No. 305572 Gross tons 4,269; net tons 2,114; length 115m, beam 16m, draught 4m.
Wally's next trip was very brief, just four days on the Ulster Prince, presumably working between Liverpool & Belfast (homeport for the Ulster Prince):
Joining June 17th 1969, departing June 21st 1969, both at Liverpool
Completed April 1967 as a ferry (pass/roro) by Harland and Wolff, Belfast. The ship was equipped with two 12 cylinder Pielstick diesel engines producing 10,742kW, for a speed of 17 knots. Approximately 1,300 passengers and 230 cars could be carried by the Ulster Prince.
It remained on the Liverpool - Belfast service until November 1981. Then followed service with at least four other owners and several charters before being sent to Alang March 2004 for scrapping.
After about a month's break Wally return for a three week stint on the Derwent Fisher (homeport Barrow)
Joining July 24th 1969, leaving August 15th 1969, both at Heysham
After leaving the Reina Del Mar back in March 1964 Wally served on a variety of ships, big & small, mostly cargo ships although some did carry accommodation for a small number of passengers. After leaving the modest Derwent Fisher on August 15th Wally took a break of two weeks and then returned to sign on with a very familiar company - Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd, on their passenger/cruise ship Empress of Canada, which, depending on its configuration could carry over one thousand passengers supported by a crew of 470. A lot of mouths to feed for Wally working in the galley! And if all the research with regard to this page is correct, then the Empress of Canada was the largest ship that Wally worked on.
Wally would spend two months on this impressive vessel, joining on September 2nd 1969 and leaving October 4th 1969, both at Liverpool.
The Empress of Canada was built by Vickers-Armstrong, Newcastle, the keel being laid in January 1959, launched on May 10th, 1960 and delivered to Canadian Pacific on March 29th 1961, with her maiden voyage commencing April 24th, 1961 from Liverpool to Canada. During the summer months the ship was used on the trans-Atlantic services, the winter months saw her on cruise sailings. By 1969 the summer Atlantic crossings had been reduced to seven, possibly it was one of these worked by Wally?
By November 1971, after 121 Atlantic crossings the Empress of Canada was put up for sale. Three months later the fledgling Carnival Cruise Lines acquired the Empress of Canada which received a refit and was renamed Mardi Gras, the ship becoming a critical part of Carnival's success. For the next two decades the ship would be a familiar sight out of US Atlantic ports, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1993 the ship was sold to Epirotiki, but was chartered and renamed the Star of Texas to become a casino ship operating in the Gulf of Mexico. The following year she was renamed the Lucky Star for the cruise ship market out of Miami. Briefly renamed the Apollon by Epirotiki she was later renamed Apollo for charter by Direct Cruises for cruises out of the UK which lasted until 2000, at which point the ship was laid up in Greece.
The Apollon returned to service with Royal Olympic Cruises out of Piraeus on short three & four day cruises. This proved to be shortlived as the company (unexpectedly?) sold the ship for scrap during 2003, making her final trip to Alang late in 2003 for scrapping.
Tonnage: 27,284 GRT / 9,551 DWT
Length: 650 feet, Beam: 86.6 feet, Draft: 29 feet
Engines: Parson Geared Steam turbines producing 22,400 kW - 30,000SHP to drive two propellors
Speed: 21 knots
After the classic grandeur of the Empress of Canada Wally spent two months at home prior to joining the cargo ship Booker Viking, of course much smaller than the Empress of Canada, but nevertheless a handsome, well proportioned vessel in its own right. The Booker Line transported bulk sugar from the East Carribean and Guyana to the United Kingdom, the company having been a fixture at Liverpool since the mid-19th century.
Wally joined the Booker Viking on December 12th 1969, leaving February 4th 1970 both at Liverpool.
The ship had been delivered during June 1967 from the Fredrikststad Ship Yard in Norway, gross tons 5,393, net 1,753. producing 15.5 knots through its single propellor. Power was provided by a six cylinder Sulzer engine, possibly Wally's first ship to be powered by Sulzer. It was sold during 1979 to Qatar Navigation Company Qatar and renamed Al Amirah. During February 1986 the ship was sent to Gadani Beach for scrapping.
MS Villegas, 1970
McAndrews & Co.
O/N 186215 gross tons 1,215, net tons 464, length 86m, beam 11.7m BHP 2,000
After a month at home Wally joined the Villegas for two tours (this must have been close to the time of the sale of the Villegas to C J Cotzias):
Joining March 13th 1970 at Liverpool, leaving April 3rd 1970 at London
Joining May 1st 1970, leaving July 1st 1970, both at London
The Villegas, homeport London, was completed during April 1955 by Rolandwerft, Bremen for MacAndrews & Co. with emphasis on the trade with Italy & Spain, in particular fruit.
During 1970 the ship was sold on to C J Cotzias and renamed Aghios Lazaros. The ship would then pass through seven other owners prior to delivery to Tripoli, Lebanon for scrapping during 1987.
MV Fernfield, 1970
Coast Lines Ltd
O/N 301284, 561 tons; length 61m; beam 9.1m, draught 3.68m
Wally spent a week on the Fernfield (homeport Liverpool), joining August 13th 1970, leaving August 20th 1970, both at Preston.
The cargo ship was completed during November 1954 by Van Diepen, Waterhuizen as the Haaksbergen for Zuid Hollandsche. It was powered by a six cylinder Werkspoor diesel producing 485 kW. The ship was sold during 1958 to WA Savage and renamed Fernfield. The ship was sold on in 1971 (renamed Shevrell) and again in 1972 and renamed the Coudres De L'Ile.
On June 15th 1988 the ship was lost whilst hauling steel scrap from Sept Iles, Quebec to Saint Catherines, Quebec. The eastbound loaded bulk wheat carrier Algowest collided almost head on in dense fog with the Coudres de L'Ile. It was tragically a David & Goliath situation with the Coudres de L'Ile quickly sinking at 48.26N/69.12W in about 100 feet of water off Pointe au Boivert, Quebec. The Algowest was able to complete her journey to Baie Comeau, Quebec. Nine crew were rescued by the Algowest, regrettably the ship's cook was lost with the ship.
MV Torr Head, 1970 - 1972
Ulster Steamship Company (Head Line)
O/N 300052 homeport Belfast
Gross tons 7,967, Reg tons 4,544, length 138.9m, beam 18.9m BHP 7500
Wally spent just over a year working on the Torr Head, with several breaks in between:
Joining December 31st 1970 at Belfast - leaving January 18th 1971 at Clyde Ports
Joining February 15th 1971 at Clyde Ports - leaving March 29th 1971 at Belfast
Joining April 7th 1971 at Belfast - leaving June 8th 1971 at Belfast
Joining June 23rd 1971 at Liverpool - leaving August 7th 1971 at Belfast
Joining August 10th 1971 at Belfast - leaving October 4th 1971 at Belfast
Joining October 13th 1971 at Belfast - leaving January 5th 1972 at Belfast
The Torr Head was completed during October 1961 by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick for the Head Line, this was the fourth vessel since 1894 to operate under this name for the company. The ship was sold during 1972 and renamed Sheng Li, disposed of ?
