Guestbook ~ 2004

2003 Guestbook

From: Cheryl McKinstry Email: <>
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Homepage Title: United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 4-10, D8CR
Place: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Posted on: Friday, January 02, 2004, 01:33 PM

Enjoyed your website. I was surfing for information on burial at sea and nautical quotes and found your site. I will be attending a burial at sea ceremony tomorrow and will be writing an article on it for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and needed some information. Sounds like you have had a very interesting life!

From: Ed Neale Email: <>
Place: Milford Haven
Posted on: Friday, January 02, 2004, 09:28 PM

Excellent photo's. Best wishes for the new year, Ed Neale. Milford Pilot.

From: george Email: <>
Place: greece athens
Posted on: Sunday, January 04, 2004, 11:30 PM

very nice photos captain.kalles thallaseS

From: jeet Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, January 07, 2004, 09:03 AM

hi i want to join your company ship as an engineer cadet.please send me the detail to join your shippingcompany.

From: Sara Email: <>
Place: Atlanta
Posted on: Wednesday, January 07, 2004, 08:05 PM

Thanks for the water pages!

From: George Tsirul Email: <>
Place: Arkhangelsk/Murmansk at present
Posted on: Saturday, January 10, 2004, 09:29 PM

Inflot-Service agent in Murmansk. This is a very interesting and exciting site. Best wishes, George

From: Dale Bateman Email: <DGBATEMAN@MSN.COM>
Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posted on: Tuesday, January 13, 2004, 04:57 PM

Enjoyed your pictures and stories. I uses to drive semi-trucks and visited many seapors on the us and canadian side. Always been fasinated by the sea. Now I just watch the Boatnernd sights and make camping trips.

From: Erik Andersen Email: <>
Place: Vernon British Columbia ,Canada
Posted on: Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 08:57 PM

Absolutely fantastic site. I was looking for photos of vlcc-ulcc. Your photos of a ship in action in the north Atlantic were more than i could have imagined, thanks. Erik Erin

From: Nardia Hammonds Email: <>
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Homepage Title: Welcome to Ivybridge
Place: Southampton, Hampshire
Posted on: Tuesday, February 03, 2004, 05:48 PM

Hello Martin, Lovely photographs on a compelling website. You're a deep thinker. You will find my website not updated since 1997 - too busy working on other people's pages instead of my own! However, I've just acquired Dreamweaver MX and intend to do something about this now and have fresh content online before I get pulled into a new contract. I'm now in Southampton but I've spent most of my life in south Devon - the cottage that I still half-own is 2 miles' walk from the sea. I love the sea - I'm a diver - but what I miss most is walking on the sands, hand in hand with somebody truly special... I've travelled too - not sure if we've been to the same places. Could be interesting to compare notes one day. However, we do seem to live quite a distance apart.... One fact about you gave me quite a jolt

From: nicodemus Email: <>
Place: india
Posted on: Wednesday, February 04, 2004, 02:44 PM

From: michael forry Email: <>
Place: squamish
Posted on: Sunday, February 15, 2004, 04:34 AM

ienjoy your web site used to sail on british ships in the 70s now i work as engineer on a small supply /ferry to a pulp mill on the west coast of canada i look up all the merchant navy sites and it is quite sad to see the change in the british merchant navy since i left in 1980 . keep up the good work

From: Rosemarie & Antoinette Email: <>
Place: Mansfield
Posted on: Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 11:14 PM

greatly improved since last visit, some super pictures - being landlubbers, we much enjoy the sight of things we will never see in reality, such as the ice pictures, and some of the more far flung ports. R & A

From: Harold Sell Email: <>
Place: Indian river, MI USA
Posted on: Friday, February 20, 2004, 01:40 AM

Sir: I am an amateur knotter. I have tied many different ones, but lack that professional finish. I would like to know of a good source for line (rope) for tying knots. I am interested in material for decorative knots. I have no problem obtaining lines for boating. I do like what I see so far on your site. I am going to look and hope that you have some directions for the M. Walker.

