Achatina (2)

About

Completed 1958 as Achatina for STUK. 29-8-1984 arrived Chittagong for scrap.

Information
IMO number
5001748
Call sign
GXQP
Construction number
868
Tonnage
19.063 ton
Beam
21m
Length overall
170m
Year of construction
1958
Year of renaming/broken up
1984
Service for Shell
1958 to 1984
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
Ronnie Deegan Sec 2nd cook and baker 1958 to 1959
Colin Mclean deck apprentice 1958 to 1959
Terry Peters 2nd engineer 1958 to 1960
Bernard Reynolds deck apprentice 1958
Bernard Reynolds deck apprentice 1958 maiden voyage
Brian Scanlan able seaman 1959 to 1960
Tony Chaitow deck apprentice 1959 to 1960
Harry Paviour able seaman 1959 to 1960 That was the trip we made to Sweden inside the Arctic Circle.
Anthony Terry W... assistant steward 1959
James Morrison able seaman 1960
John Evans cook/baker 1961 to 1962 2nd cook/baker/passenger
Bob Sendall assistant steward 1961 to 1962
Jimmy Hart able seaman 1962 to 1963
Max Wassall deck boy 1963 to 1964
John Bruce deck apprentice 1964 to 1965
Sheff Preston 2nd engineer 1964
Raymond Jones radio officer 1964
Peter Hills Redfern deck apprentice 1964 to 1965
Ronald Oxborough junior ordinary seaman 1965 to 1966
Stewart Mccormick 3rd mate 1965 to 1966
Mike Parkin 2nd mate 1965 to 1966
Michael John Heaney fireman 1966
David Rayfield 3rd mate 1966
Mike Nicholls 2nd radio officer 1966 to 1967
Dave Howden 2nd mate 1966
John Bruce deck apprentice 1966
John A.D. Robertson 4th engineer 1967
Charles Rose catering boy 1967 to 1968
Dennis Deans fireman 1967 to 1968
Mike Gilmour 2 radio officer 1967
Leslie Edmond able seaman 1967 to 1968
Tim Hughes deck cadet 1967 to 1968
Marnoch S. Thomson chief engineer 1967 to 1968
Bill Lowther 5th engineer 1967 to 1968
Mike Riley 4th engineer 1968 to 1969
Brian Lindo 4th engineer 1968
Brian Bailey deck apprentice 1968
Mike Nicholls radio officer 1968 to 1969
Mick Thomas po mechanic 1968
Bernard Reynolds chief officer 1969
Iain Mccoll cook 1969
Geoff Donnelly deck cadet 1969
Mike Parkin chief mate 1970
Mike Carter radio officer 1970 to 1971 Honeymoon trip
Badenohare deck boy 1970 to 1971
Barry Moss 3rd engineer 1970 to 1971
Paul Robert Eley junior ordinary seaman 1972 to 1973
John Bateman chief officer 1972 to 1973
Zia Addin Kalan... deck cadet 1972 to 1973
Ian F. Boon captain (commanding officer) 1972 to 1973
Paul Robert Eley junior ordinary seaman 1972
Martin Goodrum junior radio officer 1972
Chris Smith navigation cadet 1972
Chris Smith navigation cadet 1973
Michael J. Francis catering boy 1973 to 1974
Peter Copeland 3rd officer 1974 to 1975
Phil Hutchins engineer cadet 1974
Mike Rich chief officer 1974
Phil Hutchins engineer cadet 1974
John Arnott deck apprentice 1974 to 1975 1st trip
Alan Campion 3rd engineer 1974 to 1975
David Heron 2nd cook and baker 1974 to 1975
John Pickering chef kok 1974 to 1975
Geoff Akehurst 3rd mate 1974
Chris Matthews chief engineer 1974 to 1975
Christopher Lustig 2nd cook and baker 1975
Andrew Price 3rd officer 1975 to 1976
Peter Graham chief officer 1975
Roy Rodwell 4th engineer 1975
Thomas P. Hughes chief officer 1975
Tim Downs deck cadet 1975
Michael Johnston chef kok 1975
Stuart Jobson engineer cadet 1975
Nigel Campbell deck cadet 1976
Chris Johnson 3rd mate 1976
Ian Falconer deck cadet 1976 to 1977
John Jack Raine 4th engineer 1976
Eric Halcrow 5th engineer 1977
Michael Largan junior ordinary seaman 1977
Michael F. Keenan 4th engineer 1977
Brian Stone 5th engineer 1977 to 1979 sailed on her twice during this period as 5th
Brian Jones deck boy 1977
William Park 3rd mate 1977 to 1978
Joseph Moore 3rd engineer 1977
Sean Pulford junior catering rating 1978 to 1979
Barry Salisbury assistant steward 1978 to 1979
David Heron chef kok 1978
Alan Joseph Mcintyre catering boy 1978 to 1981
Paul Hagan efficient deckhand 1978 to 1979
Greg Hoare 2nd engineer 1978 to 1979
Mike Hapgood 2 deck cadet 1978
Ken Edwards engineer cadet/5th engineer 1978 to 1979
Peter Rogers radio officer 1978 to 1979
Craig Douglas 5th engineer 1979
Gary Hall deckhand 1979 to 1980
John Kirkland engineer cadet 1979 to 1980
Michael Marsh 2nd engineer 1979
Derek Cumming 3rd mate 1979 to 1980
Ian Falconer 3rd mate 1980
Roy Halsall pumpman 1980 to 1981
David Heron chef kok 1980
Bob Parker deck cadet 1980
Iain Hodgson Tiny junior catering rating 1980
Paul Chivers junior catering rating 1980 to 1981
Alan Reid steward 1980
Mark Lamerton deck cadet 1980
Wayne Pottinger deck boy 1980 to 1981
Michael O'keeffe junior catering rating 1980
Peter Wilson steward 1981 to 1982
Colin Williamson 2nd engineer 1981
Gary Taylor deckhand 1981
Charles Stobbart catering offficer 1981
Bryan Betts efficient deckhand 1981
David Wilson chief steward 1981
Alan Cheese catering boy/galley boy 1981
John Wlikinson-... chef kok 1982
Mike Castle 2nd mate 1982
David Carter deck cadet 1982 to 1983
Tony Waddington deck boy 1982
Alan Brock deck cadet 1982
Bernard Reynolds captain (commanding officer) 1982
Dan Jimack junior catering rating 1982
Mike Jelfs ordinary seaman 1982
Stuart Gallaway 2nd mate 1982 to 1983
Neil Doyle cadet 1982
Mike Bailey 3rd engineer 1982
David Cornelius deck cadet 1983 to 1984
Roy Robertson 2nd mate 1983
Richard Scott 5th engineer 1983
John Crackett motorman 1983 to 1984
Ian Bishop 3rd engineer 1983
Peter Rogers radio officer 1983
Nick Edney cadet 1983
John P M Cusson captain (commanding officer) 1983
Ken Edwards 5th engineer 1983
Alistair Skingley deck cadet 1984
Geoffrey Forster 2 cook 1984 ch/cook scrap chittagong

