Phil Blore


I joined the PWSTS Falcon class of 1970 and on completing the course left and sailed with British Petroleum Tankers until 1979.

I left the Merchant navy when my wife Sylvia had our first child. But a year later found me contracting in Saudi Arabia which I did until 1987 working for various entities such as the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and Saudi Arabian National Guard plus other commercial companies.

In 1987 I decided to try my hand at settling down and took a shore based job in the UK with Redlands Bricks, Horsham, West Sussex.

In 1990 I was offered and accepted a job with Ruston Gas Turbines in Lincoln and I continued to work for them until 2008 in various roles including Control Systems Engineer, Commissioning Engineer and finally Field Service Manager in Tokyo, Japan.

I was made redundant in 2008 and began working for Single Buoy Moorings as Mechanical Commissioning Engineer ending up in Luanda, Angola as the shore base Technical Group Lead Engineer until 2014.

I am semi-retired now, some might say I always have been, and living happily with my wife of 37 years Sylvia in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa. We run a self-catering establishment and currently rent out the main house and one of the villas on our compound to guests if anyone is interested we can be found at

Our four children still reside in the UK and we take regular trips back home to see them or they visit us.

I still get restless for the open road and undertake the occasional short contract working worldwide for an agency in Singapore.

I would be pleased to hear from any members of the Falcon class of 1970.