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Neil McGrath's Memories

Neil McGrath sent in this great collection of photos including all the narrative.

 

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Sea Princess in dry dock at Sembawang, Singapore.

 

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Crew Football competition Fiji (Sea Princess). 

L-R back row:

Neil McGrath (1VO), Tim Lees (AP), Neil Sayce (2RO), Mick Riley (AELO). 

L-R front row:

John Elder (AELO), Colin Campbell (DC). 

 

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Crew Football competition Fiji (Sea Princess).

L-R back row: 

Sean Faulkner (AP), Neil McGrath (1VO), Terry Firth (AELO), Colin Campbell (DC), Rob Morley (AP). 

L-R front row:

Bert McAughtrie (3EO), ?? (Eng Cadet).

 

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Team bonding with a group hug !!! (Sea Princess).

Top to bottom:

John Pace (1ELO), Neil Sayce (2RO), Neil McGrath (1VO), John ? (AELO), John Elder (AELO), Mick Riley (AELO). 

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

John Elder (AELO), Neil McGrath (1VO). 

Bottom:

Colin Macphail (AEO).

 

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Neil McGrath (1VO) & Aussie pax in Pacific lounge on Sea Princess.

 

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Carousel Bar, Sea Princess. 

L-R:

Pat Hutchinson (Nurse), Trenchy (AELO), Andrea Upton (WAP), Mick Thomas (3EO), Neil McGrath (1VO), John Sherwood (2VO).

 

Ian Settle believes the guy at the back with the beard is Ian Stoker. 

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

John ? (AELO), John Pace (1ELO), Neil McGrath (1VO), John Elder (AELO). 

 

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Melbourne Cup Race (Sea Princess).

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), John ? (AELO). 

 

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My cabin for a swift beer or two before a curry lunch in the wardroom, remember that lay-in on a Sunday - luxury! (Sea Princess).

L-R: 

John Elder (AELO), Neil McGrath (1VO), Mick Riley (AELO).

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

John Sherwood (2VO), Neil McGrath (1VO), Lisa (Aussie Pax). 

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

Graham Paul (4EO), John ? (AELO). 

 

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Hong Kong Sea Princess.

L-R:

Kerry Nickleson (WAP), John Elder (AELO), Neil McGrath (2VO). 

 

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L-R:

Clive Glover (4EO), Neil McGrath (1VO), Mr Ku (VO fitter), Bill McCandless (2EO). 

 

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Sun Princess, Neil McGrath (1VO).

 

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New Orleans - "Pat O'Briens Bar" (Canberra).

L-R:

Jimmy Plowman, ??, Andy Rees, Neil McGrath, ??, Dave Oakes, Calvern Newbie (aka Pixie), ??, Steve Arnold, ??.

 

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Neil McGrath - Canberra.

 

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Fiji - Treasure Island (Sea Princess).

Fiona White (Kiwi Pax), Neil McGrath (BLJ)

 

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Neil McGrath (1VO) - Alaska Pacific Princess.

 

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Alan Wadham (AELO) - Vancouver Pacific Princess.

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), ??, Alister ?, Katie ?, Steve Arnold (AELO). 

 

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Steve Murray (3EO) - Pacific Princess.

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Alan Wadham (AELO), Neil McGrath (1VO), Alan Smith (AEO).

 

Alan Smith has been named by Mark Barnett. Mark recalls Alan, otherwise known as Smiffy, was famous for his Paco Rabanne cocktails and was a real character. There's more photos of him further down.

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), Guy Galpin (AEO), Trevor Daniels (3EO).

 

Trevor has been named by Mark Barnett.

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

??, John Elder (AELO), Neil McGrath (1VO), Mr Ku (VO Fitter), Graham Paul (4EO). 

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), John Elder (AELO). 

 

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Neil McGrath - diving Acapulco (Pacific Princess).

 

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Acapulco - diving trip (Pacific Princess).

L-R:

?? (Ents), Dave Rose (2ELO), Leyla Incikaya (Ents).

 

Kit Williams has kindly advised that the girl on the right is Leyla but can't remember her surname. She was a dancer.

  

Peter Bennett adds;

The name of the entertainer in the photo is Leyla Incikaya, a BLJ of mine from that era! I was in touch with Leyla a while ago but have now lost her email address. She lives in LA and is married and works in her father's business which from memory is a lighting manufacturer? She danced in some movies after leaving P&O, one with Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds springs to mind!

 

The only Dolly Burt dancing moving that I know is "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and the scene where the girls all have their dresses ripped off during a dance routine revealing bare arses (wearing thongs) and black stockings is the best bit of soft porn I've ever seen in my life and believe me I've seen it a few times as I have it recorded for posterity. Now I'm going to have to watch it again just to look for Leyla ... can't wait :)  

 

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Pacific Princess - In those days you could chose Blue or Black wine i.e. Blue Nun or Black Tower. We thought we were so sophisticated!!!!!!  