MV Inishowen Head, 1972
Ulster Steamship Company (Head Line)
O/N 305536, gross tons 9,098; net tons 5,200; deadweight 10,547;
Length 150.9m, beam 19.5m, draught 8m.
After just over a year on the Torr Head Wally returned to a ship from the same company - the Inishowen Head, most likely being used over the North Atlantic route between the UK and Canada :
Joining January 26th 1972 at Belfast - leaving February 18th 1972 at Clyde ports
This general cargo ship was completed during May 1965 by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick, Sunderland. The ship was powered by a six cylinder Sulzer engine built by G Clark of Sunderland, producing 9,600hp and giving the ship a maximum speed of 17 knots. It was converted to a containership during 1970 and able to handle a maximum of 340 twenty foot containers.
Sent to Pusan, South Korea during August 1986 for scrapping.
MV Torr Head, 1972
Ulster Steamship Company (Head Line)
After leaving the Inishowen Head Wally returned to the Torr Head for two more trips:
Joining April 24th 1972 at Manchester? - leaving June 6th 1972 at Liverpool
Joining June 10th 1972 at Liverpool - leaving July 27th 1972 Rio De Janeiro
MV Galway, 1973
Peninsular & Orient S.N. Co.
O/N 300830; Gross tons 9,538; net tons 5,639 tons, deadweight 12,781 (after alterations in 1967); length 525 feet, beam 60.6 feet.
After a six month break Wally's next tour was on the Galway (homeport London):
Joining February 6th 1973 at Liverpool and leaving February 26th 1973 at London.
This cargo ship was completed February 1959 by Smith's Dock, South Bank, Middlesborough for Avenue Shipping Co, London, being powered by a Hawthorn Leslie built five cylinder Doxford diesel. It was sold during 1975 & renamed Strathinver. Resold in 1976, renamed Golden Fortune and wrecked Kau Yi Chau, Hong Kong September 9th 1983 in a typhoon, becoming well and truly beached on a rocky outcrop and later scrapped in-situ.
MV Makaria, 1973 - 1975
Moss Hutchison Line
O/N 357424, Liverpool gross tons 2,686; net tons 1,196; deadweight 4,092. Length 310 feet, beam 53 feet, draught 21 feet.
Completed March 1972 by Hall Russell of Aberdeen for the Moss Hutchison Line, transferred 1973 to General Cargo Division of P&O. Sold 1979 and renamed Los Teques, sent to Tuxpan for scrapping June 1987.
After the passenger liners Dutchess of Atholl and the Empress of Australia the MV Makaria comes in third in the list of length of time served by Wally. Just over four years were spent with the Makaria, with one very brief break in August 1975 when Wally served on another P&O cargo ship. It cannot be ascertained now as to why this ship was so popular with Wally.
April 4th 1973 to May 25th 1973; Liverpool to Clyde ports
June 9th 1973 to August 8th 1973; Clyde ports to Liverpool
August 15th 1973 to October 2nd 1973; Liverpool to Liverpool
October 10th 1973 to December 21st 1973; Liverpool to Clyde ports
January 5th 1974 to March 4th 1974; Liverpool to Heysham
March 11th 1974 to April 24th 1974; Preston to Liverpool
May 2nd 1974 to June 18th 1974; Liverpool to Clyde ports
June 24th 1974 to June 25th 1974; Glasgow to Ellesmere Port
August 31st 1974 to October 24th 1974; Ellesmere Port to Liverpool
November 3rd 1974 to December 21st 1974; Liverpool to Heysham
December 21st 1974 to March 27th 1975; Heysham to Ellesmere Port
April 9th 1974 to June 14th 1975; Ellesmere Port to Liverpool
June 18th 1975 to July 26th 1975; Liverpool to Liverpool
MV Kypros, 1975
Moss Hutchison Line
O/N 183765 Gross tons 3,499; Net tons 1,611, Deadweight 4,890; Length 112m, beam 16m. IHP 3,930, homeport Liverpool
This was a very brief tour for Wally, just four days from August 19th 1975 to August 22nd 1975, joining and leaving at Liverpool. This was also one of the oldest ships sailed on by Wally in recent times, and no doubt quite a contrast to the recent trips on the Makaria which was barely a year old when Wally first signed on to her.
Cargo ship completed April 1950 by W Pickersgill of Southwick, Sunderland for the Moss Hutchison Line routes to French Ports, Spain and Portugal, Mediterranean and Black Sea.
Briefly named Aurania during 1967 whilst on charter to Cunard, then transferred in 1971 to the General Cargo Division of P&O. Sold 1976 and renamed Angeliki, sent to Beypore during April 1982 for scrapping.
MV Makaria, 1975 - 1977 - continued
After the very brief time on the Kypros, Wally returned to the Makaria for almost another two year's service:
September 2nd 1975 to October 17th 1975; Liverpool to Liverpool
October 22nd 1975 to November 30th 1975; Liverpool to Liverpool
December 5th 1975 to January 28th 1976; Liverpool to Liverpool
February 3rd 1976 to March 30th 1976; Liverpool to Newhaven
April 12th 1976 to June 4th 1976; Liverpool to Birkenhead
August 2nd 1976 to August 19th 1976; Liverpool to Izmir (Turkey)
September 9th 1976 to October 29th 1976; Liverpool to Glasgow
November 8th 1976 to December 30th 1976; Liverpool to Heysham
February 2nd 1977 to February 16th 1977; Cardiff to Cardiff
May 31st 1977 to June 29th 1977; North Shields to South Shields
July 26th 1977 to August 4th 1977; Liverpool to Liverpool
MV Calderon, 1977
James Fisher & Sons
O/N 341518, Gross tons 3,604; net tons 2,015; deadweight 5,463; length 105.9m, beam 16.8m; BHP 4,800, IHP 1,278; Homeport Barrow.
Joining August 31st 1977, leaving September 14th 1977, both at Liverpool.
This bulk carrier was completed July 1971 by Van Der Werf, Deest as the Brathay Fisher, for James Fisher & Sons. It was renamed the Calderon during 1976 and then back to its original name in 1978. It was sent To chittagong for scrap during June 2003.
LM Odin, 1977 - 1978
Land & Marine Engineering
O/N 334229, gross tons 1,236; net tons 1,036; homeport Liverpool
Joining November 10th 1977, leaving March 26th 1978, both at Santos, Brazil. The Odin was a static ship, laying sewer pipes off the coast.
