I was Radio Officer on the M.V. Mansouriah in 1975 and on the Al Ahmadiah in 1976.
I have uploaded a photograph of Satchiko in Yokohama in the gallery section
Hi Rupert,i am really enjoying reading the messages.hope you are all safe and staying sound,especially you albie,great memories!
paul talbot formerly known as rupert
Grinding a bottom end in Kuwait is akin to open-heart surgery, without any of the glory. Well done, and Happy Birthday.Hi Rupert,
I remember you hadn't been working for Dimitri for long and you were sent onto one of the small Russians (could have been the Gurainiah) with the Nichols & Andrews grinding gear to grind a M/E bottom end for undersized bearings.
Aye it was my first trip in 1968 C/E Keith Dancey and Alf Carney 2/E. You are right she was built in East Germany and then sold onto the Chinesewow,i never thought of it that way.i know everyone has stories to tell of both the russian classes and rightly justified but the real pig of the fleet was the original AL MOUBARAKIAH.built in east germany if memory serves.i did my first trip on her.captain parry and tom bailey in charge.it nearly did for all us.
Engine Serang looking at your dates for your second spell in the Aridhiah you must have been in her with Hamliton and Barry Kidwell the mate. The time the life boat got smashed up. I was mate in the Younus at the timeBest photograph I've seen of Al Aridhiah, probably maiden voyage. I had two spells on her, Oct 75 to Mar 76 and Dec 79 to Jun 80. She didn't improve with age and never ran like a wee sewing machine. She looked grand from a distance.
In Dublin we are in Level 5 of the pandemonium but this may be eased to Level 2 next week. We are all longing for a sociable drink.
I had the misfortune to sail with Hamilton at a latter date. No commentIndeed Captain Hamilton ex Ben Line and Barry Kidwill. Les Yuill and George Mortimer down below. Gaffney and Gribben i/c grub.
You had all the luxuries on Ibn Younus, hot water, working deck cranes, AC, main engine in one piece etc.
But I had Jim Hamilton to sing to me and Barry to tell me stories.
In retrospect Happy Days, very Happy Days.