was the Boilermaker on various P&O ships. The above photo was cut from
an Iberia group photo here.
of Geoff Kimber
This is Danny
Lloyd during his time as Boilermaker on Canberra.
very saddened to hear that Danny has been added to the Seadogs Departed
section. I knew I had a photo somewhere that would suit his memory. He was
a real Gent of the old school; here he is in a rare pose as none of us
will remember him, but in a pose I'm sure he would like to have taken more
frequently. I think ďassistingĒ him are Sandy Elson and Hilke
Hasenkamp - Chilly Hoís.
Daphne's sea career she met a passenger, Peter - at Captains Cocktail
Party no less! - and are still together and on the 2nd December they celebrate many years of
blissfully happy marriage!
now run a fantastic bed & breakfast retreat called the Daintree Valley
Haven - Tranquil, Secluded Tropical Retreat In The Heart Of The Daintree
Valley. A special haven for nature-lovers, couples on honeymoon, a
romantic getaway or just to relax and unwind.
self-contained, air-conditioned B&B rainforest bungalows on a lovely
secluded 30-acre property near Daintree National Park. Daintree Valley
Haven is the perfect hideaway for couples, birdwatchers honeymooners,
stressed-out executives or to simply escape and relax for a while during a
busy holiday schedule. Situated in a peaceful valley but not far from
Daintree Village, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Port Douglas and the
Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Atherton Tablelands and Cairns
wrote a column for a recent edition of "The Weekend Australian"
newspaper. It followed a cruise Peter and Daphne did earlier this year
on Arcadia, when they caught up with Commodore Steve Burgoine for the
first time in 40 years! (He was 4/O on Orcades when Peter and Daphne
met onboard in 1969.) Unknown to them Susan Kurosawa, the Travel Editor
of "The Australian" was also on Arcadia and later wrote a review -
Daphne emailed her to say how much they enjoyed her article and briefly
mentioned her own P&O background and to her astonishment she
replied, inviting her to write a column for an upcoming cruising
segment. The result is attached - top left. And what a voyage down
memory lane it has started with emails, letters and phone calls from
old friends and colleagues from all over the world!
... click on the adobe icon to read the article.
served with Steve Burgoine and Mike Gold. There's a picture of them all
together in Steve's section and some really great photos of those early
days including a very young Burgoine posted in the Orcades Groups
section. You can see those photos starting here.
have been reliving some very fond memories of the original Oriana after
being introduced to this great site by Eric Campbell who phoned me out of
the blue and left a message on my voicemail. I have since spoken to Eric
on the phone and also been in touch with Greg Sinclair and Steve Wedd
after so many years!.
joined Oriana as Junior Engineer in February 1967 and was aboard her until
the summer of 1971 when I did a single cruise on Orcades before going up
for my 2nds ticket. I did a single trip on Pando Strait in 1972 (Great
runs to and around the far east!) before leaving P & O.
think my Oriana history predates most of the correspondents. Who remembers
the incident in the Panama Canal in 1969 when we hit the bank with the
stbd propeller and pulled the shaft several feet aft. Good time in Panama
filling the aft end of the shaft alley with concrete before heading off
across the Atlantic on a single screw. Made pretty good progress too!
Eventful stay in Dry Dock in Southampton where a number of the original
shipyard staff from Vickers attended to assist Thornycrofts with the
repairs. I always remember a very wizened machinist engaged in reboring
the shaft coupling bolt holes in situate where they had been damaged when
the taper bolts were ripped out. Work of art and no mistake. I have some
photos and will send these in. These were the days of Toni Mazonowicz as
Chief and Jim Dobie as 2nd. Wonderful Charlie Newby as 1st.
Betts about 1969!
general consensus of opinion is the person on the left is Les Harris with Bill
McCandless and Steve Wedd.
Dave on the far left, Harry Adamson
(aka Dirty Harry) is in the middle with me on the right. We were on our
way to board the Frigate 16 behind us and ask if we could have a look
around the Engine Room. A request that was granted Iím pleased to say
with the proviso that they were on a 5 minute standby which meant if they
got the order to move they had to be away from the quay and at full speed
doing 45 knots within 5 minutes. Fortunately that didnít happen and we
were piped aboard and given the full officer treatment. It was a great
decision to go.
