Trochurus was one of quite a few T2 tankers lying of Queensferry Scotland waiting on crews.I and quite a few others from Grangemouth pool signed on in the town of Linlithgow on the 24 July 1958. I was SoS at the time.
We sailed within a day or two and made our way to the West Indies (or was it the east coast of the States)
Being only 18 at the time I felt I had the world at my feet. The weather was kind to us thro-out the 2 monthe we were aboard, so lost of bronzying and larking around with my mates.
We paid off on the 26 September 1958 in Middlesbrough and went our seperate ways. Said goodby to many friends but kept the memories.
Tonight I watched a movie called THE FINEST HOURS which was the true story of a T2 tanker called the Pendleton which broke in half during a storm, some 20 miles from the Nantucket area, Eastern seaboard of the States and how the Engineers and firemen managed to ground the aft section on a shaol and were rescued by a lifeboat from the lifeboat station.
I started telling my son and wife about my time on a T2 tanker and now that they are in bed my thoughts brought me to look up info on the Trochurus.
I will never forget my time at sea. Wonderful years and mates you would give your life for.
De ACILA was mijn laatste schip waarop ik Kapitein was, op 8 juni 1984 ging ik in Singapore van boord om na 34 jaar shell met pensioen te gaan.
I WAS AT THE SEA TRAINING SCHOOL SHARPNESS FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS, BEFORE JOINING
THE SANGASPER 1,SHE WAS DOCKED IN SOUTH SHIELDS, WE SAILED ON THE 7 MAY 1951,
AND ARRIVED BACK IN SOUTH SHEILDS ON THE 17 MAY 1952.
OUR 1ST PORT OF CALL WAS IN THE WEST INDIES.
OUR NEXT CALL WAS IN SOUTH AMERICA ,I REMEMBER WE STEAMED THE TANKS OUT AND THEN
WE COLLECTED CLEAN WATER IN THE AMAZON AND FILLED THE TANKS WITH THE WATER,
WE TOOK THE WATER TO ARUBA THE DUTCH WEST UNDIES , THEY DID NOT HAVE CLEAN WATER.
AFTER THAT WE COLLECTED OIL AGAIN ON OUR BACK IN CURACO DUTCH WEST INDIES .
I WAS ONLY 15 YRS OLD , AND IT MADE A MAN OF ME.
I WAS THE CATERING BOY BUT I HAD TO TAKE PLACE OF THE SECOND COOK WHO TOOK POORLY
AND I HAD TO TAKE HIS PLACE, I HAD TO BAKE ALL THE BREAD EVERY DAY .
Ran from Curacao to east coast of USA across the Cuban blockade.Had some interesting morning calls from the US navy.
My father Desmond Doyle was aboard for the last North Atlantic convoy of the WWII and on her independent return to the UK.
My father Desmond Doyle served as Chief Officer from 57-58. He took over command 259/58 due to Capt. Gibb becoming ill. Sailed from Curacao to Rio via Cardon, Venezuela where he reverted to Ch.Off on being relieved by Capt. Weightman, 15/10/58.
15/12/47 - Damaged by collision off Curacao with Tucupita and subsequent fire. Condemned and in 1949 sold for scrapping at Buenos Aires.
18/7/42 - Torpedoed off Trinidad and was repaired. 23/2/54 - Arrived at Osaka for scrapping.
21/3/42 - Heavily damaged by a Japanese submarine torpedo attack south of Ceylon (Sri Lanka). She managed to reach port and was repaired. 1955 Sold to the Price Soc. per Asioni di Nav, Italy. Renamed Sportivo, 1957 converted to a bulk carrier.
San Lorenzo (1914-28). 3/6/17 Torpedoed off NW Ireland, towed in and repaired. 1917 Tonnage openings closed and thereafter the tonnages were 12097 get. 1928 Sold to A/S Oran, Norway and renamed Ole Wegger and converted into a Whale factory ship. 14/1/41 - Captured in the Antarctic, by the German raider Pinguin and taken to Bordeaux by a German prize. Sunk by the Germans as a block ship at Rouen. Salvaged and towed to the UK after the War and in 1947 sold to Swedish ship breakers at Gothenburg.
I joined Horomya on 11thJuly 1960 under the command of Captain Mayne having spent the previous 5 days in Rouen with deck apprentices Codrington from S Rhodesia and Benrimjo from Gibraltar as Horomya had been delayed by a sfrike in Bordeaux. We arrived Mina Al Ahmadi 2 August to load crude for Niigata , weather during the passage down the Red Sea was very warm and 3 of us were given the job of derusting midship decks with windier hammers very noisy (no ear defenders in those days!) and very very dirty. Nighttime temperature in Mina was 42c (109F) Horomya had no air con. Bunkered Singapore 12 Aug arriving Niigata 22nd slow discharge took 2 days with no night sailings. Next 5 months to end January 1961 we transported crude from Miri to Niigata, Yokohama (5times) Bunyu, Balikpapan (pilotage through Japanese WW2 minefield!) Tarakan, Labuan, Tg Penuru, Pulo Sambu, Singapore, Surabaya where we spent a week from New Year's Day 1961 watching Naval manoeuvres celebrating President Sukharno's birthday with beautifully designed Russian warships. My memories of this trip include the greenish blue colour of far eastern seas, the view of Mount Fuji from the sea.the enormous swells from typhoon Phyllis as we left Kobe and I mean enormous! the gorgeous satay sticks at the Officers Club in Balikpapan and finally the sights,sounds, scents and culture of Japan and bargain prices of many things compared to home I paid off in Mina 20th January1961for transfer to Velutina and met David Rayfield - hello David!
MY FIRST SHIP ON LEAVING SCHOOL WAS THE VIBEX. MY JOB WAS CABIN BOY I WAS 16YEARS OLD AT THE TIME .1961-1962. WE RAN AGROUND IN QUEBEC NOVA SCOTIA IN ST LAWRENCE RIVER.WE ABANDONED SHIP AND WERE TAKEN TO CHATEU FONTANAC IN QUEBEC, CANADA. SHE WAS A GREAT SHIP TO SAIL IN AT THAT TIME.SPENT 11 MONTHS ON THIS TRIP TO PERSIAN GULF, AUSTRALIA, SUEZ CANAL AND PANAMA. AS A YOUNG LAD AT THE TIME THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SUEZ WOULD NOT HAVE ENTERED MY HEAD AS IT WAS MY FIRST SHIP AND I WAS LEARNING THE ROPES LITERALLY.ANY PICTURES WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. SIGNED ON AT SMITHS DOCK NORTH SHIELDS GREAT TIME WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE VIBEX GREAT LOOKING SHIP.