Obuasi

Ian
23rd April 2004, 15:18
Elder Dempster's OBUASI was built by Harland & Wolff in 1952. She was a handsome ship that showed off in her lines the stylish touch of Elder's naval architect, John Waddington. She was a practical ship capable of lifting 7,089 tons on a loaded draft of 23 feet. There were 6 deep tanks for vegetable oil, reefer space and even a magazine for explosives. Comfortable accommodation was provided for 12 passengers on the centrecastle deck, with a lounge and bar forward and (this was a notable feature of all Elder Dempster's ships) a large verandah area at the after deck.
In the Kylsant era (1909-1931) Elder Dempster had pioneered deep-sea going diesel engines for OBUASI, engineering director Alan Bennett had decided that a 5 cylinder B & W single acting two stroke should be installed. It produced 3,750bhp and gave a service speed of 13 knots.
OBUASI was not committed to a designated route in the pooled services of Elder Dempster-Palm Line-Guinea Gulf's fleets: She was programmed into sailings as cargoes needed to be moved. This meant that the cadets found themselves on OBUASI heading for the USA from West Africa and back to the 'Coast'.
OBUASI's older sister was ONITSHA which, with a 150 ton heavy lift derrick - primarily for lifting railway locomotives- was unique.

barrypriddis
6th October 2005, 08:26
I think it was in 1968, when I was on the Lagos Palm in Port Harcourt, on remembrance sunday. We were berthed stbd side alongside, and Obuasi was port side alongside astern of us.
At 1100 I went aft (apprentice) to lower the ensign at thre same time as the apprentice on the Obuasi.
He turned out to be Paul Taylor, a friend from the time we were both at Worcester, and consequently we enjoyed many beers that day - much to the dismay of our respective Chief officers!

tanker
8th October 2005, 16:14
I think to remember that they were 3 sisters :OBUASI-ONITSHA and OWERRI
the third of list!
Gp

Allan James
27th December 2005, 09:13
Wasn't the ill-fated Ondo a member of this class.

Her remains are at the mouth of the River Elbe if my memory serves me correctly, having been wrecked whilst trying to rescue the crew of a pilot launch in bad weather.

I'll have to do a bit of homework methinks!

Regards

Allan

nigelcollett
27th December 2005, 09:59
Allan
Yes your correct about the ONDO on the 6.12.61 she had stopped whilst approaching Brunsbuttel to pick up 3 men from the Cuxhaven pilot launch which had capsized. The ONDO was blown aground and lost. The pilots all drowned but there were no fatalities on the ONDO

NigelC

Allan James
27th December 2005, 10:37
Nigel,

Thanks, saves me having to start digging through the books.

Others may remember, but I think the funnel was had a regular repaint by the German authorities, as a sort of thank you for the gallant act. If my memory serves correctly, as you approached the pilot station the incongruous site of a pristine Elder Dempster buff funnel met you, atop a rather rusty wreck.

Any takers???

Allan

eldersuk
27th December 2005, 16:04
ONDO and OTI differed from the other four 'O' class vessels in that they were built without passenger accommodation, there were other slight differences but the hull, engines etc. were identical to the rest of the class.

The sad story of the loss of the ONDO (picture attached) can be found at
http://ondo.sea-rescue.de/

The master of ONDO, Capt. W. Farquhar was dismissed by Elder Dempster following the loss of his ship, but was feted by the Elbe pilot service for his attempts to save the three men in the water. These attempts, of course, were the cause of the vessel stranding.

Derek

Allan James
27th December 2005, 21:20
Derek,

Saw the site and rather wished I hadn't. Sad to see the remains of a beautiful ship rotting on a sandbank, however the site is indeed a memorial to a brave act by Capt Farquhar. I can remember my father (Laurie James) talking about the wreck and seeing her during my time at sea.

Many thanks for the information, it helped explain what happened and helped my memory a lot.

Regards.

