|12/10/2013 - 23:38||Stephen Smith||
Engineer apprentice with Ricky Aucutt in Jan 1968. A real tramp tanker and as She'll tankers were, not too bad. Trip spoiled by a sadist 2nd engineer who I hope never had an apprentice with him again
|05/13/2012 - 21:28||Robert Gorge Hall||
i flew out from london to maryland in america with the captain who was taking charge of the ship
|05/06/2011 - 22:36||Gerard J. Mahony||
I was a Junior Ordinary Seaman on to Venassa, signing on at Tranmere, Liverpool on the 2nd'January 1961. We sailed world wide, signeing off at Themshaven, London on 5th' November 1961.We did 2 months between Med-Europe. We then spent 5 months between Persian Gulf and Far East. Then sailed Persian Gulf to Montreal, Canada 3 months Carabean-Curacoa and East Coast USA. Then transit Panama Canal to San Francisco. Finally, we sailed from Cartagena, Columbia to London.I was only 16 years old at that time, but I felt like a really grown man, traveling the world. My most happiest moment on her was when we were sailing from Panama, where we had taken Bunkers, to San Francicco. Mr. Scott, the Chief Officer, had taken a lot of time when we were out in the middle of the Oceans, to instruct me in how to steer the ship as if we were coming into or out of Port. He thought me all he could. So, when we were leaving Panama at 00.30, it was my turn to be 1st' wheelman on the watch. But being an Ordinary Seaman, I was suppost to hand over my wheel duty to a more senior Seaman. I decided to present myself on the Bridge to do my turn on the wheel. Mr. Scott met me on the wing of the Bridge and enquired where I was going. "On the wheel, Sir. You said I was able to take the Ship out of Port". I was putting it up to him, which I realy should not have done, I should have shown a bit more respect. He hesetated a moment and said "OK. In you go on the wheel". I was thrilled. As I stood at the wheel, I began to feel a little nervous. "Had I done the right thing? Did I really want the responsability of steering the ship out of Panama?".These were the thoughts going through my head at that moment. But, I was committed, so I could do nothing about it. The Tug Boats turned us and the Pilot ordered "Hard to Starboard" which I readily did. Then "Midships the wheel and steady her up" All this I did with no problem. When we reached the Main channel he ordered "Hard to Port" then "Steady as she goes down the Main Channel".As we sailed down the Main Channel, a small coaster was coming down the Channel behind us. When he got half way down the Channel, the Coaster cut out through the Marker Buoys, to his Starboard. We continued on down to the Fairway Buoy and turned Hard to Starboard, As we did this manouver, we noted that a Cargo ship was heading down to the Fairway Buoy to enter the Canal. He was cutting it very fine and putting us under preassure becouse we could not turn to far to Starboard because of the Coaster which was close to our Starboard Side. We managed to squeze between the Cargo Ship on our Port Side and the Coaster on our Starboard Side, As I was following all the instructions the Pilot was giving me, I became aware that Mr. Scott was standing very close to me during this time. I think that if I was not measuring up to the task, he would have unceromonusly thrown me off the wheel and took over from me. Thankfully it all worked out very well and I felt I had achieved a lot in taking my first Ship out of Port at the age of 16.