Sailed on two PSNC vessels Salavery and Sarmiento, the run was good, the food ok but from dinner to breakfast it was terrible. One loaf, half a pound of butter, some lettuce leaves, tomatoes and about six slices of salami or corned beef, three men in each watch but midnight the ordinary seamen had eaten the lot, when you vame off the 12 to 4 in the morning you could not get asleep due to being so hungry.
I did a few trips on the salinas, jan too may 1959, as saloon steward , sorry lads but I ate very well, hated going too Callao, as they had a sulfur factory close too the docks and the air stunk, and the silverware in the saloon got tarnished badly every day.
Sounds a different company to the one I experienced. On joining one had to collect a knife, fork, spoon, mug and cabin key there was a white attachment clause on the articles, if they were not returned at the end of the voyage there was a cash penalty. I remember the key was 10 shillings, bearing in mind there was one key between 4 men, the company must have been praying for the key to get lost and collect £2. Cant recall what the penalty was for the loss of cutlery, also remember one had to collect a matress and bedding from midships and retun it on completion of voyage. Good crew, good run, not so good food,night snacks well what can one say, galley locked when not in use at sea. When one peered in thru the barred portholes only thing one could see was a few pots and pans. The master E Gowland was not an impressive man either the less said about him the better.