|05/01/2017 - 16:55||John Chapman 1||
This was my wife's first trip to sea with me, was a short voyage as broke my right wrist trying to start emergency fire pump down the fore peak. 2nd engineer and I did not know it had been under water!! we paid off on Middlesborough
|10/12/2015 - 23:16||Bryan Anderson||
I joined Halia on her maiden voyage in 1958 as galley boy.After being on an old coaster I found her quite fantastic. Out 9 month or so all over the place. I liked it so much I took a job as crew mess man on Hemiplecta and enjoyed that too.
|04/10/2015 - 21:38||Jim Marshall||
I was a first trip Junior on the Halia when she lightened the Pacific Glory. I remember I got paid ninety quid salvage money.
|01/21/2015 - 14:06||Simon Heanue||
Was on the Halia when she took the oil off the stricken tanker Pacific Glory. Also on her when we spent 3 months in the river off Boney in Nigeria and we got beat up one night ashore by Nigerian who we accidently walked into a patrol on a narrow track going through the jungle at night heading for a boat to take us out to the ship
|02/21/2014 - 18:15||Eric Mager||
I remember we collided with the Jetty going into Antwerp. Took half the bow off. Had to got to Cardiff dry dock for repairs. I remember Ardrossans lovely ladies, law unto themselves. Tees-port in Middlesborough. The Junction pub followed by the Robin Hood. Fredericia, although expensive was a good run ashore. 'Falmouth' (which is where I live) was the Grapes, the Chain Locker, the Globe, Dock and Railway ( became the Admiral Nelson ) Shades and the Pendennis Club (which became the Club International.
|10/16/2013 - 11:39||Stephen Penfold||
I served as a Deck Apprentice on Halia from December 1967 to June 1968. An eventful trip, as a product carrier, lub oil etc we went to many interesting places. From Inch to Curacao, South & West Africa, Houston, Singapore Japan, Manila, Vietnam, Kuwait. I was in two war zones, Lagos during the Biafra war and Vietnam during the height of the war. Discharging at Saigon whilst Napalm was dropped on the other side of the river. I t was then I decided on another career as a Civil Engineer. So much for my "gap year then". However, I eventually joined Shell Expro and became neighbour of David Richmond, one time Halia Chief Engineer, then a Platform Superintendent in the North Sea. It's a small world!
Is there anyone out there who served on Halia the same time as me?
|05/26/2013 - 13:02||Terry Jones||
My memories of the Halia is when went alongside the "Pacific Glory" to remove part of her cargo after her collision. She was well down by the stern and she was in a bad state after being on fire for over 24 hours. The removal of her cargo was a dangerous task and we had many attempts to get alongside her as the weather was not good. Still have some film of the event.
|03/27/2013 - 14:38||Rogerpalmer||
Just got married (75) so lightening off Lime Bay came in handy,asked to go deep sea next trip. Very nice ship and friendly crew.
|08/23/2011 - 18:04||Graham Cunliffe Fred||
Joined Halia at Hawthorn Leslie shipyard, Hebbern on Tyne 1n 1958 as deck apprentice took her on maiden voyage out to New Zealand, had wonderful trip, great crew, diembarked on return to europe.
|03/26/2011 - 18:53||John Pearce||
Returning from Curacao to Rotterdam to get married. The old man J.Charlton I believe, advised me to wait until I was older - should have taken his advice!
|10/06/2010 - 15:10||Mike Big Taff H...||
What a ship this was ,as a young cat/deck boy it was great zipping in/out of ports lightening huge tankers at least 50,000 tonnes lol. the crews were great, faces changing all the time , one lasting memory was the fateful day the amoco cadiz ran aground off the french coast,with us on standby ready to zipp in and try and save some of the cargo before it all drained out of its ruptured tanks . Great memories and friends made .
|10/03/2010 - 11:29||David Rodda||
I joined the Halia in Singapore on 13th March 1969, we sailed her back to the UK via South America and docked in Cardiff on 29th October 1969.
|05/06/2010 - 11:59||Jack Byrne||
This month 40 years ago I was looking forward to a run ashore in Falmouth. So hard to imagine it was that long ago since I was on the HALIA. Tempus Fugit.
|04/20/2010 - 15:05||Alan R. D. Lambert||
I joined my first vessel "sts. Halia" in Pernis, Rotterdam with two other Deck Apprentices on 30/10/1959.(Ian Baird and Ian Pattison).
The latter was the son of a captain of a "collier"....plying between Newcastle and Shoreham.He was nicknamed "Nelson" This aprentice new everything, and became a butt of many pranks from the rest of the experienced crew.
The ultimate "episode" was when the bosun (a 20 stone cornishman) informed us that there was a "mutiny" developing "down aft"!
Neson was "seconded" as "go-between" the crew and officers. He was instructed to keep a "log" of suspicious actions (which were rehearsed by the crew.....un-beknown to him).
The ultimate "report" that he made to the First Officer was, reporting seeing crew-members preparing machine-guns being made ready for a an attempted coup of the vessel. He was reporting possible "poisoning" of food in the "Officers- mess",and a cache of weapons that he wtnessed beung prepared...(He told us that he had seen the bosun organise "cleaning of machine -gun coolers" in a "paint-locker" near the focsle.
His imagination ran wild.....such that the 3rd Mate had to bring the prank to a conclusion.
What he had been shown were......the METAL CARCASSES OF PAINT ROLLERS!!!!!!!!!
|09/27/2009 - 22:54||David Wilson||
I sailed twice on the Halia as Chief Cook in 1977 and as Catering Officer in 1985 when we took her to Scrap at Estaban De Pravia. Her Master was Fred Croxon who many years previous had joined as deck boy and was now taking her to the breakers as Master a very sad time for him and all of us. Unfortunately they do not build ships like the Halia anymore and I am so grateful that I was given the chance to sail on her and many others like her. Although retired now, I live in the Isle of Man and I am secretary of the Shell Pensioners Association IoM Branch which gives me contact with people that I sailed with in the past.
|05/13/2009 - 23:37||Gavin Wilson||
This fantastic ship was my first trip in 78.Over the years i done five trips on her,great crews,great memories,never forget....from Ardrossan to San Estaban she was a dream to sail on,chatty but happy.
|03/31/2009 - 12:19||Sean Marsh||
The Halia was, for me, the best ship in the Shell fleet. I always sailed with good crews on her.