|09/21/2017 - 15:32||Tony Dodd||
After Shell ended her contract, she went to Houlder Bros under the name of Ore Carriers Ltd and I joined her in Los Angeles November 1975 for the first of two trips on her as 2/E. She was on spot charter then and over the next 12 months we were generally running Gulf to US West Coast. She was well built, reliable, ran well and had nice accommodation. The main problem was that she had been built as a greyhound to do 17 knots loaded from her 13,500 SHP and this was no good when oil prices rocketed.
Our last run was to carry spiked crude to the Gulf Oil refinery outside Bellingham, Washington state and we were 3 weeks discharging in dribs and drabs. Bellingham was an interesting place, it had a huge teacher training facility with lots of single ladies! After the last discharge, we went to Pusan, South Korea to finish tank cleaning and then to Kaohsiung, where we ran her up the beach - probably my worst moment in my life as a Marine Engineer was shutting her down for good. She was also my last steam ship - I went on motor vessels after her some with Houlder Bros and others with CP Ships.