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Celia Cowan’s Memories


Radio Office Oriana 1976.

L-R:        

Paul Barry (1/R/O), Adrian ? (A/R/O), Dave Gillmon (C/R/O)

 


Oriana 1975.

Roger Morris (Ship’s Cook) and Dave Rourke (2nd Chef).

 


Bureau Oriana 1975.

L-R:        

Brian Hockey (Deputy Purser), Maurice Rudderham (Purser), Annette George (SWAP), Phil Prescott (AP), Pauline Miller (AP), Francis Stileman (AP), John Barker (Accountant), Celia Cowan (AP), Steve Brogan (Cadet), David Dene (AP), Alastair McCallum (Cadet), Sandra Whaites (AP), Mike ?, Celia Gore-Lloyd (AP), Heather Yandle (JAP), Simon West (AP), Dave Jenkinson (Writer), Mike Hawkesworth (DP), Tony Critchley (AP).

 

Oriana 1975.

Celia Cowan (WAP) and Roger Morris (Ship’s Cook).

 

Oriana 1975.

L-R:        

Ken Maynard (Pastry Chef), Trevor Friday (Chef), John Dearness (Larder Cook).

 

Oriana 1975.

L-R:        

Dave Rourke (2nd Chef), Annette George (SWAP), Phil Prescott (AP), Pauline Miller (AP).

 

Oriana 1975.

L-R:        

Phil Prescott (AP), Pauline Miller (AP), Celia Cowan (AP), Dave Rourke (2nd Chef).

 

L-R:        

Phil Prescott (AP), Pauline Miller (WAP), Roger Morris (Ship’s Cook), Celia Cowan (WAP), Dave Rourke (2nd Chef).

 

My cabin Oriana December 1975.

L-R:        

Roger Morris (Ship’s Cook), Dave Rourke (2nd Chef), Larder Chef, Celia Cowan (WAP).

   

Inaugural Pub Lunch Wardroom Oriana 1975. Celia smack in the middle.

 

Oriana Hospital 1976 Giving Blood.

Celia recalls;

This blood was needed “pdq” for a very ill bedroom steward and look who’s giving blood!! All girls!! in a ship’s company that was only about 5% female!!

L-R:        

?? (Telephonist), Sheila Tattershall (SWAP), Celia Cowan (WAP), Richard Reubin (Asst Surgeon).

 

Oriana Ladies’ Night 1976.

L-R:        

Chris Bullen (AP), Malcolm Chappell (AP), Jose Mackenzie (WAP), Bob Weaver (AP), Celia Cowan (WAP).

 

On the Bridge on Oriana driving through the Panama Canal May 1976.

L-R:        

Celia Cowan (AP), John Wacher (Captain), Chris Rynd (Deck Cadet) who’s now a Captain with Princess Cruises.

 

Oriana 1976.

L-R:        

Ken Maynard (Pastry Chef), Celia Cowan (AP), Dave Rourke (2nd Chef).

 

Oriana 1976.

L-R:        

Dave Rourke’s Birthday Party (2nd Chef) with John Thow (2/E/O) with the beard on the right.

 

Oriana 1976.

Dave Rourke’s Birthday Party (2nd Chef).

L-R:        

Roberta Pritchard (Hostess), Maurice Rudderham (Purser), Moira Wells (Hostess), Dave Rourke (2nd Chef), Phil Jackson (Deputy Captain).

 

Oriana Bureau 1976.

Chris Bullen (AP) who’s now Purser on the new Oriana “You can’t phase me – I’ve just taken on stores in Egypt!!”.

 

Oriana 1976.

Crew Fancy Dress Competition in Crew Pig.

L-R:       

Celia Cowan (WAP), Phil Jackson (Deputy Captain), Jose Mackenzie (WAP).

 

Oriana 1976.

Dick Regan (Deck Officer) and Steve Burgoine (1/O) ashore in Hawaii.

 

Oriana 1976.

Dave Gillmon (C/R/O) and Steve Burgoine (1/O) ashore in Hawaii.

 

Oriana 1976.

Roger Morris (Ship’s Cook) and Celia Cowan (AP) Sailing from Sydney.

 

Oriana 1976.

Mike Robbins (Entertainment Director) in Port Everglades, homeward bound.

 


29 December 1975.

Celia writes;

The day the law changed and we were entitled to equal pay for equal work – hmmmmm yeah right – has that ever happened!!

Officially the WAPs became APs and so we thought we would don the boys’ uniforms for the day.  It didn’t go down too well with the Purser!!

L-R:       

Heather Yandle, Celia Cowan, Annette George, Pauline Miller, Celia Gore-Lloyd, Sandra Whites.



L-R:  

Annette George, Mike Hawkesworth, Pauline Miller, Heather Yandle, Sandra Whaites, Celia Gore-Lloyd, Phil Prescott, Celia Cowan.

 

Oriana 4 April 1976.

Phil Jackson (Deputy Captain) at the BBQ Night before final sailing from Sydney on the homeward bound. Philip can be seen here with a fine group of men.

