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Royal Mails Pampas.




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Bob



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Sorry old photo taken about 1949 at Bermuda, my first ship as galley boy.during WW2 was known as HMS Persimon
· Date: Thu, 1 September 05 · Views: 489
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KYRENIA
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Thu, 18 October 07 17:57

First trip, deep-sea as O.S. in Royal Mails POTARO (1940 model) Left 7 shed K.G.V London May 1965 for West Coast South America via Liverpool. On leaving Liverpool and arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico we flew the Royal Mail houseflag above the P.S.N.C houseflag.So there must have been a small amount of Royal Mail cargo/mail for San Juan. On leaving Puerto Rico we were 100% P.S.N.C charter and on arrival at Cristabol/Colon the funnel was painted from Royal Mail yellow to a lighter shade of P.S.N.C yellow! Would you believe it! could hardly tell the difference!
The Chief officer, Hobbs, was a tall well spoken chap doing his first trip as Mate on the oldest ship in the fleet coming from the prestigious "RIENA DEL MAR". The Captain spent most of his time in his cabin making Airfix model planes. On reaching the "coast" the Chief steward soldall the best British and American brand ciggies and we ended up with the likes of Camel and other inferior brands. I think he sold the best cuts of meat as well!
After transitting the canal we called at Beunaventura, Clombia then Chimbote,Callao, Matarani/Mollendo in Peru. Then Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta,Valparaiso, San Antonio, Talcahuano, Coronel, Castro and Punta Arenas in Chile. Some of the smaller ports were mostly a 12 hour or less stay. At Castro a brand new white nylon mooring line was broken out and used. Next morning it had conveniently "vanished"
Although on her last voyage but one we arrived back at Liverpool with deck, upperworks masts and derricks freshly painted and looking as good as ever. A memorable first deep sea trip.
Cheers John Grainger (KYRENIA)
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Bob
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Sat, 15 December 07 03:16

Kyrenia, an interesting post,my first trip was the Pampas, leaving Liverpool to Glasgow, then Middlesborough, and London, after leaving london called into I think Falmouth to land a couple of stowaways. Cheers Bob
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