Mark Williams

Service Record

From

To

Kinnaird Castle

Cadet

1/1971

6/1971

Clan MacGregor

Cadet

7/1971

8/1971

Clan Sutherland

Cadet

8/1971

9/1971

Nina Bowater

Cadet

9/1971

11/1971

Hector Heron

Cadet

12/1971

4/1972

Clan MacInnes

Cadet

1/1973

1/1973

Clan MacIntosh

Cadet

1/1973

7/1973

Clan MacIndoe

3rd Officer

8/1973

12/1973

Clan Grant

3rd Officer

12/1973

4/1974

Clan Ramsay

2nd Officer

9/1974

7/1975

Rothesay Castle

2nd Officer

8/1975

8/1975

Clan MacIver

2nd Officer

9/1975

10/1975

Clan MacGregor

2nd Officer

11/1975

11/1975

Clan MacNab

2nd Officer

11/1975

12/1975

Causeway

2nd Officer

10/1976

4/1977

Kinpurnie Castle

2nd Officer

7/1977

7/1978

King Richard

2nd Officer

12/1978

4/1979

Clan MacGregor

2nd Officer

6/1979

12/1979

Clan Alpine

2nd Officer

3/1980

8/1980

King William

Chief Officer

6/1981

6/1981

Photographed on Clan Ramsay by Andy Skarstein

Hector Heron - 1972 - Cadet

At Bandar Mashur - Iran

Mark swinging the valves during loading operations

Officers in their natural environment

Clan MacIndoe - 1973 - Third Officer

2nd Officer Ian Scott on the right

Clan MacIntosh - 1973 - Cadet

Clan Ramsay - 1975 - Second Officer

Kinpurnie Castle - 1977/8 - Second Officer

Broken topmast in heavy weather

Christmas - 1977

King Richard - 1979 - Second Officer

With Colin Batty 3rd Officer

With Steve Collins - Cadet

Clan MacGregor - 1979 - Second Officer

Kinnaird Castle - Cadet - 1971

Alongside in Birkenhead prior to Mark’s first trip

Cadet Training Officer - Richard Mennell

3rd Officer Dick Thomas at a party on board

Cadet Nigel Hughes at a party on board

The Ship’s Cat - Name is missing from Crew List

The list of trumped up charges alledged against first trippers

Pictures of The Ceremony can be found on the Kinnaird Castle page

At anchor in Kilindini Harbour

Clan Alpine - 1980 - Second Officer

Boarding a lifeboat for a trip ashore at Mombasa

Captain Basil Biggs at the helm

John Watt 2nd Engineer, the wife of Electrician Nobby Clarke

and Captain Biggs

2nd Engineer John Watt (front),

Cadets Tony Snell, Bob Nell and Paul Drew (back)

A few days after I started at Warsash all B&C cadets wre required to attend an induction talk given by one of the company’s training officers.

He said that B&C had high expectations of us and that we should uphold the traditions of the company at all times, ashore and afloat. He then said that there were three important rules to follow if we were to have a successful career with B&C:

1. Change your underwear every day

2. Read a quality newspaper such as The Times or The Daily Telegraph

3. Don’t go out with girls who live in council houses

Probably end up being prosecuted these days. I also remember Danny Richards (Master when I sailed on King Richard who was a staunch Yorkshireman) telling me that when he was Chief Officer he wore a flat cap to the office and was told that he would never be promoted to Master if he continued to wear it in public!

Although I never sailed on the mail ships (I was supposed to join the Vaal after King Richard but the vessel was delayed), the hair actually did me a favour. After a couple of trips as 3/O I was called to the office and the crew manager (Chris Abbott) was absolutely aghast at how long it was. He asked me to get it cut but I refused. He then went into a huddle with a couple of his colleagues and returned to say that rather that sending me to join another ship as 3/O as they’d planned, they’d promote me to 2/O if I came back to the office in an hour with shorter hair (which I did). He was as good as his word and I joined Clan Ramsay as 2/O a couple of weeks later. It didn’t take long to grow back!

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