16th May 2007, 06:20
This is a Hkg flag vessel (Liberty-class) renamed and might have been SS (not MS) as my cabin was like a steamy bathroom and a torture in tropical waters. She might have been bought cheaply for scrap n re-activated by a one ship co. in Hkg operated by Capt Eddie Shih and Capt Ferguson as far as I can recollect. The capt (his 1st command) was an ex Cunard liner 2/off by name of Duggan in his early thirties at most and C/o yet another young fresh Brit guy ex BI ..John Barsley. The 2/o and crew were Hkg Chinese. I was the 3/o from Msia n 1st time on Hkg tramper. It was kind of an adventure n awakening experience for me then at nearly 20 yrs old and working in a cargoship, having been a cadet with tankers only. I had an almost 2/Mate FG BOT ticket (awaitng my radar observer cert. to complete it). This old bucket n shipmates onboard fondly remembered by me (thus my pseudonym here in thread) although spent less than a year with her. Traded to communist China, F.E.Russian & N Korean port.. freezing temp and coldest reception n funny at times ..rarity in those days. Wonder what happened to vsl and those brave guys?(Thumb) Anyway I expect would be lucky to hear from somebody on the vsl.