Guestbook ~ 2003

2002 Guestbook

From: Victor W Pitcher FNI Email: <>
Place: Newton Stewart Scotland
Posted on: Sunday, January 05, 2003, 05:26 PM

Good , imaginative site, wish i had the application to produce something as good

From: Aurel Cotoi Email: <cotoi_a>
Place: Galati/Romania
Posted on: Friday, January 17, 2003, 06:43 AM

congratulation, it is a very good idea

From: Christopher Rasmussen Email: <>
Place: Atalntic city, New Jersey, now living in Florida
Posted on: Monday, January 20, 2003, 06:27 AM

Thanks Captain, Fascinating stories and great pictures. It gave me an idea of what sailing on a SHIP is like. I am due to ship out on a USN destroyer in April for two weeks. I served in the USN in the 80s in a SEABEE unit and enlisted in the USNR in 91. Recently I transferred into a fleet unit (USNR), that is why I am, for the first time in my life (at age 42) going to sea. As a SEABEE I could have sailed but never did, we flied everywhere. Looks like "fun." Respectfully, PO Christopher Rasmussen Fort Myers, FL, USA

From: Karl-Erik Karlsson Email: <>
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Place: Borensberg Sweden
Posted on: Friday, January 24, 2003, 10:50 PM

Hi Captain Tinker! Greetings from an old Swedish "fossil" who have really enjoyed looking at your site, the very best one I've found on the web so far! Cheers from Karl-Erik

From: Michael Email: <>
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Place: Bristol
Posted on: Sunday, January 26, 2003, 09:00 PM

Great site, love the photos. Sites like this show what really happen at sea

From: Colin Smith Email: <>
Place: OOriginally Willesden, London, UK, now living in Sidney,BC,Canada
Posted on: Monday, January 27, 2003, 04:23 AM

Now working on BC Ferries(West Coast of Canada0. Age 56. Did my time with Silver Line. Resume just prepared for job application. Excellent site.

From: J.D.Meadowcroft Email: <>
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Place: ALFOLD. Surrey
Posted on: Tuesday, February 11, 2003, 10:52 PM

Hi Wonerful site Keep up the good work could I just add the address of the New. National Sea Training School "Gravesend" Association. For information contact The G/Sec. C/o. The Merchant Seamans War Memorial Society. SachelCourt. Springbok Farm Est. ALFOLD. Surrey. GU6 8EX. Phone / Fax 01403 753525. Thank you and all the best for 2003. John D.Meadowcroft

From: Michael Frazer Email: <>
Place: Richmond, B.C. Canada
Posted on: Sunday, March 02, 2003, 04:26 AM

Very interesting and informative website for non-seafarers, but nostalgic for ex-mariners, being one myself. I gave up sea-faring in 1970 and went into ship surveying until 1990, then lecturing in Maritime subjects until retiring at 60 in 1996. Thoroughly enjoyed my life iwth ships and shipping, as you obviously do. I will return to your website in the future. With best wishes andsmooth sailing. Michael.

From: Pier-Yves Email: <>
Place: Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
Posted on: Tuesday, March 18, 2003, 06:30 PM

Hi sir, I'm student in navigation at Maritime Institute of Quebec and I will end my course by 2005. I hope one of these days I'll be a Master Mariner Like you. I found your page very interresting and i would like to know the name of the pilot boat and where i can find more info on that particular ship, Thank you CYA

From: Mark Trina Email: <>
Place: Indinanpolis Indiana USA
Posted on: Friday, March 21, 2003, 09:04 PM

Was showing some friends this massive ship. I was the small boat coxswain on the USS Fox CG33 that drove our Capt. Bill Mathis over to this ship and dropped him off for briefing. Our ship escorted this tanker and the Princeton up to Kuwait in the persian gulf war. Heh Small world...

From: Daniel Gago Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, March 22, 2003, 07:47 PM

hy i´m a nautical science student from Spain to me was very nice to read and watch your texts and photos just to make me an idea of how is living on board thak you very much sir and i hope we will be able to see those amacing ships were you have sailed fulls of beer but not fuel thank you very much

From: Lars Email: <>
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Place: Sweden
Posted on: Saturday, March 29, 2003, 05:12 PM

Loved your web site ! Lars Kristensson (Agent at Uner Shipping, Sweden)

From: Cheryl Al-Shehab Email: <>
Place: South Shields, England
Posted on: Tuesday, April 15, 2003, 11:45 AM

What an interesting site. Its nice to be able to have some insight of where and what my husband does for months.

From: Martina Email: <>
Place: Bremen/Germany
Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2003, 01:18 PM

Your web-site is really fantastic. Thank you.

