I joined her in the gulf on her maiden voyage (Fyne) went back to Japan for guarantee work and then back to the gulf, a couple of times. They where great ships, very well built and engineered. The B & W main engine was a master piece as was most of the equipment. All round good ships, and the doors stayed on their hinges unlike the Strath E's!
Where you Eastern Service??
You will find lots of former crew of most of the Strath Sisters on http://ozhoo.net.au/~strathsisters/index.htm . Here you can scroll down the Guestbook, about 13 pages I think fully of former crew of most the the Straths as well as other P&O ships. All my Arcadia pictures are in here plus lots of other P&O ships including some of the Straths but not Strathfife it seems but their may be former crew in guestbook. David Cole
The F's and the E's where very much alike, in that they both had heavy life Stulkan derricks (300 T) from memory and a similar outfit of deck cranes. The construction and outfit of the equipment and machinery was where the big differences were. From memory the E's had Cegelski Sulzer machinery, whilst the F's had B & W. From a design point of view I belive the F's were far more easier to work on and the accommodation standard was far better. However I say this having sailed on the F's but only "ship visited" the E's. I have pictures but I need to purchase a scaner to get them posted. Perhaps someone has pics already scanned?
Hi, Yes, I sailed on Strathfife as a Deck Cadet in early '79 (I think) on the Japan/Gulf run. Many great memories incuding a brief but seriously educational call at Phuket, and stools in the bar designed for the oriental backside, not the more generous European variety, and desk cranes with instructions that seemed to have been translated from German into English via both Polish and Japanese, which given the ship's history is probably about right.