Tony Taylor @ LIMNEA (2), Mon, 03/16/2009 - 15:38

To join in Brunei Bay where she was layed up involved a two hour launch trip (seemed like two anyway). As we approached the ship the superintendent eng. pipes up and said "just one thing lads, be careful where you put your hands, we have had reorts of sea snakes climbing aboard" I wont bother you with the replies.

Chris Spencer @ HADRA (1), Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:31

Ref the Hadra

Add the bit about finding the discoloured water and the Submarine volcanoes in the Pacific before the old man's bollocking....

Chris Spencer @ HADRA (1), Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:28

Joined as deck apprentice in 1963.
She was the happiest ship I sailed in. I was there for 12 months and we broke / split amidships when flooding the dock at South Shields. Went back in for repairs. Then we collided with a Border tanker in the Thames ripping her off the berth.

Engine Room Storekeeper died at sea on the way to South Africa, he was buried on Friday 13th in Durban. The rudder was falling off when we returned to the ship.! A few more days at Bluff before returning to Curacao and then trips to Aus. I think the Captain got a bollocking from the company and a medal from Hydrographic Office for all the info we sent in..!!

Those were the days.!!

Cornelis Cees C... @ CARDISSA (1), Sun, 03/01/2009 - 17:29

In 1992/1993 my father Cees (Cornelis) Clarisse was Captain on the Cardissa. A small sailingboat got into problems and they had to send for help. The helicopter that came, got into trouble itself and had to return before being able to help them. The Cardissa had to give a helping hand and saved this people. They took the people from the sailingboat aboard with them. In the belongings of my father we found some pictures, but we are not sure when and where this accident took place. Does anybody remember or even was aboard on the Cardissa that day ?
Many thanks for remembering
Nathalie Haas-Clarisse with Gloria Clarisse-Gonzalez and my sisters Marcela and Lolita.

Neil Porter @ HAUSTELLUM, Thu, 02/26/2009 - 21:09
Ken Gifford @ SAN CIRILO, Tue, 02/24/2009 - 10:30

While in Shell tanker "Neocardia" in the mid 1950s we were informed of a boiler explosion on Eagle Oil tanker "San Cirilo". Does anyone know of this incident?

Hennie Renirie 2 @ ACTEON, Mon, 02/23/2009 - 19:48

In 1966/1967 heb ik op de acteon gevaren als matroos og.we voeren vanuit singapore via bangkok naar vietnam.daar gingen voor anker in camranhbay en werden gelost door een duitse kuster die verder de rivier op ging om de kerosine voor de amerikanen te lossen.We lagen ongeveer een maand voor anker,en gingen dan weer laden in singapore.
De reis duurde ca 10 maanden en zijn thuis gevaren naar rotterdam.Er werdt toen gevraagd of we nog een reis wilden doen,iedereen wilde dat want het was een leuke reis geweest met in vietnam dubbele gage waar we geen cent van over hadden gehouden met havens als singapore en bangkok.
Uiteindelijk kwamen we na 1,5 jaar weer eens thuis.
Dit was het leven van een zeeman op de wilde tankervaart in de zestiger jaren.


Hennie Renirie

Jan B. Mensert @ TARIA, Mon, 02/23/2009 - 12:44

In june 1956 we sailed from the UK in ballast to the PG. In the Gulf of Biscaja, during the 4-8 watch, the trustblock housing cracked and the main engine was stopped immediately. We were floating around waiting for a tug, which towed us to Falmouth.
An emergency repair was carried out and half speed we sailed to Rotterdam / Wilton Feyenooprd yard. There the sistership Tibia undertook a graet survey and the trustblock housing from the Tibia was placed into the Taria. During that time I left the Taria to study for my A and B1 certification.
Best regards to all I know
Jan Mensert.

Hans Buitendijk @ KREBSIA, Mon, 02/23/2009 - 01:22

I came on board the Krebsai in Singapore on october 22, 1972 as the fourth engineer, releasing mr. TH van Leeuwen. Our captain was Mr. Bakker, later relieved by captain van Schendel. Our chief engineer was Mr Spiering who was replaced later by mr Jonker. I futher remember firdt mates van Haaften en Hus, second engineers De Winter, Hendriks and the famous mr. Daniels. Second mates were Groothuis, vd Horst and Alderlink, third mates vd Voort, Kuyper (from Treschelling)and Dinks. Doolaard and Vermeulen were the 4th mates. Mr. Drooogendijk was 3rd engineer and de Wolf, vd Berg; van Steres, Bakker, Verhagen, Koole and Pier were the 5th engineers. Our sparks were Koster and Walrave Borst.
I also remember apprentices de Gooyert, Sikker, Crook !, van Kuyk and Storm.

According to my personnel logbook e left Singapore on october 23 for Yokohama with kersosene. Two days before arrival we were hit by a typhoon and after tow days of the most horrible weather I ever encountered we lost our rudder. After mayday we were tugged to Yokohama to receive a new rudder, we arrivde there on november 1.

It took the wharf to repair the rudder within 2 weeks after which we left for Singapore (Woodlands. After a few trips to th PG (Bandar Mashar)

J.r. Ketel @ TARIA, Wed, 02/18/2009 - 16:14

was 3/O, toen Kapt. A.L. 't Hart in Singapore commodore werd. Werd in jan.'53 2/O. Waren het laatste schip dat op zat. 31 jan.1953 's middags omstreeks 16.30 de Waterweg verliet en dat daarbij bijna op het Noorderhoofd liep. Loods kon niet ontscheept worden. Toen ik 's nachts weer op wacht kwam, was de zee melkwit en stonden de sterren als karbonkels tegen de zwarte hemel. Loeiend stormweer, maar rustig vooruitkruipend schip. Buitenboordafsluiter open om meer ballastwater in te nemenOm 1 uur 's nachts kwamen de eerste SOS berichten van schepen in de Duitse bocht. Onze bestemming Curacao dus geen mogelijkheid tot hulpverlening. R/O Korff bleef op wacht en zodoende wisten wij al vrij vroeg dat het in Zeeland niet pluis was. Waren pas 's middgs ter hoogte van Dover, maar geen bootje naar buiten komend, zijn we doorgevaren en hebben de loods de volgende dag ter hoogte van Falmouth ontscheept. Hebben aan bvoord collecte gehouden voor de watersnood slachtoffers, waarbij de Chinezen zich ook niet onbetuigd lieten.

Mike Connor @ HYGROMIA, Fri, 02/13/2009 - 15:09

I was and engineer cadet on the Hygromia in 1972, sailing out of Pulau Bukom, Singapore, Chief Engineer was Dougie Horrocks. In August 1972 we were in Australia and got orders to return to Singapore as the ship had been sold for scrap. When we got there the crew were paid off and flown home but the officers stayed on board. We were on the Eastern anchorage off Clifford Pier, the tanks were cleaned out and gas freed, cleaning was done by hand using rags and cotton waste, mostly by old women.
Although the ship was scrapped in Taiwan it was actually handed over to the scrapping company in Singapore.
We stripped out a lot of the equipment from the engine room to be used as spare parts for other H-boats, including the HP turbine and the emergency generator, and had a floating crane and generator alongside.
We stayed on the ship about ten days, having barbeques on deck at night, we had steaks every day as the Chief Steward had just stocked up on meat in Australia!

Ian Biffo Johnson @ ERVILIA, Sat, 02/07/2009 - 20:40

The reason I signed a contract with shell . Asked if I would sail on these ships again told yes spent the next 4 years on L and D and N and I class. Got back on them in the end .