Webmaster:

Have posted a reply to your comment on JPJ on the ShipsNostalgia.
Regards

RT
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2008-02-01 16:58:42

 
Un-named Tidereach 1965 picture.
The partially obscured gentleman on the left of the photo would be 3rd Eng Alex Forsyth c/w bagpipes and wearing the Jock frock.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2008-02-01 14:33:28

 
Certainly does Alex, but he retired as a 2EO in 1979. Long Time??
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2008-02-01 14:32:03

 
Certainly does Alex. But he retired as a 2EO in 1979. Long Time ??
 
 
 
ALEX LANDELS - 2008-01-27 10:20:51

 
UNNAMED page, the officer with the armed escort on BLUE RANGER 1956 looks like a young Ed Wardlaw 2nd Engineer??
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2008-01-16 20:48:31

 
How far back to you go? RFA Aldersdale 1937/8.
See ENGINEERS/MIXED/UNNAMED. Anyone with memories of CEO William Forster or who can identify the others, please get in touch.
Making a welcome return to the GUESTBOOK/HUMOUR page - Eric & Ernie!
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2008-01-11 11:04:31

 
Thanks Ben. Moved him to DECK.
Anyone in Suez in 1956? See UNNAMED. DMG.
 
 
 
Ben Lazenby - 2008-01-10 17:02:55

 
Happy New Year one and all, the Plumleaf 3/O in 2 of your pics is Roy Copestake
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-12-31 22:02:36

 
A very Happy,Healthy and Peaceful New Year to all, both on land and at sea!

best wishes

Dick
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-26 13:56:28

 
Thanks Dai & Bev. The fully named pic has now been moved to the Mixed page. And a Happy Boxing Day to All.
 
 
 
Dai Davies - 2007-12-24 18:52:23

 
Grey Rover 1985.
Chap on extreme right is Maxie Clements c/e/o
Merry Xmas...Dai
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2007-12-23 10:53:51

 
From a sunny & frosty Somerset a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Photo of the 1970 long course (names wanted) -
agree with Steve Oatey that front row, second from left is Tom Savage.

Front row, extreme left is Gordon Hogg.
Front row, centre is John Walton.

Other faces are familiar (other than Rupes old bean) but cannot drag any names out of the grey matter.
 
 
 
Shaun Jones - 2007-12-21 23:31:08

 
From somewhere at sea, a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

Shaun
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2007-12-20 21:42:15

 
From Bonnie Scotland, a Merry Christmas and Happy 2008 to all viewing this website.
 
 
 
Norman Ibbotson - 2007-12-14 00:15:39

 
Sorry Colin but I think you might have confused the two 1970 Long Courses. Andy Rye is centre rear of the November 1970 Course. I have no knowledge of who is centre rear of the earlier course.
 
 
 
Colin Evans - 2007-12-13 22:53:20

 
Photo of the 1970 long course (names wanted) -- Back row in the middle Andy Rye ?
 
 
 
Steve Oatey - 2007-12-13 22:32:26

 
Photo of the long course (names wanted) - front row, second from left looks like my old buddy Tom Savage.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-13 17:14:07

 
The Comms page is fixed and there are more faces needing names.
 
 
 
Alex Landels - 2007-12-11 19:04:43

 
Graham, great to hear from you. I took the pic of Nick in Mombasa with the Agfa when we were back on Wave Ruler in 1965. Your pic of Roger Sims brought back memories of when he was 2nd Mate on Wave Ruler in 1963, quite a character!
I spent all of 1971 at Wallsend but not as exciting as Reward!
Will try and make contact in the new year.
Best wishes,
Alex
 
 
 
 
Graham Egleton - 2007-12-10 23:58:35

 
For Alex Landels
Remember the refit in Wallsend very well - my last refit. Also time on Wave Ruler in 1963/64. Remember you well Alex and it was nice to see your picture with Harry Rowe.
Best Wishes
Graham
 
 
 
Bev Hatch - 2007-12-10 01:53:06

 
Unamed, group of four. From the left Stan Pilling (Chief Engineer Rtd). Next is Angus, third man is Willie Plastow (2nd Engineer Rtd). The name of the chap on the right escapes me at the moment.
 
 
 
Alex Landels - 2007-12-09 03:58:43

 
For Graham Egleton. Not seen you since your prolonged stay on Reward at Wallsend in 1970/71!!
Still have the Agfa you sold me in 1963!
Best Regards, Alex
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-08 20:43:28

 
Yes Norman, there is a distinct resemblance to Capt Angus. My thoughts, judging by the ties were that these were visitors from the Mad House, but who knows? Any other offers.
ps The Comms Page is still under repair but I will crack it soon!!
 
 
 
Norman Ibbotson - 2007-12-08 14:04:31

 
People - Unamed
Group of four. Could the second person from the left be Capt. Angus Patterson. Perhaps retired by that time.
 
 
 
Graham C Egleton - 2007-12-07 23:58:54

 
Thankyou for your reply. Pictures on the way.
With respect to the picture of the Engineers Tidereach 1965 - Names of some are Pat Fleming(2nd.Eng) Bob Gilston (3rd.Eng) myself (4th. Eng)and Fred Kazak (Junior Eng)
I cannot remember the names of the others. Chief Eng is on the right on bended knee. All the Crossing the Line pictures are from Tidereach.Roger Simms was 2nd.Mate.
Regards
Graham.E
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-07 12:42:21

 
Me again Graham. I see you have already registered. The rest should be easy!
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-07 11:51:49

 
Thank you Graham. To upload direct, go to the Mortimore Gallery Index and click "Contributors upload here". Then Register and activate your registration with the automatic email you will receive. Then log in and click "Upload File" and follow the instructions.
If thats all too much you can always send them to me as email attachments, any size within reason. DMG
 
 
 
Graham Egleton - 2007-12-07 00:06:06

 
I was delighted to find your web site and have enjoyed viewing the pictures of ships and old colleagues. The picture of Rick Nicholson in Mombasa in 1965 brought back many memories of our time together through college on Tyneside and at sea. His name is actually Roger Nicholson and was usually called Nick.

I have a few pictures of my own which I will upload to you for your consideration for inclusion in the gallery. Please advise me of upload procedure.

I joined the RFA straight from school in 1958 as an Engineer apprentice.On completion of my apprenticeship I served on several ships including RFA Tugs and salvage vessels (which were transferred to the control of the RMAS) and was a 2nd.Engineer when I left the ships and transferred into the Dockyard in Portsmouth. I retired from the MOD at age 55 in 1997.

Best Wishes

Graham Egleton
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-04 10:30:35

 
You are right Geoff, there is a malfunction on the Comms page. Thanks for telling me.
I am trying to sort it.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-04 10:04:59

 
Yes please Geoff. You will need to register to upload direct or you can send it as an email attachment. The thumbnails should enlarge with just a single left click.
 
 
 
anthony - 2007-12-04 07:11:31

 
very good sight my father was x rfa
 
 
 
Geoff Fido - 2007-12-04 06:54:10

 
I have a photo here of a Long course at Chelmsford which I think would have been the 1st half of 1970. I havent been able to enlarge the thumbnails so I cant really compare. I am happy to upload if required.

