Richard Speight

Service Record

From

To

Pre-Sea Training

Warsash

9/1968

4/1969

Clan Sutherland

Cadet

5/1969

1/1970

Clan Ross

Cadet

2/1970

3/1970

Elizabeth Bowater

Cadet

4/1970

1/1971

MCR Course

Warsash

2/1971

7/1971

Edinburgh Castle

U 4th & 3rd Officer

8/1971

12/1971

Clan MacIndoe

U 3rd Officer

1/1972

2/1972

Clan Ross

U 3rd Officer

2/1972

2/1972

2nd Mates Certificate

Warsash

3/1972

7/1972

Left and Rejoined Company



Reina Del Mar

3rd Officer

2/1973

3/1973

Argyllshire

3rd Officer

3/1973

6/1973

Clan Ranald

3rd Officer

8/1973

9/1973

Clan MacLaren

2nd Officer

9/1973

12/1973

Clan MacLeod

2nd Officer

2/1974

6/1974

Clan Menzies

2nd Officer

7/1974

8/1974

1st Mates Certificate

Glasgow

9/1974

3/1975

Reina Del Mar

2nd Officer

4/1975

8/1975

Clan Graham

2nd Officer

11/1975

5/1976

Causeway

2nd Officer

5/1976

11/1976

Winchester Castle

2nd & Chief Officer

3/1977

7/1977

Table Bay

Ex 2nd & 2nd Officer

9/1977

12/1978

Master’s Certificate

Glasgow

1/1979

7/1979

Clan MacGregor

2nd Officer

12/1979

1/1980

Everett F Wells

2nd Officer

2/1980

4/1980

Took voluntary redundancy



Cadet and Deck Officer with B & C from 1968 to 1980.

I have looked at the B & C website and think it is a fantastic resource. As well as seeing there many people I sailed with,

I particularly liked the pages on cruising on the 'Reina del Mar'.

Along with Captain Byrne, Alan Cruickshank and Chris Parkinson, I enjoyed the epic scrapping voyage from Southampton to Kaohsiung via Dakar, Capetown and Singapore at 10 knots in 1975. I think there were less than 20 on board.

From 1972 onwards, I kept a record of every noon position and that voyage in particular makes interesting reading.

I was also fortunate to sail on the maiden voyages of 'Causeway' and 'Table Bay'.

Career Notes

Clan Sutherland

Cadet Unit Training Ship (T/O Derry Sinclair) Voyage from UK - East & South  Africa - Mediterranean - South Africa - Mediterreanean

Clan Ross

Voyage South Shields to Capetown to Sheerness

Elizabeth Bowater

Voyage from UK to USA Coast and Return. 15 Voyages from Cornerbrook/Liverpool NS to US Great Lakes/US East and Gulf Coast/Spain returning from Newfoundland to Ridham with logs.

Edinburgh Castle

3 Mail voyages - UK to South Africa

Clan MacIndoe

UK East Coastal voyage

Clan Ross

Port relief

London Bridge

Suez Max Bulker - North Spain - USA - Panama - Japan - Australia - USA - Rotterdam.    On 16/9/72 just south of Japan and bound Queensland, passed close to centre of Typhoon Helen - Significant damage to vessel with flooding of duct keel and access tunnels as a result.

Reina Del Mar

Port relief

Argyllshire

2 voyages Europe/UK to South Africa & Mozambique

Clan Ranald

UK West coastal voyage.

Clan MacLaren

UK to East Africa to UK

Clan MacLeod

Mediterranean to South Africa & Mozambique to North Europe/UK

Clan Menzies

Mediterranean coastal  

Reina Del Mar

Standby in Southampton before sailing on scrapping voyage to Kaohsuing, Taiwan via Dakar, Capetown, and Singapore.  18 on board at a speed of 9 to 10 knots.

Clan Graham

UK/European Coast to Ascension/St Helena to SouthAfrica to Mauritius to Mozambique & South Africa to South Wales/UK West Coast. Loaded King Richard's spare propellor in Manchester and then loaded onto King Richard using jumbo derrick at Tail of Bank off Greenock.  

Causeway

Maiden voyage Copenhagen to Canada to Liverpool to Mobile to Durban to Richards Bay to Mobile

Winchester Castle

Hull to Mozambique & South Africa to Cardiff/Bremen to South Africa to Antwerp. Ran Aground overnight in approaches to Cardiff. Promoted to Chief Officer from Bremen to Antwerp after original C/O had to leave.

Table Bay

Standby in builders yard,  A.G Weser, Bremen for 1 month then sailed on Sea Trials and maiden and 2nd Voyages between Europe and South Africa.   

4 voyages Europe/UK to South Africa

Clan MacGregor

UK coastal voyage

Everett F Wells

Persian Gulf to Curacao to Lisbon. Final voyage of vessel under CI Management.   

Took voluntary redundancy.

Sealink UK at Dover.

Made 165 crossings of the Dover Strait.  Resigned to take up shore based position.  

Bryden Harper & Co, London

Marine & Cargo Surveyor in UK

Perfect Lambert & Co

Marine & Cargo Surveyor in UK and a trip overseas to Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo

Bryden Harper & Co, London

Marine & Cargo Surveyor, primarily in UK but also with trips overseas to Portugal, Pakistan, Spain and UAE.

Glasgow College of Nautical Studies

Gained Teaching Qualification in FE (Jordanhill School of Education & Open University).                                                                                                               

MSc in Naval Architecture with distinction (Strathclyde University).            

From 1993 involved with international students and associated business.

City of Glasgow College

Merger of 3 Glasgow colleges (GCBP, Central & Metropolitan). Made Vice Principal International and Commercial Business.  Retired June 12

Speight Marine Ltd

Marine & Education Consultancy.  Working primarily for Stena and then Sonangol Marine Services plus other various clients.


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