Strathconon

Bob S
13th October 2004, 15:08
P&Os STRATHCONON (67/12800) in the Royal Docks in London. Sold to Thai owners in 1979 and renamed CHUANGCHOM, Greek owners in 1980 and renamed TZELEPI, scrapped in China in 1984.

Fairfield
13th October 2004, 22:14
Good lookers and suited those colours.I/m sure I have a shot of one of her sisters on the Clyde under new ownership-will try and locate.

tanker
13th October 2004, 22:14
Very good profile had STRATHCONON with her sisters STRATHARDLE and STRATHBRORA; they were scrapped as ANCHAN and BENJAMAS.

Captain Smurf
29th January 2008, 12:15
Picture of Strathardle taken from a bumboat in Honkers
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/37/75597810_a614a49c84.jpg

Sue I've got some more

go to put this bit in
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/captainsmurf/75597810/" title="strathardle by Captain Smurf, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/37/75597810_a614a49c84.jpg" width="500" height="323" alt="strathardle" /></a>

DICK SLOAN
29th January 2008, 13:29
Just put a photo up in the gallery (Cargo) Strathconon

Jim Moon
23rd March 2008, 16:30
Visted the Strathconon manyatime whilst up the Gulf or around Japan coast but never sailed on her - remember the bar called "Naigadessip"? I often wondered what became of the sign.

Back in late 1978/79 R/O was bloke called Mike King and remember 2/O had recently come back to sea after 15 years or so owning a Post Office.

Had three lovely months in 1979 "on stand-by" with packed suitcases, staying at home whilst "Bill the Fish" (Bill Fisher) personell department said GCD were considering a last trip and take here from lay-up. Think she was laid-up in the Gulf in Dubai as I paid off the Strathappin (Happy 'appnings) on it's last trip before being sold to new Greek owners.

Was it the 'Conon or 'Ardle that had the stuffed parrot in the Officers bar? Can't remember which ship I was on but the 3/O from our ship "borrowed it" and there was hell to play with their old man and our old man. Being "sparks" and neutral I was given the task of taking the bloody thing back but got warm reception and lots of beers.

Happy Daze.....

frangio
4th February 2012, 13:10
Nice to find a thread on my first ship. I was on her Aug 76 to Jan 77.

Don't know if everyone feels the same about their "first" but I have always thought that she was a real looker.

Really must scan and post all the photos I've got of her.

Brandane62
4th February 2012, 18:08
I remember visiting the Strathconon (and also the Ardle and Brora) while they were laid up in Dubai, late '78 or early '79. I was on the Stratheden, a cadet training ship at that time. Our CIO was Robin Leighton, who used to rave about his time on the Conon.

Franger, I think you are right about the first ship syndrome. I always feel a lot more nostalgia for the Stratheden than any of the other trips I did (although there were only 4!!).

Doxfordman
4th February 2012, 21:25
I well remember the "super' straths - really great ships, well designed. Many visits - hatch brothers was alive and well. Did a stint on Strathconon the container ship on secondment from BSD. Completely different kettle of fish!

frangio
6th February 2012, 11:07
I remember visiting the Strathconon (and also the Ardle and Brora) while they were laid up in Dubai, late '78 or early '79. I was on the Stratheden, a cadet training ship at that time. Our CIO was Robin Leighton, who used to rave about his time on the Conon.

Franger, I think you are right about the first ship syndrome. I always feel a lot more nostalgia for the Stratheden than any of the other trips I did (although there were only 4!!).

He was the Cadet Officer on the Strathconon when I was on her. We went into drydock in Kobe and he arranged many shore excursions for us cadets, Nara Park and Kyoto for instance.

The Superstraths were lovely ships.

CAPTAIN JEREMY
6th February 2012, 12:08
I sailed on her as a cadet August to December 1975. She was still very modern, had a great crowd on board and the run was Gulf to Japan.

Pilot mac
6th February 2012, 13:18
I was on her in 1972 as cadet just after the revolution. Nice ship but a culture shock for a HN apprentice. Was due to join Treneglos in London but a new personnel department phoned and said they had a more important appointment for me! Good crowd on board but could not get used to the almost millitary style of working and the wearing of a cummerbund. Cummerbund and Hain-Nourse are not words that sit easily together.

Dave

Tony Shaw
9th February 2012, 13:22
May have asked you this before Dave, but did you ever sail with a mate by the name of John Davies. He left Hains to go over to Esso from where he retired. I still keep in touch with him. He lives near Blackpool. Hope you are well !
Tony

CAPTAIN JEREMY
9th February 2012, 15:57
She was refitted to become a cadet training ship while I was on board in Kobe 1975. Really this just meant that a couple of crew cabins were turned into a class room.

Pilot mac
10th February 2012, 08:55
Sorry Tony, dont know John Davies. Hope you are well. Busy here, Weaver going strong!

