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    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

    16-07-2016 17:03 Goedgeluk Bj wrote:

    18 years remaining on the Khasiella, we need to eat under the forecastle,
    And it was my time to smoke that I have known, With three you could runBecause it was storm and high waves,
    Certainly counted wrong because I came to see me positives between kipperen by the stairs,
    Yes howlingallowed me closer like laughing because I was soaking wet,
    Soon but what kl to dry,
    And back to work

    16-07-2016 15:18 Goedgeluk Bj wrote:

    de Vasum 1957 Khasiella 58 Cinulia 59 Amaea 61 vitrea 62-63 was a good time young and have fun anywhere in the world

    25-06-2016 17:45 Henry Edmunds wrote:

    Hello Glyn Howell. Though I wasn't shipmates with you, your name strikes a bell. I was apprentice on Tomocyclus, Newcombia and Velutina. Just had my 81st. Creaking a bit....
    Henry Edmunds.

    19-06-2016 10:59 Tony O\'Brien wrote:

    History note: I have a postcard from John H. Amos,
    2cd cook SS Vertngus Shell Tankers Shell center London
    addressed to Craig White, Childrens Hospital, Mass.
    The postcard has picture of a tanker at dock & a cruise ship moored in Nagasaki Harbor .The
    postmark & stamps used were Iraq (1966).
    Anybody know John Amos?

    14-06-2016 20:53 Michiel Tom wrote:

    Looking for infomation about one of the life boats of Onoba (1), still in use in The Netherlands today. Was used at nautical college in Amsterdam (Kweekschool voor de Zeevaart), period at least after 1960 until approx. the 90's. Still in use at a rowing club today. If this was really one of Onoba's boats, how did this boat survive the war in the first place? Onoba went down in 1941. The former lifeboat was called Onoba as long as I can remember her, but renamed recently. Any clues on what happened to her from, let's say 1938? I can send some photographs if needed. Thanks in advance.

    31-05-2016 17:38 Gillis Van Der Linden wrote:

    Wie kan mij helpen aan de namen van de bemanning die samen met mij aan boord zaten van de Vitrera?

    Gillis van der Linden
    oud steward

    25-05-2016 17:56 Gillis Van Der Linden wrote:

    Can I ride de list off de crew from de Vitrea off de year 1963-1964

    23-05-2016 13:04 Alan Briggs wrote:

    Great first trip to sea on the Hemifusus 1959-1960.

    27-04-2016 17:06 Glenn Mellonius wrote:

    !!! Great internet site !!! Very well done Kees Helder !!!

    27-04-2016 14:06 Bob Strick wrote:

    I came from Union Castle passenger ships to STUK when I married my 1st wife (a passenger!). STUK was the only reputable Brit. flag company allowing wives to accompany. UCL sailed past Fawley and I swore I'd NEVER go on tankers; ah well "the best laid plans" etc. Had a wonderful career with Shell. Came ashore as Dk. Cdt. T/O, then Hong Kong as Chinese Crew Mgr. Stayed HK with Shell Coal. Then SIM (aarrgghh!). Then Shell UK as Public Affairs Mgr. Ended up in Aberdeen as Shell Expro PA Director. Retired 1995 after heart surgery. Married 2nd wonderful wife. Happy Bunny!

    26-04-2016 17:23 Bob Strick wrote:

    Stood by building in Odense for 2 months in the long, hot summer of \'76. Discovered blow-holes in pipelines on the quay and ended up crawling through 1.14 miles of 36\" pipelines including those already installed. Scrapped 60% returned to Stanton & Stavely. Pipes still leaked. I was 2/O with Masters. C/O was Roy Ezzard and although hard work, we had some fun at the hotel Windsor and Tordenskjold disco. 3/Eng saw topless sunbathers for the first time - interesting reaction!

    18-04-2016 15:28 Diane Earl wrote:

    Were you on Hemicardium in June 1965?

    11-04-2016 16:24 Barney Boylan (1) wrote:

    Hi to all my fellow crew members on MV Amastra 49 years ago. Still remember that night in Nha Trang when Viet Cong tried to do away with us.Still holding on to the anchor chain. Any more out there. Barney.

