Does any-one have any info on the Tresillian which sank in the fifties,I know she was one of Haines
I must have been around about that time on Strick's Goulistan. I was 3rd mate and we were carrying a cargo of grain from Basra to Copenhagen. No shifting boards or feeders necessary-- I've forgotten what the excuse was- just fill her up from barges in the river. The loaders lived on deck during the loading period and slaughtered a goat from time to time, much to the mate's distress, who used to pass out at the sight of blood. The watchkeeping officers used to have to go down the holds to make sure that the grain was trimmed into all the corners. The grain dust used to give one a headache and there were these preying mantis things all over the place.slick said:All,
I served my time in the Hain Steamship Company, starting in December 1958, so the loss of the Tresillian was in current knowledge.
The Senior Apprentice told me that rumoured cause was the "collapse of the feeder(s) in No. 4 Hatch due in no small part to the failure of the galley scupper over a long period during voyage, which allowed a large quantity of water into No. 4 Tween Deck caused the grain to swell thus wrecking the feeder".
Indeed to prove his point he filled a jar with wheat and then soaked it with water screwed the top on and put it in a locker and within a few days the jar had cracked and burst.
Further the Standard BOT Lifejackets(I think they were branded Victory) were then changed, in that the Kapok had to be in a polyethylene cover, as it was thought that the lifejackets were rendered ineffective once the fuel oil had contaminated the kapok.
If my memory isn't failing me when I was on the Nacella in the late 50's we had a 3rd or 4th Engr who was awarded the George medal for working the Liparus lifeboat engine etc.
just noticed this post of yours regarding the Tresillian's demise. I was actually aboard the Nacella when the mayday came in, steaming N thru the Irish sea, bound for Ellesmere Port for our usual cargo of tallow. It was a horrendous day, we were making about zero knots heading into the weather so were obviously unable to respond with any assistance. Maydays were coming in thick and fast from a number of vessels in distress, a sad day in maritime history....Ben
Hi Sean. Long time since I visited this site. My father remembers Sean Morgan and also George Souter (Able Seaman). My father Brian Winton (Senior Ordinary Seaman) joined "Liparus" at Ellesmere Port 12:02:1954 and was paid off at Swanea 07:12:1954.Hello Winton,
My grandad Sean Morgan was on the Liparus at the time of this incident and went out on a lifeboat to aid the crew of the Tresillian. He was awarded a Gallantry medal for saving life at sea.