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    15-04-2014 16:29 John Briton wrote:

    Hi Mick,long time no see!! still think of the good times mate.Get in touch John

    15-04-2014 13:06 Miguel wrote:

    This is a testimony that I will tell to every one to hear. I have been married four 4 years and on the fifth year of my marriage, another man had a spell to take my lover away from me and my wife left me and the kids and we have suffered for 2 years until I met a post where this man DOCTOR OGUN have helped someone and I decided to give him a try to help me bring my lover back home and believe me I just send my picture to him and that of my wife and after 48 hours as he have told me, I saw a car drove into the house and behold it was my wife and she have come to me and the kids and that is why I am happy to make every one of you in similar to meet with this man and have your lover back to your self. His email: ogunspirituretemple (at)

    12-04-2014 20:11 Edward Ashton wrote:

    many thanks for the photograph of the Shell Tanker Carmitia, I used to be a shipping supervisor at the Shell Oil terminal at Manchester, and supervised the unloading of the tankers at the Oil Berth.

    12-04-2014 10:09 Chris Heeneman wrote:

    Sinds gisteren 11 april 2014 heb ik deze site ontdekt.
    Heel leuk. Er kwamen vele leuke herinneringen boven.
    Ook heb ik al aardig wat bekende namen voorbij zien gaan.
    Ik ben erg benieuwd of er reacties op komen, al zijn de zestiger jaren wel erg lang geleden.
    De groeten Chris.

    11-04-2014 11:21 Barney B wrote:

    Good Morning Vietnam. Hello to all my fellow crew members on MV Amastra this day 47 year ago.Nha Trang, will we ever forget that night. Barney B

    04-04-2014 13:32 Gary Flux wrote:

    sailed on drupa,serenia,euplecta,limnea lay up trip,eburna,ervilia isocardia and erinna. between august 1980 and april 1985.

    21-03-2014 11:15 Philip Algar, Son Of Captain Stanley Algar wrote:

    As visitors to this excellent website may remember, I have filed some anecdotes about my father, Captain Stanley Algar who was a senior master with Shell. My book, GOODBYE OLD CHAP, A LIFE AT SEA IN PEACE AND WAR, is based on his career through two world wars and a long stay in a German POW camp. He wrote diaries whilst in the camp and I have used these in my book. Additionally, I have included colourful and informative insights on what it was like to be at sea in the first half of the last century. This is based on some articles he wrote, diaries and my own detailed research. There has been substantial interest in this book and I have now given over 70 presentations to several thousand people. I believe that GOODBYE OLD CHAP will appeal to anyone who wants to know what it was like working for Shell all those years ago. I should add that the book includes colourful accounts of trips to the Far East and to places where the culture and customs have long since vanished.

    I can offer the book at just £7.99 plus postage and packing. Please contact me if you are interested or, if you want more details, have a look at Amazon, although the title is much more expensive there!

    Philip Algar

    19-03-2014 16:26 Robert Birdsall wrote:

    Hi. I have a friend who's father served on Shell tankers. His name was Captain Robert "Bob" Birdsall. Among others he was on Amastra, Otina, Empire Flint, |Solarium, Adula, and Cardium. I would welcome any information from other users. Thanks and Regards. Rob

    19-03-2014 15:27 Deborah Gregory wrote:

    I am Looking for a Mr Anthony Musch, he worked on the :
    ss Kara = 8.2.1967
    ss kelletia = 9.11.1967

    17-03-2014 22:12 Alan Knight wrote:

    Hi Jim: I think that we sailed together on 'Vertagus" circa 1969. I was a Deck Apprentice, together with Pete Gill and Des McLindon (Rhodesian). The Captain was Maurice Holdron, and then Benjamin Stanley (from N.Ireland), who had been called back from retirement as Shell were short of Captains. The Mate was Bernard Reynolds, and the 2/O was Simon Bennett. Make a signal. Alan Knight