L-R:

??, Steve Arnold (AELO), ??, Neil McGrath (1VO) in my cabin, I spotted my fridge gauges.

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Diving trip - Acapulco Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Andy Iddles (Doc), Guy Galpin (AEO), Chris (3EO), Steve Arnold (AELO), Neil McGrath (1VO).

 

Andy named by Mark Barnett

 

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Neil McGrath - Honolulu Pacific Princess.

 

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Diving off a boat in Acapulco Bay Pacific Princess - Mexican instructor didn't speak English but he had a big knife so we had to behave ourselves!

 

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Sea Princess.

Andrea Upton (WAP), Neil McGrath (1VO) posing for the camera in my cabin! 

 

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Alan Wadham (AELO) and Wardroom Waiter on Pacific Princess.

 

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Pacific Princess - Outside the Queen Mary 1 in Long Beach, California about to attend the wedding of Dave Rose 2ELO & Ents.  

L-R:

Andy Iddles (Doc), Addie ? (Hairdresser), Neil McGrath (1VO), Paul Carney (4EO), Mark Barnett (Eng Cadet).

 

Andy named by Mark Barnett

Addie named by Paul Carney

 

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Standing next to the AC Centrifugal Chillers - Pacific Princess. 

L-R: 

?? (VO fitter), Neil McGrath (1VO), ??. 


The motto for ship's engineering equipment still remains with me today T.F.A. - S.O.J. ? 

 

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Alaska Pacific Princess. 

L-R:

Dave Rose (2ELO), Dai Young (1ELO), Bruce Waller (CEO), Neil McGrath (1VO).

 

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Getting ready for our performance!! Notice there's no sign of a beer now there's dedication for you or is it fright? Pacific Princess. 

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), Alan Smith (AEO), Steve Arnold (AELO), Dave Rose (2ELO). 

 

Can't see Alan Wadham the "premier ballerina" he was probably drinking our share of Dutch courage! 

 

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Timing, poise, perfection! Pacific Princess. 

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), Alan Smith (AEO), Alan Wadham (AELO), Steve Arnold (AELO), Dave Rose (2ELO).

 

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Neil McGrath (1VO), Alan Smith (AEO). All those hours of late night rehearsal paying off.

 

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Neil McGrath - Great Barrier Reef Sea Princess.

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

?? (VO Fitter), Neil McGrath (1VO), Paul Carney (4EO). 

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), ??, Steve Arnold (AELO). 

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Alan Smith (AEO), Neil McGrath (1VO).

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), ?? (Ents), Dave Rose (2ELO), ?? (Ents). 

 

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Straight backs, arms & fingers extended & now show off the arm pits! We were wasted in engineering? Pacific Princess.

 

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When embarrassed, keep your head down! Pacific Princess.

 

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Waikiki Beach Pacific Princess - Steve Arnold & I nearly lost our lives in the monster waves, we had party back on board to celebrate we were both still alive! (Ok any excuse for a drinking session). 

L-R:

?? (Ents), Neil McGrath (1VO), Katie ?, ??, Steve Arnold (AELO).

 

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Pacific Princess.

L-R:

Steve Arnold (AELO), ??, ??, Katie ?. 

 

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Alan Wadham (AELO), Neil McGrath (1VO) - Vancouver Pacific Princess.

 

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Chris Adams (3EO) - Sea Princess.

 

Chris was named by Mark Barnett.

 

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Leyla Incikaya (Ents Dancer), Neil McGrath (1VO) - Disney LA Pacific Princess.

 

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Crossing the line - Pacific Princess.

L-R:

?? (bear), Capt John Young, Neil McGrath (VO) as a bear. (Why a bear ?).

 

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Crossing the line - Pacific Princess - Alan Wadham (AELO) as a  drunken sailor (he spent many long nights researching his part!). I'm not sure who's in the background with one sock down? 

 

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Crossing the line - Pacific Princess - Capt John Young getting the treatment! Many familiar faces in the background (I cant think why I didn't know the nurse?).

Harbo writes;

Mystery solved, I was that "nurse" and Trevor Daniel was the "Doc". Alistair Clarke & Paul Carney in the background (both Coppers).

 

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Similar photo as number 3 - Sea Princess.

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

Bill McCandless (2EO), John Elder (AELO), Graham Paul (4EO). 

 

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John Elder (AELO) - Sea Princess - Sembawang dry dock Singapore.

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

John Pace (1ELO), Mick Riley (AELO), Neil Sayce (2RO). 

 

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Andrea Upton (WAP) - Hong Kong - Sea Princess.

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (1VO), Chris Adams (3EO). 

 

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SS Arcadia last trip.

