Bernard Reynolds

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03/12/2018 - 21:41 I am a Shell Pensioner try the following:- SPA Secretary SPBA Secretary & Treasurer Rgds Bernard Reynolds, Captain MN Retd ----------------------------------- UPDATE: names and phone numbers have been removed; please do not publish personal information.
08/25/2017 - 13:16 I had a fantastic surprise a couple of weeks ago. Ivor Newbury got in contact with me through this site. We sailed together on the Desmoulea 60 years ago. He was the R/O and I was first trip D/A. He remembered when we were berthing in Bombay we were rammed by a tug and spent 3 weeks having a new plate fitted to the hull. He only lives 30 miles from me so he and his wife came to see me and my daughter. We had a great time together swinging the lead. I'm 77 and he is 78.
04/06/2017 - 10:42 Hi John, I live in Hunstanton so does a C/E. Whereabouts do you live
02/04/2015 - 13:22 It is with sadness that I have to tell you that my wife Shirley crossed the Bar on the 22nd January. Many of you will have remembered us during the 30yrs I was with Shell. We had many adventures which I have recorded on this site. We met when Shirley was 16 and I was 19, we have 2 children, 5 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. We were married for 51 yrs. Shell still look after us and the a Shell Pension rep visits us regularly to see if we are OK. What a company to have worked for. The funeral is at Kings Lynn Crematorium on the 12th Feb. Rgs Bernard Reynolds
11/03/2014 - 18:39 Hi Kees Helder, many thanks for the information and pictures of the Metula. Are you able to tell me which Dutch "M" boat had a rendevous with the Las Palmas helicopter. It arrived out of the blue an hour before contact was made with the ship. The helicopter landed on deck but not in the hellipad. The rota blades struck an obstruction and shattered. Part of a blade penetrated the accommodation bulkhead into a 5/E's cabin who fortunately was on watch. The ship had to put into Las Palmas to land the helicopter. Many thanks Bernard Reynolds
10/13/2014 - 15:57 Hi Derek, you are listed as having sailed with me, if so have you any idea which ship. All the ships I sailed on are listed under my name and the dates I was on them. Rgds Bernard Reynold
02/02/2014 - 00:27 Hi Ron, great to hear from you after 56 years. An other D/A Achatina who was on the maiden voyage made contact with me in 2009. Colin Mclean he now lives in Canada. I sailed on the Achatina 4 times, she was my favourite ship. Do you remember two Norweigen 2/E's who sailed on that voyage. My wife & I got chatting to this chap in a Resturante in Rotterdam. He said that he was the C/E off a Norweigen chemical Tanker. I said that I was the C/O off the Shell tanker Achatina. He said he sailed on the maiden voyage. Needless to say we had a lot to chat about especially about Jimmay Britain.
10/05/2013 - 12:00 I have just been given details of two books written by Shell Seafarers. The first is by Roy Philpott, a Marconi Radio Officer. He did his training on several Shell Ships . His book is "20 Years Behind The Antenna Mast" and is publish on the same web site. The 2nd is "Under a Yellow Sky" by Simon Hall who was a D/A with Shell. His web site is ""
10/10/2009 - 13:25 I would love to hear from anyone who sailed with me and aslo with my wife Shirley. Trying to find my discharge books so I can get accurate dates.


