joined Oriana for her maiden voyage and served on her throughout the
early and mid sixties. I was a Steward. I joined her more or less
straight from school and was a Bell Boy for the first two years. I was
assigned to the print shop and spent most of the time walking round the
ship delivering menus etc. When I got my rating I worked in the
first-class dining saloon. Happy days! Best wishes to all ex crew
was a really likeable guy. I canít remember ever hearing him say a bad
word about anybody. The nickname TT came from his likeness to the actor
Terry Thomas because of the trademark gap between his two front teeth.
a very recent shot of Alan and his lovely wife Debrah and yes that is Adro,
the winner of Australiaís first series of Biggest Loser.
sent this message;
other half, Debrah, recently became a Subway franchisee. A week or so ago
we attended a Subway convention in Coolum in Qld, and as major sponsor to
the programme 'Biggest Loser', one of the guest speakers was the winner of
the game, Adro. Thatís Deb and I having a chat with Adro after his
presentation, he is a genuinely decent bloke. I mentioned that I had a
friend who had been inspired by the programme to change their lifestyle
and he sent best wishes and encouragement and strongly recommends you log
onto an online (FREE) health programme he says will help, which is...
joined P&O in November 1976 as a Trainee Radio Officer. His first ship
was the Canberra followed by 7 others totalling an amazing 26 years
at sea. He started as Radio/Electronics Officer, later ETO and finally, in
the last ten years or so, SETO. The above shot was taken on the 10th
September 1980 and his gorgeous companions are Joy & Helen, Social
Hostesses. Theyíd bring joy to anywhere wouldnít they :)
Sea Career was as follows;
12 years on and off 1976-1996
2 years total 1977-1982
7 years total 1979-2001
1 month regretfully, June/July 1980
months, August-November 1980
week, June 1982
standby, then six months, 1984/85
months, curtailed by necessity, 2001-2002
he had to leave the Sea in November 2002 to become a permanent carer for
his increasingly aged and disabled parents.
wrote the following in his email to me;
may I say how very impressed I have been, going through the wonderful
collection you have put together on this website. I have spent literally,
hours going through it (I think I've just about seen it all now) and bits
are just so nostalgic it almost hurts!
is just so atmospheric looking through all this material, it really brings
the old ships back to life again.
Alan, receiving feedback like that makes it all worthwhile. We wish you
all the best with, what many would see as, the burden you now have to
bear. Hopefully you donít consider it a burden but a privilege.
written an amazing account of his time at sea which I considered selecting
pieces from to post here but decided it needed to be read in itís
entirety so click here to read it.
supplied over 200 photos all with his own narration which Iíve split
into 9 new sections which are now all posted here.
really have to check out this new section. Alan actually owns and operates
his own fleet which can be seen here.
was born in Hull, Yorkshire on 10/08/1939 and attended the Gravesend training school around 1957.
He sailed with Ellerman Wilson Line originally and was on many other ships but ended his career with P&O
on the Oriana in the late
photos have been sent in by Alan's sister, Sheila Collier, who writes;
bald headed chap at the back is the entertainments officer and the
smaller man, Alan thinks, was a steward (no names for either). Left to
right across the middle is Jack Cheetham, Mick Baxter and Alan Vickers
(my brother) and in the front row is Robbie ? and Ted Willerby.
Alan Vickers, Bob ? (2nd
Plumber), ??, ?? (Chippy), Bob Warley, ??
(Chippy), ?? (Chippy), Carol Dyer (Telephonist), Irene Mitchell
(Telephonist) and ?? (aka Chuffy - Chief Officer).
?? (aka Mo - Printer), Robbie ?, Owen ? (2nd Butcher), Alan Vickers.
Wadham - Alan Wadham AELO on Pacific Princess. Al was pretty good at darts
as I remember - better at getting people in the head than double tops
though. That's Jim Lakin in the background. Jim was an Ug Tug man on PP
for motor time, I don't think he enjoyed it too much - noisy diesels and
all that oil in the bilge!
have been looking at the songs about P&O. There was a song which
was often sung at the engineers pour-outs on the homeward bound voyage.
I can remember the tune but not its name. It went as follows:
Goodbye Oriana, goodbye seconds too,
Ever since Southampton we've been fucked about by you,
Your turbines are a failure, your genies are a farce,
And as for this voyage, you can stick it up your arse.
sure other seadogs out there will remember the song. There was also a
poem about the sea trial's and maiden voyage of Oriana, called "SAD BUT
TRUE". Someone may have a copy of it somewhere and may be able to email
me a copy. Many thanks.
was an Engineering Cadet with P&O Passenger division from 1971
until 1975 and went to South Shield Marine and Technical College with
the likes of Paul Clasby, Mike Jack, Bunny Warren, Phil Yates etc. I
served on the original and best Oriana, Spirit of London, Arcadia and
Uganda. After completing my cadetship I served as Assistant Engineering
Officer on Oronsay and did her last World Cruise to Taiwan where she
was scrapped. I left P&O in 1976 and went into the Health Service
and in 1988 I joined a firm of Consulting Engineers and am still there.
best part of my time with P&O was that I met my wife Lynne
(Dempster) on Uganda where she was a Barclays Bank girl. For
information I am still in regular contact with Ian and Annette
Shufflebothom (Annette George) as they are my kids God parents.
