James Slater
11th August 2005, 13:03
Anybody out there sailed on or remember the Strathfife?


28th August 2005, 12:59

I remember the ships that were built in Japan in the late 70's / early 80's a souped up edition of the the Strath e's built in Gdansk.

I sailed as third mate on the Straethewe and Stratheden.



18th October 2005, 23:06
I sailed on the Strathfyne maiden voyage - sister ship, excellent ships and from I can remember better built than the "E's" - and they had B & W's and not Sulzers!

James Slater
2nd November 2005, 11:52
I was present at the launch of the Strathfyne, was standing-by the Fife at the time.


3rd November 2005, 05:22
I joined her in the gulf on her maiden voyage (Fyne) went back to Japan for guarantee work and then back to the gulf, a couple of times. They where great ships, very well built and engineered. The B & W main engine was a master piece as was most of the equipment. All round good ships, and the doors stayed on their hinges unlike the Strath E's!
Where you Eastern Service??

3rd November 2005, 10:38
You will find lots of former crew of most of the Strath Sisters on . Here you can scroll down the Guestbook, about 13 pages I think fully of former crew of most the the Straths as well as other P&O ships. All my Arcadia pictures are in here plus lots of other P&O ships including some of the Straths but not Strathfife it seems but their may be former crew in guestbook. David Cole

3rd November 2005, 12:05
Ahoy James,

Here a link to her details;

James Slater
5th November 2005, 09:42
Pompeyfan and Ruud,

Thankyou for the links.


James Slater
5th November 2005, 09:47

Yes I was Eastern Service - loved it but came off it after about 6 years for family reasons and couldn't get back on. Came ashore in 1979.

David Wilcockson
7th November 2005, 23:50
Anyone got any photos of the Fife/Fyne, be interesting to have a comparison to the Polish `E`s.

7th November 2005, 23:56
The F's and the E's where very much alike, in that they both had heavy life Stulkan derricks (300 T) from memory and a similar outfit of deck cranes. The construction and outfit of the equipment and machinery was where the big differences were. From memory the E's had Cegelski Sulzer machinery, whilst the F's had B & W. From a design point of view I belive the F's were far more easier to work on and the accommodation standard was far better. However I say this having sailed on the F's but only "ship visited" the E's. I have pictures but I need to purchase a scaner to get them posted. Perhaps someone has pics already scanned?

31st December 2005, 13:57
I sail on both the Fife and the Fyne. Stood by the first one at Mitsui Tamano for about three months and saild on her for about 1 year. Sailed on the other for my last year at sea around 1980.

31st December 2005, 15:58
STRATHFIFE was scrapped in 2003 as CHAMPION,what a pity!!!

1st January 2006, 07:27
Mike R,

When were you on the Fyne????

2nd January 2006, 01:13
Yes I was on both the Fife & the Fyne. THey were my last to ships at sea.

I was on the Fife at Tamano for a few months then sailed from September 1978 to November 1979.

Next on the Fyne from November 1980 to December 1981

2nd January 2006, 06:17
I was on the Fyne 11/5/79 - 9/10/79, so my discharge book tells me. Joined her in Karachi and left in Dubai, after a couple of round trips to Japan. Got some pics somewhere which I must scan.

James Slater
2nd January 2006, 11:37

Who are you? I also stood by the Fife and was with her for about six months.

James Slater

17th February 2006, 13:42
A picture of Strathfife can be found on but under a misspelling "Stratheife". Also Strathewe is pictured. (Thumb)

21st September 2007, 00:25
Hi, Yes, I sailed on Strathfife as a Deck Cadet in early '79 (I think) on the Japan/Gulf run. Many great memories incuding a brief but seriously educational call at Phuket, and stools in the bar designed for the oriental backside, not the more generous European variety, and desk cranes with instructions that seemed to have been translated from German into English via both Polish and Japanese, which given the ship's history is probably about right.

21st September 2007, 03:27
There are some pics posted of the Fyne.