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Old 4th April 2012, 20:57
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Defender of The "Claggy Plaggy"

Happy days with this bitumen carrier - must have been the smell of bitumen that led me to a career in Highway Surfacing - never had a cold in my life!
Chief Engineer Joughin, a Manxie who knew his stuff. Anyone know his whereabouts? A big Jock 4/E who lived in oil. A future C/E if he survived .... cannot remember his name.
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Old 18th May 2012, 19:17
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Who can help me on more information concerning the severe DOXFORD damage of the mv AMASTRA

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f3...n/3e8c11ca.jpg

The top piston came out of the cylinder and caused severe damage
What was the reason of this accident, and when happened this?
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Old 20th May 2012, 18:35
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Once more about the accident on the mv AMASTRA(2) with DOXFORD 650LBD6
The pictures from the accident are marked as: 1958-07-W2047-1252c-Amastra, THE date of completion!
Someone must have heard about this accident or was onboard

Awaiting on a reaction
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Old 20th May 2012, 20:36
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Hi,
was part of the team at Kockum putting together/trial the Sulzer engine 8cyl.RD90-18000hp 1966 for Shell, impressive,most parts came from Switzerland swiss supervisor(hawkeye).Hope it worked well(most of the time).
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I was pumpman on the Paludina. Great ship!
I earned a fortune on her , Loss off Doss etc etc. Often did a minimum straight30 hours! My record of working without going to bed was 42 hours. Discharge Cargo, Load Ballast, followed by Loading of bunkers. I used to put 3 tinnies of Heineken in the mess room fridge, and when finished , enjoy them before taking a lovely shower then bed.
Often ( especially on the Paludina and also when on the 'A" class ships) the C/E -who obviously would be up when we took bunkers would invite me up to his office for a tin as a sign of appreciation. Bet that doesnt happen today . I also remember working down below when we boiler cleaned , or if on a stone crusher -scavenge cleaning ( Horrible jobs both) it was ALWAYS job and knock followed by a case of ale delivered by the chief, certainly with Shell in the early eighties. The chiefs were "old school" ALL had served their time on the plates, we respected and admired them and they respected us too. It was hard down below. As someone has already stated previously, the temperatures down below on the steam ships was always 100 plus.
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Old 2nd July 2012, 16:25
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After leaving the Royal Navy in 1980, I joined the Merch. around April of that year.
I had to go to the 'Pool" at Liverpool, do a ridiculously easy 3 week course , which at the end of ,our instructor came in and read out our names and the ships we were to join.. I found myself off to Shell's Achatina as an MM2. Chile , Peru, Equador , Venezuella onto Curacao to load and then back down through the Panama again. Great run, but s**t job. Anyway, I showed willing and was given the chance to go 'trainee pumps" Did this, then following trip ( 10 days off after a 6 month trip!) was trainee pumps on Rapana.
Next trip was Paludina ( 2 weeks off after 5 month trip!) as Pumpman. When Shell flagged out and in effect gave our jobs to Phillipinos, I went over to engineer. Sailed as 5th and 4th. on Northia , Lima as well as Drupa. Remember did a straight 5 months on Lima, never stepping ashore. As she was unmanned down below after 1700hrs ( duty engineer on bells) they dispensed with 2 out of the normal complement of 3 fivers. I was the only fiver , and spent my entire time taking logs ! I hated the voyage. I loved working for Joe Shell though, ( when on crew side) ships were hard , but so were we.. Sailed with some great guys. Not so as engineer though, no disrespect to the engineers on here, but I just hated it! I couldnt adjust from crew to 'officer'. Totally different way of life! Left Shell soon after, and spent some time with Cunard tankers and also on foreign flagged supertankers -always in the capacity of Pumpman or Deck Engineer. Left the sea in 1990 and moved into the Oil and Gas industry, offshore and onshore. Those 10 years spent in the Merchant Navy have been the best 10 years of my working life.
As someone stated previously, there is a dedicated website to Shell tankers. Well worth a look.

