|Year of construction
|Year of renaming/broken up
|Service for Shell
1955 to 1972
|11/13/2016 - 17:24
MY FIRST SHIP ON LEAVING SCHOOL WAS THE VIBEX. MY JOB WAS CABIN BOY I WAS 16YEARS OLD AT THE TIME .1961-1962. WE RAN AGROUND IN QUEBEC NOVA SCOTIA IN ST LAWRENCE RIVER.WE ABANDONED SHIP AND WERE TAKEN TO CHATEU FONTANAC IN QUEBEC, CANADA. SHE WAS A GREAT SHIP TO SAIL IN AT THAT TIME.SPENT 11 MONTHS ON THIS TRIP TO PERSIAN GULF, AUSTRALIA, SUEZ CANAL AND PANAMA. AS A YOUNG LAD AT THE TIME THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SUEZ WOULD NOT HAVE ENTERED MY HEAD AS IT WAS MY FIRST SHIP AND I WAS LEARNING THE ROPES LITERALLY.ANY PICTURES WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. SIGNED ON AT SMITHS DOCK NORTH SHIELDS GREAT TIME WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE VIBEX GREAT LOOKING SHIP.
|09/19/2013 - 23:42
she (vibex)always had a nasty habit of blacking out after leaving the maracibo lakes on route to rotterdam
|08/10/2013 - 19:14
On the 3rd April 1966, when passing through the Torres Straight, with the pilot on board, the Master, Captain Booth informed me of his intention to cross Gannet Passage. As the vessel was turning she grounded on a ridge. We lowered an anchor and waited for the tide to rise. After an hour and three quarters the ship began to move and the anchor was weighed and we continued east through Torres straight.
|03/07/2012 - 23:13
|Thomas P. Hughes
June 1970. Departed Durban for Arabian Gulf. En-route, one boiler failed due salt water contamination. Second boiler subsequently failed. Intermittent power. Emg Geni failed. Oil lamps displayed at night. Sleeping on monkey island. for a period, the fully loaded 'Mactra' stood by, and manouvered herself so as strategically place herself to protect us from approaching traffic. Difted past Socotra and eventually limped towards Ras al Hadd where Smit Lloyd 19 took us on tow into Bandar Abbas bay. Re-tubed both boilers lying at anchor deadship. Loaded at Mina al Ahmadi for Buenos Aires, limping past Capetpwn and across South Atlantic. Lightered in Rio de la Plata for BA. Entered Montevideo for further repairs. Curacao then to continue trading.
|12/06/2009 - 11:02
The Vibex was my first ship which I joined at Eastham (Stanlow)January 1957, the Suez crisis was in full swing so we had to go to the Gulf via the Cape. On the return voyage we stopped off Falmouth and picked up the cricket commentator Brian Johnston and a sound recordest. BBC radio were doing a program about British tankers sailing round the Cape. My cabin mate who joined with me (can't remember his name)had his violin with him. Brian Johnston had him play a tune, unfortunately there were only two stings left on it. When we heared the program on the radio his last note was way off key. Brian Johston says "and on that note we now go down to the galley". We heard later that the chap's mother had complained to Shell about her son giving a recital on two strings. We had a good laugh about it.
|10/10/2009 - 00:43
Yes Capt Ham signed my dischage book North Shields 4/12/59
|09/04/2009 - 00:11
My late father, Capt Herbert Ham, was a master mariner with the shell fleet. He retired in 1962 but I remember him saying he served on the Vibex - also the vexilla I believe. Can anyone confirm? Thanks