Regards Geoff Fido
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-12-03 23:31:59

 
OK Dick. I have submitted a proposal to the Board that the RFAA join the UKNDA as a Corporate Member. It is under consideration.
Missed the Sunday Times letter. Can you send a copy?
DMG
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-12-03 17:10:05

 
Thanks for the info. regarding the UKNDA DMG.
Have now joined, I think that all RFAA members should be encouraged to join?!

saw Rogers letter in yesterdays Sunday Times with which I agree wholeheartedly!

regards to all

Dick
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-11-23 22:15:51

 
Thank you Dick. I wont comment further on prematurely grey ladies but if anyone wishes to support our former leaders in their cause, see the link to the UKNDA on the links page.
DMG
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-11-23 20:51:41

 
The old grey grumpy plumber from Wimborne!

I am not sure about the graveyard Alex; in my limited? experience there is still plenty of life in 38 year old prematurely grey ladies!
I was sorry not to be with the other greybeards on the Fort Vic. at the AGM but good to see the pics. DG.

Further to my whinge on Sept 14 Iam glad to see that I am now in good company
with the retired chiefs of defence staff in the House of Lords complaining about the lack of support for our armed services which of course includes our own dear service!

regards to all

Dick
 
 
 
Alex Landels - 2007-11-15 11:16:17

 
Dave, Thank you for all the fine pics you have posted of the AGM and No3 graveyard. It was good to see such a good turnout.
 
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2007-11-09 11:55:21

 
Dave, I received your message okay on the Homecall and Freeserve email addresses but I inadvertently hit the wrong key in Mailwasher so you may have got a bounce message for each of them.

Little bit of finger trouble so perhaps I should have had a beer first!!

Many thanks for the email re Chris Smith Obituary and my apologies for being so slack in answering.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-11-08 13:01:43

 
For Dennis Harker. Neither of the email addresses I have for you seem to be working. Have you a new one or have you gone ex directory?
DMG
 
 
 
Ian Pratt - 2007-11-08 08:56:51

 
For all those attending the RFA Association AGM on Fort Victoria 14th Nov 2007.
We have booked a coach to transport (up to 52 people) from Trafalgar Gate to Fort Victoria. The coach will leave Trafalgar gate at 1110, the return trip will leave Fort Victoria at 1410.
 
 
 
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Webmaster - 2007-11-07 17:38:00

 
From Rab Thomson. See this link for an obituary
of Capt Chris Smith.
www.timesonline.co.uk/obituaries
DMG
 
 
 
ashvqrw@mail.com - 2007-10-25 23:25:50

 
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Peter Wright - 2007-10-23 17:26:42

 
For Webmaster Thanks for imformation on the Wave Laird you have made an old man very happy.I stil have the pictures of her in Malta.Thanks again .Best regards, P.W.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-10-23 08:57:39

 
For Peter Wright. Wave Laird spent some time in the 50s, supporting HMS Protector in Antarctica and resupplying the Falklands before many people had heard of them. She was in the first Cod War, 1958 - 1961 and was scrapped in 1970.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-10-23 08:49:43

 
For Dennis & Shaun.
Your kind thoughts were passed to the family at Banbury, yesterday. DMG
 
 
 
John Breckon - 2007-10-22 21:18:30

 
Just a warning to lock everything up the steamies are coming this weekend Royal fleet club.
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2007-10-20 23:16:49

 
Sorry - amend one - for Summer 1990 read Summer 1989.
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2007-10-20 23:15:01

 
Very saddened to read the news of Chris Smith recently passing away. I can only echo Shaun Jones words in that he was one of the most supportive, friendly and competent Captains that I ever sailed with too.

I was with him on Sir Percivale from the end of refit late 1988 through summer of 1990 which took us through the inevitable rough time at FOST hands followed by winter exercises in Norway and then some swanning around the continent and Scandinavia (Antwerp, Denmark, Oslo, etc) until I left in Summer 1990. It was a very enjoyable 9 months due mainly to Chris being the Captain and getting the best out of every visit for the whole ship.

My fondest memory is of heading westwards one Sunday evening on the way back from Antwerp when an RAF Rescue helicopter clattered alongside and asked, via VHF, if he could carrying out winching practice. Bear in mind that it was dark and tv reception was good (Chris liked his tv). We decided we would give the helo something to practice by flashing up the UHF sets in the radio room and giving him a surprise - until that point he had assumed we were a commercial ship.

Chris came into the radio room asking if we had a Beaver Code or similar because he wanted to go up on VHF and tell the pilot to **** off. Unfortunately we could not find a suitable code before the helo decided we were too complicated to play with - too many radio sets - were the pilots words. Chris then happily went back to watching his tv.
 
 
 
Peter Wright - 2007-10-20 20:42:35

 
HI I served as A/B on the RFA Wave Laird from July 1949 to Dec 1949.I would like to know where I find out what happen to her after that.We buried one of our shipmates in Malta on that trip.It was a great ship.It would make an old man happy. Thanks
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-10-15 10:06:16

 
From Shaun Jones re Chris Smith:
I was so sad to hear this news. Chris was my Captain in SIR LAMORAK (1984) and GREY ROVER (1985) when I was his Navigator. During 1985 and we enjoyed a fantastic 9 months including a trip to the USA and he was one of the most supportive and friendly Captains that I ever served under. It was wonderful to see Chris at the farewell party to GREY ROVER in 2005 which sadly was the last time that we met although luckily a photograph was taken of the 1985 “Command Team”. My thoughts go to Chris’s family.

 
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-10-07 21:01:53

 
Lots of reignited Sparkers in the 2007 Gallery
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-09-21 19:01:03

 
New pic of the grumpy old plumber on the Mixed page.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-09-19 18:56:29

 
Hello Johnny, we remember your place with alchohol tinged fondness. As you say we are a bit too young to remember your Uncle Stan. DMG
 
 
 
Johnnie Stagnetto in Gibraltar - 2007-09-19 18:18:14

 
Hi there, was just browsing and came across your site by pure chance. I owned and ran " La Bayuca " restaurant in Gib for 40 years so I met quite a few RFA chaps during that time. My other connection is my uncle Stan Edwards, Chief Engineer, who was in RFA all during the War, so you young fellows would not have known him, unless you're about 95 years old !! Thats all. Best regards, Johnnie
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2007-09-18 20:48:25

 
For Shaun and yourself.VMT for explanation..these acronyms have bugged me for ages.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-09-18 02:48:57

 
Rab, Shaun Jones reports - RFA(SIPT) RFA Support Integrated Project Team based in Abbey Wood under Cdre Mike Norfolk (used to be ADS(RFA) in Fox Hill and look after Upkeep issues/refits/RFA 48�s etc).
SEGET - to follow but something to do with spare gear!

 
 
 
 
Rab thomson - 2007-09-15 05:44:55

 
Regarding Gunline and the Shore Posts..I believe ACOS is Assistant Chief of Staff as mentioned earlier on this site but what is RFA SIPT and SEGET TEAM?
 
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-09-14 08:22:14

 
Its me again!! the grumpy old 'plumber' from Wimborne!

