Golfito only good run ashore out of those,on M.Boats from new..Matina,morant,Musa,Magdelana. ships were okay.Iwas in catering.was on these three fine vessels in 79/81 great ships and crews used to run to gulfito/almeranti/turbo/armoise etc. anyone remember Dosa rosa from gulfito
Joined Matina in Genoa in '76 and had good runs ashore in Cristobal, Golfito and remember going on a trip to a banana plantation traveling through David in Panama. Can only recall one name Phil Mathews who worked on deck, good crew always up for a good time !Golfito only good run ashore out of those,on M.Boats from new..Matina,morant,Musa,Magdelana. ships were okay.Iwas in catering.
Hi: I did one trip as "rent-a-mate" 2/O of "Magdalena" with Capt. Laurie Jewers Nov/Dec 1975. Joined in Southampton, to Panama, Armuelles, Baltimore, Belize (with general cargo), Golfito, Charleston, Turbo, paid off in Rotterdam. Beautiful ship. My photo of "Manzanares" entering the locks is in www.shipspotting.com. Got more photos in the basement. Notchy.Any one from the 'M' boats before being sold on in the 80's
Sailed with Peter Downey [Mr twelve and a half percent] on the Tucarinca,he also sat in the pew behind ours in the Ashton Church in GourockIn September 1969 a Fyffes ship came into Saint John, New Brunswick. The Chief Officer was Colin Leitch who later emigrated to Canada and passed away about 15 years ago. He and I both met our future wives on the same evening at a party aboard the ship. Also aboard was Peter Downey, Chief Steward, whom I remembered as a drinking friend of my Dad's whenever he was home in Gourock. Does anyone remember these two men and what the ship was.
Was on the fine Motagua at the time of its Pacific mishap. We took refuge at Midway Island and railway lines were brought in from Hawaii to strengthen the deck. All good fun!!That is a bit harsh to question the engineering knowledge on Mazatec.
As the original writer stated the ship was only 4 months old and for holding down studs on a bank of fuel pumps to shear is most uncommon.
That said the Kawasaki built M-class of motorships had various mishaps in their early careers and were not my favourite ships. Motagua for instance had to take refuge at Hawaii on her maiden voyage when a crack developed across main deck. The other two ships of the class in service at the time were ordered to nearest suitable port where I-beams were welded to the main deck either side of the fore deck hatch coamings from the accommodation to the fo'csle until the builder solved the problem of hull strength.
Turrialba was a turbine ship and not a motor ship.
I left the Matina early 1982 in Genoa. I was the junior engineer.Joined Manzanares as an engine cadet in early 1974 in Long Beach.C/eng was
Willy Duff. I stayed with Fyffes until 1982 when I left the Matina in Genoa as
2nd engineer. Happy days.