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    21-01-2018 12:08 Maria Kubato wrote:

    I am Miss Maria Kubato 25,single,female.I am for long term relationship.I am humble caring loyal kind social calm honest cool and respectful.My contacting you is based on my personal decision to come over to your country and invest and to further my education there in your home country.

    Your profile picture and information i saw made me to write to you and say hello and how are you doing with your entire family hoping all is well.

    Yours faithfully,
    Miss Maria Kubato

    14-01-2018 16:37 Robert Schregardus wrote:

    I am the son of Jos Schregardus who retired from Shell Tankers in 1984. Jos sailed as 2nd, 1st mate and as a captain on tankers of Shell. When his vessel was in Rotterdam Europoort for bunkering I always came on board as a child, later as teenager and even when I was sailing as an engineer for the Royal Dutch Navy. I remember some names of vessels he was sailing on such as: Achmea, Onoba, Vitrea, Macoma (2), Kosicia, Capulonix. I will see if I can find some notes on which vessels he sailed in which years. Maybe people sailed with him.

    14-01-2018 15:14 Gerry Kirton wrote:

    Apprentiship at Rivetsdale Trchnical college 1962. Now live in Cape Town

    01-01-2018 23:08 Max Sweetman wrote:

    I am an Aussie was working on the wharfs in Durban Sth Africa trying to work my passage back when a workmate told me there as a tanker at the tanker wharf that was short of crew so I applied for a job on board, the skipper was a bit hesitant but as they were short on crew he signed me on, on the understanding that we would eventually end up in London.
    That was great for me and I enjoyed every moment I spent on Amoria.
    We went up the coast of Africa, out of Curacao around the West indies.
    Out of Cardom Lakes Sth America and finally signed off in London.
    I think I was on board 6 to 8 months and loved every minute, enjoyed the company of the crew and was put on the job of 5th engineer with the 2nd engineer.
    They called me Aussie on board.
    That was definitely a highlight of my life.

    29-12-2017 06:00 Eamonn Mulholland wrote:

    i sailed on quite a few Shell vessels from 1980 to 1886.
    I am originally from Northern Ireland, Shell was under British flag when i was there.
    i sailed on both GP & conventional crews.
    Anyone remember me?
    Eamonn Mulholland

    23-12-2017 14:13 Cees Brasser wrote:

    Ik wens Kees en alle lezers van helderline een ontzettend goede Kerst en veel voorspoed in het nieuwe jaar 2018

    10-12-2017 23:26 Bernard Hughes wrote:

    My first trip to sea was the SS Lanistes. I was 18. Joined her at anchor of the West Coast of Scotland. 2miles out. Didn't know what to expect. Was terrified. I was deck boy. The Bosun was the biggest man I had ever seen. Big Latvian. Very fair. Must have had an impact on me as I'm still working at sea. Things very different nowadays. Years have flown by.

    17-11-2017 18:38 Kevin Shooter wrote:

    i was with shell for 3 years and the best ship i sailed on was the helisoma ,started on her in 1970 for a year our bosun was polish i think great bloke and i was only a deck boy then a scotch seaman looked after me and trained me we got the bar up and running as it was closed down when the new crew started,good times a young lad had started as 3ed mate many years later i met him on a cruise ship as captain and he knew me ,after all that time nice to here from any one on there in1970/71.

    03-11-2017 13:37 Sue Leamon wrote:

    My Father was in the Merchant Navy on board Trigonosemus -
    David Leamon - might anyone know him? Sadly he passed away in 1998.
    He always told us amazing stories of his time at sea!
    It would be lovely to hear from anyone that knew him :)

    17-10-2017 12:43 Rchard Harding wrote:

    Is there anyone out there who served on tanker "Cerinthus" - although, strictly not a "Shell" vessel, she was owned by the Hadley Shippng Co, a "subsiduary of Houlder Brothers n the 1950s/1960,s, and spent the vast amount of her time chartered to Shell. l joined Cerinthus in Jan 1960 in Barry Dock (C.H.Baileys drydock facility), my first ship, as Junior Deck Apprentice, and paid-off after a single voyage, ending in Tilbury in Jan 1961, when l then pursued a career in the Construction industry. l still have fond memories of this voyage, under the captaincy of C.J.Welch who had to retrurn to the UK in Dec 1960 from Curacao - also 1st Officer Thomas Woolcott. Chief Engineer was Ernest Featherstone, who it was "rumoured" was the elder brother of Margaret Rutherford, the renowned British actress at the time. Our ports of call were all west of Greenwich with the exception of Rotterdam prior to end of voyage in Tilbuury, London, and main base being Lake Maracaibo / Curacao, from where we carried various grades of crude & some refined products to various destinations on both east and west coasts of north and south America. Generally a very happy ship of which l have fond memories. lstill have my log-book from that time, including list of all crew members. Would be pleased to hear from anybody who sailed on Cerinthus during this period

