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    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

    13-11-2016 18:37 Frederick Williamson wrote:


    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

    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

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