was a WAP on the Sea Princess, Uganda and Oriana between 1983-86. She's
already done a great job of adding lots of missing names in photos already
on the site and has promised to send a few of her own with memories from a
female perspective which she so rightly points out is a little thin on
'em on Sally :)
above picture was cut from a
series in Alan Mackenzie's Sea Princess section.
Scott on the left on his very first cruise. He remembers they didn't have
a bunk for him, nor name tags, uniforms ... anything. The E/O was a really
great man. Unfortunately his name has left his memory. This is about 1985.
Back in the
80s, I worked for Cunard aboard QE2 & Cunard Princess. Later (1988) I
went to work for Princess Cruises in their Los Angeles office. So I was
never crew for P&O/ Princess, but was an employee. Growing up in the
1970's in Los Angeles, I dreamed of working aboard these ships. I feel
very fortunate to have been able to have the experiences I did but I feel
that I missed so much because the 1960's and 70's must have been
Your web site
allows me to see all the great ships, places and above all the people.
It's always the crew that makes any ship. And clearly there are a lot of
special people who have shared their experiences here.
in St Thomas.
again in Barbados.
is a husband and wife entertainer team - musicians.
is Scott in the Cruise Staff office.
not sure about where this is but it was taken by the food and beverage
manager, John Hewittson.
friends relaxing at the Sheraton Macuto at La Guira.
leaving Venezuela with the Rotterdam following.
next ship... Cunard Princess arriving just off the stern of the Queen Mary
in Long Beach.
next two pics are of Cunard Princess in Alaska. Scott's somewhere on deck
in one of those.
prior to departure from Vancouver.
fellow cruise staff member.
one she took of Scott while leaving San Francisco and a pretty windy day.
This was a jazz cruise with Sarah Vaughn, George Shearing and quite a few
was a great entertainer on Oriana. As you can see above, she was drop dead
gorgeous with a pair of pins to die for and was also a really lovely
person to boot :)
I reckon a cruise would've been the best possible medicine anyone could
have prescribed and the whole of the Seadogs-Reunited community wish you
all the very best Shirley. I love the way bit by bit we're all coming
together after 30 over years. Simply brilliant stuff.
more photos of Shirley on the famous Lifeboat BBQ of 1975 in Kevin’s
sailed on Arcadia for two short trips, a longer one on the Island
Princess but really my time was spent on the Oronsay, Canberra, Uganda,
Pacific Princess and Sea Princess. There are a few more pictures of me
with others on this site, one in which my wife had to positively
identify me by my bare feet, sitting on the deck next to Roger Marshall
in a chair, with, I suspect (as I can't find it now), his squeeze box
is a picture of the wife Denise (was Cordova, ex PP Casino) and I in
2007 - we just celebrated our 24th year in 2010, and despite her
essentially living in San Diego (our home town) and me working out of
Bermuda (surveying today's P&O and Princess ships for the Bermuda
Government ) we see each other quite a lot!
more of Simon (the ones I can find) starting here
and in Simon's Memories.
was A/B, Bridge Seaman, Night Leading Seaman, Acting Coxswain on Oriana 1971-1978 & Coxswain
on the Sea Princess 1978-1980.
was taken at the Dragon Pool when Simon was 'Night Leading Seaman' with the late Joey Higgins on the hose!
I remember both these guys so well from my time on Oriana. They did a
fantastic job keeping the ship looking her best in the middle of the night
while the passengers were counting sheep.
tried to find out how and when Joey died but nobody amongst all my ex Oriana friends
knows, bless him anyway he was a nice lad.
this sort of behaviour was strictly forbidden in uniform, you and I
know it was part of every day life aboard the liners of yesteryear!.
Here's a photo of 'yours truly' doing what every good "Seadog" should
and hoped to do during those fabulous years circa 70's!!. I know it was
and possibly is still frowned upon, but just couldn't help
don't blame you Mate ... good looking filly.
Captain Peter W. Love meeting my
future wife Janette in 'The Red Carpet Room' Sea Princess on her first
cruise out of Sydney in 1978. That would have made Peter Love 47 years old, how time flies.
Janette and I have now been married for 27 years!
painting shipside on a main passenger gangway! (work place health & safety would not be amused these days!!).
After a BBQ yours truly with the then Chef De Cuisine 1977 Dragon Pool Oriana.
with 'The Hollywood Bosun' Jim Sullivan.
(Coxswain) with Chris Hart (Second Officer) just prior to a bridge visit
The Big O at Pago Pago with Rosey who was my beau at this time, (one of the punters).
has sent in 3 great photos of Oriana and a brilliant photo of 2 great
captains and two amazing Oriana brochure shots that I've posted all
together in the Oriana section
was with P&O from 1969 to 73. He sailed on Orsova, Oronsay, Arcadia, Chusan and Oriana.
