According my information, the ship was not drifting too much time. Before the sttopage, the ship have had many problems in the boilers, sailing at reduced speed during days. For this reason, as precautionary measure and beforehand, the Captain required one tug to escort the ship (german tug Oceanic). So when ship finally stopped, she was in a very isolated area of the Atlantic with no commercial routes near, but the salvage tug Oceanic was only 200 miles away.I was in the Begoña in Oct 1974 when was adrift for several days in the middle of the atlantic.
Hi my name is David. I was also on the Begona in 1974. I am the eldest of then five children for my mother who was on the boat when it left Southampton on 10th September 1974. My father stayed back in London as he had not sold a couple of houses he had.I was in the Begoña in Oct 1974 when was adrift for several days in the middle of the atlantic. When in Tenerife having engine trouble was said whole not sail due to the nature of the damage but pressure from more than half of the passengers coming from Southampton destined to Kingston Jamaica forced the captain and the Trasatlantica Española to sail to La Guaira Venezuela and then Kingston we did not make it. The engine died and there was a fire trying to restart it. And on October 12 after drifting for several days without electricity not food. My mother kept my brother and I alive thanks to tubes of condensed milk she had.bough in Tenerife and bottles of water she manage to get from the waiter that used to serve our table prior to the trouble. we were rescued and towed by the towboat Oceanic that came from Cape Verde. The towboat would not tow us to La Guaira or kinston because all the passengers would have been put on quarantine due to the risk of diseases. Intead they towed us to Barbados where no quarantine was would be issued, and then via airplane to Venezuela. Many of the Jamaican-British passengers revolted not wanting to leave all their baggage in the ship to be send via merchant ship. I don't know the outcome of that situation because our mother took us on the first.chance they had a.taxi to the airport and then to Venezuela. My father was frantic in Venezuela not having any news of us and the ship, all they told him there was no communications with the ship. I was 10 at the time and was a very traumatic time for me. I hope someone that was on the Begoña then could contact me to talk about those moments. My email [email protected]
In Madrid there were contacts with Cunard to buy the FRANCONIA in order to substitute the old Begoña. Finally no purchase agreement was signed with Cunard... and Begoña was not retired.My recollection is the boat was a Spanish liner whose original captain was not on board as he told his bosses he didn't think the boat would actually make the journey to the West indies.
Also Italy. In fact, the ss"BEGOÑA" was the ex-CASTEL BIANCO (1957) and she was, together CASTEL VERDE, part of the SITMAR fleet before being adquired by Spain. Both ships were Victories converted in linersDid any nation, other than Spain and Holland, convert the wartime-built Victory type ships into passenger ships?
Glad to help. I forgot to mention six Argentine vessels, all of them Victory type ship converted in emigrant ships.Thanks for that, Fil.
Hello Sharon-T, my Father also sailed on the Begona in 1960 and I would be grateful if you could share some of your Father's stories with me as I do find history very intriguing. My late Father passed in April of this year and I would love to hear from others who also had parents that travelled on the Begona in 1960.(*)) I am new to Ship Nostalgia and I am loving it already.My father sailed on the Begona in 1960 from Jamaica to Southampton via Vigo, spain. He told me fascinating stories about the passengers and treatment meted out to him. Thanks for the forum