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
11/03/2013 - 19:36 Gary Taylor

Achatina turned out to be my last trip at sea, Unfortunately myself & 2 shipmates missed the ship in Cypus & had to wait 3 weeks to be repatriated.
I joined her in Singapore and actually relieved an old school friend Gary Hall.

01/15/2012 - 18:42 Marnoch Thomson

I joined Achatina in November 1967 in South Africa and left at Stanlow April 1968.
Anybody out there remember when the HP Turbine thrust developed a design fault at Port Royal anchorage Jamaica around January 1968?The ships people without shore assistance lifted the HP Turbine cut out five rows of blades boxed up and after part discharging locally sailed on to Bermuda. I believe Achatina sailed for another 9 months before the turbine was repaired and returned to full power.

03/17/2011 - 20:39 Chris Johnson

Joined April 76 in Balboa.Left June 76 in Roseton.Shortly after made redundant with other junior officers as a result of mid 70's oil crisis.Shame as I had made many friends with STUK,however,went on to work for an Indian company which changed names several times and then a Norweigian company called Jebsens.

08/20/2010 - 16:09 John Evans

I joined the Achatina in Ellesmere Port in July 1961 and was a working passenger, i was an extra 2nd, cook and baker until we arrived at Curacao in Agust 1961 where i was discharged in order to work on the STS Haustrum when it arrived from Capetown, I understood that the 2nd Cook was taken off there injured and i took his place I spent a pleasent 2 weeks in the Seamans Mission awaiting its arrival.

