Tim Tearle

Joined in 1978

Left in 1981

Position on leaving Deck Cadet

Last Ship was Dover Universal

Joined as Deck Cadet in Sept 1978.

Attended Plymouth School of Maritime Studies. Same intake as Cadets Jonathon Jae Jones and Keith Swarbrick.

First voyage Clan Alpine ex Avonmouth, UK Ports departing Galsgow Oct 78, Bombay, Mauritius, Cochin, Colombo, Chittagong.

Other ships King George, King Charles, Clan MacGregor, Kinpurnie Universal, Dover Universal (Paid off Falmouth, ship sold at anchor and I stepped ashore permanently from then.)

Service Record



Clan Alpine




Kinpurnie Universal



King George



Dover Universal



Left Company


Memorable characters.

Captain Bennet, Phil Hooper (2nd Mate), Phil Boyle (Radio Officer), some brilliant First Officers but surnames escape me. Captain Stan Hay

Geoffrey Demspter Drew (Chippy)  Dougie Staines (Bosun)  "Black Jack ? (Bosun)

Look back with great memories of good times and good people.

Currently live in Southampton, pass the old Union-Castle Offices at least once a week (although I never visited during my time with CI!)

Now a Production and Resources Planning Manager for a company making Condiments and Sauces for the major retail chains.

Previous life between Sea and Condiments included a long spell of Digital Mapping consultancy with Central and Local Government bodies, NHS, Armed Forces and Geological Society.

All data capture projects and all drawing on mapping / validation skills learned at sea. (Endless Notices to Mariners / Chart Corrections).

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