Allan

capkelly
13th February 2006, 18:26
Web site Rakaia.co.uk/ dedicated to cadet ships has much information photo's etc. on "Obuasi"

derek smith
14th February 2006, 14:46
Sailed On Her In 1964 West Africa Free Town P Harcourt Lagos Then Up Then Upthe Creeks To Sapele A Great Run Kept Off The African Gin

derek smith
14th February 2006, 14:55
Sailed On Her In 1964 West Africa Free Town P Harcourt Lagos Then Up Then Upthe Creeks To Sapele A Great Run Kept Off The African GinON OBUASI

stan mayes
25th May 2007, 00:19
OBUASI - I worked on her as a rigger a few times during her visits to Tilbury during the late 1950'.I believe the deck crew were 10 cadets and two AB'..
The Bosun was George and I think he was also an instructor..
Of ONITSHA - what an abortion..Ian uses the word unique and she was ..
To bring the jumbo derrick into operation was a 10 hour job for riggers..
13 yes 13,stays had to be set up on the foremast..All these stays were stowed in No1 tweendeck and took quite some time to be brought up and set up,using huge bottlescrews...
No 1 hold could not be worked while jumbo was in operation..The steam guys were attached to the lower block of the purchase and led to four winches..
Unique yes - an abortion definitely !!!!

stan mayes
25th May 2007, 00:41
Mention of Sapele in this thread reminds me that I was in the third deep sea ship to visit that " port".. DEIDO - McGREGOR LAIRD and then my ship DALLINGTON COURT on Elder Dempster charter - during February 1946..
We moored to trees accross the river from Sapele,I took photos of it...Canoes took us ashore..We loaded logs from the river which had taken weeks to get there drifting on the eternal ebb.. We had Kroo boys aboard from Freetown to work the cargo...long time ago!!!

Terry calpin
25th January 2008, 23:19
Do any of you Elder Demster folk have a photo of the SS Calumet, you could let me have, I was deck boy on her in 1954,but have never managed to get a photo of her.
thank you. Terry Calpin

eldersuk
25th January 2008, 23:38
Picture of Calumet loaded in Cargo Ships Gallery

Derek

K urgess
25th January 2008, 23:49
Look at the link below, Terry.
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=99384

J Smith
27th January 2008, 17:33
Thanks Eldersuk for good photo of Calumet.
I sailed on her for three trips 1954 -1955
as Junior Engineer and 4th Engineer.
Masters were Capt.Weller and Capt.Davies.
Mr.Manley was Chief Engineer and George Fairbairn
was Second Engineer.
J.Smith

Terry calpin
19th May 2008, 20:48
Picture of Calumet loaded in Cargo Ships Gallery

Derek

Thank you very much Derek, sorry I did'nt reply sooner,had to get a new computer, hope to see more of you all from now on.
Terry.

Terry calpin
19th May 2008, 20:52
Look at the link below, Terry.
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=99384

Thank you very much Marconi, its a very good picture, Sorry for my late reply. but ho[pe to see more of you all from now on all the best.
Terry

compass1
22nd July 2008, 21:48
Re: Ondo wreck. I always understood ED's carried there own insurance for all but total loss. Note that the Master was dismissed but the company would have been fully re-imbursed. Not really justice

compass1
22nd July 2008, 21:51
Further to previous post, I was head man on Obuasi in mid 1959.

Cuddles
3rd September 2008, 20:40
I did a voyage on the "Obuasi" in the late 1950s. The Bosun was called George and he had a passion for rope work and made some really intricate bell ropes. Name a knot and he could do it.
One of the cadets was a Ghanian, Tachie-Mensah, who in time got his Masters Ticket and subsequently sailed in that capacity with Black Star Line.
Another cadet from South Africa, Dick Coker, decided that ships were too slow for him and decided on a career change. Years later I learnt that he was a Pilot with South African Airways.

