Aad H.c.j. Born

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11/26/2008 - 01:20 ss ARCA under friendly fire leaving Camranh. the 19th of november 1969 the Arca sailed from Punta Cardon via Durban (for bunkers) bound for Pulau Bukum. We arrived just after X-mas 1969. The New Year we celebrated discharging JP4 anchored in the bay at Da Nang. The first week of 1970 we spent in Qui Nhom, Nha Trang and Camranh. Finished discharging at Camranh we sailed for Pulau Bukum. The master did not bother to much with formalities. He probably just sailed away in the morning hours. Our captain, Piet Sandee (better known as dirty Piet) was a bit like that. A small patrol vessel went after us, trying to make us stop. At first by means of the old Aldis lamp, signalling at a speed no one could read. Captain Piet still did not bother to much and just slammed the engine telegraph full ahead. Thus rapidly increasing the disctance between us. The weather was nice and sunny, the ARCA in ballast had no difficulty with the moderate swell. With Singapore as the next port of call life could not be better. Master, mates and sparks had some fun and did not have a clou. Our adversaries were very determent however. They fired a few shots acros the ARCA's bow, their gunnery suddenly made sense. The game was over, the battle lost and "dirty Piet" surrendered. If on board at the time and if you remember any particulars of this incident please do contact me. Regards Aad Born then acting as radioofficer
10/12/2008 - 16:08 In de ochtend van 14 april 1970 is de Shelltanker ARCA varende op de Mekong rivier onderweg naar Saigon Vietnam met 3 raketten aangevallen. Er vielen geen gewonden, het schip werd slechts heel licht beschadigd. Als kapitein was aan boord Piet Passieux. Was u toen ook aan boord ? Weet u zich nog iets te herinneren over dit voorval ? Graag neem ik hierover contact met u op. met vriendelijke groet Aad Born. In the morning of april 14th 1970 the Shelltanker ARCA, when on the Mekong river bound for Saigon Vietnam has been fired upon with 3 rocket propelled granades. None of the crew were wounded. The ship itself was only very slightly damaged. In command was captain Piet Passieux. If on board at the time and if you remember any particulars of this incident please do contact me. Regards Aad Born then acting as radioofficer
03/15/2007 - 01:15 Great site, many compliments ! I sailed with Shell Tankers BV from 1964 until 1975 and enjoyed it very much. As R/O on SEPIA VITREA CINULIA DILOMA NEVERITA MACOMA ARCA MARTICIA SEPIA PHILIPPIA DIONE in that order.

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Anecdotes

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Amastra (2)

From US Navy archives the following story was extracted:

12/16/2008 - 18:37
Arca (2)

ss ARCA under friendly fire leaving Camranh.

07/28/2014 - 01:27
Arca (2)

Da Nang
December 31st 1961.
The Shelltanker " Arca " entered the bay late in the afternoon.

11/29/2009 - 15:04
Daronia

As far as the ?Daronia? was concerned, since she was full of petrol, she had a miraculous escape. She was anchored about one third of a mile upwind of the ?San Flaviano?

05/27/2009 - 12:14
Daronia

Extract below is from the Shell Magazine

The Sinking of the ?SAN FLAVIANO?

05/27/2009 - 12:11
Dione (2)

picture by ?

07/15/2009 - 10:39
Eastgate

Story by William T. Alexander
?Eastgate? attacked in Vung Ro bay june 6 1968.

06/06/2009 - 14:50
Kara

From US Navy archives the following story was extracted:

12/16/2008 - 18:41
San Flaviano

Extract below is from the Shell Magazine

The Sinking of the ?SAN FLAVIANO?

05/27/2009 - 12:09
Sepia (2)

flessenpost / message in a bottle.
het was in de zomer van 1964.

10/05/2010 - 14:51
Sepia (2)

Sepia deja vu.
She was revisited by me twice after some 20 odd years, in the late 70's and early 80's.

06/27/2009 - 18:44