From: mukul ghildiyal Email: <mukul.ghildiyal@fc,>
Place: Stockholm sweden
Posted on: Friday, February 20, 2004, 10:02 PM

Nice site, Sailed myself on the Athel Knight. Parcel tankers were fun then.

From: Glenn Baker Email: <>
Place: Dimboola Australia
Posted on: Friday, February 20, 2004, 11:20 PM

Hello Tinker, Youve got a good sight here and hope you keep it up for all us landlocked landlubbers, who miss the Sea and can digest a Yarn or two, can you give us old guys more info on crew duties these days, and is the A.B.s certificate still relevant and do jobs Exist. Thanks tinker . Glenn

From: Paul Shaw Email: <>
Place: Mansfield Notts
Posted on: Saturday, February 21, 2004, 10:41 AM

Thanks for your company on Friday 20th February 04. I found your Web Site very interesting and informative. Paul Shaw

From: Paul Shaw Email: <>
Place: Mansfield England
Posted on: Saturday, February 21, 2004, 10:50 AM

Thanks for your good company on Friday 20th February 04. I wish I could tell stories like Mick Warner. I found your Web Site very interesting and informative. Paul

From: George Griffiths Email: <>
Place: perth west australia
Posted on: Sunday, February 22, 2004, 08:51 AM


From: Eric Redman Email: <>
Place: Mackay Queensland
Posted on: Thursday, February 26, 2004, 05:45 PM

Hello Martin, Great Site ,Great to visit, Great information. Will be back for more at a later date. I am an ex vindi boy, Jan- mar 56. Brings back a lot of memories. I was on on the Athel Duchess in 1959. best of luck.

From: Laurent Email: <>
Place: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posted on: Saturday, February 28, 2004, 02:42 AM

Excelent site. Loved roaming through it. Great job.

From: Richard Christmas Email: <>
Place: Australia
Posted on: Tuesday, March 09, 2004, 12:53 AM

I have returned to your page several time, many thanks for refreshing my memory of my time at sea

From: Pawan Email: <>
Place: Mumbai, India
Posted on: Thursday, March 11, 2004, 05:13 PM

It's a great idea and very good and sincere effort

From: agus Email: <>
Place: indonesia
Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2004, 10:38 AM


From: Zinaida Email: <>
Place: Ukraine
Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2004, 09:29 PM

Hello Martin, I enjoyed very much being on this site and could see a very interesting life of a nice person Who loves the Life and the Sea.I have returned to your site several time with my son and his friends. Thanks!!! Zinaida

From: Captain Glan Phillips Email: <>
Place: Floral City, Fl. USA
Posted on: Saturday, March 13, 2004, 06:06 PM

Capt.Taylor, excellent site. I went to sea in 48, served my time with Reardon Smiths of Cardiff. Eventually served in all ranks including Master on board all types of vessels, only tanker experience being on board small ShellMex BP coastal tankers back in the late 1950's. In 80 moved from Swansea to the Bahamas to take up employment as Pilot/Senior Tug Master with an oil company, berthing and unberthing VLCC's & ULCC's at an offshore terminal. Job should have lasted 10 years, after 3 years found ourselves "down and out in the Bahamas" !!! In 84 I was lucky enough to obtain position as Staff Captain with a Miami based cruise line, and six months later promoted Master. Remained with them until late 98, then due to a touch of insanity, or senility, bought a small restaurant, a disaster ! Now working shoreside,

From: Qaisar Qayyum Email: <>
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Place: Lahore / Pakistan
Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2004, 02:41 PM

Very impressive images. You have laid accurate courses.

From: David Drysdale Email: <>
Place: vancouver canada
Posted on: Saturday, March 20, 2004, 05:51 AM

I enjoyed your site very much I am ex navy and loved going to sea how's this for a quote I heard once A man that goes to sea for a living Goes to hell for a past time

From: rod newell Email: <>
Place: clapham london uk
Posted on: Saturday, March 20, 2004, 03:24 PM

as ex vindi boy 1943 great to find site on life at sea

From: Steve Email: <>
Place: Hertford, England
Posted on: Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 12:15 PM

Great site, I've always been intersted in supertanker and the vast size of them, I like all transport from trains to merchant navy ships. Its good to see the pics fro the engine room and the'Opps' page.

