01/02/2005 - 15:27
Thank you for a fine site.
I sailed as Radio Officer on the San Florentino from May 1963 until January 1964 and had a very happy time there. I joined in Cammell Lairds yard at Birkenhead where she was being converted back from a lightering vessel (she had been at Bonny in Nigeria on lightering duties) and we sailed to Maracaibo to load Boscan crude for Nynashamn in Sweden. Once she had been cleaned up after that very sticky cargo, we ran from Pernis to and from the Baltic ports taking in fuel oil before the winter ice closed in. Lots of trips through the Kiel canal and visits to places such as Skelleftea, Umea and Gavle which I never got to in any other vessel during my time at sea. The ship was good, the company aboard was good and the food was great. Plenty of trips ashore to Vlaardingen across the ferry from Pernis. A very happy time with fond memories of Shell and the people of Rotterdam.
Later whilst working ashore for Marconi in England I did a trip with a new radiotelex installation being evaluated by Shell Tankers UK aboard one of the Methane vessels to Arzew and Barcelona (where I disembarked to fly home). Good times.
Now retired and living in England.
Good wishes to you all.