I seek information on the fate of the 1959-built Garonne. Has she been scrapped and when?
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)Had my Trident Tanker's interview on her whilst she was in Falmouth Drydock!
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 SheppardJoined 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!
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 ! MalcolmAre 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.