From: Stig Samuelsson Email: <>
Place: Lysekil Sweden
Posted on: Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 05:31 PM

Hello I´m working as captain of pusher Karl-Erik which you might have seen in Norrköping or Riga. You made a very interesting site.

From: José María Email: <>
Place: Muros. Coruña. Spain
Posted on: Friday, March 26, 2004, 12:35 PM


From: Val Lacey Email: <>
Place: Solihull
Posted on: Thursday, April 01, 2004, 09:32 AM

Wow! I've never been directed to a personal website before! I love travelling but you seem to have taken it to the extreme! Looking forward to meeting for a chat! Val

From: Capt. M. Razali Amat Email: <>
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Homepage Title: -
Place: Singapore
Posted on: Thursday, April 01, 2004, 09:54 AM

Very good site. Your very first salvage picture reminds me of the time when I was the Mate/Master of the sheerleg "Asian Hercules" on the operation for uprighting the passenger vessel Belorussia (I hope I get the name right). Cheers and all the best of health to you.

From: frederick hodder Email: <>
Place: bridport/ yeovil
Posted on: Friday, April 02, 2004, 02:00 PM

im new to computers but find your site very interesting

From: Ron Kerr Email: <patronkerr>
Place: Canberra Aust
Posted on: Monday, April 05, 2004, 06:33 AM

Great site. I am an ex-Vindi Boy and sailed the seas in a different life! I think I still miss it!

From: Paul Murphy Email: <>
Place: Oban /Scotland
Posted on: Monday, April 05, 2004, 04:11 PM

First class site enjoyed every bit of it,from an x fisherman of 20 years, now with Caledonian MacBrayne, wondering why i have knocked my melt in working as a fisherman for so long. cheers Paul Murphy

From: Saeed Seyfaie Email: <>
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Homepage Title: My Homepage
Place: Tehran,Iran
Posted on: Monday, April 12, 2004, 09:29 AM

Hi, Herewith I'll give you my best thanks. It was very useful to me. Regards

From: alex forsyth Email: <>
Place: settle.england
Posted on: Friday, April 16, 2004, 10:07 PM

nice site,i see ulcc's get thrown around in lumpy seas just about as mutch as the coasters i crewed aboard.

From: david hall Email: <>
Place: Fleetwood, Lancashire
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2004, 01:19 AM

Found your website on friends reunited(anco sceptre) and enjoyed browsing through.Brought back some good memories from when I sailed with Panocean Anco(1978- 1985).I think I sailed with you sometime during my seagoing days,when you were Chief Mate and I was Pumpman,not sure which ship though,Did you have long hair and a beard???.I doubt if you will remember me judging by the number of men you must have sailed with over the years in your career.I,m still at sea in a fashion,working in the North Sea on a gas platform,been in the industry since leaving the MN,lot less travelling more time at home with family. Look after yourself.

From: Dani Email: <>
Place: gijon-Spain
Posted on: Monday, April 19, 2004, 07:16 PM

i am from spain.I enjoy a lot of your web site it is very interesting for me because i am a junior chief engine and i can see a lot of photos of one modern ship.

From: Dennis Talbot Email: <>
Place: Lancaster
Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2004, 02:01 PM

Hello Martin I worked for Athel Anco as Chief Electrician from 1972 until its demise in the early eighties. I think I sailed with you on the Duke or Duchess, but I was on the King when the photo of gentleman Jim and the little S---t Welch was there. I later transferred over to the engineering department and eventually became Chief Engineer. I am now working on a new DP2 supply boat and waiting my retirement. Take care Dennis Talbot

From: greengrass Email: <>
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Homepage Title: Beverleybeck Online
Place: Beverley / England
Posted on: Saturday, April 24, 2004, 02:57 PM

Nice site!

From: Simon Martin Email: <>
Place: Beverley, England
Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2004, 05:05 PM

My Dad served on the Al Rekkah, before and during the period it was renamed the Bridgeton. In fact I'm pretty sure he was on board when the Americans used it as a mine sweeper. Your page was one of the highest on Google when I was searching for details of the ship.

