Anecdote

Stephen Gentles @ Nivosa, Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:26

At anchor off one of the Persian Gulf states during Iran / Iraq war. Lifeboat drill held. 2nd mate in charge of boat. Decides to pull nearby Fish trap.
2 nice big fat cod inside. In his wisdom decided they had to be taken onboard.
When error of his ways pointed out he decided compensation was in order.
So believe it or not went back to Ship, with Cod. Ran up to his Bar, grabbed 24 pack of plastic wrapped Coke cans, repulled Fish traps, replaces Cod with Coke.
He was quite content with himself until back on board it was pointed out in large letters on can, Product of Australia, and then we reminded him that we are a 140,000 ton Australian Tanker anchored 600m from a plundered Arab Fish trap and they would probably remove his hands if possible.
He seemed very eager to leave that area.

Anonymous @ Hadra (1), Mon, 08/07/2017 - 18:47

I joined the "Hadra" as Chief Steward on 13th June 1958 and left her in March 59 in Middlesborough. She was a good ship and great crew. Capt Phillips was the Master an old fusspot. When I joined he told me he expected me to look after him and clean his quarters, needless to say I put him right. The Chief Officer was Joe Bodle and Chief Engineer Jamey Flett we all got on very well. I left after 12 years at Sea to join a Ship Supply Company in London selling beers to ship's at London/Tilbury - Double Diamond, Long Life, Skol, Allsopps Lager and Simmonds "Tavern" Ale. Was moved down to Southampton HQ where I negotiated with Thorensen Car Ferries for sole contract to supply their cross channel ferries and as a result Hibbert's made me a Director.

I really enjoyed Shell. The Tagelus was my first with Capt John Davidson, a superb Master and much respected by all the crew and then I joined Trochiscus which went into mothballs at Rosyth . Happy days

Andysmith @ Tectus (2), Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:10

Joined in Dry dock japan 1981 got my head down and was at sea when I woke up
Sailed down to Wollongong to be strike bound off-shore for six weeks and ran out of beer

Robin Campbell-... @ Mesaimeer, Sun, 07/30/2017 - 11:55

In February 2013 Mesaimeer suffered sever flooding whilst on passage in the Mediterranean following complete failure of one of the main sea water pump discharge valves. Total flooding was only averted by prompt closing of the main shipside sea valves, even so approx 750 tons of sea water had to pumped from the engine room before we could proceed to a port of refuge running on only one Main Engine'

Jeff Lockhart @ Isomeria (2), Sat, 07/29/2017 - 02:14

I worked on the construction of this ship as an electrician at H&W.

Jeff Lockhart @ Isocardia (2), Sat, 07/29/2017 - 02:11

I worked on the construction of this ship as an electrician at H&W.

George Brown @ Hadriania, Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:00

Hi this was my first trip to sea,november 1966 to January 1967 as a fireman greaser what an amazing experience changed my life forever.crew were great from all over the uk but great shipmates every one of them, I see my ld mate alan wild we had some laughs.i went on to sail in shell tankers for about ten years wish I could do it all over again.thanks for a brilliant website.

Greg Hoare @ Alinda, Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:06

Joined in Gothenburg August 1970 with fellow Cadet Bob Hemmings. C/E Holderness, 2/E Mick Collis. Left in Gothenburg in January 1971. Spent the whole time running round Scandinavia. Very busy ship, spent all the time on 4/8 and we called at 66 ports in those 5.5 months. Learnt an awful lot and thought the ship would never manage without me, but of course they never phoned!

Ben Van Der Kooij @ Fossarina (3), Wed, 07/12/2017 - 23:40

in 1981 lagen we aan het steiger in Porto Prince toen er brand uitbrak op het manifold van de Gastanker die voor ons aan het steiger lag, stalen trossen laten gaan en polytrossen gekapt en naar het midden van het meer gevlucht, later bleek de portdienst boos dat we zonder loods vertrokken waren, in Guatemala hebben duikers een tros uit de schroef verwijderd die na het kappen hierin was meegetrokken.

Fred Ambrosius @ Vitrina, Wed, 07/05/2017 - 01:58

aI joined her in Rotterdam March 65 to sail to Mina al Ahmadi in Kuwait in the Persian gulf via the Suez canal. At that time the Middle East conflick was going on between the Israeli and the Egyptians We got stuck in the middle at the Bitter Lakes while jets shooting and bombing were going on around us! The Egyptians complain that they were only using old Lee Enfield rifles to stop the invaders and the Israeli's were cheating by using high tech weapons! We got out of there all right but after that we had to go around the long way via Capetown, pulling in there to bunker. Eight months I was on there to go to Europe to the Middle East to the far East carrying mostly crude oil. An experience for a sixteen year old.

Ian Campbell @ San Adolfo, Sat, 07/01/2017 - 15:30

Paternal Gr'father James Campbell MN served on her Dec. 1939 - Jun. 1940 to Abadan in the Gulf & back. They were bombed somewehre but I can't find out where. He described being in port & the captain's shoe-heels disappearing between the guardrails as he dove into the harbour & Jim thought "if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me."

Seems odd to me, as shockwave from bombs bursting would be worse underwater, & aboard a tanker you can fight a fire, in the water with leaking oil burning on it, you're helpless. Such are the memories of the old.

Kris Pham @ Miralda (2), Tue, 06/20/2017 - 06:58

In 1978, our fishing boat captained by my father was rescued in the South China Sea by Le Miralda. I was 6 yrs old at the time, fleeing from the fall of Saigon. I have a picture of the crew of the tanker and would like assistance in identifying these generous men who rescued us.