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joined the British Merchant Navy in 1966, as deck cadet, with Ellerman
and Papayanni Lines of Water Street, Liverpool. Unfortunately with the
demise of the British fleet I have had to sail under many flags over the
Llynges Marchnasol Frydein yn 1966 fel aprentis gyda cwmni Ellerman a
Papayanni o Lerpwl. Mae'n ynffodus hefo'r colliad y llynges Frydenig bu
rhaid i fi hwylio dan llawer o fflagiau wahanol tramor .
is a list of the ships/boats/anything that floats etc. that I have
served on. If anyone sailed on any of these ships or would like more
information please get in touch. I have always kept a diary or workbook
and have more information available.
o'r llongau, cychod neu rhwybeth sy'n nofio 'rwyf wedi eu hwylio ar. Os
oes rhywyn sydd wedi hwylio ar ynrhyw o'r llongau yma neu eisio mwy o
wybodaeth, gohebwch a fi. 'Rwyf erioed wedi cadw dydd-llyfr neu llyfr
waith a mae gennyf mwy o hysbys ar gael.
browsing through my list any old shipmates or anyone interested why not?
pori trwy'r rhestr, ynrhyw hen gyfeillion morwriol neu rhywyn sydd gan
ddiddordeb, beth am?
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cannot guarantee the accuracy of vessel dimensions. When available I
have taken the figures from my discharge books (Unfortunately I lost my
first one) or Lloyd's register. However, some are from advertising blurb
where owners tend to round up or exaggerate.
Dec 1966 - March 1967........Owned by
Ellerman and Papayanni. So called "Market Boat". Miniature
version of the larger City Line ships. 1499 GRT. Built between 1945 -
50. Traded to Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Israel.
Sailed on this ship again Jan - July 1969. One trip (Capt. T.B.Davies)
we rescued the crew off the four masted schooner ELNA off Cape St
March 1967 - July 1967. Sister ship to the
July - Nov 1968. About 3,500 GRT. Built circa
1955. On charter to Swedish Atlantic Line. Three trips from northern
Europe to the Great Lakes. One trip we carried 15 race horses from Poland
and the Danish Dragon class yachting team!
Nov 1967 - June 1968. Sister ship to MERCIAN.
July - Dec 1968. About 3,500 GRT. Built 1960.
Beautiful ship. On charter to Head Line of Belfast. Four trips up the
St Laurence Seaway to the Great Lakes. The Ellerman vessels were all
built by Henry Robb of Leith and had a distinctive silhouette. I
sailed on this ship again, as third mate, from Dec 1970 - May 1971 (to
the Med). It was the last Ellerman vessel I sailed on. It was later
renamed CITY OF FAMAGUSTA (I think) and I saw it in Antwerp 1976. At
this time all the Papayanni ships were absorbed into Ellerman City
Line and renamed according to that company's convention.
Photo by Skyfotos of
Sept 1969 - Jan 1970. Third Mate. Sister ship
to the FLORIAN. Traded to Mediterrenean which was Papayanni's
traditional route. Return cargo on the larger ships was often Jaffa
oranges from Israel.
Ellerman Lines was taken over by Cunard
(Trafalgar House) around 1987. The last one I saw was the CITY OF OXFORD
at Leixioes, Portugal, at about this time. Capt. W.Hodson, who had been
master of the DARINIAN, was in command. Cunard sold their Ellerman
interests to Andrew Weir (Bank Line) Ltd of Glasgow.
Jan 2005............ Andrew Weir sold Ellerman Line to Hamburg Sud in
2003. During 2004 the name was dropped. Another well known British
Shipping Company ceased to exist R.I.P.
Nov 1971 - May 1972. Third Mate. About 3,500 DWT.
Built circa 1969. British Flag. Owned by Christian Jebsen A/S, Norway and
managed by Tenax S.S. co, London. Mini bulk carrier. Traded East England -
Norway - Northern Europe. One trip to New York with fertiliser then
brought a cargo of coal from Newport News to Trondheim.
M.V. MARDINA TRADER
- Dec 1972 - July 1973. Third Mate. Small
refrigerated cargo ship about 1,500 GRT. British Flag (Hong Kong).
Owners - Mardina Lines, Chicago, U.S.A. ......... Ireland - New Orleans
then four trips from Gulf of Mexico ports to West Coast of South
America. Interesting voyage. The vessel ended up under arrest on the
Pacific side of the Panama Canal. I came home "DBS" courtesy
of the British consul.
