|09/02/2013 - 12:24||Shaun Bromwell||
Went global lugging coal on this new, yet ill fated crock in 1983. Joined in Aabenrae via a Dan-Dare flight from London to Copenhagen. From Denmark we headed for Virginia. Got smashed about for nine days crossing the North Atlantic in force 10-12's and just about limped into Hamden Roads with empty bunkers and a fo'csle awash with burst paint and thinners. The voyage from Virginia to Hong Kong via the Cape at 9 knots took months and most of us had cabin fever, having only had sight of one Albatross, a light house around St Helena and the glow of Singapore. with my shipmate Dave Parsons we hit first bag-shanty in Kowloon and went adrift for 3 days. Flogged, logged, keelhauled and banned from overtime, we endured the snails pace run back via Singapore, Richards Bay, back around the Cape and a pay off in Rotterdam.
Traditions are to be maintained.
Shaun Bromwell - Able Bodied Seaman