|01/20/2013 - 18:05||Mike Philpott A...||
I joined Erinna at Anewa Bay, Bougainvillea in the Solomon Islands on 17th December 1986. We flew from Port Moresby to Kieta in a little seven seater, just the pilot and me. Soon after take off I realised the pilot was the same guy drinking in the same bar as me all morning in Moresby! He was very excited and flew me into the huge copper mine to take a look around before landing! Erinna had been trading out East for years so I thought I was on a good thing for tax 'avoidance'. Silly me. I paid off in Immingham a couple of days short of the qualifying time for a years tax refund! At the time, did I really think of jumping ship in mid Dover Strait and making it to France? NO not me! Well...yes! I left Shell in Immingham and after 30 years never returned to sea professionally. Shell had flagged out to the IOM by this time, and it wasn't going to be the same Shell anymore. Also, the writing was on the wall for us R.O's. Fortunately, I was just old enough to qualify for an early pension, and have been amongst the worthy ranks of Shell pensioners ever since.
|02/16/2011 - 18:31||Mike Big Taff H...||
further to my earlier post about the lovely ERINNA ,never been on ship that was as badly riddled with cockroaches,there was no air con in crew accom it had been isolated for the chinese crew,1st job was to get it back up and running,took about a month to clear accom of our friends .the pacific islands made the trip a lot easier to bear ,fiji,tonga,sol isles,samoa,never forget taking on the fijian rugby side in drinking their local hooch!!!!!! not a pretty site the next day .
|10/06/2010 - 14:42||Mike Big Taff H...||
joined the m.v cockroach [erinna] in sol islands took over from a very reluctant to leave chinese crew very cloak and dagger ish . pacific islands geelong for 6 months good memories of this trip .
|01/16/2009 - 18:11||Tonga||
This is actually a test message on behalf of a lady whose son served on Drupa and Erinna; but was sadly killed in a motor accident in 1989 aged 17. She is trying to trace anyone who knows more of these two ships during 1986-88.
She has tried to login and post, but without success, hence I am trying to do it on her behalf.