L-R:

?? (Aussie Pax), Neil McGrath (Jnr VO). 

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

Clive Glover (4EO), ??, Mr Ku (VO Fitter), Bill McCandless (2EO), John Thow (2EO). 

 

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?? (Aussie Pax - BLJ) - SS Arcadia.

 

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Chinese New Year - Sea Princess.

L-R back row:

?? (No.1 Fitter), ??, ??, ??, Terry Bartholomew (1ELO), Dave Montieth (3EO), don't know the rest. 

L-R middle row:

George McHugh (CEO),  Capt Ian Gibb, Mike Ramsay (2EO), ??, John Winterbone (2EO), ??. 

L-R Front row: 

Jimmy Plowman (4EO), ??, Neil McGrath (1VO).

 

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Sea Princess - Can't remember the occasion, maybe Bill's birthday or he just bought a round! (Bill, you were one of the people I most admired).

L-R standing: 

?? (1RO), John Pace (1ELO), Colin Campbell (DC), ??, John Winterbone (2EO), Richard Tyzack (1O), Terry Bartholomew (1ELO), ??, Perry McBean (2VO), Jeff Bray (AEO), Jimmy Plowman (4EO). 

L-R Middle row: 

Malcolm Greenwood, Mike Thomas (3EO), Heather Campbell (WAP), Bill McCandless (2EO), ??, ??, Neil McGrath (1VO), Trenchy

 

L-R Front row: 

Mike Reliey (2ELO), ??. 

 

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Sea Princess - at night Sydney.

 

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Pacific Princess - Alaska.

 

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ss Canberra.

 

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Princess ships post card.

 

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Canberra.

L-R:

Steve Arnold (AELO), Neil McGrath (Jnr VO), Paul Foot (3EO). 

 

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Neil McGrath (1VO) in the Officers' Mess with Mexican waiters on Pacific Princess.

 

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Canberra.

L-R:

Steve Arnold (AELO), Neil McGrath (Jnr VO), ??. 

 

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Canberra - 1 or 2 Allsopps before dinner.

L-R:

Steve Arnold (AELO), Alan Wadham (AELO), Andy Rees (AELO).  

 

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Canberra - Probably playing that favourite pre-dinner album by ELO everybody else was!

L-R:

Steve Arnold (AELO), Neil McGrath (Jnr VO), Alan Wadham (AELO).  

 

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Canberra - Cinzano drinks before dinner or was it breakfast?  

L-R

Ginger Jon Milner, Dave Oakes, Clive Glover, ??, ??.

 

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Sea Princess.

L-R:

John Elder (AELO), Bill McCandless (2EO), Neil McGrath (1VO). 

 

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Canberra.

L-R:

Neil McGrath, Ginger Jon Milner, Clive Glover, Dave Oakes, ??. 

 

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Canberra - Standing next to the refrigeration compressor units.

L-R: 

Neil McGrath (Jnr VO), Dave Oakes & fellow Ogwallers. 

 

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ss Arcadia Engineers - I  can't remember names but I'm Neil McGrath (Jnr VO) kneeling down RH side. Mark Barnett remembers the Silver Fox front row left is Roger Davies (Electrical Officer) and who could miss Alan Conlin top left with the mo, Brian Richardson two to TT's left, Tony Minards squatting next to Neil and Ken Worsfold bang centre with the full beard. 

 

Kit Williams has kindly named Roger Davies.

 

Jim Powell adds;

The guy above the silver fox with the glasses on is Chris Fuller (aka moon man). In the foreground on the right of the picture, with a notebook in his pocket, is David Ferguson. Next to with his head on Ken Worsfold's left shoulder is 2EO Chris Chandler. 

  

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As above - ss Arcadia.

 

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Canberra.

L-R: 

Neil McGrath (Jnr VO), Dave Oakes (4EO), Andy Rees (AELO). 

  

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Canberra.

L-R:

Neil McGrath (Jnr VO), ??, ??, Peter Sara, Brian Firth (VO). 

  

Jim Powell kindly named Peter Sara and advises that he's now a MCA marine surveyor. 

  

Harbo writes;

Next to Neil McGrath, does anyone remember this guy ? Alan Wallace or Blockhead rings a bell, I'm sure I was on the same watch as him on Canberra, I also believe that he passed away at a very young age. On the extreme right, next to Pete Sara is Brian "Bullitt" Firth VO.

    

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Island Night on Sea Princess - Neil McGrath (1VO) & Steiner girls.

 

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Island Night Canberra.

L-R:

Steve Arnold, Neil McGrath, ??, ??.

  

Harbo writes;

Here is the same lad again (2 photos up), with Steve Arnold & Neil McGrath. Don't know if anyone can add to the sketchy details, memory is a bit vague. The other officer extreme right is Dave Lund.

  

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ss Arcadia - Hong Kong, the must visit "Jumbo Floating Restaurant". 

