Joined in 1962 and left in 1968
Email sent 21 April 2014
I see that we sailed together for one voyage on Clan Grant in 1965. You will find us in the crew list here: 1965 - Aug
Strangely enough I sailed on all of the ships that you were on, Constance Bowater I was cadet in 1966 and Good Hope Castle I was 2nd Officer in 1973.
I remember that there were two engineer cadets on Clan Grant, One of you had long hair and was a rival to me for the ship's table tennis crown.
It's funny how the memory kicks in when reminded.
Reply 21 April 2014
If you were tall with dark hair I remember cutting it. India doesn't hold too many good memories. 17 years old in Chittagong, lost in the pouring rain, walking past people sleeping on windowledges - probably a good life experience though. I do recall an Irish cadet leaving the ship and arranging with his father to take the other cadets out when we docked in Belfast - he took us to Ballygally Castle I think ?
Best ship was Constance Bowater - playing Sgt. Pepper over the tannoy to assembled throng lining the canal locks stands out. Have a nice model of her in my conservatory with some old B and C Mags etc.
By coincidence I am flying to Chicago on 4 May - last there in 67 - then train to Memphis and New Orleans.
So won't be able to make the reunion on 11 May.
Joining Good Hope Castle was a nasty culture shock after Bowaters - double shifts on the SA coast didn't help - so left, married and studied B.Sc at Strathcyde Uni. - Glasgow again. Did have an excellent party in Cape Town on my 21st birthday - a couple of years ago I took my wife to the quay where I rang long distance on the day - her birthdate being the same as mine.
Now live near Guildford
Ps have just seen your latest memory - my japanese pencil grip still fools people to this day - was there a swimming pool just outside the games room ?