MV Ferring, 1978
O/N 338868, gross tons 1,595; net tons 991; deadweight 2,878; NHP 450, length 86.9m, beam 13.2m, homeport London
Joining September 9th 1978 at Llandulas, leaving October 25th 1978 at Birkenhead
This cargo ship was completed during November 1969 by Hall Russell of Aberdeen. It was sold in 1987 and renamed Ronne. As the Eri S. it foundered off Cape Mayor on March 24th 1992.
Booker Valiant, 1978 - 1979
O/N 306509, gross tonnage 6,660; nett 3,526; deadweight 7,500; length 130m, beam 18.8m; homeport Liverpool.
Wally returned to the Booker Line for the next couple of voyages:
Joining December 1st 1978 at Liverpool, leaving February 12th 1979 at Greenock
February 28th 1979 Liverpool to Liverpool April 27th 1979.
Cargo ship completed as the Nova Scotia for the Warren Line during April 1965 at Burntisland Shipbuilders, Burntisland. During 1978 the ship was chartered by the Booker Line from Shaw, Savill & Albion Line and was renamed Booker Valiant. It was sold during 1980 and remained active until March 1998 when it reached Alang for scrapping.
Germa Gracia, 1979
O/N 386586, gross tonnage 1,599, nett 1,149. Homeport Jersey
A brief tour on this ship for Wally joining July 9th 1979 at Dublin and leaving at Sharpness on July 18th 1979.
This cargo ship was launched in September 1972 by the Gdanska Lenina yard, Gdansk.
During 1972 the ship was sold and renamed West End and was still in service as at 2003 after being resold several times.
Pass of Balmaha, 1979 - 1980
O/N 364394, gross tonnage 2,497; nett 1,386; deadweight 3,500; length 97.5m, beam 13.6m; HP 5,000.
Wally completed two tours of duty of this tanker:
Joining September 25th 1979, leaving December 9th 1979, both at Stanlow.
Joining January 15th 1980 at Stanlow, leaving March 4th 1980 at Easham.
This chemical tanker was completed during April 1975 by Dunston of Hessle. It was widened to 16m during 1976. It was sold in 1985, renamed Deltauno, throughout its life the tanker would receive ten names. During May 2008 the ship was received at Alang for scrapping.
MV Wiltshire, 1980
O/N 334247, gross tonnage 10,035; nett 5,630; deadweight 12,320; length 151m, beam 21.4m; BHP 8,384.
One tour was completed on the Wiltshire, from June 20th 1980 ? to ? July 17th 1980.
This liquid propane gas tanker was launched during April 1968 by Swan Hunter Tyne at Hebburn. It was sold during 1994 and renamed Zallaq, during November 1997 it was received at Alang for scrapping.
MV Pacific Swan, 1980
Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd
O/N 359129, gross tons 4,527; net tons 2,194; length 103m; beam 16.2m. Homeport Barrow in Furness.
The second to last ship worked by Wally was frequently the center of attention when it sailed, carrying irriadated nuclear fuel between Japan and the United Kingdom, Wally completed one tour on the Pacific Swan:
Joining October 27th 1980, leaving December 3rd 1980, both at Barrow in Furness - it is not known if Wally's trip was without incident with regard to world publicity.
The cargo ship was completed during January 1979 by Swan Hunter, Hebburn for Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL), for the shipping of irriadated fuel from Japan to Sellafield, with occasional shipments from France to Japan. Two Ruston BATCM diesels, each producing 1,856hp at 600rpm gave the ship a service speed of 13 knots.
The Pacific Swan became the focus of world attention via the world press and the likes of Greenpeace during 1998 & 2001 as it moved 30 tons of plutonium from Cherbourg, France to Mutsu-Ogasawara, Japan via the Panama Canal, other similar trips had taken the ship via Cape Horn.
It left Barrow under tow on January 25th 2005 for the last time as it was sent for scrapping at 'sGravendeel, Netherlands.
MV Mobil Lubchem, 1980 - 1981
O/N 360592, gross tons 2,080; net tons 1,031; deadweight 3,310; Length 93.3m, beam 14m. Homeport London
The last ship recorded in Wally's service records was the Mobil Lubchem, a modest vessel to end his career with when compared to the beginning - the large passenger ship Duchess of Atholl.
Wally joined the ship on December 30th 1980 at Birkenhead, leaving January 29th 1981 at Gravenchon/Port Jerome. The next day the ship sailed for Venice. The Rouen - Port-Jérôme - Le Havre industrial-harbour complex includes the adjoining refineries of Port Jérôme and Gravenchon which handle fuel, lube and chemicals.
The tanker was completed during June 1973 by Cantabrico Y Riera, Gijon.
Photograph courtesy Malcolm Cranfield
In this excellent view of the last ship worked on by Wally we are fortunate that the view is taken in Wally's backyard - the Mersey - with a small portion of the Liverpool shoreline visible. The picture was taken on June 2nd 1997 and the Mobil Lubchem is now the Lubchem, having had its name shortered during 1991.
Walter 'Wally' Pratt taking a break at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul during a holiday in June 1993. By this time Wally's ocean adventures are of the cruise ship variety. In the background is the Sea of Marmara with a ship to complete the scene.
Wally was the middle brother of three, the oldest was Arthur, the youngest was Stanley, remarkably all three spent a lifetime at sea, fortunately the log books of all three have survived to provide an outline of their sailing careers. Below are the log book summaries of Arthur and Stanley.
Sailings by Arthur Pratt: 1919 - 1970
The first entry recorded in the log book is for the Empress of France O/N 136266, Arthur would sail with this ship for almost ten years with only occasional service on other vessels between 1919 & 1929.
The Empress of France had been built for the Allan Line by the William Beardmore & Co Ltd yard at Glasgow during 1912-14 as the Alsation (18,481 gross tons, length 600 feet, breadth 72 feet). It was the first North Atlantic liner to be built with a cruiser stern, passenger accommodation totalled 1st 287, 2nd 504 & 3rd 848. Launched just before World War One commenced her commercial service was brief before conversion to an Armed Merchant Cruiser. Following the end of hostilities the Canadian Pacific took over operation of the Allan Fleet fleet but the ship was not renamed the Empress of France until April 1919 whilst undergoing a refit. The ship would return to the Clyde to be scrapped at Dalmuir during 1934.
From 1919 until 1922 the Empress of France would operate on the North Atlantic route between Liverpool & Quebec (ice permitting). Ports of engagement and discharge are therefore Liverpool unless otherwise stated. It is interesting to note that Arthur was on the first sailing of the ship following her refit.
September 26th 1919 to October 16th 1919, to Quebec as bellboy
October 21st 1919 to November 9th? 1919, to Quebec as steward's boy?
November 14th 1919 to December 3th 1919, to Quebec as steward's boy?
December 9th 1919 to December 31st 1919, to St John NB as steward's boy?