From: Eileen Ord Email: <>
Place: Solihull
Posted on: Monday, April 26, 2004, 08:50 PM

super site Martin my Dear...the pictures of wrecks...not you! could be off putting for a prospective sailor's chick!!!!Eileen.xx

From: ioan gentea Email: <>
Homepage URL: na
Homepage Title: na
Place: constantza/romania
Posted on: Tuesday, April 27, 2004, 05:14 PM

a nice site and good luck to you ! ioan

From: Rod McFadden Email: <>
Place: Centreville, Virginia, USA
Posted on: Wednesday, May 05, 2004, 02:39 PM

Great site, Captain!

From: James L. Fay Email: <>
Place: Norfolk,MA-U>S>A>
Posted on: Sunday, May 09, 2004, 08:47 PM

Hi-I am an experienced sailor with 13,000 nautical miles sailed on My sloop "Connemara". As I often see ships offshore, I have grown very interested in Supertankers. If You have ever been close by when one passes You-it is amazing. Quiet except low chug-bang and a suprisingly small wake(ferries leave much larger). Jim Fay

From: Patricia Email: <>
Place: Australia
Posted on: Friday, May 14, 2004, 03:16 PM

Dear Sir, My Father served on the "Athelviking" at the time it was torpedoed in 1944/45. Would you be able to direct me on how to find information on how it would have been on board this vessel and the life these seamen would have had. He would only have been about 23 years of age at the time. After being torpedoed he was sent to Long Island College Hospital in Boston. I have searched for a picture of the vessel do you know of any publication which would be of interest. Sincerely Patricia

From: phil watkinson Email: <>
Place: basildon, essex
Posted on: Saturday, May 15, 2004, 01:22 AM

Enjoyed visit to site. I sailed on anco empress twice & sceptre twice. us coast then far east. also us & s.america! 1977-99. Recognised couple of names.memory fading a bit now. ther was a saying on older anco ships...chatty but happy! had some good times.many hours tank cleaning and chipping on deck.cheers

From: Souhabi E Djamel Email: <>
Place: victoria,british columbia,canada
Posted on: Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 02:38 AM

Thank you for your site, If possible you send me by e.mail photos from AL REKKAH Ex BRIDGETON,because I prepared historical book from incident for merchant shipping in the persian gulf 1980-1988. Thanks

From: Russell Judge Email: <>
Place: Ledbury, Herefordshire
Posted on: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 09:55 AM

Ex Marine Engineer (Furness Withy & associated companies) 1965-1974 Much enjoyed your site. Although out for 30 years, I STILL miss the sea.

From: pat Email: <>
Place: brighton, england
Posted on: Saturday, May 22, 2004, 08:37 PM

excellent site! very well presented and very contagious :-)

From: Sandra Taylor Email: <>
Place: Lancashire, England
Posted on: Wednesday, May 26, 2004, 09:46 PM

Hi Martin, absolutely fasinating web site. I found you whilst researching my family history - looking for a Martin Taylor, son of Charlie and Grandson of Charles Taylor, a fisherman from Folkestone Kent. Any connection? As the Taylor name is the fourth most popular in England i'll keep my fingers crossed. PS fantastic photography, will visit again. Kind regards, Sandra

From: Virgilio Rafael Email: <>
Place: philippines
Posted on: Monday, May 31, 2004, 04:25 PM

I need more information about Maritme spike seamanship cause I'm writing a book about it. Your added information will be a big help for my book

From: Alan Dauris Email: <>
Place: croydon england
Posted on: Wednesday, June 02, 2004, 08:48 PM

really great site,seems I left Athel Line as you were joining, paid of the old Anco Queen(1st of the parcel ships)in march 1970 after a bad fall and never returned to the sea.Good luck. Alan.

