|07/05/2017 - 01:58||Fred Ambrosius||
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.
|03/08/2013 - 11:52||Brian Tony Withers||
Imagine, Ivan the Terrible and Black Morgan on the same ship !!!! Thank you Alec Provan for saving my sanity.
|03/03/2013 - 15:27||Andy Robbins||
My first boat out of Gravesend training. My lasting memory is in 72-73 sailing from Singapore to New Zealand, when we hit a storm and started taking in water. Never did get to NZ (then or since) as we had to limp back to Singers for repairs.I didnt realise until looking up this site that the boat was so old and nearing the end of its days.
|11/04/2012 - 21:18||Ray Grass||
remember my time on board very well...opened my knee up on one of the many broken tiles in the swimming pool..and we spent more time drifting from the gulf to rotterdam with boiler breakdowns and got fined in melbourne for leaks,spent more time making cement boxes than seamanship! loved it tho ..email@example.com
|04/09/2012 - 15:45||James Preston Barnes||
Strange voyage 6 months mostly between west indies north america no central heating or cooling differing weather between north and south, quite a few paid off through sickness and a couple straight jackets what a trip out of original crew only about a third or less did the full trip. had some laughs but I was still young and inexperienced you might say, sprung some rivets in bad weather didnt know till filling tanks in one port when oil was noticed in the harbour, if i remember correctly they got divers to plug the holes??? survived to try one more tanker the Haminella Vietnam lol
|03/03/2010 - 05:43||Terence Stephen...||
We were in Sydney harbour and the harbour master reported an oil slick around us, so we spend 2 days over the side applying 5 minute epoxy around the rivets to stop the oil from leaking out.
|09/13/2009 - 03:21||Len Mazza||
A nice ship but a lousey run.The Gulf ,indonisia, no shore leave,GEELONG
|08/04/2009 - 04:37||Hugh M Macleod||
A 6 month voyage from Rotterdam to a buoyed pipeline in The Gulf, via The Cape on one boiler at 6 knots, and a similar return to Fawley, with the only sight of land being the Straits of Hormuz, persuaded me that there must be better ways of spending my life than beibg a tanker-man.