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Point Fortin, Trinidad

Loading drums of bitumen from Lake Asphalt, Point Fortin, Trinidad on to the Eastbank in August 1952

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Really great photo . Can testify Point Fortin still a miserable place to visit by ship. Alot more developed these days . If you were loading asphalt from the pitch lake , you might have been at Brighton Terminal .
Out of curiosity what type of ship were you on?
 

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Hello wazim,
I was at Point Fortin in Adula of Anglo Saxon Pet.Co in 1941.It was a very long jetty and a bus to San Fernando.
Strangely at that time much Victorian coinage was in use -not old coins but almost mint condition.I took some home for my father.
I was on the same jetty again in 1949 on San Roberto of Eagle Oil Co.
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Stan
 

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Cheers Stan,
Wow, great stuff. My parents still tell me about the coinage , like the farthing and penny farthing. The Victorian era of the British Empire is still very strong in our heritage . I could only image how rough and long the bus ride was. I live in Port of Spain joined my first ship as third officer in Point Fortin in 2003. The ride for me was unbearable. The pitch tends to flow subsurface and thus the land keeps shifting , causing undulating roads , and cracks in the walls of houses.
 

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Ran out of the LNG termainal at Point Fortin on a regular basis in 2003. Often went up the road into Point Fortin itself for a few beers (locals always friendly) and then upto San Fernando for shopping etc.
From what I recall, most of the lads would head upto 'San F' on a Friday/Saturday night to frequent Club Celeb/Villa Capri, where apparently the locals were very friendly...
 

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Wazim
The ship was the Eastbank, a conventional cargo vessel working the old style of derricks. You will see her in other shots in my gallery photos.
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Ray
 

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Cheers Ray , will look out for your photos. Did you ever have problems carrying the bitumen in barrels?

Hi Jim, Villa has been closed a while the guy who ran it passed away,the new club there is Prive and off course Gulf City , shopping mall is expanding.
I did a short stint on one of the smaller LNG boats in 2003. The Isabella , she is a regular on the Spain to Algeria route, and she came on a six month contract, run Point to Lake Charles.
 

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Thanks for that Wazim,
Possibly there was a shortage of coins at the time and wartime shortages of metal so new coins were sent there from the Royal Mint where they had been stored for years-just a guess but something I will always remember.
You also reminded me of that bus ride to San F- yes very uncomfortable.
I still have the shore pass for Feb 1949 -San Roberto - Visitors Permit by United British Oilfields of Trinidad Ltd..
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Stan
 

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Waz,

My main problem with the barrels is current, in that my memory has problems remembering if there were problems with the barrels!
Apart from the inevitable leakage....and the state of the drums can be seen in the other shot showing them down the hold.....nothing in particular but other members will have better recollections
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Ray
 

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I have fond memories of Trinidad albeit I saw very little in truth. There was a Shell (?) club there and going ashore was my first experience of foreign parts.
I remember my first John Collins, fireflies in the dark, listening to someone in his house playing and singing " Rum and Coca Cola" and other calypsos, and the moist heat, and the sound of crickets chirping (if thats what crickets do). And rum.
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It must had been fun working on the Eastbank. Quite amazing what the General Cargo Ship transported.
The long jetty at Point Fortin was replaced with an equally long jetty . Think ts the longest in the region. The refinery has been dormant , with only Naphta being produced. If I remember rightly the Refinery was indeed Shell , while Texaco managed Pointe a Pierre.
 

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