He couldn't believe that the first picture on the Oronsay site is exactly the same as the one on
his bedside. He intended leaving Oronsay but stayed on when it took over the Alaska
run when Arcadia couldn't make it.
I was on the Nevasa briefly when she was laid up in the Fal in 64 when I was a
cadet with BI. That didn't last long (a year at Highbury Tech with another God
knows how many years before I got on a ship) so I joined the Army for a
year. Soon realised that mistake and joined Souter's Geordie Tramp
Outfit at the ripe old age of 25 as a cadet - lucky to get it! Served
my time at Saudi Shields Marine School (as I still call it) after going
straight to sea for a year first, which is what all companies should
have done as Phase 1, as we'd all been at school all our lives and just
wanted to get on a ship! Daft sending cadets to college reverse phase,
2 years OND then 18 months Phase 3 (when you've never seen a ship) then
off to sea where some will realise they hate it and all that training
get off the Grumpy Old Man bit... Missed out as fiver and went 4th
whilst still in my time, and after that trip and my cadetship signed
off I refused another 4th's job and went 3rd - a good time to be at sea
with no unemployment at the time. Got my ticket and sailed 2nd straight
away at age 27. Moved to CP as 2nd then 3 years for Chief's and sailed
as Chief for 8 years, finally leaving in '86 on a redundancy package.
Since then went into warship design with Swan Hunter and Vosper
International, then to the O&G industry in 2002; I was in Dalian
shipyard on an FPSO job when I took the pictures of Oriana - she still
smelled like a passenger ship! We had two Chinese girls as guides to
show us round, but of course they knew f-all about it, and wouldn't go
down the engineroom, which I was straining at the leash to do. As you
can see, she was getting a bit tawdry down there, but still in
reasonable nick. I wanted to go out of bounds and crawl round the
bilges (like I did on QM in Long Beach) but it was all roped off, and
other machinery spaces were in the dark.
stayed in O&G FPSO design until retiring from SBM in KL in August
'14, but have done a couple of part-time jobs since as us marine
engineers are thin on the ground these days - well, the ones who have
seen a ship are anyway... A sniff of another one I can do from home
next year if it comes off, but otherwise living in Philippines and
working our fruit farm on an island there. If I didn't have the farm I
would miss work, and that's not really an option once you pass 70...
only name I can remember from BI was a 3rd, Jim Macmillan, on Waroonga
when she smacked into the jetty in Boulogne/Calais/wherever - can't
Taken at Mati in Philippines by the Pacific.
My 1949 Riley (for the engineers and car enthusiasts; I've owned it since 1984).
Me at my daughter's wedding with the car at this time last year (2015).
have another memory after looking at the ships on the site, and that's
of Chusan though I think I must have drawn about a thousand various
drawings of Oronsay and Orcades, which were my favourites, and one of
many reasons I wanted to go to sea as a kid. We were living in
Singapore just after the war, and it would have been late 1950 I guess,
when my father (in the Army there) said that he had a special treat for
me as he knew I was mad on ships. We went off in the Wolseley (got a
photo of that somewhere) to I think Tanjong Berlayer pier and into a
sampan, which took us out to the brand new P&O ship the Chusan. I
remember her coming into view as we looked out of the top of the barge
- this huge white ship. We got on board and roamed around at will (no
need for security in the days of the Raj) and I fell in love with the
ship - what a beauty - smelling of new paint and tar and that
indefinable passenger ship smell that they all had.
years passed, but I still had a memory of Chusan as a new ship like you
do, so imagine my surprise when I saw that she was being taken out of
service in '73! I was 27 then, 2/E with Souter's, and when I saw the
news I said "They can't be doing that, she's a new ship, I was on her
during her maiden voyage!". Then the realisation hit me that I was only
four at the time...
think those days of the British passenger ship era were the end of true
"pride in your ship". Whilst we were proud of our ships in CP, it
wasn't the same on one tanker after another as sailing time and again
on those old passenger ships.
Whilst I never sailed on passenger ships apart from as a boy* - this
site brings back the nostalgia of seeing these ships in port at the
various places we visited and lived whilst my father was in the
Army. My bedroom when we lived in Gib looked over the harbour in
our first house, and over Europa Point in our second - both excellent
for ships coming in and out of the Straits.
* Sailed as a passenger -
UK to Singapore aboard Orduna in '48.
Singapore to UK aboard Empire Fowey in '51.
