|08/12/2013 - 11:35||Albert Arthur Wild||
Signed on in dock st pool 9 2 1956 the whole crew flew out to Curacao flew to Shannon after about an hour port engine went on fire. Returned to Shannon for repairs. Then gander then new york then on to Curacao with the
|12/02/2012 - 21:54||Don Owers||
I Joined the Plagiola in Liverpool where it had just done a dry dock and boiler clean. Trouble is our luggage didna??t come with us when we left London so I had to catch the train back and fetch it. The 4th engineer was from the Orkneys about as far north of Scotland as you can get. He came running up to me before being introduced and, obviously in a great state of anxiety said something of which I could discern absolutely nothing. It might just as well have been Greek. So eventually I thought I better follow him down to the engine room to see if I could find the problem. He pointed to the turbine and made it know that it wouldna??t turn. Now this is pretty serious, turbines are suppose to turn , thata??s how they work, and if they dona??t turn you dona??t go anywhere which would be bad for my first second engineers job. So I assumed that the turbine had been bent, ita??s easy to do, because they can get hot on the top and remain cold on the bottom if they arena??t turned, so I stuck the turning gear in and rotated it a few times and then gave it a kick on steam and lo! It worked. All this on my first day and from there on it was never boring.
|08/09/2012 - 23:57||Calvin Kent||
I spent 5 months on the US and W.Africa runs shortly before she went to scrap. I remember the pumpman paying off sick in Curacao, (suicidal depression?). The heat in the bottom of the pumproom needed to be experienced to be believed, you were scolded by your own sweat.
|03/25/2011 - 18:54||John Pearce||
Terrible time repairing leaking heating coils standing in asphalt up to your ankles. Will someone correct me if wrong, did we have the divers down for a leaking double bottom tank in Newport News dry-dock? I remember the second engineer was B.S.Brown and was a real b.....d! Lost a stone in weight, and I wasn't very heavy to begin with! I recall the pump-man getting sick, always up to his neck looking after the dublex cargo pumps. Joined in Dublin and was pleased to leave in Jacksonville 7 months later.
|04/06/2010 - 00:19||John Haywood||
First trip to sa as engineer apprentice. Great shock! joined in New York in August, never experienced such heat before!! then the engineer apprentice's cabin was right above the steam pipes to the cargo (bitumen) heating coils, coo!! was like living in an oven. Still got used to it in the end & enjoyed it, good experience.
|01/28/2010 - 22:07||Ian Coulman||
I always remember the Plagiola as it was the 3rd ship I joined ar 3rd mate and I had my first cargo overflow during loading, yes bitumin, not a great cargo to overflow. But it was the best lesson I ever learnt and it never happened again.
|08/04/2009 - 04:16||Hugh M Macleod||
Trading from Curacao to many ports on the East Coast of U.S.A. from Miami to Maine delivering Asphalt was a piece-of-cake. Particularly enjoyable was the opportunity to get ashore to buy records of Elvis and Bill Haley, and listening to this crazy new music called Rock and Roll, before we had ever heard of it in the U.K., and to take the music home with us at the end of the voyage, we were the bees knees.