Anecdote

Linda @ NASSARIUS, Fri, 02/05/2021 - 18:14

M.V.Nassarius March1947to September 1949 my father Ernest Kell dob 1925 served.

Neil Doyle @ SAN ROBERTO, Sun, 01/17/2021 - 01:17

1941
Capt. C W Allison
℅ G Clark
2/O T Bowkerwell/T O Davies
3/O T Smith

Apprentices:
J Deane, DA Doyle, FC Murphy, WF Hunt, JM Huke, WPC Mummery, A Gammon, White

saw615 @ DORCASIA (1), Thu, 01/07/2021 - 15:27

My father, Leo Walmsley, wrote a book called 'Invisible Cargo' (published 1952) about a journey he undertook to write an account of oil drilling, transport, and refining in the years immediately after WW2. He sailed as a guest of Anglo-Saxon on the Dorcasia (1) under Capt Byron Jones from Falmouth to Curacao. And wrote extensively about oil drilling in Venezuela, and refining in Curacao, and while the book is thoroughly out of date regarding current knowledge of oil extraction and refining, it provides a fascinating portrait of the oil workers and management, as well as technical information he gathered on the journey. He came back to England on the Theobaldus (skippered by Captain Murray).
Cheers
Sean Walmsley

John Clement @ EMERILLON, Tue, 12/01/2020 - 22:21

In May, 1965, Richard Archer and I joined the Emerillon in Portland, Maine, to begin the greatest summer adventure ever. The fact that Richard's father, John Archer, was manager of Shell Canada Tankers may have had something to do with it. We stayed in the hospital cabin and worked with the deck crew chipping and painting for the most part. We sailed to Punta Cardon for Bunker C and then to Maracaibo to load crude. Then it was off to London to discharge the cargo at a tank farm in the Thames estuary before the ship went to Wallsend on Tyne for dry dock. The names I remember are Captain Bradshaw, 2nd Mate Emil Le Bars, 3rd Mate Charlie Barron, and radio operator Malcolm McNaughton. Gus Bell from Lunenburg, NS, was an engineer. Everybody from Captain Bradshaw to the Spanish boatswain who directed our work and the whole crew welcomed and guided us. I worked hard to pull my weight as the most ordinary of Ordinary Seamen. I've kept my Continuous Certificate of Discharge as a precious memento.

John Clement @ EMERILLON, Tue, 12/01/2020 - 22:21

In May, 1965, Richard Archer and I joined the Emerillon in Portland, Maine, to begin the greatest summer adventure ever. The fact that Richard's father, John Archer, was manager of Shell Canada Tankers may have had something to do with it. We stayed in the hospital cabin and worked with the deck crew chipping and painting for the most part. We sailed to Punta Cardon for Bunker C and then to Maracaibo to load crude. Then it was off to London to discharge the cargo at a tank farm in the Thames estuary before the ship went to Wallsend on Tyne for dry dock. The names I remember are Captain Bradshaw, 2nd Mate Emil Le Bars, 3rd Mate Charlie Barron, and radio operator Malcolm McNaughton. Gus Bell from Lunenburg, NS, was an engineer. Everybody from Captain Bradshaw to the Spanish boatswain who directed our work and the whole crew welcomed and guided us. I worked hard to pull my weight as the most ordinary of Ordinary Seamen. I've kept my Continuous Certificate of Discharge as a precious memento.

John Brown @ NATICINA (1), Mon, 11/30/2020 - 15:44

John brown.

Ruella Farley @ EASTGATE, Sun, 10/25/2020 - 19:36

My grandad Stephen (Gray) Farley was on this ship the night it collided with the Circea. He wrote a book on his experience which the publishers Minerva Press went into liquidation and ripped him off so there are few copies of it. He's looking for some of his fellow crew members so as to have a reunion. Would love this to happen for him.

Colin McBain @ HYRIA, Thu, 10/22/2020 - 06:23

I joined , Paulo Bukum,Singers early 1975 .She was loading Avtur for Vietnam but that was cancelled due to events in Vietnam. Think it was same time we ended up taking that load to Kobe, Japan.
I awoke to alarms in accommodation amidships. went out facing aft in time to see some Chinese crew legging it ashore! Aya Aye summats up!
Turned out we were taking on fuel, pipe burst in engine toom and caught fire. Took a while but we got it under control.
Bit scary being on an Aviation fuelled bomb!

Robert Downie @ LIPARUS (2), Sun, 09/20/2020 - 07:25

4th pic is not Liparus its the Limatula in the English Channel 1977 i know as i was on my first trip plane flew all around us taking pics and later we got postcards onboard ....i still have one .....if you enlarge look at name on port bow side ....

Robert Downie @ PALLIUM, Sun, 09/20/2020 - 06:00

My most favourite ship and ships crew
Christmas Day 1981 we docked in Port Louis in Mauritius had breakfast as normal but our Chief Steward overruled the Captain about having a full on Christmas Day dinner and we ended up serving egg and chips then layed out a buffet for the rest of the day and night and had a great day in the Beaufort Botanical Gardens with its amazing waterfalll view Giant Lily pads and the male and female Giant Tortoises having a good bonk .....a guy did try to flog us a baby Tortoise ...i wonder if its still alive !! Thanks to our taxi driver
who sorted us out some naughty smoke from a tin shack in the hills full of it .....later after driving round the island picking pomegranates from trees in street we ended at the Seamans Mission for a few (lots) beers ...this was run by an elderly women who still saw the world from imperial age as the locals who worked there she called her little brown machines ......we did say dont come back to the UK and say that ....she just laughed
One day the word went round we were taking her to scrap in Karachi it was the rustyest hottest ship and was dying bit by bit so no surprise ....... who had the brass ships clocks away well i had the the one from the crews mess it still works and keeps great time .. The day before we paid off i was packing when the Chief Engineer whose name escaped me years ago called at my cabin and handed me a Metal plaque from the engine room weighing 19kg it was one of the ships regestration plates and he said yours if you want it and can get it home he had another being crated up as it was nearly five foot long ....i got stopped at customs in heathrow and they could not believe how much my case weighed once they found the plaque it made sense but still searched all my stuff and me too !! Next stop was Uxbridge Police Station for Customs Evasion the contents of a matchbox was a bit suidgy and powdery bit too ...i learnt a lesson that day never keep what you you can use and not get what you dont i leave it there ....... just before we arrived all alcohol was dumped over the side i can still see one crew member crying as we did but he didnt function much without it after that .
We left by little boat and as she slipped into the distance i took a pic i still have today.
STW to this day guys ....you all know who you are

angcorn@hotmail.com @ SAN VULFRANO, Sat, 09/19/2020 - 16:35

My father William 'Bill' Knight was a sailor on this ship in 1944. He was 16 years old.

Mark Perkin @ LIMNEA (2), Tue, 04/21/2020 - 22:51

First trip