John Frearson

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02/13/2018 - 06:19 Have lost contacts on my computer please any shipmates who sailed on the Verconella during 1967-1968 please contact... Best Regards John A Frearson
02/22/2016 - 14:14 Looking for any ship mates who saled on the Verconella durring 1967 1968. Best Regards Jphn
05/02/2015 - 14:17 Exellant website Helderline have contacted a few ship mates and shall reply to all who send me email. Joined shell Tankers UK after leaving GPO Telephones June 1967 for a sea adventure. Trained as Fireman at Liverpool stayed at Canon street old dock lodgings . First flew to Roterdam to join Verconella sailed to Gabon Africa on to Amazon enterance to Porto Meranda then Marocibo and Curaco. Rerurned For Dry dock in Bremerhaven Germany left the ship . Rejoined Verconella for 11 month world trip a great adveture met some very good mates enjoyed . Best regards to all John Frearson.


Period Tanker Job Details
1967 to 1968 Verconella fireman


Tanker Date Anecdote
Verconella 04/29/2015 - 14:40

My First ship Left GPO Telephones for a sea adventure trained as Fireman F/G fist Flew
to Rotterdam Holland joined Verconella sailed to Gabon Africa .
Across Atlantic to The south American Amazon entrance on to Porto Miranda then Maracaibo and then to dry dock in Bremerhaven Germany.
Rejoined the Verconella for a forgoing trip around the world to many countries .
Was crossing the Pacific on to Ofenato Japan when the Engine room bulkheads burst into flame. I was passed 11 Fire extinguishers used to put the fire out.
The wrong paint had been used on the bulkheads and the ambient temp ignited the Fire.
We also Later had a steam turbine motor bearing burst into flame we put it out with
Extinguishers until the bearing was repaired.
Left the ship at Falmouth England 10th July 1968 and rejoined the GPO Telephones later BT retired in June 1994 joined Telecom for 2 years before taking full bt retirement.
Enjoyed the expereance. John A Frearson

Verconella 04/25/2015 - 17:13

Tom Mac served as Able seaman on Verconella During 1967 to 1968 then paid off at Falmouth. Tom Mac told me he once jumped ship after a long voyage at a South Pacific island run by Queen who was in the first hut he moved into.
After getting Frendley the Queen made Tom King Tom he stayed 2 years before leaving. Tom Had a small aluminium case he took on the island and kept the case afterwards in the Merchant navy.
We Travelled around the world and many people said we hear you have King tom on your ship. so he was well known .
I am sure people who sailed with tom knew what a Greeat character he was.
And i am proud to have met him.
Tom had his 65th Birthday on the Verconella so will have passed on now.
Thought this was worth Mentioning About Tom Mac.
Regards John Frearson