|03/12/2018 - 21:41||I am a Shell Pensioner try the following:- SPA Secretary SPBA Secretary & Treasurer Rgds Bernard Reynolds, Captain MN Retd ----------------------------------- UPDATE: names and phone numbers have been removed; please do not publish personal information.|
|08/25/2017 - 13:16||I had a fantastic surprise a couple of weeks ago. Ivor Newbury got in contact with me through this site. We sailed together on the Desmoulea 60 years ago. He was the R/O and I was first trip D/A. He remembered when we were berthing in Bombay we were rammed by a tug and spent 3 weeks having a new plate fitted to the hull. He only lives 30 miles from me so he and his wife came to see me and my daughter. We had a great time together swinging the lead. I'm 77 and he is 78.|
|04/06/2017 - 10:42||Hi John, I live in Hunstanton so does a C/E. Whereabouts do you live|
|02/04/2015 - 13:22||It is with sadness that I have to tell you that my wife Shirley crossed the Bar on the 22nd January. Many of you will have remembered us during the 30yrs I was with Shell. We had many adventures which I have recorded on this site. We met when Shirley was 16 and I was 19, we have 2 children, 5 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. We were married for 51 yrs. Shell still look after us and the a Shell Pension rep visits us regularly to see if we are OK. What a company to have worked for. The funeral is at Kings Lynn Crematorium on the 12th Feb. Rgs Bernard Reynolds|
|11/03/2014 - 18:39||Hi Kees Helder, many thanks for the information and pictures of the Metula. Are you able to tell me which Dutch "M" boat had a rendevous with the Las Palmas helicopter. It arrived out of the blue an hour before contact was made with the ship. The helicopter landed on deck but not in the hellipad. The rota blades struck an obstruction and shattered. Part of a blade penetrated the accommodation bulkhead into a 5/E's cabin who fortunately was on watch. The ship had to put into Las Palmas to land the helicopter. Many thanks Bernard Reynolds|
|10/13/2014 - 15:57||Hi Derek, you are listed as having sailed with me, if so have you any idea which ship. All the ships I sailed on are listed under my name and the dates I was on them. Rgds Bernard Reynold|
|02/02/2014 - 00:27||Hi Ron, great to hear from you after 56 years. An other D/A Achatina who was on the maiden voyage made contact with me in 2009. Colin Mclean he now lives in Canada. I sailed on the Achatina 4 times, she was my favourite ship. Do you remember two Norweigen 2/E's who sailed on that voyage. My wife & I got chatting to this chap in a Resturante in Rotterdam. He said that he was the C/E off a Norweigen chemical Tanker. I said that I was the C/O off the Shell tanker Achatina. He said he sailed on the maiden voyage. Needless to say we had a lot to chat about especially about Jimmay Britain.|
|10/05/2013 - 12:00||I have just been given details of two books written by Shell Seafarers. The first is by Roy Philpott, a Marconi Radio Officer. He did his training on several Shell Ships . His book is "20 Years Behind The Antenna Mast" and is publish on the same web site. The 2nd is "Under a Yellow Sky" by Simon Hall who was a D/A with Shell. His web site is "underayellowsky.com"|
|10/10/2009 - 13:25||I would love to hear from anyone who sailed with me and aslo with my wife Shirley. Trying to find my discharge books so I can get accurate dates.|
|Acavus (2)||12/13/2009 - 14:05||
After our all expenses paid caribbean holiday I had to work. Later on in the trip we load lubricating oil in Rotterdam and Rouen for West Africa. Just before we got to our first port of call which was Las palmas Capt. Palmer received a telex from Shell International to take on fresh provisions for the 4 Shell personnel in Luanda
|Acavus (2)||12/06/2009 - 18:28||
With reference to our two week holiday in Curacao I have remembered the surname of the C/E and his wife. They were Brian & Jill Egan
|Acavus (2)||11/26/2009 - 00:17||
Free Carribean holiday on Shell January 1979. Shirley & I flew out to Curacao with the C/E and his wife (Brian & Jill). When we arrived in Curacao the agent gave us all an envelope with money in it. We said "whats this for". He said "we don't know when the Avavus is coming here you are staying in the Holiday Inn Hotel. The money is for your meals". We were there for two weeks soaking it up by the swimming pool. There were some good cabaret acts on in the hotel. One day we hired a car and toured the Island. Every few days the agent came along with another envelope full of money. I remember the old Singapore days when we used to get a dohbi allowance so we got that as well.
