RMS Andes

Doug H
1st March 2005, 01:24
RMS Andes at Spithead Review 1953

julian anstis
19th April 2005, 10:21
RMS ANDES built 1939 at Belfast for Royal Mail Line, 26,435tns served as troopship throughout ww2 went to the breakers in 1971.
seen here at anchorage in Freetown in 1968.
photo courtesy of P.W.Hobday.

jimmyc
24th July 2006, 11:36
six weeks after being torpedoed on Duchess of Atholl
my Father joined the Andes 16/11/1942

George McCaffery
30th July 2013, 19:58
Sailed on the Andes as 3rd R/O in 1970

Sailtie
31st July 2013, 19:10
I was J/4/O then S/4/O in 1964. That's 9th and 8th Mate if you work it out.

carcar
1st November 2013, 13:19
I was an sos (R802892)working on the foredeck launches with the baggage master "JOCK" in charge of both launches at that time.(1964) )

Dickyboy
1st November 2013, 14:06
I was an sos (R802892)working on the foredeck launches with the baggage master "JOCK" in charge of both launches at that time.(1964) )
I had the same Job with Jock from Dec 65 to Mar 66. I didn't mind the launch work, but humping all those trunks about was a pain.

ChasH
28th August 2014, 23:17
I had the same Job with Jock from Dec 65 to Mar 66. I didn't mind the launch work, but humping all those trunks about was a pain.
when i was first on the Andes Taff Evens was the bosun, Jock looked after the launches Topsy was boatman, Johnny Mayes was boatdeckman,( then bosun) Jim Shelley was" F "deck, Mike Ashley was" E " deck George Adams was lampy/storekeeper, I was A.B.

gilieman
20th November 2015, 19:14
I was on the Andes from June 1970 to Aug 1970, my time on her came to a sudden end when I was put ashore by pilot boat at Glengarrife Ireland suffering from gastro intestinal haemorrhaging, thanks to the quick diagnoses of the Dr on board, I made it, but only just, I went into a coma on arrival at the Bantry county Hospital where I remained for ten days and until I was strong enough to be transferred to a Hospital nearer my home.
You may wonder why I am writing all this, my time on the Andes remains hazy from the time we left Southampton and I wonder, if anyone on this site could fill in the gaps for me, It was the beginning of a Scandinavian cruise and I would like to know which ports we would have called in also the ports of the previous cruise which lasted three weeks, and most of all the name of the Dr.
many thanks Donald

Dickyboy
20th November 2015, 19:28
Johnny Mayes, Bosun when I was on her. There's a few other photo's in my gallery...

gilieman
28th November 2015, 16:18
Thanks for that DB, good photos from the Andes enjoyed the gallery,
Donald

George McCaffery
1st December 2015, 15:54
Gilieman, if my memory is correct we went to Yeterdal, Merok, Bergen, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Chris23
23rd February 2016, 17:13
Sorry a bit of a cheerful question, but I would very much like to know - does anyone remember/remember hearing about someone dying on board the Andes in June 1965?

gilieman
23rd February 2016, 20:00
Thanks for that george, difficult for me to remember anything about the Andes, hope the Dr checks in someday,��
Donald

R58484956
24th February 2016, 09:22
Greetings Chris23 and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

DWB
29th June 2016, 21:40
Thanks for that DB, good photos from the Andes enjoyed the gallery,
Donald
Hello Guilman. Not sure if I can find details of your 1st Andes trip but the one you had to leave was as follows:
Soton-sailed 6/7/70; Old Head of Kinsale - cruise along Irish coast; Bantry Bay overnight anchor-6/7; Glengarriff 7/7; Bergen-10/7; Ytterdal & merok-11/7; Sognefjord-12/7; Copenhagen-14-15/7; Stockholm-17-19/7; Amstererdam-22-23/7; Soton-24/7.

Regular Doc was 'Tom'. Will see if I have his surname. Don't know if he was on that trip.