 

Same BBQ with Nicky Seymour and Roberta Pritchard (Hostesses).

 

Oriana 1976.

Captain Peter Love (Deceased) doing “The Hole in the Elephant’s Bottom”!! and can be heard singing the entire song here

 

Oriana 1976.

In the Bureau working late.

Francis Stileman (AP), Sean Faulkner (AP), Jose Mackenzie (WAP).

 

Oriana 1976.

In the Bureau.

Sean Faulkner (AP) and Jose Mackenzie (WAP) and Oscar the budgie!

 

Oriana 1976.

In the Bureau.

Celia Cowan (WAP) with trusty typewriter.

 

Oriana 1976.

In the Bureau.

Francis Stileman (AP).

 

Bob Brunyee (Engineer Officer) and Mike Eltham (Electrical Officer) at a shore side party in 1986.

 

Celia Cowan (now Chester) and Dave Whitehand (Electrical Officer) at the same party in 1986.

 

Christine Barker (nee Lovatt) ex WAP on Canberra, Oriana and Uganda, and Celia Cowan (now Chester) 2005.

 

Katie Chester and Dave Whitehand 1981.

 

Uganda Ladies’ Night 1977.

L-R:        

Celia Cowan, Jo Slatter (Asst Matron), Nicky Shutt (AP), Val Jenkins (SWAP).

 

Uganda Ladies’ Night 1977 again.

L-R:       

Nicky Shutt (WAP), Val Jenkins (SWAP), Celia Cowan (WAP).

 

Uganda Ladies’ Night 1977 yet again.

L-R:       

Nicky Shutt (WAP), Jo Slatter (Asst Matron), Celia Cowan (WAP).

 

Les Filles de Can Can Uganda 1977.

L-R:       

Nicky Shutt (WAP), Celia Cowan (WAP), Val Jenkins (SWAP).

 

Swan Lake Uganda 1977/78.

L-R:       

Dave Kirchin, Mike Fowler (aka Pugwash)(2/O), Dick Spread (C/O), Ron Furlong (Staff Officer). 

Front:    

The happy dying swan, Celia Cowan.

 

Uganda Crowd 1976/77.

L-R:        

Russell Coombs (2/O), Roger Marshall (2/E/O), Liz Kenyon (N/Sister), Jo Slatter (Asst Matron), John Gentry (AP), Mick Munson (Asst Barman), Dai Thomas (A/El/O), Paul Hillis (4/E/0).


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Celia at the aft end of Oriana in Southampton July 1975.



Celia in her back garden in Ashtead with her new uniform in Spring 1975.



Celia in her back garden in Ashtead with her new uniform in Spring 1975.



Celia in her back garden in Ashtead with her new uniform in Spring 1975.


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Celia on the bridge wing at Andalsnes Fjord, Oriana Jul 76.


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Celia on the bridge wing on Oriana in San Francisco 1976.


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Can Can, Uganda Dec 1977. Celia is 2nd from the left.


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Captain's Cocktails Oriana Jul 76.

L-R:

Phil Prescott, Mr Cowan, Mrs Cowan, Celia Cowan, Pax, Pax, Pax, ??


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Dinner with the Olds and Pax Uganda Dec 1977. That's Celia with her dad on the right side of the table.


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Dying Swan Bistro Night Uganda Dec 1977. I can only presume that's Celia as the black swan.


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Celia doing her final steering ticket test at Trondheim Fjord, Oriana Jul 76.


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Girls' Football Team Arcadia Tonga 1977. That's Celia 2nd from the left.


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Celia going ashore with Brian Blackman (Night Leading Seaman) Oriana.


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Island Night Oriana July 1975 with Rosemary Walker (far left), Celia (far right) and pax.


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Island Night Oriana July 1975. Rosemary Walker and Celia Cowan.


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Celia doing her lifeboat ticket on Oriana in Southampton May 1976.


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Lifeboat ticket again, Celia with Francis Stileman on Oriana Southampton May 1976.


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New batch of WAPs Spring 1975. Celia laughing heartily on the right.


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Oriana Drydock Spring 1975.


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Celia on Oriana May 1976.


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Celia looking gorgeous sailing from Auckland on Oriana January 1976.


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Celia sunbathing Uganda Dec 1977.


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Celia enjoying the sunset sailing from Auckland on Oriana January 1976.


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Celia as SWAP.


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Celia on Uganda 1977.


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Celia on Uganda 1977.


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Celia with her dad on Oriana aft end July 1975.


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Celia with friends on Oriana.


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Celia with John Speed and Mark Sawyer Oriana 1975.


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Celia with her mum on Oriana aft end July 1975.


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Celia with her mum on Oriana with QE2 behind July 1975.


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Celia with pax and Roberta Pritchard on Oriana 1975.


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Celia with the Bosun Jim O'Sullivan on Oriana 1976.


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Celia with the Olds on Uganda Dec 1977.


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Celia with the Olds Uganda Dec 1977.


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