UK to Cyprus aboard Empire Ken '55.
Cyprus to UK aboard Dunera '57.
was disappointed when my father was posted to Gibraltar in that we went
by air, though one leave trip after I joined BI was in a Comet where I
was the only passenger to Gib. The stewie sat me in 1st Class with all
the scoff and booze I could put down and the skipper invited me up
front and I got to drive the plane most of the way, including a
low-level pass down the east coast of Spain. I guess they would be
sacked for doing that nowadays.
The photos Stephen refers to taken of Oriana in Dalian can be seen here.
a shot of a few Officers relaxing off duty in some paradise.
Harry, Dave Jewkes behind him, Mike
Jack and Alan Conlin with his legs over Steve's shoulders … as you do.
The guy standing up was a crew member from the Boiler Room
if I remember right.
with Heather (Pax). She sailed from Vancouver to Southampton in May 1976.
I remember thinking how brave she was as she knew nobody in England and
had nowhere planned to stay when she got off the ship. I’ve often
wondered how she managed and where she finished up. I’d love to hear
from you if you ever read this Heather.
was a young popular Deck Officer in my day, that’s him enjoying a cup of
tea in the Baby Doc’s cabin with a few friends (tea ????). It’s good
to see a can of Allsopps on the table there Steve :)
Goldsmith (WAP), Steve Burgoine (Jnr. 2nd Off), Mike Gold (Snr 2nd Off.)
and Chrissie Doogue (Nurse).
I’ve mentioned before, it’s sad that due to the size of some of the
departments on the bigger ships inter departmental fraternisation was rare
especially in the junior ranks, unlike the smaller ships, like Nevasa,
where everybody mixed with everybody.
a great shot of what Captain Steve Burgoine looks like now, currently the
“Old Man” of the MV Arcadia, and it’s great to see two other old
reprobates still at sea on Arcadia with him.
Clasby (CTO), Andy Jackson
(Guarantee Engineer), Steve Burgoine (Captain).
tells me he was lucky enough to visit Oriana in Quinguandow and again in
Shanghai but she was looking very sorry for herself. The owners at the
time gave him a few mementos from the ship which he now treasures which is
great because it means a part of her will live on forever.
more of Steve starting here and
here's a small tribute to Steve when
about to leave Arcadia for the last time.
Steve’s email address is unknown after leaving Arcadia.
memories and photos. I was Entertainment Officer and Cruise Director on
Oriana from 1976 to 1979 before transferring to Sea Princess. I married
a beautiful Joker 7 named Lynn Woodford and we emigrated to Oz in 1980.
We now have two sons, 19 and 23 and are very happy. Still entertaining
in clubs and corporate functions and we had great fun picking out old
shipmates ... Gavin Ash, Willie Henry, 'Goldfish' (who I bumped into at
one of my gigs), Steve Stroud, Lisa Connell, Phil Jackson, John Thow,
and many more. We'd love to hear from them. (Lynn was a croupier on
Oriana in 1978/79).
above photo was cut from a photo in David
mate sent me this link to a series of programmes from Scottish TV about
the Merchant Navy. Skid Mark appears in one episode about P&O's
latest - Ventura. He's still on the ball, spots a leak that somebody
has already cut the lagging back to expose!!! It wasn't aired
nationally so I don't think many people have seen it before. Check it
missus and I went cruising for Christmas on Celebrity Constellation.
It's our fifth Celebrity cruise but not the best by any means. Overall
quality has noticeably dropped and the ship was overrun with kids
(should probably have thought about that before we booked). Cruise ship
overload in some ports, six large ships in with us twice - ports jammed
full of punters! Couple of snaps attached (that Disney ship still looks
like a ship don't you think).
was a bit of a cool customer. He was pretty quiet sometimes but I don’t
mean moody. It was just his way. That’s Steve in the middle with the
ginger hair. He was well liked and respected and as you can see he was
pretty handsome and did his fair share of wheeling. I can’t for the life
of me remember what prompted this photo but that’s me being held and it
was taken at the Plough Tavern Bar. I remember being there sun baking when
the lads turned up in blues and the ship’s photographer was there doing
his job and so there it is.
Sawyer, Steve Musson, John Speed
& John Russell.
is that great shot of the 75/76 Leckies.
