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Africa Shell (ex  Helisoma)

Africa Shell (ex Helisoma)

Built : Swan Hunter, 1956
Tons : 12,149 grt; 18,220 dwt
Renamed AFRICA SHELL in 1973, scrapped Kaohsiung 26 Sept 1977

Taken at Port Elizabeth on 20 August 1978, when I was on Clan Ramsay

(Posted for the person who was on her in the 1970's, whose message was attached to a pic (I have now forgotten

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Africa Shell was a great ship. I spent 4 months as Electronics Officer on her in late 1974 and early 1975. She was managed and manned by Unicorn Shipping Lines from Durban, which was her home port. She loaded in Durban every trip and discharged mainly in LM, East London and Port Elizabeth. The odd trip was down further to Mossel Bay and very occasionally Cape Town.

You tended to be back in Durban every week or so which was great. A very happy ship with an excellent team on board.

This is a very fine photo of her which I have taken the liberty of copying into MY Pictures because I do not have a photo of her. Thanks for posting.

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Glad this found you Tony, I've responded to your pm by the way.



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