Ronald L. Holmes @ HEMIGLYPTA, Tue, 03/24/2009 - 10:50

The crew had been invited to a party,by a middle aged "Lady",and her friends, at an old house close to town in Melbourne.The party was in full swing,when two firemen decided they both wanted to take the same"Lady" to bed,after much pushing and shoving,JOCK turned to me,and after removing his glass eye said "Here hold this while I sort this B****** out".After I calmed them both down I think they decided they didn't want her anyway.

Jon Welford @ AMORIA (1), Mon, 03/23/2009 - 19:21

Third ship as Deck Cadet, When there was a generator failure the old Doxford Diesel just kept going!

Jon Welford @ ARIANTA (1), Fri, 03/20/2009 - 20:20

Joined in Malta, as Deck cadet, Later we damaged the bow entering the dock at Antwerp and later smashed the prop at Stanlow. The crew on board at that time were fantastic, never been on a ship like it. Brilliant.

Jon Welford @ HEMIFUSUS, Fri, 03/20/2009 - 20:10

My first ship as Deck Cadet joined in Rotterdam and straight to Barry Dry Dock to replace propshaft bearings. Loaded Lube oils in Curacao ended up in New Zealand, Only ship I spent Christmas aboard in 9 years with Shell!

Jon Welford @ HEMIFUSUS, Fri, 03/20/2009 - 20:06
Jon Welford @ ETREMA (2), Fri, 03/20/2009 - 19:43

I joined the Etrema in St John for the sea trials as third mate and raised the Red Ensign for the first time on the hand over to STUK.

Max Van Sabben @ ZAFRA (1), Thu, 03/19/2009 - 22:11

Er zijn weinig namen die mij zijn bijgebleven tijdens mij Shell vaartijd maar die van Hans Slingerland vergeet ik nooit want die sprong kort voordat we Port Said naderde overboord de voorgeschiedenis duurt te lang maar paar uur later Hans weer aan boord en opgesloten in het hospitaaltje en in Port Said van boord gegaan 1 dag voor de kerst en nooit meer wat van hem gehoord

Tony Taylor @ LIMNEA (2), Mon, 03/16/2009 - 15:38

To join in Brunei Bay where she was layed up involved a two hour launch trip (seemed like two anyway). As we approached the ship the superintendent eng. pipes up and said "just one thing lads, be careful where you put your hands, we have had reorts of sea snakes climbing aboard" I wont bother you with the replies.

Chris Spencer @ HADRA (1), Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:31

Ref the Hadra

Add the bit about finding the discoloured water and the Submarine volcanoes in the Pacific before the old man's bollocking....

Chris Spencer @ HADRA (1), Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:28

Joined as deck apprentice in 1963.
She was the happiest ship I sailed in. I was there for 12 months and we broke / split amidships when flooding the dock at South Shields. Went back in for repairs. Then we collided with a Border tanker in the Thames ripping her off the berth.

Engine Room Storekeeper died at sea on the way to South Africa, he was buried on Friday 13th in Durban. The rudder was falling off when we returned to the ship.! A few more days at Bluff before returning to Curacao and then trips to Aus. I think the Captain got a bollocking from the company and a medal from Hydrographic Office for all the info we sent in..!!

Those were the days.!!

Cornelis Cees C... @ CARDISSA (1), Sun, 03/01/2009 - 17:29

In 1992/1993 my father Cees (Cornelis) Clarisse was Captain on the Cardissa. A small sailingboat got into problems and they had to send for help. The helicopter that came, got into trouble itself and had to return before being able to help them. The Cardissa had to give a helping hand and saved this people. They took the people from the sailingboat aboard with them. In the belongings of my father we found some pictures, but we are not sure when and where this accident took place. Does anybody remember or even was aboard on the Cardissa that day ?
Many thanks for remembering
Nathalie Haas-Clarisse with Gloria Clarisse-Gonzalez and my sisters Marcela and Lolita.

Neil Porter @ HAUSTELLUM, Thu, 02/26/2009 - 21:09