Alan

stan mayes
3rd September 2008, 23:28
Hi Alan
I mentioned Bosun George in a posting in this thread - I knew him well - a VG VG seaman.
Stan

doddy
29th January 2009, 21:52
Wasn't the ill-fated Ondo a member of this class.

Her remains are at the mouth of the River Elbe if my memory serves me correctly, having been wrecked whilst trying to rescue the crew of a pilot launch in bad weather.

I'll have to do a bit of homework methinks!

Regards

Allan

I was 2nd Engineer on the Ondo when she was lost. Weather was atrocious.

doddy
31st January 2009, 16:31
Further to previous post, I was head man on Obuasi in mid 1959.

I was junior engineer on the Obuasi for two trips from May 1959 t0 December that year. Think one of the cadets at the time was Johnny Ainsworth, and I think there was another who was a good clarinet player.

Wonder if we overlapped

Roger Turner
8th February 2009, 23:08
I was writer on the m.v."Obuasi" Sailed Victoria Docks 3.5.56 docked Avonmouth 18.7.56 promoted Assistant Purser following trip, so must have done something right! Great ship, great crew (bit like bedlam sometimes,) but I was young too - had my 21st Birthday on board, seem to remember we would play anybody at anything even Rugby against Parkinson Howard who were building Tema Harbour - usual joke is "got sand in it", we got grit - played on a pitch that took the skin off everything - I think the Hairy arsed constuction workers knew how to rub it in, Return trip to Avonmouth, had a night ashore with " Jim" who I think worked for Costains as an Engineer, after his car was discharged, he took us in it to Bristol - good night out we couldn`t remember where he parked the car - didn`t see him again- no idea if he ever found the thing.

orcades
15th February 2009, 17:52
The mention of George Fairbairn set memories of Georges voice ringing out :IS THE BEER ICED: as the greaser struggled up the gangway with a grate of beer on his shoulder having walked the best part of 2 mile with it in the mid day sun. Oh happy days,,,,,,, E.D.Line every day labour

Graham 'the pipe' Smith
31st October 2009, 14:29
I was junior engineer on the Obuasi for two trips from May 1959 t0 December that year. Think one of the cadets at the time was Johnny Ainsworth, and I think there was another who was a good clarinet player.

Wonder if we overlapped

Johnny Ainsworth was 'Headman' when I joined her in January 1960. Harry Hathaway took over, from Johnny, followed by myself as the trip turned out to be a double header to the States.

Graham 'the pipe' Smith.

eldersuk
26th February 2010, 01:08
Pathe News report of Ondo stranding here:-

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42883

Derek

Graham the pipe
13th September 2010, 16:06
Good afternoon to fellow Elders of Elders. Was introduced to SN by DB and am still finding my sea legs so, in this instance, trust I AM pressing the right buttons and this does drop anchor where I want it to, namely on the ED forum.

Notice the name John Ainsworth mentioned in respect of the Obuasi in 1959. He was headman when I joined her on Jan 1st 1960. From memory, Harry Hathaway took over from him and I from Harry in the middle of a 'double header' to the States. Did not leave her, on that UK to UK voyage, until Jan 1961 before joining the Eboe as uncerificated 4th mate.

Any 'names' out there from that voyage, apart from the many who 'came back' as a result of Paul Wood's rakaia site. Shipmate CaptK, to name but one, (Sangara 1958 and Obuasi 1960). You will know, if you are on my Nautical U Uncensored Document Exchange circuit, that I am talking about 'fellow Obuasians' who are NOT members of NUDEs.

Await, with interest, any reponse!

