Brian Spiller

On Clan MacGowan in Australia

Brian on right

Tantallon Castle 1962 in Mauritius

I joined my first ship Riebeeck Castle at London on a Friday in 1961 and nervously reported to the Chief Officer (Mike Zugg) who took me to my cabin.

The previous occupant had been celebrating UK arrival a bit too much and had left a 'Rainbow Yawn' all over the cabin!!!!!

The C/O immediately told me to go home for the weekend (we lived in Edgware at the time) so the shore cleaners could clean the cabin!

I was bitterly disappointed having been all excited joining my first ship and sent on leave 30 minutes later!

Must be some kind of record!

I rejoined again on Monday with fellow cadets: Alan Ching, Tim Harris and J.Howell and sailed to South & East Africa.

We signed off at Greenock on Christmas Eve and spent the night on a freezing steam train which broke down outside Carlisle on the way to London but that is another story!

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On Capetown Castle in 1965

Service Record

From

To

Riebeeck Castle

Cadet

9/1961

2/1962

Rotherwick Castle

Cadet

3/1962

5/1962

Tantallon Castle

Cadet

6/1962

1962

Clan Fraser

Cadet

11/1962

2/1963

Roxburgh Castle

Cadet

3/1963

6/1963

Clan MacGregor

Cadet

2/1964

5/1964

Capetown Castle

4th Officer

1965


Roxburgh Castle

3rd Officer

11/1965

7/1966

Tintagel Castle

3rd Officer

11/1966

5/1967

Clan MacGowan

3rd Officer

2/1968

6/1968

Hector Heron

2nd Officer


1969

Tintagel Castle

2nd Officer

1969

1969

Clan MacGillivray

2nd Officer

1/1970

8/1970

Rustenburg Castle

2nd Officer

1971

10/1971

King Alexander

2nd Officer

1972

1972

Argyllshire

2nd Officer

10/1972

4/1973

On Rustenburg Castle 1971

Wearing a cooling hat

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