EASTERN SERVICE 2
MY EASTERN SERVICE AREA OF OPERATION
Having come home to our house, decimated by the tenants, we eventually got it redecorated and furnished. Jill by that time was expecting our first child. B.I. in their "wisdom" sent me back to Eastern Service and I joined the "Sirdhana" in November 1969 in Bombay. This was a passenger ship on the Bombay-Arabian Gulf Service although in my spell on her we relieved the "Karanja" on the India - Africa service and my old ship "Rajula" on the Madras -Singapore service.
BOMBAY - GATEWAY TO INDIA
In May 1970 Jill came out with our son Richard and we had a flat in Sophia College Road conveniently close to the Breach Candy Club and Swimming Pool.
(Photograph courtesy of Dave Alexander)
Around this time all the Companies under P & O were being amalgamated into three Divisions (commonly known as the October Revolution). I left the "Sirdhana" in November 1970 and transferred to the "Dwarka", also a passenger ship on the Bombay-Arabian Gulf service. As news of the proposals filtered through it became obvious that promotion prospects were dismal under the new set up. The opportunity came to join Panocean Chemical Tankers, a brand new Company formed between P & O and Ocean Fleets, which appeared to have a far brighter future.
I left the "Dwarka" in March 1971 after which we took a long holiday touring Delhi, Agra and Kashmir before flying back to the U.K. in June.
JILL, RICHARD AND JOHN AT THE TAJ MAHAL
So ended my association with the British India Steam Navigation Company after nearly eighteen years.
I sailed on this Chemical Tanker from January to May 1972 under the flag of Panocean Shipping & Terminals Ltd.
Sometime soon I hope to add details of my subsequent seagoing/pilotage/offshore oil consultancy career.
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