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I seek information on the fate of the 1959-built Garonne. Has she been scrapped and when?
 

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I served on her in '71 when she went through a typhoon off Taiwan and lost her main HP turbine. After that she steamed on her LP turbine and couldn't make more than six or seven knots, that's why she was sold... I think to a Greek company under the Liberian flag. Ruud (above) is probably right on the name change. She was an excellent ship with first class midships accommodation and I seem to recall that pre-typhoon she regularly made 21 or 22 knots. She must have been built like a Victorian public convenience to drift through that typhoon the way she did. The engine problem was the result of human error at the beginning of the typhoon, to the best of my recollection some dozy git allowed the port boiler to carry over.
 

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Greetings Grandad and a warm welcome to SN.Enjoy the site. A nice snippet of info you have given on the Garonne. Bon voyage.
 

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Remember her well,
as an apprentice fitter at Brigham & Cowans in the late 60's/early 70's, spent days inside her main condenser retubing it.As I recall she had spent some time laid-up in the Firth of Forth prior to arrival on Tyneside due to the amount of distilled water she was losing.
 

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As Ruud said, renamed "St Thomas" in 1973. In 1976 sold to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, U.S.A., for demolition and arrived New York 20 February 1976.
The "Megna" that became "Enrico N" was a Nourse Line cargo ship dating from 1944. The tanker "Megna" was completed by the usual Nourse Line builders, Charles Connell, in 1961 for Charter Shipping as "Foyle", transferred to Trident Tankers in 1964 and the following year was renamed "Megna". In 1971 she was sold to Greek owners and renamed "Simfonia" and in 1978 was broken up at Castellon.
 

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I have a vague recollection of serving on the Garonne for a few days whilst she was actually lying in the river Garonne being transferred to the new owners. The name St. Thomas rings further bells but I have no record in my Discharge Book, probably due to short time served and not actually sailing. I did a similar job whilst serving in BP for a tanker that I think had been the British Beacon, did a drydock in Greenock around 1971 / 1972 before being sold to the Greeks as the Beacon. Again no record in discharge book as not sailed. I heard a few years later that the third engineer had sailed on her after transfer and was killed in a pump room explosion.
 

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I think the Garonne was on long term charter to BP. Whilst I was serving as a first trip apprentice on the British Glory, we had on board the future Mate of the Garonne who did a few trips with us to familiarise himself with tankers. His name was (?) Mattingley.
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You're not the only one

Had my Trident Tanker's interview on her whilst she was in Falmouth Drydock!
David, I had my interview for Trident on one of theirs in June 1968, but for the life of me I cannot remember which one. I think the engineer and electrical 'supers' were told to be on the lookout for likely candidates. (Jester)

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I sailed on Garonne as a Deck Cadet for about eleven months, from about August 1960 to July 1961, I joined and left the ship while she was in dry dock in Falmouth. She was a fine ship with good accommodation at that time, painted in Orient line colours it had all the regular tanker people baffled (BP Shell etc).
 

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Joined Garonne Sept 1972 when with P&O BSD, as Electrician in Brodick (Isle of Arron).Did a 6 month trip then paid off in Greenock dry dock before she was handed over to the Greeks.Peter Malarky was a first trip Oldman and Freddie Blain was C/E/O.Mainly Running between the Black Sea ports and USA with Crude Oil, then East coast USA and Carrabean.Lots of memories on this one!
 

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Joined Garonne Sept 1972 when with P&O BSD, as Electrician in Brodick (Isle of Arron).Did a 6 month trip then paid off in Greenock dry dock before she was handed over to the Greeks.Peter Malarky was a first trip Oldman and Freddie Blain was C/E/O.Mainly Running between the Black Sea ports and USA with Crude Oil, then East coast USA and Carrabean.Lots of memories on this one!
Hi Ray, I was your Jnr Lecky on Garonne on that trip. I seem to remember that you were from S Shields, I was from down south but now live in Gateshead. Regards Kevin Sheppard
 

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Hello Kevin!!! Good to hear from you, of course I remember you from the time we sailed on "Garonne." If memory serves didn't you move up to Washington. I'm surprised that your still up in the N.E. after all these years! I'm also retired now.I resigned from BSD in 1983 and came ashore to work for Soren T Lyngso Marine UK agents as Engineering Manager a great job, but the bottom fell out of the UK shipbuilding market in the early 90's and the agency folded-up so I returned to sea with Stephenson Clarke Shipping as sole Electrical Inspector in 1992 and retired in 2000. This is a terrific site kevin for keeping in touch with old shipmates, no doubt you'll come across quite a few old faces if you trawl through the threads and photos. Keep in touch when you can and good luck with the site.
 

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Are you still seeking info about the Garonne?

I served on her in '71 when she went through a typhoon off Taiwan and lost her main HP turbine. After that she steamed on her LP turbine and couldn't make more than six or seven knots, that's why she was sold... I think to a Greek company under the Liberian flag. Ruud (above) is probably right on the name change. She was an excellent ship with first class midships accommodation and I seem to recall that pre-typhoon she regularly made 21 or 22 knots. She must have been built like a Victorian public convenience to drift through that typhoon the way she did. The engine problem was the result of human error at the beginning of the typhoon, to the best of my recollection some dozy git allowed the port boiler to carry over.
Hello Grandad, Garonne lay in Lamlash, Clyde, for many years, early 70's, we were cruising around these waters then when a friend of his radioed him and invited him aboard. He was a steam chief and it just happened that his mate was the chief on the Garonnne. I would have been 8 or10 then, remember going into the engine room, the swimming pool, cafe but also seeing the thick magnetic cables around her, some had perished during the storm out East. Lunch was like a Christmas dinner, booze was flying, great lads, probably all passed away now. Take care and stay safe ! Malcolm
 
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