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Philippine President Quirino

Philippine President Quirino

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This vessel was old built for United Philippine Line and later went to Uiterwyk Lines, but still under UPL. The vessel and sistership Phillippine President Magsaysay became under the ownership of Egypt International Line a joint venture with Uiterwyk Lines. Quririno was renamed Sphinx U and the Magsaysay was renamed Pyramids U. EIL did the cargo side of it, usually Far East to Egypt. Ship management was done by Uiterwyk Lines (UK) Ltd. Nice fleet of cargo ships, mostly standard stuff. The three Egyptian ships, six ex Hamburg Sud POLAR class reefers and about eight cargo ships under Uiterwyk. Names were Laurie U, Drucilla U, Maria U. etc. Crews were Egyptian, Fillippino, Liberian. Officers were British and Dutch... and a few 'others'. I joined Polar Uruguay as Mate and several months later I was Master in Pyramids U. Uiterwyk Lines had some financial problems about 1982. They spent a lot of money putting into a cool/freezer storage in Iran. The Iran regime was not good for the company and they lost their money. I before the end came I took a shot as Harbour Master - Bermuda. Pity for Uiterwyk. Not a bad company at all.

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Compare the two photos of the Quirino. The first photo is the ship in UPL on the side and the UPL barge on the funnel. As above, the Uiterwyk Line on the ship's side and still the same funnel colours, but instead of the UPL badge, it shows the Uiterwyk Line 'flag'... Blue flag with white 'X' and red trim.... with the letters JCU in the flag of the owner Jan C Uiterwyk.

These ships were 9,990 grt, 12,393 dwt. LOA 155m, b. 19m. Built Mitsubishi 1960. The accommodation was extensive. Crew 57!!!!!, Six hatches and all derricks, no jumbo.

The third ship with EIL, the NILE U was smaller, former Stricks' GORJISTAN. I belive they were all scrapped about 1983/84.

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Stephen, thanks for the information, what was the currency onboard, the dollar.

Cheers Frank
 

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Yes, US dollars.... AND Egyptian Pounds.

Most of the work was done in US dollars. For the four UK officers... all US$. The problem was the Egyptian officers and ratings. The pay was in US dollars... until it came to paying it. During the voyage all of subs were in dollars. At the end of the voyage at arrival Suez the crew got paid... in Egyptian pounds. It meant there were subs in dollars. Allotments all in pounds. Tax, insurance, pension etc was all in pounds. Near the end of voyage the Head Office of EIL at Cairo would advise what the correct rate of exchange. Then I could start make on the payments slips. 53 were Egyptian. 53 accounts were running. Large tax book as well. Some of the crew would change in Suez, Port Said and then Alexandria. The Head Office 'agent' came on board with all of the cash. This was all on my desk. No Purser... just a Ch Steward. Thankfully, for Crew Lists, the Radio Officer looked at that side. 1982. No computers etc. :)

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Thanks again Stephen.

On the Norwegian and German ships that I sailed on the Radio Officer did the crew lists but he/she also did the allotments and the subs in the various ports, and on the Norwegians he/she did the monthly salary slips.

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The R/O only did the crew list but nothing else. I wanted him to check the radar and he was unable to do anything. He was an 'operator' not a 'technician'. Radar failed and the 2nd Mate said he would check the set. OUCH! Within a minute he had the manual out and was testing everything that could be tested. He did get it working after a fashion but not for long. I was most impressed with his ability. I asked how he learned about radar? He spent five years in Moscow learning radar and radio etc. Yes, I was impressed. There was only one 'individual' on the shjp that was less than useless. Looked great in uniform and polished shoes. He was 'retired', about age 40... Commander in the Egyptian Navy. Enough said.

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