Sawyer, John Atkinson, Steve
Musson, Mick Everson, Paul
Robinson, Charles Oxley.
another of the amazing “Still at Sea” club. That’s him on the far
left of the photo and don’t you reckon he looks like Omar Sharif. He
joined Oriana in 1977, the year after I left, and is currently the VO on Aurora.
others that Steve named are Andy
being buried, Jag Lewis behind Andy and of course the famous
(aka Alan Conlin) the Legend himself.
sailed with many of the characters that we know so well and he tells me,
and it’s good to know, that we live on in the legend that is 'On the
Oriana', 'In the good Old Days' and 'Aussie Cruising' etc, etc. He goes on
to say that us steam queens are getting few and far between and some of
the young lads look at us in a rather amusing way when we mention the
times we used to have at sea. And they say, 'Nostalgia isn't what it used
to be'. Aint that the truth.
for your email Steve. Remember the movie ‘Field of Dreams’ with Kevin
Costner … ‘Build it and they shall come’. That’s what inspired me
to build this website and it’s you guys out there that are making the
dream come true.
Orr has remembered a funny story involving Steve;
Steve joining Oriana. We all thought he looked like John Conteh then, a
severely handsome chap was Steve, a good guy too. Steve's cabin was like
Barry White's boudoir, it was Huggy-Bear's dream in white sheepskin. He
never allowed pour-outs in there. It was nogo-land. He had a fine taste in
music though ... splutter ... This one night he'd been setting up a
serious wheel, and he told the lads that he would prefer it if they would
not cramp his style on decks that night. So they agreed not too. But they
got bored, so they just stripped his cabin of all it's Mojo ... the
bedding, posters, music, rugs etc ... then they really got carried away.
Everything went, it was stripped until all that was left was the bulkheads
and the deckhead, and the chassis of his bunk (no, hang on, I think that
went also). But, as I was on Duty that night I obviously had nothing to do
with it :) There were about 12 of us hiding in my cabin waiting for him to
get back. A pure giggle-fest.
can't leave us hanging! What happened when he got back?
don't know much about Stuart yet but he emailed me recently to report the
sad loss of Miskin Rahman Samy. I'll endeavour to get some info about
himself out of him. Meanwhile there's more photos of Stuart during a Tug O
War here and in Graham
Bond's section here.
Stuart joined P&O Cruises as a Trainee Radio Officer in
November 1978 on board Oriana for the Southampton Refit, just before the line voyage to Australia.
He left P&O from Canberra in late August 1986 as 1st R/O.
had many happy years with P&O, approx 4 years on Oriana, approx 4
years on Canberra with secondments to P&O Bulk's Garala for three
months in 1979 and MV Dragon P&O Ferries for a week in 1980.
I met my wife Judy on Canberra in 1983 - she was a passenger sailing with her parents.
the 1984 line voyage out to Australia she was presented with the 21st
Birthday key by Captain Ellingham in Canberra's wardroom. The key was
beautifully made by Canberra's engineers. Judy sailed with me when she
was 'allowed' for the final two years I was with P&O. She had to
sign ship's articles when she joined me for the 1985 Bremerhaven Refit
so I suppose she became a Seadog!
I can tell you about Sue is that she was a WAP on at least the Oriana and
the Sea Princess and there's lots of photos of her in Gary
Wood's memories. Oh, she also has fantastic legs and a gorgeous face :)
another amazing person who’s still at sea and is currently a Senior
Purser on the MV Oriana. I remember her well from the old days on SS
Oriana in the mid 70’s and amazingly she remembered me although she didn’t
tell me for what reason which is a worry. This photo was taken on the new
MV Oriana in Fremantle on 9th March 2006 which would mean Sue that when I
knew you in 1975 you must have only been about 9 years old. How ever did
you get a job at that age? It was fabulous to see you again.
some great photos of Sue's early days here,
been a great supporter of this site for some time and I can't believe I
haven't added him in his own section until now, somehow you seem to have
slipped through the cracks Terry and I apologise for that.
This is the worst photo of anyone I've ever had to
post and Terry's not even sure it's him but his wife does. Maybe Glyn
Dodson can let us know what he thinks as he worked with Terry for 10
name is Terry "Cowboy" Salter (the nickname was awarded by Little Butty
after he saw me split a water pump joint with a hammer). I joined the
Arc in Southampton in 1971 as a first trip Junior Eng, I left in San
Francisco in 1972, but memories are compromised by the excesses that
seemed to increase with the "off decks at midnight" rules being
relaxed. I left P&O to sail with CP Ships.
a few names from the past: Dave (Scouse) Roberts (4th Eng), Dave
Wickens (5th Eng), Garry "PH" Kerr (4th Eng), "Belfast Bomber" (5th
Eng), Graham "Lenny" Archer (5th Eng), Rod Hampson (3rd Eng), Mark
Gardiner (3rd Eng) – poor sod was my cabin neighbour and had to endure
my musical taste through a 100 Watt amplifier, "Black Bob" (Elec Eng),
"Commander Energy" (Elec Eng), Tony Lipscombe (J/2nd Eng), John
Sellwood (J/2nd Eng), Dave (Big Butty) Wilcox (4th Eng), "Little Butty"
(5th Eng), Arthur Hornsby (4th Eng), John Farmer - or was that Farmery?
