|Posted by Rod Nissen on October 19, 2019 at 11:20 AM|
Just recently returned from overseas to Brisbane. Visited Finland, Norway, England, Wales, Bombay and Hong Kong. All in 5 weeks. The highlights of the trip was attending the Battle of Britain air show at Duxford and catching up with 3 mates from 40 yrs ago. We all were on the Birchbank in 1979. We only made a night of it as it was organised at short notice.
They were Steve Braund from Exeter 2nd Mate, John Roberts Holyhead 4/E, Peter Norman from Milford Haven Chief Electrical Fart and me 3/E from Brisbane. Alan Lloyd from South Shields cancelled at last minute.
It was a lovely night as we recalled memories of a great ship and a fantastic group of Mates and Engineers who really got on. We were on the bulk sugar run with short stays in North Qld ports loading (what did the Aussie girls miss out on) and long discharges in Penang and Port Klang. Memories of trishaw races from the Hong Kong Bar to the wharf to get the last launch. We checked the HK bar albums and we had the most photos of any one crew going back to the 1940s!! Sadly the HK Bar had a fire and most of the albums were lost. However John Roberts had some friends go back after and found our album survived.
In case anyone reads this and knows any of us, we are looking forward to a better planned reunion in 5 years time. All welcome. Maybe we should have it in Chalna???
I usually get back to the UK once every year so interested in catching up with anyone before that.
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