shell tankers

ashley
3rd August 2005, 15:28
is there anybody who served on shell tankers between 1978-1981,
my first tanker was the fusus, then lanistes and then the coal carrier
tectus,i was deck boy then j.o.s. s.o.s. and finally a.b. there must be someone else i cannot remember names, but if i see a name i am sure it will all come back to me, hope to find someone soon. (K)

lifeboatman
17th August 2005, 18:25
I spent time on the Shell tanker "Drupa" during 1979. Engaged on taking crude from the Brent Spar to numerous UK ports ( Tranmere/Fawley/Teesmouth etc). Also equiped with Yokohama Fenders for Lightening in Lyme Bay. Good ship approx 75,000t if I remember correctly so not a bad size for a "Coaster". Sadly scrapped now I think. (Thumb)

ashley
18th August 2005, 22:01
We used to sing a song about the drupa, it goes something like this.
I lost my a** on the shell ship drupa, to the tune of starship trooper.
Were you plagued with cockroaches onboard, i heard the D class tankers were full of them, what was life like onboard.

lifeboatman
19th August 2005, 19:23
Ashley

Cannot say she was infested at all, cannot remember seeing any. Good size double cabins for the GP3's, AB's didn't like keeping them tidy ( Too Big ). Do Not recall the food too brilliant, but used to catch plenty of fish at the spar so always fish/chip suppers. Always cold running to north of Shetlands even in summer, spending watch duties on the fo'sle looking at the strain gauge on the spar. Trying to dig out picture of us lightening the "Batillus", will post it when I find it. (Thumb)

ashley
19th August 2005, 20:54
Have a look at new pictures today, i have found one of the drupa and sent it in, hope you like it. (K)

colin butler
21st August 2005, 20:25
Ashley

Good to see a picture of the Drupa at the spar, I remember the postcard as I was in posession of one myself. Shown your picture post to the kids, they think I must of been mad hanging off that thig for days at a time

Colin Butler ( Lifeboatman ) (Thumb)

forwardjohn
20th March 2007, 10:27
Hi there,

Came across this thread doing a Google on 'Lanistes'. I was a Sparky with Shell from '77 to '87 and the Lanistes was my first trip in '77, 6 and a half months as a junior r/o. Spent quite a bit of time around the North Sea, Brent Spar, Fulmar FSU etc. Would be good to catch up with anyone I sailed with. Sure you'll remember the name, John Dechant.

R58484956
20th March 2007, 12:19
Greetings John to the site and welcome.Plenty of ex shell people on here. Bon voyage.

calvin
22nd March 2007, 22:47
i was serving with shell ships megara halia lanistes new from chiba lampas litiopa new from chiba felipes new from haugesund then again on curacao west africa run then naticina . couple names remeber well peddler palmer pacheco charlie zahra bob prichard d. healy harry brough junior walker terry o,niel

boots12
10th May 2007, 14:36
I sailed on her for my first trip from le-havre to the gulf via douglas, isle of man.

I have seen the tectus on a number o f occasions. Once when i was on the lepeta and we broke down around the entrance to english channel, and the tectus played "we are sailing" by rod stewart as she went passed us. Thanks a lot Guys!!

Boots[=P]

John Byron
10th April 2008, 23:44
Hi, I worked on the Brent Spar 1978/79 and remember the Drupa well.
We also pumped to the Esso Aberdeen and the Warwickshire and I think another Shell tanker but can't remember what name... any idea's?

KEITH SEVILLE
12th April 2008, 10:26
John.

The other vessel would probably be the Darina.

Regards
Keith

stevecz
12th April 2008, 22:03
The other vessel was the Serenia

ChasD
13th April 2008, 14:13
Spent a lot of time on Drupa over the years, late 60's to late 70's, as sparky, including the D/D in Falmouth when she converted to work the Brent Spa. Got a lot of very fond memories of that vessel and the people on her. Somebody asked for the picture of Drupa and Batillus, so I've attached the classic photo of that operation (sorry the quality of that pic isn't too great, but it was a press photo). Regards to all ex-Drupa men ! (Thumb)

davidrwarwick
14th April 2008, 08:26
There is a photo of Drupa and Batillus here :-

http://www.kiwited.com/images/Ship%207x5%20Pics/SS%20Batillus_SS%20Drupa.jpg

Dave.

ChasD
14th April 2008, 18:42
Great Picture, Thanks Dave ! Slightly different from the one I had, but obviously one from the same sequence.
Chas.

davidpayne
24th April 2008, 23:38
John.

The other vessel would probably be the Darina.

Regards
Keith

I know that the Ms Northia also did a couple of brent cargos but am not sure how many, she normally loaded off the Fulmar field.
Wasn't the Darina just used for lightening

mikeg
25th April 2008, 00:33
I know that the Ms Northia also did a couple of brent cargos but am not sure how many, she normally loaded off the Fulmar field.
Wasn't the Darina just used for lightening

Mostly the MV Northia loaded from the Fulmar FSU (Floating Storage Unit). I was on her for two years (on & off) swapping trips the SRO/E Kevin Emmett. She was fitted with a specialised telemetry system between the FSU and the offtake tanker - incorporating an ESDS (Emergency Shut Down System) of the cargo transfer under extreme weather conditions. Happy times(Thumb)
Mike

FrPaddy
25th April 2008, 04:42
Hya all
My uncle served as Commodore in the mid 1970's.
I am very interested and would be very grateful if anybody who served under him could give me some stories or even tiny snippets?
regards
Paddy Chrisp
[one time Union Steam Ship Company shoreside worker] and
Son of Capt Peter Chrisp, Port Line and Lyttelton Harbour Board


is there anybody who served on shell tankers between 1978-1981,
my first tanker was the fusus, then lanistes and then the coal carrier
tectus,i was deck boy then j.o.s. s.o.s. and finally a.b. there must be someone else i cannot remember names, but if i see a name i am sure it will all come back to me, hope to find someone soon. (K)

Uncle Waldo
29th April 2008, 10:02
I sailed on Drupa (1st trip!), Northia and Norrisia and Loaded at the Spar on all of them, Also loaded from the fulmar FSU (even when she went walkabout 1 Year in December)
The Northia has been converted to an FPSO called IKdamn (or similar name)
Drupa was Scrapped some time ago
Don't know what became of the Norrisia (Shell 1st DP tanker)
I joined Shell in 1984 as an SST (for those who remember them) with Ian Baird, (huge Scouser) Mark Vowels, from Bristol area (I think) Craig Morrison (NE area) and Alan.....?(another scouser), I was the last to leave the company in 1994. So Hello to all and any who remember me...and no I do not want a job thank you. Cheers Carl

davidpayne
29th April 2008, 21:02
The Norrisia is one of the knutsen tankers now. I don't know if Shell still have any shuttle tankers left. Does any one know? and if so are they British crewed?
I sailed with Ian Baird when he was third mate on the Northia in 1992, I also sailed with a guy called Mick Hurst who was a SST in 1992 and last time I sailed with him he was just going to join a dredger called City of Chichester as master. Nice to see SSt,s getting on.

