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turbine steamer POTOSI

Pacific Steam Navigation Co,

POTOSI Thames June 1964, approaching KGV Docks.

Picked up this slide on Ebay.

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Derricks up. More like turning to enter K.G.V. locks. Part of Woolwich ****nal in background.
 

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Thanks. I was thinking 'outbound' as she looks full laden. I guess she has come around to London for last bit cargo for the next voyage to Caribbean then West Coast South America.
 

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She was eventuaslly sold to Gourdomichalis Group and re-named 'KAVO' something . Can't quite remember. Am sure somebody will. Agree , think she lining up for the KGV lock entrance.
 

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The usual discharge ports where: Liverpool, Avonmouth, London and Hull.
She certainly looks as if she is rounding up for the entrance to KGV. The discharge berth was usually up the top end of the Royal Victoria Dock. Which in turn meant a long time on docking stations ,especially if one had been on the forecastle head from Sea Reach 1.
 

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If only one could relive yesterday, what I would give to sail on one of PSNCs vessels to the WCSA, I would put up with the rubbish food. It was mainly the lack of food good heavens they were tight with their rations, however we survived.
 

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Cutsplice , yes, I would love to do that trip again and get paid for it. Agree the food and seaman`s cabins were crap. (POTARO , Royal Mail/P.S.N.C charter 1964) but all those ports down WCSA from Columbia to Peru to Punta Arenas, Chile. Fantastic. Good old days.
John.
 

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Cutsplice, we tend to remember only the good times as we get older, which is a good thing.

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Steve, I used to avoid PSNC vessels if I could when shipping out from the pool as AB in the sixties. Now I look at photos of their vessels in a totally different light, would long to join one if it were possible how the years mellow one opinions.
 

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Cutsplice, A memory imprinted on me was arriving deep sea prior to midnight on the Flemenco. On passing from Sandon Basin to Canada Dock the order to knock the deck crowd off a few minutes prior to midnight. Finished with engines was rung at the same time. The ship was still underway and had not reached the berth. The company not wishing to pay everyone another day's pay thought this a smart way to end the voyage. The cadets dressed in their best uniforms, officers and some of the shore gang ended up mooring the ship and turning out the accommodation ladder. By the time this was completed our uniforms were covered in grease from the handling the wire springs etc. We were told there wasn't time to put our working gear on. Eventually the gangway was rigged and ashore at 0100hrs. Need I say the ship payed off in dispute.

The NUS Rep at the pay off latter that day at Cornhill Shipping Office won the case for the extra days pay. This was based on the fact that there was no access to the shore for the members until after 0100 hrs. Being on twelve pounds per month, very liitle pay off and a uniform the dry cleaners found a challange. I was left with some mixed emotions to say the least.

Good old days perhaps. They improved through the years which they did to some extent, but no doubt we all have stand out memories hopefully mostly good ones.
 

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