|02/15/2017 - 01:09||Geoff Gill||
My late brother, Peter Gill, served as Radio Officer on the Patella, and other Shell tankers, in the mid 1960s. He had a rather scary time on the Patella - which he recalled was not in great shape - when she broke down during the tail end of a hurricane in the Caribbean.
|08/04/2016 - 14:59||Mick Worsfold||
1964 , 8 weeks at training school VINDICATRIX Sharpness Gloucester , signed on for Shell at royal docks London . Flew in a twin engine plane from Luton to Lisbon Portugal for a hotel stop waiting for Patella to arrive and change crew. Off across the Atlantic to Curacao and up the coast of America to New York and Baltimore, back to Curacao then to Copenhagen ,shaft problems in the north sea ,drifting in the fog, limped into Sunderland dry dock , didn't fancy 3 months with no water so signed off .A real experience for me at 17 years old . I think it was a good way to grow up and se some exciting places .( New York worlds fair , Times square and the statue of liberty ,empire state building )
|02/13/2014 - 16:22||John Deakin||
One of the dirtiest ship I ever sailed on. In 1963 I was 4th engineer going from Cuarcao to Lisbon (one of the very view times she crossed the Atlantic). We sprang a major leak in the aft end right behind the boilers about two days sailing from the Azores. We had to do some emergency repairs to get into the Azores where we managed to demolish have of the small key. Smit Tac waited for some "salvage" but in the end gave up. I don't think by this time she was worth much!!
|02/28/2012 - 19:51||Ken Heiser||
Remember this one well, as if it was yesterday, Captain Charlie Owston Shell's answer to Captain Bligh.....say no more!!!!