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RRS Bransfield off the South Orkneys

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The RRS Bransfield was launched on the 4th of September 1970 having been built specifically for a BAS support role. She served as the main BAS supply vessel for 29 years until 1999 when she was sold and renamed Igenpearl. She was scrapped in Mumbai in 2000.

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Tim Allerton (1983 - 1984) - London   Hi I spend 83-84 on Bransfield and Rothera base as Electrical engineer would like to get re-connected with any of the team from that era.

Daz Becks (Bransfield / James Clark Ross, 88/93) - Grimsby  I met the most inspiring people. My chief officers J.B.Marshal  Hopper,(the screaming queen). The most famous an my sea dad captain Stuart Lawrence. The cod father of us all grimies, deck crew Robbie, Pecker, Doddy, Ben, Andy, an the cooks an stewards, motormen (yes you Ian) and poor Dave Greenwood who I took ashore in Rio an wot a nite. Captain Lawrence, I can give you the long an lat of Nobber Haywards suit case, an if you reading this, I only did it cos it was one for the lads, fids an crew.

Owen Betts (RRS Bransfield - Sept/Oct 1998) - Stanley Falkland Islands  Hello to all who was on the RRS Bransfield Sept/Oct 1998.
I still see some of the crew from time to time who are serving on the JCR and ES. George Stewart, Charlie Chalk, Dolly Tugs. Does any one have a email address for Paul Heslop. Last time i seen him he was captain on a cruise ship that called into the Falklands.

John Bolton (the grey hound) (1972-1973) - Moonta South Australia 

Dave Burke  (Faraday/Bransfield - 1981-1984)  Fife, Scotland  email  Still do the odd slide show now and again. Brings it all back. Hello to any of the Faraday base chaps '81 to '84 reading this.

Rodney Dallison (1984/85) - Jersey, Channel Islands   Any crew from this years sailing, 1984/85 - Paul Lucas, Alan Coombs, Luke Bigwood, Dave (head steward), Tim (aka Spence!?!) Good memories! I was 3rd chef with John and Paul, the 'A; team! Be good to hear from you.

Mike Davis (Cook/Steward - RRS John Biscoe/ RRS Bransfield/ RRS J.C.R - 1984-1991) - North Shields / Tyne and Wear   Hi People Long Time No See!!!! Stumbled on this website by accident, lots of great memories best years of my life so far!!! anybody wants to get in contact would love to catch up !! Currently working in North Sea Oil Rig Standby / Supply . Bye 4 Now !!!!

Roy Felton (1977 -1980) - Southampton  email  Hello I would like to hear from any one who remembers me. I served on the Bransfield as Greaser and EDH 1977 to 1980.

Rod Ford  (1972/73 - 1976/77) - Blackpool  email  Tony Wegner, I served on the Bransfield as an AB on 2 occasions during the 70's, do you recall Big Trev, Dave Mills, Trev Betts, Paul Wyeth, Shrimpton, Gary? Barry Brombie was Chief officer and the old man was Captain Lawrence.

Mike Gloistein (Bransfield, Ernest Shackleton and James Clark Ross - 1990 to present) email  JCR or Perthshire.  Still working for BAS

Dave Hazell (Bransfield 1970-1977)   - Lerwick, Shetland. Second steward on Bransfield stayed in the Falklands till 1993 many fond memories of the guys and bases anyone who remembers get in touch Dave.

Paul Herschell (Bransfield 1979) - Hull  Sailed as 4th mate, remember Robin Plumley, Stuart Lawrence, tabby, John Cole, David Smith the artist just to name a few. One of the best ships and crew I`ve had the pleasure to sail with.

Dick Hide (1977) Burgess Hill.  email  The rumble of avalanches, the whales blowing in Penola straights, the grinding of the ice. That was Faraday, what memories.

Geraint Hughes "Pint" (Faraday and Bransfield 1979 - 1982) - Sierra Vista Arizona USA  email  Lot of water under the bridge since then but I would like to find winter BC Chris "Jobber Joffes" aka Christopher Jeffes also R L Bannerr aka the wee hooter. Neil the runner Shaw ACM was our radio op but died with three others coming back from Circumcision Bay where Le Kim overwintered. My BAS acc was 112 on Galindez Island.

Stuart Lawrence (1969 - 2003) - Biscoe / Bransfield / Ernest Shackleton  - currently: Fareham, Hampshire.  email

Laurie Mclachlan (1978 _1979) - Southampton    Anyone out there remember the SOS call we had mid Atlantic? Portuguese ship carried spuds I think!! Roy Felton you should remember this one after all I swopped jobs with you in the engine room, remember anyone?

David Maxwell "Maxi" (Halley V and RRS Bransfield, 1989) - Ellesmere Port, Cheshire  

Geoff Morgan (John Biscoe, Bransfield, JCR, 1987 - 1998) - Meldal, mid - Norway  Probably the best job I've been paid to do. Wonderful memories. Had to move to Norway to be near ice!

Rob Mortimer (John Biscoe & Bransfield - 88/89 89/90 91/92) - Naas, Ireland   Served as a seaman on the JB and Brannie for three seasons

Ally McAdam (Bransfield and JCR - 1991-1998) - Dundee ,Scotland   

Robbie Peck (RRS Shackleton 1964-1968, RRS Bransfield 1971-1974) - Holbury, Nr Southampton

Robin Plumley (1976 - 1992) - New Forest  email  4th, 3rd & 2nd Mate on Bransfield1976-1982. 2nd & 1st Mate on John Biscoe1982-1991. 1st Mate on James Clark Ross1991-1992. Master with Research Vessel Services from 1992. Currently on R.R.S. James Cook

Simon Redgen (1990's) - Bransfield/JCR - Colchester   Hi Looking for all crew and fids who sailed south between 1990 and 1996. I was the best cook in the whole fleet- well so says me only !!!!

Jerry Smith (86 - 88) - Carndonagh, Ireland   I worked as deckhand on Bransfield from 86 - 88, Rothera Base GA for summer 88/89 and wintered as metman at Faraday in 89. Visited Faraday/Vernadsky as lecturer on World Discoverer in 2000 - 2002 and could quite happily have stayed for another winter. Now settled in Ireland. Would like to hear from anybody from that era who remembers.

Matthew Spencer (1987-1989) - Bransfield / John Biscoe - Rochdale. email  Wondering if there is anyone still on the new ships that I sailed on the old ships with. if so drop me a line it would be great to catch up.

Ray Stirton (Signy 79/82, Bransfield, J Biscoe) - Perth, Scotland   Just read that Bransfield was scrapped, such a sad feeling as many a fun night with Fids and crew. To anyone who might like to get in touch or send a message and to all, good luck for the future. Best time of my life ever, I cant see anything beating the time on ships and base and so great and wonderful friends.

M.S.C. Thabrew, Tabby (1980 to 1982) - Colombo, Sri Lanka    

Scott Dugles Wallace (1992/1996) - Grimsby town -  Gud old days

Tony Wegner (1977-1979) - Tunbridge Wells, Kent,  England. email  Hi to anyone out there who was on the Bransfield / bases/ Falklands. It would be great to hear from you. Anyone know where 1st Officer Barry J. Bromby is these days?

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