Chris23
29th June 2016, 22:09
Can anyone tell me, or is there a way of finding out the ports of call on a cruise Andes did which ended on about 9th June 1965? Thanks

gilieman
30th June 2016, 09:19
Aah thanks DWB, your dates match the little information i have of the trip, and I would have been sent ashore from Bantry bay, the Doctor's name would be a bonus thanks again.
Donald.

DWB
30th June 2016, 09:20
Hello Chris, sorry I cannot help you there, I only joined Andes in April 1969 and don't have any contacts now who might know.
Dave

Roger Liot
1st September 2016, 15:19
Sorry a bit of a cheerful question, but I would very much like to know - does anyone remember/remember hearing about someone dying on board the Andes in June 1965?

A young person died in the officers pantry on G deck after playing deck cricket with a rope ball. As far as I remember he was struck on the chest and died almost immediately. We were on a short cruise from New York to Quebec and had to dock in Nova Scotia to remove the poor lad. He was I believe one of the director's son of the Royal mail line, but this was in 1958 and I was sixteen, now nearly 75. Happy and some not so happy days.

Dickyboy
1st September 2016, 16:31
Alan Wicker did A "Wickers World" on her while I worked on her. Apparently my parents spotted me in it, but I never saw that particular program myself. He was going to interview some of us boys, but that didn't happen. :(

woodville
9th April 2017, 17:28
Doctor's name Tom Whelan

gilieman
28th August 2017, 21:22
Doctor's name Tom Whelan
Hi Dave
Thanks for that, sorry for not answering sooner, not the best at checking the mail,
Donald

spakey
11th January 2018, 15:23
I joined the RMS Andes at Southampton in 1968 for her final World Cruise, primary port visits were Rio De Janeiro, Capetown, Mauritius, Singapore, Penang, after 4 days in Penang my memory was a bit of a blur. The was supposedly her final voyage and we flew her paying off Penant throughout the voyage. Now I see through previous posts she sailed on for a few more years. As an Able Seaman it was a memorable voyage. I also read an article in one of the fleet street rags which talked about this final World Cruise stating that the highlight of the voyage was the visit to Hong Kong, I can assure you we never visited Hong Kong.

dogwtch
18th June 2018, 22:38
Sorry a bit of a cheerful question, but I would very much like to know - does anyone remember/remember hearing about someone dying on board the Andes in June 1965?

People (passengers) dying onboard the Andes was a regular occurrence, I was Junior Eng from Sept 1970 till the ship was scrapped April 71.
As a watchkeeper it was a creepy job going up the Burma road to the focsle baggage store where they had installed a portable morgue which could hold (if I remember correctly) 6 bodies. I was on the 12/4 and had to log the temperatures, this was on the South Africa cruise when the morgue was full.
It was usual for the burial at sea to be carried out on the 4/8 am.

Dr Tom was a busy man on that ship.

DWB
11th June 2019, 21:41
Long time since I was on this site and active, perhaps you will pick this up even so. Here goes.
I was inter 4th Eng at the the same time having rejoined after a brief break.
Remember all the problems we had with salt in the boilers, serious explosive steam leak and the FD and ID fans on one of the main boilers packing up? I have quite a few mementos and loads of memories of Andes, especially of those last trips.

Yes, I remember from my J/E days the morgue being a really creepy place, especially at night with nobody about, and only cockroaches for company - and perhaps a body or two.
Brilliant time though, I was sorry she went.

Dickyboy
12th June 2019, 08:23
People (passengers) dying onboard the Andes was a regular occurrence, I was Junior Eng from Sept 1970 till the ship was scrapped April 71.
As a watchkeeper it was a creepy job going up the Burma road to the focsle baggage store where they had installed a portable morgue which could hold (if I remember correctly) 6 bodies. I was on the 12/4 and had to log the temperatures, this was on the South Africa cruise when the morgue was full.
It was usual for the burial at sea to be carried out on the 4/8 am.

Dr Tom was a busy man on that ship.

I remember the lead lined coffins being stored in the Baggage Room.