|Achatina (2)||11/27/2009 - 23:39||
In 1982/83 during two consecutive voyages did 12 trips to Klaipeda in Lithuania. When we went ashore the girls paid for the beer. I thought that if this communism I'm all for it.
|Axina||12/11/2009 - 01:42||
Da Nang 1968/69 We were discharging aviation spirit through a submarine pipeline which went up a river bed to the tank farm. Just after lunch there was a loud bang and a ball of flame from ashore. The American radio comunicator came screaming along to stop pumping. Somebody had blown up the pipeline. We were there for three weeks waiting for an American T2 to arrive so we could discharge ther rest of the cargo. All on double pay. When we went back there next time they told us some idiot had gone fishing with a hand grenade and blown a hole in the submarine pipeline while we were pumping avgas. of course this floated on the river and a cooking fire set it on fire.
|Desmoulea||01/09/2011 - 15:16||
Connell House Singapore. I stayed at Connell House in the late 50's and early 60's when I was a D/App and 3/O. The Mission to Seaman organised many activities and there was a lovely swimming pool and bar. We were woken every morning with a cup of tea. The longest I stayed there was for 3 weeks waiting for a homeward bound ship. Being an Apprentice on ?9 a month we didn't have much money but after 3 days we got a dohbi allowance of $3 per day which was enough to have a beer and go to the Cathay cinema. If we were down to our last dollar we would wait until someone had lost some money in the fruit machine then nip in and win enough for a few beers. The Padre organised dancing lessons and a lovely Chinese girl taught me the Cha Cha cha. I later taught my wife and when we took our children on holidays we won quite a few prizeson this dance. One of the pranks we used to get up to in Singapore was to get into seperate taxis and tell the drivers whoever arrived first at our destination he would get an extra dollar. When senior officers did this the Company wasn't amused when one of them ended up in hosptal with a broken neck after crashing into a monsoon drain.
|Desmoulea||10/18/2009 - 12:14||
Spent 6 months on the Indian coast loading at the shell terminal on Butchers Island, Bombay. Discharging at Cochin, Madras and Budgie Budgie (Calcutta).
|Donax (3)||07/11/2011 - 12:23||
I first joined the Donax as 2nd Mate on the 7th June 1967. When she was the first British Tanker to have completed the round trip to the Gulf and back during the latest war between Israel and Eygpt . She had made headlines in the "Liverpool Echo" and I have a copy of the newspaper photo showing her berthing at Tranmere on that day.
|Helisoma||12/06/2009 - 17:51||
I was on the Helisoma around 1970, Captain Chillman was the old man and we were on the UK/continent coast. We went to Shellhaven my home port and were unable to discharge part of our cargo as there had been a fire in the refinery so we had to go and anchor off Southend pier until the unit for which that parcel was required had been repaired. Shirely was with me on the ship as it was our Childrens half term and they were staying with my parents in Southend. Capt Chillman suggested that the children could join us on the ship, they were 5 & 6 years. So I phoned my parents who put them on a boat at the end of Southend pier. The next thing we knew they were clambering up the pilot ladder. They were thoroughly spoit, they slept in the pilots cabin. The 2nd Steward took them tea and biscuits every morning. One dinner time my son had four helping helpings of chocolate duff then the 2nd Steward asked him if he would like another for when he went to bed. All in all we were over a month in the River Thames. After we had completed discharged at Shellhaven we then went to BP at the Isle Of Grain and loaded for the Esso terminal at Purfleet.
The Helisoma was the only ship I was on that was pooped while in ballast. We were crossing the North sea during a gale to Teesport with a following sea when a might wave struck the poop. It swept over the stern, smashed both wooden teak doors in either side of the galley.On the port side the wave went up into the salon and junior engineers alley way. On the Starboard side it swept through the crew messroom and down the stairs into the crew alleyway. The mooring ropes ended up as a bunch of knittingwhich we had to quickley untangle as we were going into Teesport for bunkers. After a short respite we headed back into the gale as our next cargo wasn't ready.
|Mangelia||10/23/2010 - 14:37||
Mangelia 1976 Part 2
After Rotterdam we went to Brest for drydock. When we got into the dock we found one of the propellor blades had a split halfway across it. It wouldn't have been long before we would have been a tow job.