From: dave Email: <>
Place: London UK
Posted on: Thursday, May 15, 2003, 12:19 PM

Good site... I was a raggy arse AB sir and my favourite line when visiting the Captain [Not Social] was "With all respects Captain" and then come out with some story ... I believed it .. not sure he did. All the very best ..will be visiting again

From: Dean Email: <>
Place: Adelaide Oz
Posted on: Saturday, May 17, 2003, 02:23 PM

nice pictures. I'm looking for picks on ships that fell over in drydock

Posted on: Monday, May 19, 2003, 06:58 PM

You know who I am and it is a good visit. Irfon

From: Joe Earl Email: <>
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Homepage Title: Reluctant Heros
Place: Bristol MNA
Posted on: Tuesday, June 03, 2003, 06:58 PM

Sail On Sail on my friends, in convoy`s keep, Leave me here in the deep to sleep, I watch you go mid`st bubbling wake, You will not stop – too much at stake. Sail on old friends, my ship`s gone down, It won`t be long before I drown, Tell my loved ones – all that knew me, Torpedo`s target – lost at sea. Sail on my friends, you may survive, Our vital cargoes must arrive, Take a drink if you reach port, Remember me – give us a thought. Steam on young seamen – go full speed, Our Country`s at it`s greatest need, I give my life for others bread, Farewell mates – now I`m dead.

From: George Fleming Email: <>
Place: Massillon OH USA
Posted on: Monday, June 09, 2003, 04:52 AM

Thanks for a great website and the SS Bridgeton information. I was a member of her first US crew (QMED) after the 1989 re-flagging. There were fewer than thirty of us but berths for sixty, so we all had private cabins. While we were lying at anchor waiting to discharge at the LOOP, a terrific electrical storm came up. With lightning striking all around it occurred to me that I should look for work on a bulker next time. Flying home after a second voyage I was able to pass through Gatwick with my sailor's knife ready to hand. I suppose that would be a capital offense today. Sorry to learn that this fine ship has gone to the breakers.

From: Jan Brügge Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title: Velcome to Bohuslän
Place: Lysekil Pilots
Posted on: Monday, June 16, 2003, 06:35 PM

Hi Tinker! Long time since you were visiting us in Brofjorden. My new webside adress: Best regards, from the sunny westcoast of Sweden

From: Jyri(George)Vendla Email: <>
Place: Tallinn,Estonia
Posted on: Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 12:39 PM

Hi Captain Tinker!Your Site is Greate! I was Your ship's agent at Tallinn/Muuga this April.With best wishes.Capt.Jyri (George)Vendla

From: Gary Email: <>
Place: London UK
Posted on: Friday, July 04, 2003, 02:39 PM

Dear Mr. T. I happened across your web-site by chance (looking for another Martin Taylor in fact), and thought I'd sign-in and say how much I enjoyed it, and how well you have developed it (I suspect it's all your own work....?). I've travelled and lived in different places around the world for many years, (Barbados most recently for two years), enjoy sailing (warm water only !), and your site was evocative..... Best Wishes, and Thanks, Gary Whelan

From: rich Email: <>
Place: watauga, tx. u.s.a.
Posted on: Friday, July 11, 2003, 07:50 PM

From: hafeez Email: <>
Place: kuala lumpur,malaysia
Posted on: Wednesday, July 23, 2003, 03:23 AM

this homepage should be add with more ulcc picture,that picture will attract more guest to visit this homepage.

From: Aydın SÖNMEZ Email: <>
Posted on: Sunday, July 27, 2003, 07:15 PM

From: Mary Modderman Email: <>
Place: Marne, MI of the USofA
Posted on: Sunday, July 27, 2003, 09:20 PM

Enjoyed your site - good wit, nice humor & a realistic viewpoint. Hope your "sick of the sea" sickness abates, hear munching candied ginger helps. Might brighten your breath enough to make finding good female company easier while you're on leave, too! Must sign off now, would hate to get "truncated!" Sounds painful!

From: Andrew Tink
Place: Halstead Essex
Posted on: Monday, July 28, 2003, 02:25 AM

Just on a works internet site,checking out name of Tink

From: Gergo Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title: AWPS
Place: Hungary
Posted on: Monday, July 28, 2003, 05:36 PM

Congratulation your site! It is realy nice!

From: mervyn blowers Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title: images-of-ships
Place: lowestoft UK
Posted on: Monday, August 11, 2003, 01:16 PM

I have enjoyed my visit to your site. Very good and well put together. Will return again soon Keep up the good work. Mervyn

From: mike wignall Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title: 73rd Thames barge sailing Match 2003
Place: London, UK
Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 02:22 PM

I enjoyed visiting your site! I did 23 years in the RN as a seaman officer but had very little exposure to the seagoing MN. Your photos get across [to me] the huge differences in scale with warships. I agree about the "Gin Palace"!