    10-03-2014 12:24 Bernard Jones wrote:

    Hi I sailed on the San Conrado in the 6os, I was fieman/greaser, we sailed from stanford- le-hope, outside of Tilbury,then headed for Curacao, it was only supposed to be a foyr week voyage, then back for an annual drydock, but then in Curacao we got order's to head for the Panama Canal, our next port after here was Nagasaki Kawasaki, from ther to Indonesia, came home five months later, so much for a short voyage. All in all it turned out to be a great trip, a good crowd aswell, i have sailed on other Shell Tanker's, and had very good trips on all of them. B.

    08-03-2014 22:40 Iain Wysner wrote:

    hi mark hows live with you now still with stena

    06-03-2014 16:33 Benjamin Healey wrote:

    To Paul Rayner:
    I joined the Felix on 16th November 1956 at Birkenhead. Paid off in Rotterdam on 26th July 1957, I came home to Harwich with a Radio Officer, could this be you? Via ferry we were drinking coffee and a tot of benadictine!
    The cook on the Felix was Taffy & Chief Steward was Banger Benson. Chief Engineer was 'The Jones Boy', the 2nd was Scottie. I rejoined the Felix at Falmouth on 18 Oct 1957 and took her round to Port Talbot to be broken up.
    I then joined the brand new San Gregorio on 30th November 1957 at Greenock and took her on sea trials, then set sail to the Persian Golf with Cook Taffy and Banger Benson - Chief Steward. Wot a ship 17/18 knots!
    I finished my working life as engineer of voith tug on the river Thames at the Royals and Tilbury docks for the PLA.

    01-03-2014 11:04 Eduard Van Helden wrote:

    Met belangstelling zag in het guestbook dat u veel foto:s van shelltankers heb.Zelf was ik oa stoker/olieman op de atya en acteon en heb ook op de viana en vivipara gevaren.Mocht U van deze schepen foto;s over hebben dan hoor ik dat graag.Gr E. van Helden Breda.

    26-02-2014 00:48 John Reemeyer wrote:

    looking for dutch ancestors on the De Ruyter side have some goin to the late 1700 an aart de ruijter married to a Deborah Bosboom not sure if we may be related . My son worked for Shell oil taking the tankers from Iran to the datch caribean islands but that was in the 2000's

    23-02-2014 12:31 Lisa Aston wrote:

    My father Neil Aston carried out part of his apprenticeship on the ship between 1954-1955. I would be interested to know if anyone knew him. It is so great to see this site.

    07-02-2014 20:14 Roy Kennedy wrote:

    Wonderful reading of all the different memories. My father served his apprenticeship with Anglo Saxon Petroleum, later serving with Eagle Oil, where he was very happy. My uncle and great uncle also served in Shell Tankers, and I applied for an apprenticeship but failed the medical. Keep this site alive, it is essential that students of maritime and social history are aware of what life at sea was really like.

    06-02-2014 11:47 Barrie wrote:

    my uncle ist officer meyrick died by accident at pladjoe sumatra in 1947 aboard the tanker e mail on your website by john on behalf of his father neil mckenna dated 15-09-2006 describes the circumstances of which i was not aware. i have emailed a thanks to him for troubling to post it. thankyou too. barrie ex commercial fisherman from wales uk

    04-02-2014 22:22 Phil Mairs wrote:

    i was a deck hand on the mactra 1971
    16 years old first ship i sailed on
    joined crew tranmere merseyside

    02-02-2014 00:27 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    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.

    01-02-2014 00:52 Ron Deegan wrote:

    Trying to get in contact with arthur jones who I sailed with on the San patricio in 1955 to 56....believe he lived in birkenhead ...he was second cook and baker and Iwas the galley boy ..the chief Cook was called john ?...the cook was put ashore in singapore when he took ill ..he later died from cancer ...arthur was promoted to chief cook and I to second cook & baker... Can any body help?