Alan Wright 3RO off Margerie Glacier during a lifeboat radio exercise. Island Princess, Glacier Bay, July 1981.
Alan joined Arcadia in Sydney
in October 1978 as a trainee RO until the main repat flight out of
Singapore on the 22nd February 1979. He served in Oriana, Uganda and mv Garinda
between 1979 and 1981 then Island Princess, Pacific Princess and Sun Princess
between 1981 and 1986.
My years with P&O were no doubt a most enjoyable part of my life. So many fine people and many fond memories.
from Lymm in Cheshire, Alan has spent the last 26 years near Vancouver, BC.
has sent in more photos placed in Alan's
was a Radio Officer on Oriana but due to the relatively large size of the
Engineering Dept we tended just to socialise amongst ourselves and didnít
have the need to get to know other officers which of course, in hindsight,
was pretty narrow minded.
I first received this picture of Alec I remembered his face but realised Iíd
never actually spoken to him. I also discovered heís been living just a
few miles away from me here in Perth for years now.
sailed on the Canberra from May 1968 until May 1970, and from August 1971 until June 1972.
was taken on Oronsay in May 1971 with Alex and Marilyn Hanna (now Mrs Learmont).
is Alex and wife, Marilyn, taken in 2010 on the Sun Princess, during a
cruise to south-east Asia.
I have been living in Perth, Western Australia, since 1976. I married a
Perth Girl in 1973 whom I met while I was 4th Engineer on the Oronsay.
I did one trip on her from April 1971 until August 1971. I would be
very interested in getting in touch with some of the people whom I
sailed with, especially Frank McGurran and Michael Hayward.
was one of the first guys I met when I joined P&O. We were on the
induction course together in Southampton. Alex & I sailed on TE
Canberra together in 1974 and later on SS Nevasa. Here he is sharing an
Allsopps Lager in my Canberra cabin. Note the froth on the top Ö warm
beer. I couldnít do it these days.
is Alex in my cabin on Nevasa with his left arm around Judith Garbutt (Nee
Wright) who at the time was just a passenger but has turned out to be my
Cousin by marriage and I was the best man at her wedding.
is the latest shot I have of Alex with his girlfriend and her mother. He
tells me heís very happy with his life. Lucky man.
is the Crown Princess which Alex and wife, Lynn have just spent a few
weeks on sailing from New York to the Caribbean and back. They thoroughly
enjoyed it and are going again next year.
on the private balcony.
very handsome couple indeed. Alex says his life has been wonderfully crazy
since he met and married Lynn. He knows he left it a bit late but boy have
they had fun since that happy day. Good luck to them both.
Super Mac on the right with John Thow.
He was a legend at wheeling in. His record was 6 in one night. I take my
hat off to you Mac. Heís another person I havenít been able to track
down since I started the original website. If anyone knows anything about
him please let me know.
a good shot of Super Mac in Athens with Dirty
Harry on the left and Alan Conlin behind.
just received the following information from Brian Griffin;
leaving the sea, Alistair moved to Sydney, in 1979. We met up regularly
for a 'few' beers at the Neutral Bay, Oaks Hotel, in Sydney, and
reminisced about the good old days. Mac, like myself was a VO, and he was
employed by a company called Atlas Air, whilst I was with Danfoss, both in
Sydney. During 79-81 we met regularly until we both got 'involved' and the
last I heard of Mac he was married/living in North Ryde, in Sydney. I too
would like to catch up with him, if anybody knows his whereabouts....he
owes me a round from the Oaks!
few faces I remember from my time as a Nursing Officer. Had the pleasure
of being on the Oriana for her Maiden Voyage and two contracts on the good
old Canberra. Lots of 'hazy' but happy memories of my 2 years with P&O.
hoping to get some better photos of Andy since he's now found the site and
contacted me with some great information about other photos on the site
especially the last unnamed person in the Engineers
Formal '75 Group.
missing name from the photo is definitely Pete Woods, he was the other
cadet with Dave Grant, both paying off at the end of the October refit in
Southampton, when they were replaced by Steve "Slimey" Allen and
myself (Lightning). I never actually sailed with Pete, but spent all 3
years at college with him, I think he went to the West Coast as did Steve,
but I don't think either of them stayed at sea very long as I never heard
of them for more than a couple of years after we finished our time and
became juniors. I bumped into Dave Grant occasionally over the years, I
certainly heard of him as a 3/E/O, but not since. I left after the last
cruise of the big "O" in 1986. When I left there was only the
Captain (can't remember who), Dave Mitchell 3/E/O, the 2/E/O (might have
been George McHugh, I'm not sure) and another 3/E/O left behind, making a
total ship's company left from the old days of four!
