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At this time in ones life most of the news of former shipmates is the passing of contemporaries.  So it was nice to hear some other news from our correspondent in Ireland John Molloy this morning.  John who is the author of  "Steady as She Goes" and was also like myself a Deck Apprentice in Irish Shipping Ltd. (ISL) sadly now long gone, received an invitation to the 90th. birthday of a former Chief Steward in ISL Mr. Jimmy Clinton of County Louth, Ireland.  We both wondered how many former ISL seafarers are in their 80's let alone 90's maybe the families can let us know by sending comments to this Post or letting John know.   On March 26, 2011 John celebrated the 80th. birthday of a former ISL Engineer Officer.  NAUTICAL LOG left Ireland over 50 years ago and is really out of touch except for an exchange of e-mails with several former ISL shipmates.

Chief Steward Jimmy Clinton thank you for service to us and suffering those enevitable compliants about the food from shipmates, no matter how hard the Catering Department tried, seafarers are never satisfied. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIMMY and keep "Steady as She Goes" for the 100th.  SlaintĂ© !!

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Please remember the seafarers held captive by pirates off Somalia - let us work with India to free them.


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