(5th Eng), "Big Al" (Elec Eng), also ran into Glyn Dodson in later
shore based employment.
Memories of Garry Kerr setting up a "Adge Cutler Tribute Band"
comprising of Garry, Dave Roberts, Dave Wickens, John Farmery and me
for a gala night "once only, not to be missed, performance", evenings
ashore at the Red Garter Bar in San Francisco and Rocks Push jazz club
in Sydney, water skiing in Suva and Acapulco, getting lost in the back
streets of Tokyo in the early hours of the morning (amazing how you can
sober up and communicate with a Japanese language only taxi driver when
you suddenly realise the ship is going to leave without you).
Would be great to hear from (or about) any of the Arc engineers from that time.
BTW, the photo of Terry above was cut from a great Arcadia group photo that Terry sent in which can be seen here.
"Great Day" in November 1960 with Madeline the beautiful bride.
1963 I built a GP14 sailing dinghy "Wild One". Above shows the first sailing trials in Grimsby
Docks. We sailed this boat all over the place, sold it in 1995 and got something bigger
... a Sadler 32 " Vibrant".
We had 3 boy's Jonathan,
Nicholas and Philip. Here Jon and Nic are looking a bit nervous about finding their "sea legs".
contribution has continued to grow I've decided to move it to his own
section called Terry's Memories.
Iredale (aka Shark) served in the merchant navy for many years on both
cargo and passenger ships. He was on several P&O passenger liners
including the Oronsay and Arcadia before marrying and settling down in
Brisbane Queensland. Sadly he died of cancer almost a year ago. His
wife, Jeanette, asked if Tim could be added to Seadogs.
is Tim starring in the late 70's P&O Brochure.
the one sitting 3rd from the left with the blonde hair and beard. The guy
on the left is Andy Ball and I know the faces of the other guys but the
names are lost with the numerous brain cells destroyed in the pursuit of
numbness. The WAP looks familiar :) Andy
Ball tells me the guy next to him is Nigel "Tiny" Cook (Deck
Cadet - seen elsewhere as Santa I think), and the guy on the end next to
Toby is Steve Allen.
was what I would call a reluctant friend. I really liked him a lot and he
was good fun to be with but he didn’t seem to think so and trying to get
him involved was sometimes quite a struggle. He’s a part of that last
watch group below that brings back so many good memories. Thanks for
making my time at sea so special guys.
Harry Adamson, Toby Tompkins, Steve B, Mike
Radford’s still in touch with Toby and he’s given me various email
address for him all of which have bounced so what’s going on Toby …
still don’t want to be friends eh!
was a Radio Officer with P&O from 1977 to 1981 serving on Canberra,
Oriana, Arcadia, Island Princess and Uganda. The above photo was when
he was 3R/O and is taken standing at bottom of Canberra's spiral
staircase, a favourite spot for the photographers to hang out.
Tony ( 3R/O) off duty in Canberra's Radio Room on Island Night, September 1977.
joined Himalaya following Seaman's School, Gravesend in 1964, then he
joined Canberra after the seaman's strike in 1966 as a mess-man. He
then worked as PRS, firstly in the Meridian Room with 'Fruity' Pearce
as Barman. He then went to The Cricketers as PRS, then was made up to
Assistant Barman with Reggie Firman. In 1971 he went on to work in the
Tourist Restaurant Bar taking over from 'Oscar' Bradshaw before finally
leaving to get married after the Summer Cruises in September 1971.
a couple of photos of then, age 23 and now, age 60. Where has all the time gone? Not to mention my hair!!!!
Tony met his wife Veronica onboard and they are still going strong
after 37 years of marriage. They have one son and three grandchildren.
They did a nostalgic cruise on Oriana in May this year to relive old
memories - and they tell me it was great.
