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02-03-2015 23:00 Theo Schaaf wrote:
I was an able seaman on ARCA 2(was not aware there was a number 1)After 6 years with Dutch Navy was not welcomed very friendly by bootsman ,he thought their nautic ability was so so.So he send me to the bridge to man the wheel on the nieuwe waterweg and other things to prove you was an AB!Still it was a long trip, about thirteen month,s and 1961 is a long time away now.
Bernard, sincere condolences on the passing of your wife Shirley. Whilst I never met her, I have followed your adventures on helderline. So glad to hear Shell very much in touch. I often think back to the Achatina days.Look after yourself. Colin
27-02-2015 22:02 Iain Wysner wrote:
remember me have a old fleet news with you in it on the safty course down in southhampton hows things still at sea with stena
Just found this website and the Varicella, Megara and Laconica bring back such great memories of the 70s.
I was on the Varicella in 1974 when we went from Shellhaven to Biloxi to clean her for 3 months to carry grain.
Hi- I've just found acigar box presented to my grandfather, Claude Rackham, to mark the 'Technical Trial of M/V Trollskjell' on 26/04/1964, I believe he was an expert on marine diesel engines. Does anyone have any more information of the ship or my grandad - it would mean a lot to my father (his son). Best wishes Richard Rackham
Hey mates, Allready wrote anekdote for Daphne But missed to pinpoint timeframe :-) So here it comes;
my anekdote is from period aprox 1979-1981, so feel free to respons.
At the time we were young (sort off) wtb's ?
So, still remembering the good times,
TC, regards, Leo
Hello there fellow former shipmates.
Only just found this website and was really excited to find my name listed here with all the shell tankers i had sailed on all those years ago.Im afraid my memory hasnt served me well as i cant recall any of the names listed but im sure i have crossed paths wih some of them.If anyone does recall sailing with me and would like to make contact please feel free to do so.
take care shipmates
It is with sadness that I have to tell you that my wife Shirley crossed the Bar on the 22nd January. Many of you will have remembered us during the 30yrs I was with Shell. We had many adventures which I have recorded on this site. We met when Shirley was 16 and I was 19, we have 2 children, 5 grand children and 2 great grandchildren. We were married for 51 yrs.
Shell still look after us and the a Shell Pension rep visits us regularly to see if we are OK. What a company to have worked for.
The funeral is at Kings Lynn Crematorium on the 12th Feb.
Rgs Bernard Reynolds
Hi Kees have spoken to Lucy Knight we both sailed on the Alinda in was good reading the fleet news again brought back happy memories so thank you for your help. I enjoy your site keep it going.B.Sayer ex 3rd eng.
How could anyone forget you Steve!!
I am still in (reasonably) regular with Phil Fox and I believe that Robin Cootes (Gook) left the sea and joined the clergy.
Drop me a line as and when you can.
Ik heb nooit gehoord dat je bij mijn vader bent langs geweest. Ik ken veel namen niet van de lijst.
I joined Africa Shell towards the end the the Durban refit for African Coasters in 1973.
Lionel Marker was the master, and Brian Linley the mate (as far as I recall).
Coastal runs on an old school product carrier are hell. I have never worked so hard in my life, but non the less I have memories of it being a happy ship, with no antagonism between deck
and engine departments
Deck cadet 1985 - a great laugh, Singapore to N Australian coast
13-01-2015 09:08 Steve Annis wrote:
This was my first ever ship in a ten year career with Shell tankers as a navigating officer. I joined in May 1976 as a cadet and spent six months cleaning the decks every morning with my six fellow cadets. I also learnt much about how to use a 'dogs leg' and grit blasters. In the evenings the bosun would teach us how to become Able Bodied Seamen, the first stage of my five year cadet ship.
I joined as a boy, learnt how to drink Tennants beer, play table tennis, and how to become a successful deck officer. So thank you for the great memories Limopsis.
Ahoy....FACEBOOK has a Shell Tanker group. Go to Facebook and search for Shell Tankers (UK) LTD and put in a request to join...great site and there is bound to be someone there you have sailed with. British, Dutch, German and French Shell men/ women are all very welcome...all the best Mick Cardiff..
Great site! My grandfather was on two Shell boats in WW1. He was Chief Engr on the Hestia (Sunk) and JUNO (Damaged by mine)....
01-01-2015 15:50 Rob Dekker wrote:
Happy new year to all my Indonesian/Dutch mates
Happy new year to all my ex ship mates
Happy new year to all my ex ship mates
For all Merry Cristmas and a happy and healty 2015
Dear Readers, Beste lezers,
Ik ben voor mijn vader, Co van Velsen, op zoek naar Peet van Arkel (Vlaardingen). Zij hebben samen in de jaren 60 gevaren voor Shell Tankers op de Achmea (?).
Het zou zo leuk zijn mijn vader te verrassen voor zijn 75-e verjaardag.
Wie iets weet, mail me dan.
Good afternoon Kees,
What a a very nice Xmas present I received today!!