I am enjoying a drink with Pat Kilbane. If I remember rightly we're at an
Irish club in Kilburn near where we both lived (Pat being Irish by the
idea what I'm giggling hysterically at, but it was funny at the time!
remind everyone just how much soot there was and I can assure you I left
plenty behind for everyone else! Good excuse to clear the tubes with some
amber nectar though! The best thing about this photo is that you can see
oneDavids%20Memories.htm#AB of my prized possessions on the shelf behind me. The brass cloud and
lightning bolt mounted on a highly polished wooden plaque. It was made for
me as a "Secret Santa" present one year on the big
"O". I never found out who made it but I always suspected Mike Jack. It was a superb piece of engineering, highly polished
and it sat in my cabin on display for the remainder of my sea-going
career. Credit where credit's due would the manufacturer like to confess
after all these years?
Bill Kent (3/O), Roddy McConnell (A/E/O) and Andy Ball (A/E/O).
an unbelievable story about the above shot told by Andy;
We were all on
the 12-4, outward bound to Oz, (I think it would have been 1979, but I'm
open to correction on that one). We decided to go ashore for breakfast and
then had a wander around the Ports O'Call shopping village (like you do),
saw the photo shop and went in. We quickly established that we would have
to come back for the photos after they'd been developed and framed and by
the time they would be ready, we'd all be back on watch. However, the shop
re-opened at 4:30 pm and as we weren't sailing till 5 we thought we were
in with a good chance of a quick shower, dash ashore, collect the photos
prompt at 4:30, back to the ship with at least 5-10 minutes to spare! Even
Fly Cruise thought we could do it, and as you can guess from his nick
name, he knew all about missing the ship!
watch we were just about to leg it ashore when one of the electricians, (I
always remembered it as Don Cole, but he swears it wasn't him!) wanted to
join us as he'd been given an early knock off because he'd been on standby
that morning and wanted to get ashore in L A even for a few minutes. We
all legged it to the photo shop, got there before 4:30 (congratulating
ourselves that we therefore had plenty of time to get back), but the owner
was late, we were just going to give up when he arrived. We finally left
the shop with all our photos in my canvas P & O bag and started to run
as we were quite late by now. The anonymous electrician was lagging behind
a few feet and so was the first to be approached by this American in a
Porsche asking what his hurry was and did he want a lift? He explained he
was with us, and the Yank said "they can ride on the hood!" He
got in and the car caught us up, and after the brief explanation we all
piled on the front, Bill and Roddy at the two sides and me in the middle,
rubbing shoulders with them, with the bag of photos on my lap, we all
thought we were going to do about 5 mph through the docks, and so we did,
until we came to the next dock gate, when Yankee boy did a hard left turn
out of the dock gate and right onto the Freeway running alongside and
accelerated up to 50 mph. At least Bill and Roddy had spare hands to hold
on with, (although there is nothing to hold on to, next time you see a
Porsche have a look!) I was sat in the middle with my hands full of photos
wondering how far ahead of the car I could get if he even looked at the
brakes before he ran me over! I may even have made a modest request of the
driver to ease his speed down slightly! (My companions will put it a
little stronger than this, but I assure you I maintained a stiff upper lip
throughout.) Anyway we made it back to the Oriana in time before sailing
and over a very large gin each ( and by very large, I do mean VERY VERY
LARGE) in Bill's cabin before he had to go on standby the now anonymous
electrician tried to tell us that he had the scariest ride, inside the car
with his seat belt on as he could see the speed we were doing, and nothing
out of the front window except three backs and he could only imaging what
was going on in front of the car! We assured him that as we could see, and
we didn't need to see the speedo to know we were overtaking everyone and
weaving in and out of the traffic we had the slight advantage of the
sailed on Uganda in 1976 for 3 months after the Malta drydock, Oriana for 4 months from October 1977, both as
a Deck Cadet. On Oriana he ran the Officer's Wardroom. Then 3/0 on Oriana and
Canberra in 1978, followed by Uganda in 1979. He then moved to Princess sailing on IP in 1979 and SP in 1980.
Andy quit P&O in 1981 and joined the local ferries where he's now Senior Master.
I attended sea school at
Gravesend under contract for P&O in 1980. My first 3 ships were deep sea cargo division,
Strathdoon, Strathesk & Wild Fulmar then onto Uganda for about a year
on the falklands supply run. I then joined Canberra in Sydney early 1984.
I then joined the Royal Princess for her maiden voyage and stayed with her till
she was made redundant. My last position was a wine steward on the Royal
Princess. The skipper was mainly John Young (very dry humour but once you got to know him
he was a great skipper).
Ann on Canberra (PRS) and got married in 1985. We both ended up together on the
Royal Princess. My family, (me, Ann and our two kids) did the final cruise on
Canberra in September 1997. It was our second honeymoon and farewell to
the ship that brought us together. My father, Norman Smales, was with B.I.
and P&O for almost 40yrs, mainly sailing as 3rd eng officer (I have ALL his old dishcharge books).