Dave in the shit with Taffy Williams.
this is Dave in 2003 with his wife while on a holiday cruise.
was another quiet one, you have to watch those guys. Thatís Dave closest
to Bruce Lee. Thatís me on Daveís right and Les
Diffey next to me. John Speedís
the one laying on me with Heather laying across us all. Where the hell are
my legs? The gentleman licking Heatherís bum is Nice
John From Windsor.
finally managed to make contact with Dave. He is the Director Global Beer, Cider, Spirits and
Non-Alcohol Production for the Foster's Group and this is the only photo
he could send me at this time which he had on his work computer ... more to
follow I hope. He's living in Sydney now but travels extensively and has
promised to make contact when next in Perth.
is one of the few amazing guyís whoís still at Sea. God knows how youíve
done it Mate. I was an alcoholic in just 2 years. I would have been dead
in 3. Thatís Dave (obviously) sitting next to Jenny Little who became my
wife of now 31 years. I canít believe how pissed she was in that photo.
Dave working hard on his wheeling technique. Looking at the reaction of
the two chaperone teachers itís not working. Daveís been very good at
sending me photos and supplying info about people for the site so I thank
you for that Dave. I do believe you actually cracked that one in the end
if I remember right. Good job!
too far away from the good looking ones eh Dave. They say the quiet ones
are always the worst.
dare not ask what was going on in that shot. Thatís Dennis
Morris in the surgical gown and I think thatís Warren (Baby Doc) in
the middle. Iím sure thatís David Marks on the
left in the shorts.
Dave in the red hat with Bob Eden
pouring an Allsopps. I think that might have been in the early days of the
scrap run shortly after leaving Malta.
a great and very recent photo of Dave & his lovely wife Sarah. They
now live in Vancouver. Dave sent in another great shot of him and Sarah
with his old Mate John Barclay and John's wife Sue which is in the Reunion
this is what my old mate looks like now. I'm not sure I would have
recognised you in the street Dave but when I look closely you haven't
changed a bit Mate!
has been such a great supporter of this site something which has been most
appreciated by everyone. I've added a new section called Harbo's
Memories with the photos he'd uploaded to the photo albums and Harbo's retirement photos can be seen here.
All photos of Dave are linked together starting here.
was a Deck Officer on Arcadia back in the 70's. I'm not sure of what other
ships he was on or how long he was with P&O but it's Captain David
Hepburn now and he runs his own marine survey company in Sydney called Hepburn Marine Surveys.
can't tell you much about Scruffy yet but I'm sure more will be added
soon. He was an Engineer Officer on Oriana in the 80's and now is the
Materials & Contracts Co-Ordinator in the Turnarounds, Majors &
Contracts Department at the Esso Fawley Refinery in Southampton.
he is with Wendy Chappell taken on the famous floating Jumbo Restaurant in
Hong Kong circa 1985.
was a very amiable friendly guy. Not the biggest party animal youíll
ever meet but was never far away from the action. Thatís Dave with the
nearly empty glass standing next to David Marks in
the black Tux. Far left is
Dennis Morris then Lee ? (passenger), sitting down is
Laurie Cramm and outside is Harry Ritchie
on the left talking to George McHugh.
is a recent photo of Dave with Celia Cowan (now Chester). Theyíre both looking great and itís good to see old sea dogs
was a cadet with P&O at the back end of the 1970's and into the 1980's
reaching the giddy heights of 5th Engineer before the P45 arrived. He
served Uganda, mv Strathmuir, Resolution Bay and mv Garinda. Above
shows Dave at the pyramids. One of the many trips as a ship's escort on a
school tour bus to the pyramids. And we used to get payed to do this
is Spiv and Radar on the plates of the Uganda, in front of the DC
switchgear. Dave can't remember Radar's real name but he was a 5th
& Babs the Banker.
Thompson Awake. Fellow Engineer Cadet in our shared cabin in the Engineers
Thompson not so awake. The two glasses in the foreground tell a story.
at work or asleep in a lifeboat that had died at anchorage off Dubrovnik.
somewhere in the Med.
