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Alan’s Memories of 26 Years at Sea 

Alan Mackenzie has made a huge contributed to this site with over 200 photos and a 6378 word essay about his amazing 26 year career. Brilliant stuff, thanks Alan. To reduce the loading time I’ve split it all up into 9 separate pages listed under the ships that Alan sailed on.

 

All the narration with each photo is from Alan.


Iberia (Pre Sea Daze 1967)

ss Oronsay (1973-1975)

ss Canberra (1976-1985)

ss Canberra (1985-1996)

ss Canberra (Additions)

ss Oriana (1977-1982)

Sea Princess (1979-1983)

ss Uganda (1980)

Sun Princess (1980)

Island Princess (1982)

Royal Princess (1984-1985)

mv Oriana (1995)

Victoria (1997-2002)

mv Arcadia (2001-2002)

Sea Story


ss Canberra (Additions)

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Jan 77

Island Night. 

Alan Mackenzie (Trainee R/O) with various young lady passengers and Malcolm White (2/R/O) in “Island Night Rig”. In those days, it was still permitted for Officers who possessed them, to wear colourful shirts on Island Night. This practice later ceased.

  

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Jan 77

On the Monkey Island, Panama Canal. 

L-R: 

Simon ? (Photographer), Pete Brady (AP), Linda Noonan (WAP), Alan Mackenzie (T/R/O).

 

Thanks to Tim Lees for naming Linda Noonan.

   

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Oct 77

Canberra in a heavy swell in the Atlantic.

  

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28.01.78

Paul Humphries (3/R/O) having a spot of bother with a deck-chair on the Monkey Island.

 

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28.01.78

Leaving the Gatun Locks, Panama Canal.

 

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28.01.78

Approaching the Gaillard Cut, Panama.

 

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11.02.78

Canberra at Honolulu, after heavy weather in the Pacific.

 

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27.02.78

Alan Mackenzie on the ferry to Manly Beach, Sydney.

 

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29.03.78

View from the radar mast platform, looking aft.

 

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29.03.78

Ditto, over port Bridge Wing.

 

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05.04.78

Passing through the Suez Canal.

 

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05.04.78

Ditto.

  

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05.04.78

Ditto.

 

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17.05.78

Alan Mackenzie (3/R/O) leading the conga at the Children’s “Coketail” Party.

 

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17.05.78

Entertaining the guests on the same occasion.

 

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July 78

Canberra in the Norwegian fjords.

 

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31.08.78

Entertaining passenger table companions at a cabin pourout, ably assisted by one Deck Cadet (unidentified) and Chris Lund (3/R/O).

 

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31.08.78

Ditto.

 

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31.08.78

Ditto.

 

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20.01.79

Alan Mackenzie (J2/R/O), “on lookout” from the Monkey island whilst in the Panama Canal.

 

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20.01.79

By the Alice Springs Pool.

L-R: 

Chris Lund (3/R/O), Dave Harris (T/R/O), Alan Mackenzie (J2/R/O).

 

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07.02.79

Wardroom Review Night. The Radio Office Singers.

Standing L-R: 

Paul Simpson S3/R/O, Alan Mackenzie J2/R/O, Dave Harris T/R/O.

Seated: 

Barney ? (Dk Cdt), Paul Barry (1/R/O).

 

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07.02.79

Ditto.

 

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07.02.79

Comedy sketch with Paul Simpson and Paul Barry.

 

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25.03.79

Ashore in Rio de Janeiro.

L-R: 

Paul Barry, Chris Lund and Alan Mackenzie.

 

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31.03.79

After-dinner “Moustache Party”. Afraid apart from me, I cannot remember who these people are.

 

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31.03.79

Alan Mackenzie and Sandy (Hostess).

 

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02.04.79

Open deck pourout, Tenerife.

L-R: 

Tony Boxall (Accom Officer)(Deceased), Paul Barry (1/R/O), Chris Lund (3/R/O).

 

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02.04.79

General view, same occasion.

 

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04.04.79

Radio Office. 

L-R:

Paul Barry, Chris Lund and Alan Mackenzie.

 

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03.10.79

Dinner at Table 12, Atlantic Restaurant.

 

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04.10.79

End of cruise party. Those people I can name are,

L-R: 

Steve Foster (3/R/O), ??, Freddie Lloyd (S2/R/O), Huw Williams (C/R/O), Norma (Huw’s wife), Fred Woolley (Commodore), Alan Mackenzie's Mother Janet, Tony Dyson (1/R/O), Alan Mackenzie (J2/R/O), ??, ??, Lt. Eyre-Tanner R.N. (our “Albert” for the cruise), ??, ??.

 

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16.03.80

Sunday at sea.