My copy of "Gun Line" came last week... how sad to see only three ships in 'furrin parts' and the rest (to quote Kipling)'anging round the yards' or at least the UK; also to see that the Fort Vic. Oakleaf, and Brambleleaf have disappeared with out a wimper! (yes I know they are skulking with certain other 'old ladies' at Pompey, and then to read that all Mounts Bay could be found to do was to entertain Jimmy Saville! oh come on!!!

Seriously though sculling around the UK coast seems something of a come down compared with the glory days!of the sixties and seventies!keeping the morale of everyone at a high must be difficult with out the excitement of 'going foreign' which was why I went to sea all those years ago.

I won't even comment on the number of shore posts!!

if any one can allay my concerns in any way please do!

I've wittered on too long!

regards to all

Dick

 
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-30 13:44:49

 
Yes Dick, the City Gem was famous for its fillet steaks and curries. Closed long ago I'm afraid.
Birzebugia - but I dont know any bars down there.
 
 
 
rab thomson - 2007-08-30 12:47:23

 
Last time I was in "La Bayuca" was in the good company of Tony Pais 2nd Eng and Choff Jim Ormond. This was 20 years ago. Anyone heard of them in recent years?
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-08-30 12:31:52

 
Thanks for the info re.'La Bayuca' happy memories of long ago... with regards to Malta, anyone remember the 'City Gem' in Sliema? also entertaining the Wrens from 'Hal Far' at a bar we 'took over' in (and I can't spell it)!! "Birzia Boogia" (Resurgent '65)

Dick
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-28 14:23:31

 
WANTED. A photo of
Captain CSB (Bonshaw) Irwin DSO,DSC,RD.
Retired 1973. Died 1985.
This is to complete an entry on a website which records the WW2 careers of RN, RNR and RFA Officers.
DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2007-08-24 11:16:16

 
Always pleased to be of service ,David.
Expect this w/e will be our busiest for visiting yachts. I am however now partially retired and am the second on call HM now. Great hobby!
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-24 08:22:38

 
Well done Rab. I was just about to ask Shaun Jones to go ashore and do a recce.
I take it things are quiet in the Harbour Masters office this afternoon?
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2007-08-24 04:02:56

 
An enquiry to Gib tourist information revealed that "La Bayuca" was the place but it closed about 2 years ago. It was indeed in Turnbull's Lane according to Vanessa of tourist information.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-23 07:09:32

 
Both these ring a bell.

14: Strings Restaurant
4 Cornwall's Parade
Tel: 78800

15:La Bayuca Restaurant
21 Turnbull's Lane
Tel: 75119

Neither actually in Engineer's Lane but not far off. I'll stick up a map.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-22 13:02:34

 
Could this be it??
La Bayuca - also a favourite with Prince Charles and Prince Andrew... Johnnie and Tita are extremely friendly and will gladly tell you about the history of Gibraltar. The restaurant is one of the oldest on the rock, and used to be popular with naval officers until the British Navy stopped visiting Gib in the 1990's. The food is good for Gibraltar, but not outstanding. But it is about the only place with character and is worth going to.

The Chicken Bayuca is good - quite like a chicken tagine, that you would expect in Morocco.
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Theme: Other
Directions: From Casemates Square, take your first left from Main Street and then first right. You'll see a sign for 'Restaurant' half way down on the right hand side.
 
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-08-22 03:09:09

 
Eating and drinking in Gib.
Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant in Engineeers Lane? one of the tables had a brass plaque saying that the Prince of Wales ate here! what he actually ate was not mentioned!!, but I remember the swordfish steaks...
Dick
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-14 09:29:51

 
Never touched it Rab! Only pure Gozo Wine in unlabled bottles at 1s3d a time.
I think the "Green Lantern" was actually just "The Lantern".
See photo on my other site at www.talhandaqnostalgia.org in the Malta, Then & Now, album.
Maltese wine has improved dramatically over the years and Marsovin Special Reserve is quite drinkable but not as good as Delicata Green Label. Mind you it now costs a couple of quid! DMG
 
 
 
rab thomson - 2007-08-14 09:00:21

 
Chris, Gib's Angry Friar and the Pulverine were also well-frequented taverns.
Malta brews were Hopleaf and Cisk and the famed Marsa screech-not stuff for small boys to drink. I am sure the Webmaster will confirm this.

 
 
 
 
Chris Puxley - 2007-08-14 03:58:24

 
Dick, if I can transport you to one or two other locations, regularly frequented in the (g)olden days;
Gibraltar, often accompanied by George Galliano the Agent, - the Casino, the Piazza, The Fox & Hounds bar. (Memories of Watneys Red Barrel and swordfish steaks).
Malta, - Green Lantern bar at the top end of the 'Gut'- all downhill from there! What was the name of the local brew in Malta?

 
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-08-13 12:30:58

 
Before Endeavours Fade... (Old China Hands only, need to respond!!)
Not much response regarding watering holes we have known....
Does no one else remember: drinking beer , playing liar dice, and eating lamb cutlets at Conders bar in Hong Kong? (I'm sure you were there Scofe?) quite near to Jimmys Kitchen if I remember correctly?
also the Russian Restaurent behind the Peninsular Hotel in Kowloon? 'Tchenkoes'?. spelling?? was its name, any one else remember it?
Those were the days! also 'Winner House' of ill repute!!!
 
 
 
David smith - 2007-08-09 09:44:33

 
For DMG i have recently been given a No of 35mm slides taken from FD.possibly Albion of a RAS Daring class,TideRace/TideReach
I shall be in Plymouth next week and will contact you .
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-07 13:29:57

 
For students of the Mandolin and Table Tennis, there is a new pic on the Deck page. DMG
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-07 08:48:09

 
For Chris. The GEC Snoopy Mark 2 rig was operational (more or less) in that position in Resource by 1986 but not sure when it was fitted. I think the old Sea Slug Rig (No.8) was still there at that time though used for something else.
 
 
 
Chris Puxley - 2007-08-07 03:47:03

 
Can anyone tell me when the old seaslug gantries were removed from Regent/Resource and an additional rig built stbd side just abaft the accom block? I think it must have been some time soon after 1983. I would also be interested in locating photo's of certain RFA's in commercial livery after RFA service, eg Hebe/Bacchus, Brambleleaf/Pearleaf, Black Ranger and Chilean Tidepool, or when RFA's are in the throes of being savaged by ship breakers.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-08-03 09:00:36

 
The Association Archives are a being professionally catalogued and we hope that one day they may be the start of a museum.
However as Chris says many items still seem to disappear without trace. All we can do is spread the word to preserve whats left of our heritage. The Association HQ is expected to move south in the not too distant future which may make it easier to retrieve items from Pompey Dockyard as ships decommission.
(Marine Supers are long gone! They are all Deputy Assistant Chiefs of Staff (Flexible Global Reach) or something nowadays!) DMG
 
 
 
Chris Puxley - 2007-08-03 07:52:04

 
Ref Dick's comment about 'mess trophies', there are a few bits and pieces at the Association HQ in Bellingham but I'm sure it will be just the tip of the iceberg. What happened to the "Tristram fox" for example? A couple of years ago I was trying to find out(without success)what happens to a ship's plans when the old ship is laid up? Are they thrown in the back of some Marine Super's locker at H.O. and forgotten? Has anyone a contact who can find out? Those sort of things should be kept for our Association archives. I managed to get a copy of a few 'Gen Arrangements" i.e. Retainer (as built), Hebe/Bacchus, Resource/Regent and Engadine, from city museums where the vessels were built. Like much of history, it's interest value is not recognised until too late.
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-08-03 05:50:45

 
For Chris Puxley:
Joined the Grey just after the bump with the Okanagan, but remember the lump of fibreglass fin with a maple leaf painted on it. I think it had gone when I went back there in '79?.