    27-01-2014 06:33 Christian John Immelman wrote:

    I sailed in Shell tankers from Nov.1039 till Feb.1946,
    Ships --Dolabella. Darina. Daphnella. (Clavella, Dutch Aug. '43 to April '44) Empire Prize. Crista, Cardium, & Neverita
    Went ashore for a couple of years after the war.
    returned in cabke repair ships 1949.
    passed for Master Mariners certificate 1956

    25-01-2014 21:22 Brian Edge wrote:

    I sailed on the Litiopa on the maiden voyage from Chiba 1977

    23-01-2014 16:09 Ro Deegan wrote:

    I was intially the Galley Boy and then rpompted to second cook and baker on the San Patricio in 1955., when John the Chief Cook died and then Arthur was prompted to Chief Cook at the same time.

    20-01-2014 16:33 Albert Borgman wrote:

    Having sailed as a Junior Engineer with Eagle Oil on the San Velino, San Virgilio & San Leonardo from Feb 1957 to the end of 1959.
    It would be good to hear from Jim Parson who was a second Engineer at the time and lived in New Castle.
    Also Henry Manning Knight who was then a 3rd Engineer and lived in Bromley Kent.

    15-01-2014 22:12 Harry Nicholson wrote:

    I was on the litiopa on her maiden voyage from Tokyo bay ,we sailed to the Persian gulf (where else) to europort,back to the gulf,then Singapore ...puala buckam,back to the gulf and I paid off in fos in the south of france 5 months and 3 weeks later.

    15-01-2014 16:06 Dr James Cowley wrote:

    I was Second Engineer on board when the Shell Oil tanker Lingula caught fire from ashore in Singapore on 16 April 1950. I would welcome correspondents.

    12-01-2014 16:02 Jan Van Den Berg wrote:

    My last three ships as R/O with Radio-Holland were the Acila, Daphne and Cinulia. My wife and I had a great time on board and remember the voyages quite well, even though we have been living in Australia for over 35 years now. We still keep in contact with one of the Captains I sailed with on the Acila.

    08-01-2014 10:52 Martin De Beer 1289078299 1289078301 wrote:

    zelf ook gevaren bij de schell van 1975 tot 1985 het was een mooie tijd gehad

    06-01-2014 15:55 John A. Caughey wrote:

    A Harpa maiden voyager. Anyone from my time still out there?

    06-01-2014 15:43 John A. Caughey wrote:

    Stood by Harpa,first of the new 'H' Class Shell tankers built at Harland & Wolff's Belfast yard.
    Chief Engs. Mr Stephens & Mr Mayne. 2nd.Eng. Jeff Thalon (deceased). 3rd.Eng. J.Caughey. Relieved after a short time and sent as 2nd eng., to stand by Hemidonax building at Camell Laird.
    As the first of a new design Harpa had a lot of teething problems and had to return to Harlands after one week. She was later handed over to the Dutch Shell Group.

    05-01-2014 22:37 Tony Lloyd wrote:

    Looking to find john Fallon from Middleton Manchester I sailed with him in 1973/4 on a shell tanker I was the second cook and baker at the time sorry can't rember the ships name if any one knows where I can get in touch please email me thanks

    05-01-2014 07:32 Geoff Stephens wrote:

    seasons greetings to all, I would love to hear from anyone whom I sailed with during the early part of the 1950's , In particular would love to hear from Skeets Gallagher (Glasgow) sailed on MV Lepton .

    30-12-2013 15:53 Giel Van Der Linden wrote:

    bemanning M.S Vitrea 1963-1964

    26-12-2013 14:50 Carl Gippert wrote:

    best wishes for 2014 to all brothers in arm we sailed with seasons best

    26-12-2013 10:16 I.a.paling wrote:

    Happy New Year everybody,
    After almost 40 years I’ve got in touch again trough Helderline with an old friend who (or I)got out of sight in the earlie seventies. We’ve spent our youth in the same barrior from the mid fifties untill the earlie seventies. We’ve sailed together for about almost a year on an inland barge and later we both worked for Shell Tankers. When he got married and found a job on shore we’ve lost contact in '74. Since February this year we’ve got in touch again . A lot of thanks to Kees Helder.