 

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ss Arcadia - Hong Kong - not sure of names.

 

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SS Arcadia - Neil McGrath (Jnr VO).

 

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ss Arcadia - Neil McGrath (Jnr VO) in refrigeration plant room.

 

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ss Arcadia leaving Sydney for the last time. A tremendous send off, see the people on the roof of the stand! 

 

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ss Arcadia leaving Sydney for the last time.  I'm Neil McGrath the third from the left at the back. 

 

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ss Arcadia funnel starting to make a bit of black smoke before we pass under Sydney harbour bridge - do you think we can stop the traffic??? 

 

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ss Arcadia - Oh dear we stopped the traffic on the bridge!!!!!!!! Someone in the Engine Room will be in trouble! 


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Sea Princess - refit in Sembawang ship yard in Singapore.

 

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Sea Princess - One of the Carrier M17 centifugal AC water chillers which operated on R11 refrigerant which is now banned.

 

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Sea Princess - stabiliser.

 

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Royal Viking Sea - Location ?

 

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Sea Princess - Sydney.

 

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Sydney.

 

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Sea Princess leaving.

 

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Sea Princess - Location ?

 

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Not sure, maybe someone will recognise this ship.

 

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Canberra - ?? and Neil.

 

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Canberra - ?? and Neil.

 

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Canberra - John Sherwood (2nd VO) and ??.

 

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Sea Princess - Location? - Island locals looking for business. I recall lowering down towels and bars of soap from the aft end in exchange for wooden carvings.

 

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As above.

 

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Sea Princess - You'd think I'd remember this lady! Possibly taken on an island off Fiji with two Aussie passengers. Graham “Shag” Paul (4EO) was also present.

 

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As above.

 

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Pacific Princess - The great Alan Wadham "principle ballerina". Not sure of the American girl dancer's name next to the pianist.

 

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Pacific Princess - Ballerina troupe - Alan Smith, Alan Wadham, Steve Arnold and Neil.

 

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Pacific Princess - I think these are Martin Peek, Dean Selhay (York Air Conditioning) and possibly Floyd ? (York Air Conditioning) - York were on board to carry out a strip down inspection of the York AC chillers while we were on the Alaska run.

 

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Sea Princess - Dave Monteith and Clive Glover.

 

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Sea Princess - ??, Graham Paul and Bill McCandless.

 

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Sea Princess - Graham Paul and Bill McCandlass.

 

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Sea Princess - ?? and ??

 

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Sea Princess - Mr Ku (Refrigeration Fitter), Perry McBean (2nd VO)

 

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As above.

 

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Sea Princess - Mr Ku (Refrigeration Fitter) and Neil.

 

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Sea Princess - Bill McCandless, Neil, John Elder, Graham Paul.

 

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Sea Princess  - cabin pour out - ?? (Steiners Manageress), Bill McCandless, Tim ?, ??, Neil Sayce.

 

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Sea Princess - ??

 

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Sea Princess - Neil, John Elder, ??, ?? (Steiners Manageress), Bill, Tim ?

 

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Sea Princess - ??, Stuart Fleming (Doc), ??

 

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Sea Princess - Neil Sayce.

 

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Sea Princess - Colin Firth, Mick Riley, Tim ??, ??

 

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Pacific Princess - Steiners girls - ??, ??, ??, Val ?

 

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Pacific Princess - ?? (Steiners Girl), Neil.

 

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Pacific Princess - ?? (Steiners Girl).

 

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Pacific Princess - ?? (Steiners Girl).

 

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Pacific Princess - Steiners Girls - ??, ??

 

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Pacific Princess - Alan Wadham, ?? (Steiners Girl).

 

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Pacific Princess - Guy Galpin & Neil on leave in LA.

 

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Pacific Princess - Alaska somewhere - six a side football tournament - engineers team entry - top row; ??, Neil, Smouty - bottom row; Steve Arnold, Steve Murray, Dave Harbinson (I think Harbo was in goal and played a blinder), we were easy targets wearing the white jackets and probably got stuffed!

 

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Pacific Princess - Alaska somewhere - ?? (Nurse), Steve Arnold.

 

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Pacific Princess - I think it was Isabel ? (WAP).

 

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Pacific Princess - ?? (Dancer).

 

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Pacific Princess - ??

 

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Pacific Princess - Val ?, Neil, Alan Smith.

 

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Pacific Princess - Not sure where.

 

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Sea Princess - Andrea Upton (WAP), just finishing off a bottle whiskey.

 

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Sea Princess - The loverly Carol Brown (WAP), Neil, ??

 

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Princess Patter (Pacific Princess).

 

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Princess Patter ( Pacific Princess).

 

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Princess Patter ( Pacific Princess).

 

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Princess Patter ( Pacific Princess).

 

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