Period Tanker Job Details Action
1957 VIBEX deck apprentice
1957 to 1958 HARPULA deck apprentice
1958 ACHATINA (2) deck apprentice maiden voyage
1958 TECTUS (1) deck apprentice
1958 ACHATINA (2) deck apprentice
1958 DESMOULEA deck apprentice
1959 to 1960 HANETIA 4th mate 4th mate stanlow/shellhaven shuttle
1960 to 1961 GENA 3rd mate
1961 GANESELLA 3rd mate
1961 to 1962 SAN FABIAN (2) 3rd mate
1964 HEMIPLECTA 2nd mate
1964 to 1965 PALLIUM 2nd officer
1964 HEMIPLECTA 2nd mate
1965 to 1966 VALVATA 2nd mate
1966 to 1975 ZENATIA (1) chief officer 2nd mate 1966 (jumboised) chief officer
1967 DONAX (3) 2nd mate
1968 to 1969 AXINA chief officer
1968 VENASSA (1) chief officer
1969 ACHATINA (2) chief officer
1970 HELISOMA chief officer
1970 VERTAGUS chief officer
1971 VERCONELLA chief officer
1973 DONAX (3) chief officer
1973 MELO extra chief officer
1975 to 1976 LABIOSA (2) chief officer 2consec trips
1976 MANGELIA chief officer
1977 to 1978 LEMBULUS (2) chief officer
1977 to 1978 LABIOSA (2) chief officer 2 consec trips
1978 LINGA (2) chief officer
1979 to 1980 PALLIUM captain (commanding officer)
1979 ACAVUS (2) chief officer
1980 AMASTRA (2) captain (commanding officer)
1981 ASPRELLA (1) captain (commanding officer)
1981 SOLEN (2) captain (commanding officer) captain. v/l was station tanker off banana, zaire
1982 ACHATINA (2) captain (commanding officer)
1983 DONAX (3) captain (commanding officer)
1984 EBURNA (2) captain (commanding officer)
1984 SIAM (2) captain (commanding officer)
1984 to 1985 DONOVANIA (2) captain (commanding officer)
1985 MENA captain (commanding officer)
1986 EBALINA captain (commanding officer)
1986 to 1987 ENTALINA captain (commanding officer)
1987 ERODONA (2) captain (commanding officer)


Tanker Anecdote Post date Action

After our all expenses paid caribbean holiday I had to work. Later on in the trip we load lubricating oil in Rotterdam and Rouen for West Africa.

12/13/2009 - 14:05

With reference to our two week holiday in Curacao I have remembered the surname of the C/E and his wife. They were Brian & Jill Egan

12/06/2009 - 18:28

Free Carribean holiday on Shell January 1979. Shirley & I flew out to Curacao with the C/E and his wife (Brian & Jill).

11/26/2009 - 00:17

In 1982/83 during two consecutive voyages did 12 trips to Klaipeda in Lithuania. When we went ashore the girls paid for the beer.

11/27/2009 - 23:39

Da Nang 1968/69 We were discharging aviation spirit through a submarine pipeline which went up a river bed to the tank farm.

12/11/2009 - 01:42

Connell House Singapore. I stayed at Connell House in the late 50's and early 60's when I was a D/App and 3/O.

01/09/2011 - 15:16

Spent 6 months on the Indian coast loading at the shell terminal on Butchers Island, Bombay. Discharging at Cochin, Madras and Budgie Budgie (Calcutta).

10/18/2009 - 12:14

I first joined the Donax as 2nd Mate on the 7th June 1967.

07/11/2011 - 12:23

I was on the Helisoma around 1970, Captain Chillman was the old man and we were on the UK/continent coast.

12/06/2009 - 17:51

Mangelia 1976 Part 2

10/23/2010 - 14:37

Mangelia part 1 My wife Shirley joined me by helicopter off Cape Town. We had joined my previous ship off Las Palmas where the helicopter landed on the deck.

10/23/2010 - 14:08

When the Metula grounded at the entrance of the Magelhaen Straits on 9th August 1979 it was a Saturday and it was announced on the BBC morning news.

09/14/2014 - 12:21

A Sabbeth days journey part2. I phoned the Agents who said they will try to sort it out but to no avail.

01/31/2010 - 11:20

A Sabbath days journey Part 1. In September 1964 when I was 2nd Mate I flew to Canada to join the Pallium at Seven Islands.

01/31/2010 - 10:58

The Pallium was my first command. After being on the UK coast for a couple of months we loaded for West Africa and the Azores.

10/18/2009 - 13:26

February 1965 we had some VIP passengers doing a round the world trip on Shell.

10/10/2009 - 15:38

When the Solen was a station tanker off Banana, Zaire she acted as a hotel for the oil field workers.

11/28/2009 - 00:18

Valvata part 3. Yokohama Christmas 1965. We arrived a few days before Christmas with a cargo of gasoil to find that we had to discharge at 4 different installations

12/06/2009 - 12:06

Valvata part 2. At the night club we had a floor side table. A part bottle of whiskey was produced with the colonel's name on it so he must be a regular.

11/22/2009 - 17:32

Valvata Part 1. My wife & I had many adventures on the Valvata 1965/66.

11/22/2009 - 17:14

The Vibex was my first ship which I joined at Eastham (Stanlow)January 1957, the Suez crisis was in full swing so we had to go to the Gulf via the Cape.

12/06/2009 - 11:02

I joined the Zenatia in Kure shipyard when she was being jumboised supposedly a month before she was due sail.

10/18/2009 - 14:15