What is that on the hull below the accommodaion block? I've had a good look, it's not red lead and it's not staging. But it seems to be something attached to the side? I guess the ship had British Officers Rex, was the remainder of the complement Maltese or other?
Thanks for the very nostalgiac map Dave. Mick, yes Maltese ratings in this ship and all those on Malta station 1950/60 - Blue Ranger and an Eddy (forget which one), Tideflow (later replaced by Tide Austral). Also Fort Beauharnois and Fort Dunvegan freighting UK to Malta, and Brown Ranger. As for that object on the ship's side, I am at a loss. Certainly not a discharge cover - it almost looks like a mooring dolphin or a paint cat with staging. Any local ideas Dave ?
Could be a discharge cover for toilets.
Once had a very disgruntled barge master in Rotterdam sign to me (as second mate on the Benledi), that we were filling his barge with turds, as the crew had not rigged the cover. Does look a bit long, heightwise tho.