Years ago, I too, remember (with others) endeavouring to drink the Tiger brewery dry, with no success!!

Just a thought, does any one know what happens to 'mess trophies' when ships are decomissioned? any mileage in thinking about an R.F.A. museum I winder? I think that the Beira 'bucket' is, or was in the dockyard museum at Portsmouth, but of course that was competed for by RN ships as well. I think the 'Dale boats' are represented on it.

Pleased to hear that the Seacrest is still 'up and running' Rab.
 
 
 
Chris Puxley - 2007-08-02 04:28:44

 
For Dick Elsey - Yes, I can remember that Grey Rover paying off party in the dives of Helensburgh too - just! I consider myself fortunate to have been put on a train going in the right direction. My eldest son is a WEO on Trident boats and lives in that part of the world now, so I pass through Helensburgh from time to time and think about those 'good ol days'.

Going back to Grey Rover, were you on there Dick when the Canadian sub "Okanagan" hit us underwater? I was 4-8 OOW at the time. One of the Canadian crew has been in touch via the 'RFA Unofficially' website and was interested to hear our perspective. (We were totally absolved of blame in case anyone wondered!). He seemed to recall our corporate hospitality equally as much as the bump.

In my last email I forgot to mention that whilst in Singers I was with a group of RAF types and paid a visit to the Tiger brewery. After the rapid lookaround we were in the bar and sampling the goods when I noticed amongst many other badges, one from the "Olwen". How long ago was that I wonder.
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2007-08-01 07:19:59

 
For the Webmaster: In same boat as your good self when it comes to co-ordinates for the Sunshine. Regret photographs are in the negative-no pun intended.
Seacrest now being run by Jackie, daughter of Dot. Called in there a couple of years ago during a nostalgic tour of the area.
 
 
 
Dick Elsey - 2007-08-01 06:13:51

 
For Rab: Quite right! never did beat C.C. at table tennis! but of course he had 'home advantage'!
For Chris: I seem to remember your paying off party on Grey Rover,? the train jopurney to Glasgow and helping you (with others) on the sleeper!!.....

Some watering holes both near and far...
Amys at J.B. Jack Conders in H.K. Dots. Seacrest in Whitley Bay, and the Wilcove near Yonderberry. just for starters...
regerds to all

Dick
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-07-31 12:49:03

 
Rab, your wish is my command. However I will need more precise co-ordinates for the Sunshine Bar as either they have changed the street names or Google's map is up the spout, so I have centered it on the Arch of Tusks. As I recall, the New Florida was further south east. And what about the Casablanca? I will also need some photos of course to plant on the scenes of interest! DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2007-07-31 10:24:43

 
For the Webmaster:
How about Mombasa's Sunshine Club or The New Florida? On Kilindini Road if my memory serves me well.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2007-07-30 12:47:20

 
For the benefit of those (dinosaurs) who have not yet got Google Earth, you can now zoom straight to the Sembawang Gate from the guestbook entry page. I am open to suggestions for other nostalgic locations. DMG
 
 
 
Colin Evans - 2007-07-30 10:25:57

 
Referring to Chris Puxley's posting. Take a look at Singapore and Sambewang on Google Earth where your able to see just what Chris is talking about.
 
 

Dick Elsey - 2007-07-07 08:11:36

Shaun

Glad to see that your spelling is A.O.K!

My old discharge book tells me that I was in Reliant for eleven months in 61/62 and in Stromness for four months in 73 and for six months in 79 perhaps the names fell on deaf ears eg mine!!

keep safe if still at sea, or have a really good leave!

regards

Dick Shaun Jones - 2007-07-06 13:09:08

Dick

I looked at the article submitted and I spelt it VANE.....best take it up with the Editor. However, I will take a hit on the Engine Room quote! She was in really good condition but sadly we were unable to get a RAS arranged for a photo opportunity as we spent our time in different parts of the Gulf most of the time.

As well as being a Creamy Topper, I always remember STROMNESS as the "Super Sampan" from 76/7 as a Deck Cadet and RELIANT as the Yacht.

Shaun Dick Elsey - 2007-07-06 12:46:19

Re: Black Rangers school sign NOT GUILTY SAH! but I think I know a man who was...!

some reflections from a grumpy old engineer!

page 20 in the Adams/Smith book, I was called lots of names when I was at sea (and sometimes still am!) but never a 'clankie'?!!

more "naff" names from the book: I sailed in both Reliant and Stromness; the 'yacht' (page 100) maybe by envious Tideboat men! 'Creamy Topper' may be, but 'Super Sampan'?? (page112)

latest Gunline (page 7) I take exception Shaun, to a Sulzer RD being called a 'stone crusher' also it is the quintessential cathedral diesel engine, not the room!! Steering gear is a rotary VANE system not vein.
How pedantic can you get! Incidently Lyness now Sirius was (in August 2005) to become a training platform for budding Merchant Marine Officers at the Texas Maritime Academy.I have fond memories of Lyness, standing by during the build, and then for seven months in 81 during the hand over.
Joe Gaffrey,and Mel Whatmough were also there, anyone else still around? who was there

regards to all

Dick Webmaster - 2007-07-06 07:04:46

Well spotted that man. On the back page there is an email address for comments & suggestions, but when I sent a few suggested corrections in there was no response.
I remember the Black Ranger's school sign. So it was you!
DMG Dick Elsey - 2007-07-06 02:22:27

Looking in Adams/Smiths book, I see on page126 the picture is of Cherryleaf 3, not 2... I do not think that in the early sixties freighting tankers had pennant Nos painted on ? I have a pic. of Plum. at Suez without Nos... also pics of Cherryleaf 1 in Sigwart: plates 37 and 38 with black hull no visible Nos.. but dressed overall why I wonder?

Adams/Smith page 183 Funnel Badges: in 1961 Black Ranger at Portland wore a school sign courtesy of Dorset County Council..... no names no pack drill!!!.. I had a slide to prove it but cannot locate it at the moment!

regards to all

Dick Webmaster - 2007-07-05 05:44:03

For David Kerr. According to the latest Gunline, PO(D) RA Gourlay is on Fort Austin. The postal address is BFPO 439. Webmaster - 2007-07-03 09:04:01

I'm back. Hello Lester.
You are correct with Eddyfirth - A261. Mea Culpa.
Surf Pioneer - Tony James states A367, Adams/Smith states A365. Dont know. Photos show no number displayed.
Cherryleaf - Both sources give A82 for both Cherryleaf(2)(1953) and (3)(1963).
Delighted to get a copy of your index.
DMG
Lester May (Royal Navy 1967-1989 - supply officer from 1972) - 2007-07-02 13:08:25

In an effort to make it easier to identify RN and RFA ships in films and photographs, I am compiling an index of pennant numbers.