Mazonowicz was God to me. He was the only Chief Engineer I sailed with on
Oriana and he commanded respect if not only for the fact that he was the
chief but it was much more than that. We did, in fact, have need to talk
on one occasion and that was at the end of my very first cruise on the Big
O when I was called into his office. He asked me if I was an Alcoholic as
my wine account had been the highest in the history of P&O for one
cruise. A record I was quite proud of but the truth was that my birthday
had fallen in that time and I’d had a pour out to end all pour outs just
to get to know everybody. Maybe he was just annoyed that he didn’t get
an invite. Sorry Toni :)
the man right in the front centre of course.
is Greg Sinclair’s memories of
are my memories of Toni Mazonowicz (Mozzo), who was the original Chief
Engineer on Oriana from when she was launched and was Chief for most of
the time I was on Oriana. Mozzo was someone who commanded great respect
but we didn’t have a lot of contact with him. The times I did have
direct contact with him were memorable and positive.
first memory was when he’d rejoined Oriana on my second trip and I was
asked to go with him and the First (Willie Dempster) to assist them with
their inspection of the main gearboxes. This involved taking the numerous
inspection covers off while they checked the wear on the gears etc.
Chief involved me in the inspection, asking me questions about the gear
teeth, which were the driving faces etc. He was very good about it and I
appreciated his taking the trouble to help me understand what he was
was going well and I somehow started taking off an inspection cover for
Willie Dempster even though he had his own spanner and Mozzo quickly told
me to take covers off for him and said, “I’m the Chief Engineer, not
second and most memorable encounter was when I was on the starboard engine
controls leaving Fort Lauderdale. We were steaming at full ahead on both
engines when I suddenly got a double full astern order on the starboard
telegraph. This was very unusual and meant that there was some sort of
panic going on up top.
I answered the telegraph and started shutting off the ahead wheel, I was
aware of The Chief racing over and positioning himself right behind my
left shoulder. I was told later that he’d been known to knock people out
of the way and take over himself in these situations but he just stood
right behind me.
was opening the astern wheel as I was shutting the ahead wheel and used
plenty of astern steam to bring the ahead revolutions down to zero. I’d
been spending time learning the boiler room so I knew how things worked in
there and I knew the importance of the fuel oil pressure. I looked up at
the fuel oil pressure gauge and saw that it was nice and low, indicating
that there were still plenty of fires on and kept opening the astern wheel
to get full astern revolutions. I’d gone from full ahead to full astern
in pretty good time. It had all happened very quickly.
telegraph then rang “Stop” and there was no more panic. The Chief then
took me by the left elbow, leaned forward and said to me, “That was very
Chief then went to the telephone and gave someone on the Bridge a real
blast before going into the Boiler Room to talk to the 4th, Dave Betts. As
soon as he left the other lads came over to find out what he’d said and
one said incredulously, “He touched you”.
another occasion near the end of the same trip, the Chief came to see me
while I was on watch. I’d been doing watches in the Boiler Room, being
primed for the step up. The Chief came to speak to me and asked if I was
ready to take on the 4th Engineer’s job, to which I answered, “Yes”.
I was soon notified officially by P & O.
was really pleased that the Chief had spoken to me personally, the way he
did. He was quite complimentary and made me feel confident. He was
probably concerned about my age as I was only 22 years old.
then sailed as 4th Engineer on four Mediterranean cruises. Toni Mazonowicz
had gone on leave for the Cruises and John Howell was relieving him. I
knew John Howell, as he was Chief on the trip when the Boiler Room fire
started happening quickly between me and my then Fiancé and due to some
difficult circumstances, I felt that I had to resign and return to
Australia with her. I spoke to John Howell, who was very understanding. I
tendered my resignation to John Howell and left at the end of the cruises.
always felt bad that I’d let Mozzo down and that I hadn’t even had the
chance to explain my situation to him personally, given that he’d
treated me well in having me promoted. I don’t think he would’ve been
sailed on Arcadia, Uganda, Oriana and (very briefly) Canberra and now
lives in Bunbury, Western Australia just 2 hours south of Perth. I used to
have a picture of him but lost it in a crash. I’ve emailed him and I’m
hoping he can send me some before and after shots. Does anyone out there
have any of Tony?
was born in Liverpool, raised in Lancashire before some fool adjusted the boundaries and it became Cheshire.
He spent his teens in years in Dorset.
volunteered for a Christmas cruise on Canberra and was a VO for that brief time.
He loved Arcadia best and has lots of good memories of that vessel. Oriana and Uganda were good too
though he remembers. He's still making steam and power on shore now for a large alumina refinery.
just sent me this great shot of some guys from 1978 on Arcadia taken in
Pago Pago courtesy of Charlie Hill (CTO Oriana). It needed a bit of a
colour touch-up but it came out good. It’s a great shot.
Minards, Chris Fuller (aka Moon Man),
Conlin (aka TT), Tony Davies (aka
is Tony (in blue) taken very recently during the Hunter Valley Marathon (August ’09)
with his mate from Bunbury, Ian Gibbs...
the winner is, Tony Minards! First in his age group (50 to 59). Tony's
mate, Ian Gibbs came 2nd and what sort of coincidence is this ... the
guy who came 3rd (in black) is also called Ian Gibbs!
a picky from my MBA graduation ceremony held last Saturday (30 April).