jackieboy
24th May 2008, 11:11
I know that the Ms Northia also did a couple of brent cargos but am not sure how many, she normally loaded off the Fulmar field.
Wasn't the Darina just used for lightening

i believe chris snuggs is 400 stone now!!:sweat:

davidpayne
28th May 2008, 22:22
i believe chris snuggs is 400 stone now!!:sweat:

We must of sailed with shell at the same time if you know snuggsy, do you remember Mike Smith, and Nick chapman

Mark McShane
1st June 2008, 15:35
I don't know if Shell still have any shuttle tankers left. Does any one know? and if so are they British crewed?


David,

The last Shell shuttle tanker was the Cardissa, a previously Dutch manned ship that had ended up with Brit/Irish officers and filipino ratings. She was sold in 2004. A replacement ship was being sought for the F 3 field but it was not going to be managed by Shell.


Regards,

Mark

beatlesfab4
8th June 2008, 23:23
Sailed with shell from 76 till 86 when they went i.o.man manning and i bailed out then. Got a job locally working for whitaker tankers and still there today. Did the "L" class, joined lepeta when she was 3 months old in europort, still had dockworkers onboard finishing off the painting. Left in point tupper 6 months later, never seen so much snow!
Did all the north sea bits, best port for me was ardrossan then ended up on the "E" class out the far east.
My nick name was (still is ) fozzy deck boy to g1.(Jester)

davidpayne
12th June 2008, 00:33
David,

The last Shell shuttle tanker was the Cardissa, a previously Dutch manned ship that had ended up with Brit/Irish officers and filipino ratings. She was sold in 2004. A replacement ship was being sought for the F 3 field but it was not going to be managed by Shell.


Regards,

Mark

Filipino ratings why don't that surprise me.
cheers for the info!!
Dave P

Mick Spear
12th June 2008, 01:31
Sailed with shell from 76 till 86 when they went i.o.man manning and i bailed out then. Got a job locally working for whitaker tankers and still there today. Did the "L" class, joined lepeta when she was 3 months old in europort, still had dockworkers onboard finishing off the painting. Left in point tupper 6 months later, never seen so much snow!
Did all the north sea bits, best port for me was ardrossan then ended up on the "E" class out the far east.
My nick name was (still is ) fozzy deck boy to g1.(Jester)

I remember you - Fozzy bear from Hull. I remember the amount of mail you used to get and all them 'i love you' decorations/buntings. We were on either the Ebalina together 1985 or Eburna 1987? I was the only pool man on the ship.
Mick S

beatlesfab4
24th June 2008, 21:27
Hi mick, a quick line hoping that you are keeping ok, fozzy here. It was the ebalina where we sailed together many years ago. Only did one more trip after that then left when we were all offered redundancies. Didnt fancy the 70 hr weeks. I married the girl who was sending me all those loverly letters you still remember, still together after 22 years.
Iam still at sea , working for whitakers on the solent , bunkering cruise liners, rfa, dredgers and anything else thats passing by. Month on month off which is great.

what you doing with yourself these days, still at sea?
Hope all is well and look forward to hearing from you in the near future mate

All the very best
fozzy.(Jester)

david r byrne
25th June 2008, 20:49
i sailed with shell 1973-2006

KEITH SEVILLE
26th June 2008, 11:38
David

I was a shipping agent for Shell from 1965-2000 on the Mersey.
Sure we,ve got many good and bad experiences we can share.

Keith

mikeg
26th June 2008, 12:34
Hi Keith,

I'm certain we've met a few times on various Shell ships, your name sounds very familier even after all these years.

Mike Gilmour
Ex Shell SRO/E

KEITH SEVILLE
26th June 2008, 20:41
Hi Mike

I think I recognise you too!
Spent a large part of my time in later years looking after the ships at Tranmere.
Where you ever on the lightening ships Darina,Drupa,Halia or Naticina??

Regards
Keith

beatlesfab4
26th June 2008, 21:45
Hi keith
i did all the usual coastal ships, drupa, darina,serenia ,and the halia 3 times with capt brian bowtell. Some really happy times in tranmere and stanlow lay by berths.

mikeg
26th June 2008, 23:34
Hi Mike

I think I recognise you too!
Spent a large part of my time in later years looking after the ships at Tranmere.
Where you ever on the lightening ships Darina,Drupa,Halia or Naticina??

Regards
Keith

Yes on the Naticina '70, Darina '78, Halia '81 & '85. Good to hear from you again after all these years. Hope life is treating you well.

Regards,
Mike

KEITH SEVILLE
27th June 2008, 07:18
Have some good memories of the old days.
Good to hear from you both.
One of my favourite captains was Arthur Porteous.
I joined him on the Halia back in the eighties when the boatmen were on strike
and we went out to Point Lynas to lighten the Atlantic Prince.
He gave me the controls to steer the ship in the Crosby Channel outward bound from Rockferry where the ship had been tankcleaning.
It was an Easter Bank Holiday and it's the only lightening I witnessed.
An experience I will never forget!

Regards
Keith

Regards
Keith

Mick Spear
27th June 2008, 07:54
Hi keith
i did all the usual coastal ships, drupa, darina,serenia ,and the halia 3 times with capt brian bowtell. Some really happy times in tranmere and stanlow lay by berths.

Hi Fozzy. Good to hear from you. I'm still at sea - Purser with the RFA. Glad to hear your still with the same lady, i've never witnessed so much 'love mail' before or since. I did a few more ships with shell after the Ebalina, but as non-contract. Still remember some of the good guys' names from Shell: Alec wilson, derek paton, peter daltry, arthur pratter, russell day, Fred lang, biff johnson, bob thomas - cook, jimmy brymer - cook to name a few. Do you remember Bernie Harwin - cook from Hull, and a young AB Chris ? (he had blond curly hair) i think you took him under your wing on one trip? Another Hull lad was old John Scott - now he could tell some stories!! One or two ex shell lads are in the RFA, tricky dickie to name one.
Take care and if i'm in Marchwood area i'll look out for you on the whittaker boats
Mick S

mikeg
27th June 2008, 10:30
Have some good memories of the old days.
Good to hear from you both.
One of my favourite captains was Arthur Porteous.
I joined him on the Halia back in the eighties when the boatmen were on strike
and we went out to Point Lynas to lighten the Atlantic Prince.
He gave me the controls to steer the ship in the Crosby Channel outward bound from Rockferry where the ship had been tankcleaning.
It was an Easter Bank Holiday and it's the only lightening I witnessed.
An experience I will never forget!