Kimber, Dave Moss, Hillary the Banker, Maurice (not Morris) Electrician,
Babs the Banker.
was on the best guys you could ever meet. His larrikin spirit always made
you feel good and his positive attitude to life and having fun was so
infectious. Thatís Dave on the far right with me on the far left but Iím
ashamed to say I canít remember the names of the other two guys. Please
email me if you know them.
were sorely tempted to leave Oakesy buried on Antigua Beach but thought
the natives werenít anywhere near ready to cope with him. Note the
fabulous Red Garter hat from the club on Broadway, San Francisco. What a
hoot that place was. The closest Iíve ever come to death was having a
cocked Magnum 45 pushed in the back of my head by an irritated Police
Officer who arrested me after weíd been thrown out of the Red Garter for
being drunk and getting into a fight. I actually wet myself. I think
Oakesy started the fight if I remember right. Onya Dave.
is was Christmas Day 1975 and thatís me behind Dave Ö smoking!
a wee bit of a samurai shut eye Ö on duty? Never.
next sequence tells a brilliant and very funny story as told by Dave
was on the 8-12 and in the cabin next to mine. I was on days and it was
the standing joke that Oakesy could always beat me back to the
accommodation, grab the shared suntan lotion and be on deck before me.
this day all went as normal ...
joined the group just as Oakesy started to apply ďThe LotionĒ ...
the matter Dave, you don't look very happy ...
was in fact applying large amounts of white emulsion paint to his leg!
have to add something here ... look at the genuine gut wrenching laugh on
Dave's face. Oakesy was the master of pranks and the first to appreciate a
good one ... even when he was the victim of it.
here's Dave later displaying the offending article and still appreciating
the skill and imagination of a fellow grade A prankster ... excellent
Dave Oakes when Celia Cowan (now Chester)
caught up with him at his home town of Cape Town. Daveís had
a lot of physical and mental trauma recently but itís damn good to see
him looking so happy.
Dave with his two great kids on a beach in Cape Town looking across at the
Table Top Mountain. Iíd love to stand there with you one day Dave.
know it's like getting blood out of a stone but Dave finally sent me these
brilliant recent family shots. Daveís words ... 'The first one is me in
the middle and people pointing at me. I can't remember why but I'd
probably made a side splitting comment. Kelvin (my son) is on the left
with the Linken Park 'T' shirt and hair like a rats nest.'
one is me and Emily (my daughter of 10 going on 25). By the way the short
hair is by choice and not by nature.' We believe you Dave, thousands
wouldn't in fact I use the same excuse myself :)
is my dog Shep, just thought I'd throw that one in, he actually wasn't at
the Xmas party.'
family Dave, all the best to you all. Also I can't let this bit of
brilliant information go by in Daveís last email. Again in his words;
Things are good, I had all my scopes and I've been declared insane but
cancer free. Don't need to go back for 2 years now, thank god, my arse
needs a rest.
little story about Dave Shimmons, the Hutch and lots of balloons. It was Xmas
time on the O and the man with the longest nickname in the fleet was
resident in the smallest cabin in the fleet. Yes, Shimbob was in the Hutch
but he didnít care as long as he had a good time and he could drink
scotch. As Malc and myself were drinking one night, the plan was hatched
to fill his cabin with balloons, Yes, lots and lots and lots of
balloons.!!!!!!. So we acquired lots of balloons from the entertainment
staff and arranged for Farouk to be out of his cabin ( canít remember
how but it was probably as simple as offering him a drink). So we blew and
blew and blew and blew until we just couldnít blow anymore and then we
realised that it took a lot of balloons to fill the Hutch. We then left
Dave a note which said ďWe hope you donít mind but the balloons are
for the childrenís Xmas party and we donít have anywhere to store them
so if it is not too much trouble, can we keep them in your cabin tonight
and we will pick them up tomorrow, signed the Entertainment Director.Ē
What follows next is testament to how good a bloke Shimbob is as we waited
for Dave to discover the balloons. We found Dave removing all the balloons
from his cabin and putting them in the old office cabin that was being
refurbished. As Malc and myself started to jump on the balloons and burst
them, Dave tried to stop us and explain that they were for the childrenís
party and not to burst them. What a good egg. The last time I saw Dave was
in my cabin on the Sea Princess when he was on local leave and I am sure
that he would be exactly the same Shimbob today as he was then. I always
felt that Dave looked better without a moustache but thatís a story for
worked for P&O from 74-86 as a Fruit Machine Operator on Oriana,
Canberra and Sea Princess and also one trip from Southampton to Dublin on
Micky Callo who was the Stern Gallery Barman with Dave Jewkes.
