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News Date December 2005

Ken Shaw. (Eng/Off) Sailed with LOF in the early 60's, sailed with Mike Cuff on the London Glory, Cuff's first trip as Master. Left LOF in 1962 and sailed with Ellermans until 1965. Ken settled down got married and then worked for the CEGB until retirement in 1993. (R.G.)

News Date December 2005

Alistair Roaf. (Ex 3rd/Off - 2nd/Off) Congratulations to Alistair on his promotion to Master of the BP Tanker 'British Laurel'. Alistair came to LOF as a 'fresh looking' 3rd Officer in 1993 and remained with LOF until 1997 by which time he was 2nd Officer. On being made redundant he joined B.P. and has made very good progress. Our best wishes for safe sailing and a fruitful ongoing career. (R.G.)

News Date December 2005

Jean Kirkham. (Jack Kirkham) Jean is settling down in her new home in Brittany, still getting used to Jack not being around. If anyone would like to get in touch with Jean, please contact me and I'll pass on your request. (R.G.)

News Date December 2005

David Bryan. (Ex Eng/Off) David is fairly unique at present, being the only contact I believe I have with Welsh Overseas Freighters! and or Welsh Ore Carriers. He sailed as an Engineer Officer on the 'Welsh Herald', 'Welsh Trobadour', 'Welsh Trident' and 'Welsh Voyager'. I believe the Gibbs family had a long standing shipping company based in Newport, they were 'amalgamated' into the LOF Fleet. The above vessels were either SD14's or B26's. David left the company in the late 70's and emigrated to Australia, where he is still living. He has been back to Wales twice and visited Newport (Stow Hill) where the WOF Offices were, but found nothing there. He and I would appreciate, if there are any others of our group who either sailed with or know more history than I have given. (R.G.)

News Date December 2005

Adrian Cook. (Ex Eng Cad - 4th/Eng) I am sorry to advise, that Adrian's wife Chris, passed away on 11th November, she was one of the longest surviving Heart / Lung transplant recipients, 15 years and 8 months. I am sure that we all send our deepest condolences to Adrian and his family. (R.G.)

News Date December 2005

Norman Neill. (Ex Elec/Off) I joined the Merchant Navy in 1965 Ulster Steamship Co. Came ashore in 1967 to be at home for the birth of my son. Joined LOF in 1969 - 1983 (the big redundancy). Joined the RUC Reserves in 1983 - 1989. Rejoined Merchant Navy in 1989 with Blue Star. Blue Star were taken over by P&O in 1998. I stayed until compulsory redundancy at age 57 in 2000. I then had part-time employment as an electrician in a food manufacturing company until the receivers came calling in 2003. Norman and wife Valerie are now retired and live in Northern Ireland. (R.G.)

News Date November 2005

Cedric Paterson. (Ex Deck Officer) Cedric informs me of the passing away of Captain Frank Sowden. He sailed for a short period in the late 50's early 60's. He served on a ship that might be unknown to many, the 'Seaway Discovery', this ship was managed by LOF and ran down the St. Lawrence seaway to the Great Lakes. Captain Sowden also sailed on the Overseas Courier as Ch/Off and on some Counties Ships. In 1962 he accepted a position in Falmouth as a Trinity House Pilot where he stayed until his retirement, he passed away early 2005.
There are two nostalgic pictures on the LOF Staff Page, Cedric Paterson and John Harvey September 1960 and then another of the two taken January 2005 (Cedric Paterson)

News Date November 2005

William Jaeger. (aka Screaming Bill) (Ex Master) b 1922 d 1995.
I was able to verify, with the help of Karen Jones at NUMAST, that the "Captain Bill Jaeger" was indeed 'our' Bill. She knew him very well from his time with MMSA and confirmed the date of his death and that he lived in Worthing, Sussex.
Here are photos of the bench and plaque mounted on the rear, dedicated to Bill and commemorating his conservation work in the Sussex Downs area. The bench is on Cissbury Hill, an old Saxon hill fort overlooking the English Channel.
Her website www.findonvillage.com (click on "Feedback" and then scroll down). (John Trotter Ex Rad/Off LOF Brisbane Australia).