January 7th 1920 to January ?? 1920, to St John NB as steward's boy?
February 28th 1920 to March 22nd 1920, to St John NB as steward's boy?
March 27th 1920 to ?? 1920, to St John NB as bell boy
May 1st? 1920 to May 22nd 1920, to St John NB as bell boy
June 2nd 1920 to June 24th 1920, to Quebec as bell boy
June 30th 1920 to July 22nd 1920, to Quebec as bell boy
July 28th 1920 to August 18th 1920, to Quebec as bell boy
September 22nd 1920 to October 13th 1920, to Quebec as 1st class bell boy
October 20th 1920 to November 11th 1920, to Quebec as bell boy
November 16th 1920 to December 5th 1920, to Quebec bell boy
December 15th 1920 to January 7th 1921, to St John NB as 1st class bell boy
January 22nd 1921 to February 18th 1921, to St John NB as bell boy (Vessel was the Metagama O/N 186791)
? March 1921 to April 1st 1921, to St John NB as 1st class bell boy
April 8th 1921 to April 30th 1921, to St John NB as 1st class bell boy
May 11th 1921 to June 1st 1921, to Quebec as 1st class bell boy
June 8th 1921 to June 29th 1921, to Quebec as 1st class bell boy
July 6th 1921 to July 27th 1921, to Quebec as 1st class bell boy
August 4th 1921 to August 20th 1921, to Quebec as 1st class bell boy
September 15th 1921 to October 1st 1921, to Quebec as bell boy
October 6th 1921 to October 25th 1921, to Quebec as bell boy
November 2nd 1921 to November 22nd 1921, to Quebec as bell boy
November 29th 1921 to December 20th 1921, to St John NB as bell boy
January 27th 1922 to April 18th 1922, Mediterranean cruises as bell boy (discharged at Southampton)
April 26th 1922 to October 10th 1922, (Mediterranean cruises?) as bell boy (place of engagement not readable, discharged at Southampton)
On May 3rd 1922 her regular route became Southampton, Cherbourg to Quebec, on May 31st 1922 this was further changed to include Hamburg. Therefore from this point the ports of engagement and discharge for Arthur are Southampton unless otherwise stated.
November 2nd 1922 to November 22nd 1922, to Quebec as lift attendant
An undated view of a very young Arthur Pratt, presumably taken when his employment began in 1919 on the Empress of France.
January 6th 1923 to May 16th 1923, 'World Cruise' as lift attendant
The Empress of France was one of four ocean liners to circumnavigate the world during 1923.
June 13th 1923 to August 26th 1923, to Quebec as lift attendant
September 4th 1923 to September 22nd 1923, to Quebec as lift attendant
October 3rd 1923 to October 20th 1923, to Quebec as lift attendant
October 31st 1923 to November 18th 1923, to Quebec as lift attendant
The Empress of France was converted to an oil burner during 1924, possibly this may explain Arthur's time on the Montlaurier, whilst the Empress of France was out of service.
January 11th 1924 to February 2nd 1924, to St John NB as cabin waiter (Vessel was the Montlaurier O/N 144402, engaging & discharging at Liverpool)
March 7th 1924 to March 29th 1924, to St John NB as cabin waiter (Vessel was the Montlaurier O/N 144402, engaging & discharging at Liverpool)
June 7th 1924 to November 16th 1924, to Quebec as lift attendant (discharging at London)
December 31st 1924 to June 3rd 1925, 'World Cruise' as lounge steward & first class waiter
June 20th 1925 to July 7th 1925, to Quebec as lounge steward 1st class
July 11th 1925 to September 24th 1925, to RA Canada as lounge steward 1st class
October 31st 1925 to November 18th 1925, to Quebec as lounge steward
January 26th 1926 to April 13th 1926, Mediterranean cruise as lounge steward 1st class
May 1st 1926 to November 3rd 1926, to R A Canada as lounge steward
During July 1926 the passenger accommodations were altered with the addition of 'tourist class'. Six months later further changes saw the elimination of 2nd Class.
November 10th 1926 to December 31st 1926, to St John NB as cabin waiter (Vessel was the Montnairn O/N 144402, engaging & discharging at Liverpool)
January 29th 1927 to April 16th 1927, Mediterranean cruise as lounge steward
April 30th 1927 to July 6th 1927, to R A Canada as lounge steward
July 16th 1927 to August 3rd 1927, to R A Canada as lounge steward
August 18th 1927 to October 19th 1927, to R A Canada as lounge steward
January 27th 1928 to April 25th 1928, South America / Africa cruise as lounge steward
May 19th 1928 to July 17th 1928, to R A Canada as ?deck steward
July 28th 1928 to September 26th 1928, to R A Canada as ?deck steward
With the completion of the September 8th sailing from Southampton to Quebec the Empress of France was transferred to service in the Pacific.
October 31st 1928 to November 25th 1928, to Hong Kong as 1st class deck steward (discharging at Hong Kong)
November 26th 1928 to December 22nd 1928, to Plymouth as 1st class deck steward (Vessel was the Empress of Canada O/N 146215, engagement from Hong Kong)
Presumably Arthur preferred the North Atlantic sailings, with the Empress of France now on the Far East/Pacific sailings Arthur transferred back to the North Atlantic run.
From the first voyage in 1929 Arthur's regular ship becomes the Duchess of Atholl O/N 160505 with the ports of engagement and discharge being Liverpool unless otherwise stated.
January 4th 1929 to April 26th 1929, South America / Africa cruise as assistant deck steward
June 21st 1929 to July 10th 1929, to Montreal as tourist deck steward
July 12th 1929 to August 3rd 1929, to Montreal as deck steward
August 9th 1929 to August 28th 1929, to Montreal as deck steward
September 10th 1929 to October 12th 1929, to Montreal as deck steward
October 18th 1929 to November 9th 1929, to Montreal as deck steward
November 22nd 1929 to December 14th 1929, to St John NB as deck steward
January 19th 1930 to March 6th 1930, West Indies cruise as deck steward (engagement from Glasgow)
March 14th 1930 to April 6th 1930, to St John NB as deck steward
April 11th 1930 to May 3rd 1930, to St John NB as deck steward
May 9th 1930 to May 31st 1930, to Montreal as deck steward
June 6th 1930 to June 28th 1930, to Montreal as deck steward
July 4th 1930 to July 25th 1930, to Montreal as deck steward (discharge from Southampton)
August 4th 1930 to August 22nd 1930, to Montreal as deck steward (engagement from Southampton)
August 23rd 1930 to September 11th 1930, to Montreal as deck steward
September 13th 1930 to October 3rd 1930, to Montreal as deck steward
October 10th 1930 to November 1st 1930, to Montreal as deck steward
November 7th 1930 to November 29th 1930, to Montreal as deck steward
December 4th 1930 to December 24th 1930, to St Johns NB as deck steward
January 27th 1931 to March 9th 1931, Western Isles Cruise as deck steward
April 17th 1931 to May 16th 1931, to RA Canada as deck steward, (Vessel was the SS Montcalm O/N 145903, engagement from Glasgow, discharge at London/Tilbury)
Arthur's regular ship now becomes the SS Montclare O/N 145964 with the ports of engagement and discharge remaining as Liverpool unless otherwise stated.
