I may actually have been on board at that time..so perhaps you had two "shipmates" on board...but didnt know it. Glad you enjoyed the picture and thanks for the explanation.Marcus Cardew said:Hi Doug,
Apologies for the levity, but having spent a couple of days anchored off Durban, waiting for a berth (Sept '69), the 'Himalaya' sort of swept passed us to go straight in. 'Cos I knew that one of my pal's was aboard, I thought that a bit of Aldis Morse practice was in order, so I called up 'What Ship?' (we were about half a mile from each other, and I could read her name quite clearly).. Getting no reply, I then tried 'Where Bound?' ... That elicited no reply either. Then someone must have 'Blown Tubes' or something, but there was a satisfactory waft of black smoke from the Funnel, so that was when I tried ' May we have a bit more smoke for the photo, please?'.... That caught someones attention, but they could have been a bit more imaginative than '@!#* Off!'.
The 'Maipura' reference was because whenever I saw her, or was on her, she always seemed to trail a cloud of black smoke, which I remember we referrered to a 'Brocklebank House Flag'..
I obviously didn't have enough to do in those days.......
John,John_F said:Never knew how you pronounced her name......was it "Himarlia" or like the mountain range - Himalayas? We had a steward on a BP tanker who had sailed on her & always spoke of the Himarlia.
Was my first ever ship in 1973 an an engineer cadet, not long before it was decommissioned - not sure that was my fault though!A work colleague of mine (until he retired recently), John Giles, from Shildon, in County Durham had sailed on her, and it was indeed the Himarlia.