Sadly he passed away in 1989. His favourite ships were Dunera, Chusan,
Nevasa & Uganda.
Annette was a WAP
with P&O and became Annette Graham-Wood after marrying a passenger, Malcolm Graham-Wood. Most people knew
her as Netty, Nettie or Megahead (she tells me that aka came about because
of her very unruly 80's hair). She
sailed on ss Oriana, Uganda (Falklands cruising) and Canberra from 1985 to 1989.
The above photo was cut from Alan Mackenzie's Canberra memories here.
this is the gorgeous Nettie today (photo borrowed from her facebook
profile). She tells me there's a unnamed picture of her in David Saunders'
memories so I've had a good look through and spotted one possibility here.
worked on the Big O as V/O in the mid 1980ís and remembers most of the
Engineers around that time. He went to the Canberra as 2nd V/O after
the Falklands and from there to the famous Island Princess (love Boat).
He now works as an Industrial Refrigeration Engineer in the UK .
Barry Askam and was
J2/E on Oriana in the picture above, circa 1967. He lives in Castle Donington, Derbyshire,
as he always has. The full picture where this was cut from is here.
reckon most of my old shipmates are in Oz now and have swallowed the
anchor, but Charlie Allen (4E) still keeps in touch. Ian Smith has been
handy with the camera on the web site and I remember him very well as
being great fun.
Barry can't remember the names of any of the people in the these three
shots but Barry is the one of the far right of each shot.
Alan (Taffy) Williams
has come good with the following names;
? (Radio Officer), Louis Featherstone (Chilli Ho), Barry Askam (Elect
Engineer), Pat Allen (Chilli Ho).
Smith has kindly added the following names and jobs;
Guile (B/Maker), Alex Jameson (Elec/O), Bob Jenkins (Elec/O), ??, Ken
Gurnett (Freezer). Barry Askam (Elec/O).
brilliant to see nothing much changed from those days to my day and great
to see the Allsopps (Yellow Peril) on the table.
is Barry on his first outward bound trip to Oz on the portside aft boat
deck of Himalaya in 1968
Barry showing the dedication that Merchant Navy Engineers are World famous
for ... Work Until You Drop. The planting of the Bacardi bottle was a
malicious setup and the shameless perpetrator will remain nameless.
is Barry and wife on their wedding day.
family group and his good Mate Rick
Butler on the right.
Barry a few years on taken at his Nephew's wedding.
magnificent venue is Castle Campbell, Dollar in Scotland and was taken on
the 20th October 2007.
don't know Barry's sea history but I do know he was an engineer on
Oriana at the same time as me in the mid 70's and was a great bloke. I
do know he now lives in Queensland. Hopefully when he reads this he may
want to email me some info about his sea career and also post sea daze.
joined Oriana in 1962 as Baker, before then he was on Ivernia and Orion.
He loved the Oriana but as P&O took over Orient Lines in the early
60's a lot of crew were made redundant, including Barry and he was not
happy about it. He then joined Port Line on Port Wyndham, now that was
sad to see the crappy ending to the great and much loved Oriana after all
those years of service.
1975, a bit of a tribute to the late Bernie O'Dell, a really great guy and
fun to be with. I think he's a 3/E/O by the time of this shot and that's
Ian Grant A/El/O on the right. We had a special coach trip, ship's company
only, to Rome. I was a cadet at the time, on 8-12 with Ian Mark, 3/E/O and
John Barclay, 4/E/O, and I was put in charge of the ice, we froze ice
cream containers full of water in the brine room in advance, ran the
containers under a tap to get the blocks out, wrapped the blocks in towels
and bashed them on the deck to break them up (no fancy flake ice machines
then), the ice went in the polystyrene boxes obtained from the stores by
John Barclay (ex cauliflower containers or something like) and the beers
went in as well. Someone from the deck department was sent down to find
out what was making the ship shake so much, but when he found out it was
me breaking ice for the beers for the trip, asked me to finish asap before
someone in real authority came down to find out what was happening, in the
meantime he was going to nip and get changed and then come back and give
us a hand carrying the beers if he could put his cans in too! All day
people passed us warm beers in exchange for cold, the very last beer being
ceremoniously opened (by John Barclay I think) within sight of the dock
gates on the way back. Perfect timing!
was gorgeous, both personality and physically. She was a Croupier on
Oriana in Ď75/í76 we were very good friends for a while. We lost
contact 30 years ago but I would love to find out if sheís OK. If
anybody out there knows anything about her then please email
I joined Oronsay in dry dock at Tilbury in October 1963 as 5th refrigeration
engineer and then moved to the mains as day work junior on my second trip.