October 23rd 1931 to November 15th 1931, to Montreal as deck steward
December 18th 1931 to January 9th 1932, to St John NB as deck steward
January 15th 1932 to February 7th 1932, to St John NB as deck steward
February 12th 1932 to March 6th 1932, to St John NB as deck steward
March 14th 1932 to April 2nd 1932, to St John NB as deck steward
April 9th 1932 to October 8th 1932, to RA Canada as deck steward
Arthur now returns to the Duchess of Atholl as his regular ship with the ports of engagement and discharge remaining as Liverpool unless otherwise stated.
November 4th 1932 to November 26th 1932, to Montreal as deck steward
December 2nd 1932 to December 24th 1932, to St John NB as deck steward
December 30th 1932 to January 22nd 1933, to St John NB as deck steward
February 24th 1933 to March 16th 1933, Mediterranean Cruise as deck steward
March 18th 1933 to March 31st 1933, Mediterranean Cruise as deck steward
April 13th 1933 to May 7th 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
May 12th 1933 to June 3rd 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
June 9th 1933 to July 2nd 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
July 7th 1933 to July 28th 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
August 4th 1933 to August 25th 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
September 1st 1933 to September 22nd 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
September 29th 1933 to October 22nd 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
October 27th 1933 to November 19th 1933, to Montreal as deck steward
November 24th 1933 to December 18th 1933, to St John NB as deck steward
December 22nd 1933 to January 14th 1934, to St John NB as deck steward
February 15th 1934 to March 6th 1934, Mediterranean Cruise as deck steward
March 8th 1934 to March 24th 1934, Mediterranean Cruise as deck steward
March 29th 1934 to April 14th 1934, Mediterranean Cruise as deck steward
April 20th 1934 to May 12th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
May 25th 1934 to JUne 16th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
June 22 1934 to July 13th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
July 20th 1934 to August 10th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
August 16th 1934 to September 3rd 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
September 7th 1934 to September 29th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
October 5th 1934 to October 27th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
November 2nd 1934 to November 24th 1934, to Montreal as deck steward
November 30th 1934 to December 23rd 1934, to St John NB as deck steward
December 29th 1934 to January 20th 1935, to St John NB as deck steward
February 21st 1935 to April 13th 1935, Cruise (location unclear in log book) as deck steward
April 18th 1935 to May 12th 1935, to Montreal as deck steward
May 17th 1935 to June 8th 1935, to Montreal as deck steward
June 14th 1935 to July 7th 1935, to Montreal as deck steward
July 11th 1935 to September 7th 1935, to Montreal/New York as deck steward
September 13th 1935 to October 5th 1935, to Montreal as deck steward
November 8th 1935 to November 30th 1935, to Montreal as deck steward
December 4th 1935 to December 23rd 1935, to St Johns NB as deck steward
January 3rd 1936 to January 26th 1936, to St Johns NB as deck steward
January 31st 1936 to May 9th 1936, RA Canada & Cruises as deck steward
May 15th 1936 to June 6th 1936, to Montreal as deck steward
June 12th 1936 to July 4th 1936, to Montreal as deck steward
July 9th 1936 to September 5th 1936, RA Canada & Cruises as deck steward
September 11th 1936 to October 3rd 1936, to Montreal as deck steward
October 9th 1936 to October 31st 1936, to Montreal as deck steward
November 6th 1936 to November 28th 1936, to Montreal as deck steward
December 24th 1936 to January 17th 1937, to St John NB as deck steward
January 22nd 1937 to February 13th 1937, to St John NB as deck steward
February 18th 1937 to April 12th 1937, West Indies & Mediterranean cruise as deck steward
April 16th 1937 to May 8th 1937, to Montreal as deck steward
May 14th 1937 to June 6th 1937, to Montreal as deck steward
June 11th 1937 to July 3rd 1937, to Montreal as deck steward
July 8th 1937 to September 4th 1937, RA Canada & Cruises as deck steward
September 10th 1937 to October 2nd 1937, to Montreal as deck steward
October 8th 1937 to October 30th 1937, to Montreal as deck steward
December 3rd 1937 to December 24th 1937, to St John NB as deck steward
January 21st 1938 to February 12th 1938, to St John as deck steward
February 17th 1938 to May 8th 1938, RA Canada & Cruises as deck steward
May 13th 1938 to June 4th 1938, to Montreal as deck steward
June 10th 1938 to July 2nd 1938, to Montreal as deck steward
July 7th 1938 to September 3rd 1938, RA Canada & cruises as deck steward
September 9th 1938 to October 1st 1938, to Montreal as deck steward
October 7th 1938 to October 29th 1938, to Montreal as deck steward
The ordered routine of Arthur's journeys across the North Atlantic and the various cruises comes to a halt towards the end of 1938. For reasons now lost in time Arthur took a break after his discharge from the Duchess of Atholl at the end of October 1938. Regretably Arthur would not work on this ship again, for almost three years later in October 1942 the ship was torpedoed and sunk by U 178. After a three month break Arthur takes up passage on the Empress of Australia (O/N 145300) working to & from Southampton as a deck steward on a cruise between January 21st 1939 to February 28th 1939.
The next sailing occurred on the SS Montcalm (O/N 145908) as a cabin waiter on Mediterranean cruises, sailing from Tilbury on June 16th 1939 and discharged at Liverpool on October 11th 1939.
Following the ending of World War Two Arthur returned to his former duties. The first entries in his logbook are dated April 1947 and one change noted in the recording of his sailings is that the destination was no longer specified, now just abbreviated to 'Foreign' or 'Fgn'.
1947 - 1950
April 11th 1947 to August 11th 1947, on the SS Corinthic O/N 167909 as senior steward, departing Liverpool, returning Victoria Docks.
September 1st 1947 to January 13th? 1948, on the SS Corinthic O/N 167909 as senior steward, departing & returning Victoria Docks.
August 6th 1948 to August 9th 1948, on the Tamaroa O/N 144805 as smoke room steward, at Victoria Docks.
August 25th 1948 to January 6th 1949, on the Tamaroa O/N 144805 as senior steward, departing Victoria Docks & returning London. The log book notes that Arthur was promoted to senior steward on these sailings.
May 4th 1949 to May 5th 1949, on the Ceramic O/N 182844 as 2nd? steward, departing Glasgow & returning Liverpool.
May 15th 1949 to September 21st 1949, on the Ceramic O/N 182844 as 2nd? steward, departing Liverpool & returning Victoria Docks.
