|10/07/2014 - 17:59||Nick Roberts||
First Trip 3/O in 1977 (Strange how the "first trippers" got the "P" ships...?? Who thought it was a good idea to put an accommodation block over the top of bitumen tanks??? (and wasn't it strange that the air conditioning for the engineers in the aft block always seemed to keep going - but there was never the right spares for the midships A/C???)
Cargo heating was by steam. Releasing water into bitumen gives superheated steam, which if released into the cargo causes massive expansion of the cargo and spillage out of the tank onto deck. Briefing was that if this was to happen liquid "Silica Gel" (?) had to be put into the tank to absorb the water... by hand.... from old gin bottles full of the stuff kept in the midships office... Well remember walking onto the bridge at 0800 one morning to take the watch while mid atlantic... to find the bridge deserted.... eventually spotted the mate on deck throwing bottles at the tank lid of a tank belching liquid cargo onto the deck! That morning the spill was "rolled up" off the deck as it went solid.... only for another tank to "erupt" that evening!
|12/06/2012 - 23:36||Jeffrey John Smith||
was a deck boy 1969-1970, difficault to remember many names,,,was a really good bunch of lads. I remember the Mad House... worth going a shore for. I was 16yrs old.. slim, fair and taned,, still have a good tan, shows how bored we must have got, we usedto save beer can pulls and link them together to make chains,,, a six inch chain would nean you are well on your way to being p~~sed. oh what fun....
|05/25/2012 - 08:00||William Keating||
I remember it well we had a great chief but a fart of a second engineer. Had a couple grew joined us in Dublin and they got arrested in New York or was it Sea Warren some 10 days later both had been in a fight in town both mad as hatters. The captain was sailing a desk at shell center before he was our captain out of a comic book he was.Prancing away in full regalia requesting all officer to dress in full uniform all buttoned up at the Officers Bar on board ship at sea this really pissed off us engineers, as they say a right prick!
|11/06/2009 - 21:19||John Jack Raine||
this was my first trip with shell joining on the 4th feb 1963 paid off on the16th december1963, the delights of this voyage was the so called "tank diving" not a pleasant chore