Shell Tankers 1967-1975

alanengineer
29th June 2005, 23:04
s.s. velletia
s.s. holospira
s.s. hyala
m.s. amastra
m.s. donovania
m.s. daphnella
s.s. axina
s.s.hemisinus ( the saigon flyer )
s.s. vertagus
m.s.amoria
m.s.naticina ( load lightening )

stevecz
30th June 2005, 02:06
Alan,
Were you on the Axina when the RO threw a wobbler.
I can't remember which ship I was on but we had just left Durban, Shell office ordered us to do a search for the Axina and to keep things quiet as the Press had not been informed of the "missing" vessel. We steamed up and down the Indian Ocean for a week looking for it, to no avail. Shell had to announce it to the media.
I don't know if this bit of the story is true, but the Chief Engineer, on the Axina, was listening to the BBC World Service on the Sunday Morning and must have spluttered in his Gin & Tonic when the newscaster mentioned that the Axina was still missing and that all hope of finding her was fading.
He legged it up midships to the Old Man's cabin and informed him that they were lost; no we're not was the reply, yes we are said the Chief. (I have a vision of a pantomime scene).
Sparky was visited and sure enough he had developed some form of mental block and would not touch the Morse key. He had been delivering fake messages and nobody on the Axina suspected anything amiss.

alanengineer
30th June 2005, 21:19
stevcz.
YES!!!!!
First trip 3rd eng. joined July 70 at Bandar Mahshahr up the river at the top of the Gulf.
I can quote from a newspaper cutting that my old aunt saw in a Glasgow paper, but I cannot remember the exact date.
" No alarm yet" over tanker
Shell Tankers, owners of the Brittish vessel Axina, said in London to-day they did not feel any need for alarm yet over reports that the 12,283-ton(GRT) tanker had not been heard of for some days.
She left Walvis Bay, in South Africa, on October &, bound for Port Sudan.(actually the Gulf.)
Reuter reports said no word had been received from the tanker- with an all-British crew - since then.
The Shell spokesman said the vessel had been sighted off Cape Town and later off Port Elizabeth in the Indian Ocean.
"It is quite normal for a vessel not to be in touch with us during a voyage. They radio that they have left port and give an arrival date and theit destination"
It is possible, the spokesman said, that the Aina ( paper missprint not mine) may be having some engine trouble, and he added-- "We are making all efforts to get in touch with her."

The real story in the next installment, but may be in a month's time as I am leaving the island ( Islay) on holiday.

ATB
All The Best.
Alanengineer.

stevecz
1st July 2005, 10:07
Have a nice holiday

nickb
2nd July 2005, 23:46
I may as well feel old join the Shell fusillers club:

Engineer apprentice to medical discharge in 1984:

Haustellum,
Hemiglypta,(under the Australian flag)
Harpula,
Hyala,(took this one to scrap in Kaoshiung)
Serenia, (laid this one up in Brunei)
Zenatia,
Axina,
Methane Progress,
Gadinia,
Partula (I guess I really upset somebody in fleet personnel to get this one),
Asprella,
Aulica,
Solen,
Halia,
Achatina,
Lotorium,
Lima,
Halia (again),
Limopsis,
Serenia (again)
Gastrana, and finally
Lampas (left in Le Havre after having prepared her for lay up in Lamlash Bay)

In general happy memories and a career I was sad to part with. (Thumb)

stevecz
3rd July 2005, 12:25
Well Nick,
We all had to do a "Tar Tub", mine was the Pallium. At least we didn't get the "PLAGIOLA" !!!!!!!

Here's my ship list:
Humilaria, Nov 1969 - May 1970, 5/E.
Heldia, Jul 1970 - Jan 1971, 5/E.
Alinda, Apr 1971 - Jul 1971, 4/E.
Zenatia, Aug 1971 - Dec 1971, 4/E.
Zaphon, Jan 1972 - May 1972, 4/E.
Hemitrochus, Dec 1972 - May 1973, 4/E.
Pallium, Jul 1973 - Nov 1973, 4/E.
Haustrum, May 1974 - Sep 1974, 3/E.
Asprella, Nov 1974 - Apr 1975, 3/E.
Latirus, Jul 1975 - Nov 1975, 3/E.
Lanistes, Feb 1976 - May 1976, 3/E.
Linga, Aug 1976 - Sep 1976, 3/E.
Latirus, Nov 1976 - Feb 1977, 3/E.
Limnea, May 1977 - Oct 1977, 3/E.
Mena, Jan 1978 - May 1978, 3/E.
Serenia, Jul 1978 - Nov 1978, 3/E.
Shell Expro Offshore, Brent Bravo1979, Fulmar Alpha 1980, Tern Alpha 1989, Syria 1996-2004

bcford
15th August 2005, 14:46
Here`s my list,I did enjoy serving on them all.

Capulonix Dec 61 - July 62 5/E
Hemifusus Sep 62 - July 63 5/E
Partula Nov 63 - May 64 5/E
San Gaspar June 64 - Aug 64 4/E Ex Eagle Oil
San Calisto Nov 64 - July 65 4/E Ex Eagle Oil
Hyria Oct 65 - Apr 66 3/E
Hima May 66 - Sept 66 3E
Gastrana Dec 66 - May 67 3/E To shipbreakers Hong Kong

R58484956
15th August 2005, 17:58
As an ex Cunarder who sailed over 250 times on the same ship (QE) it seems strange
that some companies changed their staff between ships so often. On one web site I see that one person served his whole sea going life on one ship, from maiden voyage to scrap. He obviously did not work for Shell.

dicamus
15th August 2005, 22:25
My experiences of working on Shell Tankers were from February 1965 through to October 1967.
My list:-
STS Platidia, yes a tar boat but it was to me the best.
SS Methane Princess (Shell Managed)
SS Amoria
SS Clymene (Shell Charter)
Any info of their respective fates and pictures would be much appreciated. I have a picture of the Clymene and Methane Princess but any others would be most welcome.

Dave Hone
8th September 2005, 16:50
I wasn't going to but how could I resist.
"Helcion" Sept. 1962 (Tilbury) - May 1963 (Cardiff)
"Helisoma" June 1963 Tilbury) - Jan. 1964 (Immingham)
"San Fabian" Feb. 1964 (Ellesmere Port) - April 1964 (Tilbury)
"San Conrado" Dec. 1964 (Rotterdam) - Jan. 1964 (Tilbury)
"Alinda" Sept. 1965 (Tilbury) - Jan. 1966 (Ellesmere Port)
"Haminea" March 1966 (Cardiff) - Oct. 1966 (Ellesmere Port)
"Dorcasia" Jan. 1967 (Malmo) - July 1967 (Rotterdam)
"Hyria" Sept. 1967 (Singapore) - March 1968 (Yokohama)
"Hadra" April 1968 (Birkenhead) - Feb. 1969 (Durban)
"Humilaria" May 1969 (Singapore) - Nov. 1969 (Singapore)

Let's put it this way, I enjoyed some more than others.

mclean
8th September 2005, 17:45
Sailed on the following 1957through 1961. Thaumastus, Naticina, Tectus,Achatina, Hyria, Acavus, Hinnites, San Gaspar. Regards Colin

davidrwarwick
10th September 2005, 14:46
Hi to all ex Shell people, served on "Anadara" (first trip fiver) & "Axina" in 1975 before being made redundant. Excellant website for Shell Tankers is www.helderline.nl lots of photos of Shell Tankers

R58484956
10th September 2005, 14:50
Welcome to the site David,plenty of ships/sea nostalgia around here.

nonialon
20th January 2006, 17:05
hi ime alan as well ex shell holospira 1970 singapore was it bloody hot !

R58484956
20th January 2006, 17:09
Welcome nonialon to the site as you can see plenty of Shell people on site, enjoy it and all it has to offer and a happy new year to you.

calvin
15th February 2006, 20:37
(Applause) Hi sailed on the megara
lanistes (new)from chiba
lampas
felipes twice New from haugesund 2 curacao to west africa
halia lightening
litiopa new from chiba
naticina
great times especialy felipes down on the west african coastto scaramanger dry dock

jim barnes
16th February 2006, 03:44
did a bit of shell d/boy to sos
Hemicardium 5th jan 68 to 20 july 68
Vitrina 9 sept 68 to 26 march 69
Haminella 24 april to 22 oct 69

Jim MacIntyre
12th March 2006, 00:03
Davila Oct/63 - Jan/64
Axina Apr/64 - July/64
Ninella July/64 - Dec/64
Rita Dec/64 - Dec/64

Davila went to the breakers yard in Spain Jan 64.
Ninella d/d in Singapore after losing port aft lifeboat during Board of Trade sports in the Pesian Gulf
Rita d/d in Singapore after being hit amidships by a liberty ship that lost steering in the harbour.
Some fun times.
Jim Mac

calvin
12th March 2006, 14:48
what about capts and chief stewards
capt peddler palmer sadly passed away with cancer
pacheco chief steward

janbonde
12th March 2006, 16:56
Hello to all you Shell guys worked by one of your ships for 2 wks in Falmouth England before shipping out on a Norwegian vessel in the early fifties she was Panamanian flag. I believe there were 6 in the fleet crewed through your hiring system the pool ,German built all began with the letter C what were all the names please ,this is not a quiz ,it`s a request for information

Jim MacIntyre
16th March 2006, 04:45
Hello to all you Shell guys worked by one of your ships for 2 wks in Falmouth England before shipping out on a Norwegian vessel in the early fifties she was Panamanian flag. I believe there were 6 in the fleet crewed through your hiring system the pool ,German built all began with the letter C what were all the names please ,this is not a quiz ,it`s a request for information
According to helderline the following ships were built for Shell at Bethlehem Steel, Quincy Mass.
Caperata (1950)
Capiluna (1960)
Capisteria (1960)
Caprella (3) (1950)
Caprinus (1950)
Capsa (3) (1950)
Capulonix (1959)
Capulus (1950)
Lovellia (1959)
Patro (1959)
The information listed in the helderline web site shows that five of them were transfered to German flag in 1959
Caperata
Caprella
Caprinus
Capsa
Capulus
All 28/29,000 DWT.

