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Iron Ore

Outwrd bound in the Tyne the "Iron Ore" was one of five sisters built for Vallum Shipping Company, which was managed by Common Brothers, plus two more that Common Brothers built for their own Hindustan Steam Shipping Company, from various yards. All were on 10 or 15 year charters to BISCO

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Done a voyage on her in 1964 joined in Birkenhead to La Corunna, Amsterdam ,Peppel then Immingham where I left her. Found her to be a very good feeder plus a good crew mainly a Liverpool crowd with a Geordie bosun. On the way to Immingham near to the Royal Sovereign we hit a fogbank it was as we were going to smoko, the bridge shouted down to us that a lookout was needed on the f,csle head. I volunteered to do it for smoko and then get releived, after about 10 minutes we stopped and as we blew the fog signal it was being replied to immediately and sounded close by, it was whistle after whistle and getting closer and closer.
Suddenly the forecastle started to vibrate I knew we had rung for astern movement, the whistle of the other vessel seemd very close so I departed for aft pretty fast as I got to the top of the ladder from the maindeck to the poop I looked back. I could just make out a green hulled tanker "Patricia" crossing our bow at a distance of 100 metres or so, I continued to the poop, on the poop was the 8 to 12 greaser in his stocking feet. His socks were hand knitted ones he told me as he was on the bottom plates when they rang full astern he just left his boots there and done a runner. The poor guy was about to jump over the stern he had real fear in his eyes, that night as were were going on watch he told me he had been torpedoed 3 times during the war, he never had any laces in his boots.
I was just 20 at the time and never really fully understood his concern, some years later it finally dawned on me what the poor guy had been through and I did manage to appreciate his concerns. Even all these years later I can still see him in his stocking feet and the fear in his eyes, now I appreciate how lucky I was that I never experienced what that man had.
 

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Did you take the photo from the tanker in foreground Dave?
If so do you have her name please.
 

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looks like a border boat. 2 nd door leading to aux frod pump room. hatches are border boat type do not think bp had them
 

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