MV Horama

ian seymour
21st October 2008, 19:12
I was prompted to join this site after finding some old pictures from circa 1972 when I was a junior engineer on MV Horama, in and around Curacao, Maracaibo, and various US ports including Piney Point on Chesapeake bay.so decided to try and see what happened to her

Have seen some great pics here at least one of which i am sure was while iwas on her.and seen some of the threads

Skipper was Erskine and Chief Engineer was Tucknott

Came back to uk and then went on run job to Hamburg where we handed over to a Shell crew as she had been sold to them by Moller.

happy days, any one else remember a bar in Curacao known as the "madhouse"

K urgess
21st October 2008, 20:05
Welcome aboard, Ian.
Sounds like you've found something of interest already. You may find some ex-shipmates in the crew.
Find your way around and enjoy the trip.

bert thompson
21st October 2008, 20:05
Welcome Ian to this wonderful site
Best wishes
Bert.

Harvey Williams
21st October 2008, 21:22
I was prompted to join this site after finding some old pictures from circa 1972 when I was a junior engineer on MV Horama, in and around Curacao, Maracaibo, and various US ports including Piney Point on Chesapeake bay.so decided to try and see what happened to her

Have seen some great pics here at least one of which i am sure was while iwas on her.and seen some of the threads

Skipper was Erskine and Chief Engineer was Tucknott

Came back to uk and then went on run job to Hamburg where we handed over to a Shell crew as she had been sold to them by Moller.

happy days, any one else remember a bar in Curacao known as the "madhouse"

First of all Ian,a very warm welcome from Wales. Hope you enjoy your trip with us on the S.N.
I sailed with Captain Erskine on board the Urshalim, bitumen tanker belonging to Mollers, joined her in Curacao January 1971 and in fact left her in Curacao 10 month later, Captain Erskine joined her in I think it was Boston, Wee Geordie chap, one of the lovliest men I ever met, I was his 2nd Steward, He had his wife Mollie with him and his daughter Anne I think it was her 15th or 16th birthday she had on board, she was only on board about 4 month, but Mollie God love her stayed with us, I would have never of left that Urshalim, only I went down with a bleeding ulcer ( No Im not cussing, it was bleeding.) just after we left either New York or Boston.Hospital in Curacao for a week and fly home for Surgery.
As for the Madhouse Ian, does any seafarer who has been to Curacao not know that place, not a bad Rum & Coke, watered down a bit. but you could read the papers there.
My Chief Steward was Billy Marshall, from Wallasey,used to go to that big Hotel on the starboard bow just as you enter Curacao, he loved his spot of gambling, used to play the Roulette wheel for a few hours, I won $250 one night, but Billy Marshall covered a number every way possible, and in she dropped, he picked up BIG time that night, dont know exactly how much but he didnt need a sub after that. The Mate was a Mr Taylor if I remember, very tall man, it was he who found me when I collapsed that day, him and the Chief Engineer carried me to my bunk. Cant think of any of the other Officers names the R/O was an Indian chap, real Gent, lovely man.
Thats about it Ian, sorry if Ive bored you any, keep in touch, my memory may return one of these days.
Regards.
Harvey

ian seymour
21st October 2008, 21:47
thanks for that Harvey, not boring in the least

i think that Urshalim was sister ship of Horama, Captain Erskine was on his own on Horama
just checked some of my memorabilia and found it was actaully 1973-4 i was on her, actually found more pics and dock passes for curacao and also maracaibo dated then ,also xmas day menu for 1973 for Horama

seem to remember coming off watch at midnight on xmas eve and getting very drunk with the leckie, cant remember his name\but do remember 2nd eng called De Sousa
keep in touch
ian

benjidog
21st October 2008, 22:31
Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you will enjoy the site.

Gulpers
21st October 2008, 23:05
Ian,

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey!
I see you have been a member for some time and I hope you are thoroughly enjoying the SN experience.
Now that you've taken the plunge, keep posting. (Thumb)

Bruce Carson
22nd October 2008, 01:16
Ian, from Michigan, a warm welcome to Ships Nostalgia.
Good to have you onboard.
Chances are you'll be running into old shipmates before long.

Bruce

Invercroft
22nd October 2008, 02:39
Ian,

I was on the Horama a couple of years before you ...... October 1971 to April 1972.

The Chief Engineer was called Jones and the 2nd was called Jack. I was on watch with him but can't remember his surname. Think he had been with Moller for several years, an Engineer of the old school and a nice guy.

Always busy, but a very enjoyable period. Paid off at Swan Hunters where some serious overhauling was necessary. Meant to return but was talked out of it and became "domesticated" ...... regrets ? Yes

Harvey Williams
22nd October 2008, 12:37
thanks for that Harvey, not boring in the least

i think that Urshalim was sister ship of Horama, Captain Erskine was on his own on Horama
just checked some of my memorabilia and found it was actaully 1973-4 i was on her, actually found more pics and dock passes for curacao and also maracaibo dated then ,also xmas day menu for 1973 for Horama

seem to remember coming off watch at midnight on xmas eve and getting very drunk with the leckie, cant remember his name\but do remember 2nd eng called De Sousa
keep in touch
ian

Hello Ian.
Many thanks for reply, yes they were Sister Ships come to think of it, they both ended up with Shell I believe. As for the 2nd Engineer, the one on the Urshalim, I cant for the life of me remember his name,could even be the same one, great chap though, his great passions were Classical Music and Pornography, hey dont laugh I had to shop for it when we were in New York, and one trip there I had Capt Erskines daughter with me,He and his wife Mollie were entertaining the Agent and his wife ashore for lunch. How the hell could I go into a Porn shop with a lovely young lady in tow?, anyway I had got his Classical Albums from I think the Music Dept in Macys, on leaving there the sweet innocent young child turned to me and said " Arent you forgetting the 2nds Porno, I nearly fell over, she knew all about him. I did get away with it but I was by far more embarrased than her, I left her in a Ladies Fashion Dept just up the block from the seedy little porn shop, up a side alley. I dont think she told her Dad and Mum when we got back on board , where I had been. Yes Good Old Days.
Harvey

R58484956
22nd October 2008, 14:26
Greetings Ian and a warm welcome to SN from a member in the south of England. An interesting thread you have started. Bon voyage.

gdynia
22nd October 2008, 14:30
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the Voyage