Cheers
Jim MacIntyre

janbonde
29th March 2006, 16:47
Many thanks for the reply it was the Caprella I worked by,yes I remember now they were US built it was the change of flag I got mixed up with as I had heard they had moved the the German flag

wsumg04
29th March 2006, 23:42
I worked for Stuk too!
Achatina(can you believe it was still around in the early 1980'sI remember a big hole in the bulkheads between 4 and 5 genter tanks.....she went off to scrap shortly after)
Paludina the tar tub queen!Another great story in LA at lunchtime the discharge pipe burst and bitumin was pouring into LA harbor.Every bloody car that had a flashing light on it descended onto the scene.They arrested the old man for pollution until they found out it was a shore side pipe that burst and the polluter was the American company that owned the terminal.....oooooops!
Drupa, Now where would we be without 4 months in the Brent?Everyone needs to freeze their a**es off at some time in their life!I remember we had the TV people on board at Shell haven as we were getting our safety awards for the year.Just out of the port you could see the oil being pumped into a tank that was already full and the stuff was going everywhere.The old man in a blind panic said well you have your story,we have work to do,so goodbye.They were escorted out of the terminal the long way round where the tank could not be seen..........oooooooops!
Litiopa, joined her in New Orleans.she was held up for three days due to bad weather.........Shell in their infinite wisdom put us up in a great hotel on Bourbon Street, then proceeded to give us $35.00 a day per diem.I don't think I have ever drunk as much beer in my life!Then we sailed off to Kharg Island Iran where the ship got robbed by the Iranian Soldiers.I had an ak47 stuffed in my mouth after I refused to hand over my Yankee Dollars.I got a busted tooth and load in my shorts.Funniest thing about that was we got our black out kits from Shellstores in London that consisted of black bin liners and a roll of masking tape.Like thats gonna stop shrapnel!!
Shell was great to work for,and I miss the guys and the ships.
Pete

calvin
30th March 2006, 19:36
shell was good to work for especailly when you had to be put up in hotels at the shipbuilders exspence and still be given money for troubles mind you sake flow fast and furious in chiba while standing by as lanistes and litiopa were made ready for maiden voyages and to top it of were even given sayanora parties by the shipbuilder. great and missed .but mostly the comradeship you can never find ashore we were and always be one of a kind no matter how much barnacales gather under us.

Graham Wallace
17th May 2006, 07:22
I was a (BP) Engineering Apprentice at Acton Technical College 1955/57 and am trying to locate the Shell apprentices there at that time
Dennis Chamberlain
Alan Ewins
Ron Ford
John Hinds
Bob Picavance
Ken Wheatley

I have found Ian Huckle and Gerald Wealstead and would be intersted if anyone knows of these 6 guys

Graham Wallace

taxidave
8th June 2006, 12:12
[B]Myself and a few others are looking into the shelling of SS Haustrum in We think the January of 1967. We connot find any news referances to the incident.We have been lead to think that the skipper was from Hull and was badly injured and the helmsman was killed.Can anybody shed more light on this shelling.
Taxidave

stevecz
8th June 2006, 18:37
Taxidave
It was 12th January 1967, The Viet Cong fired 9 mortars at her, and as you say killed the Helmsman and injuring the Captain.
The story was written on the inside of the 3rd Engineers desk drawer, I am sorry I do not remember much more. It was the date that stuck in my mind for some reason.

taxidave
17th June 2006, 11:54
Any one sail on the SS Hemicardium December 1966 to July 1967???

jim barnes
17th June 2006, 19:19
my first trip to sea was the Hemicardium, deck boy 5th Jan 1968 to 20th July 1968 paid of JOS (Hippy)

mikefoster
14th July 2006, 12:00
What was so awful about the Plagiola ????? We had the Plagiola down in New Zealand in about 1959 with one of the first loads of bulk bitumen delivered here.

Another interesting product voyage to New Zealand was the Neothyris, I think in the early 1950s. I cam across a story that she was diverted to Picairn so that the RO could do some work on their radio equipment. There was a party on board for the islanders, and they came out in the longboats when Neothyris headed away. They stood up the longboats and sang a farewell hymn. It was said there wasn't a dry eye on the ship.

Another question, though. Was anyone on the old Sepia or the new one of 1961 with a gas turbine ? I only discovered the other day that the Sepia wasn't a sea shell but was the cuttle fish, looking much like a squid and with a remarkable ability to change colour. I wonder what the ship had in its display cabinet. Would it have been a stuffed cuttle fish ? And would the colour simply be whatever colour it happened to be at the time of demise ?

I should add that this is my first post. I used to work in Marine Staff department in St Helen's Court, way back when the world was a very different place.

Mike Foster







Well Nick,
We all had to do a "Tar Tub", mine was the Pallium. At least we didn't get the "PLAGIOLA" !!!!!!!

Here's my ship list:
Humilaria, Nov 1969 - May 1970, 5/E.
Heldia, Jul 1970 - Jan 1971, 5/E.
Alinda, Apr 1971 - Jul 1971, 4/E.
Zenatia, Aug 1971 - Dec 1971, 4/E.
Zaphon, Jan 1972 - May 1972, 4/E.
Hemitrochus, Dec 1972 - May 1973, 4/E.
Pallium, Jul 1973 - Nov 1973, 4/E.
Haustrum, May 1974 - Sep 1974, 3/E.
Asprella, Nov 1974 - Apr 1975, 3/E.
Latirus, Jul 1975 - Nov 1975, 3/E.
Lanistes, Feb 1976 - May 1976, 3/E.
Linga, Aug 1976 - Sep 1976, 3/E.
Latirus, Nov 1976 - Feb 1977, 3/E.
Limnea, May 1977 - Oct 1977, 3/E.
Mena, Jan 1978 - May 1978, 3/E.
Serenia, Jul 1978 - Nov 1978, 3/E.
Shell Expro Offshore, Brent Bravo1979, Fulmar Alpha 1980, Tern Alpha 1989, Syria 1996-2004

bern1st
14th July 2006, 15:11
!st trip to sea. STS HADRA Joined June 1956-Falmouth. Paid off June 1957-North Shields. Had to be my most memorable voyage, and not yet been able to find anyone who did this voyage at that time. AH memories. Bernie

mclean
14th July 2006, 16:20
Hi Mike. Welcome to the site. A great place to spend some time. There are not as many ex Shellmen posting as one would expect,given the number of employees over the years. Was Deck Apprentice/Fourth Mate with Shell 1957/1961 and had my interview with them in 1956 at Ibex House,EC3. The schoolboys exhibition was on in London at the time, and Shell had a booth there.They put me up at a B&B in Lancaster Gate the night before the interview.If I recall the rate was 15 shillings a night. All in all a great four years.Lots of hard work and lots of fun. Ships sailed on... Thaumastus, Naticina, Tectus, Achatina, Hyria, Acavus, Hinnites and San Gaspar. Regards Colin,

mikefoster
16th July 2006, 00:58
Hello Colin, yes I remember Ibex House in the Minories. Fleet Staff department moved there from St Helen's Court about 1953. By 1956 I'd been moved to another department, Trade Relations, but still some connections with shipping as we were dealing with energy statistics and that included shipping records. In the St Helen's Court days the head of the apprentices section in Fleet Staff was a Captain Nimmo, presumably an ex-Shell captain.

Did you ever come across the little Tanea, that was launched for New Zealand service in 1951? At that time I don't think I even knew where New Zealand was. It was Captain P G G Dove who brought her out. That leads to an interesting story as one of Tanea's later captains in New Zealand was Pat Williams (actually H V B Williams), and he had been a lieutenant on Achilles at the battle of the River Plate. Thus two future Tanea captains were either side of that battle line. I must have met Capt Dove, unremembered, in Fleet Staff days, and I later met Pat Williams at Marsden Point, New Zealand, where he set up Williams and Rochester as a marine superintendency for the NZ refinery in 1964.

In those fleet staff days we lost Clam on Reykanes Point, Iceland, and the Dromus blew up in Singapore. I also recall that the C/E of, I think, the Lotorium was killed in an E/R explosion.

And re the Tanea, one much later captain was Mike Pryce, who is now harbourmaster in Wellington down here.

Regards

Mike

R58484956
16th July 2006, 20:03
A belated warm welcome Mike to the site enjoy it and al it has to offer.

mclean
17th July 2006, 19:33
My first trip with Shell as a Deck Apprentic in 1957, was on the T2 tanker "Thaumastus", one of four apprentices on board. As many will be aware, and certainly with Shell, three apprentices often performed the 4-8 watch, and the fourth, normally the senior apprentice, day work. The three on the 4-8 also worked on deck from 0830-1200. The apprentices cabin on Thaumastus was the original gunners cabin, situated between the two midships alleyways, with two portholes facing aft. Four of us to a cabin, however we had our own toilet/shower, which was great. In the tropics however, this midships cabin was a hothouse, and we would take the mattresses out on the port side deck to sleep. The watch system, as known to most, was, appr.(A) 1st.wheel, 0400-0600. then lookout 0700-0800. appr.(B) lookout 0400-0500. then 2nd. wheel, 0600-0800. appr. (C) Farmer (lookout 0500-0700). The same applied for 1600-2000 hrs. One evening,whilst the senior apprentice was elsewhere,we three watchkeepers decided that, as the Farmer did not need to appear prior to 0500 hrs, then a method shoule be established to allow him an additional one hour sleep (0345-0445). All three agreed to the following,bearing in mind that each apprentice had his turn at farmer every third day. A length of light rope was tied around the ankle of the farmer, and carried up the foredeck to the foc'le head, by the first lookout. The idea was that at 0445 the lookout would pull on the rope with sufficient force to awaken the farmer. It turned out to be a total disaster. The rope had fount its way around a deck tank valve and was jammed. The farmer slept peacefully until sometime after 0500, until the mate demande to know why the first lookout ahd not been relieved. Luckily the mate was a great chap, and we only received a week of field days! Colin

mclean
18th July 2006, 16:25
Mike, I do remember the name Captain Nommo. Perhaps from my interview? Never came across the Tanea. There is a good photo of her on Helderline Shell Tanker site, where Jan Janata (Capt, Williams daughter), mentions that she made various trips with her father on the Tanea during school holidays. Patrick Dove was Master of the Africa Shell when she was captured by the Graf Spee. When do you expect to complete your book? Regards Colin

Wilco
18th July 2006, 20:51
:@ Sailed at some time in the late fourties or early fifties as an apprentice with Paddy Dove but can't remember what ship. I remember his opening gambit in the saloon to anyone joining the ship was "Have you read my book" which as you say related to his being taken by the Graf Spee & his subsequent sojourn on the Altmark. He would sell you one & put it on your bond bill! I also recall Capt. Nimmo from the St Helens Court days.
Wilco

mikefoster
18th July 2006, 22:45
Thanks for those comments Colin. This site certainly brings back all sorts of memories. In my days in Marine Staff department in Anglo-Saxon the engineers' section was run by Percy Allard and Ron Howell, the deck officers' section by David Plunkett, the apprentices by Capt Nimmo and I W Kerr, and chief stewards were handled by Chas Stanning and radio officers by Bill North (I think his full name was William Wilson-North). I was only an office boy in the department in those days but it was an interesting place to start.