October 20th 1949 to March 5th 1950, on the Ceramic O/N as 2ns steward, departing Liverpool & returning Glasgow.
Between April 2nd 1951 & October 6th 1951 Arthur was saloon steward on the F/S Campania which was part of the 1951 Festival of Britain exhibit, touring a number of ports in the United Kingdom. Arthur's brother Wally was also serving on this ship at the same time. (For further notes about this ship see above in Wally's log book records).
1952 - 1953
January 12th 1952 to May 13th 1952, on the SS Rivercrest O/N 169866 as 2nd steward, departing Liverpool, returning Poplar.
From November 1952 to July 1955 Arthur worked continuosly on the sailings to the West Indies with many trips being made on the SS Bayano O/N 141870 out of Avonmouth:
November 25th 1952 to December 27th 1952, as lounge steward.
January 9th 1953 to February 10th 1953 as 2nd steward.
February 20th 1953 to March 25th 1953, as 2nd steward.
April 3rd 1953 to May 5th 1953, as 2nd steward.
May 14th 1953 to June 14th 1953, as 2nd steward.
June 26th 1953 to July 28th 1953, as 2nd steward.
August 7th 1953 to September 8th 1953, as 2nd steward.
After nine months service on the SS Bayano Arthur served on a variety of ships, as indicated below;
September 29th 1953 to November 3rd 1953, on the SS Ariquani O/N 148890 as 2nd steward.
November 10th 1953 to December 16th 1953, on the SS Ariquani O/N 148890 as 2nd steward.
1954 - 1955
After two tours on the SS Ariquani the SS Cavina O/N 147896 became Arthur's regular ship.
March 30th 1954 to May 5th 1954, as 2nd steward.
May 11th 1954 to June 15th 1954, as 2nd steward.
June 22nd 1954 to July 27th 1954, as 2nd steward.
August 3rd 1954 to September 7th 1954, as 2nd steward.
September 13th 1954 to October 19th 1954, as 2nd steward.
October 25th 1954 to November 30th 1954, as 2nd steward.
December 6th 1954 to January 12th 1955, as 2nd steward.
January 17th 1955 to February 24th 1955, as 2nd steward.
February 28th 1955 to April 6th 1955, as 2nd steward.
May 9th 1955 to June 17th 1955, now back on the SS Ariguani, as 2nd steward.
June 21st 1955 to July 27th 1955, on the SS Ariguani, as 2nd steward.
August 2nd 1955 to September 6th 1955, on the SS Ariguani, as 2nd steward.
After several years working out of Avonmouth on the Elders & Fyffes vessels Arthur returned to Liverpool for his next series of sailings.
December 14th 1955 to March 25th 1956, on the MV Dominion Monarch O/N 166828 as ex 2nd steward, departing & arriving at Victoria Dock.
April 10th 1956 to July 16th 1956, on the MV Dominion Monarch O/N 166828 as ex 2nd steward, departing & arriving at Victoria Dock.
August 15th 1956 scheduled to join the MV Dominion Monarch at Victoria Dock but engagement cancelled by mutual consent.
After three tours on the MV Dominion Monarch Arthur now starts a lengthy series of sailings on the Empress of Britain O/N 187376 out of Liverpool.
1957 - 1964
January 24th 1957 to February 11th 1957 as head waiter, departing & arriving at Liverpool, as are all the sailings below unless indicated otherwise.
February 14th 1957 to March 5th 1957, as head waiter.
April 4th 1957 to July 16th 1957, to RA Canada as head tourist waiter.
July 17th 1957 to December 30th 1957, to RA Canada as head tourist waiter.
February 6th 1958 to February 24th 1958, as head tourist waiter.
March 20th 1958 to July 22nd 1958, as head waiter.
July 23rd 1958 to November 25th 1958, as head waiter.
December 2nd 1958 to February 2nd 1959, as head waiter.
March 5th 1959 to March 24th 1959, as head tourist waiter.
April 2nd 1959 to September 15th 1959, to RA Canada as head tourist waiter.
September 16th 1959 to December 8th 1959, as head tourist waiter.
January 5th 1960 to March 23rd 1960, as PR steward.
April 7th 1960 to July 19th 1960, as PR steward.
July 21st 1960 to August 9th 1960, as PR steward.
August 31st 1960 to September 16th 1960, on the Empress of France O/N 160482 as PR steward, discharge was at Greenock.
September 22nd 1960 to December 13th 1960, now back on the Empress of Britain to RA Canada as PR steward.
January 12th 1961 to February 1st 1961, as PR steward.
February 8th 1961 to March 21st 1961, as PR steward.
March 27th 1961 to June 16th 1961, as PR steward.
June 17th 1961 to September 28th 1961, as laundrette attendant.
September 29th 1961 to November 10th 1961, laundrette attendant.
February 12th 1962 to March 2nd 1962, as waiter.
March 3rd 1962 to June 1st 1962, as waiter but re-rated to PR steward on March 27th 1962.
June 2nd 1962 to August 23rd 1962, as PR steward.
August 24th 1962 to October 26th 1962, as PR steward.
October 27th 1962 to December 28th 1962, as PR steward.
January 25th 1963 to April 1st 1963, as PR steward.
April 9th 1963 to June 27th 1963, as PR steward.
June 28th 1963 to October 9th 1963, as PR steward.
October 24th 1963 to November 22nd 1963, as PR steward
December 3rd 1963 to February 24th 1964, as PR steward
March 10th 1964 to April 4th 1964, as PR steward, discharged at Southampton.
After his discharge during April 1964 Arthur took an almost two year break from his life on the sea, not taking up his next tour until February 1966.
1966 - 1970
When Arthur returned to the sea his next four years would all be serving on the Empress of England O/N 187644, sailing to/from the port of Liverpool.
February 15th 1966 to March 24th 1966 as N/steward
April 4th 1966 to May 15th 1966 as boots & bath steward
July 15th 1966 to November 18th 1966 as boots & bath steward
December 19th 1966 to March 28th 1967 as boots & bath steward
April 3rd 1967 to June 2nd 1967 as boots & bath steward
June 3rd 1967 to July 27th 1967 as boots & bath steward
July 28th 1967 to November 30th 1967 as boots & bath steward
December 21st 1967 to March 27th 1968 as boots & bath steward
April 1st 1968 to August 10th 1968 as boots & bath steward
August 13th 1968 to October 17th 1968 as boots & bath steward
June 7th 1969 to July 25th 1969 as boots & bath steward
July 28th 1969 to November 29th 1969 as boots & bath steward
December 9th 1969 to March 31st 1970 as boots & bath steward
The discharge dated March 31st 1970 at the port of Liverpool brought to a close a career of fifty years on the sea for Arthur.