08/20/2010 - 16:09 John Evans

I joined the Achatina in Ellesmere Port in July 1961 and was a working passenger, i was an extra 2nd, cook and baker until we arrived at Curacao in Agust 1961 where i was discharged in order to work on the STS Haustrum when it arrived from Capetown, I understood that the 2nd Cook was taken off there injured and i took his place I spent a pleasent 2 weeks in the Seamans Mission awaiting its arrival.

04/14/2010 - 21:48 Roy Halsall

Achatina was my first ship in the Merch. after leaving the Royal Navy. I joined her whilst she was in dry dock in Malta. Stinking hot, as the AC was not working! The AC was always pitiful, and we often took our day beds out onto the poop and slept under the stars! Hard ship, I started off in her as motorman ( even though I was and am a time served marine fitter!) Hot as hell down below! I came out of the engine room as trainee pumps! Went back to her ( after Rapana) as Pumpman , much better job, own boss, responsible , and earned a loads of money. Fond memories of her.. I too did the Klaipeda run, through the beautiful Kiel canal. My first trip on her was never bettered in 10 years in the Merch. Chile, Peru, Ecuador , Venezuela- through the Panama Canal to Curacao . I distictly remember every member of the catering department got logged for being adrift in Valparaiso! I also remember me and a couple of other lads being hauled in front of the old man whilst in Malta. We had come out of dry docks, I think we were awaiting orders, and we had been ashore , come back on a water taxi, and subsequently wrecked it! Boy were we lucky to escape punishment. Cannot remember the old man's name. Thank God he was tolerant and understanding . Great memories! Hard Ships, and the best crews! Oh to be back there now! Any old Achatina shipmates -or "A" Boat boys get in touch Roy.

04/10/2010 - 20:04 Roy Halsall

Achatina was my first ship in the Merch. after leaving the Royal Navy.
I joined her whilst she was in dry dock in Malta.
Stinking hot, as the AC was not working!
The AC was always pitiful, and we often took our day beds out onto the pop and slept under the stars!
Hard ship, I started off in her as motorman ( even though I was and am a time served marine fitter!) Hot as hell down below! I came out of the engine room as trainee pumps!
Went back to her ( after Rapana) as Pumpman , much better job, own boss, responsible , and earned a loads of money.
Fond memories of her.. I too did the Klaipeda run, through the beautiful Kiel canal.
My first trip on her was never bettered in 10 years in the Merch. Chile, Peru, Ecuador , Brazil through the Panama Canal to Curacao . I distictly remember every member of the catering department got logged for being adrift in Valparaiso!
I also remember me and a couple of other lads being hauled in front of the old man whilst in Malta. We had come out of dry docks, I think we were awaiting orders, and we had been ashore , come back on a water taxi, and subsequently wrecked it! Boy were we lucky to escape punishment.
Cannot remember the old man's name. Thank God he was tolerant and understanding .
Great memories! Hard Ships, and the best crews! Oh to be back there now!
Any old Achatina shipmates -or "A" Boat boys get in touch
Roy

11/27/2009 - 23:39 Bernard Reynolds

In 1982/83 during two consecutive voyages did 12 trips to Klaipeda in Lithuania. When we went ashore the girls paid for the beer. I thought that if this communism I'm all for it.

05/29/2009 - 13:01 Paul Chivers

Good gear down South America?,but the A Team nicked it back in Singapore.

02/03/2009 - 18:46 Badenohare

WHEN I JOINED THE SHIP SHE WAS BERTHED ON THE TEES WE SAILED OVER TO IRELAND TOOK ON SUPPLIES FOR THE WEST INDIES AND CANADA THIS WAS OUR REGULAR TRIP FOR ONE YEAR AFTER ABOUT TWO WEEKS AT SEA A SMELL FILLED ALL THE AFT CABINS ON INVESIGATION IT WAS FOUND SOMEONE HAD HIDDEN SOME BOXES OF BUTTER WHITCH HAD MELTED AS THE WEATHER WARMED UP AS I WAS THE DECKBOY AT THE TIME I GOT THE JOB