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painting of Brocklebank Masirah, a happy ship
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No: 2098   Contributor: James A. Pottinger   Year: 2007   Manufacturer: Unknown
painting of Brocklebank Masirah, a happy ship

My painting of Brocklebank Masirah, a happy ship
Picture added on 11 May 2007
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Lovely painting, Mr Pottinger. Did you sail in "Brocks"? I too sailed wth them as an engineer in the 1950's and I am also a Marine artist

Added by Les Cowle on 24 August 2007.
I joined Brocklebank and SS Maihar on 23 May 1957 and served on her two deep sea trips and three on Manipur and one on Matra plus the usual coasting voyages

Added by name withheld on 05 September 2007.
I sailed in Masirah as uncertified 3/O in 1969/70, we did that sort of thing in those days. It was the UK, Red Sea (via the Cape), Ceylon, India and return. I had joined Cunard as a cadet in 1967 and by 1969 Bocklebank and Cunard had become joint manning, also Moss Tankers. Later it included Port Line but I had moved on by then. I also sailed in Maskaylia, 1968, (must check the spelling)and Mahsud, 1969 as well as Scotia, 1967 - first ship and Sythia, 1968. I now work for the RFA, joined them in 1972.

I like the painting, can I download a copy ?

Added by Chris McKenzie on 25 October 2008.
I am in late 80s and a son of Capt. W.L Charlton who was master of SS Maihar for many years up to 1940. Trading mainly UK, India, USA. He loved the ship and was in command in 1929 when a hurricane mid-Atlantic took the stern frame away jamming the rudder. They managed a jury rig and got back to Brixham before calling for tow. He received salvage. He had a good retirement and died 1960

Added by Len Charlton on 03 December 2008.
I was Chief Officer from April 1961-May 1962 under Captain J. Simpson. As has been said she was a very happy ship.A very nice painting of her.

Added by Capt. A.C. Sprigings on 22 February 2009.
No problem Chris,
Jim Pottinger

Added by James A. Pottinger on 02 January 2010.
Nice one as always, Jim. Good to see you here.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 02 January 2010.
I sailed on the SS Masirah 1966/67 as 4th Engineer. In two trips over to the States; we sailed all down the Eastern Seaboard then into the Gulf of Mexico; Tampa; New Orleans; Houston; Galveston ; Brownsville. The over to South Africa; Capetown ; Port Elizabeth ; East London; Durban;Lorenco Marques. Up then to Gan Island ; The Seychelles; The Red Sea to Aquaba; Djibouti& Aden. Then on to Colombo ; Calcutta ; Trincomallee & Dacca where we loaded full cargo of Jute bound for Dundee. She was a beautiful ship to sail in, with some very good officers Unfortunately I can only remember by name 3rd Eng Bobby Collins and Chief Electrician Jacky Campbell. I have a photo of her and your painting is excellent.

Added by Peter Duncan on 08 January 2010.
This painting has been used by Sea Breezes in the Sept 2010 edition to illustrate an article about the Masirah 1 built in 1919 and scrapped in 1954! Someone didn't do their homework...

Added by Alan Hardy on 23 August 2010.
I think you can guess by now that it was not me who boobed!

Added by James A. Pottinger on 23 August 2010.
Like you, I spotted the error. Have just spent a couple of hours trying to find a picture of the old Masirah, but no luck so far. have to try the old way and trawl through back numbers of Sea Breezes dating back to '54 to see if I can find anything.

Added by Fred Walkden on 27 August 2010.
I can copy one for from a Clarkson book on Anchor Brocklebank

Added by Japottinger on 28 August 2010.
I did several trips on Masirah, 1st trip apprentice, on her 2nd Voyage (sept 57 UK/Calcutta/UK), Captain Stan Broughton and Owen Prichard as Mate. I rejoined in Oct 59 as Senior Apprentice for two trips (UK/Calcutta/USA/UK)also with Capt Broughton and then as 4th mate when Capt Simpson took over with Stan's retirement. She was a very happy ship and one with a lot of fond memories for me.

