01/31/2005 - 20:49
I joined Shell Tankers (UK) after leaving the F/T training school, Liverpool, in february 1966.
I signed on ACHATINA, at Heysham (Morecambe) Lancs.
She sailed the Baltic, carrying fuel oil. there was trips back and forth through the Kiel canal and runs to Rotterdam.
I then joined HINDSIA at Ellesmere port.
We were told:" Its going to be a round-trip to Curacau, no more than three weeks at most." (We later found out Shell wanted us at sea before Seamans strike started).
On the return journey mid - Atlantic we received orders to proceed to Rotterdam, from Rotterdam, we sailed through the "Med" calling at various ports en-route then onto the Suez canal, through, the canal we called at Aden, and then across to east africa (Djibouti). We then sailed up to the Persian Gulf.
Before we paid off in singapore ( twelve months later) she was "holed" by another tanker, when we were at anchor off the coast.
She was taken into dry-dock in Singapore, damage to her bow. I've never seen so many Chinese welders and scaffolders at one time.
We paid off and flew back to the UK.
There was a good "shipmate" called Allan Jeffries I would like to contact, when we paid off, he said he was going back to Auckland, NZ to join the Coast- ships.
If your out there Allan get in touch and we'll crack a couple of "tinnies"...
Allan was from the Southport area, his father was in the clothing business (some very famous customers) in Liverpool/Manchester area. if anybody knows allan, please get in touch.
Once again Kees well done on a very good website.