News Date November 2005

Boyd Guard. (Ex Elec/Off) Trained as Electrician at Picton N.Z. and came to the UK in 1958, worked in Power Stations, Pilkington Glass, British Nylon, Spinners and New Hospitals, lived in Doncaster. Joined LOF 1964 sailed on London Independence. Then joined Evan Thomas Radcliff of Cardiff and sailed on the tanker 'Hamilton' from November 64 to March 1967, he then went back to New Zealand.
On returning to N.Z. worked for Electrical supply company's as Electrical Inspector. Boyd retired 12 years ago and has a small-holding raising a few sheep. Has 'Horders' complaint... collects old Lister engines, Petters, Stuart Turners and other old turn of century engines. They live on the South Island, close to Dairy Farmers, Coal and Gold Mining, they can pan for local gold a 10 minute walk away.....(R.G.)

News Date November 2005

Christopher Clay. Went to South Shields and was with LOF 1979 - 1983. Now teaching I.T. and support for Computing Staff. (Friends Reunited)

News Date October 2005

'Bill' W.H. Overhill. (Ex LOF 3rd/Off) See Obituary Page.

News Date October 2005

Keith Cederholm. (Ex 2nd/Off - Ch/Off) Keith is keeping well, he unfortunately lost his father recently aged 88 and took the ashes to Norway where he originated. Keith is still teaching part time at the local sailing school various elements, Day Skipper, Yachtmaster Offshore and Y/M Ocean. Also the Radar courses. On the professional side they do OOW <3000tonnes and Master <3000tonnes. All because he did a one day DSC course when buying a new fixed installation VHF set and walked out with a ticket and a job!!
He and Barbara spent 10 days in Norway in July and the rest of the summer on their boat based at Conway Marina in North Wales. We stayed there for about 4 weeks in all and ended up buying a second boat in September. The new one is power only and cruises at 35 knots. In 26 minutes last week burned 40 litres of petrol and travelled 16 miles. Must not be so heavy handed on the throttle in future especially at the price of petrol just now. They are selling the sail boat if anyone is interested. (R.G.)

News Date October 2005

Eric Birchall. (Master) I found your site by accident when browsing the web this wet Saturday afternoon. My father, Captain Eric Birchall, served with LOF from 1963 - 1973, when he retired. Before that he had spent most of his career with Counties Ship Management, a sister company. My mother, Vera Birchall, sailed with him frequently. Capt Birchall died in 1979. As you say, it was a family company and I shan't forget their kindness in letting me accompany my parents for a year on the maiden (and only) LOF voyage of the MV London Tradesman (sister ship to the Craftsman) from the shipyards in Uddevalla (December 1963) to Hong Kong (December 1964), when she was sold to China and re-named Li-Ming. We flew home from Hong Kong on 1 January 1965, a week after my 16th birthday. Best wishes. Lyn Fraley (nee Birchall)

News Date October 2005

Les Webb. (Ex Elec/Off). Les served his time with the Admiralty in naval dockyards and shore bases. He went to sea in 1960 with 'New Zealand Shipping Co', 'Elder Dempster' and then 'Stephenson Hardy's'. Les joined LOF in 1963 on the 'London Spirit', he sailed on 18 vessels, tankers/bulk carriers and cargo ships as Electrical Officer, until the Big Chop in 1985. He joined Mowlems on the Maintenance team in 1985 and retired in 2004 as Service Manager. Les and his wife have been married for some 32 years and the have one daughter, they live in Berkshire UK. Les would like to hear from any old salts that sailed with him. (R.G.)

News Date September 2005

Mel Vearncombe. (Ex Ch/Eng) Mel and Nicky are both well and had a good year with their garden, they got away to Rhodes earlier in the year and after a couple of false starts in attempting a Nile cruise are off this month. (R.G.)

News Date September 2005

Golden Wedding Congratulations Bob & Margaret Stinchcombe will be celebrating in style their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 17th September. Daughter Carol and Grandchildren will undoubtedly make it a grand day for both of them. I am sure we all wish them many more years of happiness, golf and shopping. Margaret has been making steady progress after her mini-stroke last year, Bob is still managing the domestics, but still finding time to practice hitting small balls. They are planning a stay in the South of Spain in the near future. (R.G.)

News Date August 2005

Update. Jack & Jean Kirkham Donation to the RNLI

News Date August 2005

Clive Munn. (Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Sailed with LOF from 1972-1983. I remarried in 1982 and have 4 daughters aged from 15 - 21 years.I still live in Devon and have worked here since leaving LOF. I'm still engineering and have worked for the last 18 years as a maintenance engineer for a dairy company in Crediton near Exeter. I would love to hear from any of my old mates as I have so many happy memories and some of the friendships really were a bit special, I will be sending you some photos in the near future which I'm sure you will find interesting. If I'm lucky, some of my old mates will get in touch with me. (R.G.)

