Can you remember the Second Mates name???Hello,
I sailed in Sigsilver from December 1969 to August 1970 as Deck Cadet. During that time we were taking iron ore from Lourenco Marques (as it then was) to Japan - one month each way. Loading 60k tonnes alongside in L.M. and the remaining 30k outside at anchor by converted small bulker , Sigbarge.
this was done in two goes 15k at a time.
The ship was still quite new and relatively advanced, apart from the bridge wings being set well inside the ship's sides. Deballasting was always a major problem . I recall that there had been a nasty accident involving the deaths of 2 engineers in the duct keel. This would have been a year or so before I joined.
Unfortunately I don't have any photographs of the ship.
Ray was on the Iron Thalidomide when I was there as RO in the mid '80s, during the reign of Tom Terrific. Good to hear he's still hard at it - is he still making the ships in bottles? He may not remember me as he was there that long I suppose he saw them all come and saw them all go, but pass my regards anyway when you can.I have an old mate who was shipwright on the BHP Iron Sirius by the name of Ray Gasgoine - top bloke still working today on a fishing trawler out of Sydney - the Lisa Anne, at the age of 78.
Ray would call the Sirius the themolderhyde(spelling) ship
This brings back some memories, somewhere I have a poor slide of SIGBARGE at LM, and I have often wondered about it. For her details take a look at the Miramar index, ID 5272347........ Loading 60k tonnes alongside in L.M. and the remaining 30k outside at anchor by converted small bulker, Sigbarge, this was done in two goes 15k at a time..............