After that was A/E/O on the 4-8 watch for the rest of my time on her. Went to
Poplar tech for part "A" second's ticket and was due to return to Oronsay as
Jnr 4th but left to get married instead!
my trips on Oronsay were Line voyages - not many cruises in those days
(not even from Aussie) and all sailed from Tilbury. She was a two class
ship and we were still sailing under the Orient line rules, no wardroom
just a small mess room in the forward part of the accommodation, which
was starboard side aft, with a door in the middle of the accommodation
leading to a 'C' deck lobby (with the scales!!) in the tourist class
part of the ship. A second door forward from the accommodation alleyway
lead directly into 1st class. The junior officers dining room was part
of the 1st class dining room.
Some cherished memories:
Corn coloured hull and transition to P&O colours. Historic time.
Aussie fridge engineer jumped ship in Sydney - 6 hour watches all the way home for the rest of us in the fridge flat!
R. D. Brown, Chief Eng. - Scotsman; Charlie Newby,
Snr Second - Gentleman.
water in #4 boiler on first day out of Tilbury to cross the Atlantic.
Expanding boiler tubes in "red hot" steam drum. 12 hour+ days. (day
worker). Eng room watch keepers on 6 hour watches and the chief's
pourout when job completed. Still arrived in Fort Lauderdale on time!
21st birthday in Kobe!
7 day turnarounds in Sydney.
Visiting Yokohama and watching the closing ceremonies at
the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games.
Replacing ID fan bearings in Honolulu.
Buying clothes from Harry Lee's in Hong Kong.
Buying back chits from the Main Barman to avoid suspension of wine account. Juniors wine account was
21 shillings. One case of VBs was about the same. A bottle of spirits was 10 shillings.
Curry and VBs.
All the Characters that sailed those ships.
The black and white group photo is a tourist class Captain's Cocktail Party (1964). The men are
ship's bankers ??. The women passengers were Canadians travelling together.
?, Barbara Boyd (now Brown, my wife of 47 years), Barb Beavan, Wendy
Wright (now Hicks, married Ken Hicks, Snr 4th Eng).
The others show some differences in the Orient line uniforms compared to P&O: cap badge, stand-up collar on the whites etc.
We would take pride in a perfectly tied bow.
There was a mixed bag of uniforms at that time as we transitioned to everything P&O.
a very young looking Bill on the right taken on Oronsay. Billís another
stayer who reached the dizzy heights of Chief Technical Officer on the new
Bill in the middle of Celia Cowan (now Chester)
and her husband Peter Chester
who was an Engineer on Uganda. The photo was taken by Celiaís Daughter
Katie who was a WAP on the PP at that time Ö talk about keeping it in
a great photo and the first we have of the great man's better half.
MCCandless (CTO), Mrs McCandless, Margaret Macdonald (1Off) and Darko
Paluncic (Senior 1st Engineer Officer).
joined P&O in September 1968 and sailed deep sea on Oronsay as a
spare boilermaker on Friday 13 September. Can you imagine such a start?
I did one trip on her and became the Boilermaker on Himalaya in
December 1968. I was captain of the Himalaya FC who were the fleet
champions whilst I was on her. I left Himalaya in 1969 to join Arcadia
and I was on the first Alaskan cruising from San Francisco to Alaska. I
still have my wee glass commemorative ashtray. I then joined Chusan in
early 1971 and did one round the world cruise finishing back in
Southampton in June 1971. I resigned and flew off to Tasmania and have
lived in Aus since then. I am now retired after working for the
Victorian and Tasmanian governments as a manager and also as an
academic at the University of Tasmania and La Trobe University in
Melbourne. It is amazing that a wee Boilermaker from Paisley Scotland
can get several degrees and a Ph. D whilst studying part-time.
more of Bill in Bill's Memories and he would like to hear from anyone who remembers the
was the nicest, quietest Bloke youíre ever likely to meet. His nick name
ďQuarter ToĒ came from the fact that he always called the watch and
the words ďitís a quarter to SteveĒ was all I ever heard him say :).
Iíve heard on the grapevine that Bill was left a tidy inheritance and is
now retired and enjoying the life of Riley but Bill refutes that rumour
and tells me heís just another poor Scott living in England.
Bill on the left with Taffy Williams
getting off the Big O somewhere in the Pacific.
thatís a face I definitely wouldíve have recognized in the street Ö
another one whoís hardly changed a bit. Onya Bill. Bill and his wife,
Mary now live in Malvern.
proper Scottish family would be complete without a Cairn Terrier?
old Seadogs together Ö priceless :)
rose between two thorns Ö Mary Quarter To I presume Ö
shot above, taken on Uganda in 1979, is of a cabin singsong with Bob
Brunyee on the accordion who used to entertain us (which kind of made up
for the lack of crumpet on deck's). On the left of Bob was the Honey
Monster who's name escapes me but he was big so you just kept giving him
serious looking group obviously worrying that the "Slops" may be
running low were Right to Left, Derek ?, the smart one in the cap was Mr
Crump the 3rd officer of the watch (it's OK we where in port I hope), then
Bob Brunyee and John Adamson 3rd Eng.
