RUMMAGING THROUGH some old papers recently, I came across some photographs I took in the 1950’s showing two Brocklebank vessels berthed alongside each other in Kidderpore Dock, Calcutta during a lull in cargo work.
It is not well over 50 years since the photos were taken and inevitably time has dimmed the memory but I believe the vessels concerned are the Mahseer of 1948 (on board which the photographs were taken) and the Markhor of 1929 (on which I was the 2nd Radio Officer).
Apart from myself shaking hands with the first Radio Officer (Arthur McPherson) I cannot recall the names of the other officers shown in the photographs. Perhaps if they are Sea Breezes readers they might be able to identify theirselves
. Incidentally, I hasten to add that McPherson survived his distinctly illadvised method of transferring from one vessel to the other (see photo 2). The ship’s rail was wet following a heavy monsoonal downpour and his choice of footwear (flip flops) was inappropriate to say the least to his hazardous undertaking. Heath and Safety was still many years in the future!
PETER J A CONNELL
Bryn Melin, 88 Burnley Road, Ainsdale
Southport, PR8 3LR