M.V. Apollo - 22/1/64 This was the start of my 16 years with Bristol Steam Navigation Company. I was 3rd. Mate then a few months later promoted to 2nd. Mate leaving only to sit for my Master`s Home Trade Passenger Ship certificate which I passed on the 16/8/65 - I also served on the M.V. Juno, M.V.Pluto, on the`Guiness` run - Dublin to Bristol as well as the `Dido` and the `Hero`
I reckon that I loved my work with energy and pride,
Aboard the old Apollo until our trade just died,
Redundant in my prime, my life could not redeem,
That’s the only reason I left the Bristol Steam.
It’s well I do remember that black and awful day,
When the Owners gave me orders to take my ship away,
They sold her to some foreigners so ending up my dream,
And flew a different house flag of unfamiliar green.
I sailed with other companies that answered to my call,
Losing touch with loyal crew - I missed them one and all,
I was the man that led the band with mighty high esteem,
But I remember now the good old days aboard the Bristol Steam.