Bari dec 1943

30th September 2013, 16:11
Hi i am new to this forum, i would like to here from anyone that has information about Bari mustard gas event, My farther was one of the survivors with the mustard gas burns, He served on the Norwegian ship Bollsta as a stocker, any info would be good know,. jg2805

30th September 2013, 18:03

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30th September 2013, 19:17
Also on behalf of the 'SN Moderating Team', welcome aboard jg2805.

Interesting to hear about your father's encounter with mustard gas. I know nothing about the Bari mustard gas event, but I was trained to deal with those affected by mustard gas and other chemical weapons. Luckily, I never had to put my training into practice.

Hopefully, someone will be able to help with information about the Bari mustard gass event. Good luck

Hugh Ferguson
30th September 2013, 21:18
This page was scanned from John Slader's, Fourth Service.

Google, Bari Harbour Disaster

30th September 2013, 21:33
A warm welcome aboard from the Philippines. Please enjoy all this great site has to offer

1st October 2013, 07:07
Welcome onboard to SN and enjoy the voyage

1st October 2013, 11:07
Greetings jg2805 and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

Hugh Ferguson
1st October 2013, 12:28
Exactly one year after the Bari disaster we stopped off that port to receive orders and, just to show how little news filtered around in those days, I feel sure we knew nothing of it!
We had just been in Ancona discharging a full cargo of the usual wartime "nasties", including some Christmas goodies for the poor bloody infantry. All the discharge was done by British military personnel and they cleared the ship in about four days; a remarkable performance in a port that was in ruins after having been taken by the Canadians, retaken by the Germans, and retaken again by Allied forces.
Whilst we were there the Navy brought iin a German hospital ship for inspection. She lay on the other side of the jetty we were at and it was strange to be moored next to a ship flying a Swastika flag.
I thought that it would be nice if we could send over a diplomatic mission to try and get our differences settled in a differeny way other than forever chucking high explosives at each other, but I don't think the Navy armed guards would have allowed us on board!
They let her go after a day and we were soon on our way back to St. John N.B. for another load of "nasties": this time for Burma but we didn't know that at the time.

I remember we left Ancona, bung light, rolling like a pig. That was the first time we had proceeded lone ship showing dimmed side lights. During my watch the heavy rolling caused the port side light to fly open, making a hell of a noise and flooding the bridge in a red glare-thought we'd been torpedoed.
We made our laborious way to Casablanca in foul weather to load phosphate ballast for a December crossing back to St. John N.B..

Hugh Ferguson
3rd October 2013, 08:55
Yet another of those instances, when one goes to some trouble to supply information requested, and receives no acknowlegement.

3rd October 2013, 09:48
Pearls indeed, Hugh, but the thanklessness was well known in Shakespeare's time (not that I am suggesting you go back that far).

Blow, Blow thou winter wind.............

Hugh Ferguson
3rd October 2013, 10:09
Thanks, Varley, glad somebody noticed!

23rd March 2016, 20:22
I missed this obituary of an ex-R/O first time round. Quite an interesting read:


john hardy
28th March 2016, 08:37
hugh ferguson, I note that the page you posted mentioned operation husky. would it be too much to ask if there is any in depth information regarding the bombing of the ss fishpool in Syracuse during husky? the reason I ask is that my uncle was killed in the bombing. I also have never been able to find a photo of that very unlucky ship. thanks in advance, john hardy.

28th March 2016, 12:56

FISHPOOL.(Captain Cole). In Syracuse, Sicily, loaded with ammunition and drums of petrol brought from Alexandria, when German planes attacked the port on 26 August, 1943. Struck amidships and abandoned, and blew up after receiving two more direct hits. Twenty-eight died and 18 survived.