was a quiet but very capable guy. He was in the next cabin to me on Oriana
and I donít remember him ever keeping me awake but I donít think he
could say the same about me. I hope he couldnít anyway. Bob never
complained about anything and just got on with everything quietly and
are snippets from an email Bob sent,
me honestly say this to you Steve - I can never hear a Barry White song on
the radio without thinking of the Big "O" and one Steve B
who would, without fail, put this great manís music on the very moment
he entered his cabin after a grueling 4 hours down the pit! It was never
ever a problem to me I swear, but you must have been sick as a dog of
hearing my Tubular Bells and Moody Blues stuff over and over again - just
canít believe that I used to actually "wheel in" to that crap!
little wonder that it never got me very far with the "cargo"!
(to tell the truth I still like to hear it even now, but only when Iím
alone driving my car for obvious reasons!).
remembered correctly about the circumstances when we last met Steve, it
was my mother that was critically ill from a brain hemorrhage that was to
leave her partially paralyzed, but, thankfully from which she later
recovered. I was of course repatriated and spent all of my accrued leave
with my mother during her convalescence, some 5 months I recall. This
leave was what I had saved to spend in Oz but was never meant to be - God
laughs when man plans!!! How true and how my life would have been so
different had I gone to Oz!?
I have loads of photos my friend, including some very special pictures of
the infamous "Whale Watch" performed by our very own - Charles
Oxley - inventor of the PZ Gas Lighter! Will get these to you as soon as I
find out how to do so, I promise.
of course Desiderata ... what wonderful stuff it was and still is! I saw
it first on your cabin wall mate and love it today as much as ever along
with Rudyard Kiplingís "If" - What wonderful values to live
your life by - "and above all.....strive to be happy!
again old salt for all that youíve done in creating such a wonderful
thank you Bob for being one of lifeís true gentlemen and especially for
your comments that makes this labour of love all worth while.
here's what Bob looks like now. If you added the mo and took off the specs
you'd hardly notice a difference.
miss Bob's Memories, if you were an
Engineer on Oriana mid 70's.
was the life and soul of any party on Nevasa. Heís a very
competent guitar player which never failed to come out as the party
went on and the consummate entertainer emerged.
Bob at Ports O' Call, San Pedro, California.
was a pub night on the Canberra.
still at sea and still entertaining on the tall ships off the Whitsunday
Islands. This one is called the Defender.
is Bob now as Captain Bob of the good ship Ron of Argyll but he
looks a bit more like Pirate Bob to me. Sorry Mate.
kindly gave me his great album of Folk music at the recent Reunion in
on the above picture which is the inside image of the CD, it's brilliant
and I can't stop playing it. Bob had kindly agreed to allow me to put one
track on here and so I've chosen his great rendition of Danny
is Bob's new boat, a 28ft Herreshoff Sloop. She's a 6 berth and he now
lives on board her. Her Name is Fidelio which mans "The Faithful One".
she is again adorned by the beautiful Val and the terrier guard
joined Orsova in 1968. He started as a 1st class waiter (Pat Devaney was assistant head waiter),
he then moved to the hospital as hospital attendant. Bob left the sea in 1972 to marry Viv the
was a Public Room Steward in the Ocean Bar on Oriana. He joined Oriana in
Sept 1975 in Southampton outward bound to Aussie and stayed on until she
returned to Southampton. He served me many a beer in the O Bar. He
finished on Oriana in April of 1978, married a passenger and has been in
Sydney since then.
all had a good time on Oriana it will always be a part of our lives.
I remember him well along with a few
others like Kevin. They were very important to us and had to be treated
with great respect. Your wheeling triumphs depended on these
guys doing the right thing to make you look good to the wheelees. If you
crossed them the chances of being totally ignored while trying to get your
girl a drink was just about guaranteed and hence your chances of a wheeling
success were pretty well dashed. We
thank you from the bottom of our hearts for a job well done guys.
next photos are some recent shots of Bob who now lives in Sydney and the
ship is the new Oriana.
still at sea, working Captain Cook's Cruises in Sydney. John Sullivan also
dabbles with these engines when needed.
is the Murray Princess.
shots Bob, thanks for sending them in. I have to say Mate, I donít think
I would have recognised you in the street but Iím glad we found you and
look forward to meeting you one day.
My friend, John Boswell,
is joining Saga Ruby in Fremantle. He was shop manager years ago on Oriana.
He just came off the Queen Mary in Adelaide, he'd joined her in Cape Town.
