From B&C Review  December 1967

An Email received 7 November 2014 from Tony White reveals an interesting story.

"Chief Engineer nicks a railway engine in Walvis Bay"!!!??

I'm not quite sure of the precise dates, or if it happened under Sid's command, but his Chief Engineer was Ted Hodgson, and I had the pleasure of being with them. Ted would take the pee out of Sid whenever the gin bottle got below the halfway mark.

The incident took place in Walvis Bay when Ted was on his way back to the Chattan. There before him was this beautiful railway engine just waiting to be driven, so he climbed aboard, and off he went! The driver and the firemen were sat close by having a supper break when their charge took off.

To cut a very long story short, he was arrested, appeared in court, was asked if he had driven an engine to which he replied, “I went with my dad driving The Royal Scott”. As no damage was done, the driver stated the engine was being expertly driven, the case was virtually dismissed and the judge plus the rest of his officials adjourned for a glorious pissup back on board!

Some time later on a return voyage to Cape Town, the Marine Super of the day raised in conversation, "We've heard a vague story that one of our chief engineers stole a railway engine in Walvis Bay".

Oh really!

Life could be interesting in those days.

Capt. Sydney R J Woods

DSC  RD  RNR

Service Record

From

To

Clan Urquhart

Apprentice

10/1924


2nd Mate’s Certificate

1927


1st Mate’s Certificate

1929


Master’s Certifcate

12/1933


Clan MacTavish

2nd Officer


9/1939

Royal Navy Reserve

9/1939

1946

Clan MacKinnon

Master

1951


Hesperides

Master

5/1959

7/1960

Clan Chattan

Master

5/1961

5/1962

Clan MacLay

Master

12/1962

7/1964

Clan MacNab

Master

6/1965


Clan MacLennan

Master

4/1967

10/1967

Retired

1/11/1967


Died

16/02/1968


Review - April 1968

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