Caltex Plymouth

tanker
2nd June 2005, 16:12
CALTEX PLYMOUTH,owned by Overseas Tk.U.K.Hitachi Zosen build 1960,31109 g.t.(old pic collect.)

Jim Prophet
26th September 2005, 19:34
My first deep sea trip was on the Texaco(Caltex) Plymouth. I joined her in Bahrain and made three trips down to Australia, two to Botany Bay and one to Gladstone.Great memories

neil maclachlan
26th September 2005, 21:25
Hi Jim,
I sailed with "Standard Vacuum Transportation Company" out of Durban,South Africa,we were the Durban Refinery ship " Stanvac South Africa", also sailed on the "Stanvac India". Our trips were " Rastanura,Mena Alamadi" to Bombay,Durban,various ports on the African Coast, Japan and Australia.The India was a good ship,built by Cammell Lairds, the South Africa by Mitsubishi (when they did'nt know how to build ships) I wonder if photographs of any of those ships are available as I have a collection of all the ships I have sailed on in my family room and I would love one of those two to complete my collection of ships I have sailed on?
Neil Macl.

Q_4
29th December 2009, 01:36
My first deep sea trip was on the Texaco(Caltex) Plymouth. I joined her in Bahrain and made three trips down to Australia, two to Botany Bay and one to Gladstone.Great memories

Hi Jim, my father Arthur Dick sailed on the Plymouth too. According to his log he sailed on her as the Extra 2nd Engineer twice in 1960: from El Segundo to Bahrain from 18 Jul to 8 Oct, and then Bahrain to Botany Bay from 4 to 24 Dec.

Sadly he passed away in 1993 but he often shared stories with me as a child, and I remember him telling me that the Plymouth was, at the time, the biggest ship ever to sail into Sydney Harbour, and as such they held a VIP reception. Somewhere he had a picture of the Plymouth alongside the Harbour Bridge but not an Opera House in sight!

Just wanted to share that memory and see if it jogged any with yourself, Best Regards, Bob Dick

MervynHutton
29th December 2009, 15:28
I sailed on the Texaco Plymouth (ex Caltex Plymouth) as Chief Mate from August 1970 to Dec 1970 and have very fond memories of her and the people on board at the time. Wally McCullough was Master, he has since passed on. I relieved another SN member, John Campbell, on joining in Whitegate in Ireland. We subsequently went to Rotterdam, Yokohama, Indonesia, Australia, Bahrain, Singapore and eventually completed a round the world trip. She was a nice reliable tanker, (something Texaco did not have a lot of!) and was a pleasure to sail on.

John Campbell
29th December 2009, 17:30
I sailed on the Texaco Plymouth (ex Caltex Plymouth) as Chief Mate from August 1970 to Dec 1970 and have very fond memories of her and the people on board at the time. Wally McCullough was Master, he has since passed on. I relieved another SN member, John Campbell, on joining in Whitegate in Ireland. We subsequently went to Rotterdam, Yokohama, Indonesia, Australia, Bahrain, Singapore and eventually completed a round the world trip. She was a nice reliable tanker, (something Texaco did not have a lot of!) and was a pleasure to sail on.

Hi Mervyn - I remember the day well when you relieved me in Whitegate. What a trip with fuel-oil from Rotterdam to Yokohama - she was a splendid ship and well maintained - Wally was fun to be with. There was a great crowd of very sociable engineers and wives there when you joined. I remember getting one of the fastest discharge of cargo for that ship on the day you joined (I was going home) much to Wally McCullough's disgust as he had invited his wife and father down tom see the ship from Belfast and was hoping for at least twelve hours more.
Happy New Year Mervyn
jc

MervynHutton
30th December 2009, 12:27
Hi Mervyn - I remember the day well when you relieved me in Whitegate. What a trip with fuel-oil from Rotterdam to Yokohama - she was a splendid ship and well maintained - Wally was fun to be with. There was a great crowd of very sociable engineers and wives there when you joined. I remember getting one of the fastest discharge of cargo for that ship on the day you joined (I was going home) much to Wally McCullough's disgust as he had invited his wife and father down tom see the ship from Belfast and was hoping for at least twelve hours more.
Happy New Year Mervyn
jc

Happy New Year John,

Yes, she was a happy ship indeed. Take care and keep in touch.

stevenstavros
10th August 2012, 18:06
Hi Jim,
I sailed with "Standard Vacuum Transportation Company" out of Durban,South Africa,we were the Durban Refinery ship " Stanvac South Africa", also sailed on the "Stanvac India". Our trips were " Rastanura,Mena Alamadi" to Bombay,Durban,various ports on the African Coast, Japan and Australia.The India was a good ship,built by Cammell Lairds, the South Africa by Mitsubishi (when they did'nt know how to build ships) I wonder if photographs of any of those ships are available as I have a collection of all the ships I have sailed on in my family room and I would love one of those two to complete my collection of ships I have sailed on?
Neil Macl.
Hi Neil,

I sailed on the Stanvac India after she was sold in 1966 and re-named The Golden Falcon, I boarded her at The Golden Eagle Refinery in 1967 and was on her untill 1972, you are so right, she was plain in regards to crews quarters, but she was solid, and dependable. I lost most of my pictures of her when I moved a few years back, the moving company lost some of my boxes and one of them had most of my pictures, I may have one or two, I will try and find them, and upload them.

Steven Z.

Geoff DC
24th May 2013, 15:11
I joined her on my first trip as deck cadet in September 1964, soon after she was built.

In the ten months of that trip we did two or three trips to Whangerai, one from the Gulf and two (I think) from Dumai (Sumatra). Did a Cape Town and two trips to Europort, one trip loading from the buoy off Sidon.

Not a well built ship, the port compass repeater complete with pedestal came off in my hands when rolling around in ballast.

Fortunately I went on to the older product carriers on the Far East run after that and became an expert in fixing tank bulkhead leaks - a peculiarly Caltex problem I believe.

Also have a better picture than in the header:-

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Burntisland Ship Yard
24th May 2013, 19:15
Well the "Jap Class" were engineer's dreams, nothing fell apart..

Ghost
4th September 2013, 00:19
Nothing !except for Larry Franklins Mrs Beryl, (Aka The Duchess) who regulaly slipped off her bar stool after a night in the bar. Jas Butler, Harry Orr, Big Norman, and my school mate Jimmy Mann, happy days.

RO Vintage
4th September 2013, 02:44
any one on the Caltex Plymouth in Drydock Valletta Malta 1966
Regards.
George Savage Ex Marconi R/O