News Date August 2005

Jeremy Attwater. (Ex 3rd/Off - Master) Jeremy is still at the Hydrographic Office, he is winding down and on a more relaxed 4 day week, which gives him more time for his leisure pursuit of walking, he has just recently completed the 3 Peak Walk. He and Jane are now proud grandparents.

News Date August 2005

Tom Brown. (Jnr/Eng - 4th/Eng) Sailed 1966 - 1973; went on to work in Canada for many years both offshore and around the Lakes. Has been working recently on private yachts around the Caribbean, presently based out of St. Maartin. (R.G.)

News Date August 2005

Peter Giles. (Nav/Cad - 3rd/Off). Sailed 1963 - 1970; went on to work with various other companies including Geest Line and United Baltic. Went to University and is presently Marine Consultant and Company Director. (R.G.)

News Date August 2005

Captain David Ian McMinn. See Obituary Page.

News Date July 2005

John Kulukundis. (Family) John is the son of Miles Kulukundis and sailed on a couple of LOF Tankers in the early 90's to get some first hand 'experience' of 'life' onboard. He now lives and works in the USA, as Director of Research for one of the largest U.S. based Shipbrokers, Charles R Weber, based in Connecticut USA. The M.D. is a Basil G. Mavroleon, the nephew of one of the founders of LOF Basil Mavroleon. John is becoming quiet an accomplished painter, still unmarried. He and I are looking for a Jnr/Eng Tim Wally (or Walley), ex Rolls Royce Engineer from the Crewe area... any ideas anyone?! (R.G.)
Read more about him in this extract from Lloyd's List magazine.

News Date July 2005

Bob Fullagar. (Nav/Cad - Master). Bob is still sailing with AMCL (Hong Kong CY Tung Group), as Master mainly on the US Coast. He was with LOF for 28 years, made redundant in 98 and went to work with AMCL shortly after the LOF days. He and Elsie have been married for 30 years and they have 2 sons Steven and Matthew. Bob is a BIG Gillingham fan and they live in the Medway Area. (R.G.)

News Date July 2005

Ian Roberts. (Nav/Cad - 2nd/Off) Sailed with LOF 1975 - 1984, left and joined Police Force. Ian is now a Police Inspector in Chorley, married to a lady he met whilst skiing in Austria and has 2 children. Obtained a degree with the Open University. (R.G. @ friendsreunited)

News Date July 2005

Gerald Skinner. (Nav Cad - 3rd/Off) Sailed with LOF 1978 - 1983, made redundant. Ended up in Australia where he met a young lady and got married. Returning to sea was not an option so went to the University of Canberra and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science. Since then has done some interesting hydrological and land salinity research. They have 3 daughters and live in the beautiful city of Albany Western Australia. (R.G. @ friendsreunited)

News Date July 2005

Peter F. Smith. (4th/Eng!) Sailed with LOF 1971 - 1974 on London Citizen, Confidence and Finnamore Valley (its last voyage). Since worked offshore for many years. Now semi-retired. Living in Findochty. (R.G. @ friendsreunited)

News Date July 2005

John Warton. (Nav Cad - 2nd/Off) John sailed with LOF from 1974 to 1984. He is presently Safety Manager for Cunard. Seabourn and Princess Cruises, living in Valencia California after setting up Equipment Training for Officers manning the Queen Mary 2 in France. Previously Master of large cross channel ferries. Married to Lisa with a 18 year old son Tom (now finishing at Brockenhurst College) and a 5 year old daughter Anna. Anna was born premature weighing 1lb 5oz but is now fine. (R.G. @ friendsreunited)

News Date July 2005

News from Wales. Bob Stinchcombe informs me that Margaret is making slow but steady progress (see News January 2005 below); Bob is waiting to have knee surgery on both joints, the first scheduled for 10 months ahead if all goes well. He tells me that Mick Howells (Ex Ch/Eng) is sunning himself off Felixstowe on the Coastguard Standby Tug. Dave Walker (Ex 2nd/Eng) and Rita are both reasonably well and Dave has changed his wheels for a Honda Jazz. Otherwise all is quiet. Cymru an Byth (Bob S)

