From January to October 2006

2005 Guestbook

From: Keith Beverley Email: <>
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Place: Houston
Posted on: Tuesday, January 10, 2006, 03:54 PM

Tinker One of your dislikes has popped up a vetting inspector. Hope my inspection was not too bad. Best regards Keith

From: louis fernandez
Place: cardiff
Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2006, 04:05 PM

very good lots of old memorys come back to me when i was on a paddle steamer 14 yr old at my time at sea school and 7 years deep sea on deck in the 1960s

From: Jim Macdonald Email: <>
Place: Glasgow
Posted on: Thursday, January 12, 2006, 12:51 PM

Hi Tinker,May I say a very impressive sea career.For myself I started in 63 as D/B & ended up as Master> unlimited <3000grt.I was with Stirling Shipping in the 70s . At present Im waiting on an op to my knee & hope to continue at sea if the op is successful. I live in sin in Spain with my Partner Hortencia .Sun, Sea & Sangria, BRGDS Jim

From: lily Email: <>
Place: dalian, china
Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2006, 11:55 AM

Dear Captain Tayolr, very happy to be your guest visitor. i'm a maritime english teacher in China, and is very much interested in seaman's life. in fact i have got my real lover, a most competent captain of VLCC in China. maybe both of you can share something in the future. your pictures bring me a lot of happiness, and make me know more about my lover's life at sea. thanks.

From: James Maude Email: <>
Place: Sheerness
Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2006, 03:55 PM

Interesting and enjoyable site Tinker Taylor. I currently studying at Warsah for my Chief Officers ticket. Been serving as Second Officer and Previously as Cadet within the Carisbrooke Fleet. Keep up the Good Work. Its good to let outsiders know of the Good and Bad conditions at sea.

From: Frans Doomen Email: <>
Place: Antwerp
Posted on: Friday, January 20, 2006, 09:22 PM

Just visited your side. Some nice pictures one it! I'm 19years old and going to the maritime college in Antwerp after finishing maritime high-school, also in Antwerp. When I was 16 I started as a cadet on an ocean going tugboat, invlolved in the Tricolor salvage operation in the Dover-straits, then LNG (Methania), ULCC (Ti Europe; ex "Hellespont Tara"), a naval vessel and a coaster. I enjoy visiting websites from the older seamans, love reading their experiences. All the best!! Frans Doomen, Belgium, Antwerp

From: Michael Kelly Email: <>
Place: Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland
Posted on: Monday, January 23, 2006, 02:34 PM

Though not a tanker man I found this website to be both interesting and entertaining, keep up the good work

From: Barb Steinmiller Email: <>
Place: Terre Haute Indiana USA
Posted on: Saturday, February 04, 2006, 04:38 AM

Dear Martin, Just a note to thank you for a great site. I am originally from Toronto Canada but ended up here in Indiana. I have always had a passion for the Great Lakes,the sea and Britain! I was lucky enough to visit England back in '68 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope you continue to update the site and good luck with your other venues and voyages. Take care Barb

From: ashford dick Email: <>
Place: wellington nz
Posted on: Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 07:18 AM

enjoy your website, have a browse every few weeks. served with shaw savill in the fifties, cheers

From: P.J.(Bob) Marchant Email: <>
Place: Teddington, Mdx
Posted on: Thursday, February 16, 2006, 06:44 AM

Served my time with the Hain Steamship Company 1947 to 1951. Sailed as Third Mate with the Argonaut Navigation Company 1951 to 1953 the with the Sterling Shipping Company1953 to 1955. Emigrated to the USA in 1957. Life spent in Marine Insurance industry

From: Capt. Tom Guppy
Posted on: Wednesday, March 08, 2006, 04:33 AM

Thank you for the page. Delightful. Presently serving DSND Surveyor - Java Sea.

From: Roy Buisson Email: <>
Homepage URL: N/A
Homepage Title: N/A
Place: Cascade Mahe Seychelles
Posted on: Thursday, March 09, 2006, 01:58 AM

I salied with captain taylor as deck cadet onboard the Seychelles Pride in 2005. He is a good captain and smart too. For that i urge everyone to give him all the respect needed and would be grateful if i could sail with him as an officer, cause he's got alot to share, and this will help me to become a good officer, and maybe his relieve in the near future. Thanks alot for everything you've done for me captain taylor, keep up the good work. Roy Buisson

From: Kym Byass Email: <>
Place: Adelaide South Australia
Posted on: Saturday, March 11, 2006, 04:12 AM

Absolutely brilliant site. Could not step away from computer until I had gone through it all. However I could not open (enlarge) a lot of the photos and this was most disappointing. A great show. Well done.

