Homing in on a lightvessel was risky and the only warning came from the fog-horn.This scene is dated 1955 ,the year that this Shell tanker KELLIA was built; she was similar to the British H-tankers.
My Dad would have enjoyed this picture. He had a story about this Light Vessel and the Shell tanker Cardium in 1938 or '39. They were in fog, and the Second Mate wasn't on very good terms with the Master, and played a trick. The Master had told everybody to listen for the distinctive foghorn, which had a "grunt" at the end of the blast. The Second Mate was out on the bridge wing, making noises that sounded just like the lightship. The Master was convinced he could hear it despite the Second Mate saying that he hadn't heard anything. Dad, and apprentice at the time, played along with the Second Mate and denied hearing anything either. Eventually, of course, they did hear the lightship, but the Master questioned his navigation that day apparently!
[COLOR="Blue"]Just goes to show, [COLOR="Navy"]Roy[/COLOR], one should never take any single thing for grunted when at sea (all at sea(?)), particularly His/'Her' Master's Voice (HMV). Excepting, again for the record, when off the coast of Columbia where one can make oneself heard using the Parlophone from the lower Decca(s).
Better stop there before I'm late for breakfast and it's a question of who gets needled first, me or my psychiatric nurse.
Enjoy your Sunday. Kindest. [COLOR="Navy"]GGG[/COLOR][/COLOR]