GTP (Smoke)(Cloud)

Graham the pipe
8th September 2011, 21:16
Was headman on the 'Obuasi' in 1960, the third one in our States, 'double header' when we were away for a year 'plus'. Sailed January that year and finally returned to the UK January 1961. 'Quite a voyage'! Am still in regular touch with several of 'my lads'! Hard to believe we are now talking about events half a century ago! John Ainsworth was headman when I joined, Harry Hathaway then took over, then self. Hanging on my lounge wall is world renowned, Marine Artist, Robert Lloyd's original oil painting of the 'Obuasi'. He's a good friend and was my guest at the E of E, annual Liverpool lunch a few years ago. I restricted the prints, of his picture, to just 50, before the plate was destroyed. Are a few left so, should any of you reading this be interested, just let me know. GTP

Frank Lawlor
1st July 2012, 01:16
I sailed on the Obuasi in 66 as an O/S. John Higins was bosun and Bert was the Lampy. I have a photo of some of the crew which includes Bert. Trying to get hold of another one of the whole deck crew at the moment. We were on the West Coast at Christmas 66, and there was an American naval ship tied up ahead of us. Being dry ships a lot of their guys ended up drinking on board with us. The session ended up in a fight between us and the Yanks. No winners because they scarpered. Enduring memory is of Bert trying to beat one of the Yanks up by hitting him with the Christmas tree. So much for the spirit of Christmas.

John Gillespie
12th July 2012, 17:58
Elder Dempster's OBUASI was built by Harland & Wolff in 1952. She was a handsome ship that showed off in her lines the stylish touch of Elder's naval architect, John Waddington. She was a practical ship capable of lifting 7,089 tons on a loaded draft of 23 feet. There were 6 deep tanks for vegetable oil, reefer space and even a magazine for explosives. Comfortable accommodation was provided for 12 passengers on the centrecastle deck, with a lounge and bar forward and (this was a notable feature of all Elder Dempster's ships) a large verandah area at the after deck.
In the Kylsant era (1909-1931) Elder Dempster had pioneered deep-sea going diesel engines for OBUASI, engineering director Alan Bennett had decided that a 5 cylinder B & W single acting two stroke should be installed. It produced 3,750bhp and gave a service speed of 13 knots.
OBUASI was not committed to a designated route in the pooled services of Elder Dempster-Palm Line-Guinea Gulf's fleets: She was programmed into sailings as cargoes needed to be moved. This meant that the cadets found themselves on OBUASI heading for the USA from West Africa and back to the 'Coast'.
OBUASI's older sister was ONITSHA which, with a 150 ton heavy lift derrick - primarily for lifting railway locomotives- was unique.
I sailed on her sistership "Owerri" in 1966 as 3rd Officer and later in 1970 as 2nd officer A fine ship with a good crowd of officers.Captain Ronnie Greenwood was the master in 66 and Capt Brian McManus in 70
Regards

alan ward
15th July 2012, 15:57
#33
John do you remember Joe Kelly and the J/E from Dundalk who sang in tenor and knew just about every song in the world?I kept in touch with Dave Atkin for decades and we still exchange Christmas cards.

Essjay
17th December 2012, 18:26
Sailed On Her In 1964 West Africa Free Town P Harcourt Lagos Then Up Then Upthe Creeks To Sapele A Great Run Kept Off The African Gin

Recently. I was in hospital,one of the male nurses was from Nigeria, and his grand father remembers well the ships that sailed up the creeks to, Wari, Burutu and Sapele. I belive now it is just oil rigs!

Graham the pipe
17th December 2012, 20:33
OOs [ O ld O buasians ] might be interested to know that two, OOs - from 1960 - namely Roger Mackrell and 'self', presented the newly commissioned South African cadet ship, S A Agulhas, with a print of my 'O' painting. She was moored alongside HMS Belfast, in the Pool of London, prior to shipping out Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his 'vehicles and stores' to the Antarctic. You may well have seen her on National Television?(Thumb)

Roger Turner
24th December 2012, 17:47
Nothing to do with the "Obuasi" except I sailed on her as Clerk 1950`s
Wonderful trip, Soccer,Rugby, Cricket (?), we`d have done water polo if offered..
But this was to say Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year to all ex-ED`s and visitors on this forum.

