San Gaspar (1)
|Sandie Marshall||mate||1929 to 1930|
|George C Turnbull||cadet||1940||cadet then apprentice|
|Harold Holderness||steward||1943 to 1945|
|Geoffrey Matthews||Royal Navy dems rating (gunner)||1943 to 1945||I belive that my father George Matthews served on the San Gaspar during WW2 as a dems gun layer.|
|Desmond Doyle||3rd officer||1945|
|Jack May||junior engineer||1948 to 1949|
|Eric Bennett||senior ordinary seaman||1949 to 1950|
|Roy French||catering boy/galley boy||1951 to 1952|
|Desmond Doyle||2nd officer||1951|
|Colin Allen||catering boy||1952 to 1953|
|Alan Leathard||able seaman||1953 to 1954|
|Anthony William...||deck apprentice||1954|
|01/13/2017 - 18:03||Roy French||
I WAS AT THE SEA TRAINING SCHOOL SHARPNESS FOR ABOUT 3 MONTHS, BEFORE JOINING
|12/31/2016 - 09:36||Desmond Doyle||
18/7/42 - Torpedoed off Trinidad and was repaired. 23/2/54 - Arrived at Osaka for scrapping.
|11/27/2012 - 00:22||Robert Tillier||
My first ship leaving the sea school. Sign on in mill dam pool office November 19 62 as galley boy. Paid of in Rotterdam 18 months later hell of an experience
|02/22/2011 - 14:41||David Read||
I did two trips on the San Gasper. First in 1961/62 as Third Mate then again in 64/65 as Second Mate. It was in November of 64, in Rotterdam, that her name was changed to Vertagus. There was a bar in Buenos Aires, Tanker Joe's, a real Eagle Oil man who was very upset about these name changes. See the book "Salt in the Blood" - A young man's obsession with the sea. A good read about a first tripper with Shell.
|02/28/2010 - 15:50||Anthony William...||
I joined the San Gaspar at Punta Cardon in December 1953. I had been transferred from the San Valeno which was birthed next to the Gaspar. They had no apprentices and needed some cheap labour. It turned this was a stroke of good fortune as the Gaspar, old slow and leaking oil, had been sold to the Japanese for scrap. We now had a long voyage to Japan at a top speed of 7 knots.
During the voyage and to make it as pleasant as possible the 1st mate allowed us to cut up the windsails and chippy constructed a canvas swimming pool on the foredeck. Many hours were spent messing around in our new found, somewhat leaky, pool.
As maintenance of the ship was pointless we also spent time playing deck cricket. Eventually arriving in Osaka in February of '54. Here a bit of class distinction appeared as the ship's officers were assigned to western style hotels in downtown Osaka. The sailors and firemen went to Japanese style hotels a bit further out.
After a few days Eagle Oil made some novel travel arrangements for us all. It was decided that we would all fly home on a Dokata Flymaster owned and staffed by KLM. The aircraft would stop each night at a convenient location and the whole journey would take 4 days. I can still remember my amazement at the hustle and bustle of Calcutta as we made our way to the Grand Hotel. The waiters treated us all like lords and I gained a lifelong love of curry!
My memories of the crew have faded with the years but I do remember Geoffory Shakespear, the 2nd mate, who kept a fatherly eye on me among the fleshpots of Osaka! If anybody out there was on the ship I would love to hear from them.