|Name: John Sweeney
||Date: 29-Dec-2005 19:07:26|
I sailed on the Cape Horn around 1973/74 as
CatBoy, flying to Vancouver to join the ship
for a 9 month trip as a young naieve boy,
however I had nothing to worry about as I was
well looked after by my colleagues.
I have many happy memories of the trip. In
Vancouver staying at the Ritz Hotel prior to
joining the ship. Other fond memories include
Vancouver Island, Australia,Sidney (seeing in
the New Year),Melbourne,Port Adelaide and Gee
just a few of the places we visited. I think
the trip ended in Amsterdam.
I came across this excellent web site and just
reading some of the postings brings back the
good memories I had sailing with my colleagues
on the Cape Horn all those years ago.
If anyone remembers me I would be delighted to
hear from them.
|Name: Norman Smith
|City: Stornoway - where el
||Date: 19-Dec-2005 18:15:59|
I've just found the site, good reading about
names & places & happenings. I was with SSM
from 1970 to 1984, Temple Arch, Baron Bagoff
(oops sorry belhaven!!) Temple Inn, Cape
Franklin as cadet, York, Leeuwin & Wemyss as
3rd Mate, Rodney, Ardrossan, Wemyss, Pentland,
Grenville, Napier as 2nd Mate & Trafalgar as
mate. Broke my knees & had to work ashore with
coastguard for a few years then got back to sea
with scottish fishery protection and knackering
my back! Eventually back offshore on an FPSO
thing or two before starting with Cal-Mac
ferries 3 years ago.
Like many others i enjoyed my time with SSM, ok
there were bad times as well but mostly good
crews, good runs and good memories.
|Name: Sandy Morrison
|City: Isle of Skye
||Date: 17-Dec-2005 18:02:10|
Sailed on Cape Franklin, Clear, St Vincent,
Race. Then the dreaded Temple Bar was the end
of my seagoing career for a while. Still very
much involved in ships and boats don't know
anything else. A mate put me on to the site
fantastic. I like Iain Waters' (hello Ian)
reference to Nick Battersby I wonder if he
still has the gall stones he passed on the
Vincent on his desk???? Happy days and fond
memories (thats the ones I can remember)
|Name: Lennox Davie
||Country: New Zealand
||Date: 05-Dec-2005 02:25:50|
Deck Cadet Lyles 1951 1955.Capes
1956 -1969 Brocklebanks,Paddy Henderson,Elder
SSM 1969-1973.1 Mate Cape Wrath,Temple
Arch.Master Temple Arch,Temple Inn,Temple Arch.
Came to NZ inlate 1973.Spent majority of time as
Marine Super with pulp and paper co who owned
and operated side loading newsprint vessels
trading trans Tasman.Retired 1994.
Found SSM site by chance.Most interesting brings
back many memories>recognise some names.
Sorry it is a bit too far to travel for reunion
on 14th Dec.Have fun,best wishes to all and kind
regards to anyone who might remember me.
|Name: John Dobson
||Date: 03-Dec-2005 14:46:39|
Joined SSM 1971 as Deck Cadet and served until
1986, finally as Chief Officer. Great days and
great times. Missed the last re-union as away
at sea. Am now working as DPA/CSO for German
container operator in Bremen and from home.
Great to see so many other have also found the
site. Look forward to meeting up again in
|Name: Norman (Nobby) Clark
|City: Ballymena (orig. Der
||Country: N. Ireland
||Date: 30-Nov-2005 10:10:09|
Just found this site from your advert for the
reunion in the Telegraph. Joined Hogarths as
deck apprentice in 1964 on Baron Ardrossan (old
one). Stayed till 1974 when I got Masters,
married and children etc. After Ardrossan
served rest of apprenticeship on Wemyss (old
one),Inverforth and Forbes. 3rd mate on Dunmore
and Rodney then 2nd mate on Dunmore again,
Wrath, Ardossan and Maclay.Mate on Cape Nelson
in 1972. Left Maclay in Singapore in 1974 and
joined Townsend Thoresen in Felixstowe. They
became P&O European Ferries in 1987 and I
stayed with them till April last year when I
took voluntary redundancy. Spent last 13 years
as Master running out of Larne to Scotland.
|Name: Alan Fairley
||Date: 13-Nov-2005 07:01:34|
great to find this site sailed on the ortegal the
rodney twice and grenville twice met my wife
Tricia on the grenville
||Date: 04-Nov-2005 12:25:25|
I never sailed with SSM, but I was at sea as a
Radio Officer during the 80's with various
companies. Your site is excellent, and I
particularly enjoyed looking at the photo's
section, so you drank in SSM as well?
A few years ago I acquired some items from the
MV Kilmarnock (ex Baron Maclay). One of these
is the ships launching penant which I am
currently advertising on E-Bay under
the 'maritime' section. If anybody wants
further information then please contact me. I
hope you don't mind me posting this on your
site, but the flag could well have great
sentimental value to an ex SSM employee.
Keep up the good work,
|Name: tom needham
||Date: 02-Nov-2005 11:22:50|
Sailed on temple inn and temple arch about 1973
great times in oz recall the name cptain Readman
i was the lekky on board.
|Name: John Smyth
||Date: 01-Nov-2005 17:55:32|
Good to come across this site!!Stephen Arthur
Budd hasn't quietened down much.Started with SSM
in October'75 as nav. cadet and last trip was on
the C.Grenville in July '84.Did a couple of
trips with Turnbull Scott in the ice in the
Baltic - reminder of The Saugueny River!Now
Harbour Master at Ardglass - 18 years.
Vessels sailed on include, C. Wrath,B.Maclay, B.