Very careless of Sea Breezes particularly with the number of photos of Masirah (1) out there. I have a print of her taken from a close encounter with presumably another Brocklebank ship in the Indian Ocean which must have been taken shortly before her demise.

Nice painting JP

Added by Michael Meredith on 01 September 2010.
I just noticed a posting by Peter Duncan, whom I remember well. I also sailed on Masirah in 1968 as an engineer cadet. One of the many memorable bits of that trip was being on Gan Island for a couple of days, coinciding with lots of the RAF guys partying the day before their annual leave home. If there are any other Brocks sailors out there from 1967-1970 it'd be good to hear from them if they remember me.

Added by David Saile on 06 November 2010.
Sorry, I should also have asked for anyone (Brocks or others) who did their OND in Marine Engineering at Birkenhead Tech (1966 to 1968).

PS: Peter, if you are still following this thread, a couple of characters I remember who sailed on Masirah around our time: Sam Gilmour (jr 5th eng), Tony Shaw (eng apprentice), crazy 1st Radio Officer (no name), even crazier 3rd Officer (no name) ex-army 2nd Radio Officer (broke his arm in a fire extinguisher fight).

Added by David Saile on 06 November 2010.
Great to see again. I was 2nd/Officer 30thOct 68 to 31st jan 68, Chalna to Tyne, after fire in Dundee.Ch/Off on Mahseer- coastal.2/o on Mawawa
Au 68 to Columbo Oct 68..

Added by Rodney Burnet. Ex MM Rowbotham Tankers. on 12 February 2011.
Hi, I am Howard Evans son of the late Capt. Hugh Evans who was an extremely proud employee first with T&J; Brocs and then Cunard. He spent much of his time on the Maturata, Masira, Mahout & Maskeilia (which I have a beautifull print)& Masud. He then went onto join the Mashalla ex port aukland and then the cunard reefers of which he too the Saxonia to the Falklands. I love reading the comments and think back with fond memories of some of the names that pop up Thanks

Added by Howard Evans on 02 June 2012.
Loved reading the comments. I've just posted a photograph of SS Masirah docked in the Tyne, winter of 1968/69.
I was on leave from RAF Masirah when I took it!

Added by Dave Rose on 05 August 2013.
A well remembered ship obviously!

Added by Jim Pottinger on 06 August 2013.
As with most of Brocklebank's ships she was completed by william Hamilton at Port Glasgow being delivered in 1957.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 26 August 2013.
Amazed how long it has taken me to catch up with this thread! Masirah was my first ship in 1968, Joined at the Huskisson Dock Liverpool and we did such exotic places as Middlesborough and the continent before leaving Tilbury for the delights of Assab, Massawa, Port Sudan, Aqaba, Jeddah and Aden before Gan and Colombo then Calcutta, Chalna and Chittagong, before coming home to Dundee full of jute. If memory serves she caught fire when a hatch light wire got severed the day after I paid off, which was just before Christmas. She was a cracking ship and I sailed on her twice, along with the Mangla, before moving around the CB fleet, Scotia, Lustrous, Port Nicholson, Port Caroline. Phil Pembridge was old man and the mate was a Nortb Walian by the name of Evans.

Added by Mike Wild on 30 September 2014.
Great to see all the comments generated by my painting, do my paintings of SS Matra and SS Maihar jog any memories?

Added by James A. Pottinger on 01 October 2014.
Hi Mike, nice to see your omments on the Maihar. The North Walian mate was my father the late Capt Hugh Evans, nice to see people still remember him.

