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1954/55 Football Team

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Courtesy of Eric Banton

Eric writes;

Would it be possible to put this photograph on your website to see if it raises any response, though I appreciate it is a long time ago. It is the Himalaya's football team taken in Melbourne, I think, in 1954/55, most were engineers. I am the third from the left on the back row and to my right was Ron Garrard (2nd Elect), the manager was the Chief Electrician.

  

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1967 Brass on the Bridge Wing

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Courtesy of Graham Stephens

Graham writes;

Staff Captain Adie and Captain Prowse on the bridge approaching our berth at Hong Kong in 1967. That's possibly Phil Jackson (Chief officer) in the background. Those were the days.

 

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1967 Casino Night

Courtesy of Graham Stephens

Graham writes;

L-R:

David Burleigh (Purser), Mike Harrison (Freezer), Graham Stephens, John Carlisle (2nd Eng), Dennis ? (Laundry Boss sadly now deceased), the tall person partially obscured I think is Mike Smart (Purser). 

  

How it all comes back to me!

  

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1968 Cabin Bonding

Courtesy of Graham Stephens

L-R:

Rosie Bennet (WAP), Graham Burton and Renske Gaus (WAP) 

 

Courtesy of Graham Stephens

L-R:

Graham Burton, Rosie Bennet (WAP) and Graham Stephens.

 

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1968 Ron Sheldon's Himalaya Memories

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

Good to see the two best beers ever brewed on the table side by side, Allsopps and the mighty VB.

  

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

 

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It's always brilliant to catch two icons in the same photos.

   

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

 

Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

Ron remebers;

The Paragon Hotel was the nearest (and most popular) bar to Circular quay, where we docked each time in Sydney, in those days pubs & bars could open any time from 6am but had to then remain open for 12 hours, just along from the Paragon was the 'Ship' a 6am to 6pm house with the Paragon open 10am to 10pm that's 16 hours solid consumption (if needs be).

 

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Courtesy of Ron Sheldon

 

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The story of Pippa Spit 1968

Story told by Roger Lownsborough.

 

Onboard Himalaya 1968.

 

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

A light drizzle was falling as we came alongside in Suva, Fiji, taking the berth that Oriana had just vacated. 

 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Once alongside we started day work which involved antenna maintenance, and offering some splendid views from the dizzy height of the foremast top, and of another P&O ship berthed alongside, Arcadia. 

 

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The warmth of the sun and the sight of our own lifeboats suggested that it was going to be a perfect day for a boat trip.

 

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A couple of phone calls were all that was necessary to persuade the 8-12 watch to come out and play, and armed with a couple of cases of beer and a few cold chicken legs, we set off.

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Pippa Sheen (Social Hostess), John (The Bopper) Englefield (2EO), Roger Lownsborough (3RO) at the helm, Rodney Boswell (3O) watching how not to steer a lifeboat, ??, ??, ?? (8-12 watch keeping engineers). 

 

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Rodney Boswell posed coyly with a beach towel whilst Bopper took the helm. 

 

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Rodney Boswell ensured that everyone took suitable precautions against the heat, and kept our liquid levels up - I think he was sponsored by VB!

 

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Feeling absolutely no pain whatsoever, we sighted a small sand spit, and gently ran the boat ashore.....on a falling tide!

 

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Within a few minutes we were hopelessly aground!

 

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I seized the chance to claim this newly expanding sand spit in the name of Her Majesty, in the true tradition, and christened the new found land in honour of the only female in the party, Pippa Sheen. so "Pippa Spit" it was.

 

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It seemed only right that we should raise a toast to Pippa Spit... 

 

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Roger Chapman (1st RO), Pippa Sheen (Social Hostess) Huw Williams (Chief RO) (deceased), ?? 

 

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Behaving as a senior officer should, Roger Chapman tried to make contact with Himalaya to inform them of our plight - but in the true tradition of the Radio Department - the batteries were flat!! 

 

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While the RO's were arguing about who was to blame, Pippa somehow lost the top of her bikini, and to protect her modesty flung herself, face-down on the sand. 