While reading the today's Maritime Press Clippings 2014-355 I saw your website and off course I opened and enjoyed all the Shell Tankers news. I joined Shell Tankers B.V. as Deck Apprentice in 1961 (Kryptos). Being transferred to the flagship Ondina in 1962 and on duty the 8th May 1962 and having a large collision in the Strait of Gibraltar. When the Ondina arrived slow steaming in Rotterdam for drydocking I signed off and had to appear several times for the internal Shell enquiry team! Finally I completed my sailing time as Deck Apprentice on board the Kabylia in 1962.
I retired early 1993 as a Master and since 1993 I am a free lance nautical adviser and simulator teacher within Marine Safety Rotterdam B.V. , STC BV simulator center in Rotterdam and UT STC in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) and still going on in the simulation world! Certainly a lot of Shell fleet personnel might remember me working ashore for Shell as Ass. Marine Superintendent at Amlwch Port (Anglesey, Wales), Marine superintendent at Durban, Oil loss abatement team member In Curacao and Venezuela, Oil loss controller
in Rotterdam deep sea terminals.
I will sent U some pictures, anecdotes etc as soon as I have time available!! Wishing all of U a Merry Christmas and a Healthy Prosperous and Happy 2015.
Also hope a lot of ex Shell Tankers personnel will be a member and making your website more known and improve all the information on your website too!!!
Best regards Ton van Haaften
12-12-2014 23:49 Ray Miller wrote:
Was on the mactra when it's tank explode off of Mozambique
Love the latest photo additions of some Shell tanker scale models. Makes the site even better!
joined ship in syros june 1981 earthquake whilst at hotel in Athens before joining ship anyone remember
I found your website by accident while looking for pictures of the sts Philidora
I'm very glad with your initiative.
I myself sailed for Shell Tankers on the following ships:
between 1955 en 1963
I could share some of my experiences from the letters I wrote at the time.
i remember when the arianta use to dock at stanlow we lived on the island then use to have a laugh with them
hi Phil, come and join us on Facebook at the Shell Tankers (UK) group page..bound to be someone you know.
Hi Douglas, come and visit us on Facebook at the Shell Tankers (UK) group (put in a join request). Lots of us went to Ardrossan, especially those who sailed on the Halia..alas lots of us only got as far as the Bute..lol
all the best,
Hi Kees Helder, many thanks for the information and pictures of the Metula.
Are you able to tell me which Dutch "M" boat had a rendevous with the Las Palmas helicopter. It arrived out of the blue an hour before contact was made with the ship. The helicopter landed on deck but not in the hellipad. The rota blades struck an obstruction and shattered. Part of a blade penetrated the accommodation bulkhead into a 5/E's cabin who fortunately was on watch. The ship had to put into Las Palmas to land the helicopter. Many thanks Bernard Reynolds
Ahoy shipmates, I would like to remind you of our group on Facebook....Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd. It would be great to see you so come on and join us...plenty of fun, great pics and great stories.
There is bound to be someone you know...700+ members. There are lot of Dutch guys too...what are you waiting for..Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd, Facebook..
all the best,
14-10-2014 12:40 Cor Kruse wrote:
ik heb op de ;Ameland; gevaren 1957-1958 bij de rotterdamse lloyd als matroos is er nog iemand van die tijd
I've sailed with Shell Tankers from 1979 till 1988, As a steward and Beko. Hopefully someone will remember me from those day's.
Hi Derek, you are listed as having sailed with me, if so have you any idea which ship. All the ships I sailed on are listed under my name and the dates I was on them.
Rgds Bernard Reynold
hi all you tanker men,, its been a while since been on here,, still looking for gary black (yank) are you out there,, get intouch,,, yeehaa,, derek
I am now approaching full retirement after about 49 years of employment - 23 years with Joe Shell. Always fond memories, except p'raps with the old Pomella, but that is a different story.
May you all be well my friends.
My name is Albert Wawolangi , joint SS Kalydon from 1974 to 1975 as apprentice engineer . any one who sail with SS Kalydon during that time please send me e mail . I am looking for my best friend Mr Ernst Arnold Rumeser and Mr Kuyper and Mr Malpad and many other officer was sail with me during that time . I am living in Indonesia. Thanks to you all and all the best , alles goed.
30-09-2014 22:11 Ron Dixon wrote:
Such good times on axina regards to all the lads I met
Great site anybody out there on the ANADARA 1964-65
Was werkzaam als pantry boy van 1960--61 de acila en vasum
23-09-2014 21:46 Tony Day wrote:
amazing site, brilliant archive of pictures, thank you
17-09-2014 14:43 Kees Storm wrote:
Het is niet algemeen bekend dat al het ex Shell Tankers BV personeel van harte welkom is toe te treden tot de CNOOKS - Club van Nederlandse
Oud-gezagvoerders en Oud-hoofdwerktuigkundigen der Koninklijke Shell.
Het ledenbestand van de CNOOKS loopt gestaag terug, doordat er geen “vlootaanwas” meer is en het bestand vergrijst. Begin 2014 telde de Club nog ruim 340 leden.