News Date July 2005

David Meare. (Ex R/Off) Dave informs me that he was on the London Majesty in 1964 and that on the Bygone Photo's Page 2nd Row Left Picture, the person on the extreme RHS listed as unknown, could be a Pat Stott, he was the senior deck apprentice. The Old Man was Jimmy McNaughton, who had his wife and daughter Brenda onboard, Mr. Stott and Brenda were quite taken with each other! but were well chaperoned. Besides the others mentioned in the photo, also onboard C/Eng Jock McLeish, 2nd/Eng Frank Martin, 3rd/Eng Ken Simpson and 4th/Eng Paddy Finlay. The Ch/Off was Owen Connor and 3rd/Off Johnny Thake. Does anyone know the history and/or where-abouts of these Ex LOF Personnel! (Owen Connor passed on sometime ago) David Meare was a Radio Officer with LOF 1964 - 1970, he left the sea and worked for ICL for 26 years. David currently works as a software engineer at the UK design centre of Echostar Communications, the U.S. Satellite Broadcaster. David lives in the Oldham district of Manchester. (R.G.)

News Date June 2005

Ronnie Aird. (Ex 2nd/Eng) Ronnie, Marjory and daughter Mirren (now 7) are all keeping well. Since LOF days the job situation has been very much hire and fire. Ronnie has completed and passed his Ch/Eng Certificates. He is presently working as 3rd/Eng on a wind turbine installation vessel 'Resolution', the vessel looks like a ship but has 6 legs on it to 'jack' it up - making it a looking platform. They are building a 30 turbine (90MW) Wind Farm off Walney Island near Barrow in Furness. they still live in Fife Scotland. (R.G.)

News Date June 2005

Malcolm Cuthbert. (Ex Ch/Eng) Malcolm has unfortunately suffered a 'slipped disc' which has aggravated the sciatic nerve to his right leg, therefore he is not out and about on his 'bike', hopefully he is on the road to recovery. He has little news from the Northeast other than Jim Stronach (Ex Cat/Off) has just turned 80 in May. (R.G.)

News Date May 2005

Calum Stuart. (Ex Eng/Cad) Pleased to announce Calum is getting married on 25th June in Peterhead to Margaret. Calum came to LOF as an Engineer Cadet, but unfortunately the Company was sold before his time was complete, this he did with Maersk UK. The son of Charlie and Carol Stuart, Charlie being an R/O with LOF from 1969 until the end in 1997, he works for Aberdeen City Council. (R.G.)

News Date May 2005

Mick Ward. (Ex Eng Cad - Ch/Eng) Justine has delivered a baby boy 'Jake' on the 5th May, all are well. Mick has returned to the North Sea with a company called 'Havila' as 2nd Eng. Eldest son Mark is 16 and takes his GCSE's next year, hopes to be involved in a 'Sports' career.

News Date May 2005

Don Dunlop. (Ex Eng/Cad - 2nd Eng). Don has been promoted!!!!....to Senior Surveyor (Contratulations ABS), and will be moving out from his base in Liverpool to Qatar in the Persian Gulf during June. Deb and the family plan to join him shortly after. Don can be contacted at DDunlop@eagle.org (R.G.)

News Date May 2005

Jack Kirham. (Ex 4/Eng - Ch/Eng) See Obituary Page.

News Date April 2005
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Alex McElwee. (Eng/Off) Alex has found us by the Website, was with LOF from 1966 - 71, joined his first ship the London Independence with Bill Manson in Malta as Jnr/Engs at anchor off Paradise Bay & the American 6th Fleet came in the first night....what a night, Bill got his nickname of 'The Karate Kid' or was it 'Karate Joe'!....well Bill what was it! Alex stayed at sea until 1971, but after his LOF days found he could not settle, so he moved to Canada, he has been married for 36 years and will be 60 in August. They are planning a get together at Disney in Florida. Alex is coming through with some info on Archie Andersen in the near future.

News Date April 2005

Paul Warnlock. (Nav Cad - 3rd/Off). Was with LOF during the 80's. Became a Tall Ships Master in the Caribbean and then ran large private yachts worldwide. Settle down in the Virgin Islands. Paul is married with no children and now runs a marina and resort on the island of Tortola. He comes back to Stockton every year to see friends and family and drink 'real' beer. Frequents 'The Masham' in Hartburn Village every August. (R.G. @ friendsreunited).

News Date April 2005

Jack Bell. (Eng/Off) Jack spent 12 years at sea from 1967. From 1979 - 84 worked in Bahrain. He now works and lives in St. Ives UK. (R.G. @ friendsreunited).

