Strathewe Falklands trip

hashcookie
8th January 2013, 06:15
Hi to all, noticed there are no posts from anyone who did the two runs to port stanley on the Strathewe, affectionally known by the military personell on board as 'the old ****ewe!'. First trip we took down the new runway for Stanley, personell, cofins, and i think two barges secured on deck. This was my last trip with p&o, made redundant afterthat trip, she was sold to the Greeks i think, I made a fortune with the war zone pay rates Quadruple time,for about two months.I was the cook, neil watson

coky24
8th January 2013, 08:35
Have you did the two runs to port stanley on the Strathewe?

hashcookie
8th January 2013, 09:00
i did cookie, last trip with p&o before redundancy, were you there?

R58484956
8th January 2013, 12:20
Greetings coky24 and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

chris james
8th January 2013, 20:34
hello
i was on the first trip down (chris james aka merlin steward) trying to remember names on the trip.
remember taking down the pioneer army crew etx i remember sausage .... jc .... midnight (sec steward) ... jimmy keefe ab.. a scottish chief cook ? the other steward was an old steam queen. good laugh crap run though.when i remember more names i will post.
cheers

chris james
8th January 2013, 20:42
sorry neil didnt see you posted your name ..do you still play chess?

hashcookie
8th January 2013, 21:02
not often now, trying to picture your face chris, but so many ships, so many mates!!

dale atha
21st March 2013, 16:35
Neil,

I was on the Strathewe for the 1st trip to the Falklands, remember another cook being a geordie who moaned about everything, also 2nd cook being a scouser.
jackie the steward who worked in the laundry also midnight the second steward, what a ******.

Austinsparks
2nd May 2013, 09:10
I was R/O on the second trip. We took the undertakers there to handle the British casualties, along with some sappers who were to assist them. We were mainly in Port Stanley but also visited San Carlos, and also Goose Green where we were the biggest ship to have ever visited; then we revisited Stanley where we got blown aground one blustery night.

The satellite comms had been removed from the ship after its first voyage, and ours seemed to be the only requisitioned ship depending on morse code, which kept me fairly busy.

Everyone became accustomed to wearing camouflage gear all the time, and there were occasional reminders of why we were there. We had occasional alerts as Argentinian planes tested the defences, and tales abounded of people being maimed after handling booby traps which had been left behind. A lot of areas had signs warning of unexploded mines. In Goose Green we asked a soldier whether it was safe to go onto the airfield and he assured us it had been swept, so we climbed over the crashed planes and took lots of photos; afterwards we learned it had not been swept. We were due to play a football match in Stanley on a pitch which had been swept and had had 16 games played on it since liberation. On the day of the game one of the intermittent cargo barges turned up so we had to pull out of the game. Someone went and swept the pitch again instead and found an unexploded mine.

I still have a brass shell case from Goose Green, along with a silver liberation coin and loads of sets of Falklands stamps! They seemed a good idea at the time.

When we first arrived, Stanley still had the air of a war zone, although things began to be tidied up and repaired over the next couple of months. We were there when the Phantoms arrived to take over the islands' air patrol, announcing their arrival with an impressive aerobatic display. We also went to the Remembrance Day service at Stanley cathedral, the first such occasion since the war.

Despite the trip having an air of adventure about it, this soon faded as most days in Stanley became quite monotonous, and desperation to leave soon set in. This became frantic when we were threatened with having to wait for an escort as far as Ascension because of our patching up after the grounding. Fortunately we were finally allowed to leave under our own steam and despite some rough seas we made it home before Christmas.

geoffakelly
3rd June 2013, 23:40
Neil the landing craft were the Arromanches and the Antwerp...One was badly damaged in the heavy weather en-route...
Lieutenant commander Ewing was the naval party o/c..

geoffakelly
3rd June 2013, 23:43
Neil,

I was on the Strathewe for the 1st trip to the Falklands, remember another cook being a geordie who moaned about everything, also 2nd cook being a scouser.
jackie the steward who worked in the laundry also midnight the second steward, what a ******.

Alan Davidson was the Geordie and i was the scouse 2nd cook..