Somewhere in the distance was a ship with an engineroom fire which we were standing by. It was uncomfortable for us but not as bad as for them. Fortunately they got it in control and we were all very relieved no one had to be in lifeboats that day.
General picture from accommodation of pre-container dock work. The steverdores didn't use the winch controllers in the States. Just slammed them forward or reverse and rode the foot brake. Hence much relining of asbestos pads when at sea after hours of standby down the Mississippi
British cargo liner TELAMON, imo 5354523/ 146m/ 8.922gt/ 17kn; 30/06/1950 launched by Joseph L. Thompson & Sons, Sunderland, as SILVERLAUREL for Silver Line, Ltd, London; 12/1950 completed as TEUCER for Nederlanddsche Stoomvaart Maatschappij Oceaan, (NMSO), Amsterdam; 1960 transferred to China Ste