05/13/2009 - 15:11
I joined the Neothyris, in Rotterdam, on the 20th March 1960, as supernumery radio officer. We sailed to Hong Kong and signed off on the 25th May 1960, when the ship was handed over to the scrapyard. The officers then stayed in Hong Kong for a few days before sailing, as passengers, on the MS Asia, to Singapore. We there joined the MS Northia, on the 1st June 1960, and following a couple of trips to Calcutta and Manila, were given orders for Hong Kong. We signed off on the 14th July 1960, when again another Shell tanker was handed over to the scrapyard. We then spent a couple of weeks ashore in Hong Kong, before sailimg as passengers on the SS Carthage back to Singapore. Following a couple of days in Singapore, I then joined the SS Gouldia, on the 6th August 1960, for one trip to Pladju, where I joined the MS Bursa on the 12th August 1960. I then spent a very happy 9 months on the MS Bursa, as Sparky, mainly sailing between Singapore, Indonsia, Borneo and Malaysia.
I finally signed off in Singapore on the 5th April 1961, before flying home to the UK on the 7th April 1961
That was my introduction to Shell Tankers and the Far East and as a 19/20 year old it was a fantastic experience, one which I will never forget.