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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)

Victoria (1997-2002)

mv Arcadia (2001-2002)

Sea Story


Victoria 1997-2002

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05.01.97 

Group photo on the plates between the Gotaverkens! Again, see who you can spot… At front, 

L-R:       

Self CETO, Chris "Moonman" Fuller 1EO, Charlie Hill CEO. To my left is Drew Skinner 4/EO but can't remember the others too well. 

 

Tim Jenkins has kindly added the following information;

Next to Drew Skinner, with arms folded, is Tim Cooper. Just behind Tim Cooper, in white boiler suit is Mickey Nagy. Directly behind Charlie Hill, with specs, leaning on cylinder head, is John (Mad Dog) Hunter. Back row, extreme left, is Graham Santi. 

 

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09.08.97 

Al fresco dinner, hosted by Lord Sterling during a holiday cruise in Vic. I'm not even going to try and name all this crowd but see who you can spot! 

 

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29.08.97 

Another group Engine Room shot… At the very front are the Filipino fitters, then behind them, ? VO, "Tommo" Tech Storekeeper, Jim Lakin 1/EO, Paul Carney CEO, Douggie Black 2/EO, Self CETO, and a Welsh maintenance E/O who used to be known as the "Khaki Tornado" due to his speed of work! 

 

Tim Jenkins has kindly added the following information;

V/O = Brian Harrison.
MEO = Nigel (Sprat Man) Spratt.
Back Row, 3rd from Left = Norman Cripps.
Back Row, with ear defenders = John (Mad Dog) Hunter.
Back Row, to left of John Hunter is Graham (Dicky) Bird. 

 

Gordon Macleod has kindly added the following information;

3rd row, far left is Steve Lee (Onion Heed).
Back row, far right is John Harvey.
4th row, far right is Scott Currie.

 

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06.07.98 

Cabin pourout, my place! Charlie Hill CEO, Jim Lakin 1/EO, Tony Walters 2/ETO, Dawn my lady friend, Self CETO and behind Dawn, Bob ? 3/EO plus someone else I can't see at all! 

 

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06.07.98 

Ditto.

L-R:       

John Newsom 2/ETO, Charlie Hill, Jim Lakin, Self, Tony Walters & Ian Stoker 1/ETO. 

 

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30.11.99 

Refit… Starboard bossing with propeller shaft removed for repair.

 

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04.12.99 

Starboard shaft back in place and propeller being refitted. 

 

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20.12.99

In the Atlantic during the Millennium Voyage to South Africa in Union-Castle colours. 

 

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17.01.00 

Anchored at Mayotte, showing her Union-Castle funnel colours to advantage. 

 

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01.10.00 

Open Deck pub lunch. 

L-R:       

Gerry Dyer 1/ETO, behind him Eddie O'Driscoll SETO (on handover from me), behind him Rhys Hounslow 2/ETO, To Rhys' left is Mark Dixon 4/ETO and to his left is Ollie Batt 3/ETO, then self SETO and front right is Stewart Black ETOT. 

 

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20.01.01 

Aurora seen from Victoria in the Panama Canal. 

 

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20.01.01 

Victoria photographed from top of Aurora's funnel in the Panama Canal.

 

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Oct. 02  

Victoria (seen from Arcadia III) departing Gibraltar on her farewell cruise. 

 

Nov. 02 

Farewell Victoria - departing without passengers from Southampton, on her delivery voyage to Malta, where she would become the Mona Lisa. To my knowledge, she is still in service for the German company who bought her.


Update - 11/05/2016


Here's the final end of her story, a few pictures on the beach at Alang (as of November 2015), as she is being progressively dismantled...


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