 

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16.03.80

Sunday afternoon deck cricket.

 

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28.03.80

Alan Mackenzie as the Fisherman (about to be arrested!) at the Crossing the Line Ceremony.

 

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22.04.80

Alan Mackenzie on Officers’ Deck with one of his early model ships, the “Britannic Princess”.

 

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07.10.85

Setting off on a boat trip to a beach in Palma, Mallorca. Jungle Jim Powell (2/E/O) driving and “Britannic Princess” on the cab roof!

 

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07.10.85

Fly the flag for P&O!

 

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07.10.85

Cannot remember those in the background, except that the lad on the left is an Electrical Officer.

 

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07.10.85

Ashore with the Barbie and “Eskies” of beer. On the left is “Radio” Ray Crossan but cannot remember the others.

 

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07.10.85

“Britannic Princess” at sea!

 

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19.10.85

BBQ, Port Said. 

L-R: 

Bob Tooke (3/E/O), “Granny” Green (3/E/O), ??, ??.

 

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27.10.85

In the Bonito Club doing the “Penguin Dance”, Colin Hindmarsh presiding!

 

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27.10.85

Ditto.

 

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27.10.85

Ditto.

 

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31.10.85

Ashore at the famous Bom Jardin in Lisbon for chicken & chips and copious quantities of Mateus Rose! Passing the bottles are,

R-L: 

Stuart Woosnam (S2/R/O), Nick Green (3/O), Paul Clasby (1/E/O).

 

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31.10.85 

On the left:

“Albert” R.N., Neil Swann Dk Cdt, Nick Green 3/O. 

On the right:

Stuart Woosnam, Paul Clasby. Can’t remember all those in the background.

 

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31.10.85

Bring on the chicken & chips!

 

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31.10.85

Gaynor, hairdresser, doing a table dance!

 

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31.10.85

“Albert” R.N. expounding on something or other!

 

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15.06.86

Canberra at Oslo. This was taken at 10.00 pm.

 

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16.06.86

Canberra at Oslo, next day. The Oslo fjord in the background.

 

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23.06.86

Canberra in the scenic Geiranger fjord.

 

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29.06.87

The following year - the Arctic, north of Spitzbergen.

  

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29.06.87

Ditto.

 

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29.06.87

The frozen north! Alan Mackenzie (1/R/O) with Captain Ian Gibb (travelling as a passenger) with daughters Allison (front) and Fiona, just visible behind.

 

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03.04.88

Island Night at Table 65, Atlantic Restaurant.

 

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02.06.88

Dinner, Table 41, Pacific Restaurant.

 

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16.06.88

A meeting in the Bay of Biscay with H.M.S. Ark Royal.

 

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16.06.88

Ditto.

 

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Nov 88

Passenger cocktail party in cabin C76.

L-R: 

Margaret Spiers, Hazel Dewhurst, Alan Mackenzie (1/ETO), Val Silo, Sandy Dewhurst (hosting).

 

04.12.88

A series of pictures showing the reconstruction of the Radio Office during the refit of 1988.

 

05.12.88

Ditto.

 

08.12.88

Ditto.

 

17.12.88

Ditto.

 

17.12.88

Rebuilt at last! That’s Clive Silo (CETO) in the far corner.

 

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08.03.90

Canberra seen from the roof of the Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong.

 

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23.08.91

The Electro-Technical Department Tug-o-War Team.

 

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23.08.91

Ditto, anticipating victory!

 

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23.08.91

Heave! Tug-o-War competition on the Sun Deck.

 

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12.07.92

Rob Power (3rd Officer) in the Wheelhouse whilst anchored at Olden, Norway.

 

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30.08.93

Former P&O Cadet Neil Swann and his fiancée, Michelle, on a holiday cruise, August/September 1993.

 

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30.08.93

Michelle and Alan Mackenzie (CETO).

 

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30.08.93

Alan and Neil in normal mode!

 

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04.09.03

Neil and Alan Mackenzie, fighting it out on the Deck Tennis court!

 

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04.09.03

Neil and Alan Mackenzie, fighting it out on the Deck Tennis court!

 

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04.09.03

Neil and Alan Mackenzie, fighting it out on the Deck Tennis court!

 

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04.09.03

Island Night. 

L-R: 

Neil, Freddie Lloyd (1/ETO) and Michelle.

 

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04.09.03

Ditto. Neil and Alan Mackenzie.

 

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05.09.94

Jane, table companion and Alan Mackenzie, heading ashore in Praia da Rocha.

 

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02.08.95

Same place, a year later. Jon Eaves (AEO) and Alan Mackenzie off on a run ashore.

 

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02.08.95

Alan Mackenzie and Jon at pavement café in Praia da Rocha.

 

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