Regards
Keith

Regards
Keith

What an experience!! I sailed with Arthur on a number of occasions but unfortunately not on any of the lightening vessels. A true gentleman and an excellent ship master. Was always delighted to know when joining a ship that he was the Captain.
It always appeared to be Charlie Owston on most of the lightening vessels I was on, also a good ship handler but with a character diametrically opposite to that of Arthur, I'm sure many Shell folk will have a few yarns about Charlie Owston. When I sailed on the Naticina in 1970 Brian Oliver was master.

Cheers,

Mike

KEITH SEVILLE
27th June 2008, 14:17
I agree Charlie Owston had a very different approach and manner to Arthur Porteous.
Charlie was an excellent Master but he had a very shrewd approach and he didnt always agree if somebody had a different opinion on a subject.
By contrast Arthur had a great personality and always gave you the benefit of the doubt and would always let you get on with it.
I remember Brian, only meeting him a couple of times but he treated me very well.

Regards
Keith

patbry
28th June 2008, 12:31
Hi, Anyone aboard HADRIANA on trip Jan 07th 1965- Nov 28th 1965?.. Patbry

beatlesfab4
5th July 2008, 22:48
Hi again mick, theres a few names from the past. Alec wilson ended up as a security guard back in scotland. My mate (gary crowther)asst stwd shell met him while delivering up that way. Scotty must be about 220 years old the storys he told and the places hes been. Pete daltry ended up with esso for a while, then they got rid of there ships. Russ day came over to whitakers for a few years, then left, moved to pembroke and now works on the jettys in milford haven. Robbo is still with whitakers with me, loves it here. Hope to be joining the WHITCHALLENGER in the next few weeks, what class are you on these days?
All the very best fozzy.

Mick Spear
10th July 2008, 15:55
Hi again mick, theres a few names from the past. Alec wilson ended up as a security guard back in scotland. My mate (gary crowther)asst stwd shell met him while delivering up that way. Scotty must be about 220 years old the storys he told and the places hes been. Pete daltry ended up with esso for a while, then they got rid of there ships. Russ day came over to whitakers for a few years, then left, moved to pembroke and now works on the jettys in milford haven. Robbo is still with whitakers with me, loves it here. Hope to be joining the WHITCHALLENGER in the next few weeks, what class are you on these days?
All the very best fozzy.

Fozzy
I go on near enough all classes. Will be joining RFA Orangeleaf on 1st August. Never know may see you alongside us during the trip, we'll be around the UK for the 4 months i'm on there.
Good to hear what some of the lads are doing nowadays. Keep in touch
PS Do you remember John Scott's Aussie cowboy music? I think t was Slim Dusty?

beatlesfab4
10th July 2008, 21:39
Slim dustys pub with no beer and take me home kathleen are what i remember well. Dont know if he is still with us, i only live a couple of miles from his village of ottringham nr hull. First bloke i met on hull station back in 76 when we joined the lepeta together in rotterdam.

limeybiker
10th July 2008, 22:20
My brother Keith Lockyer was a fifth Engineer on Shell Tankers, in the sixties, I remember him doing Curacao, with shell's detergent, the Halcion comes to mind, but not 100% on the spelling, I have been trying to find a picture for his 70th Birthday, he is not on the computer so he won't find out, any info would be appreciated.

Peter4447
10th July 2008, 22:27
My brother Keith Lockyer was a fifth Engineer on Shell Tankers, in the sixties, I remember him doing Curacao, with shell's detergent, the Halcion comes to mind, but not 100% on the spelling, I have been trying to find a picture for his 70th Birthday, he is not on the computer so he won't find out, any info would be appreciated.

Hi Barry
There is a superb Shell Tanker website at www.helderline.nl
Hope life is fine on the other side of the Big Pond.
Kind Regards
Peter (Dusty V)(Thumb)

beatlesfab4
11th July 2008, 22:22
Hi again mick, spoke to robbo(paul robinson wigan) tonight and he remembers you and sends his best regards. He is due back on the HUMBER ENERGY running between fawley and cowes 3 times a week.

geoffakelly
18th July 2008, 22:09
mick did alex wilson have blonde hair and was a cook if it was him i was on a diving ship with him he was camp boss a great lad..

beatlesfab4
18th July 2008, 22:14
Alec wilson was a g1 seaman from scotland (east coast) i think.(Jester)

marco nista
18th July 2008, 22:31
Limeybiker -

That's my photo of the second HELCION on the Helderline website.

Feel free to use it or if you PM me I'll scan the slide again.

I may have been on the ship at the same time as your brother when we were in Curacao 31/3/63 until 15/4 having some TLC after the bunkers got into the boilers.
Detergent was certainly involved . . . .

Cheers

Marco

Michael Parkes
27th July 2008, 08:37
I was an Assistant Steward on the Shell Tanker Vexilla late 1960,early 1961 31000 DWT

I have a not too good photo of here copied from a postcard and also of some of my shipmates taken at Port Said in December 1960

Perhaps somebody will reconisse themselves. I am on the top right.

If you are out there chaps, let us know.

Can anybody tell me what happened to this vessel

Michael

KEITH SEVILLE
27th July 2008, 13:22
Built at Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead 1955.
Scrapped at Kaohsiung 1972.
She made a few calls to the Mersey as well.

Regards
Keith

Michael Parkes
3rd August 2008, 11:39
Thanks Keith

Best Regards

Michael

Mick Spear
26th August 2008, 13:11
Hi again mick, spoke to robbo(paul robinson wigan) tonight and he remembers you and sends his best regards. He is due back on the HUMBER ENERGY running between fawley and cowes 3 times a week.

Hi Again Foz. I've joined RFA ORANGELEAF now. In Portland and will be heading Plymouth way at the beginning of next month. Did Paul have Ginger hair and was his father an Ex seaman? If so i remember him well.
Hope all is well with you. Keep in touch and hope to see you alongside one of our ships one day.
Mick S

beatlesfab4
29th August 2008, 21:22
Hi mick, robbo is the double of bobby ball (of the cannon and ball days). Ihope to be on the whitchallenger again early next month,she runs to plymouth every 2 weeks(millbay docks) supplying fuel for the brittany ferries, never in for very long though. Hope all is well at your end , dont work too hard.

