I am seeking information on the Crusader line.
True, SSL manned them. I worked on the Saracen for 13 months (after being told to take an overnight bag - I would be there for three weeks only). 15 months later I got home again, working my passage via the Britannic and Northern Star.Geoff, The Amalric, Crusader, Knight Templar and Saracen were all manned by SS & A employees.
When the Crusader Line(mgd./manned by SSL,see post #5) and its ships was sold the various runs were split up amongest its members,the name was retained along with funnel colours and put on their own ships.(P&O NZ.-Far East,BSL NZ-WCNA and SSL NZ-WII thought the Zaida and the Zira were crewed by P&O officers ?
As per my Avatar!!When the Crusader Line(mgd./manned by SSL,see post #5) and its ships was sold the various runs were split up amongest its members,the name was retained along with funnel colours and put on their own ships.(P&O NZ.-Far East,BSL NZ-WCNA and SSL NZ-WI
Hello Jamie PI do not know why this popped into my head today, but when I was at primary school in the late 1960's (Eccleston Chapel Lane, which became Eccleston Mere, St Helens, Lancs.), my class had "adopted" M V Saracen, and we had a framed photo on the wall. For a while we had letters from time to time from the ship - I think one of the officers - telling us where she was and what she was up to. I have a recollection of looking at the globe to find the Gulf.
Rather smaller coasters and North Sea traffic used to dock at Wells in Norfolk where we went camping, and I was really tempted to go to sea. Too late now, but Saracen planted a seed.
Thanks to who ever wrote to my class. It was a real window on the world, and a different life.
There is a picture of M V Saracen at http://7seasvessels.com/?cat=957&paged=5 - Definitely the same ship - which I can still see in my mind's eye - but not as nice as our picture which was closer up in open sea with a bow wave.