From: michael worsley Email: <>
Place: eastham
Posted on: Sunday, March 12, 2006, 07:21 PM

you stink of poo

From: HANK Email: <HANKL7@MSN.COM>
Posted on: Sunday, March 26, 2006, 09:03 PM

Tinker: Excellent web page on the life at sea,I'm the same age as you and briefly(6 months)did several tours on A NORWEGIAN freighter when I was 16 yrs old. Although it was not for me,I'm still drawn to ships and the life at sea. Good job! HANK

From: mike scholtes Email: <>
Place: Austin, TX, USA
Posted on: Monday, April 03, 2006, 11:00 PM

Hunter's bend is named for Dr. Edward Hunter

From: Andy Spooner Email: <>
Posted on: Wednesday, April 05, 2006, 11:00 AM

Hi Martin, Blast from the past..... Hope to see you in October when we can catch up on the missing years Regards Andy

Posted on: Sunday, April 09, 2006, 02:47 AM

Very sad. There really is a lot more to life than sinking yourself into your own loneliness. forget all this bullshit and get out there and DO something, without seeking recognition or reward for your heroism - life will be a lot more fun.

From: brian willoughby Email: <>
Place: rotherham, s. yorks
Posted on: Thursday, April 13, 2006, 01:22 AM

excellent site,you appeare to have a good sense of humour,something which I had'nt previously experienced in a master before. I was sailing in the early to mid 60s which,if I'm not mistaken ,seems to have been a special time for ex-merchant seamen. I am currently in the process of embarking on a once and for all final trip. I'm going to fly down to Sydney and also do most of the Kiwi ports. In many respects my head is telling me that I am chasing moonbeams that perhaps I am searching for ghosts that are no longer there who knows but my love for those countries will always remain. Sorry if you think that I am being a little morbid but really I'm not and, I'm quite upbeat. Please respond when you can,regards Brian willoughby an ex-Shaw-Saville guy.

From: john jewell Email: <>
Place: discovery bay, ca usa
Posted on: Saturday, April 15, 2006, 07:03 PM

Found this web site by accident. Never sailed with "Athel Shipping". Had contact with Capt. H.Jones and family in Falmouth, Cornwall, UK and in US. Lost contact after 1970's. Was in Falmouth and Uk but unable to find address. Would like to know if H.Jones is still alive and his location/address if possible. Regards John Jewell

From: Paul Coultas Email: <>
Place: Manchester
Posted on: Saturday, April 22, 2006, 04:32 PM

The sort of pictures that bring back some happy memories. Found your page when searching for "Edinburgh Universal." (I was 2nd Eng. from 1980-84. As I left to seek my fortune ashore, she was re-flagging in Cadiz drydock. I see she became "Caspian Universal." I wonder what happened after that?

From: Jerry Ridgeon Email: <>
Place: South Shields, T&W
Posted on: Wednesday, June 07, 2006, 04:37 PM

Good website Martin, good to see you again yesterday. Hope the course goes ok. Jerry

From: Sir Email: <>
Place: Continent
Posted on: Sunday, June 18, 2006, 03:40 PM

Hi old work horse. Think the change into box carriers was not the worst thing to do. Certainly made bigger mistakes. Could be an easy way out of the working age though that is another 8 to 10 years, pending our poloticos, to go. Rgds, Wolfgang

From: Mick Panagary Email: <>
Place: Seychelles
Posted on: Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 07:52 PM

Dear Dereck, How are you? We are all fine at home. We got this website from a friend at SEYPEC yesterday and we have gone through it. We were very happy to see your picture. We have printed it and shown it to grandma. You know her she was so happy. We wish you the best in your training and I know you have the potential to do it. God bless you. We are all proud of you. We are all looking forward to see you soon. Best regards Mick and family

From: Angie Email: <>
Place: Nr Oxford
Posted on: Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 10:12 PM

Aye aye Cap'n....soldier, sailor,rich man, poor man, begger man, thief. Nice Homepage.

From: ricky Email: <>
Posted on: Thursday, June 22, 2006, 07:07 AM

hi there capt

From: Kerstin Email: <>
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Place: Ramsberg, Sweden
Posted on: Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 01:10 PM

Hello, read your homepage. Very nice! I found it when I searched for Bohus Malön. I can see Brofjorden from my summerhouse, and hear the big oil-ships come in at nights. You have a rich life! Take care, Best wishes Kerstin Ericsson

From: jt Email: <>
Posted on: Monday, July 03, 2006, 10:52 AM

I,m back give me an e-mail let me know where you are John

From: Mrs. Sharon Watson Email: <>
Place: Denver, Colorado, USA
Posted on: Sunday, July 09, 2006, 02:52 AM

Thank you very much for sharing your nautical knowledge! I came here for a brief explaination of the Mathew Walker, which you provided. Clear skies and calm seas to you, friend.