Mick Spear
28th September 2008, 22:42
Hi mick, robbo is the double of bobby ball (of the cannon and ball days). Ihope to be on the whitchallenger again early next month,she runs to plymouth every 2 weeks(millbay docks) supplying fuel for the brittany ferries, never in for very long though. Hope all is well at your end , dont work too hard.

Fozzy, i reckon i do know the guy now you say bobby ball, i sailed with him briefly. We go on the buoy at Plymouth sound most weekends, so if you're passing us get on the VHF or whatever and we'll have a chat. Doubt if you get time to get ashore never mind a chance to get a beer?

Do you remember Gary Harrison? He was one of the SSTs in mid eightes? We're good mates, he's Master with Chevron nowadays and has been for years. We had a chat the other week and i' sure you and him sailed together. We mentioned John Scott cos we were with him on the Natacina, and we had a laugh about the slim dusty etc.

Hope all is well buddy

Take care, safe sailing.

Albert Bishop
16th October 2008, 20:08
Hell, you all make me feel old. Was I the only one sailing with Shell as far back as the fifties? Cheers, Albi

trucker
25th October 2008, 18:42
any one out there remember the f.s.u on the fulmar field [north sea] breaking free ,on christmas day 1988.we were on stand by ready to go onto the byrel a .platform to load.when in the distance the f.s.u passed us going south.[may be looking for warmer climates.] i am sure there must be some old north sea tigers ,remember.sure it was a converted shell job.?(Smoke)

paul price
25th October 2008, 22:06
I was on the pomella in 81 saw the lanistes in hamburg we were running to klipeda through the kiel canal ,also I was on the achatina same year I always seemed to get the rust buckets. my bro inlaw was on the lanistes about same time as you his name was richard tolley he was a steward.

loylobby
26th October 2008, 09:43
any one out there remember the f.s.u on the fulmar field [north sea] breaking free ,on christmas day 1988.we were on stand by ready to go onto the byrel a .platform to load.when in the distance the f.s.u passed us going south.[may be looking for warmer climates.] i am sure there must be some old north sea tigers ,remember.sure it was a converted shell job.?(Smoke)
Don't remember that but I remember being on the Serenia when we had an "emergency" departure from the Brent Spar due to really sudden, severe weather.

Don't know the full ins and outs of the technical details, but with the engine running astern for long periods she couldn't safely go to full ahead power straight away, so when we left the Spar we "drifted" into areas within the Brent Field we were not really supposed to be and it was a bit worrying for a wee while until ahead power fully available(EEK)

gordy
29th October 2008, 00:13
i am sure there must be some old north sea tigers ,remember.sure it was a converted shell job.?(Smoke)


She was the Medora.

I was a Mech. Tech with Shell back then, working in the Brent field. Didn't take Shell long to get a temporary rig on the Fulmar to keep the oil flowing!

I had some interesting times at the loading buoy on the Kittiwake. Once when the Norissia got rather a lot of the sea in the engine room. I went aboard at Methil as one of the inquiry team. The night before at the hotel I met up with the BOT man, and he told me his office contact had filled him in on some details, describing the incident as a 'First trip junior FU' IMHO he wasn't far wrong.
The other bit of fun was when the Esso Fife took off with the loading buoy still attached by the hose, which had failed to release when, due to a fault, the engine went to it's 'fail safe ' mode of 75% ahead. The angle the buoy was pulled over to before the hose parted was very spectacular.
Could have been very serious though, as we made regular visits to the buoy to do maintenance.
Having been in the engine room with Texaco, I felt really sorry for the Norrissia engineers at the inquiry. They made an elementary, (serious) error and suffered the consequences.

mikefoster
4th November 2008, 05:05
> Great Picture, Thanks Dave ! Slightly different from the one I had, but obviously one from the same sequence.

Thank you Chas for sighting that pic of Batillus. I don't think I've ever seen one of the B's pictured before. When they were moving at service speed their momentum must have been simply colossal. And I presume they only had a single screw? Were there any ports or jetties where they could actually come alongside?

Mike

loylobby
4th November 2008, 08:23
And I presume they only had a single screw? Were there any ports or jetties where they could actually come alongside?

Mike

Twin Screw, Twin Rudders and I think the "B's" could go alongside at D'Antifer (off Le Havre)
http://www.marine-marchande.net/Jourlejour/2601-2700/27-Batillus8_reduit.jpg

BlythSpirit
4th November 2008, 14:11
The B's could go alongside at the sea islands in Mena al Ahmadi, Ras Tanurrah, and Kharg Island in the Gulf. They also could go alongside after lightering at Europort.

nomad21
8th November 2008, 00:02
anyone remember the Hanetia i was on her in 58 went round the World on her we were away for 11mts would have been longer but something happend & we went to Rotterdam for drydock then Falmouth decided to pay off.we carried aviation fuel if i remember right,the tanks were a bugger to clean but we used to get a tot of rum after each tank we cleaned. had a lot of fun on her anyone out there on her then?

Thomson
8th November 2008, 10:35
I stood by completion of Hanetia at Smiths South bank then sailed on her as Fifth Engineer from 11/10/57 to 27/08/58 . Did the trip you mentioned with Capt Thomson and enjoyed every minute. Regards.

andyp1
18th November 2008, 13:07
Joined the Liparus in Sept 81 @ D'Antifer as first trip engineer apprentice.
Caught the cross channel ferry dover - Le Havre with the Roy Potter (C/E), Tim McKie (3/E) and Simon Wells (4/E).
First night on board was spent in a lifeboat catching fuel oil as a french tug missed the stringer and put a wacking hole in the stbd FO tank, which was later repaired during a suez transit.
Had a change of master after about 4 months and we ended up with "Mad McDermott" on his retirement voyage with his alcoholic wife- spending the night before Xmas eve in the Saudi holding anchorage had her seeing pink rabbits coming up the flying bridge!

ROBERT HENDERSON
18th November 2008, 13:19
Did any of you ex Shell men sail with the Moore Twins, they were both engineers, one of their names was Jerry the other one I am not sure of.

Regards Robert

stevecz
18th November 2008, 16:03
Joined the Liparus in Sept 81 @ D'Antifer as first trip engineer apprentice.
Caught the cross channel ferry dover - Le Havre with the Roy Potter (C/E), Tim McKie (3/E) and Simon Wells (4/E).
First night on board was spent in a lifeboat catching fuel oil as a french tug missed the stringer and put a wacking hole in the stbd FO tank, which was later repaired during a suez transit.
Had a change of master after about 4 months and we ended up with "Mad McDermott" on his retirement voyage with his alcoholic wife- spending the night before Xmas eve in the Saudi holding anchorage had her seeing pink rabbits coming up the flying bridge!

