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  #26  
Old 8th August 2008, 10:03
gyca gyca is offline  
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Hi Ninja,

Thanks for the offer but both were a few years before my time.

It's digging deep into my memory bank but I think the order was:-
Orotava (75-76), Cumbria (76), Cavendish (76/77?), Orotava (77-78)
There was a stint on the Oregis in the North Sea when I helped to install the satellite positioning system etc (after she was repaired following the Black Midden rocks incident).

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GYCA
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Old 1st October 2010, 22:32
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I was there!

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Can enyone help im trying to find the name of a Hurricane.I was on the MV.OROTAVA IN August-September 1975.Off BALTIMORE we picked up a sailor in disstress his yacht had been batterd by the storm.We picked up the surviving sailor his mates had perrished.We took his yacht in tow untill the us coast guard came along side to retreave the stricken sailor.The ship and crew recived a citation from the coast guard.Anyone tell me the name of the Hurricane and what happend to the citation.T HE MASTERS NAME IS TYLER
I remember that well. I have all my deck cadet stuff in the loft and am sure I have pictures and newspaper cuttings of the incident. Will look them out this weekend and post what I have.
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Old 1st October 2010, 22:39
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wow this is bringing back memories

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Actually the names of the two hurricanes were Gladys and Faye. I remember because I was the RO on the Orotava (hence my user name in this forum) that received the distress call from the yacht and dialogued with the US Coast Guard as we towed the thing behind us! Imagine a 30kton bulk carrier towing a four/six berth (I think) yacht. I can still remember the sound of the masts crashing against our hull as the "survivor" shimmed up the pilot ladder. It was very slow progress to Baltimore, especially with Gladys and Faye bashing us about. I never got to the bottom of the yacht story but there were loads of suspicious things about the whole incident. I don't remember seeing or receiving any recognition from the USCG!

Re the old man Tyler. I remember he was a firey chap who often "sacked" you for beating him at darts. I got "sacked" often but re-instated the next day! However, he was a fair bloke and I respected him for that, that's why I requested the Orotava again as my final voyage (two stints 15 months in total) before changing career completely.

One final thing...I'm curious if anybody has a sailing log for the Orotava, Cavendish or Cumbria between 1974 and 1978. Cumbria (Furness Withy?) is a mystery as I cannot find records of it under ship list. In 1976 we broke a prop staff in Indian Ocean SE of Mauritius, stuck it back together with thistlebond (?) and limped to Singapore where we fitted an new one.

All the Best
I remember this trip well including the coastguard guys being seasick whilst on the yacht. Must get all my stuff from loft tomorrow and will renew my memories and post what I've got.
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Old 2nd October 2010, 16:38
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M Y Angelina & M V Orotava 1st Oct 1975

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Can enyone help im trying to find the name of a Hurricane.I was on the MV.OROTAVA IN August-September 1975.Off BALTIMORE we picked up a sailor in disstress his yacht had been batterd by the storm.We picked up the surviving sailor his mates had perrished.We took his yacht in tow untill the us coast guard came along side to retreave the stricken sailor.The ship and crew recived a citation from the coast guard.Anyone tell me the name of the Hurricane and what happend to the citation.T HE MASTERS NAME IS TYLER
Hi Brian, I have dug out my records as promised and have retrieved the following info. You were 5th Eng and I was senior deck cadet. As you may know in those days we had to keep a deck cadets journal and I enclose a scan of the 2 relevant pages. Bit scrappy but then I was only 18 and more interested in shore leave in those days.

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Old 3rd October 2010, 23:40
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New photos

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Old 13th January 2012, 10:49
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Orotava 1977

joined as 2r/o in Immingham. Trips to Murmansk, Kirknes, Sunderland, Sorel. Biggest ship to load iron ore in Murmansk, big party arranged, ship taken alongside in thick fog and collided with navy launch, ship impounded until large amount of dollars paid to russian navy. Still had party. Changed cargoes from iron ore to wheat. Went to Sunderland to get holds cleaned/painted, boiler ran dry - retubed. Paid off in Sorel first time in plane. So quite a memorable trip for me.
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Old 29th November 2012, 22:47
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I was the Eng Cadet in 1980 joined Emden - Canada - Hamburg - New Oreleans - Tilbury. I left as she left Houlders (I was a Shaw Saville cadet but all part of the same group then!)
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Old 7th July 2016, 17:04
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If my memory is correct, the Orotava Bridge suffered Main Engine bearing problems around June 1972. She then spent a long time in Hamburg having the Crankshaft Reground and Bearings Remetalled.
I believe the cause was water contamination of the Main Engine Lub Oil.

Was this similair to the problem that the Orenda Bridge suffered around March 1975.
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Old 22nd October 2017, 04:08
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GYCA asks:- Cumbria (Furness Withy?) is a mystery as I cannot find records of it under ship list
That's because Cumbria was Hadleys not Houlders.
Here are some ports dates for Orotava

11.74 Immingham
2.75 Immingham
9.76 Emden
2.77 Immingham
6.77 Brunsbuttel
12.77 Singapore
6.78 Flushing
9.78 Emden
7.79 Bahia Blanca as Rippon Grange
12.79 Istanbul as RG
4.80 Las Plams as RG
7.80 Hamburg as RG
Regards LOCKER

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Old 24th December 2017, 14:11
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Mike Sanderson

Hi guys

Just found this site.

I was also there 78/79 Emden to Karachi as 2nd Engineer and remember most of you fondly.

Stayed with the company till 1988 when I joined the DoT. Just retired this year.

Best wishes to the survivors !
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Old 22nd January 2018, 14:46
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Mike - I was the Sparks on the Emden trip in '78. If my memory is correct, it was from Emden - New Orleans, Panama Canal, Tientsin China, Shimonoseki Japan, Singapore (dry dock prop repairs), South Sumatra? Cirebon & Surabaya Java, paid off in Karachi after 6 months.
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