|Year of construction
|Year of renaming/broken up
|Service for Shell
1954 to 1975
|08/07/2017 - 18:47
I joined the "Hadra" as Chief Steward on 13th June 1958 and left her in March 59 in Middlesborough. She was a good ship and great crew. Capt Phillips was the Master an old fusspot. When I joined he told me he expected me to look after him and clean his quarters, needless to say I put him right. The Chief Officer was Joe Bodle and Chief Engineer Jamey Flett we all got on very well. I left after 12 years at Sea to join a Ship Supply Company in London selling beers to ship's at London/Tilbury - Double Diamond, Long Life, Skol, Allsopps Lager and Simmonds "Tavern" Ale. Was moved down to Southampton HQ where I negotiated with Thorensen Car Ferries for sole contract to supply their cross channel ferries and as a result Hibbert's made me a Director.
I really enjoyed Shell. The Tagelus was my first with Capt John Davidson, a superb Master and much respected by all the crew and then I joined Trochiscus which went into mothballs at Rosyth . Happy days
|12/19/2015 - 14:46
Joined as 3rd Engineer at Falmouth during a mini refit, change out of HP turbines rotor. sailed right around the world Curacao, Cape town. Fremantle Geelong Sydney Brisbane Wellington and back to Curacao. At Wellington the local stevedores were on strike, the crew discharged the drums of oil from the focsle tonnage hatch, and goy paid cash local rates. They were all pleased. She was a happy ship and although older was one of the big earners as she was always carrying lubricant's, and transformer oil.
|09/28/2014 - 10:23
Held together with Thistlebond and hope! But what a great ship to be an apprentice on!
|02/06/2012 - 19:50
I remember the night before we docked in Middlesbrough the Ch Officer and I visited the Scottish Chief Engineer and between us we drank his docking bottle. I think his name was Jamie Flett and the Ch/Officer Joe Boddle. Needless to say Chief was not happy his bottle had been swallowed! but on arrival with some assistance from a friendly HM Customs Officer I was able to get him a double issue and had the bottles signed and cleared and his face lit up when I dropped them off to his cabin. Really nice man and a great crew.
Also sailed on Tagelus with Capt Davidson (my absolute favourite Shell Tanker) and Trochiscus with Capt Phillips.
|09/03/2011 - 23:09
Prior to docking the Chief Officer (Joe Bodle) and I descended on the Ch Engineer - Jamie Flett a Scottish gentleman and pursuaded him to let us have a nip from his docking bottle of Scotch Whisky. He then got called down to the engine room and needless to say we drank the lot but Jamie bless his heart never complained but when he saw his empty bottle you could have strung a hammock on his bottom lip.
After we docked HM Customs came onboard and I entertained them and they gave me a couple of bottles for Jamie which they endorsed so he could take them home. He was so surprised when I dropped them off to his cabin. Never seen either Joe or Jamie since........Great ship, Great Crew, in fact my last at Sea because I acme ashore to be a Ship Chandlers Rep. Hope there are still crew members of my age (now 80) still around and Joe who was from Whitehaven is still alive. Also sailed on Tagelus and Trochiscus. Had 14 years at Sea but really enjoyed Shell.
|03/07/2009 - 10:31
Ref the Hadra
Add the bit about finding the discoloured water and the Submarine volcanoes in the Pacific before the old man's bollocking....
|03/07/2009 - 10:28
Joined as deck apprentice in 1963.
Engine Room Storekeeper died at sea on the way to South Africa, he was buried on Friday 13th in Durban. The rudder was falling off when we returned to the ship.! A few more days at Bluff before returning to Curacao and then trips to Aus. I think the Captain got a bollocking from the company and a medal from Hydrographic Office for all the info we sent in..!!
Those were the days.!!