My wife Terri graduated too. Terri is very organised and reminded me I
should be studying or an assignment is due etc’. We got to march
through town in our regalia with a brass band and lots of hot business
chick grads. I’m in the Bunbury Marathon on 22/5 hoping to do it in
style (3:15 to 3:30 ish) weather permitting.
following names have been kindly advised by Terry Bartholomew.
of Carol Ashworth
(2EO), Tony Fox, Mike Fox aka Liquid Mick (2VO), ??, ??.
I think the nose and beard that just make it into the picture are of Robin Stone
of Carol Ashworth
of Carol Ashworth
aka Grey Fox (CRO), Tom Beck (1RO), Tony Cotton (4EO), Anne Menzies Green
(aka Patsy, Social Hostess), Dickie
James, John Raine (2EO), Tony Fox, Roger Marshall
James named by Harbo.
The officer between Dickie James and Tony Fox is John Raine (2EO).
I had the pleasure of sailing with both Tony and John on the Canberra.
Menzies Green kindly named by Terry Bartholomew who adds;
The last remaining person
in this group is a social hostess, Anne Menzies Green (Patsy) who's dad was Commodore D'Oyly Green.
of Carol Ashworth
(J2EO), Charlie Hill (3EO) and Tony Fox himself.
had the pleasure of sailing with Tony on the Canberra in the mid 70s
before he left the sea and emigrated, I also sailed with him in the
latter part of the 70s on Arcadia when he came back to sea, I didn't
recognize him at first as he had lost a considerable amount of weight
but was still the old Tony although much less inclined to the beer than
he had been, perhaps that's where the weight went.
of Carol Ashworth
anyone sailed with Tony and remembers anything about the man please send
it in, Carol would love to hear from you.
While he loved his
time after he emigrated to Australia in 1979, working on Cockatoo Island and then Garden
Island, his proudest memories were of being at sea.
was a Radio Officer with P&O. This was taken in the Oriana Radio Room
in 1976 and I certainly remember that face although like so many non
engineers I don't think we ever spoke to each other.
The news of the death of Captain
Peter Love prompted Tony to dig out these two fantastic photos.
was sad to read of the death of Captain Love last week, it prompted me to
sort out some old photos, here are two of myself with Sarah Love, his
daughter, during a trip ashore in Fiji. I was in the fortunate position of
having them allocated to my dining table on board Oriana in 1975 during
the return line voyage from Sydney to the UK. At that time I was 2nd R/O
and the photos were taken by 3rd R/O Mark Jordan, who now lives in San
a great shot of our beloved Oriana. God I miss her and those halcyon days.
thoughts go to Sara and all Peter's family and friends during this sad
a great shot of the Oriana in Acapulco Bay with Tony in the foreground. I
remember trying to swim back to the ship from that very spot. Yes, I was
pissed and no, I didn't make it.
we were berthed in St Thomas aboard the Sun Princess during the 1970's the
Anglina Laura was moored two berths along and she caught fire,
ship was gutted, assistance was given by officers and crew from the Sun
Princess, two that I recall assisting were Mike Gold and Dave Christie,
we sailed from St Thomas at midnight we took about 600 of the passengers
from the Anglina Laura back to San Juan to catch flights home, every
public room and alleyway was packed. Does anyone else recall this
is the bow of the Sun Princess in Glacier Bay.
here's the crew on a lifeboat collecting 1000 year old ice to chill the
Champagne. I'm sure they've stopped doing this some time ago now.
was one of the intrepid heroes who did his bit for his country in 1982.
Here he is in Port Stanley, the troops in the background are now packing
their kit having successfully retaken the islands. Great job fellars!
was a cadet Engineer on the Arcadia in the mid 70's. The above shot was
cut from this photo in Arcadia
Groups and was wrongly named as Tony Minards (Atomic Rooster) although TB
did put a question mark after it. I'm pleased the right Tony has come
forward and identified himself.
joined Oriana on the 4th August 1974, having been in hotel management
up until that point. I was 25, which was old to be a “Junior Assistant
Purser”. I stayed on the Oriana, through dry docks and lay-ups until 3
October 1975 having taken no leave whatsoever. I did Medi cruising,
then a main line to Aus, a season of Aussi cruising and then back to UK
and another season of Medi Cruising. For all my time on board, except
for the first two cruises, I was Crew AP.