was taken during an Oriana Fun Run in Nukuíalofa Tonga and shows
Dave stopping for some well earned refreshment (he still has the video of
this event). Itís good to see VB being used for itís proper purpose.
what Dave looks like now and below is a much better shot.
found this site through Ian Settle who
saw his name on a Canberra website. Dave believes that being one of the
Pursers crowd he may not be of that much interest to us but weíll have
to prove him wrong wonít we. So if anyone remembers Dave send him an
Twinning was the best Chief Engineer Rod Sharpe ever sailed with, a great
bloke Rod recalls. On the left is Big John
Englefield (aka The Bopper) and Rod reckons this is probably Big Johnís
most photogenic angle. His words John not mine :)
I've just been informed by Dave Betts that Dave Twinning passed away in
October 2006. I have no further details at present but I've added Dave to
the Seadogs Departed section
had a wit as sharp as a razor and dry as a desert. His array of facial
expressions were amazing and most of the time he didnít have to say
anything to have people in stitches with laughter. I donít know where is
he or what heís doing at the moment so if anybody does please let me
know. Oh sorry, thatís Dave on the left with Kevin
Timms in the middle and Grouchoís
tonsils on the right. Iím very pleased I wasnít at that
a much better shot of Dave thanks to Mark
Sawyer. Thatís Dave on the left, Paul
Robinson in the middle and Mark on the left. Looks like they were
ready to paint some town red. Notice Daveís Seamanís Identity Card in
his top pocket.
this photo says it all about Dave Whitehand. A comic genius.
the photo which explains how he finished up like this in the above shot.
kindly sent in an old ďORSOVAĒ Music Hall programme. He thinks it's
from 1973 sometime but not really sure.
assured by Blackfoot that Oakesy's eyes have not been touched up in Photo
Shop and it was a favourite party trick of his although I only remember
seeing him like that after copious beers but I always thought it was an
Blackfoot showing another one of his thousand faces with Mick
Everson (aka Slav) pressing the lift button.
Blackfoot could actually look nervous about a Plastic Parrot.
now an Estates Officer Engineering in Wrexham Hospital. He tells me work wise
its very similar to sea life. The men in the workshop could build anything
and the nursing staff can break it within 24 hours. I can sure relate to
that after working at King
Edward Memorial Hospital here in Perth for 10 years.
is a photo of two Orient Line Assistant Pursers, now well past their
prime, holding the Orient Line House flag which used to grace the
Companyís Office in Melbourne. On the left (as you look) is David
Dickinson and with him is Tim Hurst who was with the Company until
1966. He now live is Lincolnshire but was born in Tonbridge Kent and
went to school at Kings Canterbury.
I joined Orient Line as a Cadet Purser aboard ďOtrantoĒ in 1953; then an
Assistant Purser in ďOrsovaĒ and finally swallowing the anchor from
ďOrontesĒ in 1957. I then however joined Orient Lineís Sydney Office
(doing the passenger shipís berthing) then Canberra, ACT, then back to
Sydney, in the Sales Promotion department where I looked after the
entertainment etc for both Cruise Ships and Liner voyages. In 1970 I
went to Perth as Passenger Manager and after 3 years came to Melbourne
as Passenger Manager. In 1976 we (P&O) purchased a 1/3rd interest
in World Travel Headquarters one of Australiaís largest travel
agencies. They used to put together the famous Womenís Weekly World
Discovery Tours taking over a whole ship such as ďHimalayaĒ. As by the
early 70ís Liner voyages had almost disappeared off the map and
cruising became the in thing I became more of a Travel Agent than a
Passenger Manager!! I ďretiredĒ in 1986 and since then have run my own
business in Port Fairy in Sydney and Lorne in Victoria where I now
David's written an account of being an Orient Line Cadet Purser in 1954 on ss Otranto which can be seen here.