On this website you state RFA Eddyfirth is A262 but all other sources give me A261. Similarly you state A367 for RFA Surf Pioneer but elsewhere it's A365. Who's right?

Any idea of the pennant number of RFA Cherryleaf (1953)?

I'll be happy to share the list once complete. Dick Elsey - 2007-06-25 05:12:11

Any one who drinks Cobra beer with their curry, may well have seen that the founder of said beer is now made Lord Billimoria in the Queens Honours! any relation to the Second Engineer of that name who was about in the 60's? any one else remember him? I wonder?regards to all

Good to see so many remembering the sad events of 25 years ago

regards to all

Dick

Shaun Jones - 2007-06-16 07:39:20

Excellent day yesterday at Tower Hill. It was good to see such an excellent turn out. Webmaster - 2007-06-14 03:33:48

I am off to London and then to sunny Malta, until 4 July. The direct uploads should still work but please save your email photos until then. Thank you. DMG. David Kerr - 2007-06-11 17:55:52

Had a great time at the falklands 25th dinner, good to meet so many nice people.Would love to hear from anyone who sailed on the Resource down south especially Bob Gourlay who i believe is now a bosuns mate. Shaun Jones - 2007-06-07 14:31:29

Please spare a thought tomorrow (08 Jun) for the events of 25 years ago. As far as I recall, the bombing took place at 1410 Falklands time.

Shaun Mike Black - 2007-06-06 04:56:33

For webmaster:
Have had another thought as to the Ennerdale picture, and have reconsidered that the engineer on the right is Bruce Mordue? Webmaster - 2007-06-04 03:40:32

Ta Shaun. Contact established.
The Olmeda CTU 1971 now on Deck Page. Shaun Jones - 2007-06-03 13:04:21

E-mail sent with Andy's details in Portsmouth.

Shaun Webmaster - 2007-06-02 08:30:00

For Steve. OK I have deleted the false attribution. Keep trying to get your pics through.
Does anyone have an an e address for Andy Fisher? I must have lost it in the crash.
DMG Steve Glanvill - 2007-05-29 07:11:57

to Andy Fisher 2007 - 01 31
Hi Gunga....
What pic is this then?

If it's Green Rover in 1976 it's not me.I'm sure I was aboard Tidespring that year. I was a cadet aboard Grey Rover in 1973 and on Gold Rover in 1975 as 3/O I am still in Brixham though.
Steve Steve oatey - 2007-05-23 12:18:07

Nice pix of the Tristram being carried home - I've been looking for some pictures of that event. They certainly cleaned up the vehicle deck compared to when I left her in Feb.'83

How did they get rid of all the rats?

When did they cut off the tangled mess of the aft accommodation (as shown in the 'entering the Tyne' picture)?

Steve Mike Back - 2007-05-20 04:25:42

For webmaster. It'll have to be a TBC then. Ross Miller - 2007-05-17 02:58:55

Bonjour Dave,
Have found a piccie of "Sir Tristram", being 'Piggy-Backed' by the "Dan Lifter" from the Falkands, entering the Tyne. Will send on. As for the above being in drydock in Falmouth will send as soon as the Memsaab has batteries in her digi-camera.



Webmaster - 2007-05-16 03:28:58

For Mike Black re Ennerdale. Are you sure that is Steve Mathews on the right? It doesnt
tally with his pic on the Recent page with Mike Nurse. Webmaster - 2007-05-16 01:59:42

Thanks Chunky.
OK David - send them in. I hope there isnt one of me eating whole chickens! David - 2007-05-15 14:59:11

Sigs Appleleaf 1983 is Jeff, the one who was killed in New York. David - 2007-05-15 14:52:04

Picture, Mike Rogers and ? = Plumber Bob Burt, I think!

Just seen your picture of Resurgent Christmas 1969, I was there and have some more pics, including officers bar rugby! Mike Black - 2007-05-15 12:15:47

Ennerdale survivors:
The engineer on the left, next to the dusky princess, is Frank Bond. The engineer on the right is Steve Mathews. Webmaster - 2007-05-15 09:54:43

Hello Ross,
Send us a photo. Have you seen the one of her in dock at Wallsend at RFA Falklands 82>
Miscellaneous? Ross Millerl - 2007-05-15 03:22:05

Hello Dave,

Have just been to look at the "Sir Tristram" in Drydock in Falmouth.Brings back memories of Falklands '82.
Shaun Jones - 2007-05-13 11:22:47

VMT. On leave now for a few weeks and CARDIGAN BAY next Webmaster - 2007-05-13 07:29:53

No Shaun, the glitches were at my end. Hopefully now sorted. Shaun Jones - 2007-05-12 12:40:51

Dave

Many thanks for creating the SIR BEDIVERE gallery. Some of them do not seem to open....hope that my computer is not on the blink.

Shaun Webmaster - 2007-05-10 12:35:20

Its very quiet out here!
There are lots of new pics in Reunion 2007, Falklands 82 and the Philatelic section.
Somebody say something.
DMG rab thomson - 2007-04-30 10:32:48

Welcome back David. Webmaster - 2007-04-29 12:48:10

At long last I am back on broadband with more or less everything working.
SEND IN YOUR PHOTOS!
Coming soon - The 2007 Reunion.
DMG Webmaster - 2007-04-07 12:05:32

How right you are Steve. Now we are in to a bank holiday so everything grinds to a halt for a week. Steve Oatey - 2007-04-02 13:53:50

It seems "customer service" has still not reached the U.K. yet.

Steve Webmaster - 2007-04-02 11:55:33

The saga continues! Having given up on my old computer which is now on its second trip back to Lancashire (God's own country), I have splashed out on a new job which is running on Windows Vista. This means that to get my broadband modem to work , I have to install new drivers. These are available online but impossible to download on an incredibly slow dial-up connection. So I have to wait for my ISP to put them on a disc in the post. A few more days and things might be back to normal......... Webmaster - 2007-03-22 12:20:14

Still waiting! More Falklands pics in the Mortimore Gallery Uploads. Shaun Jones - 2007-03-20 12:15:57

Posted a few photos of ex-STROMNESS. She was in Bahrain this morning (20/03/07) and still going strong.

