|Year of construction
|Year of renaming/broken up
|Service for Shell
1957 to 1976
|11/15/2017 - 19:35
I joined the Zaphon in wallsend on Tyne. On maiden voyage. Galley boy. Head cook John Roberts. I worked with him again at Clatterbridge hospital. Second cook was Billy Weir, no relation.
|10/11/2016 - 16:26
|J B Haworth
I joined the Zaphon whilst she was being readied for her maiden voyage from Tyneside.I was sent by MIMCo of Liverpool to sign on as 2nd R/Off to start my career. Loved Newcastle on sight!I can't remember the 1st but Captain Rumbellow ( who was then the Commodore of Shell Tankers ) was in command. I also seem to remember a Kenyan deck cadet and a dubious Chief Steward who hailed from Garston - that being the next district to where I then lived. We saw a lot of ocean and acres upon acres of desert sand broken only by large black pipelines to rather austere wooden berthings. How things have changed since 1957 indeed.
|03/25/2011 - 18:24
Sailed on the Zaphon from Oct 1967 until March 1968. When about to cross the Bay of Biscay a crack between the main deck and accommodation was discovered, could put your hand through it in the crews quarters! Ordered back to Thameshaven for immediate repairs although the old man was quite willing to continue!
|03/17/2011 - 15:27
Zaphon was my first ship after obtaining Second Mates ticket. It was January 1960 and I joined as Extra Third Mate. It was Shell's flag ship with Commadore Rumbellow in command. A great captain. I spent just three months on her and then moved on as Third Mate on the Horomya. David Read
|01/03/2009 - 22:05
I am interested with all who was on the ZAPHON on the the first vovage,and have you any pics. my pics I have may be of interesting to you