Added by Howard Evans on 01 October 2014.
Certainly do remember your dad. He was a lovely man, made cadets feel welcome. Worked us hard but was always fair. Had a lovely deep laugh you could hear across the wardroom! I think it was on the Manila I was with your dad and a skipper called Phil Prichard (I think).it was after the 6 day war and we were laden with arms for the Jordanian army with 3 Centurion tanks on deck. The Israelis controlled Share El Sheik and we'd had a wire from Head Office telling us to cover the tanks in tarpaulin over dunnage. I was on the wheel as we made the transit and we watched the guns ashore follow us through the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. The old man turned to your dad and said "if you were sitting over there Hugh, what would you make of our cargo?". "Probably a bunch of tanks reversing into garages" replied your dad! Never saw the old man so nervous again! Happy days.

Added by Mike Wild on 01 October 2014.
Hi Mike, thanks for your kind words. I remember him talking about that trip and have some photos of him with king hussain when they were being unloaded. Kind regards.

Added by Howard Evans on 01 October 2014.
If memory serves there was one photo of us all with the King taken in the wardroom on his arrival. He was a diminutive man in a black suit and polo neck as I recall from my position as lowly deck cadet at the end of the row. The wardroom was full of Jordanian army top brass and close protection personnel and we waited around for what seemed ages. The King moved along the line shaking hands with all and sundry then announced "Sorry I'm late gentlemen, I've been fishing". "Catch anything sir, came the ice breaker response from one of the Third Engineers!

Added by Mike Wild on 02 October 2014.
I have only just found this web site. My father John Barron was the chief super in 1961 in calcutta. As he became very ill my mother and I were allowed to sail on Maturata Nov 61 to Calcutta, the captains surname was Simpson (Winky Simpson) and the Chief Engineers was Braunton and his wife Peggy. We then sailed back May 62 on Masirah. Both ships were a wonderful experience. I do remember a John Mortimer (junior apprentice ) on the Masirah aged about 17 yrs at that time.I wonder is there anyone out there that would remember me I am 69 now my how time flies. Wendy

Added by Wendy Capper on 15 February 2016.
It's a pity there are not more pictures of the SS Matra when Blacky was chief Eng in the mid 50s.

Added by Ken Bibby (aussie) on 31 March 2016.
Glad my painting has jogged so many memories.

Added by Jim Pottinger on 31 March 2016.
Jim, are copies of your painting available? I have a picture of Masirah that hangs proudly in our dining room wall, but a print of your painting would be nice.

Added by Mike Wild on 09 December 2016.
I have just added two photos of Masirah which may be of interest. They both date from 1960.

Added by Michael Meredith on 09 December 2016.
I have just come across a photo of SS Masirah. My late brother Tony Dunster has written on the back S/S MASIRA, Maiden Voyage in the Mersey Feb 1957. He was, at that time, training to become a Deck Officer. I was trawling through the Net to, possible, find details of what became of this ship. CD

Added by Chris DUNSTER on 02 March 2017.
Mike, I could have an Masirah A4 enlargement done for you.
get me at

Added by Jim Pottinger on 02 March 2017.
Hi Chris,

I joined Masirah in London for her second voyage, September 1957 returning late in January 58. Later rejoined her in autumn 59 and remained with her until January 1960. She was without doubt a great ship.

She served T&J; B´s until 1971 when she went to lay-up in the Fal In March 1971, along with two of her sisters, Mangla and Mathura, was sold to the Marchessini Group (Greece). In April 1974 she sadly ran aground in the San Bernadino Straits, Philippines, refloated and taken to Manila and laid up until September when she was towed to Kaohsiung arriving on October 3dr and then scrapped. Although the first of five sisters she was the third to go for scrap all in 1974, the other two lasted to 76 and 78.

Added by Michael Meredith on 02 March 2017.
Hello Michael.
Thank you so much for your reply. That really is very interesting. I can not recall all the ships on which my brother sailed. There is still a great deal of information about in the house. Magdapour and Manaar spring to mind. On some he was supernumerary, being transported to waiting ship abroad. He later moved on to the Cunard cruise liners. I can’t seem to add pictures to this text window.

Best regards. CD

Added by Chris DUNSTER on 03 March 2017.
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