From: David Grossart Email: <>
Place: Hamilton, Scotland
Posted on: Sunday, June 06, 2004, 07:49 PM

Hello Martin, Enjoyed browsing your site, especially the engine section, as I'm an ex marine engineer, I could almost smell the oil and feel beads of sweat breaking out. Regards Davy

From: Kevin Buss Email: <>
Place: Okinawa, Japan
Posted on: Sunday, June 13, 2004, 12:06 PM

I recently bought Ashley's book of knots and am gradually working through the basic knots as I anticipate attempting the more difficult ones. I really appreciated seeing actual examples of what he described. I find it difficult though to guess how much line I need to begin with to do a project. Is there a good way to predict how much line it will take to do something like a bell pull or lanyard before I cut the line and then discover I did not have enough?

From: Peter Tayler Email: <>
Place: Devon, Dubai
Posted on: Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 12:10 PM

You are a very similar vintage agewise to myself and obviously had some connection with KOTC. I sailed with them between 1983 and 1984.

From: Chris Tre-Vett Email: <>
Place: Durrington Near SALISBURY
Posted on: Sunday, June 27, 2004, 01:17 PM

Martin (or do you prefer to be called Tink?) You may recall that we met on the Land Rover off road day near Hontion? You were going to send me a picture of the mystery flower so that I could get it identiifed for AJ? Any luck? Reagards Chris

From: Roderick MacSWEEN Email: <>
Place: Western Isles, Scotland
Posted on: Thursday, July 01, 2004, 08:12 AM

Utterly fascinated by your website and more especially the account of AlRekka or Bridgeton as it was to become. I have been with Saudi Arabian Oil Company for the past 23 years having been with Blue Star Line and Fraser Darrah with whom I sailed on Auckland Star has posted some of my own pictures on that vessel's page. However, in regard to Bridgeton, I was in Dubai Drydocks with one of our Jackups in 1990/91 when Gulf War broke out and Bridgeton was in process of being reflagged and manned by American personnel under the auspices of a fellow Islander - Captain John MacKenzie of Gleneagles Shipping who told me part of the tanker's history but the rest was to be supplied shortly thereafter by none other than Captain Graham Fletcher - formerly of Kuwait Tankers who had joined our Marine Division as a Barge C

From: sandeep chakraborthy Email: <>
Homepage URL: NA
Homepage Title: NA
Posted on: Friday, July 23, 2004, 03:17 PM


From: Richard Hogg Email: <>
Place: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Posted on: Saturday, July 31, 2004, 10:29 AM

Enjoyed your website very much. ex sanc "General Botha" 1956/57. Deck Officer British and South African Merchant

From: Richard Hogg Email: <>
Place: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Posted on: Saturday, July 31, 2004, 03:04 PM

Enjoyed your excellent website.ex British and South African Merchant Navy Deck Officer.1956/57 sanc "General Botha"

From: Cesar Rojo Email: <>
Place: Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico
Posted on: Tuesday, August 03, 2004, 07:22 PM

Hi Captain Taylor, This site is great!!!... I am from Guaymas, Sonora Mexico. The port of Guaymas, found in the mid Gulf of California, is the platform for industrial and agricultural activity of Mexico's northwestern area with maritime cargo movement within the modes of high-class traffic (imports and/or exports), cabotage and international traffic. I am looking for a ship movies or videos during storms in the web. Do you know about some web page about this????? Only I found a page.... Gracias...Bay..... Cesar.... This is the web page from Guaymas Port....

From: Capt. Prashant D. Kulkarni Email: <>
Place: Indore, India
Posted on: Saturday, August 07, 2004, 09:04 AM

Dear Capt. Taylor, Hallo, this is first personnal website made by a captain I have seen. Impressive, you are very honest. I am sailing on product tankers and 48 years old. Presume you are sailing now. brgds Prashant

From: Capt. Dol Adinan Email: <>
Homepage URL: N/A
Homepage Title: N/A
Place: Sattahip,Chonburi, THAILAND
Posted on: Thursday, August 12, 2004, 04:37 AM

Your pictures brought back great memories of my life at sea. I do have some good shots taken at sea when I was onboard but they are kept in a album & wish I could share it with all who view your site !!!

