I also Joined from the pool in August 1972 but it was Grantleyhall at Liverpool.hi i was on the first trip in1975, on the new lindenhall, sailed from imingham, was suposed to be a 3month trip, so thats what they told me at the pool office, sailed to europe, aussy, then the gulf, terrible trip. in the gulf the ships air con broke down, we ran out of booze, ran out of ciggs, and the whole crew asked to be paid off. we were stuck off jedda for 3 months, with 200 other ships waiting to be unloaded. we got the union involed, they then said to the company, if we dident get sent home, the dockers in the uk, wouldent unload any vessal belonging to this company.. 2 weeks later, we were all told to pack our bags as there was another crew coming out to take our place, within 24 hours, the company charted a british airways jet to bring in new crew and send us home. we were not to see the other crew or make contact. we were put up in a hotel over night before we flew out next day, in total it was a nine month trip. this was my last trip in the merchant navy, i was not the only crew member to leave, others also said it was the worst trip they had ever done in 30 years. im glad this company dosent now exist, plus instead of being just a galley boy, i had to double up as messman as well, no extra pay. food was good but thats all. rant over now, rob,
I and a fellow "virgin" Junior Engineer were also told its a 3 month trip!October 1973, 13 months later and one and a half cir***navigations later we paid off in Lisbon at dry dock, with the offer we could sign on again after 2 weeks leave!
We didnt take their kind offer up though i do look back on that time with a lot of happy memories, would'nt have missed it for anything. I do wonder what happened to all my old shipmates as I lost touch when I lost all their contact details.