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Shell Tankers 1967-1975

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Old 8th January 2009, 17:51
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1969/70 in Curacao, I can remember getting to the Madhouse while on the Verena, eating the Nasi Goreng and then eating the steak for afters. Doesn't say much for the food on the Verena does it. Mind you, by then everything on the Verena was "stuffed".
Went on board Verena in Brighams So Shields in about 68. Had taken her 10 days to get from Norway to the Tyne. She had all three boilers retubed in another 10 day wonder docking. Broke down before it passed the piers and had to be towed back in. Surprised it made it to Curacao at all.
ps did you get your nasi for free?
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Old 8th January 2009, 21:43
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Verena must have had a second life. Had 9 months on her. Did Sweden, Europe, States coast, BA, Panama, Japan, Hong Kong, Gulf, got chucked out of Mina because she had been to Israel in the 50s. Leaked 600tons of cargo between Curacao and Japan. Had to lighter off Karachi because she was leaking so much they wouldn't let her in. Boiler wall collapse meant emergency dry dock in Singapore. Didn't stop in the dry dock so bashed the bow on the head of the dock. She was a thrill a minute and a real heart breaker.
Don't remember free meals in the Mad House.
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Old 12th January 2009, 11:30
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Verena must have had a second life. Had 9 months on her. Did Sweden, Europe, States coast, BA, Panama, Japan, Hong Kong, Gulf, got chucked out of Mina because she had been to Israel in the 50s. Leaked 600tons of cargo between Curacao and Japan. Had to lighter off Karachi because she was leaking so much they wouldn't let her in. Boiler wall collapse meant emergency dry dock in Singapore. Didn't stop in the dry dock so bashed the bow on the head of the dock. She was a thrill a minute and a real heart breaker.
Don't remember free meals in the Mad House.
There was a period when you got your nasi free if you could finish it --- dont ask me the dates-- offer is probly finished now.
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Old 12th January 2009, 13:54
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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.
I did two trips on the Partula and could think of lots to complain about, but having said that I could complain about other ships also so whats the point.
More experience didnt do any harm.
Remember the old saying - people are only happy when they a moaning about something -
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Old 6th February 2009, 09:28
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I may as well feel old join the Shell fusillers club:

Engineer apprentice to medical discharge in 1984:

Haustellum,
Hemiglypta,(under the Australian flag)
Harpula,
Hyala,(took this one to scrap in Kaoshiung)
Serenia, (laid this one up in Brunei)
Zenatia,
Axina,
Methane Progress,
Gadinia,
Partula (I guess I really upset somebody in fleet personnel to get this one),
Asprella,
Aulica,
Solen,
Halia,
Achatina,
Lotorium,
Lima,
Halia (again),
Limopsis,
Serenia (again)
Gastrana, and finally
Lampas (left in Le Havre after having prepared her for lay up in Lamlash Bay)

In general happy memories and a career I was sad to part with.

I got the Partula twice on the trot, so what did I have to do to get that, also got the Limnea two times on the trot (left me with a twitch that one)so just think of it 2 x Limnea followed by 2 x Partula, that was a rough spell
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Old 8th March 2009, 21:13
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Attack on HAUSTRUM January 1967

Hope this is good information for you.

I was 3rd Mate on the KORENIA and 3 days after the HAUSTRUM we sailed up the Mekong. Had I known this story before, I would not have slept very good during that time.
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Old 9th March 2009, 23:53
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Cool Shell Tankers

Hi Alan.
I had the misfortune of sailing on just the
one Shell tanker back in 1956,the Latirus.
Signed on in Swansea to go deep sea,but
all we did was sail up and down the Irish
coast for about 10/12 days,then for some
reason went to Elmsmere Port and just tied
up.Couldnt sign off quick enough with just
enough for a single ticket back to Swansea.
We hadnt been on board long enough for a
railway warrant.

Dave Williams(R583900)
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Old 16th March 2009, 10:02
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Hi Alan.
I had the misfortune of sailing on just the
one Shell tanker back in 1956,the Latirus.
Signed on in Swansea to go deep sea,but
all we did was sail up and down the Irish
coast for about 10/12 days,then for some
reason went to Elmsmere Port and just tied
up.Couldnt sign off quick enough with just
enough for a single ticket back to Swansea.
We hadnt been on board long enough for a
railway warrant.

