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I joined the STS Haustellum in 1954 as the Galley boy in Newcastle I believe . I sailed on her for the first year from sea trials including her maiden voyage. this was my first tanker and voyage overseas. we sailed from Newcastle for sea trials then to Falmouth before finally leaving for overseas. It was not a particularly happy ship as there were some issues on board . I believe one of the engineers was paid off early as I think he was unstable . the cook at the time was a bit of a bully and made my life miserable. toward the end of my time, on board, the Bosun was killed trying to connect cables for the wind tubes airing out the tanks. We also went through Hurricane Hazel which damaged some of the superstructure including parts of the flying bridge. we had single cabins and my cabin was right aft . Any time the seas got rough I had to make sure my deadlight was closed and screwed tight as it was real close to the water. All in all it was a stressful voyage and I was glad to be paid off.
Hello, I am trying to use your contact page but cannot submit a message – I keep being asked to provide an email address, but there is no box in which to do so. Is there an alternative way I can contact Kees Helder? It is in relation to publishing some of the images on the website in the magazine of the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Janine Flew

janine.flew@sea.museum
Wie kent de naam van de kapitein in 1978 aan boord ss SEPIA die de KMR vlag voerde?
I will be happy to receive a list over Shell VLCC's. Joergen
Kan Helderline niet krijgen
How do you add your own name to ships?
Wijzigen van emailadres blijkt onmogelijk.
Alles geprobeerd, krijg steeds de melding dat ik een emailadres moet invullen.
Dat doe ik toch!
Contact opnemen lukt ook niet.
Krijg steeds de melding dat ik een emailadres moet invullen.
Groet,
Glenn Mellonius
Dear All

Sailed with Shell Tankers from 1969 -1985. Now fully retired from employment. Though still interested in the marine industry as I made more good friends at sea than ashore. Seafarers are a cut above the rest.
Best regards
Des Brookes
Looking for any info on Peter Ernest Begg Chief engineer on the Neritana prob late 1940's early 50's
Powell-Corderoy – 1936
The M/V Solarium Story (M/V is abbreviation for Motor Vessel)


When the Solarium ship was built in 1936, the school successfully applied to adopt a ship and they were allocated an oil tanker M/V Solarium.

The Captain of the ship was Mr J. Davies and the Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Company owned it.



This is a photo of the M/V Solarium in Liverpool. The photograph was taken by Basil Fielden a famous ship photographer at the time. The ship was built in 1936 and weighed 6,234 Tons Gross. (I have purchased the item and is no longer copyright.)


In 1937 the school started taking a weekly magazine called:
“The Journal of Commerce and Shipping Telegraph” – this allowed them to learn the ship’s whereabouts each week.

In doing so they also learnt about different places in the world, the weather in these ports and also how the ship travelled and was maintained. To add to the excitement Captain Davies wrote to the children with his news!

In return, the school sent letters to the ship and also a copy of the school magazine. The crew sent letters, picture post-cards and updates to both the school and some children at their home.

The ship travelled to many ports such as: Liverpool, Barry in South Wales, The Mediterranean, Curacao (off Venezuela), Balik Papan (Borneo), Suez Canal, Singapore, Hull, North Shields (Tyne) Muscat Oman. (The hottest seaport)

In October 1937 there was an exhibition at County Hall in London: “British Ship Adoption Society Exhibition” – Powell-Corderoy mounted and conducted an exhibition about their ship and were complimented on what an interesting and well prepared show they arranged, (Proud to be Powell!)

Remarkably, in 1937 The British Ship Adoption Society had adopted “Do Better Still” as their guiding motto.

Before Christmas 1937, the Captain and officers of M/V Solarium sent some money (£3 12s 6d) for The Infant’s Christmas Tree. In return the children sent Christmas Mail, Magazines and a Camera to the ship. [In today’s money that would be almost £500!)
When possible, ships in British ports were visited by students of the school, which have adopted them - a highlight for the seamen and children alike.
Hi,

My Father, Chief Engineer David H Smith worked for Shell and sailed on many ships, including the Vanessa, Limopsis, Lotorium and others whose names I have forgotten. He is now 90 years old and suffering very badly from Dementia and being cared for by his 80 year old wife, Jean. Dad was one of the very first to receive the Merchant Marine Medal, he continued working until his late 70’s eventually retiring from Arklow Shipping. Even though he is very ill he still remembers his days at sea.

Dave Smith, a very proud 55 year ild son.
I am a Shell Pensioner try the following:-
SPA Secretary
SPBA Secretary & Treasurer

Rgds Bernard Reynolds, Captain MN Retd


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UPDATE: names and phone numbers have been removed; please do not publish personal information.