Tom Whyte's Picture Gallery, Pt. 1.
Tom Whyte joined the Australis for the first time in February 1968 until early '69. He then spent 7 months on the Ellinis doing the Bermuda cruises, and in February 1970 rejoined the Australis for another two years.
He next worked on the Britanis from May 1973 until January 1974. Tom rejoined the Australis in October `75 until April '76(this is where the poor chap had the misfortune of meeting me for the first time!!), then for the last time in October 1976
until the last voyage the ship made to Sydney in December `77. Tom then flew home with the rest of the crew after this voyage. A few years later, in 1981, he worked on the Gallileo `til September of the same year.
Tom never got around to going back to the Cheshire Constabulary, where he had done 2 years before he joined Chandris Lines. He is now a farmer in the west of Ireland, with a young wife and 3 children aged 7, 14 and 16. He is now an old age pensioner with
some great memories which are slowly fading. By a rough count he says he caught 76 stowaways in his time on the ship (Tom, I nearly helped you get another family of 6 because I noticed a few of the children were always on the ship in port, instead of ashore like all
the other family members. Right at the crucial moment when I was about to ask you why they were always on the ship, the crew member we were waiting for turned up, and we went ashore!!) I believe they were a Scottish family and rumours were circulating on the ship that a British Newspaper had found them out and helped them pay for the rest of the family's unpaid fare.
Tom was very upset to hear of the chief pursers death, Babis Tsellentis, he was a great guy and will be missed by many ex-crew and passengers who met him. His favourite Captain was Cpt. Ikiadis.
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The photos above are courtesy of Tom Whyte.
Regretfully I am "running down" the S. S. Australis website due to increasing family and health issues.
I may occasionally update the site if I receive a great story/photos from ex-crew only
, if it is a new contact.
I know there are still stories to share from ex-crew all over the world, who haven't yet been in touch.
I am deeply moved by the interest and wonderful contributions from numerous passengers and crew over many years.
A HUGE THANK YOU.
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