(Thumb) Not at all mate. Great story. RobertBillyg said:Horrible or Hungry Hains SS. Both names suited them. I sailed on the Trewidden for two trips( I think that was the first sign of madness) A bigger heap of rubbish you could not ask for , miserable little cabins for officers and crew were 14 to a cabin with Chippy and Bosun sharing. Three legged economy Doxford diesel. Economy because the b----y thing hardly ever went. (LOL) . One trip was across to Newport News in the States 23 days, down to Panama with a load of coal for Japan about three weeks, through Panama and great circle to Japan 42 days , three weeks in Japan discharging 6,000 ton of coal because either the boilers wouldnt cope or the winches kept flying to pieces . Light ship to Fiji 38 days, 6 weeks loading sugar by hand . and 38 days back to Panama.Left Panama Dec 7th for L/Pool and docked Jan25th via Las Palmas 10 days for repair. Run job to Londan where she was sold or given to Nigerian Shipping and became the Lamumba River or something but she never made it as she clappped out going down the river and they towed her straight to scrap. I lost 3 1/2 stones weight on that ship due to hard work and bad food( bare BOT feeding) and a dry ship to boot. Skipper was a martinet and the old chief Fred Hughes dropped dead two days after we paid off. Not the best of my seagoing experiences . Its a good job we were a happy crowd of queens and crooks or we would have sunk the thing. The Tressillian she sank, out of sheer spite I think. It was put down to a burst freezer cooling pipe in the tween decks getting water into the grain cargo and pushing the sides out of her.
I do go on dont I ?? (Wave)
Anyone know which of the Hains boats signed on in Hull on May 13th 1952 ,I missed her and often wonder what she would have been like, and where she wen't,:sweat:Does anybody remember Hain's House Flag (Two Black Balls) we were always running it up on the old Trelevan 1963.
6 weeks in the Gulf no air con we weren't softies, but we were young and we still had fun and managed still to find Booze even in the GULF.