Sailed in Llanishen between April 65 and Nov 67. 3 trips, last one 11 months. Bit of a wreck at the time. Company didn't want to spend too much money. Was Shell 'V' class design on long term charter. Voyaging was always a mystery tour as Shell changed loading/destination instructions twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays so there was never any real guarantee of arriving anywhere until we picked up the pilot. Masters were Clarke,Maclean and an Ituarte. Feeding was always a problem - first stop on a run ashore was always a restaurant - the rest came later.
I also joined Llanishen in La Spezia as J/Eng in August 1963, paid off ten months later as 3/Eng. The ship was built at Swan Hunter, as a Shell "V" class, on a 20 year demise charter. As the charter was ending, in the Seventies, the ship was laid up in Schiedam for a short period; I was on board there for a few hours chatting to Capt McLean and the 3/Eng Ron Williams from Barry,(we went to school together), whom I brought to the ship with me one trip as my J/Eng to repair a desuperheater leak, in the bottom drum of the Port boiler, (He was very small and left handed), Ron that is, not the leak! Had some magical trips on this ship.
I was on board her when this photo was taken, the trip was to Geelong, back to the sea island Khor al Ahmaya, (also built by Swans, at almost the same time as Llanishen), back down to Geelong, we ran out of beer about Clolumbo.