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Old 26th October 2006, 01:13
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Try this site Alan,
http://www.geocities.com/jimvasko_94555/photo1.htm

There are also some other site but I forget where.

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Old 5th November 2006, 09:20
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Notice you were on Gastrana 1986
I was on there as 2nd Eng Mar 86 to Aug 86 Don Wylie and then Pete Hyde were Ch Eng's.
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Notice you were on Gastrana 1986
I was on there as 2nd Eng Mar 86 to Aug 86 Don Wylie and then Pete Hyde were Ch Eng's.
Hi, Good to hear from you. My trip was from 10th Jan. thru to 22nd May joining and leaving at Chiba. It was my 2nd time of Gastrana and a very much happier ship that time. Remember Don Wylie but unfortunately I didn't keep a staff list so my recall now is quite dim I'm afraid.

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Try this site Alan,
http://www.geocities.com/jimvasko_94555/photo1.htm

There are also some other site but I forget where.

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Many thanks got exactly what I was looking for,

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Sailed on the following 1957through 1961. Thaumastus, Naticina, Tectus,Achatina, Hyria, Acavus, Hinnites, San Gaspar. Regards Colin
Ahoy Colin,
Just got this piccie from Bettina Rohbrecht's collection, so all credits to her.
Courtesy/© Bettina Rohbrecht

http://img205.imageshack.us/my.php?image=acavus1958mediumpr5.jpg
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Old 12th February 2008, 08:38
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[mclean;15025]Sailed on the following 1957through 1961. . . . . ,Achatina . . . .

Colin, wasn't the Achatina one of the ones that wasn't named after a seashell? I seem to recall that Achatina was a giant African landsnail and pretty much of a pest. Another one that wasn't a real seashell was Sepia, which is the cuttlefish.

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Old 21st March 2008, 23:26
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Sailed on various Shell Tankers from 1971 to 1979,just about to receive my Shell Pension,not very much for 9years hard graft ,still at sea on the DSV Acergy Eagle as Mechanical Dive /lay Supervisor in the offshore industry.
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Shell tanker AMASTRA

Just joined 'SN' & whilst exploring the site I came across the Joe Shell thread & saw the references to the incidents involving the AMASTRA & the HAUSTRUM.

I was R/O aboard the AMASTRA when she was mined in Nhatrang [not Saigon].
After the KARA came alongside to help out & the USN tug CURRENT arrived to patch & pump most of us were flown back to Singapore & repatriated to the UK - all except me, I was transferred to the ACAVUS & was back in Vietnam three or four days later.

As to the HAUSTRUM incident I believe that she was rocketted in an attempt to block the river [the run up to Saigon was thru 'bandit country' & ships were escorted by patrol vessels & helicopters].
The story was that anti-tank rockets were used, intended for armour piercing & they passed right thru the radioroom & chartroom without exploding.
Nonetheless sadly the QM was killed & the Old Man injured.
The R/O was very lucky [we used to keep a radio watch during the river passage], he had just left the Radioroom for a few moments.

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Old 24th June 2008, 12:47
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I sailed on the Haustrum after the Vietnam incedent,in the officers lounge there was a plaque with pieces of shrapnel from the attack.The ship had a Chinese crew with British officers when they were attacked.She was attacked with armour piercing shells, the first coming through the bridge injuring the Captain who I believe lost a leg. The helmsman panicked and left the wheel ,and ran into the chart room where the next shell came through killing him. Shells also came through into the saloon pantry down aft. A pretty serious attack with definite intent to kill people and disable the ship.
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I was an engineer cadet on the Arianta at the time the Axina R/O lost it. I seem to remember some of my mates (engineer cadets) missed the ship in South Africa. Do you remember anything about that?
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Old 9th July 2008, 20:34
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A Flavour of the Time

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Just joined 'SN' & whilst exploring the site I came across the Joe Shell thread & saw the references to the incidents involving the AMASTRA & the HAUSTRUM.

