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 .

Jaap Jager @ FELIPES (3), Fri, 02/06/2009 - 19:15

South Chinese Sea: am I a seagoing gardener..?

Once,happy sailing onboard Felipes in summer of 1985, my job was to be officers steward.
Due to this job I had to be care of cleaning officerscabins and several other spaces in ship's accommodation, serving meals in officersmess and did work in Felipes laundry.
In crew's- and officersbar and officersmess this producttanker had a large numeral of pot's and hanging baskets,filled with a lot of different plants from all sizes. Once paid by the company on this tanker they looked like a mini-jungle.
Sometimes when ship was in harbour,people were able to buy new plants from ship's money,given by captain. And when dockstores were coming on board,companysent small bags with fresh plantingground and artificial plantingfood were once included.

Some stewards gave those plants water and the special food during work,some didn't.
But when they did,only when they had plenty time. Or when they liked to look after plants very much. Most of the voyages I made, apprentices did the 'greenwork'.
Or some officerswifes,who sailed with their husband several months onboard and had very much freetime...and mostly very 'green fingers'.
For me,on Felipes I had no time to look after the mass of plants and as a matter of fact,I wasn't interested in it at all,so I just did nothing about it.

When working more than a month onboard,the plants got more and more yellocoloured leaves,as water was not added to them by nobody at all.
And one month further,I had to pick up a lot of fallen leaves from floor,which started to irretate me. And during rolling ship some pot's also started rolling...
People asked me something about the plants and I said I'm doing nothing about it, because we had enough other volunteerscapacity onboard. There were four appentices and I thought four or five officerwifes,and my dailyschedule was fullfilled with work...
So,later on the captain (W.S.van der Ham) asked me about doing ship's plants.
And he got angry,because I said to him I wasn't onboard just to do so.
As housekeepinggroup,our group was to be smallered,because company wanted to save money on crew's occupation. So every time you came on an other ship,you got a lot more work to do,because sailors and apprentices were not minimalised,at those times.
I told captain greenkeeping was not included in my contract,it was just a voluntary
'job' and I even hadn't any knowledge about it. He began shouting at me: I had to do the plants,it had costed company's money and people onboard liked to look at them...
He said I was responsible for cleaning officersmess,thuss for the plants too...!
I still refused and told him I wasn't to be A GARDENER at all,there was nothing standing about it in my seamansbook and on ahip's payroll...!
He warned me about reporting me,due to bad behaviour and 'refusing work'.
Allright,at last I told him I would give them savingwater for once,but officerswifes
could to do the rest of greenwork,in their freetimes.

That afternoon I opened a porthhole and gave them endless refreshing water...
Next day only a few neat plants were left in mess and bar,and captain asked me: where's the rest of it ? I told him they had enough water for the rest of their lives,so after a while he understood I had throwed them over the side...
He got very angry again and reported me as a very negative person in 'conduite-report',at the end of my term.

But It wasn't only me he reported afterwards; nearly everyone of Dutch crew got a bad 'conduite',then.
Later on,during freetime in Holland,Shell-office invided me to speak about the pro-blems on Fusus. They told me,until then captain was used sailing with foreign crew-members. And having a crew,which was speaking 'against' captain's 'ordered wishes', was quite a new thing to him,on those socalled P.L.A.-ship's.
The office was surprised nearly whole crew got bad,it happend to be rare
Many years later however,after a two years scholarperiod about green- and woodkeep-ing in naturereserve-area's,I had been contracted for six months to a city green-keeping department.
Quite a coincidence: then my contract told me,I used to be a gardener...!

A.j. De Gooijer Bill @ DAPHNE, Wed, 02/04/2009 - 21:46

opgestapt in singapore met een ploeg rubber boys na 1 dag in het hotel aan boord en de ketel in om schoon te spuiten ik wist absoluut niet waar ik mee bezig was. verder vond ik het een troosteloze roestbak .en spoelpoorten schoonmaken was de grootste ramp die ik maar kan verzinnen.verder was de lol en ervaringen goud waard.