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    Apologies if a similar thread exists elsewhere - not been on here long and still finding my way around.


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    Sailed with Harrison Line from 1973 until 1983. Ships sailed on:
    Novelist, Linguist, Benefactor (favourite), Merchant, Strategist, Wanderer, Astronomer, Author, Adviser. Plus many more on coastal duties.

    Anyone else on here done similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    Apologies if a similar thread exists elsewhere - not been on here long and still finding my way around.

    Sailed with Harrison Line from 1973 until 1983. Ships sailed on:
    Novelist, Linguist, Benefactor (favourite), Merchant, Strategist, Wanderer, Astronomer, Author, Adviser. Plus many more on coastal duties.

    Anyone else on here done similar?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    Kevin, did you go to the Falklands in the Falklands war?
    No. I was on the Astronomer on our way back from the West Indies when she was requested for the Falklands. Those of us due leave left in, I think, Felixstowe then she went to the continent to be totally discharged before heading for Devonport to be converted for helicopter support. She then set off for the Falklands as the RFA Reliant.
    Can't remember most who went except Gordon (Chippie) Ellis (2nd engineer)and Roy Dobson (chief officer). Got a booklet somewhere with all the details of those who sailed on her initially.

    Pictures here of her both as the Astronomer and Reliant - at the bottom of the page:

    http://www.rfa.graphical.freeuk.com/misc.html
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    By the way Kevin, the Chippie in your crew is not me. I,ve only ever sailled on the Mountwood, Royal Daffodil and a few other ferries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippie View Post
    By the way Kevin, the Chippie in your crew is not me. I,ve only ever sailled on the Mountwood, Royal Daffodil and a few other ferries.
    Could tell from the photo - and he's probably got 10 years on you!

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    Harrison Line ,

    Brings back my short time "working by" in the staff canteen. I can not remember what dock it was in.
    Never did get a ship with them. I went to Watts Watts on the MV Windsor.

    Harrison Line nick name was " Two of Fat and One of Lean" if I remember (Two White bands on the funnel and a Red band between them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by phredd View Post
    Harrison Line ,

    Brings back my short time "working by" in the staff canteen. I can not remember what dock it was in.
    Never did get a ship with them. I went to Watts Watts on the MV Windsor.

    Harrison Line nick name was " Two of Fat and One of Lean" if I remember (Two White bands on the funnel and a Red band between them).

    Memories: - Phredd
    Canada Dock.

    The nickname had pretty much died out by the 70's and I think I first heard it from my prospective father-in-law in the mid-70's. There's possibly quite a few ex-Harrison men who've never heard it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    Canada Dock.

    The nickname had pretty much died out by the 70's and I think I first heard it from my prospective father-in-law in the mid-70's. There's possibly quite a few ex-Harrison men who've never heard it.
    I must be of a few by now then
    It was a food many tried to stay clear of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phredd View Post
    I must be of a few by now then
    It was a food many tried to stay clear of.

    Phredd
    The food was OK when I started and by the time I left they operated an a la carte system and the food was excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    Canada Dock.

    The nickname had pretty much died out by the 70's and I think I first heard it from my prospective father-in-law in the mid-70's. There's possibly quite a few ex-Harrison men who've never heard it.
    I knew that. ..and I have never sailed.
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    I've posted this before but the event is imminent and we may have picked up new members in the meantime who might be interested.

    There is a Harrison Line reunion tomorrow:

    Crown Hotel, Lime St. Friday 28th November from 2.30.

    As far as I am aware, it mostly involves engineers and electricians, though I'm sure all would be welcome.

    Update.
    Just spoken (on the phone) to someone who is going that I haven't seen for 30 years. He told me these reunions started with masters and chief officers and gradually expanded to include pursers, chief stewards and engineers.
    So, clearly, anyone with a connection to Harrison's would be welcome.
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    my grandfather sailed with the harrison line from 1949 till 1954. he served on the philosopher, adviser, the novelist and also the strargist. has any one got any info on these ships eg were they would ave sailed etc.

    cheers runcorn lad

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    This book will answer all your questions and more. A complete history of every ship and what happened to them.

    http://shipsinfocus.com/view_book.php?ref=F298

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    My husband sailed with the Harrison Line and we have this book, also we live in Runcorn, would you like to borrow his book?

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    Question Astronomer

    Hi Kevin, I was just wondering if we did a trip together on the Astronomer?
    It would have been about 1980 and I was a engineering cadet at the time.
    I was searching the web for details about Harrison Line when I came across this thread, although posted a while ago I thought would reply anyway.
    Cheers Paul

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