Graham the pipe
6th August 2013, 20:47
My 'Obuasi' time was Jan '60 to Jan'61, a States 'double header' and a 'single' States trip, as third mate, in '63, when we sailed into NY with the ensign at half mast after JFK's assassination.

I have an original, oil painting of her by the world respected, marine artist, Robert Lloyd, who was my guest at our annual luncheon a 'few years' back. I limited the numbered prints of same to just 50 and there are just a few left. Let me know if they are of interest to you.

Those of you reading this, who know me, are aware that we have a long standing Es of Es 'global' circuit but any {Es of Es} 'new blood' is more than welcome to join. Again, just let me know.

Graham the pipe
6th August 2013, 21:02
(Smoke)

Apologies for some 'repetition' in my last message! It's an age and memory {lack of} 'thingee'. Anyway, at least we do have, now, a 2013 'posting'!

sparkyjon
7th August 2013, 17:29
Pathe News report of Ondo stranding here:-

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=42883

Derek

The link has changed to this: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/freighter-aground/query/ondo

Graham the pipe
28th November 2013, 12:39
Johnny Ainsworth was 'Headman' when I joined her in January 1960. Harry Hathaway took over, from Johnny, followed by myself as the trip turned out to be a double header to the States.

Graham 'the pipe' Smith.

Just 'found' this posting, which was my first and still shows me as having only made ONE post, as opposed to the 300+ 'actual'.

Rogerfrench
28th November 2013, 20:39
According to me it says you have made 320.

Incidentally, with reference to the Ondo, I sailed on her from November '60 to February '61 - a couple of trips before she was wrecked. A fine ship, one of my favourites and I din't really know why, must have been the crew I suppose.
There used to be a German site that showed her over the years, gradually getting more and more destroyed by the weather and the sea. Such a shame.

Graham the pipe
28th November 2013, 20:51
According to me it says you have made 320.

Hi Roger. If you click on the 'whatever' after my Graham the pipe Smith - and I don't use the 'Smith' - as you know, it says joined Oct '09 and post 1.

Rogerfrench
29th November 2013, 19:18
How strange - on the top right-hand side of your last post I see:
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 324

Graham the pipe
29th November 2013, 19:23
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?p=373369#post373369

Hi Roger. Click on the link - which is to THIS page - and look at #28. #Posts 1.................Yes?

Just for the 'record', AFTER you've 'replied', with a post confirming you've read this, you'll only need 7 more posts and you will then become a SENIOR MEMBER! Advance congratulations on your 'promotion'! Can't remember but don't think you've left your 'appraisal' on the latest 'O' painting? If you haven't, could you, please?

Rogerfrench
30th November 2013, 14:03
http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?p=373369#post373369

Hi Roger. Click on the link - which is to THIS page - and look at #28. #Posts 1.................Yes?

Just for the 'record', AFTER you've 'replied', with a post confirming you've read this, you'll only need 7 more posts and you will then become a SENIOR MEMBER! Advance congratulations on your 'promotion'! Can't remember but don't think you've left your 'appraisal' on the latest 'O' painting? If you haven't, could you, please?

2 profiles!
You are two people, you have registered twice, once with Smith and again without. You used Smith only once.

eldersuk
1st December 2013, 02:01
Ha!! A double agent. I always suspected it !!

woodend
1st December 2013, 07:27
[=P]Split personality!

Graham the pipe
1st December 2013, 07:59
"I vill say this OWN lee Vunce! Shamburgers, ships, split peas, personal 'ETs' and doubling as a gent go byebyes when 'her indoors' says the BIG O is upon her". You will note - JW and DB - that I have brought this thread back on to the 'subject at hand' by dropping the rganism and the buasi and staying with 'her' name that is known and used by ALL OOs.

