This is an old thread but I've only just found it!
I was in Loch Loyal 1961 as a cadet.
I certainly remember that 7 cylinder B&W. Used to crack liners every time we slowed down. Engineers hardly ever got shore leave!
But what a beautiful ship. Remember great swimming pool too.
Did four trips as 2nd Elect well built ship and really looked the part as it were, good crowd as well, April 67 to May 68. Geoff GrundyHi I was on The Loyal fore a breef but significant time. We took here from London to Falmouth. to be laid up priyer to being sold to the Greaks in feb 71. I was on here with two lads who had been deep sea on here in 69. John & Chris Hunt from Devon. They were J.O.S's i think. I'm Still in contact with them.they said she was a good ship. I was disapointed by not doing a run on her after working by. she was a good looker! However all the ships of that time were prity.
all best to you all.
This is Gerry Scaife, ex Loch Loyal bottom of the pile "Junior engineer" I'd like to tell you first of all that seeing Loch Loyal on your site was Wonderful.
Is that not a beautifull ship?. That their were so many ships like her gives an idea of the joyfull memories that many British sailors have.
Where are all the the old Royal Mail crew?
I have to correct the info you have on Loch Loyal, The engine was a B&W 2 stroke 7cyl exposed top piston diesel, and in 2 years of operation I remember one one hour shutdown in the atlantic for a fuel pump repair.