Hospital porter Clive Curtis has built his own replica shipyard in spare bedroom of his Southampton home

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NOT many people can say they own their own port – despite never having stepped on board a ship.

But one shipping enthusiast has built his very own version of Southampton dockyard – in his spare bedroom.

Clive Curtis has been interested in shipping since his dad took him to Mayflower Park when he first moved to the city 51 years ago.

Now the 58-year-old from Outer Circle in Coxford, has collected 36 diecast model ships and spent a week building docks for them to set sail from, in the upstairs of his home.

Grandfather-of-four Clive, spends hours at a time tinkering with his newly-built pride and joy, loading and unloading tiny containers and taking ships into the dry docks for repairs.

The walls of his house have also become home to his collection of shipping paintings and memorabilia and his favourite picture of the 1959 SS Oriana takes pride of place above his television in the lounge.

The Southampton General Hospital porter began collecting model ships ten years ago when his friend took him to a toy fair in Devon. Now he is regularly found trawling the Internet for sought-after models to add to his prized collection.

His collection ranges from £20 ships bought at toy fairs to £200 he paid for the SS Norway and £180 for the QE2, while his favourite model is the SS Canberra, which he has five scaled down versions of.

But despite his passion, Clive has never been on board a ship.

The father-of-two said: “I have never in my life been on a ship. Debbie, my wife has no interest but she keeps saying she will take me on a mini cruise but the ones I want to go on don’t exist anymore, like the QE2 and the Canberra.

“I have always liked seeing the really big older ships. I have always been interested but it was in the last ten years I have really gone for it.

“I try to spend about an hour a night here but when I do come up here I spend hours upon hours.”

He added: “My wife thinks I’m mad. When we go past the port I have to make her slow the car down so I can look and she records programmes whenever the port is on TV.

“It’s just a passion. I just like hearing about ships and knowing about certain ships.”

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4:55pm Sat 8 Mar 14

egghead65 says...

weird
weird egghead65
  • Score: -2

6:11pm Sat 8 Mar 14

massimoosti says...

Don't know which Port hes replicated but that's not Southampton ???
Don't know which Port hes replicated but that's not Southampton ??? massimoosti
  • Score: 7

6:45pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Inform Al says...

massimoosti wrote:
Don't know which Port hes replicated but that's not Southampton ???
It looks a bit like Port Cullis
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: Don't know which Port hes replicated but that's not Southampton ???[/p][/quote]It looks a bit like Port Cullis Inform Al
  • Score: 6

6:47pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Zexagon says...

Whatever floats your boat Clive
Whatever floats your boat Clive Zexagon
  • Score: 8

7:00pm Sat 8 Mar 14

For pity sake says...

I wonder if he has to pay bedroom tax on that...
I wonder if he has to pay bedroom tax on that... For pity sake
  • Score: 5

7:16pm Sat 8 Mar 14

snapperdownunder says...

Titter ye not, yee naysayers above. Good to see the guy has a passion. You know what they say about idle hands. And idle minds are an even greater threat.
Titter ye not, yee naysayers above. Good to see the guy has a passion. You know what they say about idle hands. And idle minds are an even greater threat. snapperdownunder
  • Score: 21

8:06pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

egghead65 wrote:
weird
Not at all. The only weird person is you. We all have hobbies, and one of his is boats.
[quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: weird[/p][/quote]Not at all. The only weird person is you. We all have hobbies, and one of his is boats. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: 20

11:21am Sun 9 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

i thought his wifes name would have been bertha
i thought his wifes name would have been bertha mickey01
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Inform Al says...

For pity sake wrote:
I wonder if he has to pay bedroom tax on that...
Not if he has enough berths occupied.
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: I wonder if he has to pay bedroom tax on that...[/p][/quote]Not if he has enough berths occupied. Inform Al
  • Score: 6

6:08pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Charlie Bucket says...

egghead65 wrote:
weird
Why is it weird?
[quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: weird[/p][/quote]Why is it weird? Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Sun 9 Mar 14

dolomiteman says...

Sir Ad E Noid wrote:
egghead65 wrote:
weird
Not at all. The only weird person is you. We all have hobbies, and one of his is boats.
Maybe but why is it in the newspapers when the only Southampton connection is the fact he lives in the city, if it was a realistic replica of Southampton port with the correct shipping and the correct colour for the water then maybe it might be worthy of an article but painting a bit of wood grey and playing with models that have been purchased from shops isn't news worthy.
[quote][p][bold]Sir Ad E Noid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]egghead65[/bold] wrote: weird[/p][/quote]Not at all. The only weird person is you. We all have hobbies, and one of his is boats.[/p][/quote]Maybe but why is it in the newspapers when the only Southampton connection is the fact he lives in the city, if it was a realistic replica of Southampton port with the correct shipping and the correct colour for the water then maybe it might be worthy of an article but painting a bit of wood grey and playing with models that have been purchased from shops isn't news worthy. dolomiteman
  • Score: 0

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