Jon T.
1st December 2013, 16:50
GTP, going off thread.
My father was a dedicated "pipeman" and many of his rituals will be lost forever, good some might say, but I was always fascinated by the way in which he carried out his habit.
He was faithful to his pipe, always a "Barling", his tobacco, "Players medium" and his matches, "Bryant and May", oh and mother as well.
He set fire to himself on occasion, putting lit pipe in pocket, embers from pipe on clothing and furniture. Whenever he left the house he would always tap his pockets to make sure he had his "equipment" with him, very similar to spectacles, testicles..etc.
Do you have rituals, sub-conscious or not, related to your pipe?
(Smoke)

Roger Turner
1st December 2013, 18:08
Jon T.

Even more off thread, but I will mention I tried a pipe off and on for years, but could never get the hang/taste for it.

Joined ED`s age 18 had the Gold Flake habit - were they really 11d for 20?, but once I heard the word Anton Justman`s Light Shag, I must have thought it sounded sexier so settled for rolling my own -1/10 per tin(?) 2oz(?) - very slim ciggies went out if left idling in an ashtray - developed "hollow cheeks"

Graham the pipe
1st December 2013, 19:37
Jon T.

Even more off thread, but I will mention I tried a pipe off and on for years, but could never get the hang/taste for it.

Joined ED`s age 18 had the Gold Flake habit - were they really 11d for 20?, but once I heard the word Anton Justman`s Light Shag, I must have thought it sounded sexier so settled for rolling my own -1/10 per tin(?) 2oz(?) - very slim ciggies went out if left idling in an ashtray - developed "hollow cheeks"

People have been saying "Pipe down Smith" for years, particularly 'her indoors'. Finally did, overnight, on 20th March 2012 - had to - long story. The truth's out now so, for GTP read G X P, '58 ~ '12. Was always a 'Condor Original' man.(Cloud)

Graham the pipe
1st December 2013, 19:56
GTP, going off thread.
My father was a dedicated "pipeman" and many of his rituals will be lost forever, good some might say, but I was always fascinated by the way in which he carried out his habit.
He was faithful to his pipe, always a "Barling", his tobacco, "Players medium" and his matches, "Bryant and May", oh and mother as well.
He set fire to himself on occasion, putting lit pipe in pocket, embers from pipe on clothing and furniture. Whenever he left the house he would always tap his pockets to make sure he had his "equipment" with him, very similar to spectacles, testicles..etc.
Do you have rituals, sub-conscious or not, related to your pipe?
(Smoke)

Hi Jon. Have just 'come clean' - in answer to another comment on this thread - that I should have changed my name to GXP as of 20th March last year. However, fifty four years of 'puffing experience' doesn't suddenly 'vanish' overnight! Tobacco I've named but matches, no 'pipe lighters', ever, just 'Swan Matches' which, in the 'good old days', were something like 3d for 80+ 'non safety' and had 'striking surfaces on both sides! Talking of 'striking', I always struck towards me, rather than away, so that any stray spark hit me rather than going down a vent if on deck.(Cloud)

Jon T.
1st December 2013, 20:07
Thanks GTP, sorry to hear that, but well done.

BTW 20th March is also "World Sparrow Day"

Graham the pipe
3rd December 2013, 21:35
Just in case you haven't seen this picture of the 'O' before.

Thanks for your 'sympathies' Jon T! I'll remember 'World Sparrow Day's' date!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/obuasi-loading-cocoa-at-accra-ghana-103698

appbob
10th December 2013, 16:24
Hello Terry. Did 4 trips on the Calumet 1953 to Sept 54 as A/Purser.She was a ship remembered by most with affection,although engineers may have found her a bit of a B as I believe the boilers were getting shot. I well remember George Fairbairn, the 2nd Engr getting wrapped in wet sacks to plug a leak in a boiler whilst it was still red hot. Sorry I don't recall you but we have both lasted which is the main thing. Regards Bob Appleton

appbob
10th December 2013, 16:27
Sorry wrong thread. Will go to the correct one