Anecdote

Ken Gifford @ NEOCARDIA, Mon, 02/02/2009 - 07:59

In the mid 1950s I was an engineer for over a year on "Neocardia".
I joined the ship in Geelong,Victoria and ranged over most of the
world,from Australia, U.K.,South America,Finland,Germany,Holland,
Persian Gulf,and most countries in the Mediteranian.
Some of the time was in the Far East.
I was 4th Engineer on watch as we were leaving the Lake Berre refinery
in the south of France with a load of petrol.The passage out to the Med.
was across the lake,through a canal to Port-de-Bouc and the open sea.
Approaching the entrance at half speed I recieved an emergency astern
which I responded to with much starting air and noise.
A minute or so later we felt the ship take to the ground,listing and
righting again as it came free.
Almost immediately petrol fumes came down the ventilators.
I told the cadet engineer to report to the Chief Engineer on deck,and
sent the 5th Engineer to shut the boiler furnaces off.
The Second Engineer then appeared and described how a barge hidden by the
break wall crossed us and was hit midships and pushed up on to the wall.
The family and their dog managed to scramble ashore.
The Radio Officer with great presence of mind recorded the whole thing
on film,and all on board recieved copies.
We got clear and went well out to sea to clean the tank and gas free.
WE had to return to the Berre refinery to discharge the cargo to allow
drydocking.As we passed through the canal returning,the ship recieved
a typical Gallic reaction with much shaking of fists and other gestures.
Every cloud has a silver lining.We had a welcome stay in Marseilles
for some weeks as the damaged plating was repaired.

Howard Fitzgerald @ HADRIANIA, Thu, 01/29/2009 - 10:30

Eldest daughter (now 42!!) born 29th July 1966, the day before we docked in La Spezia, and England won the world cup.Skipper (Capt Charlton)insisted I drink half pint of rum to celebrate !! Thought we were coming home, but went out through Suez, and returned home in December.

Howard Fitzgerald @ HADRIANIA, Thu, 01/29/2009 - 10:30

Eldest daughter (now 42!!) born 29th July 1966, the day before we docked in La Spezia, and England won the world cup.Skipper (Capt Charlton)insisted I drink half pint of rum to celebrate !! Thought we were coming home, but went out through Suez, and returned home in December.

Floor Binkhorst @ VITREA, Mon, 01/26/2009 - 17:40

We asked at Hofplein if itwas possible to get the same ship and it was no problem at all. So Chris Wiegant and I went to Kuwait and had a hard drive through the dessert into Saoudi-arabie. We went on board the Vitrea somewehre, I don't remember the name of the harbour, and after a week or so I went homesick because of my new girlfriend and I quited aboard. So after 6 or 7 weeks I went home and left my friend Chris alone.
I married that girl, so it was not for nothing!
For a long time Chris and I met frequently but somehow it went over.
Too bad , but that's live.

James George Parker @ VELLETIA, Fri, 01/23/2009 - 17:04

I was signed on the Velletia in Hamburg as an EDH in Hamberg. We had two weeks anchored off Cowes Isle of Wight with the Volvatella due to the world glut of oil.
Eventually they shut down one boiler and we sailed at 12 knots for Mina Al Amahadi
We loaded 28ooo + tons of oil in six hours. The !st mate was fast. Paid off in Newcastle 11 monthe and ten days later. I still have my wages slip. Happy Days

Marike Van Der Woud @ ZARIA (2), Sat, 01/17/2009 - 12:01

Ik was aan boord toen we de Zaria bank ontdekten Voorheen bekend als de Charlotte bank in de Chinese zee. Tjonge dat was jammer van de zaterdagse hapjes alles op de grond en jammer genoeg ook mijn goeie goed verklooit. Maar ik ben nog steeds onder de indruk van het feit dat die hoofd motor van full sea speed zo met een klik terug ging naar achteruit. Het was te laat maar toch aan die motor heeft het niet gelegen. Ik weet niet hoeveel jaar het is geleden maar dat vergeet ik nooit weer ondanks dat ik in mijn hart en nieren een stuurman ben.

Tonga @ ERINNA (2), Fri, 01/16/2009 - 18:11

This is actually a test message on behalf of a lady whose son served on Drupa and Erinna; but was sadly killed in a motor accident in 1989 aged 17. She is trying to trace anyone who knows more of these two ships during 1986-88.

She has tried to login and post, but without success, hence I am trying to do it on her behalf.
Tonga

Mark Buxton @ SULPHUR BLUFF, Tue, 01/13/2009 - 14:35

My father , Harold Buxton, work as a galley boy on the Sulphur Bluff, only from 23rd September to the 31st October 1944. The vessel was on special operations
part of Operation Neptune which we know was part of Operation Overlord the D Day Landings June 1944.She was carrying bulk petroleum for the Army and Airforce.

Sun Sep 17, 1944 Arrived Southampton in convoy FTC.11A.
Special Operations between these ates.
Thu Mar 22, 1945 Departed Downs in convoy OS.118KM.

The FTC series sailed from Seine Bay to Southend from June to September 1944.

Mark Buxton @ SULPHUR BLUFF, Tue, 01/13/2009 - 14:35

My father , Harold Buxton, work as a galley boy on the Sulphur Bluff, only from 23rd September to the 31st October 1944. The vessel was on special operations
part of Operation Neptune which we know was part of Operation Overlord the D Day Landings June 1944.She was carrying bulk petroleum for the Army and Airforce.

Sun Sep 17, 1944 Arrived Southampton in convoy FTC.11A.
Special Operations between these ates.
Thu Mar 22, 1945 Departed Downs in convoy OS.118KM.

The FTC series sailed from Seine Bay to Southend from June to September 1944.

Uhuka Solomon C... @ LNG RIVER NIGER, Sun, 01/11/2009 - 13:51

the day i would never forget onboard was the day i raised a false alarm, i was supposed to use the patrolman alarm, instead i used the engineers alarm, this alerted all the engineers onboard.
i felt so stupid wit ma self

Roy Tillett @ LIMNEA (2), Fri, 01/09/2009 - 12:41

Had Great Dry Dock Time Singapore Wages For Fun,Only 16 At The Time What An Experience...Joined Borneo-Paid Off-Rotterdam

Hans De Bruin @ ACTEON, Wed, 01/07/2009 - 00:50

The Acteon was the ship I sailed on in the beginning years of the 70's.
It had a fixed route on Saigon during the war, we where checked all the time by small patrol boats full of South Vietnamese soldairs. They where throwing granades under the ship to keep away divers. Sometimes the next morning there where some dead guy's on the small land strip near the ship, awfull to see but daed as a doornail.
I've met my ex-wife in Singapore that time, and lived with her for five years. All I have left is my memories and a wonderfull son. Shell was the best employer i have known.
greetz Hans