Reeds enige tientallen jaren staat het lidmaatschap open voor alle STBV gepensioneerden ex-bemanningsleden, -officieren, -radio officieren, -walpersoneel, weduwen en familieleden. Specifiek worden oud werknemers die hun carrière elders voortzetten en weduwen/partners (van leden) gezocht, die oude contacten via de CNOOKS willen hernieuwen.
De CNOOKS komt 2x per jaar bij elkaar, 1x in het voorjaar voor de Algemene Ledenvergadering en 1x in het najaar (met de partners) voor de reünie om de onderlinge banden aan te halen en te versterken.
Meer informatie en hoe lid te worden vindt u op de website van de CNOOKS.
Kent u een mogelijk lid, maak hem of haar dan attent op onze website.
Meldt u aan!!
Met vriendelijke groet.
I am researching the Holtmann family. Henri Theodoor Holtmann (11-11-1917) was a machinist on the tanker Ceronia on its maiden voyage (May-Nov 1939). According to his children on his next trip he was torpedoed but the ship managed to reach Rotterdam. The Shell archives however say he was not on the crew list of the trip when Ceronia was torpedoed (5-2-1940). It could also have been the tanker Phobos which struck a mine on 18-03-1940, but Shell says they have no crew list anymore... Is there still somebody to find who knows more?
Hi Johan, I have a question do you know a "Adrianus van Beek" either Aad.
Aad is my father, he is no longer alive, he has sailed on Kabylia from June 3, 1956 to May 3, 19571I have a picture of him date August 30, 1956 Alexandrie Egypte
You and my Father sail from Rotterdam to These are the dates of arrival in the port
26-jun-56 Old Kilpatrick Schotland
10-jul-56 Mamonal Columbia
13-jul-56 Willenstad Curacao
29-jul-56 Malta Malta
31-jul-56 Piraeus Griekenland
4-aug-56 Port Said Egypte
15-aug-56 Abadan Iran
27-aug-56 Suez Egypte
30-aug-56 Alexandrie Egypte
11-sep-56 Mena Koeweit
23-sep-56 Singapore Malakka
1-okt-56 Yokohama Japan
14-okt-56 Singapore Malakka
29-okt-56 Port Elizabeth Zuid Afrika
greetings Marinus van Beek
Zijn er nog mensen die mij herkennen ik heb gevaren op de dahlia ,dahfne,acmea, abida ,metula.korevina. khasiella
hi shipmates, come and join us at the Shell Tankers group on Facebook, great pics, stories and there is bound to be someone in the group you have sailed with. All tanker men/ women welcome. We have members from Shell Tankers (UK), Netherlands, France, Germany who live all over the world. A very friendly group. Kees Helder is a member. Looking forward to seeing you all.
And remember.....6 months slow steaming on a Shell tanker is better than !one 1 day in an office...
All the best,
03-08-2014 12:21 Joop Leurs wrote:
Het Nederlands Stoommachinemuseum zoekt vrijwilligers;
Een specifiek vakgebied of specifieke vakkennis is niet altijd nodig. Wel is het makkelijk dat u 2 rechter handen heeft en u wilt inzetten op één van de volgende belangrijke gebieden in ons museum:
1/ na een gedegen inwerkperiode het kunnen bedienen, smeren en schoonmaken/onderhouden van onze collectie stoommachines.
2/ mensen die handig zijn met een zaag en schroevendraaier kortom timmermannen/vrouwen
3/ mensen die goed met een schilders kwast kunnen omgaan en die onze machines er elke weer prachtig laten uitzien
4/ modelbouwers die met veel liefde onze prachtige en ook vaak antieke modellen in topconditie houden
5/Machine bankwerkers en draaiers die ook een lasapparaat kunnen bedienen. Vaak moeten wij onderdelen zelf herstellen omdat er geen vervangende onderdelen voorhanden zijn
6/Technici die stoommachines kunnen repareren. Hiervoor is een echte technische achtergrond wel een pré.
Spreekt één van de bovenstaande functies u aan, bel het museum op 0227-544732 / 0623884495
02-08-2014 13:24 John Briton wrote:
Hi Shaun,been a long time since the Paludina.I was in touch with Bob Warden a while back,but had to change my email after it was hacked into and i lost all contacts.if you could pass my email onto him id appreciate it.Hope youre well,Bob said you were doing Health and Safety?Get in touch mate.Take Care John
Hemiplecta was my first trip as a very green 'shoreside' 5th Engineeer. Didnt help that I was the only 'fiver' on the ship. First few weeks passed in a heat filled haze (I joined in Singapore) but once I got the hang of things then started to settle down. Despite the hurdles placed in my path by some senior officers my time on the 'Plecta was a happy one and the start of a 10 year career with Shell. Many happy memories of trips ashore and also kindness and tolerance shown by experienced crew members (both deck,catering and engine room)
Proud very proud of Mighty Methane Princess
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