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Dylan1966 @ SHELBRIT 3, Wed, 09/15/2021 - 15:40

My dad Bill Young was on this ship in the early 1950’s

Tijl van Hooff @ OLIVIA, Mon, 09/13/2021 - 07:01

Mijn opa Th. J Brouwer heeft gevaren op de Olivia die voer onder La Corona/Shell tijdens de oorlog.
Deze tanker werd in 1942 in de Indische oceaan door japanse schepen onder vuur genomen en tot zinken gebracht.
Op wonderbaarlijke wijze wist mijn opa midden in de nacht onder de ontstane vlammenzee door te zwemmen en ternauwernood aan boord te komen van een reddingssloep samen met slechts 4 scheepsofficieren en een onbekend aantal Chinese bemaningsleden, waarna een dramatische open boot tocht van 29 dagen volgden op de stille oceaan. Er was nauwelijks eten en drinken aan boord, bovendien was de sloep lek en de mast brak af. De ene na de andere opvarende bezweek aan de ontberingen. Uiteindelijk kwam slechts een deel van deze opvarende, inclusief mijn opa, terecht op Madagascar waar zij krijsgevangenen werden.
Ik heb van deze barre reis een zeer uitgebreid artikel dat destijds in 'de blauwe wimpel' is verschenen in 1973. Een wellicht bekend maandblad voor scheepvaart.
Ik zou u de foto's van dit artikel kunnen doorsturen. Mail mij gerust op: tijlvanhooff@yahoo.com

Brian Reid @ OPALIA (2), Thu, 09/02/2021 - 10:00

Sailed on the SS Opalia in August 1975 as a navigation cadet for Shell, joining the ship in Hamburg before sailing to Gabon and then over to the Caribbean (Curacao), Venezuela, Baton Rouge and Chesapeake Bay - not at all what I was expecting and spent most of the trip chipping the rust and painting - not much navigational training involved in that! :-(

DnRoberts @ DIALA (1), Fri, 07/30/2021 - 18:29

A vessel has recently found off Newfoundland in an area of the Flemish Pass. It seems to have a similar superstructure configuration to the MV Diala. Did the Diala have any sisterships last in the western Atlantic. Do any deck layouts/plans exist. This wreck has apparent bow damage and the superstructure is cut off at the aft end, IE no stern. Local media have covered the story this week with images. The wreck on sidescan sonar has a striking curved, layer cake front to the superstructure with no hard corners on front, only curves.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/flemish-pass-basin-...

Matt Arnold @ ESTURIA, Thu, 06/24/2021 - 05:04

My Uncle, Chief Engineer John Noel Le Neve Arnold, was awarded a Gold Watch and a Lloyd's Medal and Certificate for extinguishing a fire that broke out aboard the SS Esturia (1910) on October 5, 1925, near Marseilles, while cleaning the tanks after having just unloaded a cargo of benzine .

He had been aboard since WWI, when the ship was chartered for service by the Royal Australian Navy as an oiler and supply vessel (operating in Australian and Malayan waters).

I have prepared a PDF document that enrichens the history of this vessel but I know no way of making it directly available.

I would be happy to send it to any one who requests.

rodrigombia72 @ ESTRELLA FUEGUINA, Sun, 06/13/2021 - 21:28

Mi papa fue Jefe de Maquinas durante el año 1986 hasta 1987, Raul Máximo Anselmino.

rodrigombia72 @ ESTRELLA PATAGONICA, Sun, 06/13/2021 - 21:26

Mi papa fue Jefe de Maquinas desde 1985 hasta 1986. Raúl Maximo Anselmino

Geojayne @ SAN CIPRIANO, Sat, 06/05/2021 - 03:11

Hi, just stumbled across your page this morning on a search for my husbands grandfather and in the search his name appears to have been linked to the sans cipriano. Wondering if there was any way to check if he was on the ship and possibly killed when it was bombed in jan 1943
His name was John dodds born 1910 in South Shields. He was absent in the 1939 census, but his wife was still showing as married. Next record we have for my husbands nana is she remarried in the December of 1943. No one ever spoke of John dodds and unfortunately that side of the family is now long gone.
Ancestry records show nothing of merchant seaman to check if this was possibly him. Hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction please. Thank u

Mark Bentley Bayliss @ PLAGIOLA, Fri, 05/07/2021 - 18:44

Sailed on her as assistant steward '67-'68

George Lill @ HEMISINUS, Sun, 05/02/2021 - 13:47

We did two runs to Vietnam lasting about two weeks each so must have been the first two she did.

Vanhemelryck david @ BP ENGINEER, Sun, 04/18/2021 - 08:01

Bonjour,
Je vous remercie pour tous ses souvenir d histoire qui nous permettent de retrouver l origine de certains objet.
Je suis l’heureux propriétaire de la cloche de ce bateau. Elle est encore gravée au nom de l’Empire Harvest. Il me semble me souvenir que l un de mes grand père a travailler à Anvers sur les chantier de démantèlement des navires.
Je possède aussi une plaque gravée en cuivre dont je ne sait à quoi elle pouvait servir.
Il semble que ce serait un indicateur de position de barre.
Comment peut on publier des photos ?
J aimerait réellement savoir si la pièce que je possède appartenait bien à ce bateau et à quoi pouvait elle bien servir ?
Merci de votre aide .

Arthur O'Malley @ HALIA (1), Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:16

I was RO on Halia from October 70 to April 71 for the Pacific Glory salvage and the stint in Bonny when we relieved the Haustellum for three months. We had five wives on board.