From: tom brannigan Email: <>
Place: hamilton scotland
Posted on: Tuesday, August 12, 2003, 11:25 PM

hi just thought i"d say hello,i was deep sea,from1975-1980,know working on ferries!!, would be glad to hear what the shipping world is realy like today,bye for now,tom.

From: shanky Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, August 16, 2003, 02:52 PM

It was a great page to visit .. you have given the inspiration to start something like yours on my sea trips keep up the good work

From: Ieuan Dolby Email: <>
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Homepage Title: Seamania
Place: Edinburgh, Scotland
Posted on: Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 01:22 PM

Great site, I only meant to spend a minute but it worked out longer than that. I like your engineering section - as an engineer for the first time I started to learn something.

From: Tink Erickson Email: <>
Place: Wellton, Arizona
Posted on: Thursday, August 28, 2003, 11:21 PM

Your web page is very impressive, you are having an exciting career. We are semi retired from the Forest Industry and understand the elements and natures' power of the sea. On top of everything else you have a great name!

From: Graham Fletcher Email: <>
Place: Sunderland area
Posted on: Monday, September 01, 2003, 08:30 AM

Well done! fantastic collection of photos which bring back memories

From: mrs a. Piddock Email: <annpiddock>
Place: Redruth cwll
Posted on: Monday, September 01, 2003, 06:18 PM

refurbishing a panel of knots etc. thanks for the help

From: Arnie Grant Email: <>
Homepage URL: N/A
Place: Banchory near Aberdeen
Posted on: Monday, September 01, 2003, 10:24 PM

Found your home page of great interest. I was a R/O with Athel Line in the early 70's. Sailed on the Athel Crown GQEZ when it first left Gothenburg. Masters at that time Captain Coffee and Tich Elliot and the other characters that got me in a bit of bother was Ernie Cunningham. Also sailed on the Anco Sceptre GOQE with Capt TC Gorst and Capt Billings. Recognise Dave Evans from the pictures on the Sceptre.Still keep in touch with Dave at Christmas time. I left the sea and went to work in the oil industry and was out to the Stadive a few times in the 80's doing work on the Inmarsat equipment.Now work for Data Marine Systems in Aberdeen who deal with satellite comms world wide. I'll save your home page on my favorites! Another name that sprung to mind was John Duthie!! Regards Arnie

From: alan ward Email: <>
Place: Leek StaffsUK
Posted on: Friday, September 05, 2003, 10:00 AM

I found you from Ieuan Dolbys page.Isn`t it strange that so few serving or ex-merchant navy men bother with the net.It is such a useful tool.I spent 10 years away as a purser and can find few contacts from my old companies.One or two from Clan Line but nothing from Whitco.

From: charles Email: <>
Homepage URL: no
Homepage Title: no
Place: india
Posted on: Friday, September 12, 2003, 08:13 PM

hi dear got to see ur site.i m planning to join ship.i pics of wreckage now got me more interested to join merchant navy.hopw we will meet soon take care bye

From: Robert Cole Email: <>
Place: Bensalem/PA./USA
Posted on: Sunday, September 14, 2003, 12:20 AM

Great site! Great Pictures! Thanks for sharing your neat times at sea!

From: Edmond dela Cruz Email: <>
Place: Manila , Philippines
Posted on: Sunday, September 14, 2003, 03:48 PM

Sir, Those were nice picture that you had taken the one that shows Al Rekaah Rolls to Port & Stbd that only shows that no matter how big your Vessel is Mother Nature is Still The Forces to reckon to...

From: Chris Mcdermott Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Place: Stanlow Agency
Posted on: Tuesday, September 16, 2003, 03:30 PM

Excellent site, clever links, enjoyable pictures (even the ones near Stanlow) will visit again Best Regards Chris - and all at Agency

From: Jan Email: <>
Place: Reading
Posted on: Tuesday, September 30, 2003, 01:39 PM

You surely have lived an amazing life the photos you have taken along the way are awesome.

