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 www.3lagoon.com
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.