Cerinthus

About

Completed 1954 as Cerinthus for Hadley Shipping. In time-charter for STUK. 7-1976 arrived Faslane for scrap.

Information
IMO number
5067493
Call sign
GSSJ
Construction number
1470
Tonnage
19.349 ton
Year of construction
1954
Year of renaming/broken up
1976
Service for Shell
1954 to 1976
Cargo
Class
Flag state
Home port
Manager
Shipyard
Status
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Comments

Sailors

Name Job Period Details
Dennis Crook stoker/fireman
Barry Morgan messman 1959 peggy (mess room)
Rchard Harding jun.deck apprentice 1960 to 1961
Allen Hawker catering boy 1963
Gary Angell able seaman 1963 to 1965
Paddy Gunnery cabin boy 1963
Dudley Benfield catering 1964 Cant remember much about the trip, mid 60s thats all.
Chris Child cadet 1966 to 1967
Tony Noon 5th engineer 1967 to 1968
Robert William Moore navigation cadet 1969 to 1970
Malcolm Lakey catering boy 1970
Howard Godfrey junior engineer 1972
Duncan Mcgregor... engineer 1973 to 1974 engineer cadet, junior engineer, 5th engineer
Stephen 3rd officer 1974
Denis Allen efficient deckhand 1974
Ian Thomas radio officer 1974
Paul Burrows 2nd engineer 1975 to 1976

Anecdotes

Date Visitor Anecdote
11/13/2017 - 03:19 Robert William Moore

Went through Hurricane Inga in 69, heavy with cargo .. the main deck disappeared under a white foaming sea for much of the time... we had to turn head to wind and the forward deck walkway got uprooted and was flailing about damaging the hatch covers. It took a bit of securing with wire hawsers to hold it down until a proper repair could be made.

After Inga still miles from land, steaming at 18 knots we were drying out the lifeboat sails by the expedient method of hoisting them up the mast and letting them flap... A plane descended from nowhere and \\\\\\\'bombed\\\\\\\' us. The bomb hit the ocean just by the ship and exploded into a large inflatable dinghy. As the plane zoomed off we thought the bright orange flapping sails might have attracted him. Someone must have later found an abandoned floating life-raft and wondered what happened to the crew..

Called up a drifter one night, with the Aldis lamp, off the coast of Brazil.. [red light over a white light] to find out where his nets were... \\\\\\\'I was always good at identifying passing ships\\\\\\\', turned out to be the USS Enterprise !!!

Creedence Clearwater Revival music was blasting around the ship in the Buenos Aires refinery berth one night, when the first mate grabbed a cigar out of the mouth of a stupid Argentinian visitor, who proudly arriving at the top of the gang plank .. the shower of sparks was quite spectacular as it hit the deck .. why I am still here to tell these stories I am not quite sure, but perhaps the gas oil was not feeling volatile that day!

Out at sea I found an exhausted fruit bat clinging to a deck head and took it into my cabin while we got back to land.. it became quite tame as I fed it bits from the galley, but I never liked being called Batman from then until I left Cerinthus.

Just some of the fond memories and my best regards to anyone who shared those days.

10/16/2017 - 11:35 Rchard Harding

PS. Sorry, forgot to mention - enjoyed the colour photos on your website of "Cerinthus", particularly the aerial shot!