Shaun Webmaster - 2007-03-17 04:20:36

Me again. My computer is coming back from the makers soon.In the meantime to keep things ticking over there is a new pic of some old Radio Officers and more from Shaun Jones in Sir Bedivere in the sunshine in the Mortimore Gallery Upload
Section.DMG Webmaster - 2007-03-08 03:38:13

My computer problems continue. It now has to go back to the makers. I can still manage small emails and minor updates to the site.
Photos may be uploaded directly to either the 2007 Gallery or the Mortimore Gallery.
All you have to do is register!
DMG Webmaster - 2007-02-19 03:42:34

Technical Problems. I am reduced to a very slow dial-up connection. No photos until further notice please. Any experts in the operation of WindowsXP Safe Mode Command prompts - please get in touch!
DMG rab thomson - 2007-02-02 08:44:09

RFA people un-named.Wave Chief. Could be Alec Redpath on left of picture. Andy Fisher - 2007-01-31 06:14:08

Green Rover 1976 (2)

Think it looks like Steve Glanville from Brixham. Joined as Deck Cadet in 1971
Webmaster - 2007-01-30 02:25:23

For JA Pottinger. I am replying by email.
DMG Byron Jones - 2007-01-29 02:02:38

Exactly 45 years ago to the day that I joined my first RFA - Black Ranger at Portland. Seems like only yesterday. Ian Schofield-Beevers - 2007-01-26 14:19:55

Although not a member of the RFAA am sure
a lot of members will have sailed with
Ian Douglas Radio Officer. Sadly passed
away this afternoon.
R.I.P. "Black Dougie"

Scofe james A. Pottinger - 2007-01-26 09:27:02

As an ex-Scotts'of Greenock apprentice can I have your permission to use a couple of photos of Scotts' built Resource, Resurgent and Retainer ina small article in Swire News/
thanks,
Jim Dave Smith - 2007-01-19 13:03:11

Connie Constantine,R.I.P.
My first 2/EO crack me charlie. ya bugs

 

 

 

Steve Oatey - 2006-12-01 01:30:54

 
In the "mixed" section, picture of Blue Rover 1972, I think the person labelled "CEO" looks like Mike Medlicott.
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-11-25 15:32:53

 
Fully understood Dave - RFA's view is "why manage your own database when you can use someone elses?" Seem to remember very similar happening with the Souls On Board list. Too difficult to manage in the office so make the ships send a new complete list each time there's a change.

Interpretation of normal is down to each individual - I say that, sat here, with a pencil up each nostril and a pair of underpants on my head!!

Best wishes
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-11-25 03:29:46

 
Fully understood Dennis and Colin but I hope we are still "normal"!
My understanding is that the only way to be sure of getting Gunline these days is to be on the Association mailing list. This was not introduced by us, but by the RFA!
Cheers.
DMG
 
 
 
Colin J Evans - 2006-11-24 14:51:30

 
You've equally expressed my sentiments exactly Dennis
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-11-24 12:08:34

 
Thanks for the information David. I'll email Nick and see if he has any info - however, I don't get Gunlines despite emailing him several times and his promises to put me back on the mailing list so I am not sure whether I will get a response or not.

Why am I not a member? After 39 years in the RFA I am enjoying the break away from the routine and all that went with it. Whilst I like and want to keep in touch and am willing to help with photos and anything else requested, I haven't yet felt the need to slip back into RFA ways. I am enjoying being normal for the time being - if you know what I mean. That is not meant in any derogatory way but I don't feel the need to meet up with a group etc. at the moment.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-11-24 03:04:22

 
No news as yet Dennis. Its a bit early.
They are usually to be ordered individually from the Whale Island address which last year was 1/O Nick Covill, Fleet/2SL Media & Communications, CinCfleet HQ, MP2-4, Henry Leach Building, Whale Island,Portsmouth.
PO2 5ER. (Nothing like a simple address!)Last years price was Ł4.50 payable to RFA Benevolent Fund.
The former arrangement whereby Association members got one free has been binned.
The Xmas edition of Gunline is underway and is supposed to be out before Xmas!
Anyway why arent you a member??
Dave Gerrard
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-11-24 02:30:47

 
Does anyone know if the Calendars are for sale yet and what contact address is required to order/purchase? Bear in mind that I am not an Association member so, presumably, cannot purchase via the RFAA.

Many thanks.
 
 
 
Shaun Jones - 2006-11-20 04:19:43

 
Re: Falklands 25



Dear Captain Jones



Please accept our apologies for any disappointment caused by the lack of mention of the RFA, we have had an extremely difficult task in summarising the conflict so concisely and have consequently omitted a great number of people who contributed to the liberation of the Falkland Islands. We are currently investigating the technical requirements of adding a register to the site, so those who have not been personally mentioned in the copy can register their details. I have added the RFA Sir Galahad to the text “About the Conflict” and the revised text will be uploaded shortly.



Thank you for pointing these things out.



Joanna Sowter

Falklands 25 team

Telephone: 01903 810065

 
 
 
 
Colin J Evans - 2006-11-17 12:47:23

 
Re Falklands 25, their reply

Dear Mr Evans
Please accept our apologies for any disappointment caused by the lack of mention of the RFA, we have had an extremely difficult task in summarising the conflict so concisely and have consequently omitted a great number of people who contributed to the liberation of the Falkland Islands. We are currently investigating the technical requirements of adding a register to the site, so those who have not been personally mentioned in the copy can register their details. We have also added a reference to the links page on the “About the Conflict” page for those who wish to read in more detail about the conflict.
I hope this will go some way towards rectifying the omission.

Joanna Sowter

Falklands 25 team

Telephone: 01903 810065

 
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-11-16 08:41:04

 
Ref www.falklands25.com . I've managed to put some pro RFA propaganda on their "memories" page.
DMG
 
 
 
Colin J Evans - 2006-11-15 12:05:20

 
Regards the www.falklands25.com website. I've written to the compiler of the site and pointed out a few of the glaring ommisions from whats included in their history of the operation etc Whether it changes anything has to be seen.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-11-14 07:47:11

 
Never mind Shaun - we have our own Falklands RFA website!
 
 
 
Shaun Jones - 2006-11-14 07:43:33

 
Just had a look through the Falklands 25th website (www.falklands25.com). Not a single mention of the RFA!
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-11-14 03:47:25

 
Welcome Frank. Wave Premier was sold for scrap at Rosyth in June 1960. it was a bit before my time but I'm sure someone remembers her.
DMG
 
 
 
FRANK FERRI - 2006-11-14 03:41:02

 
after quilifying from Leith Nautical College (Ts Dolphin) my first ship waas the oil tanker "Wave Premier" Joined her at Leith as cabob boy on October 17th 1952. We joined up with the RN feet at Rosyth and Invergordon. The battle ship Vanguard, Cruiser Swiftsure, aircraft carrier EAgle, some Diamon clas destroyers etc and other members of the NATO fleet. We headed for the Arctic Ocean on Exercise Mainbrace, war games.... In 1953, she joined the fleet in the Yellow Sea to refuel ships during the Korean War...Would love to hear more about her and when she was scrapped and from anyone who sailed on her Regards Frank
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-10-29 12:30:43

 
Mixed Gallery Warsash 82. Between Mike Mission and Jim Denning is Gerry Williams
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-10-23 07:22:27

 
For Bryan Davies. Separate email sent to you with emailadd
 
 
 
bryan davies - 2006-10-23 07:18:35

 
can someone please let me have a contact name or number re non appearance of the latest issue of gunline
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-10-21 09:47:51

 
Nice hello and welcome on the Comms/Supply and Medics Gallery. Pleased to see they have not yet killed off the Morse Code.
 
 
 
IAN McCALLUM - 2006-10-19 04:33:45

 
GOOD PHOTOS MANY MEMORIES STIRRED.RFA 1967-77
 
 
 
Colin Evans - 2006-10-17 07:38:01

 
Whatever happened to "Pancho" ? I sailed with him a few times over the years, what a character.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-10-17 01:41:36

 
Your'e too kind Rab. I hope Pancho could remember the words. I'm taking requests for the other pages,
DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-10-16 09:41:21

 
BZ to the website's resident pianist!
"The very appropriate "As time goes by" always reminds me of "Pancho" Williams Elec Off who frequently sang it as the CSB took hold.
 