Dave Williams(R583900)
was on one Shell tanker (Harpula I think, in 67) when an AB who signed on in Swansea, jumped ship as we were in the lock, waiting to leave, must have been a record short trip trip that one.
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Old 7th April 2009, 00:23
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hi looking for good picture of amastra leaving eastam with her tug foylegarth got one from the helderline site but not very good want it for my desktop thank you
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Old 8th April 2009, 08:52
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Joined Platidia April 66 in North Shields to avoid the seamans strike. Full of Geordies,and when they got together this cockney kid didnt understand a word they said,good crowd though (when they spoke English)
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I was in the Asprella as a JOS, February to May of 66. Would have stayed with her longer but we went on strike as soon as we got back to home waters. Skipper was Gareth Thomas, a real gentleman. Used to think how lucky I was splashing about in the ship's pool while we were sailing in the Gulf of Mexico en-route from Beaumont in Texas to San Juan, Puerto Rico and getting paid for it while we were in the company of the Gin Palaces where the passengers were paying through the nose for it. Happy days, and a good ship.

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Old 16th April 2009, 16:26
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Hi Brian,

I joined Asprella in October 1966, still on PR run - happy ship.

Mike
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Old 17th April 2009, 14:01
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Asprella

Hello, Mike.

I remember winding-up the genny on the starboard midships life-boat as part of an equipment check on the radio gear. Great fun in the sun. Contrary to what I've heard, the food was good, the work was hard, the crew were great, the run was okay, especially when we got to Grangemouth where I could nip down the road for a few hours to visit my folks. Another funny thing was, I was in the G'mouth pool and I managed to get a berth on the Asprella, Packed my bags, grabbed my railway warrant, got down to Swansea to join the ship as she came out of dry-dock. Three days later, we're berthing in Grangemouth. I saw the funny side eventually.

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Old 17th April 2009, 16:07
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Hello Brian,

I remember that the food was good and a happy ship with a good Master - what more could you want
Enjoyed some good times in Swansea, every girl was called Gyneth .
Can't remember the mates name now but recall we drank once at the Hotel International in Ponce PR, the mate called the manager & said 'This rum & Coke, you get the rum locally and the Coke is also made in PR, how can you justify these prices?'
We got our 2nd drink free, then the 3rd,4th,5th,6th..... the barman misunderstood the managers one complimentary drink offer

Cheers,

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Old 18th August 2009, 09:31
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Any one sail on the SS Hemicardium December 1966 to July 1967???
hello dave,my brother,keith gazzard was a junior engineer on the hemicardium,think it was about 67.He was a big tall lad,still is.Came from bristol,avonmouth.Ring any bells.
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Old 24th August 2009, 14:38
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hello dave,my brother,keith gazzard was a junior engineer on the hemicardium,think it was about 67.He was a big tall lad,still is.Came from bristol,avonmouth.Ring any bells.
The Hemicardium was my first ship to sea. left the sea school Indefatigable Christmas 1967 joined the Hemicardium in Bremerhaven Germany 5th Jan 1968 as Deck boy, did 6 months on her left as S.O.S.
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Hello did anyone serve on the
caprinus 1952
orion 1953
capetown castle 1953
andialusian 1953
regent jaguar 1955
Ashanti parm 1958
Haustellum 1955
esso cambridge 1955 - 1956
esso westminster 1956
Federal voyager 1957
black prince 1958
oriole 1958 / 59
hindsia 1965
Haminella 1966

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Old 17th November 2009, 13:31
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Hemimactra Engineroom

For the engineers amongst you here are some pics of the Hemimactra engineroom. a few more to come......
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Old 17th November 2009, 13:36
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Hemimactra Engineroom (more)

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.....
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Old 17th November 2009, 23:02
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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.....
Brings a tear to the eye
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Old 18th November 2009, 07:16
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In all my years in the oil industry, after leaving the sea, I have never ever experienced the same level of job satisfaction as I did nursing those old ships......
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Old 18th November 2009, 10:08
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In all my years in the oil industry, after leaving the sea, I have never ever experienced the same level of job satisfaction as I did nursing those old ships......
There's nothing like the sound of a, "V", boat PAMETRADA singing at full away, with everything settled down and vaps ticking along with all distilled tanks full. The engine room even used to smell happy! The toast at six, tasted terrific, much better than a bacon and egg sarnie when taking a break, after a disaster on the 12-4.
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Old 19th November 2009, 12:20
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As long as it has 3 Babcock boilers running on induced draught so that you can eat your toast in the boiler room. Much better than the leaky forced draught Foster Wheelers I experienced.
Richard.
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As a deck cadet on the Velutina in 1970 most of my "engine room time" was spent behind the Bailey Board crouched by the heating coil returns tank. My job was to use squares of newspaper to lift/skim the black oil globules off the top of the water from the the permanently leaking cargo tank heating coils. Oh joy!?
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Old 21st November 2009, 09:49
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Another wonderful job Eng Apps got lumbered with as well.
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