News Date April 2005

Bill Manson. (Jnr/Eng - 2nd/Eng). Bill will be carrying out a sponsored abseil of the Forth Bridge, on Sunday 17th April, in support of the RNLI. If anyone would like to sponsor Bill, every little counts, then go to www.justgiving.com/Billmanson
My life now seems doomed to carrying out daft activities for the RNLI, which of course I don't mind in the least. One of my sponsors has offered to double his donation if I do the abseil without ropes! With friends like that... etc. The event is being covered by TV up here in Scotland.
Since my triple heart bypass I've climbed the Munros, (a Scottish mountain over 3000ft), learnt to fly, ridden in off-road motorbike events, and too many other lunatic things to list here. I'm in the middle of writing a book which not only includes my adventures in the mountains, but has a chapter on my time at sea.

News Date April 2005

Archie Coulter. (Nav Cadet - 3rd/Off). Haverton Shipping. Now Master for last 8 years with Patt Manfield (Safa Forrest Carriers/NYK). Archie lives in Cheshire. (R.G.)

News Date April 2005

Dave Moorhouse (See Obituary Section Below). Received from his Brother Mark. Dave wanted a non-religious ceremony and we found a very good Humanist Minister. Dave would have appreciated the tales of escapades whilst at sea being relayed to the forty or so people in attendance. Dave had many achievements in his life in particular his Honours Degree and language skills. He was a man with an insatiable desire to learn and a passion for reading. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who knew Dave for the friendship you gave him. It is comforting to know that throughout his life he made so many friends wherever his travels took him. (Mark Moorhouse)

News Date March 2005

Steve Walpole. (Nav Cad - 2nd/Off). Steve sailed with LOF from 1974 - 1985, he has recently survived a bout of bone cancer which has left him with a large lump of titanium in his left leg with a nautical limp!. Steve lives in the Lincoln area and has at last admitted of being a 'Lazy Bugger' (Cadet Onwards). He would appreciate any contact with his old mates sc.walpole@btopenworld.com (R.G.)

News Date March 2005

Euan Harper. (Nav Cad). Euan joined LOF as a Deck Apprentice on the London Independence March 1962, he subsequently sailed on the London Pride, the Independence again and finally the Discoverer March 1964 - Jan 1965. He obtained his 2nd Mates Certificate but never returned to sea. After a year a shipping agent in London he obtained his commercial pilots licence and spent the next 35 years with British Midland airways before joining his present company Excel Airways. He is based in Glasgow Airport and lives near Livingstone Scotland. (R.G.)

News Date March 2005

Tony Dunn. (Ex Jnr Eng). Tony works for Disney Cruise Line, he came to Disney in 2001. At present he is 3rd Eng on the Disney Magic but moves over to Environmental Officer in a few weeks. Tony did his apprentiship with ICI, and lives in Saltburn NE UK.

News Date March 2005

Roger Davies. I served a 5 year apprentiship with a Plant hire firm in Cardiff. I joined LOF in 1970. Joined Overseas Ambassador on 30/10/70 in Antwerp. Visited Danny's Bar - an experience never to be forgotten. Next County Clare on 19/10/71 with Gerry lee, Colin Ingram & Albert Lee (from Barry).
Was taken to hospital in Manila (dislocated shoulder) paid off in Visagapatnum India. Sailed on the Discoverer & Independence & returned ashore in 74. Some great memories. Joined the Post Office/BT and am still with BT. Hope to retire in 3 years, if I can afford to.

News Date February 2005

Tony Tucker (USA). Tony informs me that there is a new book which traces the history of Austin & Pickersgill Shipbuilders, entitled 'SD 14 - The Full Story'. The details can be found from quay.books@virgin.net, they are located in Teignmouth Devon and cost 29.50 GBP. Tony now lives in Bridgewater N.J./USA, he started with LOF as 3rd/Off in 1961 until the end of 1966. Tony made a special visit to the UK last year and joined us at the LOF Reunion. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Rodman Tarbuck. (Apprentice - Master). Tarby, Jeannie and daughter Shaja, enjoyed their Christmas/New Year on Fred Olsens 'Black Watch' to the Canaries and Madeira, Tarby no doubt telling the Captain a few of his 'Jokes'. All are well. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Ed Mortimer-Hampson. (Ex Rad/Off). Ed made a visit to Bryan Whitmy Smith recently and found us. He sailed with Mavroleon Bros, taking the Victore out on trials from Hartelpool (What Year!) onwards to Peru on the maiden voyage. Sailing also on the Finnamore Meadow. Later on he met up with Steve Goodlad sailing on Donalsons Mv Colina. Ed lives in the Plymouth area. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Alistair Roaf. (Ex 3rd/Off - 2nd/Off). Still with B.P. as Ch/Off. Alistair joins the VLCC British Pioneer in Long Beach CA, then to Singapore for Dry-dock in March. Alistair is into his MBA studies and qualifications. Michelle & Hamilton are well. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Mick Ward. (Ex Eng Cad - Ch/Eng). Mick was away for Christmas in rough weather and no 'atmosphere'. The job prospects at present not too good as Harrisons have 2 North Sea supply vessels up for sale. Mick does have some good news - Justine is expecting their 3rd Child in May, I am sure we wish them all the happiness on their forthcoming event (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Jerry Vietinghoff. Quote: "Welcome any email from ex shipmates (vietijg@oriantek.com). Left LOF and joined CP ships ended up in South Africa for a while (7 years) Then USofA (15 years) Now Austria (2 years) Still mostly marine engineering. Ready to return to the sea again......"