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Old 12th July 2012, 18:40
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My experiences of working on Shell Tankers were from February 1965 through to October 1967.
My list:-
STS Platidia, yes a tar boat but it was to me the best.
SS Methane Princess (Shell Managed)
SS Amoria
SS Clymene (Shell Charter)
Any info of their respective fates and pictures would be much appreciated. I have a picture of the Clymene and Methane Princess but any others would be most welcome.
I was assistant steward on Platidia 1959, great days would love to repeat them !!
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Old 2nd June 2013, 08:07
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Tar Boats!!!

Sailed as Pumpman on the Paludina!
One of the best ships I ever sailed on. Been reading through some of the posts, and seen the whingeing from the likes of engineers -who too be honest have no cause for complaint, as one engine room is the same as another.( I know as I started in the Merch as MM2 and finished as 4th.)
Paludina was a cracking ship. Hard graft, butloads of wonga for me as Pumpman!
Great times with Joe Shell
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Old 2nd June 2013, 11:13
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Vermetus
Arianta
Aluco(twice)
Anadara
Acavus
Hemisinus
Horomya
Vermetus
Gari
Geomitra

From 1965 as deck apprentice to 1976, 2/0.
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Old 2nd June 2013, 20:14
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Almost forgot, Halia, on lightening duties.
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Old 14th June 2013, 15:55
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Shell Tankers 1975

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Sailed on the Mangelia in 1975 for 6 1/2 month as 2nd R/O employed by Shell after being a 3rd year radio cadet. Marconi rental maintainance station. Believe she was sold not long after to the Greeks. Just after l left l believe she went through the Suez just after it had been widened. (I was told by the chief eng who l sailed with later on the Amoria that she was the lst supertanker to go thru). It was all slow steaming on the VLCC's in 75. Didn't set foot on dry land for the whole trip. Captain was Captain Thompson ( a senior one in the fleet) and then Captain Skelton and the Chief engs were Dave Hill and Mansell Hopkins.
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Old 12th October 2013, 21:36
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i see s.s. hyala mentioned a few times in this post,she was a regular visitor to the shell refinery in ardrossan, we did some plumbing work on here a few times,when i say we i mean plumbers going over to her from ardrossan shipyard when she was in the tanker berth,wonder if anyone who sailed on her was on her any time she was in ardrossan,another wee question does anyone know if she brought crude into ardossan from middle east.

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Old 13th October 2013, 00:10
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I joined the Shell tanker TES Helcion at Ardrossan in July ’59 under Capt Richard.
A SN member previously posted that the old refinery site has since been decontaminated and prepared for building upon.

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i see s.s. hyala mentioned a few times in this post,she was a regular visitor to the shell refinery in ardrossan, we did some plumbing work on here a few times,when i say we i mean plumbers going over to her from ardrossan shipyard when she was in the tanker berth,wonder if anyone who sailed on her was on her any time she was in ardrossan,another wee question does anyone know if she brought crude into ardossan from middle east.

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Hi I sailed on the Hyala twice, as an apprentice in 1968 and as 3rd Engineer in 1972. We used to call into Ardrossan every month with a part cargo from Curacao in 1968. Slack wax to the mersey first, for the Shell Refinery at Stanlow and then up to Ardrossan, I think it was fuel oil for the Ardrossan drop off, but can't really remember.
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Old 16th October 2013, 12:24
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If anyone's interested an ex Shell Deck Officer has written a book (which is mentioned on the Shell Helderline site) called Under a Yellow Sky. He was a cadet in Plymouth in the early 70's. If you visit his site http://www.underayellowsky.com/ click on extracts, there are extracts from 4 chapters. These include the interview in Shell Centre, the cadet study time in Plymouth and life on board a Shell Tanker as a cadet. It might make for interesting discussion

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Old 23rd October 2013, 00:12
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Looked at the website, and from my point of view, while factually true, has been embellished a bit too much for my taste, but obviously with the intention of selling more books.
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Old 23rd October 2013, 00:13
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I had a good friend back in the 1950s who sailed on Shell Tankers,his name was Bernard Smart, 2nd Officer. His home town was Goole, but I heard he retired to Auckland. Anybody know him or sail with him. He did work a-shore in the Gulf for shell,not sure of what port.
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Some more of the Hemimactra Engineroom....... for those with good eyesight I think that we had 26.5 ins of vacuum on the TA condenser.....
I have some happy memories of doing my 'engine room experience' whilst a deck cadet on the Hemimactra in 1971/72. The 2/E at the time was Les Bradford, and having last seen him over 40 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to chance upon an old photo of him while browsing these forums!

