Joined Port Nelson in Falmouth with
Stephen Tester, did two trips on her with "STEAM ON DECK", (the Bosun),
got the sack for defying him over a day off, which I think he used as an
excuse because he had found out that I was a "Campbell" McKay , him being
a McDonald!! (Old traditions die hard!!!).
Steve and I went our separate ways for a couple of trips, then got back
together for a few more! He left the sea after a couple of years & I went
on for a bit longer which included a time in the Suez on the Scottish
Star, which was my last "trip". I say it like that because it was when the
ships were blockaded in the Great Bitter Lakes, we had the "Little
Olympics whilst I was there and had a fabulous time. I then left the sea
to do an engineering course, after which I worked for Caterpillar for a
few years, then Volvo, which stood me in good stead for 10 years in the
middle east, doing everything from running a Mercury Distributorship to
managing marina's for the Royal family and a 5 star hotel, to Marine Super
on an offshore oil base Island!
Met a 'beaut Kiwi lass in Dubai, got married in Bahrain and shifted to New
Zealand in '86, been here ever since.
Having worked for Engineering Companies selling Marine engines for Gin
Palaces I decided to give it a go myself, set up a company specialising in
making and repair of propellers, along with everything else that makes a
boat go forwards and backwards. Got a bit overworked etc and finally gave
it up for the good life (being a bit of a kept man!!).
Currently looking after a large aviary of exotic birds!! Not forgetting
the "KIWI" bird I met in Dubai !!!!
Steve Tester comes down every now and then, he gets put to work on the old
boat I have and we go out and relive the good old days of the PWSTS in
If Richard Casparis reads this ......... I repaired a prop on one of
Pasificas Roro's in Auckland a few years back ! I don't remember him but
he and I are on the photo of "the whole school" of 1963. PS Richard, drop
me a line & next time you're in Auckland lets meet for a lemonade or two
I could go on for hours that's how much my time at PWSTS meant to me &
still does !