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Aden ?

Not sure where I took this but it appears to be Aden in the 1950's.

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Yes, it's definitely Aden. Having lived there in the 1960's, I well remember this view of the harbour and Shamsan mountain range in the distance.

Regards .... Paul
 

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Yes, John, you're right. The tug is the Lahej specifically for P&O ships, but could be called upon for lesser ships if needed!
 

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A very brave comment Hugh! "Lesser ships" eh! That should draw the crabs.
 

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John, 5% of the near two thousand ships I piloted in and out of Aden, 1955.56, were Blue Funnel and Glens but I don't recall ever having to call upon the Lahej for one of them-does that tell you anything?
 

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That they were lesser ships?
 

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To the 13 working pilots amongst whom were ex. B.I.; Clan; N.Z.S.; P&O; B.P.; B.F., and several others that I cannot remember, Blue Funnel ships were a bye-word. Many times I have heard a pilot returning ashore from a difficult job, mopping the sweat off his brow, and exclaiming, "that was no Blue Funnel boat!" I do not exaggerate.
 

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I believe you Hugh!
 

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I was on the British India Chindwara and it was sometime in 1956 or 1957.
 

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I piloted the Chindwara to sea on the 17th May 1956 at 17.50/18.28: so, John, our paths may well have crossed. I cannot say if she was outward or homeward as that was immaterial to us. The tug used was the Lahej as seen in your photo. (just 38 minutes on board: what a difference I was in for by that time next year when I could be in a ship for more than a day!)
 

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