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Old 8th June 2006, 12:12
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Shelling of S.S. Haustrum

[B]Myself and a few others are looking into the shelling of SS Haustrum in We think the January of 1967. We connot find any news referances to the incident.We have been lead to think that the skipper was from Hull and was badly injured and the helmsman was killed.Can anybody shed more light on this shelling.
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Old 8th June 2006, 18:37
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It was 12th January 1967, The Viet Cong fired 9 mortars at her, and as you say killed the Helmsman and injuring the Captain.
The story was written on the inside of the 3rd Engineers desk drawer, I am sorry I do not remember much more. It was the date that stuck in my mind for some reason.

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Any one sail on the SS Hemicardium December 1966 to July 1967???
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Old 17th June 2006, 19:19
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my first trip to sea was the Hemicardium, deck boy 5th Jan 1968 to 20th July 1968 paid of JOS
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What was so awful about the Plagiola ????? We had the Plagiola down in New Zealand in about 1959 with one of the first loads of bulk bitumen delivered here.

Another interesting product voyage to New Zealand was the Neothyris, I think in the early 1950s. I cam across a story that she was diverted to Picairn so that the RO could do some work on their radio equipment. There was a party on board for the islanders, and they came out in the longboats when Neothyris headed away. They stood up the longboats and sang a farewell hymn. It was said there wasn't a dry eye on the ship.

Another question, though. Was anyone on the old Sepia or the new one of 1961 with a gas turbine ? I only discovered the other day that the Sepia wasn't a sea shell but was the cuttle fish, looking much like a squid and with a remarkable ability to change colour. I wonder what the ship had in its display cabinet. Would it have been a stuffed cuttle fish ? And would the colour simply be whatever colour it happened to be at the time of demise ?

I should add that this is my first post. I used to work in Marine Staff department in St Helen's Court, way back when the world was a very different place.

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We all had to do a "Tar Tub", mine was the Pallium. At least we didn't get the "PLAGIOLA" !!!!!!!

Here's my ship list:
Humilaria, Nov 1969 - May 1970, 5/E.
Heldia, Jul 1970 - Jan 1971, 5/E.
Alinda, Apr 1971 - Jul 1971, 4/E.
Zenatia, Aug 1971 - Dec 1971, 4/E.
Zaphon, Jan 1972 - May 1972, 4/E.
Hemitrochus, Dec 1972 - May 1973, 4/E.
Pallium, Jul 1973 - Nov 1973, 4/E.
Haustrum, May 1974 - Sep 1974, 3/E.
Asprella, Nov 1974 - Apr 1975, 3/E.
Latirus, Jul 1975 - Nov 1975, 3/E.
Lanistes, Feb 1976 - May 1976, 3/E.
Linga, Aug 1976 - Sep 1976, 3/E.
Latirus, Nov 1976 - Feb 1977, 3/E.
Limnea, May 1977 - Oct 1977, 3/E.
Mena, Jan 1978 - May 1978, 3/E.
Serenia, Jul 1978 - Nov 1978, 3/E.
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!st trip to sea. STS HADRA Joined June 1956-Falmouth. Paid off June 1957-North Shields. Had to be my most memorable voyage, and not yet been able to find anyone who did this voyage at that time. AH memories. Bernie
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Old 14th July 2006, 16:20
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Hi Mike. Welcome to the site. A great place to spend some time. There are not as many ex Shellmen posting as one would expect,given the number of employees over the years. Was Deck Apprentice/Fourth Mate with Shell 1957/1961 and had my interview with them in 1956 at Ibex House,EC3. The schoolboys exhibition was on in London at the time, and Shell had a booth there.They put me up at a B&B in Lancaster Gate the night before the interview.If I recall the rate was 15 shillings a night. All in all a great four years.Lots of hard work and lots of fun. Ships sailed on... Thaumastus, Naticina, Tectus, Achatina, Hyria, Acavus, Hinnites and San Gaspar. Regards Colin,
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Old 16th July 2006, 00:58
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Hello Colin, yes I remember Ibex House in the Minories. Fleet Staff department moved there from St Helen's Court about 1953. By 1956 I'd been moved to another department, Trade Relations, but still some connections with shipping as we were dealing with energy statistics and that included shipping records. In the St Helen's Court days the head of the apprentices section in Fleet Staff was a Captain Nimmo, presumably an ex-Shell captain.

Did you ever come across the little Tanea, that was launched for New Zealand service in 1951? At that time I don't think I even knew where New Zealand was. It was Captain P G G Dove who brought her out. That leads to an interesting story as one of Tanea's later captains in New Zealand was Pat Williams (actually H V B Williams), and he had been a lieutenant on Achilles at the battle of the River Plate. Thus two future Tanea captains were either side of that battle line. I must have met Capt Dove, unremembered, in Fleet Staff days, and I later met Pat Williams at Marsden Point, New Zealand, where he set up Williams and Rochester as a marine superintendency for the NZ refinery in 1964.