One memory I have was having to go from time to time down to the strong room to fetch files. There was a huge collection of files dealing with war events and various accidents. I remember reading the file about the Dromus explosion in Singapore. They would have been a tremendous historical resource and I do hope that they somehow got passed to a proper archive or museum.

Yes, I have had a contact with Jan Janata, daughter of Pat Williams. She was wanting to make a model of the Tanea and I think she got some help via Mike Pryce.

Last year some friends in Britain sent us a DVD of the River Plate film. I must get it out and watch it again.

As for writing books, it feels like an unending process ! You keep coming across little snippets. I'd like to feel that I'll get it finished by the end of the year.

Mike

ragusa
29th July 2006, 11:55
paid off san fabian 21feb 1964 at ellesmere port.

Harrisman
8th August 2006, 23:01
Someone mentioned diverting to Pitcairn on one ship --- was on the Alinda in 1979 en route New Zealand to Curacao and we diverted to Easter Island to drop off messman who was bleeding internally. Wonder if he is still there !!! Alinda had been more or less on coast for years and then went to N Zealand via Gulf. Great trip.

Allan Wareing
9th August 2006, 14:41
what about capts and chief stewards
capt peddler palmer sadly passed away with cancer
pacheco chief steward

calvin,
I saw where Peddler had passed away on the helderline site - do'nt know if you sailed with him. In 1952/53 I sailed with him in Neothauma when he was Mate and I was 2nd Mate. He was quite a character.
Allan

mikeg
24th August 2006, 21:17
Hello all GZWF's (Read)

Here's my ship list:

Asperella Oct '66 - Apr '67
Achatina Jun '67 - Nov '67
Aulica Mar '68 - Sept '68
Amoria Feb '69 - Aug '69
Natacina Jun '70 - Nov '70
Melania Jul '71 - Jan '72
Aluco Apr '72 - Aug '72
Naticina Sep '73 - Dec '73
Latirus Jan '74 - Apr '74
Mysia Nov '74 - Mar '75
Gastrana Jun '75 - Nov '75
Methane
Princess Jan '76 - Apr '76
Limopsis Jul '76 - Nov '76
Litiopa Apr '77 - Jun '77
Erinna Oct '77 - Feb '78
Darina May '78 - Sep '78
Limopsis Nov '78 - Mar '79
Eburna Jun '79 - Oct '79
Euplecta Jan '80 - May '80
Etrema Aug '80 - Dec '80
Limatula Mar '81 - Jun '81
Halia Oct '81 - Dec '81
Northia Mar '82 - Jun '81
Northia Sep '82 - Jan '83
Northia Apr '83 - Jul '83
Northia Oct '83 - Feb '84
Donovania Jun '84 - Oct '84
Halia Feb '85 - May '85
Rimula Aug '85 - Oct '85
Gastrana Jan '86 - May '86
Serenia Sep '86 - Jan '87

No tar boats - wasn't I lucky (Thumb)
Was Jnr. R/O on Asperella in '66, did Radar at Southampton, Electronics Cert. at Bristol then SRO/E.

Sailed on a few other ships in between:
Matra Nov ' 68 - Dec '68
Evegenia
Chandris Nov '69 - Apr '70
Port
Hawkesbury Dec '70 - May '71
CP Voyageur Oct '72 - Dec '72

Like to hear from anyone who matches ships / dates.

Mike

calvin
24th August 2006, 21:45
hi allen all sailed a couple of times with pedler palmer great old man just but fair

Tom Logan
29th September 2006, 12:35
At the moment can't find my discharge books to list my many Shell ships/Eagle Oil, from cadet to 1st.mate, ( though with spells in several other companies, I had quite a varied career ) and later being transfered to Shell Expro in Aberdeen as O.I.M. on Auk, Brent Alpha, Dunlin, and Brent Charlie before early retirement many years ago. I have many happy memories of my time in the fleet(and some bad ones!) but best was probably Eastern fleet small craft 'Lang' and 'Ankor'. Any other Eastern Fleet people out there?

Tom Logan
30th September 2006, 02:03
Davila Oct/63 - Jan/64
Axina Apr/64 - July/64
Ninella July/64 - Dec/64
Rita Dec/64 - Dec/64

Davila went to the breakers yard in Spain Jan 64.
Ninella d/d in Singapore after losing port aft lifeboat during Board of Trade sports in the Pesian Gulf
Rita d/d in Singapore after being hit amidships by a liberty ship that lost steering in the harbour.
Some fun times.
Jim Mac

Ninella's last occupation was as floating storage at Saigon before going to scrap march'66 in Taiwan. I was Mate, Jeff Cush Master, don't remember other names. What a job! double pay war bonus plus Eastern bonus, not much work, and next to no watchkeeping .

Shell-Vet
8th October 2006, 00:33
My Shell Tankers list:

Capsa (June 1957 to August 1957) Deck App
Ninella (August 1957 to May 1958) Deck App
Thalamus (May 1958 to June 1958) Deck App
Thaumastus (July 1958 to June 1959) Deck App
Varicella (August 1959 to February 1960) Deck App
Patro (March 1960 to February 1961) Acting 4th Mate
Capisteria (July 1961 to July 1962) 3rd Mate
Pallium (January 1963 to July 1963) 2nd Mate

What was wrong with the "Tar Boats"? I really enjoyed my few months with the Pallium. We did one fascinating trip up the St Lawrence as far as Quebec, and also spent a few weeks on the West African coast which I must admit wasn't so great. Pallium was comfortable, a wee sweety in fact.

I see some other references to Pallium and the Thaumastus from about the same time. Anyone I know?

Mike

mclean
8th October 2006, 05:59
Hi Mike. I joined Thaumastus as first trip Apprentice in sept.1957, and signed off in Singapore in feb.1958, to join Naticina for the twelve month period, returning to the UK onthe Tectus. You must have joined her at Rosyth after her lay up? Believe she went for her final lay up at Lough Swilly in July of 1959, and was finallly scrapped in 1961. I enjoyed my time with Shell, but decided to go with Mobil after 2nd. Mates. Best Regards Colin

mikeg
16th October 2006, 11:54
My Shell Tankers list:


What was wrong with the "Tar Boats"?


Didn't sail on any Tar Boats myself but I do remember the lurid tales from engineers about the discomforts of heat and of continual heating coil problems. So it's good to actually hear from someone who was contented. (Thumb)

mikeg
16th October 2006, 12:41
Taxidave
It was 12th January 1967, The Viet Cong fired 9 mortars at her, and as you say killed the Helmsman and injuring the Captain.
The story was written on the inside of the 3rd Engineers desk drawer, I am sorry I do not remember much more. It was the date that stuck in my mind for some reason.

Makes me wonder why the Viet Cong did attack? According to Louis Wesseling's (Ch. Exec of Shell Vietnam) book 'Fuelling The War' Shell supplied both sides so the VC would be reducing their own fuel supplies. That said, it didn't stop the Nhabe depot going up in flames in December 1973.
(Cloud)

alanengineer
25th October 2006, 22:04
Has anybody info on the attack on the Amastra in Siagon ? I joined her Oct69 as 4th eng after she had spent six months in dry dock in S'pore.

stevecz
26th October 2006, 02:13
Try this site Alan,
http://www.geocities.com/jimvasko_94555/photo1.htm

There are also some other site but I forget where.

Steve

Harrisman
5th November 2006, 10:20
MikeG
Notice you were on Gastrana 1986
I was on there as 2nd Eng Mar 86 to Aug 86 Don Wylie and then Pete Hyde were Ch Eng's.

mikeg
5th November 2006, 12:58
MikeG
Notice you were on Gastrana 1986
I was on there as 2nd Eng Mar 86 to Aug 86 Don Wylie and then Pete Hyde were Ch Eng's.

Hi, Good to hear from you. My trip was from 10th Jan. thru to 22nd May joining and leaving at Chiba. It was my 2nd time of Gastrana and a very much happier ship that time. Remember Don Wylie but unfortunately I didn't keep a staff list so my recall now is quite dim I'm afraid.

Mike

alanengineer
9th November 2006, 21:29
Try this site Alan,
http://www.geocities.com/jimvasko_94555/photo1.htm

There are also some other site but I forget where.

Steve

Many thanks got exactly what I was looking for,

ATPRB
All the Paisley Road West

Glasgow rhyming slang for the All The Best!!!

ALANENGINEER

ruud
22nd November 2006, 09:35
Sailed on the following 1957through 1961. Thaumastus, Naticina, Tectus,Achatina, Hyria, Acavus, Hinnites, San Gaspar. Regards Colin
Ahoy Colin,
Just got this piccie from Bettina Rohbrecht's collection, so all credits to her.
Courtesy/ Bettina Rohbrecht

http://img205.imageshack.us/my.php?image=acavus1958mediumpr5.jpg (http://img205.imageshack.us/my.php?image=acavus1958mediumpr5.jpg)

mikefoster
12th February 2008, 09:38
[mclean;15025]Sailed on the following 1957through 1961. . . . . ,Achatina . . . .

Colin, wasn't the Achatina one of the ones that wasn't named after a seashell? I seem to recall that Achatina was a giant African landsnail and pretty much of a pest. Another one that wasn't a real seashell was Sepia, which is the cuttlefish.

Regards
Mike Foster

Jim Glover
22nd March 2008, 00:26
Sailed on various Shell Tankers from 1971 to 1979,just about to receive my Shell Pension,not very much for 9years hard graft ,still at sea on the DSV Acergy Eagle as Mechanical Dive /lay Supervisor in the offshore industry.

marco nista
21st June 2008, 00:08
Just joined 'SN' & whilst exploring the site I came across the Joe Shell thread & saw the references to the incidents involving the AMASTRA & the HAUSTRUM.

