|06/05/2017 - 22:44||Tony Dodd||
After the Platidia, this trip was an absolute breeze. Solen was the newest and smartest Joe Boat I was ever on at 9 years old. Lovely ship, spacious and well fitted with a cavernous engine room. I did my second trip as an apprentice engineer on her, joining in Europe and carrying crude to Malaya and Singapore in 1969 before coming back to the UK in August. It was my first exposure to a Chinese crew, loved their food and still do but can't eat the anglicised versions. I remember the crew catching a huge manta ray while we were on an SPBM off Malaya. Big news rounding the Cape coming back was of the moon landing!
|11/28/2009 - 00:18||Bernard Reynolds||
When the Solen was a station tanker off Banana, Zaire she acted as a hotel for the oil field workers. We had two helicopters which ferried them to and from the oil rig and ashore. There was a platform over the focsle head on which they could land. I often went for a ride up the Congo river. You would see trees covered in red, it was the tails of African Grey Parrots.