|Year of construction
|Year of renaming/broken up
|Service for Shell
1958 to 1984
|06/05/2017 - 21:56
I joined the Acavus for my final trip as an apprentice engineer August 1970 but I can't remember where that was. I completed the required total of 18 months sea time as we apprentices did in those days on her. We were carrying white oils (quite a change after bitumen on my first ship and crude on my second) and we were often discharging up the US west and gulf coasts. She was the first vessel on which I came across a sewage treatment plant which had been fitted in preparation for trips up the St Lawrence Seaway although I never did that route. The Hamworthy system used to get blocked up with cigarette filter tips thrown down the heads and hammocks for hamsters quietly disposed of by any young lady on board. As the E/A doing the 12-4, keeping it working was delegated to me - perhaps that's why some said I was full of sh!t. My only trip to Punta Cardun, Venezuala was on her, where we almost lost a 1st trip 5/E who fell in love with one of the girls at La Estrella - the innocence of first trippers versus the experience of an apprentice almost out of his probationary time ;-) . I became a fully fledged 5th engineer on her March '71 on passage to Halifax, Nova Scotia where we discharged a cargo of Stove Oil and I paid off. Nice flight home with TCA (long since gone).
|07/12/2015 - 21:41
joined her at shell haven jan 65 , first trip ,when signing on , a stoker chasing the cook , with a hammer , down the stair well from mess room , then the next was stoker screaming murder , as cookie was chasing him with a cleaver . Being green as green and 15 [ galley boy ] , mam can I come home was my thoughts . They had been drinking there docking bt 4 bells , next I saw them best o pals after some shouting , thankfully the weapons , was removed by other crew members .
|10/07/2014 - 18:14
Joined her in Cape Town in late 1977 (With Sue - her first trip "Wife"). There had been a suicide on board on her way to Capetown, and we walked on board to find a fist fight going on on the flying bridge between the C/O and an AB. My first job was to return to jetty hut and call the Police! This was the worst "British" crew I ever sailed with on a vessel that should have been excellent on her round the world lube oil run. (Unfortunately it was matched by one of the worst Masters I ever sailed who refused to take any disciplinary action.) We had an AB returning drunk from a trip ashore in Aussie who picked a fight with the Aussie jetty man...and ended up in the water between the hull and the jetty for his troubles... and on another occasion I was dispatched ashore to round up the drunken crew from a bar so that we could sail?? Things improved with a new C/Off and new Master...and some of the crew got paid off...
|10/13/2011 - 00:54
I was also first trip apprentice on her in 1967. Happy memories of both voyages and a happy ship.
|09/26/2010 - 13:15
will have to look out all my photos ihave got about 10 from the time that she was in the far east sorry to see she has beenscraped was a great ship i sailed on her for 2years
|12/13/2009 - 14:05
After our all expenses paid caribbean holiday I had to work. Later on in the trip we load lubricating oil in Rotterdam and Rouen for West Africa. Just before we got to our first port of call which was Las palmas Capt. Palmer received a telex from Shell International to take on fresh provisions for the 4 Shell personnel in Luanda
|12/06/2009 - 18:28
With reference to our two week holiday in Curacao I have remembered the surname of the C/E and his wife. They were Brian & Jill Egan
|11/26/2009 - 00:17
Free Carribean holiday on Shell January 1979. Shirley & I flew out to Curacao with the C/E and his wife (Brian & Jill). When we arrived in Curacao the agent gave us all an envelope with money in it. We said "whats this for". He said "we don't know when the Avavus is coming here you are staying in the Holiday Inn Hotel. The money is for your meals". We were there for two weeks soaking it up by the swimming pool. There were some good cabaret acts on in the hotel. One day we hired a car and toured the Island. Every few days the agent came along with another envelope full of money. I remember the old Singapore days when we used to get a dohbi allowance so we got that as well.
|10/09/2009 - 19:46
After coming out of dry dock in Bremerhaven we sailed to the med and then back to Hamburg where we colliced with a coaster in the river Elb. All that nice paint damaged but no serious damage. This was my first ship that i joined in Seattle in 1971 aged 16.