    15-10-2017 15:06 William Hoey wrote:

    I was on a few shell ships during my career in the MN between 1966 and 1983. Really enjoyed it

    25-08-2017 13:16 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    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.

    13-08-2017 12:09 Chris Heeneman wrote:

    I visit thuis site for the frist time in 2014 and it brings up mans Nice memories.
    Last week i found the shell film voortvarend, Wheel i player a verg small rol.
    I also recgnize two sailers Kees de Jong and Jan van den Brink. Are the re any
    Otter won where on board of the Acila in 1965? I wonder.

    03-08-2017 19:33 Harry Redman wrote:

    My step father Harry Redman sailed as junior engineer on the Vivien Louise in the 1950's. His picture of the ship has a totally different superstructure midships and stern from all other pictures. Did it have a rebuild in its career.

    M Morgan

    25-07-2017 23:07 Owen Fitzsimmons wrote:

    I joined the ship in Barrow in Furness and sailed on her from my home town in 1957 until 1958. I was the Electrical officer at that time called "Lecky". My wife Joyce and baby daughter Sharon joined us at Gravesend, while the ship was in dry dock. The pilot brought baby milk onboard. The chief engineer "Killer Cane", and baby Sharon got on like a house on fire! An enjoyable encounter for us all and a good crew!

    27-06-2017 14:28 John Wilkinson Owen wrote:

    im 71 now worked on shell ships from 1963 up to 1993 better known as mad jack
    just woundering anyone still about i saild with if so drop me a line

    20-05-2017 18:26 Gordon Kent wrote:

    Hi John,
    Just a bit of info. I sailed with a 5/E. Called Mike Hardy on the Volsella in 1963/4.
    Afraid I have no further info on him.

    06-04-2017 10:42 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    Hi John, I live in Hunstanton so does a C/E. Whereabouts do you live

    05-04-2017 12:42 John Pearce wrote:

    Hi Kees,
    Looking for the whereabouts of a junior engineer named Mike 'Hands' Hardy who sailed with me on the Axina and came from Yarmouth Norfolk UK.
    I am at present living in Norfolk and would love to hear that he is alive and well.
    Ken Waterworth was the Chief Engineer on board at the time.
    Would appreciate any contacts who knew this lovely guy.

    01-03-2017 00:04 Harry Struijk wrote:

    Zijn er nog bekenden die hier wel eens uit sentiment naar kijken?

    22-02-2017 16:51 Louise Oates wrote:

    Des Carr is my Dad! - he sailed with shell tankers for years - as cook. He is still living in Warrington and has many many happy memories of his time at sea.

    21-02-2017 15:54 Fraser Betts wrote:

    Trying to contact John Voisey of Shell Tankers. Did Masters with him at Warsash 1975. Can anyone help?

    17-02-2017 23:47 Alan Knight wrote:

    When I was D/A on "Hinnites" in 1969, Capt. Ken Bramley was the Master. He told me that during the war, he was on a ship going up the Mersey into the Manchester Ship Canal. He went to the toilet and was "sitting on the throne" when the ship ahead detonated a magnetic mine. The blast wave smashed in the storm valve, and he found himself blasted upwards by the jet of water, and swimming for his life! Worse, the toilet door opened inwards, and the weight of water prevented him from opening the door to escape. In his broad Geordie accent, he said "Mun, I thought I was going to arrive in Heaven wi' me keks (trousers) roon' me ankles!".

