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1968 to 1986
|04/07/2017 - 10:50||Kevin Luckhurst||
We where in Kuwait discharging into 30 ton lorries. We only pumped during the day and the bitumen hardened in the pipes over night.
|01/05/2016 - 11:32||Capt. John Pete...||
I had a very happy 3 1/2 months on the 'Paludina', shifting bitumen from Curacao and Venezuala to the east coast ports of America. I remember asking the agent to get the largest Confederate flag he could purchase. We transited the rivers to both Charleston and Savanah on at least one occassion with the US courtesy flag on the starboard yardarm and the Confederate flag flying on the port yard arm. At that time, this was hugely received by other craft on the river sounding their whistles and when passing under any road bridge, the trucks and some cars would sound their horns. Something you would most certainly end up in jail for these days. As well as calling at these 2 ports, we visited Fort Lauderdale and Moorehead City on charter to Trumbolt Asphalt. We also called at Santa Domingo and Puerto Rico with one trip through the Panama Canal to Portland Maine, Oregon. Hard working ship, especially for the engineers. I recall the 3 generators were named Faith, Hope and Charity, and the main engine had 8 cylinders with each cylinder named #1 cylinder Snow White, and the remaining cylinders after the 7 dwarfs.
|05/06/2014 - 21:34||Robert Scott||
A great ship to do my second trip as engineering cadet before being made redundant in 1983!
|11/09/2013 - 01:26||Terry Chapman||
I was the biggest tosser ever to set sail on this boat
|09/02/2013 - 18:02||Shaun Bromwell||
Joined on my 19th birthday at Gibraltar. Great crew. Carried bitumen between the West Indies and Kuwait on a contract to build the Trans-Arabian highway. Carrying liquid bitumen in the Gulf with broken air-con is a nightmare. Took four weeks to discharge each cargo and nowhere to go ashore. I think we had a McDonald's on Xmas Eve before the militia made us wait in the sun for two hours to get back to the ship. Run aground and went on fire in Syros. Paid off in January.
|03/04/2012 - 15:07||Paul Ayers||
Not sure of the year think it was 77,The old man was Capt Farnell I'd sailed with him previously on the Hinnites, he was one of the best he loved getting his overalls on and doing a bit of painting. The mate was an aussie, can't remember his name, another great bloke though (he paid the overtime).The 9 deck crew were all edh,s and ab's, We had splinters in our ar--s we spent virtually the whole trip on chairs and stages, we even replaced all the accomodation window frames, what a job that was.great trip,great crowd,great memories.
|02/14/2012 - 14:08||Roy Halsall||
Have fond memories of my time spent aboard the Paludina!
|12/04/2011 - 20:39||Bob Knowles||
I had the grave misfortune to serve about this vessel during the early part of 1976. I joined with a very good mate of mine Ray Oliver - and with the best of intentions took up our roles of A/S ( assisant Stewards ) accordingly.
The master was in commard of his first ship and boy O boy did it show !
Conditions on the ship could only be described as terrible.
On one occasion the sewage stsyem failed and our accomodation was flooded with human waste. When Ray and I reported the horrendous situation to the Captain he appeared to be only slighty interested and said that he the engineers would 'deal with it' in due course.
The combination of S*** and P*** all over the deck - no air conditioning and + 35 degrees did not exactly bring out the best in us and as a result we decided to jump ship before one of us murdered the Captain.
Ray and I had left the ship at 3.00pm on morning when the ship was berthed in Savanna. We took the Greyhound bus down to Fort Lauderdale and had two fantastic weeks - spending most of our time on the beach during the day and then in the discos at night. When our dosh ran out - we gave ourselves over to the authorities who promptly banged us up for 7 days before we were flown back to the UK. A week later we meet with a Shell Shipping Manager and a union Rep and were given the news that a number of other issues had occured with other crew members and an officer.
Whilst Ray or I would ever suggest that jumping ship is a good tactic - there are times when conditions are so vile that drastic action is called for.
Just for the record - Ray and I then joined a number of P&O ships and enjoyed many happy years at sea without a single issue. We are both now happliy married with families of our own.
If there are any other poor souls who were subjected to that ship during the early part of 1976 - I would be happy to hear from you.
|01/14/2010 - 08:30||Carl Waldrom||
Was on board when the captain logged everyone for "did conspire with others to usurp the masters authority" in other words mutiny!, He left the vessel soon after, still have the pink sheet somewhere, the only one I ever had in nearly 20 years at sea.