joined P&O as a cadet in 1969 and made it to 2nd before departing for
P&O Ferries in 1990. His Ferry career continued with Stena Sealink in
1991 and he retired ashore after taking redundancy in 1997. He developed
his own business for seven years prior to selling-on, he then enjoyed a
well earned holiday before taking a temporary position on Southampton tugs
in 2005. He now Lives in Bournemouth minus one ex-P&O wife!
Room Bailey Board
the fireman, Mick (The Screaming Skull) fireman, David Garry (4th).
Southampton Refit, Caribbean Cruise, 4/8 and 8/12 piss-up post midnight
is David ĎDaií Griffin taken in Bali, Iím not sure of the date nor
the ship but it all looks so familiar.
Dai in his cabin Christmas 1974, pointing to Doug
Cruickshankís new 4th braid.
those of you who sailed on Oronsay, remember our trip back to Sydney in a
cyclone when the Sydney pilot wouldn't come out to pick us up and the
captain (Scott Mason RNR, I think) came on the PA system and virtually
told the passengers that the pilot didn't have the balls to bring us in
but this was a British ship and with or without the pilot we were going
in! I was out on the STBD aft deck, (must have been at stern stations
arrival) and as we came into the cliffs at Port Jackson we turned 90
degrees to port and a wave hit us broadside and we lurched over, before we
were upright another wave hit us and we went much further over! but a bit
of full ahead both got us out of it, and behind the cliffs. I think this
was the cruise when we sailed out into cyclone ZoŽ and returned in
on photo to enlarge)
Dai with his workmate Svetlana doing what I love best Ö relaxing with an
ĎAmberfluidí, Godís gift to Man.
contributed some great photos that Iíve put in the new Oronsay
Groups and Orsova sections. Thanks Dai. Great
was Chief Butcher on Oriana in the 70's and that's David with a tender leg
of sexy chic on his lap. The gentleman on the left is David's good mate, Tommy Murphy
who was the Chief Baker.
spent 18 happy years with P&O on the many ships; Chusan, Chitral,
Canberra, Arcadia, Oronsay, Orsova, Oriana, Spirit of London, Uganda and Sun
Princess from 1961 to 1978, since then he's lived in Australia.
above photo is part of a collection David sent in from the 1977 Oriana
Galley Staff Christmas Party. David would love to hear from any of his old
was a true gentlemen and better person youíre never likely to meet. He
was the Entertainments Director on Nevasa when I first joined in 1974 and
he was a
bit of matchmaker as I remember as he told both me and the girl I did
marry, whom I met on Nevasa, on separate occasions that we were meant
for each other. We are still together after 39 years David but Iím not
sure you were right.
David in the black tux.
Morris, Lee ? (passenger), David Marks, Dave Kirtchen, Harry Ritchie &
McHugh in the alley way and Laurie
Cramm sitting down on the far right.
was at sea for over twenty years as a ship's Shop Manager. Working some
of the time for a company called Ocean Trading Co Ltd with it's head
office in West Quay Rd. Southampton. Most of the years I worked on
Sitmar ships in the shops but did start off with P&O on the
Stratheden and Iberia. Working as Shop Manager.
now age 77 and have found a few old photographs that may be of interest
for your website. I would be very interested to hear from any other
shop staff or hairdressing staff that worked on the ships from around
1955 to 1980, OT staff or others, too many ships to mention and too
many good friends to remember but very, very happy days. I lived in Las
Palmas for many years, purchased a home there on the money I made at
sea but have returned to England and the NHS for my last years living
in Petersfield, Hants. I loved my years at sea, the travel, the
friendships and not least the money.
worked for P&O in the mid to late 70s as 3/RO on Arcadia, Uganda, Sun & Pacific Princess.
