Mike Big Taff Harding


Period Tanker Job Details Action
1975 ALUCO gen dogs body boy rating 1st trip
1976 HALIA (1) deck boy catering boy, then deck boy
1976 LEPETA able seaman (grade 1) maiden voyage from h/w
1976 to 1977 LATIRUS (2) gp 1
1977 DORCASIA (2) efficient deckhand edh/g1
1977 to 1985 DRUPA (2) po mechanic g3/g1/po
1978 to 1986 NATICINA (2) able seaman (grade 1)
1978 to 1982 DARINA (2) gp g1 g1 several times late 70s/early 80s
1980 to 1988 ERVILIA gp g1 g1 served 3/4 times in 80s
1980 to 1985 TECTUS (2) able seaman (grade 1) maiden voyage as Shell
1981 to 1985 EBURNA (2) able seaman (grade 1)
1982 to 1986 NORTHIA (2) g1 / sgsk p/o
1982 to 1984 ERINNA (2) able seaman (grade 1)
1985 to 1995 gp 1 gp1/sgsk on the northia spent months tied up to the fsu.


Tanker Anecdote Post date Action

after leaving gravesend t.c. it was off to the ship fed.

10/11/2010 - 22:46

the bellamaya and battilus were huge ships,500,000 tonnes plus.i sailed on shell uk lightening ships [natacina ,darina , drupa, and took cargoes from both of these ships on

11/12/2010 - 23:41

proberly the best of the lighteners always very busy, trips used to fly bye,did 6/7 trips on her ,during the mid 70s to mid 80s.all the usual ports of call,tranmere allways

04/24/2011 - 20:23

decent ship to work on spent most of this trip around the uk/near cont with couple of trips down to bonny nigeria.

04/25/2011 - 17:11

Great times on this ship ,very busy times ,lightening/north sea ,brent spar flyer extra leave then cash it in ,loadsamoney lol .all added up over a 6 month trip .Then back

10/06/2010 - 15:31

more r/r after yet another tough winter up in the north sea.

12/21/2010 - 16:51

further to my earlier post about the lovely ERINNA ,never been on ship that was as badly riddled with cockroaches,there was no air con in crew accom it had been isolated fo

02/16/2011 - 18:31

joined the m.v cockroach [erinna] in sol islands took over from a very reluctant to leave chinese crew very cloak and dagger ish .

10/06/2010 - 14:42

good ship to sail on ,far east mostly odd trip around pacific islands,aussie and nz,did 2 or 3 trips on her always good crews ,mainly lads off the north sea / lightening ga

12/05/2010 - 14:50

Joined the eulota in the river blackwater where shell had taken over this fine vessel ,didnt know what to expect ,as it was a lube oil / small parcels of anything come tank

10/06/2010 - 13:35

What a ship this was ,as a young cat/deck boy it was great zipping in/out of ports lightening huge tankers at least 50,000 tonnes lol.

10/06/2010 - 15:10

really strange job this one , think i picked the limnea in brest .

12/30/2010 - 18:34

yet another great ship to be on in the late 70s to early 80s really busy for a big ship around the uk/europe coastal trade plus a fair bit of lightening thrown in.

12/30/2010 - 17:55

decent ship to work on very busy trading from the fulmar fsu in the north sea,usual runs uk ports shellhaven,fawley,milford/pembroke,tetney,all the usual cont ports mainly

04/25/2011 - 17:35

Joined the tectus by chopper at las palmas on her maiden voyage as the tectus. en route to richards bay sa.coal everywhere.fancied a change and it sure was!

10/06/2010 - 22:42