    16-02-2017 21:34 Leo Van Batenburg wrote:

    Daphne 1979-1980
    With 8-12 other guys trough Outward Boundschool Ulvenhout,
    Opleiding en Belgium Ardens Camping/mountain climbing etcetc,
    oa training Firebrigade Rotterdam etc, Aad en Peen, and the two Jans from Utrecht and Asis from Vlissingen. Together first time to Portland Maine USA, Punta Cardon Venuzualaeetc
    Best regards, Leo van Batenburg
    Ps I stil have some footage super 8 film

    07-02-2017 13:39 Derek Franklin wrote:

    I joined the Nicania in Thames Haven in May 1947 (two months after my 16 birthday). as a Deck Apprentice. Subsequently I also served on the Bolma , Tomocyclus and Nassa. I left the sea in 1952 and joined the Colonial Police, serving in Kenya, Bahrain, Lesotho and Botswana followed by spells in the MOD and F.O. Greetings to all those who knew me in my shout spell with Shell. Yours, Derek

    05-02-2017 21:57 Peter Eccleson wrote:

    Sailed on s.s MITRA call sign GYYW from May 1971 until August 1971 as Junior Radio Officer.

    30-01-2017 11:16 Robert Bowman A.k.a. Wardley wrote:

    Hi, I was on the Horomya from March 68 to August 68. I would love to talk to anyone who was on that ship, or the Haustrum in 69. Would be good to catch up.

    28-01-2017 04:01 Raymond Morrison wrote:

    joined the Nuculana in dry dock on the Tyne,Feb 1957.Spent 11 months going to Sydney(56 days via Panama,) then Singapore Indonesia Miri many times, Japan,Saigon, U.K. Very basic conditions, and broke down every few days.We did visit Pitcairn Island on the way out which was a novel stop.Paid off Birkenhead Jan 1958.

    16-01-2017 00:55 Alexander Hunter Whyte [alex] wrote:

    Trochurus was one of quite a few T2 tankers lying of Queensferry Scotland waiting on crews.I and quite a few others from Grangemouth pool signed on in the town of Linlithgow on the 24 July 1958. I was SoS at the time.
    We sailed within a day or two and made our way to the West Indies (or was it the east coast of the States)
    Being only 18 at the time I felt I had the world at my feet. The weather was kind to us thro-out the 2 monthe we were aboard, so lost of bronzying and larking around with my mates.
    We paid off on the 26 September 1958 in Middlesbrough and went our seperate ways. Said goodby to many friends but kept the memories.
    Tonight I watched a movie called THE FINEST HOURS which was the true story of a T2 tanker called the Pendleton which broke in half during a storm, some 20 miles from the Nantucket area, Eastern seaboard of the States and how the Engineers and firemen managed to ground the aft section on a shaol and were rescued by a lifeboat from the lifeboat station.
    I started telling my son and wife about my time on a T2 tanker and now that they are in bed my thoughts brought me to look up info on the Trochurus.
    I will never forget my time at sea. Wonderful years and mates you would give your life for.

    25-12-2016 12:09 Eduard Van Helden wrote:

    Iedereen fijne Kerstdagen en een gezond en prettig 2017. Eduard van Helden

    18-12-2016 13:50 Carl Gippert wrote:

    wishing all a great christmas and properus new year

    15-12-2016 15:30 P.j.m. Van Der Ende wrote:

    ik wens iedereen fijne feestdagen en een gezond 2017 toe

    fam pjm van der ende

    12-12-2016 18:58 Geoff Donnelly wrote:

    Hi everyone, Merry Christmas and a safe, prosperous and Happy New Year to one and all.
    Geoff Donnelly

    08-12-2016 13:58 Bernard Reynolds wrote:

    I wish all my ship mates and their families "A very merry Xmas" and a "Happy New Year". This year I have had several ship mates contact me who sail with me & my wife over 45 years ago.

    Bernard Reynolds

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    13-11-2016 03:24 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    God bless you Kees..

    13-11-2016 03:19 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy compañeros, usted puede encontrar Shell Tankers en Facebook. Todo lo que necesitas hacer es escribir: Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. en el motor de búsqueda de Facebook y pedir a unirse al grupo. Espero verte pronto ... Mick

    13-11-2016 03:17 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy, vous pouvez trouver Shell Tankers sur Facebook. Tout ce que vous avez à faire est de taper: Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. dans le moteur de recherche Facebook et demander à rejoindre le groupe. Au plaisir de vous voir bientôt ... Mick

    13-11-2016 03:16 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoi Schiffskameraden, finden Sie Shell Tankers auf Facebook. Alles, was Sie tun müssen, ist Typ: Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd in die Facebook-Suchmaschine und bitten, der Gruppe beitreten. Hoffe, Sie bald zu sehen ... Mick