From: Ryan Email: <>
Place: San Diego, CA
Posted on: Sunday, October 05, 2003, 09:41 AM

Was just wondering if you know of any good sites to find pictures of Category 10+ storm pictures. I've spent some time looking and have only come up with your site so far. If you would be so kind as to respond with a link address, that would be awesome. I myself have been through only 2 big storms, but i'm without my camera! Thanks so much for any help. Ryan

From: Keith Mclean Email: <>
Place: Dunblane, Scotland
Posted on: Tuesday, October 07, 2003, 09:11 AM

Was nice to meet you on the last week, the Rheinstern is always a pleasure to pilot! Smart website, some of the photos (almost) made me think of going back deepsea!Good links, some I'd never come across. Hope you are back in the Forth soon. Best regards, Keith McLean

From: John Paulling Email: <>
Place: London/Newcastle NSW
Posted on: Tuesday, October 14, 2003, 05:51 AM

What a great site! I enjoyed all of it. I was at ts Vindicatrix back in 1951.I also spent 28yrs around big ships, but went home to bed every night. I'll be back!!

From: Maurie Earnshaw Email: <>
Place: Rotorua, New Zealand
Posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2003, 12:02 AM

Hi guys, I served on the bulk tanker athelprincess 1961-63 in catering and deck depts. I was aboard her when she was lengthened in denmark. I cannot and would love a photo of her if possible also any memories. Regards MWE

From: Tammy Email: <>
Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia,Canada
Posted on: Wednesday, October 15, 2003, 01:39 AM

You do very nice work I have been trying to get some information on how to tie these knots. I am married to a Canadian Sailor and our daughters names are on two ships bells because they were christened on the ships. I would like to make some bell ropes for these and other bells. Do you have any info for me. Thanks Tammy

From: paul mara Email: <>
Place: kiama nsw Australia
Posted on: Friday, October 17, 2003, 01:43 PM

Great site , Im an ex seaman AB from aussie, sailed in the early 60s and 70s. Love ships . dose anyone know what happened to MV BURWAH.Australian cement carrier?

From: M.Keuvelaar Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title: motorjachten
Place: Wijchen Nederland
Posted on: Saturday, October 18, 2003, 01:23 PM

Hello,very nice site with photos. Y have a link one my site by ZEEVAART TANKERS. greetings

From: Kjell Frömyhr Email: <>
Place: Skien Norway
Posted on: Monday, October 20, 2003, 11:01 AM

Thks for an intressting web site. Nice meeting you and have a nice lunch

From: Yngve Larsson Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title:
Place: Gothenburg, Sweden
Posted on: Monday, October 20, 2003, 11:10 AM

Just want to thank you for sharing your wonderful and interesting photos with us. Fyg I work as charterer at Brostroms where I started in 1969. Today I am responsible for the 'dirty' ships, which include "Donaustern" and "Havelstern" Best regards Yngve

From: david lloyd Email: <>
Place: chatham
Posted on: Thursday, October 30, 2003, 09:36 PM

hi had a quick look at your site and will take a longer look when my broadband comes on-line at home in the next wek or so keep up the good work. it is a great idea and i am sure that others will follow regards david lloyd

Posted on: Tuesday, November 04, 2003, 09:46 PM

Very enjoyable website and lots of interesting stuff.

From: Tom Greis Email: <>
Place: San Diego, California
Posted on: Wednesday, November 05, 2003, 01:35 AM

I recently purchased a small, but very highly detailed model of oneof the ships that you were on. It is the Wolgastern, and I found this site while looking for information on that particular ship. Thank you for sharing your photos.

From: eze Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, November 08, 2003, 02:39 AM

bobo i dey hereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

From: captain ian
Posted on: Saturday, November 08, 2003, 07:47 AM

stumbled across your site,really enjoyed it.Brings back lots of memories some good some not so good(bad weather)KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

From: Tom Fischbach Email: <>
Place: danbury texas
Posted on: Monday, November 10, 2003, 05:04 PM

worked on the bridgeton. First ship I ever worked on.

From: henry robert sutton Email: <henry.sutton@btopenworld>
Place: weymouth.dorset uk.
Posted on: Monday, November 17, 2003, 10:53 PM

also ex athelking 1969 served apprentice with company started 1961 athelcrest grenock left athel went yachting in the med

From: carol Email: <>
Place: Cape Town South Africa
Posted on: Monday, November 24, 2003, 12:31 PM

From: Denise Kearney Email: <>
Place: Wexford, Ireland
Posted on: Wednesday, December 10, 2003, 02:01 PM

I would like to ask for some help. I am looking for information about my uncle Sean Nolan who was one of 7 crew members to die abord the Anco Duke on the 16th of June 1978. I would really like to hear of any stories you may have because he died two years before I was born. Please contact the email above if you have any information about him. Thank you so much, Denise

From: Caroline Isaac Email: <>
Place: Adlington, Lancashire
Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2003, 03:38 PM

Happy Christmas Martin! We will speak soon!

From: Nora Email: <>
Place: oslo-norway
Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2003, 11:11 PM

Amazing and Impressive website of yours.Nice photos and to read more about you.Goodluck and Take care.

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