Went on board her in 1959, a friend of mine was an Engineer,I was on one of the A boats at the time.The Chief Engineer, when I was introduced to him, suggested I go down aft and look at the steering gear since I might just get asked about one in a future ticket exam. It was politely pointed out to him that it was highly unlikely, since I was an RO. As far as I know my friend only did about a year,they were on the Haj run at the time.
A similar ship was Philoctetes.... Philoctetes and City of Tokio were on buoys at Freetown
all through the war.
Freetown with a large natural harbour was a busy convoy port and Naval base.
The two ships were in use as Naval repair ships.
Edinburgh Castle was also there as an accomodation ship.
I saw them quite often and was told that all three were infested with rats and cockroaches.
I know Edinburgh Castle was.We survivors from the sinking of Viking Star were taken aboard
her on arrival at Freetown and questioned by RN Intelligence officers on the loss of our ship..
Not all, Pat. Ian Jackson-with whom I once sailed-asked for a "double yorker" and got it, not in the Tyndareus but in the Ajax.
Click on this link:- www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=2431&page=2#28
I did almost did a "double yorker" on Barber Priam (B. Blue Sea). I joined in Hong Kong and left in New York after 1.5 times around the globe, ever eastward. However, a 21 kt. service speed and containers meant that it was only a six month trip! Ulysses was another ship that "never came home".