|William Loughlin||captain (commanding officer)||1940 to 1942|
|Hugh Brazell||deck apprentice||1949 to 1950|
|Tony Ramsey||deck apprentice||1949 to 1950|
|Derek Senior||deck apprentice||1958|
|Bernard Reynolds||deck apprentice||1958|
|James A. Taylor||5th engineer||1959 to 1960|
|George Mackison||junior engineer||1959 to 1960|
|09/12/2011 - 23:25||Hugh Brazell||
Voyages of a Tramp Tanker
Owners: Shell Tanker Co.
Tankers of the Shell fleet were all named after seashells which accounts for some of the peculiar names in their fleet.
I joined the motor ship Desmoulea at Falmouth, UK in mid-May 1949 for her second maiden voyage, serving as a deck apprentice. I stayed on the ship for 17 months before being relieved for leave at Barry, UK when the ship was put into dry dock for repairs and painting.
1949 - 1950 Voyage Record of the Desomoulea
to Pladju, Sumatra
|01/09/2011 - 15:16||Bernard Reynolds||
Connell House Singapore. I stayed at Connell House in the late 50's and early 60's when I was a D/App and 3/O. The Mission to Seaman organised many activities and there was a lovely swimming pool and bar. We were woken every morning with a cup of tea. The longest I stayed there was for 3 weeks waiting for a homeward bound ship. Being an Apprentice on ?9 a month we didn't have much money but after 3 days we got a dohbi allowance of $3 per day which was enough to have a beer and go to the Cathay cinema. If we were down to our last dollar we would wait until someone had lost some money in the fruit machine then nip in and win enough for a few beers. The Padre organised dancing lessons and a lovely Chinese girl taught me the Cha Cha cha. I later taught my wife and when we took our children on holidays we won quite a few prizeson this dance. One of the pranks we used to get up to in Singapore was to get into seperate taxis and tell the drivers whoever arrived first at our destination he would get an extra dollar. When senior officers did this the Company wasn't amused when one of them ended up in hosptal with a broken neck after crashing into a monsoon drain.
|10/18/2009 - 12:14||Bernard Reynolds||
Spent 6 months on the Indian coast loading at the shell terminal on Butchers Island, Bombay. Discharging at Cochin, Madras and Budgie Budgie (Calcutta).