From: Alf Email: <>
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Homepage Title: merchant ships of long ago
Place: Denbighshire. N.Wales
Posted on: Friday, August 13, 2004, 02:26 PM

A great and very unusual site. My own site will take a lot of catching up Hello, I am ex merchant navy, and in my retirement I am building a chronicle of all the ships that I sailed on during the 1940s. Perhaps you would look at Let me know what you think, All the best, Alf

From: Thomas L. Griffin Email: <>
Homepage URL: none
Homepage Title: none
Place: Spartanburg, SC, USA
Posted on: Tuesday, August 17, 2004, 10:10 PM

I really enjoyed the photographs, especially the shipwreck photos (not that I enjoy shipwrecks) I have followed the S.S. America and her checkered career. My wife sailed on her in April 1953 to Bremerhaven from New York City while I was serving in the US Army. So sad to see pictures of the wreck in the Canary Islands.

From: mugu Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, August 20, 2004, 12:44 AM

i dey ooooooo

From: Rob van Gemert Email: <>
Place: Oud Beijerland (near Rotterdam), The Netherlands
Posted on: Friday, August 20, 2004, 04:59 PM

Dear Mr. Taylor,I arrived at your most interesting website thanks to a link on the Helderline site when I was looking for tankerpictures. My father was a captain of the 33.000 dwt NITC tanker "Reza Shah the Great" in the early sixties. I joined him during several trips to Mena, Bandar Mashur and Banias during summer hollidays. I was 11-13 years old then. (56 now). I very much enjoyed these trips and they are the very reason of my tankerhobby. Many thanks for letting us all benefit from your wide experience as a seaman and your efforts to write it all down and photograph it. Special thanks for the AL REKKAH section.(Also reckognized the dolphin jumping just a few feet ahead of "Reza's" bow!!). Regards, Rob

From: Frank Gilmore Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, August 21, 2004, 01:09 AM


From: Maurie Earnshaw Email: <>
Place: Rotorua, New Zealand
Posted on: Monday, August 23, 2004, 08:44 AM

ex athelprincess 1963-65 On board when lengthened in denmark Paid off as j.o.s

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Homepage URL: fggf
Homepage Title: tdhjg
Place: tdyjth
Posted on: Tuesday, August 24, 2004, 08:14 AM


From: Odinn Thor
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Place: Iceland
Posted on: Monday, August 30, 2004, 01:32 PM

Hello folks, very good website you have here, did found it when I was surfing the internet, so I put my step in your guestbook. Welcome to try my website as well....

From: Michael Powell Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Posted on: Tuesday, September 07, 2004, 12:20 PM

Enjoyed your site. My first trip was on Anco Templar in 1980! Cheers Mike

From: Gary Rockhold Email: <>
Place: Mobile, Alabama, USA
Posted on: Wednesday, September 08, 2004, 05:27 AM

very nice website. thanks for the many awesome pictures.

From: senthilkumar Email: <>
Homepage URL: big sea
Homepage Title: bigsea
Place: india
Posted on: Friday, September 10, 2004, 03:46 PM

From: David
Place: Sydney, Australia
Posted on: Monday, September 13, 2004, 01:55 PM

A very intersting display of ships knots. As one who sails a square rig ship (James Craig) from the engine room I am always impressed with those who posess the skils to do the ropework as shown on your page.

From: manuel pita Email: <>
Place: la coruña (spain)
Posted on: Saturday, September 18, 2004, 04:21 PM

very nice photos. Thank you for a lovely site

From: Ric Halloran Email: <>
Place: Campbelltown, NSW, Australia
Posted on: Sunday, September 19, 2004, 08:46 AM

Very interesting site. How I wish one could have thier life over again. I would definately GO TO SEA second time around. Very enjoyable website you have put together. Cheers Ric.

From: John Flowers Email: <>
Place: Derby
Posted on: Tuesday, September 21, 2004, 02:13 PM

Martin Have been trying to get in touch since January.Glad to see you have had such an interesting life.I still remember having to turn the Robin round as it had no reverse.Drop me a line.