I was R/O aboard the AMASTRA when she was mined in Nhatrang [not Saigon].
After the KARA came alongside to help out & the USN tug CURRENT arrived to patch & pump most of us were flown back to Singapore & repatriated to the UK - all except me, I was transferred to the ACAVUS & was back in Vietnam three or four days later.

As to the HAUSTRUM incident I believe that she was rocketted in an attempt to block the river [the run up to Saigon was thru 'bandit country' & ships were escorted by patrol vessels & helicopters].
The story was that anti-tank rockets were used, intended for armour piercing & they passed right thru the radioroom & chartroom without exploding.
Nonetheless sadly the QM was killed & the Old Man injured.
The R/O was very lucky [we used to keep a radio watch during the river passage], he had just left the Radioroom for a few moments.

Marco
As a tribute to those involved, and in a effort to ensure that the period is suitably recorded in an appropriate place, I've attached a few pics of those times which may bring back some memories to those who were there.
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Old 9th July 2008, 20:50
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At risk of overloading my allowance ! A few more.
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Old 9th July 2008, 23:21
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At risk of overloading my allowance ! A few more.
Excellent pictures Chas, thanks. It brings it all back again
I for one would like to see more.

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The Pallium has been mentioned a few times in this thread. I was in her for a couple of weeks coasting and liked it, but had to pay off at Tranmere with severe tonsilitis.
She had some kind of experimental gas turbines which needed huge quantities of air for combustion, fed into the engine room by two vast air intakes abeam of the funnel. I heard a few years later that something went wrong with the air supply and the engine room imploded, and that there were casualties. Is anyone aware of this incident?
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When I was on the Hemicardium. It was possibly in the June we lost an Ast. Steward over board, I remember he was a Scot. We were on the last leg home Rotterdam and onto Thames Haven.Docking in the middle of July 1967.Payed of to return home to a shotgun wedding.Carn't remember who the As. was only that we a ceromony in the mission at Euro Port. Can anyone shed some light on this bad night.
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Old 5th September 2008, 12:20
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Further to the shelling of the Haustrum, I was a deck apprentice and at the time of the attack I was taking tank temperature just aft of the midships accomodation. We were hit by 57 mm anti tank shells, according to the Americans, we were hit on port bridge wing, captains night cabin, officers mess, a port side forward tank, rear of chart room and a lifeboat davit portside aft. The chinese helmsman was killed in the chart room explosion, the Captain was slightly injured but mostly damaged his hearing. He had been through the Russian convoys in WW2 and never had a scratch, this was his last trip to sea.
They were trying to block the river, according to Americans. Skyhawk jets came to our assistance and bombed the bank also a river craft lobbed grenades along the bank.
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Sailed on the Asprella, joined her in Swansea Feb 1966 as J.O.S., left her in Tilbury May 1966. Good ship, interesting trips, Rotterdam, Grangemouth and Eastham out to Curacao, San Juan P.R., Beaumont Texas and back to Rotterdam. Dodgy cargoes of Toluene, Xylene and Benzine, nasty cancerous stuff if you got in real contact with it according to the safety sheet the crew was issued with, but a tot of rum after we went down to clean the tanks with brooms and dustpan and brush made up for it. I remember one guy down in the tanks was removing the last of the deposits of sand commonly found after discharge who as he was brushing away at it, released some kind of gas, which knocked him out completely, he had to get stretchered up to the main deck where happily he revived. Apart from that, I always remember thinking while swimming in the on-board pool as we sailed through the Caribean, "It doesn't get better than this and I'm getting paid for it", especially when you saw a gin-palace or cruise liner loaded to the gunnels with people paying a small fortune to experience the same. I would have stayed for a few more trips, but sadly due to the seaman's strike in 66, as soon as we got back to the U.K., we were obliged to pay-off. I still think to this day, Bill Hogarth and his cronies sold us down the Swannee. Asprella's skipper was Gareth Thomas, a fine gentleman and a brilliant skipper. Looking at my discharge book I also see the surname Kee, but I don't recollect if he was a deck or engine-room officer. Happy days.