M.V. BOOKER VENTURE
Aug- Sept 1974. British flag. Owners - Booker
Line of Liverpool. Bulk carrier of about 15,000 DWT. Quick trip, as relief
third mate, from Cardiff (in ballast) to Narvik in Norway then back to
Cardiff with a cargo of iron ore.
S.S. ANNA MARIA
- Oct 1974 - June 1975. Cyprus Flag. Owners -
JOK Tankers bv, Berg en Dal, Holland. Second Mate. 30,000 DWT
Oil/bulk/ore (OBO) carrier .......... Spent the whole six months at
Durban, R.S.A. The vessel had been towed in there with a flooded engine
room. The steam turbines were rebuilt and the ship ready to sail when a
serious fire destroyed the bridge, chartroom, radio room and Master's
accomodation. Repairs were still being carried out when I paid off (to
M.V. LADY SANDRA
M.V. LADY SHEENA
M.V. LADY SERENA
- Aug 1975 - Jan 1976. British Flag. Mate. Small
coasters. 199 GRT - 380 DWT....... owned by Thomas Watson Shipping,
Rochester, England. Trading Thames/Medway/Humber/Tyne to Holland and
M.V. SHEENA K
- Ex. LADY SHEENA (see above). March - May 1976.
British flag (Isle of Man). Master. Now owned by Keil Traders, Douglas,
IOM. Did another trip on her Jan - March 1977. Mostly Humber or Thames
to inland Belgium to load phosphates. One trip to Sharpness in the
M.V. TOWER JULIE
- June - August 1977. British Flag. Mate. Sister
ships. 499 GRT- 850 DWT. ....... Owned by Tower Shipping, London. Traded
all round U.K./ Continent.
R.V. GARDLINE SEEKER
R.V. GARDLINE ENDURER
R.V. GARDLINE TRACKER
R.V. GARDLINE LOCATOR
- April 1977 - March 1980. British flag. Mate
then Master. ............ Owners Gardline Shipping Ltd of Lowestoft,
England. First three were close sisters, 450 GRT (shelter decked) built
about 1948 in Germany. During their early lives they worked the
Norwegian fiords with passengers, livestock and cargo. After Gardline
sold them the SEEKER became a pirate radio station anchored in the
Thames estuary and later off the Dutch coast. There a couple of good WWW
sites covering this period when she was known as
The LOCATOR was an RAF salvage ship - H.M.S.
Blackburn, built 1946 but extensively altered since. She is today
(1997) the oldest vessel on the British register still regularly
sailing deep-sea. (Noted in Spring 1997 Hydrographic Journal that she
was decommissioned.. shame!)
The Gardline vessels were employed as general
purpose survey/research ships and worked for oil and gas companies in
offshore exploration. They were also chartered by government bodies
for environmental, hydrographic and oceanographic research.
M.V. RADCLIFFE TRADER
M.V. RADCLIFFE VENTURER
- April - Aug 1980. British flag. Mate on the
first, Master on the latter. Coasters 499 GRT - 850 DWT....... Owned by
Evan T. Radcliffe S.S. Co of Cardiff, Wales.
M.V. NORTHUMBRIA ROSE
M.V. NORTHUMBRIA LASS
M.V. SILLOTH STAG
Sept 1980 - Nov 1981. British flag. Mate and
Master. Coasters - 490 - 1000 GRT. ..... Managed by G.T.Gillie and Blair of
Emigrated to West
Coast of Canada April 1982.
AMTAM, JASPER, AL-KE II,
- April 1982 - April 1984. Vancouver Island.
Deckhand/cook... anything... The first a 10m work launch/cod fishing
boat owned by my brother Tom, the next two were cod/salmon fishing boats
and the last was a small tug employed in yarding/towing logs.
M.V. UCHUCK III
- April - August 1984. Canadian Flag. Mate. A
wooden ex World War 2 minesweeper similar to Cousteau's CALYPSO and John
Wayne's GREY GOOSE except this one had been converted to cargo and
passenger work. 279 GRT...... Owned by
Shipping, Gold River, B.C. Traded west coast of Vancouver Island -
logging camps and Indian villages.
