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Irish Sycamore 1966.
The article from the Signal is by Jim Kennedy who was a deck officer cadet at the time, about the trip that we did on the Sycamore. I meet Jim regularly. He became a pilot in Dublin Port and he is associated with the R.N.L.I.
L.to R. Cormac Lowth, Chippy, from Dublin, Brian Carr, A.B., from Cobh, Bernard Richardson, Deckboy, from Dublin and Bernard Sweetman, Donkeyman/Storekeeper, from Dublin.
Irish Sycamore 1966.
Irish Sycamore 1966.
Bilbao Spain, Destrehan Louisiana and Colombo, Ceylon 1964.
|Don Nolan Elec.Officer, Irish Sycamore 1964||Some members of
the Crew of the Irish Sycamore, L-R U.S.
unknowen, P. Conners, Greaser, U.S. unknowen, Aidan O'Reilly AB, Henry
Kent, Bosun, Barry Tallon, Dk. Appr. Mick O'Shea, Dk. Appr. The 2 on
the right and the lower one on the left are Spanish seamen who stood
by the ship while she was in drydock in Bilbao after striking a rock
off of Santender. Photo taken in Destrehan, Louiseanna, May 1964
|"Smokeo" in the
Irish Sycamore 1964. L-R P. Leonard,
Greaser. J. Manerio, Greaser (Spain) J. Mc Nally Gally Boy. Henry
Kent, Bosun. E. Swan, Chippy. J. O'Neill, 2nd Cook. P. Conners,
football team, Colombo, Ceylon, 1964.
Back Row L-R P.Boland, Barry Tallon, Mr. Irvine, Ch. Eng. Colin
Grey, Sparks. S. Cortazar (Spain). J. O'Neill. R. Dunne. S. O'Grady.
Front L.-R. P.Quinn. M. Curley. M. Tracy. Aidan O'Reilly. Aidan
Kehoe. D. Fitzhugh.
Arriving Dublin port 1963
|Irish Sycamore Football Team and Opposition Buenos Aires 4th Feb 1972.||Irish Sycamore June 22 1972 Cleveland Ohio.|
|I took this picture on the Irish Sycamore in 1965. We were on our way across the Pacific. We lined the space between two of the hatches with some of the feeder boards and a couple of tarpaulins and we had a state of the art swimming pool. The only one I can recognize in the photo is Bernard Sweetman, engine room storekeeper, who is sitting on the hatch facing the camera. Cormac Lowth, (Chippy)|
|IRISH SYCAMORE 1973 BY JOHN GARVEY|
|Ice breaker (CCGS Louis S St Laurent-info from J.Kane Canada) heads to free Irish Sycamore at Cornerbrook Canada 1973.||Freed from the ice Cornerbrook Irish Sycamore 1973||King Neptune holds court Irish Sycamore 1973.||Irish Sycamore heads for Miami USA 1973||A beer with the crew Irish Sycamore 1973||D McClean (AB) with Krakatoa in background Irish Sycamore 1973.|
aground Mar Del Plata Argentina
|IRISH SYCAMORE CREW 1963
Irish Sycamore taken in Boston with a family that come on board in 1963.
Paddy Balmaine, Jack O'Connor, Liam Kelly
This photo was taken on the
MV IRISH SYCAMORE in Corpus Christie,
We flew out from
The port had no facilities for handling the vast
amounts of grain and it was unloaded onto the quay wall by carpet slings
filled by shovels. There were vast mountains of it on the quays and it
was going rotten at one end while being unloaded at the other end.
It was also being eaten by huge flocks of parrots, mynah birds and some
of the biggest rats imaginable. I am writing my memoirs at the moment
of my time at sea and I would like to hear from anyone with whom I
Best regards, Cormac
Lowth. 7th.August 2008
in Madras, India 1965
BY CORMAC LOWTH.
We joined the SYCAMORE in New Orleans and paid off in Gibraltar after doing a round trip.
We were in a few places in India, including Calcutta and Madras, mostly with Famine relief grain and flour, a lot of which was left rotting on the quayside.
Jim Mc Ferran was a great man who had
gone out to India and had started several Schools and a
Leper hospital and farm. He told me he was sent out there with very little and had sent for a few Irish nuns to help as teachers. The local rich Indians loved to get an Irish Catholic education for their kids and he charged them according to their means to fund the projects. He brought us on a tour of Madras including a visit to the tomb of St Thomas the Apostle at Mylapore.
It seems that St. Thomas was murdered there and there are still Christians there who descend from those he converted. He is also revered as a Hindu Saint.
Irish Sycamore fire 1965
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