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Ok Shell Men Who Remembers The Mad House
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Curacao or am I muddling that up with 'Campo' Alegre... not that I, a bible reading, non-drinking, clean-living person would frequent such a place
PS I'm also a liar....

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Sailed on the Asprella, joined her in Swansea Feb 1966 as J.O.S., left her in Tilbury May 1966. Good ship, interesting trips, Rotterdam, Grangemouth and Eastham out to Curacao, San Juan P.R., Beaumont Texas and back to Rotterdam. Dodgy cargoes of Toluene, Xylene and Benzine, nasty cancerous stuff if you got in real contact with it according to the safety sheet the crew was issued with, but a tot of rum after we went down to clean the tanks with brooms and dustpan and brush made up for it. I remember one guy down in the tanks was removing the last of the deposits of sand commonly found after discharge who as he was brushing away at it, released some kind of gas, which knocked him out completely, he had to get stretchered up to the main deck where happily he revived. Apart from that, I always remember thinking while swimming in the on-board pool as we sailed through the Caribean, "It doesn't get better than this and I'm getting paid for it", especially when you saw a gin-palace or cruise liner loaded to the gunnels with people paying a small fortune to experience the same. I would have stayed for a few more trips, but sadly due to the seaman's strike in 66, as soon as we got back to the U.K., we were obliged to pay-off. I still think to this day, Bill Hogarth and his cronies sold us down the Swannee. Asprella's skipper was Gareth Thomas, a fine gentleman and a brilliant skipper. Looking at my discharge book I also see the surname Kee, but I don't recollect if he was a deck or engine-room officer. Happy days.

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Chance of contracting Lukemia on that one. Do you remember the required regular blood tests, I was on Asperella from Oct 1966 joined her in Swansea s well but the run was mainly to San Juan PR, (Ponce?) & Curacao. Happy ship so happy days indeed.

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Oh yes, in Curacao just by the gate to the refinery. Served the best Nasi Goreng with fried egg in the whole world (in the 1970's)
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Yep, remember the Madhouse very well - the steaks were pretty good & the rum & coke went down well.

Fights were not unknown - the staff were quite used to it, wash the blood off the tiles & sweep the broken glass off the floor into the garden [open-air restaurant with a roof on pillars] & a few minutes later you would'nt have known aything had been going on at all.

Also remember the ASPRELLA & Guayanilla, the loadport in PR - the little bar on the local beach that could be accessed by lifeboat [usually a helluva job getting it back out into the bay thru the surf], waterski-ing behind the lifeboat, happy days . . .

I'll search out out some slides & scan 'em when I get a spare minute.

Also remember the bloodtests on the ASPRELLA each time we were back on the European side - could never understand why the UK Doctors managed with a pinprick of blood, while the Rotterdam Doc used to take a whole armful - flogging it on the side I suppose,

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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".
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YES!!!!!
First trip 3rd eng. joined July 70 at Bandar Mahshahr up the river at the top of the Gulf.
I can quote from a newspaper cutting that my old aunt saw in a Glasgow paper, but I cannot remember the exact date.
" No alarm yet" over tanker
Shell Tankers, owners of the Brittish vessel Axina, said in London to-day they did not feel any need for alarm yet over reports that the 12,283-ton(GRT) tanker had not been heard of for some days.
She left Walvis Bay, in South Africa, on October &, bound for Port Sudan.(actually the Gulf.)
Reuter reports said no word had been received from the tanker- with an all-British crew - since then.
The Shell spokesman said the vessel had been sighted off Cape Town and later off Port Elizabeth in the Indian Ocean.
"It is quite normal for a vessel not to be in touch with us during a voyage. They radio that they have left port and give an arrival date and theit destination"
It is possible, the spokesman said, that the Aina ( paper missprint not mine) may be having some engine trouble, and he added-- "We are making all efforts to get in touch with her."

The real story in the next installment, but may be in a month's time as I am leaving the island ( Islay) on holiday.

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Alan,
if you are from Islay, do you know my old mate Neil Brown who was my junior on the Marticia in about 72. He lived at his dads farm at the west end of the island (dont want to broadcast his address)
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