Sailed with this good lady on the Hemitrocus, she made a mean home brew in the hospital bath/

KEITH SEVILLE
18th November 2008, 16:18
Hi Andyp1

Remember Captain Tom McDermott and his wife Edie.
I had them on the Hyala up at Stanlow.
He was easy to get on with, but his wife fed herself on the Gin bottle and
spent much of her time getting drunk.

Regards
Keith

andyp1
19th November 2008, 14:09
Don't think she was sober in the 4 months !
Mac was on a mission due it being his retirement trip.
Midnight curry sessions every night for the engineers due to UMS
Ordered 5 gallon demi-johns of wine from Cape Town for serving to all at lunchtime!
The XMAS eve job was a close call as we got orders to move @ 12:00 hrs on 24 Dec, Mac had put the engine room on 2 hrs standby @ 00:00 hrs as he wanted a quick getaway- well as quick as an Odense @ 'L' boat would !
Finally paid off after 6 months by helicopter @ razzle dazzle & home via the red lion @ dubai

KEITH SEVILLE
19th November 2008, 15:46
Andyp1

Interested to hear about your time on Liparus and some of the things they got up to there.
Tom McDermott was in his early seventies when he passed on, lived in Shiptonthorpe, Yorkshire. He used to send a Christmas Card to me until I heard from his missus of his death.

Regards
Keith

andyp1
20th November 2008, 09:37
Keith,

I guess "Mac" was what you would call a character, apparently worked his way up from deck boy to master. Had a fixation with winding up 2/E with constant references to "goatskin" jockstraps with velcro, to the extent that 2/E was referred to as "goatskins" in the minutes of the meetings for the management team!
His wife could be an absolute nightmare though,the chief designated the us 2 eng cadets to help her up after sunday lunch - there we where trying our best to drag a semi comatose "pensioner", at least 2 bottles of gin to the good, out from underneath a settee with a touch of dignity(Jester)
6 months on an L boat for a first trip was a real experience, acted as a lightening vessel to battillus, and seemed to spend forever rolling pipework & re-setting valves in the bottom of cargo tanks. Good bit was working with the chief and super ( Willie Carle?) getting the FO tank ready for a patch to be welded in after the tug hit us in D'antifer - got collared to drive the deck crane to lift the kit on board for the egyptian welder in the Bitter Lakes.
Would even go as far to say "I would do it all over again"

KEITH SEVILLE
20th November 2008, 11:44
Andy

Quite some experiences you had ,the Superintendent could have been Willie Milne, a real scot!
I often think of all the experiences I had as a shipping agent over 30 years and agree I would do it all again.
The days were tough, the same as you but must say I enjoyed it all despite
visiting ships at unearthly hours in all weathers!

Best Wishes
Keith

IAN M
10th June 2009, 18:17
Can anyone please supply me with a detailed list of Shell/Anglo Saxon Tankers lost in WWII or refer me to a book which has one?

Billieboy
11th June 2009, 06:40
any one out there remember the f.s.u on the Fulmar field [north sea] breaking free ,on Christmas day 1988.we were on stand by ready to go onto the beryl a .platform to load.when in the distance the f.s.u passed us going south.[may be looking for warmer climates.] i am sure there must be some old north sea tigers ,remember.sure it was a converted shell job.?(Smoke)

I remember it well, as I was in the bath at my holiday bungalow when I heard. It was about 15.00 local North Sea Time on Christmas Eve, when she got loose. I had just driven from Nordhorn in Germany with four of my men that I'd picked up so that they could get home for the holidays. Getting back in the bath, it was my MiL's birthday and I was trying to wake up to get to the party; when one of Shell's agents told me that Medora was headed for Rotterdam. The repair was eventually carried out at Verolme's yard in Rotterdam. I was quite interested, as I had made and tested the original ballasting valves for the SPAR when she was built at Wilton's. The OM on board wasn't very happy, as he had NO steering or manoeuvring capabilities, just a bloody big sea anchor on his bow!(MAD)

Billieboy
29th July 2009, 10:29
Keith,

6 months on an L boat for a first trip was a real experience, acted as a lightening vessel to battillus, and seemed to spend forever rolling pipework & re-setting valves in the bottom of cargo tanks. Good bit was working with the chief and super ( Willie Carle?) getting the FO tank ready for a patch to be welded in after the tug hit us in D'antifer - got collared to drive the deck crane to lift the kit on board for the egyptian welder in the Bitter Lakes.
Would even go as far to say "I would do it all over again"

Hello Andy, I was the guy who was repairing the cargo valves, then sending them back to the ships ready to fit. I know, it was a rough job, but it was better than loading four parcels of crude and then discharging one parcel. Liparus was the first to show up the problem The super at that time in 1976 was Allan Robinson, but the super at your time was Willie Carle, both good blokes. The lightening job on Battilus made Liparus the biggest lighter in the world, Battilus then became the biggest coaster in the world by bringing approx 450000M of crude from 'Antifer to Rotterdam.

Kieth; Willie Milne aka PD, had retired just as the valve problem started or at least shortly afterwards.(Thumb)

helgex
22nd October 2009, 15:07
i am sure there must be some old north sea tigers ,remember.sure it was a converted shell job.?(Smoke)

It was a mixed job: Shell supplied the Medora, Esso the SALM design. But let's not forget how much of a frontier this was at the time. The first SBS was only 7 years old, and Shell had just done a SALM on the Castellon, but all in cosy conditions of the Mediterranean or in SouthEast Asia. Fulmar FSU and Brent Spar were the first in harsh weather, as was Hamilton Brothers FPU on Argyll (which also broke loose some years earlier), and accurate environmental data were sparse, to say the least.

15 years earlier, when the Southern North Sea work started, the engineers could only go to the local fishermen to find out what wave height they should allow for, due to absence of official records.

NB: there is an excellent technical report from 2006 on the UK HSE website about mooring integrity experience and failure cases: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr444.pdf

Andyoo1
22nd October 2009, 22:15
is there anybody who served on shell tankers between 1978-1981,
my first tanker was the fusus, then lanistes and then the coal carrier
tectus,i was deck boy then j.o.s. s.o.s. and finally a.b. there must be someone else i cannot remember names, but if i see a name i am sure it will all come back to me, hope to find someone soon. (K)

I know an assistant steward Fred Todd was on the Fusus early 1979.