From: Mohammad Roshanaei Email: <>
Place: Iran
Posted on: Friday, September 24, 2004, 07:37 PM

Dear Capt., It is nice and interesting site. Have you heared about some seamen who are Sea sick at sea, Love sick at foreign ports and Home sick at home ports. You are not definatley one of them. God bless you. Best wishes & regards Roshanaei

From: Karen Ward Email: <>
Place: Dalton,NY USA
Posted on: Saturday, September 25, 2004, 06:13 PM

Hello TT! The bell lanyards are gorgeous, but much too complicated for my meager ability. I have an 8" ship's bell - the only valuable thing from my divorce! I would like it to have a proper lanyard, but I would also like to make it myself. So I'll keep on looking for instructions. Thanx.

From: May Email: <>
Homepage URL: n/a
Homepage Title: n/a
Place: South Coast NSW Australia
Posted on: Monday, September 27, 2004, 07:50 AM

Interesting Site. I really appreciate the sea quotations.

From: Junie Email: <>
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Place: From the Philippines and now Resides in San Diego, CA USA
Posted on: Friday, October 01, 2004, 01:31 AM

Was a sailor myself for a few years but did not have the opportunity be one like you. I now work with Delta Airlines taking care of aircrafts. what a world!

From: Sigvaldi Torfason
Place: Akureyri, Iceland
Posted on: Sunday, October 03, 2004, 10:16 PM

I enjoyed browsing throgh your website, beeing an ex sailor, engineer. I am 47 and working as an instructor in a safety training school for sailors, in Iceland.

From: Neill Kelly Email: <>
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Place: Douglas, Isle of Man
Posted on: Tuesday, October 05, 2004, 02:12 PM

What a tremendous website, congrats. I work for the Isle of Man Marine Administration, Rheinstern is registered with us, as are many Rigel vessels, my job is the issue of Isle of Man endorsements, which I'm sure you've seen many times. Again thanks for an intersting hour and I'm sure I'll visit this site again. Kind regards Neill Kelly Technical Administrator Isle of Man Marine Administration Douglas Isle of Man

From: Des Pinches Email: <>
Place: Clevedon,North Somerset,UK
Posted on: Friday, October 08, 2004, 04:29 PM

Hi,just thought you might like to know that I too sailed on the Athelking in 1951 but she was considerably smaller than the 60,000 tonner you were on.Also served on Athelprince,Athellaird and Atheltemplar onwhich I had an accident and landed up in hospital in Norfolk Virginia.You have a great website. Happy sailing

From: Mick Spencer Email: <>
Place: Nottingham
Posted on: Friday, October 08, 2004, 08:15 PM

Nice site Tinker, looking at some of the photos, I almost feel like I'm on the wheel for a couple of hours.

From: Lee Email: <>
Place: Hilo, Hawaii (USA)
Posted on: Thursday, October 14, 2004, 02:47 AM

Bravo Zulu Captain! Enjoyed your site - brings back a lot of memories of my past travels out at sea. Ropework and seamanship are a dying art. I would appreciate any "how to tie" information that you may want to pass down. Thank you. "Fair winds and following seas - Sir."

From: Brent Buhler Email: <brent.buhler>
Place: Calgary, Canada
Posted on: Tuesday, October 19, 2004, 04:07 AM

Excellent Sea Quotes! And I'm going to be travelling through your photos of England tomorrow. I went to school in Carnforth, Lancs; and I'm thinking of taking one of my daughters to England this coming summer. Thanks for the primer!

From: Al Rogers Email: <>
Place: Avonmouth.
Posted on: Thursday, October 28, 2004, 08:27 PM

Sailed out of Avonmouth 1957-1954. Moved to the States and now live far from the sea but on the Mississippi. Great website, took me down memory lane and enjoyed every minute of the walk. I will return. AL

From: terryhartley Email: <>
Place: liverpool
Posted on: Saturday, November 06, 2004, 11:23 PM

very good site well done skipper for bringin it home...........

