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Alan’s Memories of 26 Years at Sea
Alan Mackenzie has made a huge contributed to this site with over 200 photos and a 6378 word essay about his amazing 26 year career. Brilliant stuff, thanks Alan. To reduce the loading time I’ve split it all up into 9 separate pages listed under the ships that Alan sailed on.
All the narration with each photo is from Alan.
Iberia (Pre Sea Daze 1967)
ss Oronsay (1973-1975)
ss Canberra (1976-1985)
ss Canberra (1985-1996)
ss Canberra (Additions)
ss Oriana (1977-1982)
Sea Princess (1979-1983)
ss Uganda (1980)
Sun Princess (1980)
Island Princess (1982)
Royal Princess (1984-1985)
mv Oriana (1995)
mv Arcadia (2001-2002)
ss Canberra (1985-1996)
Kevin Dolan 3/R/O, Paul Stocking 2/R/O, Croupier, Croupier.
The Plumbers’ entry: “Team of the Golden Plunger”!
The return … not looking too knackered, I hope!
In the Geiranger Fjord.
German pax Gunde Wecke and Self at cabin pourout.
Scottish Party with Ron Dale on the Pipes. Also, Alan Campbell 3/R/O, Ray Crossan and Freddie Lloyd. Actually everyone except me was actually Scottish!
Another Norwegian cruise the following year and an open-deck Midnight Sun pourout. Yes, it actually was about 11:30PM when this was taken!
Cheers! By this time, we’ve now changed from Allsopps to Carlsberg!
Tim Gibbons & Self in normal pose!
Keeping warm with Nettie (WAP) Well it was a chilly evening!
And to round off - Ron Dale and David Montieth (aka Monty).
This is Canberra playing icebreakers in the pack-ice north of Spitzbergen.
Out to lunch in Vigo:
John Barr 2/O, Chris Boothe 2ETO and Self, 1/ETO
Royal Princess photographed from Canberra in the Pacific.
Think this was Number Two Boiler’s opinion of RP - the smoke wasn’t there two minutes earlier and it quickly vanished!
After the gang returned from Disneyland!
Graham Bingley 3/ETO (on watch), Self (left behind but joining in the fun!), Tim Gibbons, Paul Martin 3/O and Paul Stocking 2/ETO.
They went to Disneyland and all they brought back for me was a comic (the Beano) and a pair of Mickey Mouse ears!
Getting ready for a Pirate Party!
Paul Martin kindly named by Alan Williams.
SRE Room: Tim & Self at work.
Maurice Dibsdall 1/ETO retirement celebration. Captain’s Cabin.
Self, engaged in radar scanner maintenance.
Jack Gawley’s retirement lunch, D/Captain’s cabin.
L-R Top Table:
Table 2, left side nearest camera:
Table 2, right side nearest camera:
David King’s retirement dinner, D/Captain’s cabin.
L-R Top Table:
Table 2 left side nearest camera:
Table 2 right side nearest camera:
John Rockell 1/EO (though not sure why he and Jim Powell were there together, handover maybe?), Denis Tanner 1/VO, Brent van der Westhuysen Doctor, Self 1/ETO.
Star Princess in the Caribbean seen from Canberra. Odd to think that 5 years later she, as Arcadia III, would have replaced Canberra. We didn’t know that then, of course.
Some rather fine pictures (not mine!) taken in the English Channel of what has to be one of the most beautiful ships ever built.
Starboard bridge wing whilst in the Panama Canal. Captain Ian Gibb and Self.
Steph Roberts’ Retirement Lunch, D/Captain’s cabin. (Steph was Senior Chaplain of Southampton Missions to Seamen).
Alistaire McCallum Purser, Peter Crump Staff/O, D/P but can’t remember his name, John Pace CETO, Fr. Andrew Hosey Chaplain, Nigel Abbes D/CEO, Mrs. Rory Smith, Ian Fraser Cr/Dir, Self 1/ETO.
Unknown lady, Capt. Ian Gibb, Steph Roberts, Ann Gibb, Rory Smith D/Capt, John “The Bopper” Englefield CEO.
Refit: cover of port main set drive turbine lifted for inspection.
Turbine rotor exposed for inspection.
Sunrise over Southampton Water seen from the KG-V dry-dock.
Funnels sheathed in scaffolding while new cowls are being fitted.
Wardroom Slave Auction. This was a rather novel charity idea, dreamed up by Alistaire McCallum, Purser. The idea was that volunteer “slaves” would be auctioned and have to do their purchasers’ bidding for one week. The money raised would be donated to children’s charities. I was “bought” by a consortium of 4 WAPs and was required to bring them breakfast in their cabins each morning for a week! Not an arduous duty and I recall we raised an awful lot of money. Anyway, this is me, CETO (!) at the feet of my “vendor”, Brian Richards, 1/ETO in the tablecloth. Can’t remember who the chap to my left, in the sheet, was.
Brian Richards, Self (in manacles) and an AP I think, plus sundry other bods.
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