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S.S. Amonea

Panamanian registered S.S. Amonea aground in Balabac Strait, South Philipines during December 1960. Despite several salvage attempts by Taikoo Dockyard (Swires group), deteriorating weather conditions forced salvage to be abandoned several times. With bilges holed, vessel was pushed over reef by hig

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John,
Are you sure of the date and location? Following quote is from 'B.I.'by Laxon & Perry:- ("Umaria") "was sold on 29th August 1964 to the Cia Nav. Pearl SA., managed by Teh Hu Steam Ship Co. of Keelung, who placed her under the Panamanian flag as the AMONEA, and then her troubles began. Driven ashore on Datum Rocks off Lantau at Hong Kong in typhoon Ruby on 5th September 1964 and was not refloated until 11th October. She never really got over that experience being broken up at Hong Kong in December 1965."
The background does look like that part of Hong Kong.
Regards,
Dave.
 

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It does however look just like Balabac, looking North West towards the (almost) 90 degree bend in the channel.
 

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Thanks Dave for your comments. I was quoting from the Summer 1961 Taikoo Dockyard journal. The salvage diver was my father Norman Feltham MBE (the photographer in this instance) and the tug master was Captain William (Bill) Worrall (a well known salvage expert in the South China Seas). Bill, who retired to Australia, was the author of an excellent book called "No Cure, No Pay" published originally by the South China Morning Post. The title of the book refers to Lloyds Open Form of salvage. I must get my copy of the book back and refer to this salvage.
 

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Gentlemen,

Sorry for the confusion. There were two ships bearing the same name (Amonea) that were owned by the same company and Taikoo Dockyard unsuccessfully attempted salvage on both. Actually, there was a third vessel (same name, same owner) but this one was successfully salvaged and towed to the port of Hong Kong. Looking again at various photographs, it dawned on me that the one I am displaying above is not the vessel wrecked in Balabac Strait but on Datum Rock.
Dave Hancox, a salvage master, forwarded the following comments:
The (above) AMONEA was also beneficially owned/managed by Teh Huh / Teh Hua SS Co. S.A. She had been built in 1946 as UMARIA for British India and was sold to Teh Hua early in 1964. In Sept. 1964, during typhoon RUBY, the vessel was blown onto Datum Rock. Subsequently Typhoon DOT finished the ship off as a one-piece refloating proposition. The aft section was refloated by HK S&T; they also demolished the bow and removed it.

Many thanks for your comments.

John.
 

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John, she looked like a ex BI ship, have served on one ex BI ( Warla ) blt 1947 but smaller and the bridge structure is very similar ( particularly the wing's shelter on the bridge ). All BI ships beginning with ' Chand's .... ' are of similar features.

There was a Hong Kong company called ' Teh Huh ' or ' Teh Ho ' which had a vsl named ' Amos ', this company is still there managing some cape size bulkers, could it be the same company bearing the name of ' Amo ... ?


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John,

An excellent photgraph, thank you for posting. Very sad sight, but I hope I am correct in thinking at least the crew were all safe?

Tonga
 

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John, having re-visited this photo after a couple of years now , your comments regarding your father, jumped off the page at me. I have read the book 'No Cure, no pay' many times as it is marvellously entertaining and written in a style that all seafarers will readily appreciate. I do not know how or why I missed this reference to Norman in the past.
Your fathers nickname (which I mantion, and trust is not in any way rude or insulting !) ''The Black Prawn'', is mentioned many times in the book as it is abundantly clear that Bill Worrall, the author and Master of the salavge tug 'Tai Koo' , held him in the very highest esteem.
What an amazing connection. I would look forward to ANY more stories about your dad and his exploits in diving and salvage.
Sincere regards, Rick
 

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