Seawitch Artist
22nd October 2009, 22:39
I was on the P class Tanker Pomella in 1980 alas I missed the damn thing in Philly and that was the end of me for some years!(Sad)

ows100
13th February 2011, 21:00
What an experience!! I sailed with Arthur on a number of occasions but unfortunately not on any of the lightening vessels. A true gentleman and an excellent ship master. Was always delighted to know when joining a ship that he was the Captain.
It always appeared to be Charlie Owston on most of the lightening vessels I was on, also a good ship handler but with a character diametrically opposite to that of Arthur, I'm sure many Shell folk will have a few yarns about Charlie Owston. When I sailed on the Naticina in 1970 Brian Oliver was master.

Cheers,

Mike

Mike,

I'd be very careful indeed! His first name was Charles but he was always called Stan(Stanley was his middle name) and I only caught a few that inadvertently called him Charlie.

One was Keel Hauled,

Two others were used as fenders.

He may be dead, but he could still haunt you!

Fortunately, I have a slightly better sense of humour

JC

I'll let you guess what the "C" stands for

P.S. Pray - do tell the yarns...............

Bobmac
14th February 2011, 07:32
Wonder if this was the Stan Owston who was Mate of the Zaphon in 1958 - I was 3/O. Jimmy Rumbellow Master, the Commodore at the time. Stan Owston had rscued crew from the Tresillion which sank in the Irish Sea after a shift of grain cargo.

ows100
14th February 2011, 10:12
Hi Bobmac,

I really didn't think anyone from that far back would still be around. Yes he was the mate on the Zaphon (I have his sea discharge book) and he was on the Zaphon

5/6/57 - 04/04/58 when he paid off at his home port of North Shields.

That must have been his last trip as Mate as that's where his record book ends.

You are right that the Captain was Jimmy Rumbellow and I believe my mother and Jimmy Rumbellow's wife (Vera??) were on the ship as I found photo's of them on the Zaphon which I think were taken going through the Suez Canel.

Again, you are correct, he was part of the rescue team that saved 13 of the 16 survivors of the Tresillian which foundered off Cork in November 54 when he was Mate on the Liparus (the first one). He was awarded, along with the other 8 volunteers the silver Sea Gallantry Medal.

I've just been through all this as I recently came across a load of old papers and press cuttings and have been helping the Life Saving Awards Research Society prepare an article on the rescue which has just been published.

The reason I was hovering around here is I was looking for any surviving crew members from the Liparus who may be able to provide a first hand account. Ironically, all attempts so far have drawn a blank but there are still 4 members of the Tresillian still alive.

Out of interest, I was just in touch with Chris Blundell who was 2nd Steward on the Zaphon at that time. You might remember him?

What a good memory you have and you didn't fall into the trap of calling him Charlie - he would be pleased.

JC

mikeg
14th February 2011, 10:58
Mike,

I'd be very careful indeed! His first name was Charles but he was always called Stan(Stanley was his middle name) and I only caught a few that inadvertently called him Charlie.

One was Keel Hauled,

Two others were used as fenders.

He may be dead, but he could still haunt you!

Fortunately, I have a slightly better sense of humour

JC

I'll let you guess what the "C" stands for

P.S. Pray - do tell the yarns...............

Everyone I knew refered to him as Charlie but probably not to his face :sweat:

I remember one incident that still makes me chuckle. Lightening ships had regular weather charts that the 2nd R/O took to the bridge. Charlie took exception to the very slight but ragged tear-off from the machine and came down to 'show' the 2nd R/O just how to remove the chart 'correctly' from the facsimile machine. Charlie had an attempt at it and tore the chart right through the middle - not saying a word he left red faced, slamming the door on his way out. (Jester)

ows100
14th February 2011, 11:42
Mike,

I do seem to remember that he was very keen on those charts and I remember them well, they used to stink (I presume that was the ink they used). He was fantastically neat both in hand writing and organisation and he used to do his nut if I ever used anything and it wasn't put back in the right place.

He was also fanatical about the 6pm radio 4 shipping forecast that had to be listened to in complete silence with the reverence of the queens speech.

As you rightly remember he did most of his latter years (67 -78) on the lightening vessels Drupa, Darina, Naticina and the Halia as well as a few trips to the brent spa.

As you said these were busy ships and I remember being on board for quite a few lightening operations including the Battilus. I seem to remember the 2/O on the forcastle used to get a lot of grief when they were trying to tie up along side the other ships.

I don't think he was ever known for his humour when working but he did have his lighter side if he got to know people and he thought they were competant, but if he didn't think the job was done right (his way) I suspect he could have been difficult to sail with.

I clearly remember on one occasion an AB and the 3/O had been responsible for some tank operations (I don't know the details) but they overflowed the tank because they left the transfer unattended (against his orders) and he had them both in his office.

To spare their blushes (rightly) he put me and my mother in the bedroom, closed the bedroom door, closed the day room double doors and then started.

I heard every word............

My mother had to put her hands over my ears.

Happy days.

JC

Do you remember John Connelly, he was R/O a number of times, nice fellow although I don't think the old man saw eye to eye with him at times

mikeg
15th February 2011, 00:12
JC,

Sailing with Charlie was a very exacting job, god help you if you were late with a weather forecast, nav warning or football results. All equipment must be 100% all the time, no chance of changing that odd panel lamp tomorrow....

I remember John Connelly very well, I relieved him on a few ships and went on some tech courses with him as well. John was a really crazy guy at times in the best way and oddly a secret poet as well. He was great company and the life and soul of any group in a truly engaging way - he certainly was blessed with the gift of the gab.
He was also well known for relaxing with a 'few' drinks but this never interfered with his work and relieving John as R/O was always a pleasure. I recall that during one heavy session on a VLCC he fell through the fretwork design at the end of his bunk!
Captains either liked or hated John, there was no inbetween. One of natures great characters.
I see your initials are also JC - Co-incidence??

Mike

ows100
15th February 2011, 15:46
Mike,

Yes, he could be very exacting, and that wasn't just on the job. He could fix anything with anything and carried his own garage full of essential spares neatly stripped of anything and everything. I think it was a legacy from being brought up in the 20's & 30's and the austerity of the war and post war years when nothing was ever thrown out. I think if he'd had the chance he would have stayed at sea and probably spent more time at sea than on dry land between 14 and 57. He was due to retire at 52 (which I believe was normal retiring age but they asked him to stay on for another 5 years).

I doubt there was an R/O in the fleet that didn't know John Connelly. He was very funny and could tell plenty of stories. He did like a drink or two, Tennents larger or was that because that was all they ever seemed to have in the saloon bar?

