Marike Van Der Woud @ ZARIA (2), Sat, 01/17/2009 - 12:01

Ik was aan boord toen we de Zaria bank ontdekten Voorheen bekend als de Charlotte bank in de Chinese zee. Tjonge dat was jammer van de zaterdagse hapjes alles op de grond en jammer genoeg ook mijn goeie goed verklooit. Maar ik ben nog steeds onder de indruk van het feit dat die hoofd motor van full sea speed zo met een klik terug ging naar achteruit. Het was te laat maar toch aan die motor heeft het niet gelegen. Ik weet niet hoeveel jaar het is geleden maar dat vergeet ik nooit weer ondanks dat ik in mijn hart en nieren een stuurman ben.

Tonga @ ERINNA (2), Fri, 01/16/2009 - 18:11

This is actually a test message on behalf of a lady whose son served on Drupa and Erinna; but was sadly killed in a motor accident in 1989 aged 17. She is trying to trace anyone who knows more of these two ships during 1986-88.

She has tried to login and post, but without success, hence I am trying to do it on her behalf.

Uhuka Solomon C... @ LNG RIVER NIGER, Sun, 01/11/2009 - 13:51

the day i would never forget onboard was the day i raised a false alarm, i was supposed to use the patrolman alarm, instead i used the engineers alarm, this alerted all the engineers onboard.
i felt so stupid wit ma self

Roy Tillett @ LIMNEA (2), Fri, 01/09/2009 - 12:41

Had Great Dry Dock Time Singapore Wages For Fun,Only 16 At The Time What An Experience...Joined Borneo-Paid Off-Rotterdam

Hans De Bruin @ ACTEON, Wed, 01/07/2009 - 00:50

The Acteon was the ship I sailed on in the beginning years of the 70's.
It had a fixed route on Saigon during the war, we where checked all the time by small patrol boats full of South Vietnamese soldairs. They where throwing granades under the ship to keep away divers. Sometimes the next morning there where some dead guy's on the small land strip near the ship, awfull to see but daed as a doornail.
I've met my ex-wife in Singapore that time, and lived with her for five years. All I have left is my memories and a wonderfull son. Shell was the best employer i have known.
greetz Hans

Mike Ewart @ HYRIA, Mon, 01/05/2009 - 21:27

Joined Hyria or as she was known in those days the "Saigon Flyer" with my wife in September 1974 was just settling in when was taken off with an emergency appendectomy in Singapore end of October 1974.

Mike Ewart @ AMORIA (1), Mon, 01/05/2009 - 19:23

I joined the Amoria in the summer of 1969 my last trip as an apprentice traded in the far east for the whole trip which included ripping the bottom out whilst under pilot in Da Nang on the Vietnamese coast, made it back to Jurong shipyard in Singapore and had a great drydock whilst they fixed her up.

Luut Vlastra @ KREBSIA, Sun, 01/04/2009 - 14:16

Juni 1965; De aanvaring met het Franse passagiersschip Cambodja op de rede van Singapore en de daarna maand durende dokperiode in Singapore.
Van de aanvaring (ongeveer 07.00 locale tijd)zelf heb ik niet meer gemerkt als een
stevige schok, ik liep de 12-4 en lag net zoals dat heette te kooi.
De hele bak bas ontzet, maar dat was nog niets vergeleken bij het gat in de romp van de fransman, waar een forse vrachtauto door naar binnen had kunnen rijden.
Het meest frappante waren de bussen met haarlak die bij ons aan dek lagen.
Maar de maand Singapore is voor mij een onvergetelijke ervaring geworden.

William Ormiston @ ZAPHON (1), Sat, 01/03/2009 - 22:05

I am interested with all who was on the ZAPHON on the the first vovage,and have you any pics. my pics I have may be of interesting to you
Will from Wisbech

Jack Nash @ ALUCO, Fri, 01/02/2009 - 18:26

joined ship @anchorage alaska april 1973,ship had diffulty getting along side because of ice,but down on the engine control platform the temp was 100f should have known there was going to be a problem as the temp got hotter and hotter on are way to singapore when the sea temp at one time was 97f in front of the boilers it was 169f bottom of enginroom 160f coolest place control platform at 139f but the worst bit was when blew tubs recorded temp of 195 - 204f ,the problem was caused by one of the boiler side caising burning through and we were unable to repair it with out a complete shut down

Brian Long @ SAN WENCESLAO, Tue, 12/30/2008 - 21:58

Nearly got caught in the Suez crisis 1956. Was bnd UK/Cont with cargo of crude from Basra when baloon went up. I handed the master - Capt JH Gay - a msg from the Admiralty telling all British merchant ships to stay clear of the canal. His reaction was to say "are you sure sparks?"!!! Within a short time there were tankers all over the sea (Gulf of Aden) not knowing where to go. Eventually we got orders to proceed UK/Cont via Cape Horn. The ole'man did not ask me that question again - by then I was pretty important aboard that ship!!! We got home to Liverpool just in time for Christmas - ah well.

Brian Lindo @ METHANE PROGRESS, Tue, 12/23/2008 - 22:04

During 1967 the Methane Progress and the Methane Princess were stopped from going to Arzew due to hostilities in the Middle East. It was decided that both vessels would go into Tilbury for drydock. There was good rapport between both crews of both ships. I remember going to a pub called the Haystack where a steward from the Princess used to do a Shirley Bassey drag act, he used to perform with a guy called Stella. Did a good steak in the Lobster Pot pub as well. Anyone remember this period on the Progress/Princess, would be great to here from you.