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Was in Cape Town loading sugar with Strickline , Turkistan , 1973 , we had to spend 3 days in the Herongracht hotel . Maybe wrong spelling , Opposite the railway station , as the ship had to be fumigated prior to loading ,the view from the top of table mountain was fabulous . There was a record shop on the main street where you would get a free LP after you bought a certain amount , have just recently sold some LPS that were bought there at the time.
The hotel was 5 star and we turned up for dinner at night in casual clothes not known that the hotel was one where you should be suited and booted .
We were given a table in a corner where we would not be noticed , 3 eng from Amble near Newcastle ordered lobster Thermidor as he had never tried it , took one taste and decide it was not to his taste .
He would come down on watch with mug of tea and jam sandwiches.
They did the same with us, Registan, 1972, for fumigation, I had the Dubious "honour" of being first back in the E-R to start a Genny and get the Vent fans running, They allegedly used a higly Toxic gas to fumigate. We where in a High rise hotel, so could have been the same one?.

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They did the same with us, Registan, 1972, for fumigation, I had the Dubious "honour" of being first back in the E-R to start a Genny and get the Vent fans running, They allegedly used a higly Toxic gas to fumigate. We where in a High rise hotel, so could have been the same one?.

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It was directly across from the railway station , always remember the segregated areas , doorways into building, seats you were allowed to sit on.
 

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Got to admit Capetown and New York take a lot of beating.
Photos below from a drilling rig in Capetown for repairs looking towards Table mountain and looking down from Table mountain. (2002)
The one of the QE2 was taken early in the morning I was on a containership and just got out of bed in the morning went for a walk on deck and saw the QE2 berthing. (1976)
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It is a great shame that I never got there! Very nice photos.

Regarding Vancouver/Seattle, the first inkling you got that you were nearing port were snow-capped Olympic Mountains peeking over the horizon and the ever stronger smell of pine. On one such day, a pod of Orcas breached abeam of the ship, a magnificent sight to behold! The only "downer" in Vancouver were the innumerable tramps and junkies lining up to donate blood near the docks!

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Got to admit Capetown and New York take a lot of beating.
Photos below from a drilling rig in Capetown for repairs looking towards Table mountain and looking down from Table mountain. (2002)
The one of the QE2 was taken early in the morning I was on a containership and just got out of bed in the morning went for a walk on deck and saw the QE2 berthing. (1976)
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That view of Table Mountain was the view from my cabin window so many times in the three or four years trading that coast on an oil products tanker. It's a view that can't be beaten - some others may come close but I have yet to find them!
 

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Here are another couple of pics of Capetown a wee bit older than the last ones I posted, loading stores on the Burmah Zircon (Denholms) my first trip in1974. Thats almost 50 year ago seems like yesterday. They were slides taken with a Zenith SLR camera which I later replaced with a Monolta. Still have all the slides I took while at sea and have digitally converted them.

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Here are another couple of pics of Capetown a wee bit older than the last ones I posted, loading stores on the Burmah Zircon (Denholms) my first trip in1974. Thats almost 50 year ago seems like yesterday. They were slides taken with a Zenith SLR camera which I later replaced with a Monolta. Still have all the slides I took while at sea and have digitally converted them.

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Not as cosmopolitan as Capers and smaller in size is the port of Lyttleton (south island Kiwi), a real quirky and beautiful port and a good run ashore with more to it than just the seaman's pubs. Me and the sparky came back one night after chuck out time and somehow ended up onboard a Russian fish factory ship moored opposite us (might have something to do with her sparky who was a blonde goddess but alas she was hitched up with their onboard "commissar "), anyway they were great hosts and eventually we crawled back to our vessel after a bellyfull of Russian brandy, smoked /cured fish and black bread and no nokey! Death warmed up all morning but after a few lunchtime "liveners" felt good enough to take some jams/marmalade across to them which they eagerly accepted.
 
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