The Jose Regidor of Manners Nav. Co., my first command, berthed at Darling Harbour next to Pyrmont bridge.
She was the ex Koromiko of Union Company and berthed opposite is an almost sister ship still operating for the Union Company of New Zealand.
We caused quite a stir in the port as they all recognised the ship as the Koromiko. The name Jose Regidor meant nothing to me but the owner of Manners Robert Perez De la Sala gave me a bollocking for not knowing he was a Filippino hero.
Union SS Coy's "Koromiko". Second of the class to be delivered she came from Alex Stephens in 1947. Sold to John Manners in 1967 she was renamed "Jose Regidor" and "New Cronulla" in 1969. On passage Philippines to Chalna with cement she went aground off Chalna 31 December 1974 and was a total...