Alan, Were you on the Axina when the RO threw a wobbler. I can't remember which ship I was on but we had just left Durban, Shell office ordered us to do a search for the Axina and to keep things quiet as the Press had not been informed of the "missing" vessel. We steamed up and down the Indian Ocean for a week looking for it, to no avail. Shell had to announce it to the media. I don't know if this bit of the story is true, but the Chief Engineer, on the Axina, was listening to the BBC World Service on the Sunday Morning and must have spluttered in his Gin & Tonic when the newscaster mentioned that the Axina was still missing and that all hope of finding her was fading. He legged it up midships to the Old Man's cabin and informed him that they were lost; no we're not was the reply, yes we are said the Chief. (I have a vision of a pantomime scene). Sparky was visited and sure enough he had developed some form of mental block and would not touch the Morse key. He had been delivering fake messages and nobody on the Axina suspected anything amiss.
First trip 3rd eng. joined July 70 at Bandar Mahshahr up the river at the top of the Gulf.
I can quote from a newspaper cutting that my old aunt saw in a Glasgow paper, but I cannot remember the exact date.
" No alarm yet" over tanker
Shell Tankers, owners of the Brittish vessel Axina, said in London to-day they did not feel any need for alarm yet over reports that the 12,283-ton(GRT) tanker had not been heard of for some days.
She left Walvis Bay, in South Africa, on October &, bound for Port Sudan.(actually the Gulf.)
Reuter reports said no word had been received from the tanker- with an all-British crew - since then.
The Shell spokesman said the vessel had been sighted off Cape Town and later off Port Elizabeth in the Indian Ocean.
"It is quite normal for a vessel not to be in touch with us during a voyage. They radio that they have left port and give an arrival date and theit destination"
It is possible, the spokesman said, that the Aina ( paper missprint not mine) may be having some engine trouble, and he added-- "We are making all efforts to get in touch with her."
The real story in the next installment, but may be in a month's time as I am leaving the island ( Islay) on holiday.
I may as well feel old join the Shell fusillers club:
Engineer apprentice to medical discharge in 1984:
Hemiglypta,(under the Australian flag)
Hyala,(took this one to scrap in Kaoshiung)
Serenia, (laid this one up in Brunei)
Partula (I guess I really upset somebody in fleet personnel to get this one),
Gastrana, and finally
Lampas (left in Le Havre after having prepared her for lay up in Lamlash Bay)
In general happy memories and a career I was sad to part with. (Thumb)
Capulonix Dec 61 - July 62 5/E
Hemifusus Sep 62 - July 63 5/E
Partula Nov 63 - May 64 5/E
San Gaspar June 64 - Aug 64 4/E Ex Eagle Oil
San Calisto Nov 64 - July 65 4/E Ex Eagle Oil
Hyria Oct 65 - Apr 66 3/E
Hima May 66 - Sept 66 3E
Gastrana Dec 66 - May 67 3/E To shipbreakers Hong Kong
As an ex Cunarder who sailed over 250 times on the same ship (QE) it seems strange
that some companies changed their staff between ships so often. On one web site I see that one person served his whole sea going life on one ship, from maiden voyage to scrap. He obviously did not work for Shell.
My experiences of working on Shell Tankers were from February 1965 through to October 1967.
STS Platidia, yes a tar boat but it was to me the best.
SS Methane Princess (Shell Managed)
SS Clymene (Shell Charter)
Any info of their respective fates and pictures would be much appreciated. I have a picture of the Clymene and Methane Princess but any others would be most welcome.
Hi to all ex Shell people, served on "Anadara" (first trip fiver) & "Axina" in 1975 before being made redundant. Excellant website for Shell Tankers is www.helderline.nl lots of photos of Shell Tankers
(Applause) Hi sailed on the megara
lanistes (new)from chiba
felipes twice New from haugesund 2 curacao to west africa
litiopa new from chiba
great times especialy felipes down on the west african coastto scaramanger dry dock
Davila went to the breakers yard in Spain Jan 64.
Ninella d/d in Singapore after losing port aft lifeboat during Board of Trade sports in the Pesian Gulf
Rita d/d in Singapore after being hit amidships by a liberty ship that lost steering in the harbour.
Some fun times.
Hello to all you Shell guys worked by one of your ships for 2 wks in Falmouth England before shipping out on a Norwegian vessel in the early fifties she was Panamanian flag. I believe there were 6 in the fleet crewed through your hiring system the pool ,German built all began with the letter C what were all the names please ,this is not a quiz ,it`s a request for information