02/14/2012 - 14:30
Spent 5 months to the day onboard Lima, never stepping off her between joining -somewhere in the Persian gulf, and also Paying off in the Persian Gulf.
One of the worst -NO the WORST trip of my 10 year seagoing career.
I was 5th engineer , treated like a first tripper, having "gone over to the other side" from being a Pumpman - Shell decided in their infinite wisdom to Flag out -and do away with our EXCELLENT UK Ratings, so I decided to try my hand at being an engineer. Big, Big mistake What a bunch of arseholes I had the misfortune to sail with (Cook / Steward excepted)It was awful. Logs , Logs and yet more Logs! We were all day work, so they only carried one fiver. Always remember the chief -Little Glaswegian (Davey Swain) calling me up to his office about a week before I was due to pay off, and him asking me if I wanted to sign a contract with Joe Shell! - I knew their game, if I had agreed to sign, then I wouldnt have been able to get off! ( Bear in mind I was a week away from 5 months onboard a supertanker!!!)I told him in no uncertain terms what I thought of both the ship and my trip, which was not very complimentry!!! I also said that I didnt give a flying F**k if there was a relief for me or not, I was going home once we got to the sraights.
Needless to say the Chief wasnt very impressed, but heh he hadnt spent 5 solid months in a stinking engine room with temperatures of around 100 degrees each and every day!
The engineers and mates showed me the worst of the British Merchant Navy - they were all busy stuck up their own orifices! How I missed the camaraderie and TRUE seaman spirit of the Great British ( None finer) Ratings!!!!