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Old 26th June 2015, 08:47
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Exotic destinations

During the declining years, chartered vessels went all over the world which, after the glorious West Coast, were eye openers for many of us.
Did you go anywhere unusual/out of the way?
Did one French Govt charter on the (new) Mymidon in ED colours to the South Pacific calling at Tahiti, Mururoa Atoll (French Polynesian), Noumea (New Caledonia) and Espiritu Santo (New Hebrides) with super cargo supplying free wine every Sunday. Wonderful trip.
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Old 26th June 2015, 10:34
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Port Blair & Chau Pyu

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Old 26th June 2015, 11:16
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Found Port Blair in Andaman Islands.
Where is Chau Pyu?
When was this and which vessel?
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Old 26th June 2015, 13:46
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British Corporal from Aden to Masira (or Masirah). Aviation fuel for an RAF staging post. I see it's now a fancy holiday resort.

Undertaking our own pilotage through the reef and using motor lifeboat as a mooring/work boat. Shore tanks were topped off once a year. So others in here have presumably also down the trip. One of the more unusual for a tanker. A satisfaction having to do it all yourself.
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Old 26th June 2015, 18:12
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Ramree Is., Burma, landing in 1944 M.O.W.T. Empire Capulet (managed by Glen Line).
Said to have involved the greatest loss of human life from wild animals caused when the Japanese soldiers, tried to escape the onslaught, by trying to cross the crocodile infested "chaungs".
I have never succeeded in being able to confirm this.
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Old 26th June 2015, 19:29
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A good shot would be to ask a Bank line apprentice where he went to during his time. Exotic places a'plenty, methinks.
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Old 26th June 2015, 20:19
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Fully agree Chinahand but for an EDs West Coaster this was a long way from Boma or Sapele which, even at the best of times, can hardly be called exotic
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Old 27th June 2015, 03:40
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All relative, Julian. To anybody who'd spent years sailing elsewhere, Sapele could have seemed exotic. You could certainly get an exotic disease there, I heard.

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Old 27th June 2015, 09:06
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What about Mtwara and Quelimane.
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Old 27th June 2015, 09:47
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For me, as a West Coaster, doing a Burma trip on the Pegu was a real change.
Birkenhead, Genoa, Famagusta, Port Said, Port Sudan, Aden, Rangoon and back again. Not truly exotic, but interesting nevertheless.
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Old 27th June 2015, 10:51
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Manaus, 1000 miles up the Amazon with 'Booth Line' was pretty exotic for me!

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Old 27th June 2015, 21:17
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After 5 years of the Coast in ED's the lure of other climes pointed me to Irish Shipping and world -wide tramping, an eye-opener, but often thanked (mentally) the training I got on cargo handling down the Bight of Benin
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Old 28th June 2015, 00:42
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What about Mtwara and Quelimane.
When in the Tielbank I called at Mtwara, Tanganyika, in '57. Wasn't the port originally developed with the old Groundnut Scheme in mind - or was that Tanga?

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Old 28th June 2015, 03:06
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When in the Tielbank I called at Mtwara, Tanganyika, in '57. Wasn't the port originally developed with the old Groundnut Scheme in mind - or was that Tanga?

Keith
l was in Mtwara in 1977 on the City of Ripon.Interesting place with some German colonial buildings,and was it where they got the clay for the Mirschaum pipes ?
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Old 28th June 2015, 03:53
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When in the Tielbank I called at Mtwara, Tanganyika, in '57. Wasn't the port originally developed with the old Groundnut Scheme in mind - or was that Tanga?

Keith
Yes Keith that is correct and with the failure of the Groundnut Scheme the railway built specially for it ceased operation and fell into disrepair.
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All depends what is meant by "Exotic" I guess. Sailing for a day and a half up the River Congo, many a schoolboys dream I expect, seemed like it would be a pretty exotic thing to do, and it was, for me anyway. However, the actual destination, Ango Ango was anything but exotic. Just a small port with a couple of jetties, and not even a run ashore.
I still think that sailing up the Congo, with me on the wheel for much of the time, was a pretty cool thing to do.
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Thinking back, coming from Middlesbrough, I thought Blyth was exotic.

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Old 28th June 2015, 13:33
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All depends what is meant by "Exotic" I guess. Sailing for a day and a half up the River Congo, many a schoolboys dream I expect, seemed like it would be a pretty exotic thing to do, and it was, for me anyway. However, the actual destination, AnAngo go was anything but exotic. Just a small port with a couple of jetties, and not even a run ashore.
I still think that sailing up the Congo, with me on the wheel for much of the time, was a pretty cool thing to do.
Is that the same as Matadi? Was there in 1944 for copper ingots.
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Old 28th June 2015, 14:34
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Is that the same as Matadi? Was there in 1944 for copper ingots.
Yes, virtually the same place. We could see the rapids just up river.
Don't know why we called the place Ango Ango though. Perhaps someone can answer that?
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Old 28th June 2015, 19:59
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Remember Matadi well. Because of the fast current important to get line ashore quickly. Everyone for'd failed.
Up steps the hero. I must have thrown that line about 200ft and it landed on the quay to the cheers of all.--- wish I had held on to the other end which quickly followed the rest of my mighty throw!!!
Sad looking town with all the remains of impressive Belgian mansions/buildings.
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Old 28th June 2015, 20:55
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Port Blair & Chau Pyu

The attachment should have appeared in my latest post!
I see you had best part of 6 weeks in Sydney Hugh ,they where for sure the good old days long time in great ports also long time in some duff ones but as the years have passed I don't remember bad ones to much regards.
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I think we went to Mtwara in the Rothesay Castle back in 1960 regards to all hands

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Manaus, 1000 miles up the Amazon with 'Booth Line' was pretty exotic for me!
Exotic and that was before going ashore ...
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Old 28th June 2015, 22:06
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For me, as a West Coaster, doing a Burma trip on the Pegu was a real change.
Birkenhead, Genoa, Famagusta, Port Said, Port Sudan, Aden, Rangoon and back again. Not truly exotic, but interesting nevertheless.
Birkenhead is exotic enough for me!

PS, I loaded that Pegu many times at her berth at #1 West Float.
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Ango Ango may be the oil port... I've seen it listed in LSI's as a destination for BP tankers
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