|11/23/2016 - 21:47||Michael Kemp||
I joined Horomya on 11thJuly 1960 under the command of Captain Mayne having spent the previous 5 days in Rouen with deck apprentices Codrington from S Rhodesia and Benrimjo from Gibraltar as Horomya had been delayed by a sfrike in Bordeaux. We arrived Mina Al Ahmadi 2 August to load crude for Niigata , weather during the passage down the Red Sea was very warm and 3 of us were given the job of derusting midship decks with windier hammers very noisy (no ear defenders in those days!) and very very dirty. Nighttime temperature in Mina was 42c (109F) Horomya had no air con. Bunkered Singapore 12 Aug arriving Niigata 22nd slow discharge took 2 days with no night sailings. Next 5 months to end January 1961 we transported crude from Miri to Niigata, Yokohama (5times) Bunyu, Balikpapan (pilotage through Japanese WW2 minefield!) Tarakan, Labuan, Tg Penuru, Pulo Sambu, Singapore, Surabaya where we spent a week from New Year's Day 1961 watching Naval manoeuvres celebrating President Sukharno's birthday with beautifully designed Russian warships. My memories of this trip include the greenish blue colour of far eastern seas, the view of Mount Fuji from the sea.the enormous swells from typhoon Phyllis as we left Kobe and I mean enormous! the gorgeous satay sticks at the Officers Club in Balikpapan and finally the sights,sounds, scents and culture of Japan and bargain prices of many things compared to home I paid off in Mina 20th January1961for transfer to Velutina and met David Rayfield - hello David!
|06/18/2016 - 00:28||Kevin Hempsall||
Spent a year on the Horomaya 1966/67 mainly running fuel from far east refineries to Vietnam. Listened to 1966 world cup final in Da Many harbour.
|09/13/2009 - 01:20||Len Mazza||
Time on her 3/7/62 until 17/9/63. Great time out east .Good crowd.