I was R/O aboard the AMASTRA when she was mined in Nhatrang [not Saigon].
After the KARA came alongside to help out & the USN tug CURRENT arrived to patch & pump most of us were flown back to Singapore & repatriated to the UK - all except me, I was transferred to the ACAVUS & was back in Vietnam three or four days later.

As to the HAUSTRUM incident I believe that she was rocketted in an attempt to block the river [the run up to Saigon was thru 'bandit country' & ships were escorted by patrol vessels & helicopters].
The story was that anti-tank rockets were used, intended for armour piercing & they passed right thru the radioroom & chartroom without exploding.
Nonetheless sadly the QM was killed & the Old Man injured.
The R/O was very lucky [we used to keep a radio watch during the river passage], he had just left the Radioroom for a few moments.

Marco

barney b
24th June 2008, 13:47
I sailed on the Haustrum after the Vietnam incedent,in the officers lounge there was a plaque with pieces of shrapnel from the attack.The ship had a Chinese crew with British officers when they were attacked.She was attacked with armour piercing shells, the first coming through the bridge injuring the Captain who I believe lost a leg. The helmsman panicked and left the wheel ,and ran into the chart room where the next shell came through killing him. Shells also came through into the saloon pantry down aft. A pretty serious attack with definite intent to kill people and disable the ship.

David Andrews
9th July 2008, 09:54
I was an engineer cadet on the Arianta at the time the Axina R/O lost it. I seem to remember some of my mates (engineer cadets) missed the ship in South Africa. Do you remember anything about that?

ChasD
9th July 2008, 21:34
Just joined 'SN' & whilst exploring the site I came across the Joe Shell thread & saw the references to the incidents involving the AMASTRA & the HAUSTRUM.

I was R/O aboard the AMASTRA when she was mined in Nhatrang [not Saigon].
After the KARA came alongside to help out & the USN tug CURRENT arrived to patch & pump most of us were flown back to Singapore & repatriated to the UK - all except me, I was transferred to the ACAVUS & was back in Vietnam three or four days later.

As to the HAUSTRUM incident I believe that she was rocketted in an attempt to block the river [the run up to Saigon was thru 'bandit country' & ships were escorted by patrol vessels & helicopters].
The story was that anti-tank rockets were used, intended for armour piercing & they passed right thru the radioroom & chartroom without exploding.
Nonetheless sadly the QM was killed & the Old Man injured.
The R/O was very lucky [we used to keep a radio watch during the river passage], he had just left the Radioroom for a few moments.

Marco

As a tribute to those involved, and in a effort to ensure that the period is suitably recorded in an appropriate place, I've attached a few pics of those times which may bring back some memories to those who were there.

ChasD
9th July 2008, 21:50
At risk of overloading my allowance ! A few more.

mikeg
10th July 2008, 00:21
At risk of overloading my allowance ! A few more.

Excellent pictures Chas, thanks. It brings it all back again (Thumb)
I for one would like to see more.

Mike

Pat Kennedy
18th July 2008, 10:18
The Pallium has been mentioned a few times in this thread. I was in her for a couple of weeks coasting and liked it, but had to pay off at Tranmere with severe tonsilitis.
She had some kind of experimental gas turbines which needed huge quantities of air for combustion, fed into the engine room by two vast air intakes abeam of the funnel. I heard a few years later that something went wrong with the air supply and the engine room imploded, and that there were casualties. Is anyone aware of this incident?
Pat

taxidave
21st August 2008, 22:57
When I was on the Hemicardium. It was possibly in the June we lost an Ast. Steward over board, I remember he was a Scot. We were on the last leg home Rotterdam and onto Thames Haven.Docking in the middle of July 1967.Payed of to return home to a shotgun wedding.Carn't remember who the As. was only that we a ceromony in the mission at Euro Port. Can anyone shed some light on this bad night.
Taxidave

mike yeats
5th September 2008, 13:20
Further to the shelling of the Haustrum, I was a deck apprentice and at the time of the attack I was taking tank temperature just aft of the midships accomodation. We were hit by 57 mm anti tank shells, according to the Americans, we were hit on port bridge wing, captains night cabin, officers mess, a port side forward tank, rear of chart room and a lifeboat davit portside aft. The chinese helmsman was killed in the chart room explosion, the Captain was slightly injured but mostly damaged his hearing. He had been through the Russian convoys in WW2 and never had a scratch, this was his last trip to sea.
They were trying to block the river, according to Americans. Skyhawk jets came to our assistance and bombed the bank also a river craft lobbed grenades along the bank.

brian111247
29th September 2008, 13:07
Sailed on the Asprella, joined her in Swansea Feb 1966 as J.O.S., left her in Tilbury May 1966. Good ship, interesting trips, Rotterdam, Grangemouth and Eastham out to Curacao, San Juan P.R., Beaumont Texas and back to Rotterdam. Dodgy cargoes of Toluene, Xylene and Benzine, nasty cancerous stuff if you got in real contact with it according to the safety sheet the crew was issued with, but a tot of rum after we went down to clean the tanks with brooms and dustpan and brush made up for it. I remember one guy down in the tanks was removing the last of the deposits of sand commonly found after discharge who as he was brushing away at it, released some kind of gas, which knocked him out completely, he had to get stretchered up to the main deck where happily he revived. Apart from that, I always remember thinking while swimming in the on-board pool as we sailed through the Caribean, "It doesn't get better than this and I'm getting paid for it", especially when you saw a gin-palace or cruise liner loaded to the gunnels with people paying a small fortune to experience the same. I would have stayed for a few more trips, but sadly due to the seaman's strike in 66, as soon as we got back to the U.K., we were obliged to pay-off. I still think to this day, Bill Hogarth and his cronies sold us down the Swannee. Asprella's skipper was Gareth Thomas, a fine gentleman and a brilliant skipper. Looking at my discharge book I also see the surname Kee, but I don't recollect if he was a deck or engine-room officer. Happy days.

Brian.

ThePirateBay
5th October 2008, 18:35
Please contact me if you want more info and photos of your Shell tankers.Brgds ThePirateBay

BOB GARROCH
1st November 2008, 18:24
Ok Shell Men Who Remembers The Mad House

mikeg
2nd November 2008, 01:05
Ok Shell Men Who Remembers The Mad House

Curacao (Thumb) or am I muddling that up with 'Campo' Alegre... not that I, a bible reading, non-drinking, clean-living person would frequent such a place(Thumb)
PS I'm also a liar....

mikeg
2nd November 2008, 01:15
Sailed on the Asprella, joined her in Swansea Feb 1966 as J.O.S., left her in Tilbury May 1966. Good ship, interesting trips, Rotterdam, Grangemouth and Eastham out to Curacao, San Juan P.R., Beaumont Texas and back to Rotterdam. Dodgy cargoes of Toluene, Xylene and Benzine, nasty cancerous stuff if you got in real contact with it according to the safety sheet the crew was issued with, but a tot of rum after we went down to clean the tanks with brooms and dustpan and brush made up for it. I remember one guy down in the tanks was removing the last of the deposits of sand commonly found after discharge who as he was brushing away at it, released some kind of gas, which knocked him out completely, he had to get stretchered up to the main deck where happily he revived. Apart from that, I always remember thinking while swimming in the on-board pool as we sailed through the Caribean, "It doesn't get better than this and I'm getting paid for it", especially when you saw a gin-palace or cruise liner loaded to the gunnels with people paying a small fortune to experience the same. I would have stayed for a few more trips, but sadly due to the seaman's strike in 66, as soon as we got back to the U.K., we were obliged to pay-off. I still think to this day, Bill Hogarth and his cronies sold us down the Swannee. Asprella's skipper was Gareth Thomas, a fine gentleman and a brilliant skipper. Looking at my discharge book I also see the surname Kee, but I don't recollect if he was a deck or engine-room officer. Happy days.

Brian.

Chance of contracting Lukemia on that one. Do you remember the required regular blood tests, I was on Asperella from Oct 1966 joined her in Swansea s well but the run was mainly to San Juan PR, (Ponce?) & Curacao. Happy ship so happy days indeed.

Mike

loylobby
2nd November 2008, 13:00
Ok Shell Men Who Remembers The Mad House

Oh yes, in Curacao just by the gate to the refinery. Served the best Nasi Goreng with fried egg in the whole world (in the 1970's)

marco nista
2nd November 2008, 14:29
Yep, remember the Madhouse very well - the steaks were pretty good & the rum & coke went down well.

Fights were not unknown - the staff were quite used to it, wash the blood off the tiles & sweep the broken glass off the floor into the garden [open-air restaurant with a roof on pillars] & a few minutes later you would'nt have known aything had been going on at all.

Also remember the ASPRELLA & Guayanilla, the loadport in PR - the little bar on the local beach that could be accessed by lifeboat [usually a helluva job getting it back out into the bay thru the surf], waterski-ing behind the lifeboat, happy days . . .

I'll search out out some slides & scan 'em when I get a spare minute.

Also remember the bloodtests on the ASPRELLA each time we were back on the European side - could never understand why the UK Doctors managed with a pinprick of blood, while the Rotterdam Doc used to take a whole armful - flogging it on the side I suppose,

73s

Marco

Magic Fingers
9th December 2008, 21:26
1969/70 in Curacao, I can remember getting to the Madhouse while on the Verena, eating the Nasi Goreng and then eating the steak for afters. Doesn't say much for the food on the Verena does it. Mind you, by then everything on the Verena was "stuffed".

THEDOC
8th January 2009, 18:36
stevcz.
YES!!!!!
First trip 3rd eng. joined July 70 at Bandar Mahshahr up the river at the top of the Gulf.
I can quote from a newspaper cutting that my old aunt saw in a Glasgow paper, but I cannot remember the exact date.
" No alarm yet" over tanker
Shell Tankers, owners of the Brittish vessel Axina, said in London to-day they did not feel any need for alarm yet over reports that the 12,283-ton(GRT) tanker had not been heard of for some days.
She left Walvis Bay, in South Africa, on October &, bound for Port Sudan.(actually the Gulf.)
Reuter reports said no word had been received from the tanker- with an all-British crew - since then.
The Shell spokesman said the vessel had been sighted off Cape Town and later off Port Elizabeth in the Indian Ocean.
"It is quite normal for a vessel not to be in touch with us during a voyage. They radio that they have left port and give an arrival date and theit destination"
It is possible, the spokesman said, that the Aina ( paper missprint not mine) may be having some engine trouble, and he added-- "We are making all efforts to get in touch with her."