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-10-14 05:42:12

 
The RFA Association has now joined the MOD Committee charged with organising F25 events next year. We would like to hear from all RFA and STO(N) Afloat personnel who served in the conflict, and who hold the South Atlantic Medal. This information will help us to ensure all our veterans and their families are given the oppportunity to attend ticket events and participate in the services.
Please mail to F25@rfa-association.org
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-10-06 05:32:41

 
Thank you. I've been practising!.
DMG
 
 
 
Shaun Jones - 2006-10-06 02:58:54

 
Like the music while you surf. Very snazzy!
 
 
 
John Breckon - 2006-10-05 13:36:43

 
unamed c2 tidereach? the two hanging over the rail are they Neil Matherson J.E.O and Jerry? the junior Purser + Mike(GNU)New J.E.O walking out of the picture
Could it be Tidepool?
 
 
 
Alex Landels - 2006-10-05 07:18:23

 
Rab,
Thank you for jogging my memory, it is George Ashley!
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-10-04 13:06:27

 
Mixed -Tideflow 1965. Is this Catering Officer George Ashley ?
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-10-04 03:47:14

 
Technical matters. Direct Uploads . In case anyone has tried to register and activate without success, please let me know as Shaun Jones and I have finally figured how to overcome the glitches.
DMG
 
 
 
Colin evans - 2006-10-02 05:48:40

 
Grey Rover 1986. Horse race meeting on the flight deck. Bob Smith CEO standing in the middle of the three on the left.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-10-02 02:45:09

 
Well spotted, that man. I was misinformed by the subject.
DMG
 
 
 
Steve Oatey - 2006-10-01 21:49:38

 
Re: photo caption "....Black Rover first commission" Looks like the Grey to me!
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-10-01 06:15:18

 
A likely story!.
Lots more mystery faces on the Unamed Page.
DMG
 
 
 
Alex Landels - 2006-09-29 08:32:04

 
Dave,
Thanks for processing and posting the slides and your comments.
We were wearing standard UK all weather gear provided by Hepworths; it was at the time of Harold's 1st Labour Govmnt and economies were creeping in.
The ER telescope was not in all engineers best uniform kit but special issue for checking boiler water level from the telephone acoustic booth on a Waveboat.
Cheers,
Alex
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-09-24 03:00:14

 
Gunline. Alls well that ends well. However some Association copy didnt make it. See National Website at www.rfa-association.org.
DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-09-23 03:43:38

 
Gunline arrived this morning.
 
 
 
Byron Jones - 2006-09-23 03:00:04

 
Gunline arrived this morning.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-09-21 07:34:23

 
Gunline. Your not the only ones! I am awaiting info from Head Office.
DMG
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-09-21 05:19:10

 
Thista reports non receipt Gunline. Tracer action requested!
 
 
 
Scofe - 2006-09-20 10:50:23

 
For Webmaster

Gunline not received
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-09-13 05:34:43

 
Disregard the last transmission. The RFAA mailing list is now being actioned and you should have your copy by the end of the week.
DMG
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-09-13 01:25:25

 
Gunline. It has been published.Have you got yours?
The RFAA wish to know if the revised system is working.
Plymouth Branch members please report to this Email.
Other Branch members to your Branch.
Other areas/overseas on this page.
DMG
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-09-10 03:49:41

 
We're back, with the exception of the Interactive Gallery. Send in your photos.
DMG
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-09-09 03:04:24

 
The site is having technical problems which prevent the updating of galleries at present.
Sorting it out may mean that we are off the air for a couple of days.
Normal service will be resumed asap.
Bye
DMG
 
 
 
Byron Jones - 2006-09-09 02:16:35

 
Thanks Rab. I've had a good look at the Gallery, especially the gentlemen you mentioned, but don't recognise them I'm afraid. Mind you we have all aged a bit over the years.
Cheers
 
 
 
Jan Reid - 2006-09-03 05:29:03

 
Very impressive. Now when you all get together round the bar and talk about the 60's, I can scan the photos and find some of the names. Wonder what they'll think of us in 30/40 yrs time.
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-08-30 01:29:20

 
Thanks Mike. I had my doubts about it being Malcolm.
Ref Photos. JPEGS please, ideal size 800x600 pixels and file size around 100Kb, but I can adjust.
If you havnt a scanner ,I can handle prints, slides or 35mm negatives. Postal address is on Merchandise page. All will be returned.
Cheers
Dave Gerrard
 
 
 
 

 
un-named

SRO RFA Tideflow isn't Malcolm Davies but Tom Bolan - took a long night to trawl that one back !
In what format do you want any offerings
actual pics or digital whatever

rgds

Mike Austin

 
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-08-29 12:47:29

 
For Byron Jones. The late John (Snake)Williams was SRO of Tidespring when she did her maiden voyage. He was there in 1965 when I joined Spring at sea from Tidereach. Another possibility could be Wyn (Dai) Davies or Duggie (Kyushsu) Cunningham all of whom held SRO rank around that time. Have a shufti at the Gallery which may jog your memory.
Have just had an email as I write this from one who may know..watch this space.
73
 
 
 
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Mike Austin - 2006-08-29 16:41:44

 
un-named

SRO RFA Tideflow isn't Malcolm Davies but Tom Bolan - took a long night to trawl that one back !
In what format do you want any offerings
actual pics or digital whatever

rgds

Mike Austin

 
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-08-29 12:47:29

 
For Byron Jones. The late John (Snake)Williams was SRO of Tidespring when she did her maiden voyage. He was there in 1965 when I joined Spring at sea from Tidereach. Another possibility could be Wyn (Dai) Davies or Duggie (Kyushsu) Cunningham all of whom held SRO rank around that time. Have a shufti at the Gallery which may jog your memory.
Have just had an email as I write this from one who may know..watch this space.
73

 

 
 
 
Byron Jones - 2006-08-29 06:37:40

 
Anyone remember the sixties? I joined my first RFA (Black Ranger) as second R/O in January 1962 at Portland and was there for the next 18 months. The SR/O when I joined was a fellow Welshman who used a ‘bug’ key (side to side instead of up and down) and later joined Brown Ranger. The next SR/O left us to take up an appointment as the SR/O of the then new Tide Spring. Roger Davies took over and was there when I left in July 1963. Unfortunately I can’t remember the names of the first two gentlemen. Any ideas?
Bev Hatch - 2006-08-25 04:15:21

 
Mortimore Gallery, mixed, RFA Tidereach 1972.
Left armchair looks like Bob Kirk.
Holding tankard is John Kelly.
I think the dummy was called 'Cecil'.
 
 
 
Norman Ibbotson - 2006-08-24 16:45:15

 
For Mike Austin.

I'm afraid your synapses may have tangled a little over the years but your right about Capt. Patterson. The fellow in the centre of the picture, the groom,however, was an Electrical Officer. He was marrying the lady with the white hat. The two young girls were her 'Brides Maids' and the girl on his other side was the 'Maid of Honour'and fellow nurse. I was in front of them taking the photo.
My mushy grey cells just can't remember names.