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If the Blimp Pump stopped there was a certain procedure for putting it back into operation .Was it shut the Steam supply and exh valve.Open the exhaust valve and then slowly open the steam valve?Forty five years ago on the Plagiola.The Hp coupling failed ,changed over onto LP turbine after a week of 6 on 6 off ,Happy Days
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20 odd years with Shell

Hemidonax (69)
Hemifusus (70)
Aulica (71)
Hydatina (71)
Amastra (72)
Volvatella (73)
Amastra (73)
Mysella (74)
Liparus (75)
Lanistes (76)
Lembulus (77)
Mysia (77)
Lyria (78)
Pomella (79)
Lepeta (79)
Geomitra (80)
Euplecta (81)
Gadinia (82)
Paludina (82)
Lepeta (83)
Gari (84)
T. Satu (85)
Bekalang (90)
Belais (91)
Tribulus (91)
T. Empat (92)
LNG Bonny (93)
Norrisia (93)
Lima (94)
T. Empat (94)
T. Satu (95)
NW Seaeagle (95)
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Humilaria

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I've just found this site and noticed your list of ships served on, we must have been on the 'Humilaria' at the same time.
To be honest most of my memories seem to blur together during the time I was at sea but looking at my discharge book I joined her in Singapore in Oct. 69 and paid off in Kuwait in May '70.
I do remember the Pulau Bukom to Jardine steps ferry and certainly recall the 'Seamans Paradise' and Champagne Bar!
Other Shell tankers I worked down below on as F/G were Hemimactra, Hindsia, Valvata and as G 1 seaman when they brought the General Purpose in, on Naticina and Megara.
Happy days!
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Old 17th May 2014, 10:36
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Some more of the Hemimactra Engineroom....... for those with good eyesight I think that we had 26.5 ins of vacuum on the TA condenser.....

Hi
Those photos certainly bring back some memories for me. One of the best ships I ever sailed on. I joined Hemimactra as F/G in Nov. 67 and paid off in May 68 with a brief stint in hospital in Recife having been scalded during a fire drill.
I we'll remember the storekeeper, a cockney chap called Arthur Hollinsworth, a real card. Brilliant times!
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Old 28th July 2014, 20:43
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Well Nick,
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.
Shell Expro Offshore, Brent Bravo1979, Fulmar Alpha 1980, Tern Alpha 1989, Syria 1996-2004
Our paths crossed on the Lanistes Steve, I joined 08/11/75 and paid off 14/04/76. Just met up with Hugh Millar at the weekend. Bob Dunbar
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New to this site, bringing back lots of great memories of my time with STUK, here is my listing :-

Vertagus 14.3.75 - 24/9/75 (First trip jnr R/O, joined at RAK, took this one to scrap in HK)
Haminella 7/1/76 - 30/4/76
Aluco 14/9/76 - 7/2/77
Partula 1/6/77 - 30/8/77 (tar boat, recall some interesting scenes as steam pipes burst in the tanks and caused a gusher of tar everywhere!)
Geomitra 15/3/78 - 1/8/78
Mena 13/11/78 - 24/3/79
Drupa 28/6/79 - 18/5/79 (offloading at Brent Spar if I recall correctly?)
Geomitra 26/2/80 - 17/6/80
Gadinia 12/9/80 - 2/1/81
Etrema 19/3/81 - 30/6/81
Tribulus 5/10/81 - 5/2/82 (pretty much Aabenraa-Richards Bay-Aarbenraa with coal, slow steaming all the way)
Pomella 20/5/82 - 14/9/82
Limnea 18/11/82 - 4/12/82 (to scrap I think hence short trip)
Halia 3/1/83 - 9/4/83 (lightening, what a happy ship)
Litiopa 4/7/83 - 5/10/83 (to lay up in Loch Striven)
Gadila 20/12/83 - 21/4/84
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