From: Richard Hastings Email: <>
Place: Ottawa/Ontario, Canada
Posted on: Thursday, November 18, 2004, 06:36 PM

Enjoyed your site very much, found it from my interest in knot tying. I had been to sea a few times when I was in my twenties on Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers, a few storms in the North Atlantic showed me how rough it can get out there. I can only imagine what you must have seen in all your years at sea. I have been to Warwick castle too some years back, enjoyed the area in which you now live. Beautiful country ! I was always amazed at there being no mosquitoes. Fair winds Richard Hastings

From: John Todd Email: <>
Place: Cupar,Fife,Scotland
Posted on: Sunday, November 21, 2004, 10:07 PM

Going through your site has brought back some happy memories of my exceedingly short time at sea.I was with BP Tanker Company,I loved it but academically I was just not up to it,but some of the things I learnt at sea have stayed with me ,and there are times when I wish I could go back but that is not to be.I will visit your site any time I get that yearning in future thankyou

From: Geordie Email: <>
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Place: Live in Thailand
Posted on: Wednesday, December 01, 2004, 04:29 PM

Very interesting site. Brings back a lot of (sadly missed) memories. :(

From: william lindsay Email: <>
Place: motherwell scotland
Posted on: Wednesday, December 01, 2004, 10:10 PM

HI captain,found you web site tonight thougt i would sign.LEFT navy back in 1974 i do miss the sea got computer oct this year found navy web site trying to find old shipmates union castle, benline, cunard .Iam going to look at some of your pic and tales of the sea . AB .BILL

From: Tony Jones Email: <>
Posted on: Friday, December 03, 2004, 11:49 AM

Good day Captain Taylor, found your web site through Willie Austin's web site, very intereting - and a lot of hard work to up keep I am sure, are you a keen photographer ? I thought your photographs were excellent - I do a little myself especially when ship inspections are cancelled !! Take care and sail safe. Tony Jones

From: Harold Wise Email: <>
Place: Manteo, NC USA
Posted on: Friday, December 10, 2004, 07:23 PM

I am writing a book about the U.S. in the Persian Gulf in 1987 and 1988. Do you know anyone who was on the 'Bridgeton" when it hit the mine while under U.S. protection? If so, could you pass on my contact information? I would very much like to interview them for my book. Thanks, Harold.

From: Hugo Finlay Email: <hugo.finlay@no,>
Place: Dublin's Fair City
Posted on: Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 09:40 AM

Hi Martin Enjoyed your site. Have a great Christmas. Rgds, Hugo.

From: Al Taylor Email: <>
Homepage URL: none
Homepage Title: none
Place: Zachary. Louisiana
Posted on: Tuesday, December 21, 2004, 07:04 PM

Tinker..Imm near Baton Rouge..enjoyed your site very much and the pictures..My 1st Taylor ancestor John came from Hertfordshire, Eng. in 1620 W/the Winthrop fleet...he sailed for Eng. in 1647 and was lost at sea..Longfellow wrote a poem about this Phantom could look it up on the net and include w/others if u wish..They left from New Haven.Mass..If you ever get up to Baton me and ill give u a tour of the regards..Al Taylor..

From: carolyn Email: <>
Place: Wellingborough
Posted on: Thursday, December 23, 2004, 11:51 AM

Just wondered what was new on your site... Hope the holiday was really enjoyable and I will be able to talk to you soon

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Homepage Title: Memories of London &Overseas Freighters Ltd
Place: Felixstowe England
Posted on: Thursday, December 30, 2004, 06:23 PM

You site is of great scope and great interest to me, I was a sea a little before you, it therefore makes my site almost a "Prequel" to yours, as you show how life at sea has developed since my time Thank you for a riveting site Regards Ambrose

From: Ron Rushbrooke Email: <>
Homepage URL: Non marine page
Homepage Title: Only got a Family tree page
Place: Newcastle on Tyne
Posted on: Thursday, December 30, 2004, 07:23 PM

I enjoyed your site.. well made and varied. I am an ex BTC and Caltex Master Mariner... my friend Ambrose Jones & I made a webpage you would like.. see

From: Miroslaw Zyzniewski Email: <>
Place: Poland
Posted on: Friday, December 31, 2004, 09:40 AM

It's great to visit your web, spent some time on Huntestern COT 45, interesting, anyway wish You Happy New Year 2005 -Ex c/o Rheinstern

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