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Stratheden~Himeji 1978

Stratheden~Himeji 1978

Stratheden alongside at Himeji,Japan 1978.Believe this one was used as a cadet training ship?

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I sailed on the Strathesk & she carried a cadet module of 10 I think it was, accomodation on port side designed/built with this in mind, including classroom & also a cadet instruction officer. Whether this was common to all the `E`class I don`t know, but not sure what the accomodation would otherwise be used for.
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Thanks David,
I was a cadet on the Iron Kestrel at the time and we were berthed just astern of the Stratheden.I thought she was just about the spiffiest ship I had ever seen. Figured this would be a good way to continue my career when I obtained my second mates ticket. Unfortunately by the time this happened in 81, ships like the Stratheden and the officers that sailed on them were quickly becoming ancient history.

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Ian
 

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Ian,

I was one of the said Cadets on the Stratheden. In fact, if your photo was taken between September 1978 and March 1979 then I would have been on her at that time! I certainly remember being in Himeji and a few other Japanese ports (Kobe, Yokohama, Nagoya etc..).
We had 9 first trip Deck cadets on board (the 1978 Scottish intake of Deck cadets). There was accomodation for 20 cadets (10 cabins) but I don't think that capacity was ever reached. A Chief Mate was with us as C.I.O. (Cadet Instruction Officer). Stratheden had 5 sisters built in Gdansk, Poland; Strathesk, Strathewe, Strathelgin, Stratherrol and Strathettrick. Another 2 were built to the same plan in Japan; Strathfife and Strathfyne. The Jap built ones were apparently far superior. As far as I know, some of the Strath "E"s are still sailing with the Iranian Shipping Company. The Stratheden is now the "Kohladooz".

It was a great trip but possibly gave us false expectations of what was to come! Nice modern ship (less than a year old when we joined) with a good crowd, and on a great run. We joined in the Gulf (Khorromshahr), did two round trips to Japan visiting Bombay, Karachi, Penang, Phuket, Singapore, Hong Kong etc.. Paid off in Kuwait. It was downhill for me after that though, and only lasted until 1981 when the writing was on the wall as P&O were selling everything.......

Al.
 

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You are correct there Stratheden1978, The Strath F's were mighty fine ships - did the maiden voyage on the Strathfyne, great ship and a good run.
 

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I later sailed with a C/O in Howard Smith Shipping called Geoff Dawson who was a cadet on Stratheden at this time. I believe he is now a Brisbane pilot.

Ian
 

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