Cape Dinners

Dickyboy
24th May 2009, 17:51
Anyone remember the Cape Dinners?
Midway between NWE and the Gulf. Stores at Capetown, either by helicopter or tender.
Planning, ordering, brow beating, demanding, kadgoling, begging, pleading with the Chief Steward for some special stores for the Cape Dinner. Like prime steaks, Oysters etc etc.
Usually a Charity Night was involved as well. A fancy dress night, Casino Night, or a BBQ type meal around the pool. A great way to enjoy a great meal, earn a bit for charity, and break the monotony of the long haul around the Cape. Especially when slow steaming. (Jester)

rog37
25th May 2009, 18:59
Around the cape at 7knots was really boring and the cape dinners were a legend and was a good way to break the trip up as it took two monthe to go from Mina to Rotterdam

Dickyboy
26th May 2009, 16:10
Hi Roj!
I only slow steamed once. I can't make out what ship it was on, but a VLCC.
Joined in NWE Slow steamed to the Gulf, Kharg I think = 2 months, back to NWE = another 2 months. 4 hours ashore in the Seamans Hotel just outside Europort. That was the only place we were allowed to go, a bus was laid on, no taxis or anything, due to the oil crisis, then back to the ship and another 2 months back to the Gulf and pay off. 4 hours ashore in 6 months!
The best fun we had on that trip was the Cape Dinners.
I always enjoyed the food on BP, nothing fancy but it was pretty good most of the time. The Cape Dinners were always very good and the catering staff always pulled all the stops out.
We used to buy our own seafood given the chance as well. We went to Gaita?? in Italy, between Rome and Naples, it's mainly a fishing port with one oil berth. We went ashore first thing in the morning and bought buckets of prawns and creyfish. Got back aboard and politely asked the ships cook to boil them up for us, and store them in the cold room. He was a good cook, and the Bosun was very keen on seafood so he did the job :o) That was on a Titty boat.
It was nice for the whole crew to mix now and again, and I think on some ships we used to alternate which bar we used. The Cape Dinners were quite big events, and a good break from the ships routine.

Dickyboy
27th May 2009, 15:29
A cape dinner & fancy dress night on a "Titty" boat.
That's me the preacher man. The chap with the scarf was the captain. Anyone know who?

kevjacko
31st May 2009, 12:22
Cape dinners were a bloody work up for the catering staff, sometimes worse than Christmas day BUT yes they did generally end up as all round good craick. The point of them was supposed to be to use up all your old stores before taking new at Cape Town. However during the eighties on the Resolution we did a cape meal but never stored up. It was a megre run up to Rotterdam from thereon I recall.

Oz.
31st May 2009, 14:20
titty boat ??

trucker
31st May 2009, 14:53
titty boat ??

as in unity,liberty,fidelity..............(EEK)not big breasted.

DAR
1st June 2009, 12:02
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=13343

Dickyboy
2nd June 2009, 07:07
Cape dinners were a bloody work up for the catering staff, sometimes worse than Christmas day BUT yes they did generally end up as all round good craick. The point of them was supposed to be to use up all your old stores before taking new at Cape Town. However during the eighties on the Resolution we did a cape meal but never stored up. It was a megre run up to Rotterdam from thereon I recall.

In the 70s special stores were ordered for the Cape Dinners. If someone turned it around and used the event to use up old stores, Shame on them!!(Cloud)
It was hard graft for the catering staff I know, but it was appreciated, and if I recall correctly many crew mucked in with the cleanup afterwards. Washing up the pots and pans for example.

Dickyboy
2nd June 2009, 08:24
as in unity,liberty,fidelity..............(EEK)not big breasted.

I think I always called them Titty boats. Apart from the fact that the names all ended in TY, and were usually character traits like Loyalty, Fidelity & Tenacity etc. I believe the Titty Boats were the first of that type of product carrier, if not in the whole fleet, to have Bulbous Bows. So in my book there was a link between the front end of a woman and the front end of those tankers.

(==D)

Vital Sparks
2nd June 2009, 15:12
While attending a management course I met a BP Captain who said his claim to fame was ordering a couple of suckling pigs for a cape dinner. This was cited by fleet management for years afterwards as evidence of the profligate lifestyle enjoyed by sea staff.

steve d
2nd June 2009, 19:24
A cape dinner & fancy dress night on a "Titty" boat.
That's me the preacher man. The chap with the scarf was the captain. Anyone know who?

Would that itty boat in the pictire be the Security by any chance,looks awfully familiar

trucker
2nd June 2009, 19:47
as in ,isn,t it a pity there,s only one titty to feed the baby with.(K) like i ve said before ,sailed on the security,liberty and 2 trips on the unity.good ship,s good run,s.good cape dinner,s.(Thumb)

kevjacko
2nd June 2009, 23:49
In the 70s special stores were ordered for the Cape Dinners. If someone turned it around and used the event to use up old stores, Shame on them!!(Cloud)
It was hard graft for the catering staff I know, but it was appreciated, and if I recall correctly many crew mucked in with the cleanup afterwards. Washing up the pots and pans for example.

Yep special stores were generaly crates of cold duck LOL

Dickyboy
3rd June 2009, 08:26
Would that itty boat in the pictire be the Security by any chance,looks awfully familiar
It could well have been, I was on the Security from June 71 to July 72. Two consecutive trips.
The bar front was made out of welding rods whipped from the stores. :o)

Dickyboy
3rd June 2009, 08:31
Yep special stores were generaly crates of cold duck LOL

Or was that OLD duck? :o

trucker
3rd June 2009, 09:24
if you were on the security,untill july 1972 ,must have sailed with you.as i joined in Las Palmas feb,72 and left in budge budge ,aug.72.if i owe you money .never sailed on that ship.