He sells Opals.
was a nice bloke. Thatís him in the centre of this shot. It was taken on
the Bridge during the Nevasa scrap run in 1974. I canít remember the
name of the young Deck Officer on the left. I think he was teaching Bob
Navigation. We had some real good times on Nevasa.
young deck officer has been named as Bob Pinchen thanks to Mike
Ivor Young on the left shining his torch
into Bobís ear I think. Itís also a great shot of Nevasaís Plates.
has recently made contact with the site and adds;
finished with P&O after some trips on Canberra. Married Constance,
my girl from Dublin, went to Denholms and am now with the Irish Navy
living in Cork. I wondered a lot about where the 'Nevasa' lads were
spreading their talents. Very sad to hear about Duncan but had a
chuckle for Harbo and JB and all the rest. The 'Nevasa' cartoons had me
falling off my perch, wife though I'd finally lost it......
was 1st Engineer on Oriana in my day and heís the one seated 5th from
the left in the very front row i.e. not including the guys seated behind
the front row.
is a story involving Toni Mazonowicz,
Bob Stewart written by Greg Sinclair in early
1971. ( sent in 24 August 2005)
memory of this anecdote came flooding back to me when seeing the emails
about Bob Stewart. Iím amazed at the detail I can remember. You have to
be familiar with the awe in which Tony Mazonowicz was held and his
seriousness to appreciate this story but I guess everyone on the website
will be aware of that.
story starts on the 8-12 night watch after taking over from the 4-8 at the
end of a standby, leaving port somewhere in the world. I was Senior
Assistant Engineer at the time meaning that one of my responsibilities was
running the evaporators. I donít know if thatís how it was in later
evaporators had been off line when we were in port and there was some
concern about the water levels. I started to bring the evaporators back on
line but was having trouble raising a vacuum in the distiller.
ďfull awayĒ Tony Mazonowicz came up to me and asked if I was making
water, to which I answered that I wasnít as I had a problem somewhere.
The Chief simply said (very sternly) that Iíd better start making water
soon and he then left the engine room.
put the pressure on me and the Third Engineer on the watch was new to
Oriana and couldnít be of much help. I searched everywhere for the
problem and eventually found a small valve that I didnít even know
existed. It had been opened and was drawing in air. When I shut the valve
the vacuum rose immediately and we were making water soon after.
was really annoyed that this hadnít been handed over to me when I
started the watch, as it had caused some concern to me and I was on notice
from the Chief to make water soon. I decided to write a smart arse comment
in the log. Part of what I wrote said ďA strategic cock was found open
on C set, causing a vacuum less distillerĒ. It was meant for the 4-8
watch and I didnít even consider that the Chief would read it and what
Chief would come down on some mornings with the First to read the log and
I was in the engine room on the 8-12 next morning when Tony Mazonowicz and
Bob Stewart came down. The Chief used to stand at the log table and the
First would read the log entries out aloud to him. When Bob Stewart
started reading the log I thought Iíd better become inconspicuous but
couldnít resist listening in at a discrete distance.
Bob Stewart got to my entry he saw the funny side, his voice got louder
and he roared with laughter as he read ďA strategic cock was found open
on C set, causing a vacuum less distillerĒ. He must have seen the stern
look on Mozzoís face and immediately composed himself. The Chief would
not let his guard down and that made it all the funnier with the First
trying to keep a straight face.
turned around toward me without any change of expression on his face. He
just looked at me for a couple of seconds without smiling or scowling. I
couldnít help a cheeky smile and nothing more was said. He probably
thought ďBloody AustraliansĒ or something worse.
later found out that it was the J2 on the 4-8 that opened the cock for
reasons unknown. He did it without telling his Senior Assistant and thatís
why it was never passed on to me.
the only Australian engineer for most of my time on Oriana was a bit of an
advantage. I was a bit of a novelty to the others and both Poms and Aussie
had fun taking the mickey out of each other.
sailed on the Himalaya during Captain Peter Love's first command. I was a
bedroom steward and actually challenged him in Lisbon for his boarding
pass while on gangway duty. He was dead chuffed and glad to know his boat
was in safe hands. I'd only joined three weeks before and didn't know him
from a bar of soap. I went on to have two wonderful years on Oronsay and
she was a wonderful happy ship. I sailed under Captains Terry, Love,
Scott-Masson, Wooley, LeFevre and Phil Jackson. I miss the good old days
and those of us who sailed before they all become floating hotels had the
best of days.
Brian Bradburn, in the white jacket (Baby Doc, Oronsay 1974), en route to Sydney, met up
with local doctor Paul Murray (Baby Doc, Oronsay 1973) in Hong Kong. Drink was taken!
Oronsay, Brian was Baby Doc on Canberra during the World Voyage in 1975 then Surgeon
on Oronsay for its final voyage, then Island Princess, after which he felt
his liver had been punished enough and left the good life.
was VO between 1974-78 and then again between 2000-01. He tells me he canít
believe he actually went back! I must admit the thought has crossed my
mind a few times. Brianís Ships were: Canberra, Sun Princess (ex Spirit
of London), Oriana, Island, Ocean, Regal, Pacific Princess.
good mates with Bert McAughtrie, Willie
Henry and James Stevens (aka Jady).