The real story in the next installment, but may be in a month's time as I am leaving the island ( Islay) on holiday.

ATB
All The Best.
Alanengineer.


Alan,
if you are from Islay, do you know my old mate Neil Brown who was my junior on the Marticia in about 72. He lived at his dads farm at the west end of the island (dont want to broadcast his address)

THEDOC
8th January 2009, 18:51
1969/70 in Curacao, I can remember getting to the Madhouse while on the Verena, eating the Nasi Goreng and then eating the steak for afters. Doesn't say much for the food on the Verena does it. Mind you, by then everything on the Verena was "stuffed".

Went on board Verena in Brighams So Shields in about 68. Had taken her 10 days to get from Norway to the Tyne. She had all three boilers retubed in another 10 day wonder docking. Broke down before it passed the piers and had to be towed back in. Surprised it made it to Curacao at all.
ps did you get your nasi for free?

Magic Fingers
8th January 2009, 22:43
Verena must have had a second life. Had 9 months on her. Did Sweden, Europe, States coast, BA, Panama, Japan, Hong Kong, Gulf, got chucked out of Mina because she had been to Israel in the 50s. Leaked 600tons of cargo between Curacao and Japan. Had to lighter off Karachi because she was leaking so much they wouldn't let her in. Boiler wall collapse meant emergency dry dock in Singapore. Didn't stop in the dry dock so bashed the bow on the head of the dock. She was a thrill a minute and a real heart breaker.
Don't remember free meals in the Mad House.

THEDOC
12th January 2009, 12:30
Verena must have had a second life. Had 9 months on her. Did Sweden, Europe, States coast, BA, Panama, Japan, Hong Kong, Gulf, got chucked out of Mina because she had been to Israel in the 50s. Leaked 600tons of cargo between Curacao and Japan. Had to lighter off Karachi because she was leaking so much they wouldn't let her in. Boiler wall collapse meant emergency dry dock in Singapore. Didn't stop in the dry dock so bashed the bow on the head of the dock. She was a thrill a minute and a real heart breaker.
Don't remember free meals in the Mad House.

There was a period when you got your nasi free if you could finish it --- dont ask me the dates-- offer is probly finished now.

THEDOC
12th January 2009, 14:54
Didn't sail on any Tar Boats myself but I do remember the lurid tales from engineers about the discomforts of heat and of continual heating coil problems. So it's good to actually hear from someone who was contented. (Thumb)

I did two trips on the Partula and could think of lots to complain about, but having said that I could complain about other ships also so whats the point.
More experience didnt do any harm.
Remember the old saying - people are only happy when they a moaning about something -

THEDOC
6th February 2009, 10:28
I may as well feel old join the Shell fusillers club:

Engineer apprentice to medical discharge in 1984:

Haustellum,
Hemiglypta,(under the Australian flag)
Harpula,
Hyala,(took this one to scrap in Kaoshiung)
Serenia, (laid this one up in Brunei)
Zenatia,
Axina,
Methane Progress,
Gadinia,
Partula (I guess I really upset somebody in fleet personnel to get this one),
Asprella,
Aulica,
Solen,
Halia,
Achatina,
Lotorium,
Lima,
Halia (again),
Limopsis,
Serenia (again)
Gastrana, and finally
Lampas (left in Le Havre after having prepared her for lay up in Lamlash Bay)

In general happy memories and a career I was sad to part with. (Thumb)


I got the Partula twice on the trot, so what did I have to do to get that, also got the Limnea two times on the trot (left me with a twitch that one)so just think of it 2 x Limnea followed by 2 x Partula, that was a rough spell

Marthan Klein
8th March 2009, 22:13
Hope this is good information for you.

I was 3rd Mate on the KORENIA and 3 days after the HAUSTRUM we sailed up the Mekong. Had I known this story before, I would not have slept very good during that time.

David Williams
10th March 2009, 00:53
Hi Alan.
I had the misfortune of sailing on just the
one Shell tanker back in 1956,the Latirus.
Signed on in Swansea to go deep sea,but
all we did was sail up and down the Irish
coast for about 10/12 days,then for some
reason went to Elmsmere Port and just tied
up.Couldnt sign off quick enough with just
enough for a single ticket back to Swansea.
We hadnt been on board long enough for a
railway warrant.

Dave Williams(R583900)

THEDOC
16th March 2009, 11:02
Hi Alan.
I had the misfortune of sailing on just the
one Shell tanker back in 1956,the Latirus.
Signed on in Swansea to go deep sea,but
all we did was sail up and down the Irish
coast for about 10/12 days,then for some
reason went to Elmsmere Port and just tied
up.Couldnt sign off quick enough with just
enough for a single ticket back to Swansea.
We hadnt been on board long enough for a
railway warrant.

Dave Williams(R583900)
was on one Shell tanker (Harpula I think, in 67) when an AB who signed on in Swansea, jumped ship as we were in the lock, waiting to leave, must have been a record short trip trip that one.

seagull
7th April 2009, 01:23
hi looking for good picture of amastra leaving eastam with her tug foylegarth got one from the helderline site but not very good want it for my desktop thank you

grant1
8th April 2009, 09:52
Joined Platidia April 66 in North Shields to avoid the seamans strike. Full of Geordies,and when they got together this cockney kid didnt understand a word they said,good crowd though (when they spoke English)

brian111247
16th April 2009, 16:36
I was in the Asprella as a JOS, February to May of 66. Would have stayed with her longer but we went on strike as soon as we got back to home waters. Skipper was Gareth Thomas, a real gentleman. Used to think how lucky I was splashing about in the ship's pool while we were sailing in the Gulf of Mexico en-route from Beaumont in Texas to San Juan, Puerto Rico and getting paid for it while we were in the company of the Gin Palaces where the passengers were paying through the nose for it. Happy days, and a good ship.

Brian

mikeg
16th April 2009, 17:26
Hi Brian,

I joined Asprella in October 1966, still on PR run - happy ship.

Mike

brian111247
17th April 2009, 15:01
Hello, Mike.

I remember winding-up the genny on the starboard midships life-boat as part of an equipment check on the radio gear. Great fun in the sun. Contrary to what I've heard, the food was good, the work was hard, the crew were great, the run was okay, especially when we got to Grangemouth where I could nip down the road for a few hours to visit my folks. Another funny thing was, I was in the G'mouth pool and I managed to get a berth on the Asprella, Packed my bags, grabbed my railway warrant, got down to Swansea to join the ship as she came out of dry-dock. Three days later, we're berthing in Grangemouth. I saw the funny side eventually.

regards,

Brian

mikeg
17th April 2009, 17:07
Hello Brian,

I remember that the food was good and a happy ship with a good Master - what more could you want (Thumb)
Enjoyed some good times in Swansea, every girl was called Gyneth (==D).
Can't remember the mates name now but recall we drank once at the Hotel International in Ponce PR, the mate called the manager & said 'This rum & Coke, you get the rum locally and the Coke is also made in PR, how can you justify these prices?'
We got our 2nd drink free, then the 3rd,4th,5th,6th..... the barman misunderstood the managers one complimentary drink offer :)

Cheers,

Mike

stevie g
18th August 2009, 10:31
Any one sail on the SS Hemicardium December 1966 to July 1967???

hello dave,my brother,keith gazzard was a junior engineer on the hemicardium,think it was about 67.He was a big tall lad,still is.Came from bristol,avonmouth.Ring any bells.

jim barnes
24th August 2009, 15:38
hello dave,my brother,keith gazzard was a junior engineer on the hemicardium,think it was about 67.He was a big tall lad,still is.Came from bristol,avonmouth.Ring any bells. The Hemicardium was my first ship to sea. left the sea school Indefatigable Christmas 1967 joined the Hemicardium in Bremerhaven Germany 5th Jan 1968 as Deck boy, did 6 months on her left as S.O.S.(A)

lisa watts
29th August 2009, 04:54
Hello did anyone serve on the
caprinus 1952
orion 1953
capetown castle 1953
andialusian 1953
regent jaguar 1955
Ashanti parm 1958
Haustellum 1955
esso cambridge 1955 - 1956
esso westminster 1956
Federal voyager 1957
black prince 1958
oriole 1958 / 59
hindsia 1965
Haminella 1966

David Andrews
17th November 2009, 14:31
For the engineers amongst you here are some pics of the Hemimactra engineroom. a few more to come......

David Andrews
17th November 2009, 14:36
Some more of the Hemimactra Engineroom....... for those with good eyesight I think that we had 26.5 ins of vacuum on the TA condenser.....

stevecz
18th November 2009, 00:02
Some more of the Hemimactra Engineroom....... for those with good eyesight I think that we had 26.5 ins of vacuum on the TA condenser.....

Brings a tear to the eye

David Andrews
18th November 2009, 08:16
In all my years in the oil industry, after leaving the sea, I have never ever experienced the same level of job satisfaction as I did nursing those old ships......

Billieboy
18th November 2009, 11:08
In all my years in the oil industry, after leaving the sea, I have never ever experienced the same level of job satisfaction as I did nursing those old ships......

There's nothing like the sound of a, "V", boat PAMETRADA singing at full away, with everything settled down and vaps ticking along with all distilled tanks full. The engine room even used to smell happy! The toast at six, tasted terrific, much better than a bacon and egg sarnie when taking a break, after a disaster on the 12-4. (EEK)

Magic Fingers
19th November 2009, 13:20
As long as it has 3 Babcock boilers running on induced draught so that you can eat your toast in the boiler room. Much better than the leaky forced draught Foster Wheelers I experienced.
Richard.

loylobby
21st November 2009, 10:18
As a deck cadet on the Velutina in 1970 most of my "engine room time" was spent behind the Bailey Board crouched by the heating coil returns tank. My job was to use squares of newspaper to lift/skim the black oil globules off the top of the water from the the permanently leaking cargo tank heating coils. Oh joy!?

Magic Fingers
21st November 2009, 10:49
Another wonderful job Eng Apps got lumbered with as well.
Richard.

loylobby
21st November 2009, 11:00
Another wonderful job Eng Apps got lumbered with as well.
Richard.I often wondered who got the task when there were no cadets or apps around, I presume the 5/E fitted it in with going round the job.

