Robert Preston

Google Group 22nd Jan.2009

I served on the Nicholas Bowater from late Jan 1970 to June 1970. Joined in Purfleet signed off in Cardiff.

Capt was Big Al Sillars, Mate McKendrick or McKenzie I'm not quite sure.

Ch Eng. was Tom Hilton, 2nd Eng. was Tom Patterson, I was 3rd Eng.

I can't remember the names of the rest other than my Fireman Boots Bisset; a rather eccentric Newfoundlander.


I knew Robert from time we spent together “staffing” in Southampton during the seamen’s strike in 1966. We also sailed together on Pendennis Castle.

I last saw Bob at a hotel in Falmouth in 2010. Bob was suffering from mesothelioma.

Bob crossed the bar in 2011.

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