News Date January 2005

Meurig Caffery. (Mogsie). (Ex 3rd/Off). Meurig quote: 'LOF' was the best employer I ever had'.
After leaving LOF he worked in the Ferry Business, then ashore in Eygpt, then back to ferries. A failed ENG 1 medcal, he started a small boat repair business, which he is still doing.
The last occasion he had to meet up with the LOF Boys was when the London Victory went to Milford Haven some 20 years ago. Quote: 'I had a fantastic welcome and suffered the mother of all hangovers as a result - Thanks to them all'.
Mogsie - sends his regards to everyone. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Len Eckerman. (Ex 2/E). Len & Wife Sheila, are settled in Australia, Len sailed with LOF 962 - 1964. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Geoffrey Baskerville. (Ex C/O). Settling in nicely in Australia, warm @ 40°C reminds Geoff of summer in the Gulf on LOF vessels without the benefit of Aircon. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Stephanie Larner. (Ex LOF PA). Congratulations are in order for Stephanie getting married on the 5th August 2006. Steph is still with AON. (See LOF News 2003 Page 3) (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Bob Hellier.  I am sorry to inform you that Bob's wife passed away August 2004 and this was the reason Bob could not make the LOF Reunion. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Richard Moeliker-Twigg. Richard joined the Overseas Courier in 1961 a memorable Master, Mackenzie brings back memories, remember him throwing a superintendent off the ship once in Hamburg. He remained 1965, the 'London Valour' his last ship, relieved by Radio Officer Eric Hill. 6 years in Kuwait as a Technician. Then to Dubai for Hempels and International Paint for 15 years started up the IP in the Gulf.
Then 2 years in the UK with IP followed by semi retirement running a Yacht Chandlery we purchased here in Fowey, Cornwall. Got itchy feet not long after and joined the paint circuit as a paint consultant/inspector, working all over Europe. Then in 1992, I returned to Kuwait as a coating superintendent for Kuwait Oil Tanker Company, staying there until 1999 when I moved to Korea to supervise new-buildings for Mobil and International Paint in Ulsan and Opoko.
In 2001 back to Fowey for what has turned into permanent retirement. Not entirely what I wanted but too late now.(64 0n 21st Jan). I re-squinted myself with LOF about a year ago when I found the website, (Ambrose Jones) would have liked to go to the Reunion last year but too far away. Next time perhaps, if there is going to be one. Forgot, when I was working at Ulsan used to look at two Frontline vessels lying in the roads, just completed but apparently they couldn't pay the bill. Things changed thro', just wish I had bought their shares two years ago. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Keith Cederholm. (Ex C/O). Keith is now shore-based, since ill health curtailed sea-going and pilot employment. Now living and working in the Wirral Area as a classroom instructor at a local sailing school. Keith is very actively involved with the local King George Fund for Sailors. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Official LOF News 1971 - 1984. If you do not wish to 'trawl' through all 40 issues of the 'original' LOF News, I have these available in JPEG format on 3 CD's, if you would like these, please get in contact with me and I can make copies. There is a nominal charge of £5.00 to cover the CD's and P&P. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Jack & Jean Kirkham. (Ex C/E). On the move, from Brittany, they are not sure where they will move, but it will probably be somewhere else in France - update pending. (R.G.)

News Date January 2005

Margaret Stinchcombe. I am please to hear from Bob that Margaret is recovering from her recent 'mini stroke' last year. Bob, has been 'Chief'-Cook' and Bottle washer for some considerable time, happily reports that Margaret is well enough to do 'some' washing-up. Hope the recovery Continues. (R.G).

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