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Bob Chambers' Memories
Departure Sydney -I always cleaned my shoes for that occasion!
Gavin Ash and Bob Chambers.
Dirty Harry Adamson having just completed his dressage, being judged by Roy Arnold!
End of the day shift and time for some re-hydration. Is that a parrot in the picture!
I always called them 'dicky bows' for reasons clearly shown in the picture!!
Charles Oxley, John Atkinson and Bob Chambers.
I must have lent my coat to the photographer on this one-could be the Solent and departure Southampton.
Garry Stewart, Bob Chambers, ??, Gavin Ash, Pete Connors.
I think this is Kev's, or Charlie's cabin and will always remember those posters. The one on the left used to attract the attention of a toy camel I seem to remember!
Mark Sawyer, Kevin Timms, Bob Chambers, Andy Jackson.
I was always taught that the badge must face middle front-even if the head didn't!
Kevin Timms and Bob Chambers.
Izmir - Charlie Oxley has bought what looks like a face flannel and I the wooden eagle! The eagle is still in my garden to this very day!
Kevin Timms and Roy Arnold in Istanbul. I think Kev has film recorder in his bag which got him
'hand bagged' in the Street of a Thousand Arseholes - but that's another story!
I had the exact same camera and was with Kevin on that memorable day, also with my camera rolling.
Looks like I have been given a shake to go on decks after an hours crash!
Bob Chambers, Roy Arnold, Mark Sawyer.
Lunch break at VaVau - I love the way the full ship name made it into the pic!
Mark Sawyer, Bob Chambers and Geordie John Atkinson.
Geordie John Atkinson and me. How I would love to meet that guy again to apologise sincerely for my poor behaviour towards him after I rejoined the 'O' after my mother's illness.
I'm sure he, just like the rest of us, understood where your head was at Bob. I remember the moment you told me about you Mum like it was yesterday mate. I hope you get your arse over to Oz one day to fulfil that 'bucket list' item.
Mick Everson and me just checking that we have come to the correct cabin!
Oh c'mon Jacko (Andy Jackson) - must you turn everything into a game! How do you ever expect anyone to take you seriously!
Pete Connors looking very pensive far right - I would love to know how he is now.
Bob Chambers, Gavin Ash, Garry Stewart.
Charlie Oxley, Desmond Hughes.
Red Sea Rig - stomaches in and chests out!
Garry Stewart, Roy Arnold, Bob Chambers, Pete Connors.
Strolling along the promenade at Izmir, Turkey. Not sure why the caps.
Bob Chambers, John Atkinson, Mark Sawyer.
The 'Likely Lads', John Speed and Steve B.
The only area I never bronzed in as was always very quiet with those glass panels. A bit of a 'catwalk' end to end!
The Oriana experience was for me one of life's greatest gifts and impossible to forget.
Amen to that Bob!!
They say that every picture tells a story - but I have never been able to work this one out in 35years!
Charlie Oxley, Bob Chambers, Kevin Timms, Andy Jackson.
I think this could be at Nuku'alofa - Tonga Islands.
I think that this was in a Norwegian fiord.
Garry Stewart, Bob Chambers, Pete Connors.
This floor for swimwear and ladies underwear... please mind the doors!
Desmond Hughes and Bob Chambers.
Tom and his band of merry men!
Charles Oxley, Desmond Hughes, Gavin Ash, Martin Harris, Tom Douther, Pete Connors, Dave Whitehand, Roy Arnold, Bob Chambers.
Dummy Leckies inside the dummy funnel!
Roy Arnold, John Atkinson, Bob Chambers, Mick Everson.
There's Roy giving the 'Geordie Salute' .... ie. one black finger inside a nostril! This was Geordie John's trademark and it was very rare not to see his nose without a black circle around at least one of his nostrils!..... even at Captain's Cocktails.
For Gawd's sake isn't there a real reason for us being here! Leckies hanging around inside dummy funnel.
Dumb, Dumber, Dumberer and Dumbest - still inside dummy funnel.
Whale Watch - This was the first picture taken on the night in question and it was, of course, Charlie Oxley only 20 minutes into his 8-12 whale watch and still totally unaware of the frame up. "I don't see many dead whales on the aft well deck Charlie"!!! ... and, oh that lovely, sweet innocent smile. Y'know, I still feel a twat for being involved in this set up... even to this very day!
The moment of truth! Charlie you've been framed!! I hastily took this pic and hot footed it as the harpoon gun was still loaded!!!
The Whale Watch reception committee!
Why is the crowd beginning to thin!
I have to admit being the butt of this very same piss-take on my very first day at sea on Nevasa, August 1974. I'm still scarred by the embarrassment of being so gullible but as you say further down Bob, "what doesn't kill you just makes you stronger" and I'm also a great believer in Karma.
The big 'O' leaving Suva, Fiji - without me! April 1976. I had been informed by the chief (Mazo) a few days earlier that my mother was critically ill in hospital and that repatriation was advisable. At the time I took this pic of the "O" I didn't know if my mother was alive or not and my mental state at the time was fragile to say the least. It was a further 2 days before I could get any news about my mother as that is how long it took me to get back to the UK. I really don't know how I managed to keep it all together during that time. Since then I have become a firm believer in the old saying... "That which does not destroy you can only make you stronger".
I remember feeling so very depressed at that moment.
What I remember most about this sailing was the absolute silence during the whole departure.
I had dreamt this image several times during my time aboard the 'O' and now it had actually come true.
These last 4 photos have been the most moving sequence of events that I've ever published on this website. Bob and I were cabin next door neighbours and I remember being quite shocked and disturbed by Bob's news. I think it was the first wake up call for me that ended what had been a non stop party and made me think of my family at home for the first time and seeing these photos knowing I was onboard and remembering how I felt at that very moment in time has drawn a few tears. It's good to remember Bob, not only the good times. Thanks!!!
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