Logs for Stanley Pratt: 1933 - 1972
All three brothers started their careers working on very large trans-Atlantic passenger lines, Stanley throughout his career would remain on these larger liners, starting with the Duchess of Bedford and ending with the Queen Elizabeth II. In order to do this Stanley moved to Gosport after World War II to remain close to Southampton, the port for the Cunard liners.
1933 - 1940
Before being interrupted by World War II, Stanley was a fixture on the Canadian Pacific services operating between Liverpool and Montreal (St John in the winter months). Occasional cruises were made to the Mediterranean and the West Indies. The logbooks indicate siging on and signing off was at Liverpool.
Duchess of Bedford O/N 160482
April 21st 1933 to May 13th 1933 as Bellboy
May 19th 1933 to June 10th 1933 as Bellboy
Melitas O/N 136367 - cruises to the Mediterranean & Norway.
June 19th 1933 at Glasgow to August 17th 1933 at Greenock as Bellboy
Duchess of Bedford O/N 160482
October 13th 1933 to November 3rd 1933 as Bellboy
November 10th 1933 to December 5th 1933 as Bellboy
January 5th 1934 to April 2nd 1934 as Bellboy - to New York & The West Indies
April 6th 1934 to April 28th 1934 as Bellboy (St John)
May 4th 1934 to May 26th 1934 as Bellboy
June 1st 1934 to June 23rd 1934 as Bellboy
June 29th 1934 to July 22nd 1934 as Bellboy
July 27th 1934 to August 17th 1934 as Bellboy
August 24th 1934 to September 15th 1934 as Bellboy
September 21st 1934 to October 13th 1934 as Bellboy
October 19th 1934 to November 10th 1934 as Bellboy
November 15th 1934 to December 6th 1934 as Bellboy (Quebec)
December 14th 1934 to January 6th 1935 as Bellboy (St John)
Duchess of York O/N 161202
January 18th 1935 to February 9th 1935 as Bellboy (St John)
Duchess of Atholl O/N 180505
February 21st 1935 to April 13th 1935 as Bellboy - March cruises
April 18th 1935 to May 12th 1935 as Bellboy
June 14th 1935 to July 7th 1935 as Bellboy
July 11th 1935 to September 7th 1935 as Bellboy (Montreal/New York)
September 13th 1935 to October 5th 1935 as Bellboy
December 4th 1935 to December 23rd 1935 as Bellboy (St John)
January 3rd 1936 to January 25th 1936 as Bellboy (St John)
January 31st 1936 to May 9th 1936 as Bellboy - RA Canada and cruises
May 15th 1936 to June 6th 1936 as Bellboy
June 12th 1936 to July 4th 1936 as Bellboy
July 9th 1936 to September 5th 1936 as Bellboy - RA Canada and cruises
September 11th 1936 to October 3rd 1936 as Bellboy
October 9th 1936 to October 31st 1936 as Bellboy
November 6th 1936 to November 28th as Bellboy
December 24th 1936 to January 25th 1936 as Bellboy (St John)
January 22nd 1937 to February 13th 1937 as Bellboy (St John)
February 18th 1937 to April 12th 1937 as Tourist Waiter - West Indies & Mediterranean cruise
April 16th 1937 to May 8th 1937 as 3rd Class Waiter
May 14th 1937 to June 6th 1937 as 3rd Class Waiter
July 8th 1937 to September 4th 1937 as Cabin Waiter - R A Canada & cruises
September 10th 1937 to October 2nd 1937 as 3rd Class Waiter
February 17th 1938 to May 8th 1938 as Tourist Waiter - R A Canada & cruises
May 13th 1938 to June 4th 1938 as 3rd Class Waiter
June 10th 1938 to July 2nd 1938 as 3rd Class Waiter
July 7th 1938 to September 3rd 1938 as Cabin Waiter - R A Canada & cruises
September 9th 1938 to October 1st 1938 as 3rd Class Waiter
October 7th 1938 to October 29th 1938 as 3rd Class Waiter
November 4th 1938 to November 26th 1938 as 3rd Class Waiter
February 18th 1939 to March 25th 1939 as Tourist Waiter - West Indies cruise
April 14th 1939 to May 8th 1939 as 3rd Class Waiter
May 12th 1939 to June 3rd 1939 as 3rd Class Waiter
June 9th 1939 to July 1st 1939 as 3rd Class Waiter
July 6th 1939 to September 2nd 1939 as Cabin Waiter
September 8th 1939 to October 7th 1939 as 3rd Class Waiter
October 13th 1939 to November 2nd 1939 as 3rd Class Waiter
November 24th 1939 to December 6th 1939 as Waiter (as far as Halifax)
Empress of Britain O/N 182582
December 7th 1939 to December 21st 1939 as Waiter - from Halifax to Southampton
Empress of Australia O/N 188505
January 15th 1940 to February 8th 1940 as Cabin Waiter - embark Liverpool, disembark Glasgow - RA Government Charter
Duchess of Atholl O/N 180505
April 15th 1940 to June 21st 1940 as Bath Steward - Government Charter
June 26th 1940 to July 14th 1940 as Tourist Waiter - Foreign
July 19th 1940 to August 12th 1940 as Tourist Waiter - Foreign
Dominion Monarch O/N 166828
August 23rd 1940 to August 30th 1940 as Assistant Steward - Australia?
1940 - 1943
September 2nd 1940 to May 30th 1943 as Assistant Steward - T124X
1950 - 1972
When Stanley returned to his sailing career after World War II he worked out of Southampton on the Cunard Line for twenty two years on some of the most famous British passenger liners from that era.
Queen Mary O/N 164282 from/to Southampton
February 22nd 1950 to May 5th 1950 as 1st Class Waiter
May 30th 1950 to August 21st 1950 as 1st Class Waiter
September 5th 1950 to December 22nd 1950 as 1st Class Waiter
Date unknown - a walk-out by some members of the Queen Mary. Stanley Pratt is in the second group of men, center right.
