hello there akmax. just seen your question , it was placed sometime ago
Hello ewenlowire, jjb, my 1st time on this site,I've was @ sea 4 30 odd years,from deck boy 2 C/off/Master,I all so was on the Zealandic back I think 68/70 as jos on the USA/AUS/NZ run, they say that the Zea/Laur where sisters ships, but if my memory serve me right, the Zealandic had wooden Tieck main decks FWD of the accommodation & still decks AFT, I think we where in Nelson as the Lauren tic was alongside @ the same time, I think It was a weekend , anyway we went on board to have a chat & a beer & I no test that the Lauren tic had all still decks, that warrants non sisters it has always baffled me why they hat to be called sisters, but I like the V/L nice looking ship, I then went to the Arawak from the Zealand, & then back coasting for a while.lowrie ewen here i sailed on the zealandic with sheltie tom hay mad as a meat axe but a good mate i believe he was gaing to get a double dr but after his heroics fire fighting he ended up with a pair of vgs i believe he disappered in london one night and never heard of again cheer for now lowrie
Hello Kalamaki, thank u 4 coming back 2 me & 4 putting me right, it was so long ago but it has been suck in my head all thees years, thanks jjbLaurentic had wooden decks as well both for'd and astern of the accomodation. I know only too well - as a cadet I holy stoned them! Steel decks round the poop and on the foc'sle. They had freezer spaces all the way up in 2, 3 & 4 - hence the wooden decks for insulation.
Hi Tony I have taken the liberty of using you post.Hi to everyone, being a reader and responder to this topic, and after lot of encouragement from family, friends, people seeking information on this site, plus the support of Neil Sanderson from the Maritimeradio.org website in New Zealand. I have decided to put down my own narrative of how the Fire on the Gothic unfolded for me that night.
It is not meant to be a report, those are available from other sources, it is purely what I remember of things that happened to my watch of engineers who had just come off the 8-12 that night., the few days that followed, and incidents occurring later. I can tell you it took a bit of doing, my emotions were tossed about a lot, some tears, some laughs, but it had to be done for the memories of those who were lost that night. The 50th. anniversary is less than a year away from now they deserve to be remembered.
Please take it for what it is, memories of an "old fellah" relating this story stuck in his head for a very long time, may it never go away.
Hi Will, good to hear from you. I was on deck. I joined Gothic in Bluff, apparently some of the crew didn't want the excitement on the way back. After Liverpool, I went out east and spent the next few years in Asia / Pacific. I came back to UK in 1973 having seen the writing on the wall of containers, general purpose third-world crews etc. I live in London suburbs. How about you?Hi akmax, 50yrs today l was on 12/4 watch in engine room/fridge flat. I am having a tinny or 2 or 3 and counting my blessings.