I sailed in Strick's for one voyage in 1954 on Goulistan. Frankly, I could not wait to get off quick enough.
I had been in Counties' tramps before then, but even the BI coal run between Calcutta and Colombo was better than loading that grain down the river from Basra. The others said "Wait for the next voyage--in July-August."
No shifting boards and the mate on watch had to go down the hold to make sure that all the corners were filled.
De Neumann was master. He said that he would be pleased to have me as second mate. I, politely, refused to be tempted.