From: Jan Peter Email: <>
Place: Hamburg, Germany
Posted on: Monday, July 10, 2006, 04:46 PM

Hi, very nice page, got a lot of helpful and interresting pictures and comments out of it! Will start working on the "Weichselstern" as a trainy soon und it really gave me a bit of a closer look into it. Might see you on board some time.... Best wishes from Hamburg, Jan Peter

From: David Email: <>
Place: Santa Monica, Calif USA
Posted on: Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 01:57 AM

Sailed the SS Bridgeton May to Sept 1991 as Radio Electronics Officer. Thanks for the memories! Things will of course, never be the same! 73's Dave

From: Jairo Mejia Email: <>
Place: Medellin, Colombia, South America
Posted on: Thursday, July 13, 2006, 04:38 PM

Thanks, our association, The Club de Vela de Antioquia is interested in naval history and sea traditions. Congratularions for your page. Jairo Mejía Soto Capitán Siete Nudos Club de Vela de Antioquia

From: Linda Email: <>
Posted on: Saturday, July 22, 2006, 10:19 AM

Very nice site!

From: Sandy Melville Email: <>
Place: Leeds UK
Posted on: Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 03:01 PM

Hello Captain i am now retired but was a messman on the tankers my last ship being the SS British Duchess All the best you have a great site Sandy

From: Roland Murray Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Place: Bristol
Posted on: Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 11:34 AM

Keep up the site. I did 26 years at sea with various shipping companies. Brgds Roly

From: John Martin Email: <>
Place: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Posted on: Thursday, July 27, 2006, 04:58 AM

Hi Tinker, Just checked out your web site. Very interesting and informative. I was born in Rugby also. March 17, 1968 but came to Canada with mom and dad in 1969. My father worked Rolls Royce/Bristol in Covnetry, well his apprenticeship and found life working for Fords here better. I have a question, I am very interested in apprenticing on the big ships and curious where I could apply to do so. I still hold British citizenship, God save the Queen, and excited about moving back to the U.K. after being away so long. Your web site has given me more encouragement about pursuing a life on the sea. Thanks for sharing your exploits and hope to hear from you.

From: Capt. Mike Baker Email: <>
Homepage URL:
Homepage Title: Bakermarine
Place: Albuquerque, N.M. U.S.A.
Posted on: Sunday, July 30, 2006, 10:30 PM

Capt. Taylor, nice photos! Do you have anymore of the tanker M/V Surf City? I served on her as an A.B.Bosun til just before the explosion. Now I am Master of an "antique",(40 yrs.old!) commercial dive vessel. Fair seas, Mike.

From: Pertti Tikkanen Email: <>
Place: Oulu, Finland
Posted on: Monday, July 31, 2006, 06:10 PM

Nice ropework. I was looking for information on needle stitching, and found your site through Google. Great page!

From: DR SAMUEL EKPEMO Email: <>
Posted on: Tuesday, August 01, 2006, 01:23 PM


From: Arthur Jenner Email: <>
Place: Originally from Herne Bay Kent England now in Australia
Posted on: Thursday, August 03, 2006, 08:37 AM

A Double Matthew Walker Knot by Arthur Jenner “Bloody sailors you call yerselves, yer wouldn’ make a sailor between the lot of yer”, thus spake the boatswain. We knew he didn’t really mean it so we humoured him. After all there wasn’t any point in arguing. He was a decent old bloke really. He’d been at sea since the year dot and it must have been a miracle that he was still allowed to go to sea at his age: he must have well over seventy. I suppose the average age of the rest of the deck crew must have been about twenty five; ranging from Lazy Harry the deck boy, who was fifteen, to ‘Grandad’ Robinson who must have been nearly forty. “Well bose, what do you expect. When you went to sea I suppose it was sails and salt pork and splicing the

From: rolando Olazo Email: <>
Place: philippines. Navotas
Posted on: Thursday, August 31, 2006, 11:08 PM

pls show me how to make a manrope and illustrated. thanks.

From: Anne engelbrektsson Email: <>
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Homepage Title: Efterlysning av min biologiska pappa?
Place: Gotegorg SWEDEN
Posted on: Thursday, September 07, 2006, 10:21 PM

Hej. Jag heter Anne Engelbrektsson, jag efterlyser, min biologiska pappa. Min biologiska mamma var född 1929, hon hette VERA WENNSTRÖM"PETTERSSON". Jag är född den 15/11-1949 i GÖTEBORG.Jag blev bortadopterad som liten och när mina adoptivföräldrar dog, hittade jag bla ett foto tagit av en svensk sjömanspräst som hette NILS BÅÅTHE , gissar på att min biologiska mormor , som hade flera års brevkontakt med min adoptivmamma , hade skickat fotot, det är en grupp med sjömän, och mannen i vit kortärman skjorta åt vänster på fotot hade ett kryss ditritat på sin skjorta , han och en annan hade mörka baskermösser på huvudet, den mannen kan vara min biologiska pappa, jag är förtvivlad, så sent som 1997 fick jag veta att mannen , som blivit dömd så sent som 1954, som pappa till mig , ej kunde vara det.Ber nu alla sjöfol

Posted on: Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:44 PM

From: Tony Sheehan Email: <>
Place: Dublin- Athel Line
Posted on: Saturday, October 07, 2006, 02:52 PM

Came across an old AAA bulletin (Print format times)& it spiked my curiosity to see if it had moved into E-Mode. Good Luck & Bon Voyage, Tony Sheehan, Capt

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