    13-11-2016 03:14 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy shipmates, you can find Shell Tankers on Facebook. All you need to do is type: Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. into the Facebook search engine and ask to join the group. Hope to see you soon ... Mick

    13-11-2016 03:13 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy scheepsmaten, kunt u Shell Tankers op Facebook te vinden. Het enige wat u hoeft te doen is het type: Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd in de Facebook-zoekmachine en vragen om de groep aan te sluiten. Hopelijk tot ziens ... Mick

    08-11-2016 14:11 Bennet Tierney [decd] wrote:

    My father, Bennet Tierney, was the Radio Officer on this ship on its final voyage to Yokohama. She sailed from S'pne on 31/1 Feb 1936 Arriving in Yokohama on 11 Jan 1937. I would love to get details of the voyage. He left Yokohama on 12 Jan 1937 as a passenger on the SS Ranpura arriving in London on 26 Jan 1937 and reporting to East Ham [Marconi] on the same day. Anyone got any more information?? Thanks.

    08-11-2016 12:38 Bennet Tierney [decd] wrote:

    My father, Bennet Tierney [Decd] served as Radio Officer on the Limnea 1 from 2 May 1935 to end Jan 1936. I am endeavouring to piece together details of his career, especially his time at sea from 1928 to 1937. If anyone has any information I would be most grateful to hear from them. Thank you, Cahir

    15-10-2016 12:21 Geoff Doherty wrote:

    Joined on 25th July, 1958 when ship was laid up in Firth of Forth, she was basically a dead ship at that time with nothing, absolutely nothing, working on board. About 5 of us, all engineers I think, were put on board with a drum of diesel fuel and told to get the ship working asap so she could sail to Rotterdam for dry dock. The diesel was to get a generator working so we could have power and lighting. There was a superintendent in part time attendance but he stayed ashore in a hotel, we lived on the ship whilst we got it ready. Over the next few days we got her working as a skeleton crew joined and we sailed for Rotterdam on 29th July. The ship was in dry dock from 4th August until 25th September when we set sail for Fao in Persian Gulf.
    I remained on the ship until 19th April 1959 when I was paid off, coincidentally in Rotterdam.

    Hard work but thoroughly enjoyed it.


    10-10-2016 16:20 Michael Kemp wrote:

    I joined Aluco as first trip Deck apprentice on 10th October 1959 - 57 years ago today! With Paul Munns, Paddy Slinger, and Richard Lawson. I was assigned to the middle 12 to 4 watch under second officer Jim Connolly who had gained his certifications through correspondence courses whilst an able seaman. Over the following months Jim taught me to recognise most of the major star constellations something I have never forgotten. I also sailed on Horomya,Velutina(2), Volvatella,Amastra(2), Verena,Opalia, Halia, and San Fernando as well as attending mid apprenticeship course 3 (MAR 3) in 1961 at Plymouth but they are another story!

    29-09-2016 15:14 Kees De Wijs wrote:

    My first ships were ms Gadila and ms Mitra. Long, long time ago.

    28-09-2016 10:07 Jonathan Takaria wrote:

    I join STBV Nov-1990 until 1994.
    my first ships was SS.Sunetta. Etrema _ Erina and Entalina.
    Please allow me I download the pictures

    25-09-2016 21:09 Robert Paterson wrote:

    Joined Hinnites in 1975, she was sandbagged everywhere and no Shell on the funnel. Anchored ready to go up to Saigon when it was taken, finnished up anchoring in a small cove while there Vietnamese helicopter crew had to ditch and we took them back to Singapore.
    Next run to Alaska, no heavy weather gear but stocked up in Hong Kong, -27c when we got there.
    A truly memorable trip!

    18-09-2016 22:54 Robert Lee wrote:

    i joined sts"axina" in singapore aged 16 in 1971 it was my first ship and i was a catering boy. we ran from singapore to siagon on a regular baseis once we came under attack from vietcong useing mortors luckiley they missed , my 7 months on board "axina were the best times of my younger life, i still miss the ship, crew, & good times FANTASTIC.

    30-07-2016 14:45 Goedgeluk Bj wrote:

    My first thoughts go aboard the katelysia, so little in the Mediterranean, that everyone should look forward to a drowning man overboard was jumped by a buoy, and sure enough there he lies neatly float around, hardly conscious, remember that it was a german coat boat, to this rescue happened more but too long to describe here was 1959-1960

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