|Mangelia||10/23/2010 - 14:08||
Mangelia part 1 My wife Shirley joined me by helicopter off Cape Town. We had joined my previous ship off Las Palmas where the helicopter landed on the deck. What I didn't tell Shirley was that the Cape Town Helicopter was too big to land and that she would have to be winched down. She met up with two Engineers at the Cromwell Road Terminal, I think one of them was Jim Auton. On arriving at Jo'berg Immigration would't let them through as they didn't have a covering letter from Shell explaining the reason why they had one-way tickets. Fortunately the air line had a similar situation the week before with BP Officers going to Durban. So they contacted the Agents in Durban who got onto Cape Town. By the time this was sorted out there was only one more flight that day to Cape Town. After clearing Immigration they had to go through Customs. Shirley had bought some women's magazines for the wives already on board. This being in the days of aparteid the Customs went through the mags pape by page to make sure that there wasn't any pictures of black & white people together. The ground staff then ran them to the plane which had been held back an hour waiting for them. At the hotel they met up with the R/O who had passed through Shell Centre and was given his own letter for Immigration. Shirley was the only one who had joined previously by helicopter so she told them how easy it was and it landed on the deck, When they got to the heliport the pilot said choose a number 1 to 4 and that was the order in which they would be winched down. Shirley went as No.2. I also have a photo of C/E Dave Hill (an old ship mate of ours) being winched up.
|Metula (2)||09/14/2014 - 12:21||
When the Metula grounded at the entrance of the Magelhaen Straits on 9th August 1979 it was a Saturday and it was announced on the BBC morning news. At midday the BBC announced that Turkey had attacked Cyprus so this was knocked off the News. I was Marine Supt at Shellhaven at the time and later that week I had a phone call from Shell Int. in London asking me to rustle up some reducers and hoses from the refinery to be sent out for the salvage operation.
Shell had a new contact to supply crude oil to a refinery in Chile and this was loaded in the Gulf. A British "M Class" had taken the first load and I knew the Captain Brian Oliver. He later told me it was a hell of an experiance as he was the first ship of that size to transit the Strait. He said it wasn't too bad going through loaded but on the return he had a force 10 gale up his backside and one stage they had a blackout. They managed to get through safely. He said he wouldn't like to do it again. I think the contract was cancelled.
|Pallium||01/31/2010 - 11:20||
A Sabbeth days journey part2. I phoned the Agents who said they will try to sort it out but to no avail. Eventually they told us to book into the Hilton hotel next door to the airport while they tried to sort something out. By this time we were so fed up we cheered ourselves up with a slap up meal, blow the expense Shell were paying. Next day we check in again the airline had to put up a $10,000 bond on each of us in case we absconded. We were escorted onto the plane and sat in First Class. Upon arriving in New York we were suppose to change airlines but the other other airline wouldn't accept us. We had to wait until 7pm when the original airline had a flight going to Jacksonville. By this time the airline had lost interest in us.
|Pallium||01/31/2010 - 10:58||
A Sabbath days journey Part 1. In September 1964 when I was 2nd Mate I flew to Canada to join the Pallium at Seven Islands. I arrived at Montreal airport about 4pm and was met by our Agent. He asks what ship am I joining. I looked at him in a puzzled way and said the Pallium. He then asks me where was I joining it. I said your the Agent you should know. He said all we know is that two people are arriving. He then asks what is the ship's ETA. I didn't know but presumed that it is tomorrow. The next flight to Sept Iles was at midday he booked us into a hotel and would pick us up about 9am. In the mean time Ch/stwd Herbert arrives. Next morning it got to 11am so I phoned the Agent. He says we are in contact with London to find out what to do with you, the ship arrived at 6pm last night and sailed this morning. The plan was to fly us down to Jacksonville, Florida in a couple of days time. At the appointed time the Agent drops us off at the airport. We check in and make our way to the departure gate. What we didn't know was that in Canada you pass through American Immigration at the departure gate, neither of us had USA visas. This was before it became Company policy for everyone to have US visas. So we weren't allowed to board the plane. Cont/. part 2
|Pallium||10/18/2009 - 13:26||
The Pallium was my first command. After being on the UK coast for a couple of months we loaded for West Africa and the Azores. We arrived at Punta Delgada in Sao Miguel island on New Years day 1980. The day before there had been a severe earthquake On another Azores Island where their main communications to Europe had been destroyed. Several Officers and crew joined. After discharging I had no outward orders so as the phones to Europe were out of action I asked the port authorities if I could use the ship's radio which they agreed. I phoned Shell International and was told as there were nor orders to stay where we were. I also phoned my wife. A couple of days later Bert Barker in the personel office phoned my wife to find out if she had heared anything from me as the relatives of those joining were concerned because as usual the News on the TV had shown the earthquake affecting the whole of the Azores. So he was able to tell them that he had spoken to the Captains wife and that all was well. We were there for a week and we went on a couple of tours of the Island. What a beautiful place, there are 2 lakes in the bottom of a volcano, the water in one is cloured blue and the other green. We also went round a tea plantation and to where the thermal springs are.