    07-04-2016 16:58 Frans Willemse wrote:

    In 1965 a promotion movie was made by Dutch Shelltankers.
    To be seen on YouTube:
    It includes shots of the Arca, Acila and Atys are to be seen in different locations.
    Pernis, Curacao, Kieler Channel, the Botnic and the Suez Canal.
    Enjoy it
    Frans Willemse

    03-04-2016 12:02 Joop Van Den Berg wrote:

    My father was the 4th engineer on board of the Letecia when she was attacked by the U47 on 27-6-1940. He was one of the persons who were picked up by this German submarine. He sailed during the war for the CSM. After the war he had his career as a successful engineer and died on 16-12-2012 at the age of 95 years.

    25-03-2016 01:04 Erne Barr wrote:

    Hi lads, l sailed on the Megara in 1970, joined in Singapore, did two trips, I'me more of a cargo boat man. All the best to any guys who remember me.

    10-03-2016 01:46 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Ahoy shipmates, Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd is on Facebook. Come and join the fun. All the best.

    08-03-2016 13:05 Hennie Petersen wrote:

    Hello. I am a collector and in search for launching
    (floating out) pictures of the Spectrum and Halia.Who was in Korea then and can help me out.

    02-03-2016 22:09 James Mc Evoy wrote:

    taking a trip down memory lane

    22-02-2016 14:14 John Frearson wrote:

    Looking for any ship mates who saled on the Verconella durring 1967 1968.

    Best Regards Jphn

    17-02-2016 14:03 Bep De Man wrote:

    Hallo,ik ben Bep de Man,en ik heb bij Shell tankers gevaren vanaf
    1958 tot 1968 en in die tijd ,zijn er tien schepen voorbij gekomen.
    Te weten.
    STS Kermia 1958-1959.
    STS Krebsia 1960-1961.
    MS Abida 1962-1962.
    STS Arca 1963-1963.
    STS Vasum 1963-1964.
    STS Kalydon 1964-1964.
    STS Kryptos 1964-1965.
    STS Vitrea 1966-1966.
    MS Acmaea 1966-1967.
    MS Dione 1967-1968.
    Dit was mijn loopbaan bij Shell tankers.

    20-01-2016 17:59 Bob wrote:

    In the early 1960's, I was a teenager living on the Oregon Coast near Coos Bay. Our home overlooked the shipping channel. One day the Thorshall lost its steering and struck a dredge in the middle of the harbor. My family witnessed the entire event. Several men drowned and the event was written up and photographed for Life Magazine, I think the magazine was. It was an amazing sight to see, with helicopters making rescues and Coast Guard boats trying to direct fishing boats that were out to help.

    Write me if you want to know more.

    17-01-2016 21:54 Maurice Halton wrote:

    Joined the San Gaspar in Wallsend circa 1961 as 1st trip 5th engineer. She was in dry dock.

    05-01-2016 11:45 Capt. John Peter Briand wrote:

    Message to Bernard Reynolds.

    Sorry to read of your loss. I still remember meeting you both for the first time on the 'Acavus' on the 23 Feb 1983, when I joined the vessel for my first trip in command.

    30-12-2015 16:50 Eduard Van Helden wrote:

    Happy New Year everyone and all th best.

    30-12-2015 12:48 Glyn Howell wrote:

    Happy New Year Everyone. I served on Velutina, Naninia, Tenagodus,Tagelus, Nuculana,Velletia, all in the early 1950's as a Deck Apprentice. I am still in touch with two mates, Dave Richardson and Jim Pemberton. I am 80 now, I wonder how many shipmates are still alive. Glyn Howell

    25-12-2015 23:19 Brian Lindo wrote:

    Wishing you all a Merry Festive Season and the very best of health and prosperity for 2016. Why not make a New Year resolution and check out the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd F/B site, nothing to lose but a lot to gain, you will have a great welcome

    25-12-2015 15:50 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Merry Christmas shipmates..
    IT'S ALL KICKING OFF on the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd Facebook page. Why don't you come and have a look..??
    All the best..


    24-12-2015 20:52 Stewart Mulvenna wrote:

    Hello Paul Ayers ,I remember you very well.l think it was on the Aulica.l was 2ndcook/baker.Hope your well.Happy xmas and all the best for 2016.Stewart

    24-12-2015 18:47 P.j.m. Van Der Ende wrote:

    I wish you a merry christmass and a happy newyear
    and remember the good old days fam pvdende

    24-12-2015 01:23 Mick Cardiff wrote:

    Merry Christmas shipmates. Don't forget you can also find Shell tankers on Facebook. Just search for Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd on Facebook and request to join. All the best and good luck for 2016....Mick..