In those fleet staff days we lost Clam on Reykanes Point, Iceland, and the Dromus blew up in Singapore. I also recall that the C/E of, I think, the Lotorium was killed in an E/R explosion.

And re the Tanea, one much later captain was Mike Pryce, who is now harbourmaster in Wellington down here.

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Old 16th July 2006, 20:03
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A belated warm welcome Mike to the site enjoy it and al it has to offer.
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Old 17th July 2006, 19:33
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The folly of youth.

My first trip with Shell as a Deck Apprentic in 1957, was on the T2 tanker "Thaumastus", one of four apprentices on board. As many will be aware, and certainly with Shell, three apprentices often performed the 4-8 watch, and the fourth, normally the senior apprentice, day work. The three on the 4-8 also worked on deck from 0830-1200. The apprentices cabin on Thaumastus was the original gunners cabin, situated between the two midships alleyways, with two portholes facing aft. Four of us to a cabin, however we had our own toilet/shower, which was great. In the tropics however, this midships cabin was a hothouse, and we would take the mattresses out on the port side deck to sleep. The watch system, as known to most, was, appr.(A) 1st.wheel, 0400-0600. then lookout 0700-0800. appr.(B) lookout 0400-0500. then 2nd. wheel, 0600-0800. appr. (C) Farmer (lookout 0500-0700). The same applied for 1600-2000 hrs. One evening,whilst the senior apprentice was elsewhere,we three watchkeepers decided that, as the Farmer did not need to appear prior to 0500 hrs, then a method shoule be established to allow him an additional one hour sleep (0345-0445). All three agreed to the following,bearing in mind that each apprentice had his turn at farmer every third day. A length of light rope was tied around the ankle of the farmer, and carried up the foredeck to the foc'le head, by the first lookout. The idea was that at 0445 the lookout would pull on the rope with sufficient force to awaken the farmer. It turned out to be a total disaster. The rope had fount its way around a deck tank valve and was jammed. The farmer slept peacefully until sometime after 0500, until the mate demande to know why the first lookout ahd not been relieved. Luckily the mate was a great chap, and we only received a week of field days! Colin
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Old 18th July 2006, 16:25
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Mike, I do remember the name Captain Nommo. Perhaps from my interview? Never came across the Tanea. There is a good photo of her on Helderline Shell Tanker site, where Jan Janata (Capt, Williams daughter), mentions that she made various trips with her father on the Tanea during school holidays. Patrick Dove was Master of the Africa Shell when she was captured by the Graf Spee. When do you expect to complete your book? Regards Colin
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Old 18th July 2006, 20:51
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Sailed at some time in the late fourties or early fifties as an apprentice with Paddy Dove but can't remember what ship. I remember his opening gambit in the saloon to anyone joining the ship was "Have you read my book" which as you say related to his being taken by the Graf Spee & his subsequent sojourn on the Altmark. He would sell you one & put it on your bond bill! I also recall Capt. Nimmo from the St Helens Court days.
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Old 18th July 2006, 22:45
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Thanks for those comments Colin. This site certainly brings back all sorts of memories. In my days in Marine Staff department in Anglo-Saxon the engineers' section was run by Percy Allard and Ron Howell, the deck officers' section by David Plunkett, the apprentices by Capt Nimmo and I W Kerr, and chief stewards were handled by Chas Stanning and radio officers by Bill North (I think his full name was William Wilson-North). I was only an office boy in the department in those days but it was an interesting place to start.

One memory I have was having to go from time to time down to the strong room to fetch files. There was a huge collection of files dealing with war events and various accidents. I remember reading the file about the Dromus explosion in Singapore. They would have been a tremendous historical resource and I do hope that they somehow got passed to a proper archive or museum.

Yes, I have had a contact with Jan Janata, daughter of Pat Williams. She was wanting to make a model of the Tanea and I think she got some help via Mike Pryce.

Last year some friends in Britain sent us a DVD of the River Plate film. I must get it out and watch it again.

As for writing books, it feels like an unending process ! You keep coming across little snippets. I'd like to feel that I'll get it finished by the end of the year.

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Someone mentioned diverting to Pitcairn on one ship --- was on the Alinda in 1979 en route New Zealand to Curacao and we diverted to Easter Island to drop off messman who was bleeding internally. Wonder if he is still there !!! Alinda had been more or less on coast for years and then went to N Zealand via Gulf. Great trip.
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capt peddler palmer sadly passed away with cancer
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I saw where Peddler had passed away on the helderline site - do'nt know if you sailed with him. In 1952/53 I sailed with him in Neothauma when he was Mate and I was 2nd Mate. He was quite a character.
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Hello all GZWF's

Here's my ship list:

Asperella Oct '66 - Apr '67
Achatina Jun '67 - Nov '67
Aulica Mar '68 - Sept '68
Amoria Feb '69 - Aug '69
Natacina Jun '70 - Nov '70
Melania Jul '71 - Jan '72
Aluco Apr '72 - Aug '72
Naticina Sep '73 - Dec '73
Latirus Jan '74 - Apr '74
Mysia Nov '74 - Mar '75
Gastrana Jun '75 - Nov '75
Methane
Princess Jan '76 - Apr '76
Limopsis Jul '76 - Nov '76
Litiopa Apr '77 - Jun '77
Erinna Oct '77 - Feb '78
Darina May '78 - Sep '78
Limopsis Nov '78 - Mar '79
Eburna Jun '79 - Oct '79
Euplecta Jan '80 - May '80
Etrema Aug '80 - Dec '80
Limatula Mar '81 - Jun '81
Halia Oct '81 - Dec '81
Northia Mar '82 - Jun '81
Northia Sep '82 - Jan '83
Northia Apr '83 - Jul '83
Northia Oct '83 - Feb '84
Donovania Jun '84 - Oct '84
Halia Feb '85 - May '85
Rimula Aug '85 - Oct '85
Gastrana Jan '86 - May '86
Serenia Sep '86 - Jan '87

No tar boats - wasn't I lucky
Was Jnr. R/O on Asperella in '66, did Radar at Southampton, Electronics Cert. at Bristol then SRO/E.

Sailed on a few other ships in between:
Matra Nov ' 68 - Dec '68
Evegenia
Chandris Nov '69 - Apr '70
Port
Hawkesbury Dec '70 - May '71
CP Voyageur Oct '72 - Dec '72

Like to hear from anyone who matches ships / dates.

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Old 24th August 2006, 21:45
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hi allen all sailed a couple of times with pedler palmer great old man just but fair
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At the moment can't find my discharge books to list my many Shell ships/Eagle Oil, from cadet to 1st.mate, ( though with spells in several other companies, I had quite a varied career ) and later being transfered to Shell Expro in Aberdeen as O.I.M. on Auk, Brent Alpha, Dunlin, and Brent Charlie before early retirement many years ago. I have many happy memories of my time in the fleet(and some bad ones!) but best was probably Eastern fleet small craft 'Lang' and 'Ankor'. Any other Eastern Fleet people out there?
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Davila Oct/63 - Jan/64
Axina Apr/64 - July/64
Ninella July/64 - Dec/64
Rita Dec/64 - Dec/64

Davila went to the breakers yard in Spain Jan 64.
Ninella d/d in Singapore after losing port aft lifeboat during Board of Trade sports in the Pesian Gulf
Rita d/d in Singapore after being hit amidships by a liberty ship that lost steering in the harbour.
Some fun times.
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Ninella's last occupation was as floating storage at Saigon before going to scrap march'66 in Taiwan. I was Mate, Jeff Cush Master, don't remember other names. What a job! double pay war bonus plus Eastern bonus, not much work, and next to no watchkeeping .
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My Shell Tankers list:

Capsa (June 1957 to August 1957) Deck App
Ninella (August 1957 to May 1958) Deck App
Thalamus (May 1958 to June 1958) Deck App
Thaumastus (July 1958 to June 1959) Deck App
Varicella (August 1959 to February 1960) Deck App
Patro (March 1960 to February 1961) Acting 4th Mate
Capisteria (July 1961 to July 1962) 3rd Mate
Pallium (January 1963 to July 1963) 2nd Mate

What was wrong with the "Tar Boats"? I really enjoyed my few months with the Pallium. We did one fascinating trip up the St Lawrence as far as Quebec, and also spent a few weeks on the West African coast which I must admit wasn't so great. Pallium was comfortable, a wee sweety in fact.

I see some other references to Pallium and the Thaumastus from about the same time. Anyone I know?

Mike
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Old 8th October 2006, 05:59
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Hi Mike. I joined Thaumastus as first trip Apprentice in sept.1957, and signed off in Singapore in feb.1958, to join Naticina for the twelve month period, returning to the UK onthe Tectus. You must have joined her at Rosyth after her lay up? Believe she went for her final lay up at Lough Swilly in July of 1959, and was finallly scrapped in 1961. I enjoyed my time with Shell, but decided to go with Mobil after 2nd. Mates. Best Regards Colin
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What was wrong with the "Tar Boats"?
Didn't sail on any Tar Boats myself but I do remember the lurid tales from engineers about the discomforts of heat and of continual heating coil problems. So it's good to actually hear from someone who was contented.
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It was 12th January 1967, The Viet Cong fired 9 mortars at her, and as you say killed the Helmsman and injuring the Captain.
The story was written on the inside of the 3rd Engineers desk drawer, I am sorry I do not remember much more. It was the date that stuck in my mind for some reason.
Makes me wonder why the Viet Cong did attack? According to Louis Wesseling's (Ch. Exec of Shell Vietnam) book 'Fuelling The War' Shell supplied both sides so the VC would be reducing their own fuel supplies. That said, it didn't stop the Nhabe depot going up in flames in December 1973.
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Has anybody info on the attack on the Amastra in Siagon ? I joined her Oct69 as 4th eng after she had spent six months in dry dock in S'pore.
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