David Andrews
24th November 2009, 09:41
Some more from my favourite Shell Tanker, the Arianta..........the first one I sailed on and the last........

loylobby
24th November 2009, 13:01
Some more from my favourite Shell Tanker, the Arianta..........the first one I sailed on and the last........

I believe the Arianta engine room was one of the hottest in the fleet, or so the engineers on board kept telling me.

David Andrews
25th November 2009, 11:04
I believe the Arianta engine room was one of the hottest in the fleet, or so the engineers on board kept telling me.

As I recall it was about 114F on the plates and about 180F when blowing tubes in the Gulf at the economiser level.....

loylobby
26th November 2009, 08:28
With reference to my earlier post about heating coil returns, one really good thing about the Arianta was that there were no heating coils at all in the cargo tanks so it was always carrying white oils.

David Andrews
26th November 2009, 09:13
I first joined the Arianta in Singapore in 1970, off Pulau Bukom. The four engineer cadets were told, once settled in to go down to the engineroom to see the 2nd. Once in kitted ot in our nice new boiler suits we set off to find the engineroom. The first attempt led us down pump room. Seeing the stripping pumps we thought "Oh no!!!!! a steam recip engine......"

loylobby
26th November 2009, 09:28
I too joined the Arianta in Singapore but in 1971. One of the first things I was told was that it was haunted as the 2/E had committed suicide fairly recently.

My most vivid recollection of the trip was on the day we were to have the "Crossing The Line" ceremony which coincided with my birthday party.
On the morning I awoke to find myself handcuffed to my desk chair,.....now I don't know if you have ever tried to go to the loo with a thumping hangover, handcuffed to a chair............I am sure I will laugh about it one day!!??

David Andrews
26th November 2009, 15:23
The 2/E who committed suicide was the 2/E who was on board when we paid off in Jan or Feb 71. Poor guy, not sure I can remember his name now, Dave.......... He joined as a 4/E just before a drydock in Jurong. He found out that he had passed his 2nd's was ticket and was immediately promoted to 3rd. The onboard 2/E hurt his back in drydock and was medivacced off and this was in the days we had a number of dispensation 2nds so our erstwhile 4/E suddenly found himself as the 2/E. He suffered terribly from anxiety......

THEDOC
27th December 2009, 16:05
I first joined the Arianta in Singapore in 1970, off Pulau Bukom. The four engineer cadets were told, once settled in to go down to the engineroom to see the 2nd. Once in kitted ot in our nice new boiler suits we set off to find the engineroom. The first attempt led us down pump room. Seeing the stripping pumps we thought "Oh no!!!!! a steam recip engine......"
I was due to pay off the Harpula in Singapore in late Nov 1970, was all packed and ready to go when I was told to go up to see the old man who told me that my relief had been put on the Arianta by mistake and she had sailed for Japan.
Fortunately for me we were loading for the same port (Yokkaichi) so he was turfed off there just before she sailed and we went on the same berth, his face was a treat when he saw an H boat for the first time.

Norman E.B.Hardaker
5th May 2010, 17:16
Regarding your requests for photograghs of Amoria and Platida have copy of both ships please advise you email address and will send to you


Regards
Norman Hardaker
former boarding clek with Shell's agents Brinings on the River Mersey
Normhrdkr@aol.com

BlythSpirit
6th May 2010, 17:37
Dave Andrews
[QUOTE]The 2/E who committed suicide was the 2/E who was on board when we paid off in Jan or Feb 71. Poor guy, not sure I can remember his name now, Dave.......... He joined as a 4/E just before a drydock in Jurong. He found out that he had passed his 2nd's was ticket and was immediately promoted to 3rd. The onboard 2/E hurt his back in drydock and was medivacced off and this was in the days we had a number of dispensation 2nds so our erstwhile 4/E suddenly found himself as the 2/E. He suffered terribly from anxiety....../QUOTE]

I sailed as 4th Engineer during this time paying off in January 71, the 2/E as you say was promoted on board, but committed suicide after I left, hanged himself in the shower.

David Andrews
10th May 2010, 11:25
BlythSpirit must have been the 4th when I and my three other Eng Cadets were on board. We paid off in Yokkohama in January 71. We were all from Scotland. The 2/E was Dave Platt I think.

peteloud
23rd October 2011, 14:31
I was an Engineer Apprentice on Achatina in 1964, here are a couple of photos.

http://www.peterloud.co.uk/photos/Others/1413%20Apprentices,%20Achatina%201964-w768.jpg

http://www.peterloud.co.uk/photos/Others/1407%20Apprentices,%20Achatina%201964-w768.jpg

jim barnes
6th March 2012, 01:09
Oh yes, in Curacao just by the gate to the refinery. Served the best Nasi Goreng with fried egg in the whole world (in the 1970's)

And before 68 lol(Applause)

Magic Fingers
6th March 2012, 19:42
And that Nasi Goreng was even better if you were on a rubbish feeder. I remember eating that and then the steak straight after. Must have been hungry.
Richard.

Robinj
8th March 2012, 12:44
And that Nasi Goreng was even better if you were on a rubbish feeder. I remember eating that and then the steak straight after. Must have been hungry.
Richard.

We used to get this on the Frenulina although not a bad feeder it was always great. Wasn,t there another Goreng done with noodles instead of rice.

mikeg
8th March 2012, 13:46
Ah I well recall Sundays on board. Knocking off watch at midday then its down to the captains cabin for Sunday drinks with the other off watch officers. After a few drinks head for the saloon for wine & Nasi Goreng and steak to follow. A hell of a life but someone had to do it! :)

calvin
11th March 2012, 21:16
bambi goreng the noodles version

Ron Stringer
11th March 2012, 22:17
Ah I well recall Sundays on board. Knocking off watch at midday then its down to the captains cabin for Sunday drinks with the other off watch officers. After a few drinks head for the saloon for wine & Nasi Goreng and steak to follow. A hell of a life but someone had to do it! :)

It was the same in the 1960s with one exception - no wine. The only ship I sailed on where there was wine served with meals was a little (1,689 tons) 12-passenger ship of Joe Constantines on the Medi run.

Erimus
11th March 2012, 23:01
Lovely thread this...

I started as Junior Shipping Clerk at Constantines in Middlesbrough in 1958 and as Shell Agents we had a very busy Tanker Department.Two memories, the first tanker I was ever allowed to board was the T2 T.S. Trochurus and later our offices favourite ship,mentioned often in this thread, the Amastra. I don't after all this time remember the Masters or staff but do remember having to lug the Seamans Library Boxes along the jetty whilst the Agency Manager went onboard for a beer...
geoff

KEITH SEVILLE
13th March 2012, 07:50
Hi Erimus,

I too worked in shipping as a shipping agent with Brinings (Shipping) Ltd, Liverpool. Used to remember the heavy cases ships library books usually 2 which arrived from Seafarers Education Services, London and also the Butterworth Tank Cleaning Machines from J.G.Edmiston which all our British Shell Tanker fleet used to exchange virtually each voyage.
We spoke a lot to John Graham from your company.

Best Regards
Keith

Erimus
13th March 2012, 09:21
Hi Erimus,

I too worked in shipping as a shipping agent with Brinings (Shipping) Ltd, Liverpool. Used to remember the heavy cases ships library books usually 2 which arrived from Seafarers Education Services, London and also the Butterworth Tank Cleaning Machines from J.G.Edmiston which all our British Shell Tanker fleet used to exchange virtually each voyage.
We spoke a lot to John Graham from your company.

Best Regards
Keith

Hi Keith..John is still around I meet him once a year at Shipbrokers Dinner, spends his time on the golf course these days.

KEITH SEVILLE
13th March 2012, 15:27
Hi Erasmus,

Give John my very best wishes and tell him I'm now retired.
Can still remember the good old days with the ships.

Best Regards
Keith

andyp1
14th March 2012, 01:49
Ah the Amastra, who could forget those who sailed on her.
The joy of the Doxford,barring over the the Crossley gennies that needed tweaking when starting the start air compressors ( the living shrine to the versatility of glass fibre repairs). Mortar repairs to the walls of the swimming pool - who knows when the ability to mould fire cement would come in handy?

EMJAYESS
28th March 2012, 17:45
[Nowt wrong with "Claggy Plaggy" best berth in Curacao and sweet turbine. Joined in 1970 - interesting trip up East Coast of States then back for reload to Copenhagen.Times New Roman]Alinda, Apr 1971 - Jul 1971, 4/E.[/font]
Zenatia, Aug 1971 - Dec 1971, 4/E.
Zaphon, Jan 1972 - May 1972, 4/E.
Hemitrochus, Dec 1972 - May 1973, 4/E.
Pallium, Jul 1973 - Nov 1973, 4/E.
Haustrum, May 1974 - Sep 1974, 3/E.
Asprella, Nov 1974 - Apr 1975, 3/E.
Latirus, Jul 1975 - Nov 1975, 3/E.
Lanistes, Feb 1976 - May 1976, 3/E.
Linga, Aug 1976 - Sep 1976, 3/E.
Latirus, Nov 1976 - Feb 1977, 3/E.
Limnea, May 1977 - Oct 1977, 3/E.
Mena, Jan 1978 - May 1978, 3/E.
Serenia, Jul 1978 - Nov 1978, 3/E.
Shell Expro Offshore, Brent Bravo1979, Fulmar Alpha 1980, Tern Alpha 1989, Syria 1996-2004[/QUOTE]

EMJAYESS
4th April 2012, 20:57
Happy days with this bitumen carrier - must have been the smell of bitumen that led me to a career in Highway Surfacing - never had a cold in my life!
Chief Engineer Joughin, a Manxie who knew his stuff. Anyone know his whereabouts? A big Jock 4/E who lived in oil. A future C/E if he survived .... cannot remember his name.

averheijden
18th May 2012, 19:17
L.S.
Who can help me on more information concerning the severe DOXFORD damage of the mv AMASTRA

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...n/3e8c11ca.jpg

The top piston came out of the cylinder and caused severe damage
What was the reason of this accident, and when happened this?
Thanks in advance
Alfons
http://users.telenet.be/doxford-matters

averheijden
20th May 2012, 18:35
L.S.
Once more about the accident on the mv AMASTRA(2) with DOXFORD 650LBD6
The pictures from the accident are marked as: 1958-07-W2047-1252c-Amastra, THE date of completion!
Someone must have heard about this accident or was onboard