The above photo was taken in the Radio Room of the Pacific Princess.
cabin on Uganda during 3 day stop over in Southampton. The big burly
chap is Tom Paterson, a deck cadet (I think), and the lady is my wife
of nearly 30 years who I met on the Uganda as a school girl! I can
explain - honest.
would love to make contact with Surgeon Frank Zaniewski so if anyone can
help in that regard please contact David on his email address below.
I joined the company in September 1967 as a Purser Cadet. After a year
training in London I went to sea in September 1968 and stayed until
towards the end of 1986, reaching the rank of Deputy Purser. Ships
sailed on were Chusan, Himalaya, Oriana (1), Uganda, Canberra, Arcadia
and Sea Princess - most of these ships more than once. People who met
me during the first half of my time at sea will remember me with a
more of David starting here and
check out David's Memories and Oriana Revue
My first Ship Oriana - Catering Junior Assistant Purser - Transit of Panama Canal.
Becoming a Purser Cadet.
During my time at catering College studying hotel management it had
always been my ambition to work on a cruise liner. Luckily during
my third and final year at college a P&O assistant purser Tony
Horrocks was given leave to study for his HCIMA management certificate
at my college. Tony became a friend and enlightened me to the delights
of sea life.
Towards the end of my college time l applied to Union Castle Line,
Cunard and P&O Cruises. I was too young for Cunard.
Union Castle gave me an interview but did not offer me an immediate
Having been crammed with knowledge about P&O by Tony Horrocks l set
off to London for my interview. London was a big adventure having
only ever visited as a child. I arrived at Beaufort House with
hours to spare. I remember drinking gallons of coffee in nearby
Houndsditch Warehouse shaking like a leaf waiting for the appointed
hour. The selection committee was three gentlemen, one was Mr
Atkinson seaboard personnel manager but l cannot remember who the other
130 prospective purser cadets was whittled down to the final twelve who
where offered jobs. I was one of the lucky ones and had to report for
training a few weeks later.
With three large suitcases I arrived in London. You had to find
your own accommodation and I had booked into a hostel near to New
Little did l know that it was a Salvation Army Hostel. I was on
the third floor with all my bags, a small partitioned room and shared
toilet washing facilities with about 20 other men. Wow what an
eye opener for a boy from the Lake District.
It was a twelve-week training course commencing in the basement of
Beaufort House. I cannot remember the names of all the cadets,
but we seemed to get on pretty well together. After a some time
in London we were sent to Southampton office for a couple of
weeks. During this time we were all accommodated at the Merchant
Navy Hotel. This was great as we all got to socialise after work,
as it was the first time we hung out together in the evening.
Part of time was in Hampshire was spent at the Maritime School in
Warsash where we were taught fire fighting skills. There was no
messing, one guy came away with burnt hands and l remember missing a
ladder completely and landing in a heap beside the fire and being
dragged away by the instructor.
On returning to London, l decide l had had enough of the Salvation Army
Hostel and discovered that there was a Merchant Navy Hotel in Lancaster
Gate and although the cost was reasonable for the next few weeks it was
costing me as much to live in London as I was earning. It was
while staying here that l met Stuart Bennett, who was to be SAP on my
Great excitement amongst the cadet, having been fitted out with our
uniforms we were told that we were to go on a seven day training cruise
on Oriana. We were appointed a seagoing purser (Peter Jenson I
think) as our training officer.
The accommodation on G Deck as far aft as was possible before you were
in the laundry. I think we were six to a cabin and it was hot
noisy and vibrated, but hey
We spent very little time there.
During the week we were moved around different departments, but to be honest cannot remember much about it.
For me this was the first time abroad and it was a big adventure.
In the seven days Oriana visited Lisbon and Casablanca, we were given a
lot of shore leave and it felt wonderful and exotic. After
Casablanca two of the cadets had to visit the doctor, but that is
Back in Southampton we had to leave Oriana, which was very sad, as l
had already fallen on love with her and my new career at sea.
Little did l know that I would soon be back onboard 42,000 tons of
Lust, Thrust and Rust.
Back to London for the final weeks of training, before a little leave back home.
We were informed that we would be sent to sea as purser cadets for a possible four months.
