02/28/2007 - 10:57
I sailed on the Hydatina as a deck apprentice. I joined the ship when it was in drydock in Bremerhaven in May 1963 and was on it for a total of 10 months. As I remember the master was captain Haynes or Hayes and he was a super guy. We sailed from bremerhaven to Trinidad and then spent 3 months coasting between Curacao and the Maricaibo Lake which was a godforsaken place. When we finally received orders to return back across the Atlantic the ship was bedecked in buntin and we had a party in the captain's cabin.