He used to live in Seaton Delaval many years ago only a few miles from "Charlie" but i think its safe to say that they were socially miles apart.

Yes, a great character and I enjoyed many an hour in the radio shack with him and I think it gave the guys on the bridge a rest.

JC - A coincidence? Yes I'm afraid so. The C is for "Charlie" but can you guess what the J's for?

Happy days.

JC

mikeg
15th February 2011, 16:51
JC,

When did Charlie Owston shuffle off this mortal coil? I didn't know that he'd crossed the bar.
Maybe then I will be haunted for calling him Charlie in cyberspace (EEK)

Mike

ows100
15th February 2011, 19:10
Mike,

You obviously were not scouring your fleet news Obituaries section. He passed away in January 1988 after a short illness. He never crossed the bar, just passed though them. If he'd still been going he'd be coming up 92.

And if you see the Naticina coming out of the fog straight at you, it will be be Stan........

Having said that, I think he had a greater affinity for the Halia having sailed the 7 seas on that one.

Cheers,

JC

tigercub33
15th February 2011, 19:50
Albert Bishop you are not alone from 50s, i jioned the Vitrina at Shell Haven in aug57, she had just come back from the gulf and that was her first trip, we were going back to the gulf then shell haven, wrong rotterdam, cartergina, curacao,rotterdam,gulf via cape town ,durban,la speiza

tigercub33
15th February 2011, 20:17
albert for some unknown reason half of my message has gone missing, so to carry on ,pulla bukam, pulla sambo,singapore,gulf,lands end for orders rotterdam to discharge, clean tanks,belfast for dry dock,the trip to belfast was done in record, time as she made up 24hrs,and dry docked one time, had two weeks off then jioned MV Treloske happy sailing Albert tigercub33

Bobmac
21st February 2011, 19:27
Hi JC, Yes, he paid off when we drydocked at Wallsend and I remember strict instructions not to touch one set of permanent ballast tanks without his instructions. There was a sealed tin of ciggies down there for his time on leave! After drydock a new 2/O joined, one David Moreby with a brand new Extra Master ticket. He was to become the Professor David Moreby who died last year with much acclaim from the industry. Cheers, Bobmac

ows100
23rd February 2011, 14:54
Hi Bobmac,

you seem to know him well! He did smoke cigarettes until the early 60's and was very adept at smuggling them off the ships. He gave up and went for cigars after that which he was equally good at smuggling!

i think after the Zaphon he was promoted to Master and went out east for quite a few years before coming back "coastal" in the late 60's.

Cheers,

JC

P.S. I didn't know David Moreby but I'll certainly look him up.

Miketath
29th July 2012, 01:41
Sailed with shell from 76 till 86 when they went i.o.man manning and i bailed out then. Got a job locally working for whitaker tankers and still there today. Did the "L" class, joined lepeta when she was 3 months old in europort, still had dockworkers onboard finishing off the painting. Left in point tupper 6 months later, never seen so much snow!
Did all the north sea bits, best port for me was ardrossan then ended up on the "E" class out the far east.
My nick name was (still is ) fozzy deck boy to g1.(Jester)

Hiya Fozzy yah old salt, remember me Mike tatham i think it was the Euplecta ( remember Fiji islands) and i think we also sailed together on an L boat seem to rememer playing pontoon for 1 chits for 6 months and walking away almost even!!!!

grum64
22nd September 2012, 21:52
Fozzy. You're still alive! My God!

Clive Carrington here. Joined Euplecta in Singapore as JCR. As I recall, you fell for my sister after seeing her photo.

I seem to remember a deckie surname Lavender, a cockney I think & another deckie with the most amazing tattoos, one was the fox hunt.

Des(?) I think was Chief Cook & a big Irish guy was 2nd cook, can't think of his name.

After Euplecta ended up on ferries out of Felixstowe & Harwich. Big change from the deep sea E boat but they were near home.

Last sailed 83 then had a bike wreck leaving me confined to a wheelchair. That's life!

Anyway, I have many, many great memories of the dear Euplecta & very often look at my pics.

Great to know you're still going!

marinemec2004
7th October 2012, 12:54
is there anybody who served on shell tankers between 1978-1981,
my first tanker was the fusus, then lanistes and then the coal carrier
tectus,i was deck boy then j.o.s. s.o.s. and finally a.b. there must be someone else i cannot remember names, but if i see a name i am sure it will all come back to me, hope to find someone soon. (K)

Served on several Shell tankers , Achatina, Aulica, Rapana, Paludina, Northia, Drupa, Lima and Lanistes. Left when Shell went over to the IOM. Was Pumpman, but "returned " as a fiver and even sailed 4th. Fond memories of sailing with some fantastic crews, but not so when on the engineers side. Couldnt adjust to the "other side" not after sailing with "the lads" Went foreign flag after leaving Joe Shell, deck engineer, pumpman, senior mechanic. Mainly tankers again, couple of dive boats, couple of bulkers, couple of RFA's and the glorious container ship ACT2. - Last steamship within the fleet as all the others were re-engined .ACT 2 was superb, great crowd crew and officers and a great ship to sail on.

Dave Hone
25th October 2012, 11:39
I was pantry boy on the Helcion on that particular trip and I remember it well; We'd loaded at St. Nicolas, Aruba just prior to the breakdown, unusual for a Shell boat, and were towed into Curacao for repairs. We lost an A.B. overboard on the way home, Jock Hay from Aberdeen and we eventually payed off in Cardiff (drydock) after what seemed like a very long 7 + months.

kevhogg
25th October 2012, 13:52
Served on several Shell tankers , Achatina, Aulica, Rapana, Paludina, Northia, Drupa, Lima and Lanistes. Left when Shell went over to the IOM. Was Pumpman, but "returned " as a fiver and even sailed 4th. Fond memories of sailing with some fantastic crews, but not so when on the engineers side. Couldnt adjust to the "other side" not after sailing with "the lads" Went foreign flag after leaving Joe Shell, deck engineer, pumpman, senior mechanic. Mainly tankers again, couple of dive boats, couple of bulkers, couple of RFA's and the glorious container ship ACT2. - Last steamship within the fleet as all the others were re-engined .ACT 2 was superb, great crowd crew and officers and a great ship to sail on.

Marinemec-sailed on a couple of the ships you mention Northia &Act2 as AB have to agree that Act2 was one of best ships and crowds I ever sailed with and also found the job and lifestyle very different once I started sailing as an officer.

