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Frank P



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The ferry port Mazatlan, Mexico, just down the river from the cruise ship pier.I took this photo 1974 from the Royal Viking star.
· Date: Wed, 28 September 05 · Views: 282
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Tom Haywood

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Wed, 28 September 05 18:08

Frank

What would be of interest at Mazatlan to bring the Royal Viking Star, must admit I have never heard of the place.

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Frank P

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Wed, 28 September 05 18:39

Hello Tom,

When we did a cruise from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, usually the first or second port of call out of LA was Mazatlan, Mexico. The passengers bought the usual Mexican tourist stuff and did some sight seeing. After we had been there a couple of times most of the crew did not bother going ashore. If you liked to fish there was some good fishing around there.

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Dick S
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Mon, 17 September 07 23:13

I actually jopined a ship here in 1967, Bibby Line Lancashire, as a cadet. Lower Holds salt, loaded at Ceros Island before I joined and wool bales on topin the tweendecks! 3 weeks to trip to Kobe for discharge.

No sign of a cruise ship there then

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bluesjunior

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Tue, 18 September 07 05:31

I was in here twice on the Salambria in 1968/69. We picked up bales of wool for Japan. Bacardi rum was so cheap we bought it by the case.

There was a shanty town in behind the warehouse. We had loads of 8x4 plywood sheets and timber on the deck ready for boxing in the bales. Next morning we got up to hear the bosun and chippy swearing about thieving Mexican b******s as most of it had disappeared during the night. Suddenly there was a shout from the bridge and when the bosun went to see what the 1st mate wanted he was told to look over at the shanty town where a whole new bright shiny street had appeared overnight made up of the missing timber. The captain was a sheltie called Reynolds and felt so sorry for the people living in those conditions I don't think he even reported the theft.

We were out on the after deck that evening when one of the crew said come and look at this. Riding down the pier on a horse was the epitome of a Mexican cowboy he had the Sombrero, the black suit, the boots,spurs and guns and all the silver brocade to go with it. The poor horse though was so maltreated it's back had a dip in the middle so deep the riders spurs were dragging on the pier as he rode.

It was a beautiful place though and the water was just crystal clear.
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Frank P

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Tue, 18 September 07 06:52

In the 1970's I visited Mazatlan quite a few times during my 3 years onboard the Royal Viking Star, at that time that place was being turned into a tourist resort, hence allot of the longer serving crew members did not bother going ashore.

Bluesjunior, you are right about the crystal clear water.

Cheers Frank
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