|08/04/2013 - 05:38||Robin Wilkins||
Served on the Maiden Voyage to the USA in 1955, sailed up the river Mississippi to just past New Orleans. I was the only English Deck hand all others were Scottish and I could hardly understand what they were saying! We sailed back to Thameshaven and I took my discharge for two reasons. One, I could not understand most of the crew and it was day work, no watches as I had been used to on my first ship.
To my surprise all the Scottish deck crew also signed off as well! They were a great bunch of guys, just a communication problem for me!
I was impresssed with my cabin, it was larger than four of us shared on my first ship. the Kelletia (1). I was also impressed by the Mississippi, what a great river to sail up and indeed down.
|06/25/2013 - 11:10||Jim Crilley||
Yes she was a rust bucket ok got really good a fixing up cement boxes ... popped a lot of rivets, had a great time in curacao, green door etc the only record in English on the juke box was The Beatles "She loves You" and it it played back to back all night. have to look out and see if i have any pics
|10/17/2012 - 17:02||Phillip Tickle||
My first shell Tanker, she was held together with rust and glue to hold the rivits in,sailed uk to west indies,god alone knows how we crossed the Atlantic.
|05/28/2012 - 22:43||Peter D Miller||
I joined the Hyala as a first trip Fiver on 3rd March 1970 in Houston. It was supposed to be a 6 month trip but I didn't pay off until late October. I learned lots about patching things up and using what was available to keep it running. At one point the telegraph motor packed in and we ran for a while using the E.R phone for movements. Trouble was that it was quite near to an alternator making it difficult to hear what the bridge was saying. Quite exciting when the movements were coming every few seconds. Happy days
|08/03/2011 - 18:10||Peter Cole||
l came out of my time as an eng. app. in sept. 1968 in Mobile Alabama where we beat a fully kitted out German ore carri er 10-9, this was thir first ever defeat. the temperature was in the 90's, memories of '66 kept us going.
|12/17/2010 - 01:36||Brian Stone||
We where flitting around the UK coast and turned up in Ardrossan. The ladies there where very friendly. So friendly that half a dozen or so stayed on board for the trip to Eastham. Party time !! That was until, before arriving in Liverpool orders where changed. Tank clean off the Isle of Mann proceede to Curacoa.
|01/01/2010 - 17:22||Ken Mc Farland||
first trip with shell, joined ship in genoa and crossed the atlantic tor curaca. ship blacked out 13 times on the way over due to a faulty o/speed trip on the alternater, what a performance!! highlight was sailing up the amazon to manaus in brazil, 2nd eng told me it was something to remember for the rest of my life and he was so right. another thing was docking in rio grande du sol and hearing the sound of a shorts skyvan overhead, an aircraft that i had probably made parts for when i worked in shorts belfast, it brought tears to my eyes being so far away from home ans seeing that flying overhead as i was feeling a bit homesick at the time !!