    25-12-2013 13:00 Brian Lindo wrote:

    To all at Helderline and my ship mates I wish you all a merry xmas best regards Brian

    24-12-2013 14:35 Roy Robertson wrote:

    A very Happy Christmas to everyone, especially all my former shipmates

    21-12-2013 12:32 Eduard Van Helden wrote:

    U allen fijne Kerstdagen en een gezond nieuw jaar 2014. Merry Cristmas and aHappy and healty newjear fot everybody.

    21-12-2013 06:07 Geoffrey Forster Ck/stwd wrote:

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year to one and all geoff forster

    18-12-2013 05:23 Geoffrey Forster Ck/stwd wrote:

    Hi my name is geoffrey forster I sailed on shell tankers from1970 /1995 as a/stwd 2nd cook c/cook ck/ stwd if anybody remembers me feel free to get in touch via email regards g. Forster

    17-12-2013 09:09 William Wade wrote:

    I would like to contact a Samuel Pullen, a classmate at the School of Maritime Studies, Pymouth (circa 1970) and who worked on Shell tankers.

    14-12-2013 17:04 Robert Dennis Williams wrote:

    Hi everybody


    05-12-2013 20:20 Sid Metcalfe wrote:

    Further to my earlier message, my anecdote has appeared. In addition to the places mentioned in Vietnam we went to Darwin and three small ports further down western Australia, wellington and Auckland, wangerai, several calls in Fiji, Sumatra, Sarawak, RAF Gan in the Maldives, Colombo, up the gulf, not forgetting Singapore where we were based. Happy Days indeed. A good score considering I hadn't been out of England before, save a trip to wales when I was a Tikkie.

    14-11-2013 12:41 Michael Spencer wrote:

    Don't know if my experiences are of interest but i sailed as Third Engineer on both the Isocardia and Isanda in 1974 - 1975 when they had become the Bangkok and Siam. We had almost a double crew of officers as we were tasked with training EX Thai navy people to operate Merchant Tankers.

    05-11-2013 00:17 Anthony Watts wrote:

    Hi Alan just a quick email I tried to contact u a few daysbago but I got a message not sent permanently don't know if we got the email address wrong from less however just to let u know I'm going to Australia for 5weeks Tuesday afternoon my email address is available from kess if u want to contact me I will be taking my tablet with me so can reply virtually any time take care regards tony

    31-10-2013 14:49 John Robert Owens wrote:

    i wa s surprised to come across the san leopoldo after all these years i remember joining it at wallsend shipyard in april 1959 and leaveing it in march 1960 at falmouth happy days

    25-10-2013 23:16 Alan Hoare wrote:

    Old Man was Magnus Fraser (from the Islands!). Chief Officer was Conrad Theadore Fellowes and wife (who could not remember that! What a time!) The good old days!

    25-10-2013 21:26 David R Byrne wrote:

    Just thinking about when i was at sea,memories,memories

    19-10-2013 15:06 Alan Thomas wrote:

    Hi Anthony, Yep still live in West Wales. I've married to a wonderful girl -Jan for 36 years and have three great kids and two wonderful grandchildren. First met Jan when I was on leave done a few more trips and was about to change company's to join Holder Brothers and never went back, I needed to settle down I run out of steam! Went back on the spanners for a few years and then went into the Forestry Industry and run my own business until I retired last year after falling to bits - A miss spent youth I put it down to Haaa. Great times as a Shell Marauder. Don't do deep sea now only coastal - coxing my sons diving rib. This contact has brought so many memories back. Great to hear from you - Kind regards Alan Thomas

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