In October ’75 I transferred to Canberra for the last two cruises of
the Medi season. We were then in dry dock. And the Deputy Purser in
charge, (no names, no pack drill, but you know who you are!) forgot to
move the outgoing Goan crew out of their accommodation into passenger
accommodation for the last night, to enable them to clean their
accommodation for the incoming Goan crew. I can remember him rushing
into the Bureau rounding up all the AP’s working standby, (and there
were not many of us), handing out boiler suits and getting us to clean
the crew accom. I still have nightmares about all the cockroaches that
fell out of the bedding in the dormitory. Ugh! The place was
disgusting. At the time, I don’t know if it’s the same now, but you
could only get promoted on “Sea Service”. Ability didn’t come into it.
There was a logjam of senior Pursers; P&O weren’t building new
ships at the time. As a cocky young man, I felt I could do a better job
than the men in charge, and I remember thinking, “It’s going to take me
at least five or six years to become a Deputy Purser, I need to
accelerate my career!”
I left Canberra, P&O and my sea career on 22 November ’75. I’d had
a fantastic fifteen months but it was time to move on, and I returned
to Hotel Management.
It was fortunate that I did because I met and fell in love with my wife
Angela who was working in the hotel where I went. We married in May ’77
that’s 33 years this coming May (2010). We have two fantastic children,
Christopher who is 30; he works in the music business as Head of Radio
for Beggars Group. My daughter Sue is 27 and has worked for the last
three years for the innovation company “WhatIf” as a Creative
Coordinator, but she’s leaving soon to set up her own business.
After the hotels I worked as an Area Manager for a pub group and as an
Area General Manager for Berni Inns. In 1989 Angela and I took the
plunge and went into business for ourselves as Domino’s Pizza
franchisees. We opened a store in Barking, East London, one in Chadwell
Heath in Essex and finally one in Hadleigh, near Southend. In March ’08
after nearly 20 years we sold our business and I’m now retired – ‘ish.
I’d really love to hear from anyone who knew me, an e-mail would be
Angela Bellam, Chris Bellam,
Vince Bellam, Lucy (Chris’s partner), Sue Bellam, Tim (Sue’s partner)
- April 2009.
more of Vince starting here, and
check out Vince's Memories here.
is an interesting shot of our Senior Second Engineer Mr. Willie Drummond,
an ORIENT line man who seriously thought we were officers and gentlemen.
You could always pick them, they wore a singlet under their boiler suites.
Willie told me it differentiated a “Marine Engineer” from a seagoing
fitter. Willie used to wear his sword in the engine room, but the chief
banned this after Willie got it caught in the main switchboard and blacked
out the ship.
rather candid shot of Willie was taken at a New Years Eve party in his
cabin. Being a true Scot, Willie was in general somewhat frugal. He wouldn’t
shout if a shark bit him. He was betrothed to a young lady back in
Edinburgh and had promised to remain true and pure until his return. On
reflection he may well have been made to wear a chastity belt on that
particular trip which would account for the fact he never put his hand in
held true to his noble promise until the tall attractive young lady in the
picture joined us. I introduced them at Captains Cocktails at which time
Willie seemed to suffer a total memory loss and all thoughts of a happy
married life evaporated from his mind.
is little doubt that Willie had designs on this young lady, but the Gods
intervened and Willie was struck down with what he later told us was
vertigo. We put him safely to bed shortly after this shot was taken.
is Ex Canberra, and like a few of us, lives here in paradise. Perth of
course, Willetton actually but we won’t hold that against him. (It’s a
North of the River, South of the River thing). He’s been working in
Azerbaijan, South Western Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran
and Russia, but has just accepted a position with Woodside working out of
the Perth office. The project he will be working on is called the Otway
Project and it’s a new gas platform offshore in Victoria with an onshore
gas plant being built at Port Cambell - so there will be occasional visits
Griffin, Theresa Conway (a very attractive WAP), Gudrun Hansen
(Entertainments), Willie, Jady Stevens
with an unknown punter.
are the same 3 Engineers and the same attractive WAP sitting on Willie’s
lap but interestingly the couple on their right is Billy McNeill and his
wife. Billy played for, and became the Manager of, the famous Glasgow
Celtic Football Club.
is a recent shot of Willie taken in Perth with Celia
Cowan while on her recent Australia, New Zealand trip.
hear that on a recent trip to the UK Willie went to a party at Brian
Griffin’s place in Glasgow and met up with Griff, Bert
McAughtrie, James (Jady) Stevens,
Big Ollie (Olive the nursing sister) and John Forde’s ex-wife Lesley
Demain, all ex-Canberra personnel.