|06/05/2017 - 22:30||Tony Dodd||
Hemifusus was my last H boat, joined and left in Singapore during first half of 74 after I had passed my 2nd Class Steam ticket. Nice old girl, running around the Pacific with Lub Oils and the only time I went to Japan was on her. I loved the routes but, with new ships coming on line and me only getting sent to old ones, I was becoming a little bored with Shell boats by the time I was on her and wanted something more modern so I left Shell for a challenging role with a Greek shipping company - where my Panamanian ticket cost me just 10bucks and I could have a 2/E berth and pay!
|05/10/2014 - 17:11||John Selbie||
my first trip at sea ,was supposed to be for 3 months turned out to be a 9 month sentence,i lived in the rabbit hutch assigned to catering boys ,i was sea sick from hamburg to gulf of mexico aprox for 3 weeks ,the ship its self was hmm rubbish so say the least,but the work and guys i worked with were great, i worked as galley boy,and as i came from a small mining town in fife, and from a large family living on the bread line, i can honestly say i have never been so well fed,but have to say saw a lot of this world we live on in that nine months in fact a world criuse,so from sept 1968 to june 1969, i have to say thanks to ,john the cook from everton liam curran liverpool rocky (nobby clark pantry boy lol closest i can get for him was west ham area, and fellow scot davy herron,hope u all done well and life was good to u all.
|10/22/2011 - 12:48||Peter Cole||
Had black out on the Musi river heading for Pladju, ran aground briefly, fended off river pirates with capstan bars and brought the new year in half an hour early due to a timing error that was down to the skipper whose name I can't remember. Ch.Eng. was Marnoch Thompson, we drank all chiefies scotch & a good time was had by all.
|12/03/2009 - 12:00||John Holly||
I was an ordinary seaman and member of the crew of the Hemifusus when she carried first cargo of oil from Port Harcourt. We were treated to a roof-top party at Shell House, Lagos. On arrival in Port Harcourt Shell laid on a reception for the then Governor of Nigeria, together with his wife and party of officials. However, an engineer officer, who being fond of his drink, was considered too much of a liability to mix with invited officials and was foiled into entering his cabin with a "spare" case of whiskey etc. As he placed under his bunk, a couple of other officers locked his cabin door and left him there until the Governor and his party had left.
As we were at anchor on the river, a barge was set in place to enable the guests, especially the ladies, to embark from the launches, and ascend the steps to the deck. A cadet was posted as lookout on the bridge, in order to inform the captain when the first launch left the key side. It was arranged for the Governor to on the first launch. Unexpectedly, I was the sole person on the launch, having missed the last launch of the night before. I spent the night on a Fife's banana ship. When "my" launch pulled up at the landing barge, I was met by the captain and his officers in their white uniforms. The look he gave me suggested I was in for a keel-hauling. The crew members were casually assembled on the poop deck and gave me a round of applause. I crept to my cabin and laid low for a while.
PS. I gave up the sea on my return to England
|10/27/2009 - 20:42||Keith Refault||
Hemifusus was my first deep sea ship. I joined as Radio Officer at the age of 18 (15 days before my 19th birthday). I have always wanted to get a copy of the shell or a good photo of her. The one in the Helderline website looks as if it was toward the end of her days. When I joined she was only 2 so I would be 'over the moon' to get a photo of her in her prime
|03/20/2009 - 20:10||Jon Welford||
My first ship as Deck Cadet joined in Rotterdam and straight to Barry Dry Dock to replace propshaft bearings. Loaded Lube oils in Curacao ended up in New Zealand, Only ship I spent Christmas aboard in 9 years with Shell!
|03/20/2009 - 20:06||Jon Welford|