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BUCHENSTEIN

Near Brunsbuttel, 29 June 1976

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These vessels were very smart and fast, a few of them overtook me with ease whilst I was doing 14/15 knots, I suspect they were 18/19 knot vessels.
 

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Indeed built for 17,5 kn thru a 8 cyl MAN-Vulkan diesel with 9.000 bhp.
Great shot, Petroc!
Rgds, Manfred
 

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Thanks Manfred, well I suppose I could claim I was only 0.5 of a knot out or 1.5 depends on how you look at it.
 

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would you object to me copying this photo, for my ownrecords, as this is the ship that picked up myself and other member of the CP Ambassador after we abandoned her, in the Atlantic, when she was shipping water into the engine room.
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On 22 April 1973 18 seamen from the sinking C.P.AMBASSADOR were picked up in the North Atlantic in severe weather in darkness from their lifeboat with broken down engine by the crew of BUCHENSTEIN.
On 14 July 1977 19 injured seamen were rescued from the burning tanker ANCO GLORY in the Gulf of Thailand by the same ship. They should have been awarded a SAR-medal.
Best wishes, Manfred
(Source: Hapag-Lloyd, by Arnold Kludas 1994)
 

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As my previous post says I was one of those seamen in April 73. During my stay on Buchenstein I was sharing a cabin with her ER Storeman(I think that was his position). As usual we promised to keep in touch, but unfortunately, I lost his address. He was a few years older than me so by know he may have "crossed the bar". The Captain was experienced at fishing men from the sea, during the years 1939 - 1945 he was commanding E-Boats involved with rescueing survivers from U-Boats. One thing I remember of him was that he had three fingers missing on his(Right?) hand, in his own words "Curtisy of a Motor Torpedoe Boat when he was doing a rescue". That night we were thankful for his previous experience.
I agree that for their efforts some kind of recognition should have been shown either by the company's or governments associated with the respective crews.
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