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Cliff Merwood’s Memories

Cliff Merwood's Seagoing career;

24/09/1977 to 01/10/1977 - Left Southampton on Canberra  

02/10/1977 to 23/10/1977 - Left Southampton on Oriana  

14/12/1977 to 09/01/1978 - Left Southampton on Canberra  

31/01/1978 to 16/05/1978 - Left Sydney on Oriana  

17/05/1978 to 09/06/1978 - Left Southampton on Oriana  

04/08/1978 to 22/10/1978 - Left Southampton on Oriana  

23/10/1978 to 08/03/1979 - Left Southampton then Sydney on Oriana  

15/05/1979 to 21/10/1979 - Left Southampton on Oriana  

20/12/1979 to 13/05/1980 - Left Sydney on Oriana  

09/06/1980 to 25/06/1980 - Left Southampton on Uganda  

26/07/1980 to 07/11/1980 - Left Southampton on Canberra  

21/12/1980 to 01/04/1981 - Left Sydney on Oriana 

01/04/1981 Married in Sydney.

 

I suppose, looking back on those years spent at sea, they would rate as some of the happiest times of our lives. During this period we worked hard and played hard, some far more than others and probably far more than was healthy for us. But we survived. I was fortunate to meet some wonderful people during this time, one of whom turned into my amazing wife, for which I will be eternally grateful to P&O. I made some great mates who still maintain some form of correspondence even though we are dispersed to all parts of the globe. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time and then making the most of our adventures together. Old seadogs I salute you!

 

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Obviously a reasonable party night!

 

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Andy Jackson aka Jacko dining casually.

 

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A smiling Jacko in Dave Shimmons cabin (see photo behind).

 

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Bob Ashdown aka Cuddly Bob dining in.

 

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Cuddly Bob stealing, sorry borrowing, beers.

 

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Canberra docked at Circular Quay.

 

Good old Charlie, as relaxed as ever.

 

Cliff after lagging removal, just part of the job.

 

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Alan Bowers and Cliff on Stradbroke Island, April 1979.

  

Cliff visiting Gary Wood on the Canberra, probably 1989?

 

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Cliff with girlfriend (the start of true love) – who became the wife!

 

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Malc the Alc and Cliff when he lived next door.

 

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Dave and Helen Shimmons on the Canberra.

 

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Dave Shimmons on duty.

 

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Dave Shimmons on call.

  

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Gary Wood clipping his hoofs (Trigger by name).

  

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Gary saying "Can I please have a beer"?

 

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Ken Worsfold hard at it.

 

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Oriana leaving Sydney April 1981.

 

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Cliff on the Oriana boiler plates.

 

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Oriana burner front.

 

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Oriana Generator.

 

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Oriana Genny Turbine.

 

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Oriana lifeboats with Engineers.

 

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Dave Grant, Jon Milner, Tommy Hunter, Wiz, Cliff and more…


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Dave Grant, Charlie Hill, Ken Worsfold, Mike Jack, Joe Scarmuzza, Chris Lawton.

 

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Stewart Drew.

 

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Charlie Hill, Ken Willey, Fred the Red, Ken Worsfold, Syd Vicious, Ken Gillespie, John Thow.

 

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We're not sure who this is ... any takers?

Alan Mackenzie believes it may be Bert McAughtrie. 

 

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Hat Party.

 

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The Wardroom.

 

Bob Ashdown and Dave Shimmons.

 

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Dougie Beveridge, John Elder and Ken Gillespie.

 

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Hats On Lads.

  

Gary Wood leading Cliff's son Tim astray at an early age.

 

Island Night Oriana with Cliff, Jan and Jacko.

 

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Oriana at Circular Quay poster.

 

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Oriana control console. Not sure who the person is standing at MY wheel :)

 

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Oriana Main Shaft.

 

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Oriana Stabiliser.

 

Great memories Cliff.

 

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