Started with B&C Sept 1978 as deck cadet
Sept 78 - Feb 79 Clan Alpine, swapped ships in India
Feb 79 - May 79 Clan McNair
Sept 79 - Dec 79 Scottish Lion
July 80 - Dec 80 Scottish Eagle
Mar 81 - Jun 81 King Alfred
Aug 81 - Sept 81 Table Bay
Sept 81 - Dec 81 Balmoral Universal
2nd Mates ticket in Plymouth 1982
Sept 82 - Oct 82 Stirling Universal
Oct 82 - Dec 82 Kinpurnie Universal (alongside in Cardiff whole time just before she was sold)
December 1982 made redundant from B&C, then employed by Neptune Shipping on behalf of CI Shipping at the end of January 1983 as 3rd Mate on Al Attared, the first CI Shipping management vessel as we took it over from Fyffes in Jeddah.
Jan 83 - Jul 83 3/0 Al Attared
Nov 83 - May 84 3/0 Al Mareekh
Jul 84 - Dec 84 3/0 Scirocco Universal
Aug 85 - Feb 86 2/0 Meltem (ex-Al Mareekh)
May 86 - Dec 86 2/0 Al Attared
Apr 87 - Nov 87 2/0 Bora Universal
That was it with CI Shipping.
I then left to work in the S.North sea ending up as Master from 95 to 2004 on Aggregate Dredgers.
2004 to 2006 with Condor Ferries
2006 moved ashore into management as Marine Manager DPA the as Operations Manager for marine aggregate company.
Moved in 2012 to Global Marine Systems as their Nautical Manager DPA.
Joined the MAIB as Marine Accident Inspector in June of this year, based in Southampton.
Phew! 37 years of seafaring life!
Seems like only yesterday I joined the Clan Alpine in Avonmouth as a 16 year old obnoxious kid.
My father was Howard Jones, started with Clan Line in 1955 ended up as Master, spend nearly his whole life with B&C, retiring at 57, then joined P&O on Harwich To Hook of Holland as 2/O until he was 65.
Passed away on Xmas day 2012 aged 73.