Nice ship and a 'doddle' to work on. (hydraulic hatches and no derricks or cranes)
Joined in Newcastle(N.S.W.) Had 5 weeks over Christmas and New Year loading grain for Nakhodka near Vladivastok in Russia. 14 days at sea then spent 62 days at anchor and 13 days alongside discharging. The temperature never got above freezing the whole time we were there.Then 36 hours steaming down to Moji in Japan and paid off. Tom Woolcott was the Master for the first month, so you can imagine the 'banzai's' we had in Newcastle.
Tom was relieved by 'Wee' Jimmy Gilzean. Chief was Chris Olsen, who the engineers used to upset by playing 'Three times a lady' when he'd had a drink!!
Was on board during seamen strike. Lot of the deck crew were from the Pool, always fighting. I was just 18 and projector man for film night, just started second reel when deck crew started fighting AGAIN. Old man got called down and gave everyone a right telling off. He came and spoke to me next day and advised me to keep clear of rabble. Can't remember his name and discharge book destroyed long past, but did take his advise.
Bloody Hell!!! I stand corrected. I can't even blame 'Old Timers Disease' because Vasco is years older than me. Which way was I looking during those 62 days of anchor watches? I do now seem to remember using the mast houses to keep warm in the sub zero temperatures. You are wrong about not using the derricks, I remember in Newcastle hanging cargo lights from them when we had a 'group' playing for us from the top of the after hatch during one of the many parties we had during our 5 weeks there, but that's another story! One nil John!
my last trip was on the lynton grange,joined in glasgow 9 may77 left her in singapore,i was 2nd cook,crews messman was cinclar sutherland or sinky--quack-quack. pantryman was kevin galvin,both were at my wedding in scotland feb 78-roger morrison discharge book nr UK 026868