Neil Smith

Hi Chris

Further to your earlier request for good memories of B & C.

EDINBURGH CASTLE.

We were departing Capetown upcoast on the 24th Dec 1970. For some reason we had to transfer our popular Nursing Sister to the Reina Del Mar.

We had a great farewell party for her which I believe was in the 4th R/O's cabin. This finished sometime in the wee small hours.

Come sailing time the Edinburgh duly sailed and passed the Reina Del Mar which I believe was on ''C'' berth. Possibly because the down coast mail had not vacated 'A' until late the previous day and the Reina had docked whilst the homeward mail was still on the berth

As we sailed past the RDM the Master (believe it was Reg Kelso but could be wrong) asked our Master. (P St Q Beadon) if he would mind returning his new Nursing Sister’s underwear.

As many of you will remember the 1st Class Passenger Deck was right behind the Bridge and they could hear and see all that happened. As this came across on the Walkie Talkie they heard it. P St Q's eyes instantly looked at Staffie (Bill Pritchard) and both eyes went to the Mast.

Sure enough there was two items fluttering from the port yard arm.

The X/2/O and myself (3/0) did everything to try and be invisible with no effect.

In front of the passengers we had to take them down. We did get them back to her a few weeks later.

P St Q needless to say was not amused but for some reason it was forgotten very quickly. The passengers all thought it was a hoot. 

Did many voyages on this ship at that period and it was a very happy ship with many great personalities amongst the staff. Some still friends to this day

Eventually joined Cal-Mac as 2/0 then C/O and finally as Master retiring in 2009 from the MV Coruisk which for CalMac was a first, with Azi-pod drive and was still very new to the fleet. I was lucky as I spent a long time on the Skye route with the Coruisk the MV Pioneer and MV Claymore as Master

Neil as Cadet on Kinpurnie Castle

Clansman - June 1973

Service Record

From

To

Kinpurnie Castle

Cadet

10/1965

1/1966

Clan MacTaggart

Cadet



Southampton Castle

Cadet



Clan MacGillivray

Cadet



Windsor Castle

Cadet

6/1968

8/1968

Riebeeck Castle

3rd Officer



Gladys Bowater

3rd Officer



Nina Bowater

Cadet



Edinburgh Castle

3rd Officer

10/1970

8/1971

Phyllis Bowater

2nd Officer



Edinburgh Castle

Extra 2nd Officer

2/1973

3/1973

Kinnaird Castle

2nd Officer

7/1973

1974

Windsor Castle

2nd Officer

4/1974

10/1974

Clan Ross

2nd Officer

10/1974


Clan Macilwraith

2nd Officer

1/1977

10/1977

Clan MacIntosh

Chief Officer

10/1977

1978

Clan MacIndoe

Chief Officer

5/1978

3/1979

Clan Graham

Chief Officer

1979

1980

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