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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
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.
Colin Evans - 2008-03-29 23:36:28
In the unnamed section photo labelled "Xmas".
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
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!
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
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?
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
Dick Elsey - 2008-02-07 21:54:26
From the pedantic plumber...
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:
Rab Thomson - 2008-02-01 16:58:42
Un-named Tidereach 1965 picture.
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.
|Webmaster - 2007-11-07
|From Rab Thomson. See this
link for an obituary
of Capt Chris Smith.
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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
|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
|For Dennis & Shaun.
Your kind thoughts were passed to the family at Banbury, yesterday. DMG
|John Breckon -
|Just a warning to lock everything up the steamies are coming this weekend Royal fleet club.|
|Dennis Harker -
|Sorry - amend one - for Summer 1990 read Summer 1989.|
|Dennis Harker -
|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
|From Shaun Jones re Chris
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 â€śCommand Teamâ€ť. My thoughts go to Chrisâ€™s family.
|Webmaster - 2007-10-07
|Lots of reignited Sparkers in the 2007 Gallery|
|Webmaster - 2007-09-21
|New pic of the grumpy old plumber on the Mixed page.|
|Webmaster - 2007-09-19
|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
|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 48ďż˝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
|Webmaster - 2007-08-30
|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"
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.
Rab Thomson - 2007-08-24 11:16:16
|Always pleased to be of
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
|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
|Both these ring a bell.
14: Strings Restaurant
4 Cornwall's Parade
15:La Bayuca Restaurant
21 Turnbull's Lane
Neither actually in Engineer's Lane but not far off. I'll stick up a map.
|Webmaster - 2007-08-22
|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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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...
|Webmaster - 2007-08-14
|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
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 -
|For DMG i have recently been
given a No of 35mm slides taken from FD.possibly Albion of a RAS Daring
I shall be in Plymouth next week and will contact you .
|Webmaster - 2007-08-07
|For students of the Mandolin and Table Tennis, there is a new pic on the Deck page. DMG|
|Webmaster - 2007-08-07
|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
|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
|Webmaster - 2007-07-31
|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
|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 -
|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.|
Elsey - 2007-07-07 08:11:36
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!
Dick Shaun Jones - 2007-07-06 13:09:08
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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/
Jim Dave Smith - 2007-01-19 13:03:11
My first 2/EO crack me charlie. ya bugs
Mike Austin - 2006-08-29 16:41:44
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
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.
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