James Dawson

I was on the Clan MacGillivray at Port Elizabeth in South Africa, home-bound in September 1977 when cargo in No.4 Hold caught fire.

Here's the newspaper cutting.

As I recall, it was a Friday evening and we were all gathering in the officers smoke room/bar looking forward to a steak (Under the catering regime of PCO George Chadwick, we got steak only on Friday!!)

The alarms went off just before we were about to take our seats in the saloon.... The first thought on everyone's minds was... Shit, it had to happen on the night we were getting steak.

Life became suddenly very frantic as we all pitched in to cover vents and double up covers on the hatches.

I never did get the steak that night.

Service Record

From

To

Leith Nautical College



Southampton Castle

2nd Radio Officer

1975

1975

Pendennis Castle

4th Radio Officer

9/1975

1/1976

Clan MacIver

Radio Officer

1976


Clan MacLaren

Radio Officer

5/1976

7/1976

Clan MacIntosh

Radio Officer

1976

3/1977

Clan MacGillivray

Radio Officer

1977

5/1978

Kinpurnie Castle

Radio Officer



Scottish Lion

Radio Officer



Scottish Eagle

Radio Electronics Officer


1981

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