|Roy Edmonds||2nd engineer||1947 to 1948|
|Stan Cave||5th engineer, 4th engineer||1949 to 1951|
|Stan Cave||5th engineer||1949 to 1950|
|James A Stewart||4th engineer officer||1952|
|Geoff Stephens||5th engineer||1952 to 1953|
|Don Bennett||deck apprentice||1957 to 1958|
|Donald Armstrong||2nd mate||1958 to 1959|
|John Wirth||4th engineer officer||1958 to 1959|
|Kester Macfarlane||deck apprentice||1960|
|05/27/2009 - 12:14||Aad H.c.j. Born||
As far as the ?Daronia? was concerned, since she was full of petrol, she had a miraculous escape. She was anchored about one third of a mile upwind of the ?San Flaviano? and was of the San Vito design, built many years before and equipped with unusually high mid-ship pump room ventilators. By the time she was attacked I was already swimming away from the ?San Flaviano? and vividly remember watching the bomb leave the aircraft, hit the port ventilator, bounce to the starboard ventilator and over the side of the ship without exploding. Some of the best photos of the demise of the ?San Flaviano?, were taken by a deck apprentice on the ?Daronia?.
At the time we were told the pilot was named Pope and flying out of Formosa (Taiwan), in support of an insurrection in the Celebes Islands, by which the Americans hoped to oust Sukarno. As an aside, at that time, no more than six Dutch people could congregate together at any one time, so when a party was held to celebrate the survival of the Captain and Mates the whole lot were arrested, before assurances of each individual's nationality allowed the party to continue !
best wishes - Bingham Macnamara.
Dave & Pat wrote:
Thanks very much for your reply. I think the other ship was the ?DARONIA? not the TARONIA as reported by the US.
|05/27/2009 - 12:11||Aad H.c.j. Born||
Extract below is from the Shell Magazine
The Sinking of the ?SAN FLAVIANO?
Many readers will already have learnt form the national press of the bombing attack on ships in the harbour of Balikpapan on April 28th (1958). The 18000 ton s.t.s ?San Flaviano? was hit and set on fire, and the Shell tanker m/s ?Daronia? only avoided a similar fate because the bomb which struck her bounced 80 feet off the pump-room skylight and landed in the sea without exploding.
It was a great relief that there were no casualties in the ?San Flaviano?.
The attack took place in the early morning.
In the after accommodation Second Engineer Barford thought at first that the diesel generator had blown up, Junior Engineer Seddon didn?t realise that anything serious had happened for a minute or two, and he eventually had to jump for it and was picked up by one of the boats. Chief Engineer Wiberg set a splendid example of coolness and self-possession, calmly collecting some of his belongings and arriving in the boat with perfect equanimity.
Captain Bright rowed the amidship?s boat for all his might with his crew of six, including Mrs. Smith, wife of the Chief Officer, who also gallantly took an oar.
Twenty six of the crew sailed for Singapore aboard the ?Daronia?, the same day as the attack, while another 24 followed a few days later in m/s ?Dromus?. Both parties flying home by B.O.A.C Britannia.
As testify to the generous assistance and great kindness they received from the B.P.M staff at Balikpapan, and from the officers and crew of the ships that took them to Singapore. At Singapore they were very well treated for by Shell Tankers Ltd., who helped them to make good some of their losses and to buy some clothes.
We hope that all those who are now safely home are enjoying a good rest after their nerve-racking experience. Captain Bright and Chief Engineer Wilberg, together with five other senior personnel, are still left at Balikpapan, but we hope it won?t be long before they can be flown home.
The last report we have received of the ?San Flaviano? is that she is lying almost entirely submersed on the west side of the entrance of Balikpapan Harbour, out of the navigating channel.
Source: Reprinted from Shell Magazine June 1958