Awaiting on a reaction
Kind regards
Alfons
http://users.telenet.be/doxford-matters

teop
20th May 2012, 20:36
Hi,
was part of the team at Kockum putting together/trial the Sulzer engine 8cyl.RD90-18000hp 1966 for Shell, impressive,most parts came from Switzerland swiss supervisor(hawkeye).Hope it worked well(most of the time).
regards
teop

marinemec2004
2nd July 2012, 15:54
I was pumpman on the Paludina. Great ship!
I earned a fortune on her , Loss off Doss etc etc. Often did a minimum straight30 hours! My record of working without going to bed was 42 hours. Discharge Cargo, Load Ballast, followed by Loading of bunkers. I used to put 3 tinnies of Heineken in the mess room fridge, and when finished , enjoy them before taking a lovely shower then bed.
Often ( especially on the Paludina and also when on the 'A" class ships) the C/E -who obviously would be up when we took bunkers would invite me up to his office for a tin as a sign of appreciation. Bet that doesnt happen today . I also remember working down below when we boiler cleaned , or if on a stone crusher -scavenge cleaning ( Horrible jobs both) it was ALWAYS job and knock followed by a case of ale delivered by the chief, certainly with Shell in the early eighties. The chiefs were "old school" ALL had served their time on the plates, we respected and admired them and they respected us too. It was hard down below. As someone has already stated previously, the temperatures down below on the steam ships was always 100 plus.

marinemec2004
2nd July 2012, 16:25
After leaving the Royal Navy in 1980, I joined the Merch. around April of that year.
I had to go to the 'Pool" at Liverpool, do a ridiculously easy 3 week course , which at the end of ,our instructor came in and read out our names and the ships we were to join.. I found myself off to Shell's Achatina as an MM2. Chile , Peru, Equador , Venezuella onto Curacao to load and then back down through the Panama again. Great run, but s**t job. Anyway, I showed willing and was given the chance to go 'trainee pumps" Did this, then following trip ( 10 days off after a 6 month trip!) was trainee pumps on Rapana.
Next trip was Paludina ( 2 weeks off after 5 month trip!) as Pumpman. When Shell flagged out and in effect gave our jobs to Phillipinos, I went over to engineer. Sailed as 5th and 4th. on Northia , Lima as well as Drupa. Remember did a straight 5 months on Lima, never stepping ashore. As she was unmanned down below after 1700hrs ( duty engineer on bells) they dispensed with 2 out of the normal complement of 3 fivers. I was the only fiver , and spent my entire time taking logs ! I hated the voyage. I loved working for Joe Shell though, ( when on crew side) ships were hard , but so were we.. Sailed with some great guys. Not so as engineer though, no disrespect to the engineers on here, but I just hated it! I couldnt adjust from crew to 'officer'. Totally different way of life! Left Shell soon after, and spent some time with Cunard tankers and also on foreign flagged supertankers -always in the capacity of Pumpman or Deck Engineer. Left the sea in 1990 and moved into the Oil and Gas industry, offshore and onshore. Those 10 years spent in the Merchant Navy have been the best 10 years of my working life.
As someone stated previously, there is a dedicated website to Shell tankers. Well worth a look.

bondyboy63
12th July 2012, 18:40
My experiences of working on Shell Tankers were from February 1965 through to October 1967.
My list:-
STS Platidia, yes a tar boat but it was to me the best.
SS Methane Princess (Shell Managed)
SS Amoria
SS Clymene (Shell Charter)
Any info of their respective fates and pictures would be much appreciated. I have a picture of the Clymene and Methane Princess but any others would be most welcome.

I was assistant steward on Platidia 1959, great days would love to repeat them !!
Chris Bond28389

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marinemec2004
2nd June 2013, 08:07
Sailed as Pumpman on the Paludina!
One of the best ships I ever sailed on. Been reading through some of the posts, and seen the whingeing from the likes of engineers -who too be honest have no cause for complaint, as one engine room is the same as another.( I know as I started in the Merch as MM2 and finished as 4th.)
Paludina was a cracking ship. Hard graft, butloads of wonga for me as Pumpman!
Great times with Joe Shell

Ken Wood
2nd June 2013, 11:13
Vermetus
Arianta
Aluco(twice)
Anadara
Acavus
Hemisinus
Horomya
Vermetus
Gari
Geomitra

From 1965 as deck apprentice to 1976, 2/0.

Ken Wood
2nd June 2013, 20:14
Almost forgot, Halia, on lightening duties.(Whaaa)

LucyKnight
14th June 2013, 15:55
Fm Lucy Knight
Sailed on the Mangelia in 1975 for 6 1/2 month as 2nd R/O employed by Shell after being a 3rd year radio cadet. Marconi rental maintainance station. Believe she was sold not long after to the Greeks. Just after l left l believe she went through the Suez just after it had been widened. (I was told by the chief eng who l sailed with later on the Amoria that she was the lst supertanker to go thru). It was all slow steaming on the VLCC's in 75. Didn't set foot on dry land for the whole trip. Captain was Captain Thompson ( a senior one in the fleet) and then Captain Skelton and the Chief engs were Dave Hill and Mansell Hopkins.

brvhrtjimmy
12th October 2013, 21:36
i see s.s. hyala mentioned a few times in this post,she was a regular visitor to the shell refinery in ardrossan, we did some plumbing work on here a few times,when i say we i mean plumbers going over to her from ardrossan shipyard when she was in the tanker berth,wonder if anyone who sailed on her was on her any time she was in ardrossan,another wee question does anyone know if she brought crude into ardossan from middle east.

Brvhrtjimmy

Aberdonian
13th October 2013, 00:10
I joined the Shell tanker TES Helcion at Ardrossan in July ’59 under Capt Richard.
A SN member previously posted that the old refinery site has since been decontaminated and prepared for building upon.

Keith

BlythSpirit
13th October 2013, 12:48
i see s.s. hyala mentioned a few times in this post,she was a regular visitor to the shell refinery in ardrossan, we did some plumbing work on here a few times,when i say we i mean plumbers going over to her from ardrossan shipyard when she was in the tanker berth,wonder if anyone who sailed on her was on her any time she was in ardrossan,another wee question does anyone know if she brought crude into ardossan from middle east.

Brvhrtjimmy

Hi I sailed on the Hyala twice, as an apprentice in 1968 and as 3rd Engineer in 1972. We used to call into Ardrossan every month with a part cargo from Curacao in 1968. Slack wax to the mersey first, for the Shell Refinery at Stanlow and then up to Ardrossan, I think it was fuel oil for the Ardrossan drop off, but can't really remember.

LucyKnight
16th October 2013, 12:24
If anyone's interested an ex Shell Deck Officer has written a book (which is mentioned on the Shell Helderline site) called Under a Yellow Sky. He was a cadet in Plymouth in the early 70's. If you visit his site http://www.underayellowsky.com/ click on extracts, there are extracts from 4 chapters. These include the interview in Shell Centre, the cadet study time in Plymouth and life on board a Shell Tanker as a cadet. It might make for interesting discussion

Ken Wood
23rd October 2013, 00:12
Looked at the website, and from my point of view, while factually true, has been embellished a bit too much for my taste, but obviously with the intention of selling more books.

Ken Wood
23rd October 2013, 00:13
Also used to call into Ardrossan regularly on Halia, while on lightening duties.

John Rogers
23rd October 2013, 01:13
I had a good friend back in the 1950s who sailed on Shell Tankers,his name was Bernard Smart, 2nd Officer. His home town was Goole, but I heard he retired to Auckland. Anybody know him or sail with him. He did work a-shore in the Gulf for shell,not sure of what port.

DAJ1
3rd February 2014, 09:33
Some more of the Hemimactra Engineroom....... for those with good eyesight I think that we had 26.5 ins of vacuum on the TA condenser.....
I have some happy memories of doing my 'engine room experience' whilst a deck cadet on the Hemimactra in 1971/72. The 2/E at the time was Les Bradford, and having last seen him over 40 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to chance upon an old photo of him while browsing these forums!

(photo search Members faces - Shell G Class)

Jim Glover
3rd February 2014, 18:47
If the Blimp Pump stopped there was a certain procedure for putting it back into operation .Was it shut the Steam supply and exh valve.Open the exhaust valve and then slowly open the steam valve?Forty five years ago on the Plagiola.The Hp coupling failed ,changed over onto LP turbine after a week of 6 on 6 off ,Happy Days

bdun41251
30th March 2014, 21:09
Hemidonax (69)
Hemifusus (70)
Aulica (71)
Hydatina (71)
Amastra (72)
Volvatella (73)
Amastra (73)
Mysella (74)
Liparus (75)
Lanistes (76)
Lembulus (77)
Mysia (77)
Lyria (78)
Pomella (79)
Lepeta (79)
Geomitra (80)
Euplecta (81)
Gadinia (82)
Paludina (82)
Lepeta (83)
Gari (84)
T. Satu (85)
Bekalang (90)
Belais (91)
Tribulus (91)
T. Empat (92)
LNG Bonny (93)
Norrisia (93)
Lima (94)
T. Empat (94)
T. Satu (95)
NW Seaeagle (95)

Bobgayton
16th May 2014, 15:29
Hi there
I've just found this site and noticed your list of ships served on, we must have been on the 'Humilaria' at the same time.
To be honest most of my memories seem to blur together during the time I was at sea but looking at my discharge book I joined her in Singapore in Oct. 69 and paid off in Kuwait in May '70.
I do remember the Pulau Bukom to Jardine steps ferry and certainly recall the 'Seamans Paradise' and Champagne Bar!
Other Shell tankers I worked down below on as F/G were Hemimactra, Hindsia, Valvata and as G 1 seaman when they brought the General Purpose in, on Naticina and Megara.
Happy days!

Bobgayton
17th May 2014, 10:36
Some more of the Hemimactra Engineroom....... for those with good eyesight I think that we had 26.5 ins of vacuum on the TA condenser.....


Hi
Those photos certainly bring back some memories for me. One of the best ships I ever sailed on. I joined Hemimactra as F/G in Nov. 67 and paid off in May 68 with a brief stint in hospital in Recife having been scalded during a fire drill.
I we'll remember the storekeeper, a cockney chap called Arthur Hollinsworth, a real card. Brilliant times!

bdun41251
28th July 2014, 20:43
Well Nick,
We all had to do a "Tar Tub", mine was the Pallium. At least we didn't get the "PLAGIOLA" !!!!!!!