Regards
Norman Ibbotson Ex. RO
 
 
 
Mike Austin - 2006-08-23 12:36:00

 
Deck Officers
? and Black Sam
- a young admiring J.P.Gould I think

rgds

Mike Austin
 
 
 
Mike Austin - 2006-08-23 12:23:19

 
Wedding in No10's Singapore
Captain on the left is Angus Patterson
Guy in the middle is an R/O first name Gerry
from Cheshire area
No more synapses joining up yet

rgds

Mike A
 
 
 
Mike Austin - 2006-08-23 11:38:32

 
another from the unknowns gallery

4EO Tideflow (2)
I think is Don Edwards
last seen as 2EO on Bayleaf in '67

rgds

Mike Austin
 
 
 
 
Webmaster - 2006-08-22 07:29:28

 
Well done Mike. That sounds right to me. I'll
put his name up if nobody disagrees.
DMG
 
 
 
Mike Black - 2006-08-22 06:28:40

 
Have been racking what brains I have left, was the CTO on Tarbatness in 1972 Jim Anderson?
 
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-08-09 13:59:27

 
Tom,

I did a few refits at Smiths as an R.O. Sorry I don't recall your name but that's not to say we didn't meet. One name I do particularly remember from Grey Rover's refit in 1988 was that of Teddy Gold (ironman/steelman?). Even as an R.O. he taught me a lot about steelwork as part of the ICS25 fit. Some happy memories of that part of the Tyne and some of the pubs and clubs around the ferry area as well as Whitley Bay.
 
 
 
 
tom nicholson - 2006-08-07 04:24:54

 
just found your website i am not an ex rfa just met a lot of RFA members in my job in A&P dry docks on the tyne as foreman blacksmith/rigger especially from the deck department during refits. very sorry to see jumper has left this life met him a lot when testing of RAS gear last saw him in the 80s at smiths dock while getting one of the rover boats ready for inspection, please convey my sympathy to his son jerry who i knew quiet well,if it is possible i shall visit your site when possible in my retirement.

cheers tom
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-08-01 09:54:07

 
Ref mixed photos..Bacchus 1979/1980. would the tall gentleman with the glasses and curly hair have been one "Clarrie", ship's agent.
Regards from sunny Kirkcudbright.
 
 
 
george mortimore - 2006-07-25 14:52:12

 
During the Cod War (early 60's)one of the Wave class tankers asked a trawler for fish.
She told the trawler to steam alongside her at 10 knots and pass the basket of fish over by heaving line. This was done without incidentt and the trawler steamed away.
Later in the day, the trawler skipper was telling one if his mates, by radio, all about it.
Someone on the RFA taped the exchance and it was one of the most hilarious conversatiuons I have ever heard.
Does anyone have a copy of the tape or remember the incident ?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bev Hatch - 2006-07-18 18:21:03

 
Good to see Fort Victoria is reported as a RFA on the BBC News online (UK page, 18th July).
Use the BBC for World news as the Australian media only report events that have Australians involved.
Plus I need my Cricket fix!!. BZ for the BBC.
 
 
 
 
Rab thomson - 2006-07-12 12:38:31

 
For Steve Oatey.
Too late for Granville - Just got back home from Vancouver an hour ago to hissing rain. Phoned my buddy in Westham Isle and he said it started raining as we left last night (Tue).We saw no rain at all during our stay.
Was on the Queen of Vancouver last Thu for a wee visit to Victoria-very pleasant.
Cheers
 
 
 
John Chapman - 2006-07-12 12:12:54

 
"War Nawab" is probably the War boat you're looking for....she was hulked as an oil container at Devonport scrapped 1958...replaced by dedicated oil storage tanks in the 'Yard.
" Afridi" was scrapped 1950.
 
 
 
Steve Oatey - 2006-07-12 11:33:16

 
Hi Rab,
Now you can enjoy the rain too!! When the OK springs runs out, try the Granville Island.

Steve.
 
 
 
Ross Miller - 2006-07-12 06:22:05

 
Hello Colin, As per usaul, more laid back than a deck chair & 'manyanna' but with not the same urgency. Was up in Torpoint (DMZ) last week. Mikke Whittings daughters wedding. Met up with Roger 'Cockle' Cox & Tom Savage. Sat on the same table had a good talk about old times the rest were 'Mal de Mar' at the end .....lantern was swinging!!!
 
 
 
Colin Evans - 2006-07-11 10:39:59

 
Hello Ross, Hows things down at that end of the county.
 
 
 
Colin Evans - 2006-07-11 10:38:28

 
Thanks for the info David. The name War Nawab was lying in the back of my mind but I cannot find anything at all in writing. The only two I can find are War Afridi and War Hindoo both of which were scrapped in 1958. Thanks again.
 
 
 
 
Ross Miller - 2006-07-11 09:07:11

 
Hello Colin, Try to suss that out. Good to hear from you.
 
 
 
Colin Evans - 2006-07-11 06:37:34

 
A question for the sages amongest us.... Does anyone know which "War" class oiler was used as a fueling hulk and moored in the river Tamar off Torpoint before Yonderberry jetty was built? During 1957/8 the ship broke free from its moorings and grounded on Pottery beach in Torpoint.
 
 
 
Ross Miller - 2006-07-10 04:27:30

 
Hi Rab and Catriona, Tropicana Cornwall..Has been a bit wet worried about the bananas but mangoes seems to be O.K.
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-07-08 14:58:04

 
Hi Ross. Will do just that. Catriona and self are being well looked after by my old mate who was OIC of the Rescue Hovercraft Base out here. Weather perfect and the Okanagan Spring is very palatable! I hope Falmouth is as summery! Regards to all readers of this fine website.
 
 
 
Ross Miller - 2006-07-08 04:06:40

 
Hello Rab,
You lucky sod. Have a great time. Have had great times in Vancouver when on the 'Sir Boats'. Give my love to 'Gastown'
 
 
 
 
thomas w nicholson - 2006-06-30 08:34:17

 
just looking and reminnising of what used to be before i retired from A&P TYNE made lots of friends on RFA ships used to be in charge of steelwork and RAS testing, take care.
 
 
 
rab thomson - 2006-06-29 09:58:59

 
Watching you from sunny Vancouver for the next two weeks
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-06-28 07:34:01

 
Prego
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-06-13 15:15:41

 
Re the Ian Jennings presentation (Deck) is that Jamie Murchie or Ian Gough making the presentation?
 
 
 
Dennis Harker - 2006-06-13 15:11:03

 
Sorry Rab, not been keeping up to date with the gallery for a little while. If I had I could have answered your question.

Definitely is John (Snake) Williams. The first part of the course was Autumn 1970 at Chelmsford and the Collingwood part was during the first half of 1971. John joined us just for the Collingwood bit - I think he had been sent to 'keep us in line' - oh well, at least he tried!!
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-06-13 08:35:13

 
Dai Davies has corrected my last posting..the mystery SRO is his old friend John (Snake) Williams who passed away a few years back.
 
 
 
Rab Thomson - 2006-06-12 03:35:13

 
Could the mystery SRO in the 1970 Collingwood course be one Duggie (Kyushu) Cunningham?
 
 
 
Rab thomson - 2006-06-12 03:32:18

 
For the Webmeister. Have a great holiday and beware of the Cisk and Hopleaf

R
 
 
 

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