The letter came with my appointment to Oriana as Catering Junior
Assistant Purser. I was over the moon at my first
appointment. Four of the twelve cadets had been given immediate
promotion to JAP. I think the other three were Bob McClellan,
Steve Mann and David Stephenson..
popped out of the woodwork today (Tuesday 9th August 2005). I sailed with
Dai on Nevasa 41 years ago and heís another still at sea. Heís
currently Staff Electro-Technical Officer on the Dawn Princess.
Finally, thanks to the never ending quest of the beautiful Celia Chester to track
down every Engineer who's ever sailed on the Seven Seas we now have a
photo of Dai Thomas.
Chester, Dai Thomas, Peter Chester and the delectable Katie Chester
retiring from Sea I started my own company specializing in Marine
Electrical consultancy. I had a 12 month contract with Carnival for the
building and delivery of the P&O ship Ventura and the Princess ship
Ruby Princess. I have also just completed a 9 month contract with a new
ferry company which operates from Cork to Swansea. I was involved in
purchasing the Ferry, fitting it out, doing its first dry dock and
delivering the ferry to its new owners. It is a 28 year old ferry so
you can imagine the state of the machinery spaces etc. It is now fully
in service and doing very well so I am taking some time out to catch up
on holidays as I did not have any time off during the last nine months.
was with BI from 1961 till 1965, he sailed on Nevasa and was part of
the team that laid her up in the River Fal after she had finished
trooping. He then transferred to BI tankers, which then combined with
other P&O tankers in Trident Tankers. Sailed on Busiris, Foyle etc.
is Denis today and lives in Sacriston, Durham.
was a fun guy to be around. He was quirkily different, a little eccentric
maybe, but none the less a great bloke with a very infectious laugh. I canít
remember ever seeing him without a great big smile on his face from ear to
Dennis sitting on the couch 2nd from the right and thatís the smile I'm talking about. Thatís Bob Eden
with his arm around Dennis. I know the face of the guy on the left but canít
for the life of me remember his name and I havenít got a clue whoís
hiding behind him.
that smile again. Thatís Ivor Young
standing with Dennis and that was taken on my very first cruise to
the Fjords of Norway.
is Dennis today. He's the Pollak Library Facilities/Security Coordinator
at the California State University in Fullerton.
still married to the same girl I met on the Island Princess and after
working 17 years as a Maintenance Manager in an aerospace company I now
have worked for nearly 8 years in a University Library and love every
minute of it. It is funny I served on an educational ship and now work
in an educational facility. I still live in Southern California and
intend to remain here. I've attached a recent photo so people can see
how I look now. I also dug out my old blues uniform, first time in over
25 years, and wore it at this yearís Halloween Party and won a prize. I
have also attached that picture.
can still get into their "Blues"? Amazing Dennis.
more of Dennis starting here and Dennis' Memories here.
My name is
Dennis Rothwell. I was looking for photos of the Orcades when I came across your site.
I joined the ship on September 1971 to January 1972 as bass player vocalist in the
Strangers Trio. I was so pleased to see the photos on the first page belonging to
Martin Mullen, as I have lost all mine. I share the memories of the events he mentions and lots more, like when the air
conditioning broke down in Suva, and we missed Tasmania because of a quarantine due to a health scare.
I worked for Royal Caribbean later, but nothing sticks in my mind more than the experience
I had and the vivid memories on Orcades. I was so lucky to have been fortunate enough to get on that ship before its end.
In fact, the end of an era. I am not really a salty seadog but I am proud to have held a
Seaman's card, and enjoyed the sea life as much as being a musician.
see the Strangers Trio go to the Orcades
never got close to Derek for some reason. Maybe he just didnít like me.
