It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of Charlie Dodsworth. Charlie was 2nd lecky on the Oronsay when I joined it in 1972. On leaving the sea he married and settled in Campbelltown south of Sydney. Lynne and I attended his marriage to Maggie and also attended the christening of his daughter Kathy. R.I.P. Shipmate
I never sailed with Charlie, although we had mutual shipmates, but we worked together as Building Services Engineers for the Deutsche Bank portfolio in Sydney about 10 years ago.
A really nice bloke.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
Sad news indeed. in the early seventies Charlie was both my boss and mentor on Oronsay. I learned a helluva lot from him and his knowledge of DC-energised ships. His favourite song back in the day was Roger Whittaker's 'Durham Town.' and whenever the guitar came out it was always his first request. Accompanied by a bottle of Shiraz I've been listening to the track all afternoon.
RIP Charlie and wey aye,man!