 

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Whoever said that Engineer Officers were not chivalrous? Well this guy certainly was. He jumped out of the boat armed with a bailing pan....and rushed to her side....

 

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Where, with the ferocity of a Jack Russell terrier he proceeded to dig a trench into which his colleagues, armed with an oar, proceeded to demonstrate the first order of levers...! 

 

Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

Needless to say, it was sunset before the tide rise sufficiently for us to refloat the lifeboat and return to the ship - where we received a monumental bollocking for our prolonged disappearing act.

 

What happened to the photo of the levered over Pippa?

Brilliant stuff ... thanks Roger.

 

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Bridge Wing Group 1968/69

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Courtesy of Roger Lownsborough

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Pat Archer (WAP), Rodney Boswell (3rd Officer) and unknown WAP on Himalaya's Bridge Wing somewhere in the South Pacific, 1968/9.

  

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1968 Wardroom Group

Courtesy of Graham Stephens

Graham writes;

I don't remember the actual occasion but it's the Himalaya Wardroom 1968. Given those there and the dress it must have followed a "theme" night of some kind. 

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Teresa (Terry) Smith - later Terry James (Telephonist), ?? (Baby Doc), Tony Prideaux (1O), Barry ? (Carpenter), Bob Warwick (J Eng), Graham Stephens with guitar (2nd Elect), Bob Muntz (Aussie Freezer), John McVeigh (2nd Eng), Peter Cutmore (2O), David Burleigh (Purser).

 

It was not quite as democratic as the photo suggests, it would be uncommon to find a Telephonist and a Carpenter in the Wardroom except by invitation.

 

Greg Sinclair writes;

The “Aussie Freezer” looks like Bob Muntz. Bob is an Australian but was a Boilermaker. He sailed on Oriana in 1970 & 1971. See what others think.

 

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Engineers on Decks 1973

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Courtesy of Kevin O'Connor

All I can tell you is that's Kevin O'Connor on the left. 

 

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1974 Purser's Department

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Courtesy of Lauraine Mulberry

Lauraine recalls;

Above is the Purser's department onboard Himalaya taken on 14 October 1974! This was my first ship....joined it in March and did not get off until the ship docked in Hong Kong prior to being broken up.
 
L-R Back Row:

John Bonham (D/P Cat), Mike Andrew (D/P Admin), Tony Boxall (D/P Accom)(Deceased), Barry Mulder (Purser), Denis Rogers (Chef), Alex Graham (Writer), Graham Mansell (AP), Charles Caton (AP).

Front Row:

Judy Smyth (S/WAP), Val Jones (WAP), Vicki Russell (WAP), Daphne Cutler (Ch Ho - daughter of Capt Roger Cutler), Lauraine Mulberry (JWAP), Ian Rover (Crew AP).

 

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1970's A Passenger's Memories

Courtesy of Robyn McPhee

Robyn writes;

This is myself with engineer Kevin O'Connor - despite the flirtatious nature of the pic, Kevin and I were just friends! He was very handsome, charming and always a real gentleman!. 

  

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Robyn continues;

This is a few engineers fooling around (!) - the one with the big bowtie I believe was Peter Robinson - can't remember the names of the others. 'Pee Wee' Robinson was a real character and kept many of us entertained when he was "off duty"!

 

Thankfully Kevin O'Connor has added the following;

The gent on the left is Paul Talarico and the gent on the right, next to Pee Wee, is Ian White. 

 

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John McMullen's Photos

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 Himalaya Pago Pago boat trip Nov 1972.

L-R:

Dave Robinson (J2E), Mike Gold, Brian Flower-Ellis, John McMullen.


Dave Robinson kindly named by Kevin O'Connor.


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L-R:

Mike Gold, Brian Flower-Ellis, Dave Robinson (J2E).


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Stan Steers (J/Lecky), Neil ? (2/VO), Mike Gold, John McMullen.


Stan Steers and Neil ? kindly named by Kevin O'Connor.


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L-R:

Paul Steele (4/E), Nick ? (3/O), John McMullen, Steve Hunt (J2E).

 

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