Dave

frangio
10th February 2012, 13:07
She was refitted to become a cadet training ship while I was on board in Kobe 1975. Really this just meant that a couple of crew cabins were turned into a class room.
I learned a lot in that classroom - I hope!

She was drydocked in Kobe late 76, when I get time I will post the pictures I took of her in the floating drydock. Interesting to compare with the photos of her after she was sold. Sad to see her let go like that but makes you appreciate the amount of time spent chipping and painting!

frangio
21st February 2012, 11:42
Have now posted some photos of her in Japan 1976. will take a while at only 6 photos per day as I am at work most days but I will get the rest on sometime. And then get onto the Ardvar!

DiverTim
9th April 2012, 15:55
Strathconnon was my Ist Ship jopined 1970, I was P&O Engineer cadet. We sailed from KGV out via Panama to HK then Jap coast home via Rotterdam / Hamburg. I recall Dave Smith 3/E married to Japanese, Jimmy Orr from Shetland 4/E. Vessels were maintained almost as new, she rolled terribly with often cargos trashed. In those day before containerisation was a race around the Jap coast against Blue Funnel ships, Japan was the worlds supplier and first back to Rotterdam got pick of next sailing date, with voyages equalled more profit. I still have all my records will lok up and re-post. Rgds Timothy Claridge

Rob Pithers
2nd December 2012, 17:13
I joined her as Cadet Xmas 1977, after two weeks on the 'wrong' ship Tongariro. As a VERY naive 17 year old, I was dumped off Tongariro in Karachi and flew to Bahrein, where the 'conan was two days late. That was an education! Then I started to really learn in the next 7 months. Have some very happy memories of the Japanese coast.
Rob

Ron Stringer
2nd December 2012, 20:05
Have rueful memories of that class of ships, which had Marconi radio stations and the infamous 37ft/11.3m stainless steel whip antennas as the main antenna. I was never a fan of them although my boss was their biggest promoter. My belief was that although they might have been some kind of decent antenna at HF if fitted in clear space, they were not any sort of acceptable transmitting antenna at MF, particularly when mounted alongside (and onto) a big lump of metal - the funnel. And that is how they were fitted on that class of Strath- boats.

I suffered several painful meetings with Philip Benderlow concerning those installations but oddly as it may seem, none of his complaints were about the radiocommunications performance of the antennas. No, his problems - and ours - concerned their physical performance; they kept breaking and plunging like javelins to the deck below. We sought help from the antenna department of the Marconi research establishment at Great Baddow, who were responsible for designing all sort of exotic antennas, including TV towers hundreds of feet tall. They advised that the failure was a consequence of metal fatigue which was taking place at the nodes of the elongated 'S' shape adopted by the antenna when the ships were under way.

Initially it was suggested that this shape was caused by vortex-shedding, as air passed at speed around the antenna through the gap between the antenna and the side of the funnel on which it was mounted. Being more familiar with ships than the Baddow experts (whose work was more involved with major towers and masts ashore and with aircraft/aerospace projects), we asked them to investigate more deeply the effects of vibration as a cause. This involved fitting vibration-recording equipment aboard one of the Strath boats (I can't remember which one) for a voyage or two.

Calculations showed that the antenna had a natural mechanical resonance at 11 Hz. My boss, being rather an impatient character, was not prepared to wait for the results of the shipboard recordings since this would take several weeks for the vessel to do a UK-Japan round trip. So he decided to lower the resonance of the antenna and had the workshop make up some anti-vibration mounts which were fitted to the antennas on a couple of ships in the interim.

He was very disappointed when they both failed within weeks of sailing.

The results from the vessel where the recordings were made showed that there was a major vibration at 11 Hz and another, slightly greater in amplitude at 7 Hz! Out of the frying pan. The antenna and (when fitted) its anti-vibration mountings, were amplifying the vibrations from the ship's engines and (especially) the 5-bladed propeller (if I remember correctly) and causing the antenna to whip excessively and, eventually, to self-destruct.

There was talk of redesigning the antenna and developing more sophisticated vibration-damping mountings but common sense prevailed and it was decided to discontinue the antenna and move to other types of self-supporting mast antennas. These were much better radiators at MF (and probably at HF), standing in open deck space instead of being clamped against a metal funnel which absorbed so much of the RF output.

Can't remember if Philip replaced the whips, for which he shared my boss's enthusiasm. They had seen it as an inexpensive way of replacing the long wire antenna, which many shipowners saw as an impediment to early cargo working on arrival in port. As the most junior of the department, I learned the lesson that older is not necessarily wiser.

BowTech
9th August 2013, 17:05
Hello ALL,
Can't find my first discharge book but sailed on the 'Conon' for my first trip as Cadet to sea in 1969/70 - as someone else said she rolled so badly they put roll recorders on her - the flume tanks did nothing to arrest it, especially around the Cape. Loved the ship regardless - great times in the bar and the first time I was introduced to Pinka's!!
Hope ALL are well!
CaptStan