R.V. STATE COUGAR
R.V. LADY BRIGID
R.V. I'M ALONE
R.V. PINE RIVER
R.V. ARCTIC FOX
R.V. AMERICA II
- Aug 1984 - June 1986. U.S.A. flag (except the
LADY BRIGID which was Panamanian). STATE COUGAR, LADY BRIGID and PINE
RIVER were converted supply boats, AMERICA II was a purpose built survey
ship, the ARCTIC FOX was a converted WW II personnel landing craft and
the I'M ALONE was a luxury yacht. I was employed by Cansite
Surveys/Comap Geosurveys inc of Calgary, Canada and Houston Texas as a
hydrographic surveyor/navigator. The ships carried out 2D/high
resolution seismic exploration and environmental impact studies in the
Gulf of Mexico, Carribbean, Gulf of Alaska and Beaufort Sea (Arctic).
M.V. FOREST TRANSPORTER
- June - July 1986. Canadian Flag. Hydrographic
surveyor. A landing craft chartered by Cansite Surveys, Calgary. 159
GRT. Carried out a R.O.V. inspection of the electricity cable between
the mainland and Texada Island, Georgia Straits B.C.
September 1986 - Returned to the United Kingdom
R.V. PALMER SURVEYOR
- Sept - Dec 1986. British flag. Mate. Converted
Smit Lloyd supply boat. ........ owned by Palmer Surveys, Great
Yarmouth, England. High resolution site surveys, North Sea.
M.V. MEDINA D
- Jan - July 1987. British Flag (IOM). 486 GRT
coaster. (ex GSNC ship PLOVER). Mate.......... Owned by Callista
Shipping, Douglas IOM. Skipper owner - Chris Armstrong. Got caught in a
bad gale in the Bay of Biscay on passage from La Pallice to Kings Lynn,
Norfolk. The cargo of maize shifted and the focs'le head flooded. A few
months after I paid off the same happened off Lowestoft but this time
she foundered. Crew all rescued.
Aug - Nov 1988. British Flag. Yacht. 500 GRT.
Built about 1952. ex Greek inter island ferry. Mate/relief Master.
Converted to floating convention centre/gin palace. Cowes - Guernsey - St
Helier - Southampton - Ipswich - Chattam.
M.V JUTTA R
- Jan - June 1988. Low airdraft bulk/container
ship. Mate. 3,500 DWT. 92m LOA. Bahamas flag.
......................Owner - R. Rohwedder, Xanten W.Germany. Northern
Europe to Portugal and Meditterrenean. Crew of 5 only.
M.V. WORLD PEACE
- Aug 1988 - March 1989. British flag
(Gibraltar). Mate. 1258 GRT classic conventional cargo ship built in the
sixties - three hatches - derricks. Owned by the Estonian Shipping Co,
Cardiff, Wales. Took scrap railtrack from Foynes, Ireland, to Port Sudan
in the Red Sea (at a speed of 8 Kts!). General/bagged cargo around the
Med and three cargoes of seed potatoes/generals from Holland/Belgium to
Tunis. Was weatherbound in Ibizia on her !
- March - April 1989. Coaster, 499 GRT 1100 DWT.
British flag. Relief Master. Owned by Franco-British Shipping. Managed
by G.T.Gillie and Blair of Newcastle.
TROLLNES M.V. ROCKY GIANT
1989 - March 1990. Hydrographic surveyor. TROLLNES - 9000 DWT bulk carrier
converted for dumping rock on pipelines and stabilising around rigs. Owned
by Christian Jebsens A/S. ROCKY GIANT 3500 DWT bulk carrier converted for
side dumping rock for pipeline and oil rig stabilisation. Both operated by
ACZ bv of Gorinchem, Holland.
Since 1990 I have been employed as a
free-lance Navigation/Positioning QC consultant representing various oil
companies sailing as a supernumary onboard seismic survey ships. Projects
have normally been in the North Sea/West of Shetland during the summer and
world wide (Africa, New Zealand, Far East etc.) during the winter.
for details of my present work
R.V. WESTERN RELIANCE
R.V. WESTERN CHALLENGER
R.V. WESTERN MONARCH
R.V. WESTERN REGENT
R.V. WESTERN PRIDE
- 3D Seismic survey vessels
working North Sea. DISCOVERY, RELIANCE, MONARCH and REGENT purpose built
(the last two sister ships - 95M LOA), CHALLENGER a converted fish
factory vessel. Owned by Western Geophysical inc, U.S.A.
- Owned by Louis Dreyfus, France. about 5,000
GRT. 92m LOA. Flag France (Kerguelen Islands). Converted fish factory
ship. Built Poland circa 1991. (Burnt out and sank off Trinidad
Owned by Louis Dreyfus, France. Ex
ROV support vessel
- Owned by Uksnoy A/S Norway. Hull is sister to
MISTRAL but different conversion.Three vessels operated by Compagnie
Generale Geophysique (CGG) of Massey, France.
