Heldia

About

Completed 1955 as Heldia for STUK. 20-1-1973 arrived Inverkeithing for scrap.

Picture(s) by Mike Griffiths.

Information
IMO number
5146225
Call sign
GTXQ
Construction number
1835
Tonnage
19.000 ton
Beam
21m
Length overall
169m
Year of construction
1955
Year of renaming/broken up
1973
Service for Shell
1955 to 1973
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
Photo(s)

Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
Captain Roderic... deck apprentice 1955 to 1956
Mr Peter Swaine catering boy 1956 to 1957
Jerry Owston chief officer 1956 to 1957
John Rae 4th engineer 1956 to 1957
Graham Willliam... 4th engineer 1958
Chris Burls deck apprentice 1958
John Michael Co... 2nd mate 1958
Mike Parkin deck apprentice 1958
Ken Woad deck apprentice 1959
Michael Sanders 5th engineer 1959
Richard Frank H... deck apprentice 1959
David Kingston apprentice engineer 1960
Chris Jowett deck officer 1961 to 1962
Geoffrey Sowerby trainee radio officer 1961
Harry Birtles 5th engineer 1962 to 1963
Iain Moffatt 2nd engineer 1962 to 1963
Thomas Robert F... 5th engineer 1963 to 1964
Tony Stevens 5th engineer 1963
Thomas Malcolm ... 5th engineer 1963
Peter Barratt 2nd engineer 1964 to 1965
David Lester 4th engineer 1964 to 1965
Arnold Dunlop radio officer 1964 to 1965
John Pearce 5th engineer 1965
Ian Burns 4th engineer 1965 to 1966
Anthony Tony Stone 3rd engineer 1965 to 1966
John Ross 2 radio officer 1966 to 1967
Ian F. Boon captain (commanding officer) 1966
Herbie A. Battye deck apprentice 1967
Eric Freeman 4th engineer 1968 to 1969
Charles Smith 3rd officer 1968 to 1969
Joseph Moore apprentice engineer 1968
David Else chief engineer 1968
Peter Brian Coxwell 3rd officer 1968
Michael John Bradley 5th engineer 1968
Brian Boyle apprentice engineer 1969
Michael Battrick 2nd mate 1969
Alan Platt apprentice engineer 1969
Noel Anthony Ra... chief mate 1970
Steve Czerwionka 5th engineer 1970 to 1971
Terry Smart 2nd engineer 1970
Ken Mc Farland 5th engineer 1970 to 1971
Chris Wallace apprentice engineer 1971
Gordon Smith 5th engineer 1971 to 1972
Nigel Normington navigation cadet 1971 to 1972
Kenneth Shewan deck apprentice 1971
Richard Lamble engineer cadet 1972

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
03/09/2016 - 13:39 Bob Garroch

Joined her as Radio officer during 1967 in East London South Africa. Sailed to Aden and then ran the Rhodesian fuel blockade to LM against the Royal Navy We did three runs being chased by the navy. They where flying Buccaneers across the bow and the Gannet was flying alongside the bridge wing. This event caused a major diplomatic row between President Kaunda of Zambia and British Government. Ship was mentioned in the Rhodesian archives. Sailed into Aden as the British army where fighting rear guard action as they evacuated. Coup d'A(C)tat started as we where loading. A James Bond person came on board and took me to the radio room to contact British Government to recall BA flight with 20 million pounds on board for the local government treasury. I was the only means to get a message out as Yemen was closed down. After the blockade running, sailed to the Vietnam war for remainder of trip just in time for the Tet offensive. Interesting times.