    17-12-2015 21:34 Paul Ayers wrote:

    Stewart Mulvenna did you sail as chief cook,I think I sailed with you on the Hanetia or Aluco, I think I've got a photo of you in the galley.

    17-12-2015 00:46 Roger Duke wrote:

    SS Helcion SS Vermetus SS Hinea Apprentice Engineer
    SS Vermetus one trip as 5th Engineer
    SS Hemicardium one trip 4th Engineer
    SS Palium one trip 5th Engineer
    SS Hadra one trip 3rd Engineer
    SS Acavus one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Hemitrochus one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Hydatina one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Haustellum one trip 2nd Engineer
    SS Varicella one trip 2nd Engineer
    MV Daphnella one trip 2nd Engineer

    14-12-2015 18:23 Duurt Beukema wrote:

    i was radio officer on the ships
    ss rita
    ms kaluku
    ss mohammed reza shah
    ms dorestad
    ms cleodora
    from may 1957 till november 1961.

    10-12-2015 13:02 Jan Mensert wrote:

    When getting older, you think more about the past. I sailed on the Taria; Vasum and Kenia as a fifth eng. During my leave from the Keniia I studied with succes for my A and B1 certificate. After my leave a had to join another Shell Tanker as a fifth engineer. So no promotion. I left the Shell fleet and went to another oilcompany as a fourth ebgineer.
    That was a big mistake because Shell Tankers was a good company to join, and I never forgot the proverb:
    "Join the Shell and see the the world from jetty to jetty"

    07-12-2015 17:47 Stewart Mulvenna wrote:

    Joined Hemisinus in April 72 and was their until April 73.Was A/s and then 2nd steward.I remember a few of the names on board.Capt Thompson,Ray Mears ,ch steward,Graham Darling ch cook,Frank Blakley,Alex Dick,and Ernie Crowther.Sailing between Singapore and Saigon it was a very eventful year in a lot of ways,but I loved every minute of it.

    05-12-2015 07:23 Tom Edgar wrote:

    Niso (1944) Navicella, Neocardia, Empire Mc Mahon,

    01-12-2015 19:45 Brian Lindo wrote:

    Are you looking for your old Shipmates, do you want to re-live your memories of your life at sea, then why not join the Shell Tankers (UK) Ltd Facebook site. You are invited to give it a go and are assured a warm welcome, you might just find some old forgotten pals. Nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Regards Brian

    29-11-2015 17:53 Ton Zuidema wrote:

    Hello, i sailed as OS and AB in1967 till 1969 on the Krebsia,Kelletia etc and later from 1974 till 1978 on the
    Koscisia, Kara, korovina,Marinula and 4th and 3rd Officer

    anybody out there who was like me on top of the KRAKATAU in 1976 with the Koscisia

    26-11-2015 20:27 Trevor Harris wrote:

    I too sailed with Mike Harding on this trip really strange job th we picked the limnea in brest . very short manned ship , we were to take it to loch striven near rothsay on the clyde. i was picked to go down on launch to connect fender to the ship so the other ship could come alongside, unfortunately i squshed my thumb in the process .only onboard for a month tried to finish of the huge stock of cases of lager left on board .spent the whole time aboard stripping the limnea of anything of any value and not nailed down into a barge in the loch. think we had double money to do this trip ,would of been rude to turn them down ha ha although the trip was short we had a ball

    21-11-2015 12:22 Linda Wright wrote:

    Doe's anybody remember Gordon Edwin Grinton

    27-10-2015 14:31 Vic Evans wrote:

    Hi everyone,
    Was a 5th Engineer on HYDATINA 1971/72.
    Went back to a shore based engineering career.
    Now aged 76(how time flies !)
    Retired in 2002 and still living in South Wales.
    No regrets about time spent at sea
    would be interested to hear from others around in that period
    What about my friend 'Micky Martin' who lived near me in Rumney ,Cardiff ?

    24-10-2015 10:58 Leonard Fox wrote:

    I served on Amoria(1) out of Singapore in 1968 and am now trying to build a scale model of the ship from scratch. It is beginning to look ok but I would really appreciate help from anyone with some detailed pictures of the ship so that I am able to make it more authentic.
    Any help will be appreciated.

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