|Pallium||10/10/2009 - 15:38||
February 1965 we had some VIP passengers doing a round the world trip on Shell. On the return voyage from Aukland NZ to Curacao we stopped off Pitcairn Island, home to the mutineers of the Bounty, to pick up their mail. I met and have the privilage of shaking the hand of Fletcher Christians Great, Great, Great Grandson. He was the island's Radio Officer.
|Solen (2)||11/28/2009 - 00:18||
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.
|Valvata||12/06/2009 - 12:06||
Valvata part 3. Yokohama Christmas 1965. We arrived a few days before Christmas with a cargo of gasoil to find that we had to discharge at 4 different installations
|Valvata||11/22/2009 - 17:32||
Valvata part 2. At the night club we had a floor side table. A part bottle of whiskey was produced with the colonel's name on it so he must be a regular. That bottle was polished off and a fresh one appeared. Floor show was very good with a belly dancer, conjourer and other acts. To eat we had a whole chicken with the bone filleted out. We left about 3am. We had to be up and out of the hotel at 8am to catch the 1030am flight to London. We came down stairs with match sticks between our eye lids to be greeted by our ship mates saying "Its alright for some we had to sit there nursing a beer all night".
There Shirley and I were that night at 6 pm sitting in our front room having been in a Bagdad night club at 3 in the morning. If anyone remembers this we would love to hear from you.
|Valvata||11/22/2009 - 17:14||
Valvata Part 1. My wife & I had many adventures on the Valvata 1965/66. The best one was when we left the ship at Khor al Amaya at the entrance to the Shatt al Arab river. Seven of us left the ship homeward bound. We had a two hour launch ride to Fao and then had to travel in two taxis across the desert to Basra. This was in February, belief it or not the desert was flooded - yes flooded. All you could see was a shimmer of water not a sign of sand anywhere except for the muddy tack that was supposed to be a road. We slithered and slewed our way for 6 hours with the taxi driver hoiking (spitting) out of the taxi window every 5 minutes. We arrived at Basra airport hotel at about 9 pm. It was a beautiful colonial style building no doubt destroyed by now.The next morning we flew to Bagdad and had to stay overnight for the following days flight to London. Coming out of Bagdad airport to the taxis Shirley suddenly starts shouting "It's Brian, it's Brian". Brian was a chap from our local pub, he was of our parents generation. He was in the Dam Buster Squadron as a rear gunner. We were very privilged to have known this man. It was great seeing him on TV in a repeat of the anniversary of the raid. It brings tears to my eyes talking about him. He says "what hotel are you staying in"." We said the Bagdad International"."So am I see you in the Bar".After checking in Shirley & I went to the bar Brian asks us what we would like to drink. I explained that we could't return his hospitality as we did't have any money this being the days before credit cards and no one ever has a sub in Iraq. No problem he says, I'm on expenses. We then went into lunch, Brian said his business contact would be joining us. An Iraqi Colonel turns up, he and Brian discuss their arrangements for the following day. Brian then turns to this Colonel and says "My friends & I would like to go to a night club tonight". I whisper to Brian that we hadn't got any money. Shut up he says. After our siesta we met up in the bar with our ship mates. We pooled our money to buy a round. If you take todays cost of a pint at ?2.50 a beer there it cost ?20. Brian appears and buys everyone a couple of rounds. Our Colonel turns up at 9 pm and whisks us off to this night club.
|Vibex||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.
|Zenatia (1)||10/18/2009 - 14:15||
I joined the Zenatia in Kure shipyard when she was being jumboised supposedly a month before she was due sail. My job was to bring all the charts and nautical publications up to date. We stayed at the Yamato Hotel which a few years later burnt down, there is now a new hotel of this name. It was 3 months before we sailed. After I had been there a month the Company upped our local living allowance from ?3 to ?5 per day and back paid us. With the bonus I was able to buy a SRL camers with telephoto lens. It was an experiance visiting Hiroshima Atomic Park and museum.