ART6
25th October 2012, 14:14
I recall a saloon song in my days with Esso. It started with "I'll go to heaven, and not to Hell. I'll sail with Esso and not Joe Shell." But then the song went on to consider the Maracaibo lakes to Aruba trips, known then as the punishment trips or the "shuttle run", or the "white man's grave": "And when they ask 'What have you done' I'll say 'thirteen trips on the shuttle run.' Immediate admission to the seventy virgins or the land of milk and honey, or whatever takes your fancy (within certain moral limits), was supposed to be guaranteed. This was not supposed to be available to Shell crews, who were barbarians.

So, you see, all you Shell reprobates, we civilised people have a direct route to Heaven that is (regrettably) not available to you. It's what you get for naming your shipping line after a mollusc.

marinemec2004
25th October 2012, 18:49
any one out there remember the f.s.u on the fulmar field [north sea] breaking free ,on christmas day 1988.we were on stand by ready to go onto the byrel a .platform to load.when in the distance the f.s.u passed us going south.[may be looking for warmer climates.] i am sure there must be some old north sea tigers ,remember.sure it was a converted shell job.?(Smoke)

She was the Ex Shell Tanker "Medora"

PaulBrummie
10th March 2013, 22:10
Spent a lot of time on Drupa over the years, late 60's to late 70's, as sparky, including the D/D in Falmouth when she converted to work the Brent Spa. Got a lot of very fond memories of that vessel and the people on her. Somebody asked for the picture of Drupa and Batillus, so I've attached the classic photo of that operation (sorry the quality of that pic isn't too great, but it was a press photo). Regards to all ex-Drupa men ! (Thumb)

Chap to the right on your photo looks like Alan Gowing, a CPO I sailed with a couple of times. A great man. Last sailed with him on the Tectus in 1981. I also sailed on the Drupa. A good ship, tough on deck in some of the colder weather!

ChasD
10th March 2013, 22:47
Hi Paul, Guy on the left, back to the camera, was Mate at the time, a regular on Drupa and the lightening fleet On the right was indeed Bosun/CPO. A good, extremely professional, crew - and good guys to sail with. Just noticed - I can't spell 'Spar'

Best ! .... Chas

Miketath
11th March 2013, 01:29
Was AB with shell for about 8 years Northia was my last ship in 83 running from Fulmar FSU im now a crane op on the brent bravo. Northia is still on the go last saw her on the spm when i was on the Kittiwake platform about 4years ago.
remember sailing with you Fozzie on the Euplecta i think it was. do you remember taking Fiji by storm we were there for about a month!!

LucyKnight
13th June 2013, 17:38
fm Lucy Knight

Sailed on the MV Amoria in 1978 and R/O.

steveedmond
18th June 2013, 15:08
hi everyone I sailed on the pallium from 9-2-78 to 14-8-78 I can only remember 1 person a good friend of mine dave massy .I remember a big Irishman also cant remember his name did anyone sail on her on these dates please let me know .cheers

ken williamson
18th June 2013, 23:36
hi everyone I sailed on the pallium from 9-2-78 to 14-8-78 I can only remember 1 person a good friend of mine dave massy .I remember a big Irishman also cant remember his name did anyone sail on her on these dates please let me know .cheers

my name is ken williamson, i sailed on Paludina,Pomella, and many other Shell tankers. iknew Dave Massey he lived inLeicester i think, he visited me at my home in northampton, iwas A.B.

steveedmond
19th June 2013, 12:50
hi ken. yes dave massy did live in Leicester I went to stay with him for a few days about 35 years ago we stayed in touch for many years I lost his phone no and we changed ours last time I spoke to him he was doing long distance lorry driving . do you have his phone no?as I would like to try to get in touch with him cheers.

ken williamson
19th June 2013, 23:19
hi ken. yes dave massy did live in Leicester I went to stay with him for a few days about 35 years ago we stayed in touch for many years I lost his phone no and we changed ours last time I spoke to him he was doing long distance lorry driving . do you have his phone no?as I would like to try to get in touch with him cheers.

sorry i dont have his number, but give me a few days,i dont live far away from his last known location,so i will make investigations.its nice to talk to ex Shell man,will let you know soon as.

steveedmond
20th June 2013, 09:51
hi ken . thanks for your reply much appreciated.i left the merchant navy in 1979 worked at Heinz in wigan ever since not the same working in a factory.i often think back to my sailing days feel sad sometimes.bye for now.thanks.

DerekT
20th June 2013, 16:10
Hi,
Slightly more modern times for Shell, anybody sail on PETRONAS Gas tankers.

DerekT

ken williamson
22nd June 2013, 09:15
hi ken . thanks for your reply much appreciated.i left the merchant navy in 1979 worked at Heinz in wigan ever since not the same working in a factory.i often think back to my sailing days feel sad sometimes.bye for now.thanks.

do you recal Dave Masseys last known address? Ken Williamson.

atc781
10th July 2013, 00:24
Sailed with Mad McDermott, andyP1!

You have my sympathies. The man was genuinely certifiable! No wonder his missus liked a tipple; she tolerated a lot from him.

I remember he kept potted tomato plants on the bridge wings of the Lyria, perfectly placed to kick over during star sights, which always attracted his ire. On one occasion he threw a pair of dividers at me across the chart table. The following evening he would bring a sample of some of his peach curry up to the bridge, by way of an apology...not.

Ahh, the seventies; we will never see their like again!

Cheers!


Joined the Liparus in Sept 81 @ D'Antifer as first trip engineer apprentice.
Caught the cross channel ferry dover - Le Havre with the Roy Potter (C/E), Tim McKie (3/E) and Simon Wells (4/E).
First night on board was spent in a lifeboat catching fuel oil as a french tug missed the stringer and put a wacking hole in the stbd FO tank, which was later repaired during a suez transit.
Had a change of master after about 4 months and we ended up with "Mad McDermott" on his retirement voyage with his alcoholic wife- spending the night before Xmas eve in the Saudi holding anchorage had her seeing pink rabbits coming up the flying bridge!

andyp1
16th July 2013, 13:36
atc,

Yes recall the midnight curries made with anything he could lay his hands on that the Chief Steward may have left out in the galley - recall one where he rang my cabin to drag me back as I was attempting a "straight 8 hrs kip" !
He had a dislike of 2E at one point, convinced that as he was from Surrey that he wore jodphurs all the time made of goatskins with velcro fastenings, thereafter Mac referred to 2E as "goatskins"- not too sure how that one came around
On his last time past Cape Town he ordered 6 demi johns of wine, which he .proceeded to serve to all present in the salon every lunchtime- not sure this would be acceptable now!
Finally paying off in Ras Al Khaima, whilst signing off articles he tucked a note into my discharge book that said I was "paying off complete with packed lunch"

Quite right we will never see those days again