Here's my ship list:
Humilaria, Nov 1969 - May 1970, 5/E.
Heldia, Jul 1970 - Jan 1971, 5/E.
Alinda, Apr 1971 - Jul 1971, 4/E.
Zenatia, Aug 1971 - Dec 1971, 4/E.
Zaphon, Jan 1972 - May 1972, 4/E.
Hemitrochus, Dec 1972 - May 1973, 4/E.
Pallium, Jul 1973 - Nov 1973, 4/E.
Haustrum, May 1974 - Sep 1974, 3/E.
Asprella, Nov 1974 - Apr 1975, 3/E.
Latirus, Jul 1975 - Nov 1975, 3/E.
Lanistes, Feb 1976 - May 1976, 3/E.
Linga, Aug 1976 - Sep 1976, 3/E.
Latirus, Nov 1976 - Feb 1977, 3/E.
Limnea, May 1977 - Oct 1977, 3/E.
Mena, Jan 1978 - May 1978, 3/E.
Serenia, Jul 1978 - Nov 1978, 3/E.
Shell Expro Offshore, Brent Bravo1979, Fulmar Alpha 1980, Tern Alpha 1989, Syria 1996-2004
Our paths crossed on the Lanistes Steve, I joined 08/11/75 and paid off 14/04/76. Just met up with Hugh Millar at the weekend. Bob Dunbar

MikeMcW
17th August 2014, 14:16
New to this site, bringing back lots of great memories of my time with STUK, here is my listing :-

Vertagus 14.3.75 - 24/9/75 (First trip jnr R/O, joined at RAK, took this one to scrap in HK)
Haminella 7/1/76 - 30/4/76
Aluco 14/9/76 - 7/2/77
Partula 1/6/77 - 30/8/77 (tar boat, recall some interesting scenes as steam pipes burst in the tanks and caused a gusher of tar everywhere!)
Geomitra 15/3/78 - 1/8/78
Mena 13/11/78 - 24/3/79
Drupa 28/6/79 - 18/5/79 (offloading at Brent Spar if I recall correctly?)
Geomitra 26/2/80 - 17/6/80
Gadinia 12/9/80 - 2/1/81
Etrema 19/3/81 - 30/6/81
Tribulus 5/10/81 - 5/2/82 (pretty much Aabenraa-Richards Bay-Aarbenraa with coal, slow steaming all the way)
Pomella 20/5/82 - 14/9/82
Limnea 18/11/82 - 4/12/82 (to scrap I think hence short trip)
Halia 3/1/83 - 9/4/83 (lightening, what a happy ship)
Litiopa 4/7/83 - 5/10/83 (to lay up in Loch Striven)
Gadila 20/12/83 - 21/4/84

LucyKnight
17th August 2014, 14:31
Were you relieved on the Aluco by R/O Phil Maciver. I remember him sending me a postcard photo of her around March 77 which matched yr date paying off, just before i joined Hemitrochus. Still have postcard somewhere.




New to this site, bringing back lots of great memories of my time with STUK, here is my listing :-

Vertagus 14.3.75 - 24/9/75 (First trip jnr R/O, joined at RAK, took this one to scrap in HK)
Haminella 7/1/76 - 30/4/76
Aluco 14/9/76 - 7/2/77
Partula 1/6/77 - 30/8/77 (tar boat, recall some interesting scenes as steam pipes burst in the tanks and caused a gusher of tar everywhere!)
Geomitra 15/3/78 - 1/8/78
Mena 13/11/78 - 24/3/79
Drupa 28/6/79 - 18/5/79 (offloading at Brent Spar if I recall correctly?)
Geomitra 26/2/80 - 17/6/80
Gadinia 12/9/80 - 2/1/81
Etrema 19/3/81 - 30/6/81
Tribulus 5/10/81 - 5/2/82 (pretty much Aabenraa-Richards Bay-Aarbenraa with coal, slow steaming all the way)
Pomella 20/5/82 - 14/9/82
Limnea 18/11/82 - 4/12/82 (to scrap I think hence short trip)
Halia 3/1/83 - 9/4/83 (lightening, what a happy ship)
Litiopa 4/7/83 - 5/10/83 (to lay up in Loch Striven)
Gadila 20/12/83 - 21/4/84

MikeMcW
17th August 2014, 15:40
Too long ago to remember Lucy! I joined and paid off in Dubai, if I recall we did Persian Gulf (as it was called back then) to places like Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Madagascar etc., my first trip on my own, great times.

LucyKnight
21st August 2014, 17:34
FM Lucy Knight
I was amused to read an article on 14th Aug EADT newspaper which began about high street shopping and ended up the sea going life history of Shell Tanker's first woman who was apparently taken on just after the sex discrimination Act in 1978. The sex discrimination Act was end of 75 and I was employed with them as a radio cadet summer 74 attending Brunel college and went to sea on the Mangelia 75. I can think of four radio officers who were at sea on Shell tankers by 78. I understand I was the first they took on and others followed soon after . In fact all four of us were at sea by end of 76. However by summer 78 I was the last to resign. I had had quite enough of ch eng Joplin and the rest of his merry band of engineers who had an all out mission to drive me out on the MV Amoria.
I joined CP ships just like this woman did a few years after me. How I wish I had been a few years younger because the woman who followed on after the sex disc Act and a few years later never seemed to suffer the prejudice like I did in both companies and especially C.P. Ships. They beggared belief.

LucyKnight
21st August 2014, 17:38
Has anybody info on the attack on the Amastra in Siagon ? I joined her Oct69 as 4th eng after she had spent six months in dry dock in S'pore.

There is a photo of the semi sunk Amastra in Siagon in John Moxley's book - From Watford to Woolloomooroo. He was on Vietnam run as an uncert. 3/O will Shell.

I remember on the Mangelia in 75 there was a 4/E called Tom who used to tell the tale of how he had to swim out of the engine room on the Amastra when it sunk there. Can't remember his surname but he was from Coventry.

bdun41251
21st August 2014, 18:01
FM Lucy Knight
I was amused to read an article on 14th Aug EADT newspaper which began about high street shopping and ended up the sea going life history of Shell Tanker's first woman who was apparently taken on just after the sex discrimination Act in 1978. The sex discrimination Act was end of 75 and I was employed with them as a radio cadet summer 74 attending Brunel college and went to sea on the Mangelia 75. I can think of four radio officers who were at sea on Shell tankers by 78. I understand I was the first they took on and others followed soon after . In fact all four of us were at sea by end of 76. However by summer 78 I was the last to resign. I had had quite enough of ch eng Joplin and the rest of his merry band of engineers who had an all out mission to drive me out on the MV Amoria.
I joined CP ships just like this woman did a few years after me. How I wish I had been a few years younger because the woman who followed on after the sex disc Act and a few years later never seemed to suffer the prejudice like I did in both companies and especially C.P. Ships. They beggared belief.
Hi Lucy, just checked the July 78 Fleet Fax and I think the C/E you are referring to on the Amoria, was Don Joughin. He joined along with Capt. Pereir, 2/Es Dave Fitzpartick and P.R. Walker, and 5/E's Roberts & Bowman. I can say with some ease that Don Joughin was the most disgusting character I came across in Shell. As 2/O going into his cabin to flog clocks was a nightmare. Finding him half undressed lying on the deck blind drunk on a Sunday afternoon was not my idea of fun...... Wishing you bell Bob Dunbar. PS There is a Shell Tankers Website on Facebook with most of the Fleet Fax from the 70's through to the 80's

steevo
21st August 2014, 18:31
did a bit of shell d/boy to sos
Hemicardium 5th jan 68 to 20 july 68
Vitrina 9 sept 68 to 26 march 69
Haminella 24 april to 22 oct 69

hi Jim i signed on Hemicardium same time in bremerhaven i was catering boy but got promoted to crew messman for a month feb to march

steevo
21st August 2014, 19:00
Hi there
I've just found this site and noticed your list of ships served on, we must have been on the 'Humilaria' at the same time.
To be honest most of my memories seem to blur together during the time I was at sea but looking at my discharge book I joined her in Singapore in Oct. 69 and paid off in Kuwait in May '70.
I do remember the Pulau Bukom to Jardine steps ferry and certainly recall the 'Seamans Paradise' and Champagne Bar!
Other Shell tankers I worked down below on as F/G were Hemimactra, Hindsia, Valvata and as G 1 seaman when they brought the General Purpose in, on Naticina and Megara.
Happy days!

blimey champagne bar that brings back memories not same singapore now

jim barnes
25th August 2014, 14:02
hi Jim i signed on Hemicardium same time in bremerhaven i was catering boy but got promoted to crew messman for a month feb to march
Hy Stevo
Yes I joined in Bremerhaven 5th January 1968 my first trip to sea after leaving sea school (TS Indefatigable)
Some years gone by now, I have tried to place you but memory cells are getting hap hazard lol. I signed back on her when we returned as I heard through the grape vine that she was going to Japan. Captain wanted to know why I wanted to sail again instead of going home !
Asked me if I had heard where she was going ? I said no Sir, he said OK then...knew I was lying obviously. Captain Roberts it was smashing bloke, he had a bad back slipped disc if I remember correctly. Good crowd on that ship, we got permission to create a crew bar on her, one of the first in the fleet but no spirits because we where crew....where you still on her then ?
Apparently I left the sea 10 yrs before you 76. Got married in 75 and was fortunate (I think) still married to same lass, 40yrs in Feb 2015.
Signed on for the long haul.
Jim (Hippy)
PS 5 kids on tow.

LucyKnight
28th August 2014, 15:36
Does anyone remember where the cabinet with the Geisha doll was located. Some of the M boats had them. I was sent a photo of the one on the Mangelia which now lives in a sitting rm in the South of England and was told it looked identical to the one on another M boat. The Shell looks fm a photo of the dining area to be in the corner in the dining area opposite corner to the door leading to the galley. Anyone remember.

MichaelKellysNiece
1st September 2014, 22:26
I am trying to find out what ship he was on when he died, if you know how I can find the rosters of the ships in the UK, it was going from Rotterdam to London in June 1967, he was lost at sea for a month, he was only 19 years old and was engaged at the time to a lady from Australia.

My mother never knew that he was in an altercation apparently and the person responsible was not known to us, except that he lived in Aberdeen perhaps.

I would like to find out what ship it was and who was responsible if anyone knows anything as they quickly covered it up.

Apparently this cover up situation happened to someone else 7 years later.