I sailed on several Shell vessels from 1966 to 1972
I am the son of Jos Schregardus who retired from Shell Tankers in 1984. Jos sailed as 2nd, 1st mate and as a captain on tankers of Shell. When his vessel was in Rotterdam Europoort for bunkering I always came on board as a child, later as teenager and even when I was sailing as an engineer for the Royal Dutch Navy. I remember some names of vessels he was sailing on such as: Achmea, Onoba, Vitrea, Macoma (2), Kosicia, Capulonix. I will see if I can find some notes on which vessels he sailed in which years. Maybe people sailed with him.
Apprentiship at Rivetsdale Trchnical college 1962. Now live in Cape Town
I am an Aussie was working on the wharfs in Durban Sth Africa trying to work my passage back when a workmate told me there as a tanker at the tanker wharf that was short of crew so I applied for a job on board, the skipper was a bit hesitant but as they were short on crew he signed me on, on the understanding that we would eventually end up in London.
That was great for me and I enjoyed every moment I spent on Amoria.
We went up the coast of Africa, out of Curacao around the West indies.
Out of Cardom Lakes Sth America and finally signed off in London.
I think I was on board 6 to 8 months and loved every minute, enjoyed the company of the crew and was put on the job of 5th engineer with the 2nd engineer.
They called me Aussie on board.
That was definitely a highlight of my life.
i sailed on quite a few Shell vessels from 1980 to 1886.
I am originally from Northern Ireland, Shell was under British flag when i was there.
i sailed on both GP & conventional crews.
Anyone remember me?
Eamonn Mulholland
Ik wens Kees en alle lezers van helderline een ontzettend goede Kerst en veel voorspoed in het nieuwe jaar 2018
My first trip to sea was the SS Lanistes. I was 18. Joined her at anchor of the West Coast of Scotland. 2miles out. Didn't know what to expect. Was terrified. I was deck boy. The Bosun was the biggest man I had ever seen. Big Latvian. Very fair. Must have had an impact on me as I'm still working at sea. Things very different nowadays. Years have flown by.
i was with shell for 3 years and the best ship i sailed on was the helisoma ,started on her in 1970 for a year our bosun was polish i think great bloke and i was only a deck boy then a scotch seaman looked after me and trained me we got the bar up and running as it was closed down when the new crew started,good times a young lad had started as 3ed mate many years later i met him on a cruise ship as captain and he knew me ,after all that time nice to here from any one on there in1970/71.
My Father was in the Merchant Navy on board Trigonosemus -
David Leamon - might anyone know him? Sadly he passed away in 1998.
He always told us amazing stories of his time at sea!
It would be lovely to hear from anyone that knew him :)
Is there anyone out there who served on tanker "Cerinthus" - although, strictly not a "Shell" vessel, she was owned by the Hadley Shippng Co, a "subsiduary of Houlder Brothers n the 1950s/1960,s, and spent the vast amount of her time chartered to Shell. l joined Cerinthus in Jan 1960 in Barry Dock (C.H.Baileys drydock facility), my first ship, as Junior Deck Apprentice, and paid-off after a single voyage, ending in Tilbury in Jan 1961, when l then pursued a career in the Construction industry. l still have fond memories of this voyage, under the captaincy of C.J.Welch who had to retrurn to the UK in Dec 1960 from Curacao - also 1st Officer Thomas Woolcott. Chief Engineer was Ernest Featherstone, who it was "rumoured" was the elder brother of Margaret Rutherford, the renowned British actress at the time. Our ports of call were all west of Greenwich with the exception of Rotterdam prior to end of voyage in Tilbuury, London, and main base being Lake Maracaibo / Curacao, from where we carried various grades of crude & some refined products to various destinations on both east and west coasts of north and south America. Generally a very happy ship of which l have fond memories. lstill have my log-book from that time, including list of all crew members. Would be pleased to hear from anybody who sailed on Cerinthus during this period
I was on a few shell ships during my career in the MN between 1966 and 1983. Really enjoyed it
I had a fantastic surprise a couple of weeks ago. Ivor Newbury got in contact with me through this site. We sailed together on the Desmoulea 60 years ago. He was the R/O and I was first trip D/A. He remembered when we were berthing in Bombay we were rammed by a tug and spent 3 weeks having a new plate fitted to the hull. He only lives 30 miles from me so he and his wife came to see me and my daughter. We had a great time together swinging the lead. I'm 77 and he is 78.