MV Mystic final voyage
Hi, I was also on the last voyage of the Mystic and seem to remember a young officer enjoying a few nights ashore with the lads.
I was the 16 years old galley boy on my first trip after completing my training at N.S.T.S at Gravesend and as best as I can recall the voyage went something like this;
October to March/April 1974 - 1975
Flew out from Speke airport in Liverpool to join the ship in Gothenburg
Loaded with huge rolls of paper and sailed to Cadiz
Loaded with crates of aluminium pipes and sailed to Cuba
Unloaded at various ports around Cuba including Havana, Puerto Isabela and Casilda where we played a footie match against the crew of a Russian tanker.
Loaded with unrefined sugar at Cienfuegas (I can still smell it after 40 years)
Sailed through Panama, across the Pacific to Chiba, Japan.
As far as I can remember the ship was then sold to a company in Hong Kong to be converted into a floating resaurant so after sailing there we disembarked and flew home to Heathrow via Bangkok, Bombay, Tehran and Zurich
Quite an experience for a youngster on my first trip
Like most people I'm good with faces but not with names but some names I do recall are my cabin mate George Thomas, cook Kenneth McClelland, bosun Bob Welch and steward Hughie something (large Scotsman with curly hair who looked out for me ) and a Somali greaser Lamb Chop.
I would love to see the pic of the ship and any other names you can recall.