Dickyboy
4th June 2009, 04:50
if you were on the security,untill july 1972 ,must have sailed with you.as i joined in Las Palmas feb,72 and left in budge budge ,aug.72.if i owe you money .never sailed on that ship.

Hey, We did sail together! You must of joined late in Feb 72 as I joined her on 24th Feb in Amsterdam. I wonder what we were doing in Las Palmas. I don't ever recall taking a cargo there, just a crew change perhaps, though I do recall anchoring off there a couple of times to have the bottom cleaned, but I think that was on the bigger ones. Budge Budge? I don't recall that name or nickname. I paid off in Little Aden on 10/07/72. Aden = Budge Budge??

derekhore
4th June 2009, 09:24
We regularly called at Las Palmas for fresh water when slow steaming!

trucker
4th June 2009, 09:32
joined by boat. some one had paid off sick ,last port.(Thumb)budge budge,callcutta.some time,s stopped at las palmas for bunker,s.

Dickyboy
4th June 2009, 09:40
We regularly called at Las Palmas for fresh water when slow steaming!
I don't ever recall doing that. As far as I remember there was always sufficient F W for the ships needs, on the ships I was on, and if I recall correctly there was even enough on the River Boats for fresh water washdowns on a Saturday morning. Good Vaps I suppose.(Pint)

Col Robinson
4th June 2009, 16:04
Definately the Security ... would recognise that wrought iron work anywhere.

Dickyboy
4th June 2009, 17:04
Definately the Security ... would recognise that wrought iron work anywhere.
Can you tell me when you were on the Security, I'd like to know how long that Ironwork lasted.

derekhore
4th June 2009, 19:08
I don't ever recall doing that. As far as I remember there was always sufficient F W for the ships needs, on the ships I was on, and if I recall correctly there was even enough on the River Boats for fresh water washdowns on a Saturday morning. Good Vaps I suppose.(Pint)

Called there twice on the Admiral if I remember rightly....once for just FW and once for FW and bunkers.
Managed to 'dash' ashore both times for a quick shop and a cold beer!

Dickyboy
4th June 2009, 23:15
Called there twice on the Admiral if I remember rightly....once for just FW and once for FW and bunkers.
Managed to 'dash' ashore both times for a quick shop and a cold beer!
It could have been the Admiral, Argosy, Centaur, or Commordore that we called off Las Palmas for bottom scrubs, never went alongside though.
I paid off the Argosy at Las Palmas with a broken arm. No stop for the ship as I recall. A few scoops of beer every day as I was walking wounded after the plaster was put on.
My main memories of Las Palmas are from earlier days when I was on the Rei na Del Mar, the Andes and the Capetown Castle. That was in the days when a couple of bottles of beer would be enough to floor me. I was nowt but a lad :o

Col Robinson
7th June 2009, 16:52
Was on the Security twice. First time July - Oct '82; and then again July - November '83. Iron work was still in place then.

Dickyboy
8th June 2009, 00:57
Was on the Security twice. First time July - Oct '82; and then again July - November '83. Iron work was still in place then.
Well that means it lasted at least 10 years or so. It was put up while I was on her between June 71 & July 72. They don't make welding rods like that any more :o

Dickyboy
26th July 2009, 10:19
Cape dinners were a bloody work up for the catering staff, sometimes worse than Christmas day BUT yes they did generally end up as all round good craick. The point of them was supposed to be to use up all your old stores before taking new at Cape Town. However during the eighties on the Resolution we did a cape meal but never stored up. It was a megre run up to Rotterdam from thereon I recall.
We were always concerned that we would be stored by helicopter at Capetown. That usually meant just one net of stores, and the goodies for Cape Dinners might not be in the net.
I remember chasing cans of beer all round the deck on one ship. Took a couple of small green ones over the side on one loaded tanker. The beer cases fell to bits of course. Big black spillage bins used to collect all the tins in. We didn't lose too many overboard, but quite a few never got as far as the stores. :o

ninabaker
9th May 2012, 00:47
Cape Dinners were AWESOME. Formal gear, as far as we could manage. Beautiful hand made menus if there was anyone with any artistic ability. Massive spreads of ornately decorated food, wine, beautiful steaks.

A chief steward once explained that they had to make the budget work for the whole trip which meant being more careful about the menus otherwise, in order to have enough slack in the budget to afford the special items at the Cape.

I still have a large handmade menu depicting the helicopte dropping the nets of stuff on the H circle on deck, from one of those trips, which I bought in the RNLI auction for about a week's wages at the time. I still consider it, and indeed any donation to the RNLI, money jolly well spent.

I think we ate very very well on the whole in BP, certainly compared to the stories I heard of other companies from the cadets at college. I think I must have been consuming 3-4,000 calories a day when I was a deck cadet, what with the physical hard work. 3 cooked meals a day and substantial snacks in between and in the evenings.

trotterdotpom
9th May 2012, 11:16
Sounds great, but not as good as a bag off in Kobe .... I heard.

John T

Burned Toast
9th May 2012, 18:45
Sounds great, but not as good as a bag off in Kobe .... I heard.

John T


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