I think the selection process for officers at sea was quite amazing for
that very reason Ö just about everybody got on with everybody else. It
was such a great atmosphere to be in. Thatís the only photo I have of
Derek so if anyone has any or knows where is he let us know.
would like to contact all those who sailed on Uganda in 1982 (Falklands
Conflict). A reunion is being organised for next year that apart from
P&O personnel will include the RN, QARNNS, RM, some of the wounded and
many others. Please contact me if you know of anyone who served on Uganda
during the conflict. Thank you.
worked in the Hairdressing & Shop department on Canberra between
1965-75 during the time when they were employed directly by P&O. Derek
attended the Canberra Reunion on the 8th
September 2007 and kindly sent in 7 great photos of that event of which
the above photo was cut from.
is now the President & COO of UNIGLOBE Travel (British Isles)
sailed on Strathmore, Oronsay, Chusan and Oriana from 1961 to 1967 as a
JAP, AP and SAP before transferring ashore to Head Office and eventually
became Fleet Personnel Manager. He retired in 2003. His wife Nell (nee
Broekman) was a Dutch WAP on Chusan.
is the organiser of an annual reunion luncheon held each May in
Southampton for those who have worked for P&O or P&O Princess
and who are now retired. For more information about this event please
It's still nice to look back and think of the short time spent on the Oriana as an
Engineer in 1971-72. I chat occasionally with the design consultant for the A/C onboard,
Doug Richards, if anyone remembers him.
is 2nd from the left on the back row. I didnít know her very well so sheís
a prime candidate for someone to give me the dirt. Any photos, information
about where she is or what sheís doing now will be welcome.
Mackenzie, Dianne Ashworth, Rosemary
Walker (Deceased), Sandra Whaites.
found the site via a search engine and plunged into instant nostalgia. I
would love to hear from anyone from Oriana, Canberra and a brief spell on
Island Princess that I sailed with in the early 80's.
sent in some great group shots taken on Canberra
& Oriana and
never sailed with Don but heís been partly responsible for the
continuation of this website. Above is what Don used to do in his spare
time. Donít ask me, I donít want to even guess. Iím told on good
authority that the one on the right is Barry Dover (aka Ben) but he may
want to deny that.
is Don sitting inside the starboard main alternator stator of Canberra in
is what Don looks like now. Good to see you lost a bit of weight now Don.
How did you do it Mate, Iíve been trying for years.
is Don Cole's dad, Don Cole Snr who was with the Orient Line between 1951 and 1956.
He Served on ss Stratheden and ss Strathnather and was a boiler room 4th Eng.
A very handsome fellow, now we can see where Don gets it from.
He now lives in Paphos in Cyprus and to see what he looks like now go to
the Reunion section to see an amazing reunion
of some 54 years.
Cole Snr can be contacted through his son Don.
White (Senior 3rd Eng), Terry ? (4th Eng), Don OíConnor and ??. As you
can see the pic was taken long before air conditioned control rooms
joined the Orient Line as a Junior Engineer in 1957 after serving a 5
year apprenticeship at Samuel Williams at Dagenham Dock and spent most
of my time on Orcades and two trips on Oronsay. I achieved my 2nds and
Chiefs steam tickets at Poplar Tech and thought that life was getting
to be too easy so decided a change was warranted and came to Melbourne
in 1964 and got married 2 years later. I had various jobs including 8
years as manager with Sulzer before starting my own company in 1983
(Japan Marine Engineering Co.) we are a major supplier of marine spare
parts and capital equipment to Australian and overseas shipping
companies including Carnival Cruises.
was taken recently on a visit to Whistler, Canada where we have a condo and go there for the golf and skiing.
career at sea spanned some 12 years, most of that time at sea with
P&O as a Radio Officer reaching the rank of 1st R/O before deciding
to leave the company and the seek shore employment. During that
seagoing time he did work for a couple of lengthy periods in the
Radio/Electronics Section of P&O in Leadenhall St but times were a
changing and he finally ended up residing in Australia.
Duncan on the right with his arm around Harry
Ritchie and the other guy is Pugsley Howard. Thatís Nevasaís plates by the way.
was totally crazy. His humour was so alternative I honestly thought he was
mad. He did have an amazing talent for sketches especially caricatures.
There was always a current humorous incident recorded in sketch in the
Engine Room Logbook and fortunately I was able to souvenir the very last
logbook used on Nevasaís scrap run from Malta to Kaohsiung. I've scanned
the best of them and added them to their own section here.
Duncan died of a heart attack while at sea as Chief Engineer
on the vessel "Flinders Bay".