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Probably the best ship I ever sailed on. "God made pressure ships because atmospheric ships are for people who don't have any imagination" - she was great fun and I spent 12 month and more doing Riga to Le Havre through the Kiel Canal.
 

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The Humboldt

I have attached a photo and a GA plan of the ship. Not sure if it is the same Humboldt. When you see it I am sure you will recognise the ship. Originally built for Ocean Gas Transport, a combine Houlder Bros & Co Ltd and the French Gazocean Group subsidary. She was originally intended for a Chilean owner. See notes below photo for more info.

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Blair Lagerstedt
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Humboldt

Blair, thank you and yes, that is indeed the beautiful ship; a ship of dreams and one of the best and safest ships - ice strengthened and as versatile as the come. What other lady could do 110 transits of the Keil Canal without hitting very much at all.
 

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Tonga said:
Blair, thank you and yes, that is indeed the beautiful ship; a ship of dreams and one of the best and safest ships - ice strengthened and as versatile as the come. What other lady could do 110 transits of the Keil Canal without hitting very much at all.

All we need now is a photograph of the "James Cook", a similar but smaller LPG tanker, but also under Gaz Ocean control, sailing out of Westernport to Papeete, Suva, Port Vila, Noumea and Nukualofa (the best is last).
What do you mean 110 transits of the Keil Canal without hitting very much at all. She regularly hit the dock gates!! In fact we often had to prove we could go astern before we were allowed near the locks. She was still a great ship.
 

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Humboldt and the kiel lock gates

Hi Chadders,

I too have enjoyed attacking the Kiel lock gates, running a book on each transit on whether the engines would go astern on demand. As it turned out I was on the focsle for one strike and the bridge for another. I think the focsle was most interesting! She was a great little ship and I was sorry to leave her.

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Chadders - Derek,

Well at least lock-gates are relatively harmless (*)) , I was thinking mainly of passing ships or the odd Friesian Cow when I made the original comment, but I agree with you, she was a spirited lady, but one of the very best.

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Tonga,

Good bit about the trip through Kiel was using the, then, new 5p coins to make phone calls home. Luckily they matched the size and weight of a DMark!

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DerekC
 

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Derek,

Well remembered, I’d rather forgotten that part of the fun. I guess everyone has a cell-phone now and would not understand the passion and interest that dry land held for us in those times.

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Navigating to RIGA

Tonga and all 'Humboldt'ers,

I was just reading an old navigating notebook that I dug out of a long-forgotten box in my attic... it describes my first spell as 3rd Mate taking Humboldt into the Riga bay...

" Following inked on course lines, due to to repetitive runs, only thing I can get on radar, is Ovisi Lt. Vis crap. Nothing visual, Capt Whistler tells me that he once went a bit wide on the turn at Buoy A and proved that the Russian charts were wrong."

All very reassuring to a first trip 3rd mate...anyone else with good stories about Riga?

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Hi Guys,

That Riga trip was a killer for deck cadets.

I remember doing 6 on 6 off in the pump room. It was freezing, we would wear about 20 layers of clothing and have to lie on top of the compressors to try to keep warm!

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Gas Tankers Westernport.

Tonga said:
Blair, thank you and yes, that is indeed the beautiful ship; a ship of dreams and one of the best and safest ships - ice strengthened and as versatile as the come. What other lady could do 110 transits of the Keil Canal without hitting very much at all.

All we need now is a photograph of the "James Cook", a similar but smaller LPG tanker, but also under Gaz Ocean control, sailing out of Westernport to Papeete, Suva, Port Vila, Noumea and Nukualofa (the best is last).
Mention of Westernport reminds me of a trip on the Cavendish, we were in Japan and the "old man" got orders to proceed to Westernport in Australia which he believed meant proceed to a Western Port and await orders, as luck would have it a cadet had been to Westernport Melbourne and put the record straight. Frankston at night proved another Aussie port we could not get a drink after ten-o-clock at night. Then it was a long haul over to B.A. and the more hospitable haunts of Dock Sud.
 

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briggo said:
Hi Guys,

That Riga trip was a killer for deck cadets.

I remember doing 6 on 6 off in the pump room. It was freezing, we would wear about 20 layers of clothing and have to lie on top of the compressors to try to keep warm!

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Ricky.
If my memory serves me well, the compressors made a most almighty noise when the metal safety discs collapsed if/when liquid got into the cylinder; rebuilding the cylinder head and replacing the damaged piston was fun.

I also have happy memories of the female shore based pump-room staff in Riga keeping some of us warm when we went ashore to check the figures. :)

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Tonga
 

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Hi Did my first trip as Jnr Eng on a gas boat on the humbolt wondered what the hell it was. kipped in the hospitial, so every body used to congregate there as was isolated from rest of ship, at least had my own shower.
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Dear Tonga
With regard to the "Humbold" I was shunted on to it because I was two months short of ticket time for my C-Engs cert and as far as I'm concerned it is a perfect example of mans inhumanity to man, but saying that I sailed with a few very good men on it.and life was always busy!!!
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Dear Tonga
With regard to the "Humbold" I was shunted on to it because I was two months short of ticket time for my C-Engs cert and as far as I'm concerned it is a perfect example of mans inhumanity to man, but saying that I sailed with a few very good men on it.and life was always busy!!!
regards Blackbob
Hi Bob.
That was another ship I stayed a couple of years on and enjoyed it, but maybe I just liked being at sea. As you say some good hard working guys on there, they could party as well.
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Leo(Thumb)
 

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Without a doubt Humboldt was one of the happiest ships I was on; yes, she was hard work and through the English Channel every 5 days was different to the lazy days of the River Plate run, but also very good fun and educational.
 

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Humbolt (A bit of History)

Humboldt / Bold 1 / Eurogaz Two / Yucatan

Built In 1968 At La Ciotat, For Gazocean ( Who Intended That She Be Operated By Their Chilean Subsidiary Interocean Gas S.a ) She Was Completed In The End For Ocean Gas Transport Ltd And Managed By Houlder Brothers. She Was Then Chartered Back To Gazocean. She Was Sold In1984 To A Panamanian Company And Re-named 'bold 1' , She Was Actually Managed By Silver Line Of London. In 1988 She Was Sold To A Company Based In Monte Carlo And Re-named 'eurogaz Two', She Then Changed Hands Again To A Panamanian Company, In This Case Lizamar S.a. In 1989 She Was Re-named 'yucatan' For A Greek Company And Finally In 1993 She Was Sent To The Alang ( India ) Breakers Yard And Scrapped.

Joined the Humbolt 23.04.76 Paided off 24.07.76 Rejoined 5.12.80 Paided off 6.02.81 I think this last trip was at the time of the Seaman's strike we were stuck in Le Havre with no crew and Chiefy Stew was doing all the cooking and we were doing the cleaning as well as making our own beds - Its a hard life 'nudge nudge'
 
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