R.V. GECO DELTA
R.V. GECO KAPPA
R.V. GECO TAU
R.V. GECO RHO
R.V. GECO MY
R.V. GECO TOPAZ
R.V. GECO GAMMA
R.V. GECO SAPHIRE
R.V. GECO SEARCHER
R.V. GECO BETA
R.V. GECO DIAMOND
R.V. POLAR QUEEN
- All owned or operated by GECO-PRAKLA A/S.
(since 2000 known as Western Geco as the two companies merged). The
flags have changed back and forth - Norway (NIS) - Panama. Operated by
All 3D deep seismic vessels ranging from 2 to
8 streamer capability. The KAPPA and DELTA were 70m converted fish
factory ships dating from the late sixties. The remainder are purpose
built. The TOPAZ, SAPHIRE and Diamond are sister ships built in
1991-1993. The BETA, SEARCHER and GAMMA are sisters built 1981 - 1982
but have been lengthened and/or widened in recent years, the first two
now 4404 GRT, 90m LOA x 20m beam. The Tau was a one-off vessel built
1983 - 1594 GRT.
POLAR QUEEN was a polar research vessel owned by Reiber Shipping of
Norway, on charter to Geco for bottom cable (OBC) work.
- Ex SHELL AMERICA. Owned by Eddison Chouest,
U.S.A. Flag Vanuatu (New Hebrides). Built U.S.A. 1983. Lengthened and
widened recently. Operated by Petroleum Geophysical Services A/S (PGS).
- Unusual design, triangular shaped hull - 85m
LOA x 40m Beam. Built 1996. About 8000 GRT. Flag Norwegian (NIS). Can
tow 16 x 4 kilometer streamers. Managed by Rieber Shipping A/S, Norway.
Operated by PGS.
R.V. RAMFORM EXPLORER
In between trips on the deep seismic ships I work as a
hydrographic surveyor on various projects - inshore and offshore. These
vessels include converted bulk carriers, landing craft, tugboats, launches
and specialised ships.
- Sister ahip to the TROLLNES which I sailed on 15 years ago.Rock
dumping in North Sea. Owned by Van Oord ACZ from Gornichem in Holland.
- Side dumping vessel owned by Jan De Nul Dredging of Belgium. Rock
dumping in preparation for building a windmill farm offshore Denmark.
- Big trailing hopper dredger owned by Jan De Nul . Luxembourg flag.
Trenching through sand waves for Scotland - Ireland gas pipeline.
- Lorelay. Big DP pipelaying ship. Laid 20Km pipe off mouth of
- DN50. Survey launch. In support of two rock dumpers -Cetus and Pompei
- Gas pipeline between Singapore and Batam, Indonesia
- Sandpiper. Fall pipe rock dumper. Norwegian Sector.
- Terramare1. Small landing craft. Bathymetric survey off Felixstowe.
- Tridens1. Ex Dutch fishery research vessel. Site surveys northern
- Noordhoek Singapore. Ex anchor handling tug. ROV inspections
- Jbeil. Multibeam survey for pipeline route. Beirut, Lebanon
- DP Eagle. ROV support vessel. Lybian waters. Maltese Flag
- DP Reel. Laying concrete mattresses to protect pipelines offshore
Qatar, Persian Gulf. Flag St Vincent and Grenadines
- Multraship Commander. ROV support vessel and pieline route surveys.
Southern North Sea.
- Davidson. Old American research ship. Deep tow sonar survey on damage
caused to pielines by hurricanes "Katrina" and "Rita"
in the Gulf of Mexico2005.
- Mare Oceano. ROV support. Monitoring "touchdown" on two
power cables laid across the Strait of Gibraltar. Italian Flag
- Botnica. Large Finnish icebreaker. Chartered for summer (2006) to do
engineering work in the North Sea.Well abandonment and wellhead removal.
- Geomaster. Ex Japanese cable ship. Well head abandonment North Sea
- Kommandor Iona. Small site survey vessel. North sea
- Utec Surveyor. Ex Boom defense vessel. Pipeline and site surveys in
Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Flag St Vincent and Grenadines
- Rem Etive Brand New ROV/engineering vessel North Sea
- Sentinel. Ex Scotia, fishery vessel. Now ROV work Egypt and Israel.
Pipe laying monitoring. Italian Flag
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