Griffís come up with some great ideas to develop the site and is going
to send me some more photos soon. Meanwhile heís sent this one of the 4
Musketeers taken at an evening BBQ in Scotland.
Griffin, Bert McAughtrie, Willie Henry, James Stevens
is what they all looked like during the ďGood Old DaysĒ
Griffin, A very attractive WAP called Theresa Conway, Gudrun Hansen
(Entertainments), Willie Henry, Jady Stevens with an unknown punter.
4 Musketeers have become 5 in this shot below with the addition of Ian
Jennings (aka Geordie). All I know about Ian is he sailed on Oriana and
Arcadia and this shot was taken at a BBQ in Glasgow in August 2005.
Henry, Ian Jennings (aka Geordie), James
Stevens (aka Jady), Brian and Bert McAughtrie.
next shot comes from the infamous Princess Reunion at the Hyatt Hotel in
Birmingham on the 30th October 2005.
Davies (Entertainments), Griff, Joy Casaru (Social Hostess) in front and
Anita Burton (Social Hostess) on the right.
served on the Canberra from 1964 to August 1968 as an Assistant
Carpenter. In 1967 he met his Canadian wife, who was travelling as a
passenger from Vancouver to Southampton, for an extended holiday. One
thing led to another and he went to Vancouver in September 1968 and
they were married in December 1968, so they celebrated their 40th
Anniversary last year, and have lived in the Vancouver area ever
People often ask me about the "no fraternising" of crew and passengers
in those days. So I get a lot of enjoyment explaining all the "ways and
means", that went on in those days!!
going through the Panama Canal in the 60's.
sent in some great early group photos from the Canberra here.
was an Electrician on Oronsay and here he is with Roy
Statham in the background. Rod Sharpe tells me that Brianís hair was
never, ever, out of shape. Brian was always immaculately attired and even
had creases ironed into his boiler suit. He never found his way into the
served as the 3rd RO (1973) and 2nd RO (1975) onboard the Uganda.
found this website quite by chance which brought back many memories of
great times and the great people I sailed with on the Uganda. I
finished on the Uganda in 1975 and ended up moving to Sydney and
remained deep sea until 1991.
married Elizabeth in 1990 and we have 1 son (Ben) who is now 18 years
old plus 2 step daughters 31 and 33 years old. From 1992 to 2002 I
operated charter boats on Sydney Harbour and deep sea fishing charters
In 2002 I joined the Marine Customs and I am still with them to date
acting as either the Commanding Officer or 2IC. The swings are 3 weeks
on, 3 weeks off.
I believe a documentary style show called 'Border Security' has been shown in the UK as a
mini series so people may have seen me but not recognised me. Funny how you look different once your hair goes.
I am also a qualified Tug Master (ATD and ASD) and during my leave from
Customs I work for PB Towage in Port Botany.
Anyone visiting Sydney please give me a call, I would love to catch up with any
We can spend a day on the Harbour aboard our family boat (Omega) and have a few cool drinks.
was a fun guy who saw the funny side of most things. The only time I remember him not smiling was
when he came to me while I was on the lathe in the workshop in the working
alleyway and asked me to have a look at a very swollen part of his
anatomy. It was huge but fortunately it did go down as it was interfering
with his wheeling in. I donít know whether he ever did find out what
caused it. Of course as sympathetic as we were we couldnít let a thing
like that go by without note hence his everlasting nickname.
that same infectious smile a few years later.
was 2nd Engineer and a scarier man youíre never likely to meet. Of
course thatís only the view of a 5th Engineer looking up to a guy who
knew everything and commanded respect by his very demeanour. Thatís
Bruce in the blue boilersuit. He led by example as a shipís engineer and
a human being.
quite a few people in that shot that I know but canít name so if anyone
can help me Iíd appreciate it.
of Dave Harbinson
is Bruce's surprise retirement party which Harbo will explain;
not sure of the exact date but I think it was early to mid 1998 and we
had the unofficial surprise party for him in his home town of Battle.
Phil Aldridge and I were the only two attending who were still at sea
at the time, but the man was held in such high regard that they came
out of the woodwork for Bruce's party, Graham Lewis even flew in from
L.A. We set it up that his wife Shirley had talked him into taking her
for a quiet dinner, of course when he arrived, he was absolutely gob
smacked. He switched from the Sky Princess to the Royal just before his
retirement, but the Sky team led by Bill McCandless were not going to
let him slip away unnoticed. Bruce had this thing about Lamborghini or
Ferrari (don't we all) can't remember which one specifically, but Bill
organised all the accessories to go with such a fine animal i.e. fluffy
dice, nodding dog, windshield name sign with Bruce & Shirley and
every ship Bruce went on had his trademark interlocking rubber mats in
the control room. They managed to salvage a couple and make car mats
with with the maker's emblem embedded in them. Very tastefully done I
may say so. Everything was boxed up and sent to the Royal for his
retirement party, but due to a "Royal" screw up, he didn't get them in
time. He did however receive them before our unofficial party and he
was made up.