January 10th 1951 to April 5th 1951 as 1st Class Waiter
April 20th 1951 to July 5th 1951 as 1st Class Waiter - New York
July 23rd 1951 to October 12th 1951 as 1st Class Waiter - New York
October 29th 1951 to February 13th 1952 as 1st Class Waiter
March 4th 1952 to April 8th 1952 as 1st Class Waiter
April 22nd 1952 to June 17th 1952 as 1st Class Waiter
July 1st 1952 to September 16th 1952 as 1st Class Waiter
September 30th 1952 to December 8th 1952 as 1st Class Waiter
December 9th 1952 to January 29th 1953 as 1st Class Waiter
February 13th 1953 to May 4th 1953 as 1st Class Waiter
May 18th 1953 to June 1st 1953 as 1st Class Waiter
March 23rd 1955 to May 31st 1955 as 1st Class Waiter
June 14th 1955 to August 30th 1955 as 1st Class Waiter
November 8th 1955 to February 16th 1956 as 1st Class Waiter
February 19th 1956 to May 29th 1956 as 1st Class Waiter
June 12th 1956 to June 26th 1956 as 1st Class Waiter
June 28th 1956 to September 11th 1956 as 1st Class Waiter
September 25th 1956 to December 6th 1956 as 1st Class Waiter
December 21st 1956 to March 13th 1957 as 1st Class Waiter
July 23rd 1957 to October 8th 1957 as 1st Class Waiter
October 22nd 1957 to January 9th 1958 as 1st Class Waiter
February 10th 1958 to May 27th 1958 as 1st Class Waiter
September 9th 1958 to November 18th 1958 as 1st Class Waiter
December 3rd 1958 to January 23rd 1959 as 1st Class Waiter
February 25th 1959 to May 26th 1959 as 1st Class Waiter
June 9th 1959 to September 8th 1959 as 1st Class Waiter
September 22nd 1959 to December 1st 1959 as 1st Class Waiter
March 29th 1960 to June 7th 1960 as 1st Class Waiter
June 21st 1960 to September 6th 1960 as 1st Class Waiter
September 20th 1960 to December 1st 1960 as 1st Class Waiter
January 20th 1961 to April 11th 1961 as 1st Class Waiter
April 25th 1961 to July 22nd 1961 as 1st Class Waiter
August 8th 1961 to October 6th 1961 as 1st Class Waiter
October 30th 1961 to November 15th 1961 as 1st Class Waiter
November 29th 1961 to December 13th 1961 as 1st Class Waiter
January 18th 1962 to April 24th 1962 as 1st Class Waiter
May 8th 1962 to July 31st 1962 as 1st Class Waiter
August 14th 1962 to October 23rd 1962 as 1st Class Waiter
November 5th 1962 to February 4th 1963 as 1st Class Waiter
February 21st 1963 to May 22nd 1963 as 1st Class Waiter
June 4th 1963 to August 14th 1963 as 1st Class Waiter
August 28th 1963 to November 5th 1963 as 1st Class Waiter
November 20th 1963 to January 22nd 1964 as 1st Class Waiter
March 4th 1964 to June 16th 1964 as 1st Class Waiter
June 30th 1964 to August 25th 1964 as 1st Class Waiter
September 8th 1964 to December 3rd 1964 as 1st Class Waiter
December 21st 1964 to January 5th 1965 as 1st Class Waiter
February 8th 1965 to May 4th 1965 as 1st Class Waiter
May 18th 1965 to July 7th 1965 as 1st Class Waiter
August 10th 1965 to October 21st 1965 as 1st Class Waiter
November 4th 1965 to December 29th 1965 as 1st Class Waiter
February 7th 1966 to March 30th 1966 as 1st Class Waiter
March 31st 1966 to April 28th 1966 as 1st Class Waiter
May 12th 1966 to May 24th 1966 as 1st Class Waiter
July 4th 1966 to September 28th 1966 as 1st Class Waiter
October 11th 1966 to December 29th 1966 as 1st Class Waiter
February 6th 1967 to June 21st 1967 as 1st Class Waiter
July 4th 1967 to August 15th 1967 as 1st Class Waiter
September 12th 1967 to October 10th 1967 as 1st Class Waiter
Date unknown - Waiters on the Queen Mary, Stanley Pratt is second from left.
Queen Elizabeth O/N 166290
October 11th 1967 to April 3rd 1968 as 1st Class Waiter
April 23rd 1968 to July 2nd 1968 as 1st Class Waiter
July 15th 1968 to September 23rd 1968 as 1st Class Waiter
October 7th 1968 to November 15th 1968 as 1st Class Waiter
Queen Elizabeth 2 O/N 366703
December 16th 1968 to March 30th 1969 as Chef de Rang
April 30th 1969 to August 20th 1969 as Chef de Rang
September 17th 1969 to Decvember 12th 1969 as Chef de Rang
February 17th 1970 to May 7th 1970 as Chef de Rang
May 20th 1970 to August 26th 1970 as Chef de Rang
September 23rd 1970 to January 2nd 1971 as Chef de Rang
January 29th 1971 to June 16th 1971 as Chef de Rang
June 30th 1971 to August 25th 1971 as Chef de Rang
February 25th 1972 to June 8th 1972 as Chef de Rang
June 21st 1972 to August 16th 1972 as Chef de Rang
September 11th 1972 to October 13th 1972 as Chef de Rang
Chef de Rang = assistant headwaiter, 'rang' refers to range of tables.
The following notes come from Jim B and were addressed to Mal & his family:
Hi, that was some career your grandad had. Looking through his ships I had sailed on three of them albeit not at the same time as him. And strangely enough my son did his first trip on the Booker Viking although this was ten years later. My son was still with Bookers when your grandfather went back to that company in 78/79.
It was Arthur I sailed with on the Britain, he was funny as you say. I remember one occasion two days out of Liverpool when the Atlantic was really rough so not many passengers were coming in for their meals. We were carrying lots of Hungarian refugees at the time. This Hungarian man came in alone for his breakfast, his family were all sea sick up in their cabins. After his meal the Hungarian asked the waiter for six raw eggs to take upto the cabin for his family. Arthur spotted this and as the man was leaving the saloon, Arthur approached him asking "did you enjoy your meal sir?" and at the same time giving him a friendly pat, slapping his pockets with the eggs in. I didn't work at the Tourist end much but the two lads that did had some fun with Arthur as I remember, they would talk in the cabin about him.
Hi, if you have seen the video "Cunard Yanks" all those guys sailed under Arthur when he was Head Waiter. The "Cowboys" and different characters that made up that waiting on crowd that he was in charge of was unbelievable. If somebody could've written a story and put it onto film it would've been a best seller. As regards your Grandad he was the first in line of attack on any ship where there was no overtime or any other thing that the crew were upset about. If everyone was on four hours a day overtime it was a very happy ship, the food was great. If there was no overtime and we have idle hands the food was the first complaint and up they went to the galley "Would you eat that cook", it would end up with the Chief Steward and then upto the Captain. Your Grandfather could only cook to what he was allowed to cook with.
Different companies had a different daily rate per person of what could be spent on food. Some companies could've been four shillings per day per man others (like Bowaters) could've been seven shillings per day. Thats why different Shipping Companies got names, Lamport & Holt became "Lousy & Hungry" and many more. I can tell you looking at some of your Grandads ships he certainly worked hard and it certainly wasn't like cruising around the world. The years he started working all I can say he must've been a "Hard Case" or a good cook.
Hello there, just to let you know I've spent an enjoyable couple of hours absorbed in your Dad's website, not only about your Grandad Wally's ships, but also about your Dad's railway career, too. Lot's of nostalgia and info there for anyone. Great! Thank you for posting it.
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