Renfrew,C. Grafton,Belhaven, C. Horn, C. Leewin,
B. Napier, B. Pentland, C. Grenville.Great runs
ashore, especially Indonesia, Singers, etc, etc,
but would rather forget Lagos - nightmare payoff
there with Rodger Gernan and Fingers Mackay.
Regards to all the old shipmates.
|Name: john black
||Date: 18-Oct-2005 00:05:06|
Great site- glad to read about the old company.
Spent an alcohol induced cadetship between 79
and 83. Many great trips on the
Belhaven,Rodney,Ortegal etc. Some stories could
be told but most not. Sadly shorelife called and
joined Strathclyde Police and even more drink.
Good memories about a great time.
|Name: JOHN CARLIN
||Date: 17-Oct-2005 13:43:40|
SAILED WITH SSM,JOINED THE BARON INCHCAPE IN
AMSTERDAM WHILE THE SHIP WAS BEING RE-ENGINED
THEN SAILED WITH HER UNTIL JUNE 1974.ALSO
SAILEDON CAPE LEEUWIN OCT 1974 MAY 1975, AS 3RD
ENGINEER MY WIFE GLORIA ALSO SAILED WITH ME ON
THIS VOIAGE. REGARDS TO
|Name: jack wallace
||Date: 14-Oct-2005 16:56:36|
A great company SSM...Stood by and sailed maiden
voyage Cape St. Vincent then the Cape Nelson
anyone remember little Dougie Dempeter killed on
board Christmas eve in the bay..a great guy...
|Name: Dave Anderson
||Date: 12-Oct-2005 12:45:45|
Sailed with SSM as 2eng. from 72 till 76
sailing on the Franklin,York,Race,Horn and the
Ardrossan. I recognise some old names from the
past ie.Hamish Hardie,Brian Andrew,Peter
Brennan and Duncan Anderson. Hope to get in
|Name: peter Isaac
||Date: 30-Sep-2005 07:40:42|
I served on the Barron Kinnaird in 1968 as R/O
and I recorded a message in your old Guest
Book. The mate on the Barron Kinnaird at the
time was George Towers. I see from the SMM Crew
List that he became Master. I guess he would be
close to 80 today. Does anyone know if he is
still going strong? Any contact address or
|Name: Gordon Wilson
||Date: 24-Sep-2005 15:53:00|
Great site!!! I just heard about it yesterday
from Ken Katsina.
I sailed with Lyles (Cadet) back in 61 through
63 on the Cape Franklin & Cape Grafton. The Cape
Grafton was the old ex airtcraft carrier which
was converted back in 1947. Capt.Angus McLeod
was the Captain.
Lots of great memories and probably the best
time of my life. I've only met two of the
fellows off the Grafton since then George King
3rd Eng in Edmonton Alberta. (Played rugby
against him) and Johnny Lewellin 2nd Stew (from
Dunfirmline)when he was in Vancouver on a
If anyone is around I would love to hear from
My Father was Captain with Lyles for about 12
years Capt. Hill Wilson. He was Capt of the
Rodney, Howe, Horn & a couple of others.
I would also enjoy hearing from any of his old
Best to All !!!!
I would like to
|Name: ARTHUR DAVIDSON
||Date: 22-Sep-2005 20:06:16|
change of e-mail address
|Name: Charles Riddell
||Date: 17-Sep-2005 08:15:08|
Hi everybody sailed whith ssm for a few years in
70s 80s had a great time. its great to see a few
famillar names. Dugald Campbell was he the
store'keeper.anyway iam still at sea work
offshore on a supply boat
|Name: Mel Spence
||Date: 14-Sep-2005 15:28:17|
Great site, was one of Jim's deck cadets in the
early 1980s. Will keep an eye out for the
|Name: Bill Ross
||Country: Ontario Canada
||Date: 13-Sep-2005 17:59:01|
Yes Guys I guess I should have mentioned that
it was not Scottish Ship Management I sailed
with but Hogarths.
On the Baron Kinnaird we sailed from Liverpool
and it was only the fact we ahd two very
exceptional apprentices as well as the thid
mate and second mate plus the sparky we managed
to get away at all as the deck and engine crew
were all so drunk as to be a danger to
themselves and all others. After three days I
ahd to threaten the steward with physical harm
if he gave the crew any more booze.
After the hangovers cleared I managed to get
them to do some work only then would I let them
have ssome beer.
The first boat drill we were unable to lauch
the lifeboats as they were frozen into the
davits with rust and neglect. Took the two
young lads and I three weeks to get them
By the way the ship had been inspected by the
marine superintendant prior to departure.
Everthing was in a broken down state and we
were toload for New Zealand?australia and you
know hao particular they were about cargo gear.
Loaded Tampa for the antipodes and had very
little watrer as the Captain insisted we use
the evaporater to make it. Alas he forgot to
mention this to c/e. Was barely working.
Took some water in Panama but for the rest of
the trip it was rationed.
Arrived in New Zealand after seven wekks from
U.K. and there was no mail (in fact I receved
the letter from my wife informing me she was
prognant on the same day I gopt another telling
me about the birth of my daughter.
We managed to get the cargop gear operational
and discharged ok
We sailed from N.Z. after I threw all the
party goers off. Including from the capatains
cabin. He wanted to stay in port but with the
pilot and tugs standing buy I did not think it
would be a good idea.
We got away and the rest of the night the
apprentices mates, sparky and I secured
everything as we were rolling in a heavy swell.
The steward I called to secure tha captains
cabin and puthim in bed.
next day I informed the captain if he ever
again got drunk I would walk off the ship at
the next port and phone Hogarths. To say our
realationship was frosty after that would be an
I could trelate more of the same but this is
not the forum.