TANKER DAYS

 

"QUEDA" (19,042 DWT) AT PORT SAID

In the late 50s the P & O Group had decided to diversify into the then lucrative Tanker Market.   B.I. initially ordered four of their own and, in addition, also managed and manned the "Busiris" on behalf of the Moss Hutchinson Shipping Company.    I wanted a change of scene from the Cadet Ships so applied to join this venture.   I was appointed to the first one building at Scott's Yard, Greenock which was to be named the "Queda".  We sailed in February 1959 and I left her in December 1959 to go for my First Mate's certificate. 

"ELLENGA" (37,140 DWT) AT PORT SAID

 After obtaining this I stood by the "Ellenga", another new building Tanker in Swan Hunter's yard, Wallsend and sailed on her until March 1961 initially as Third Officer, promoted to Second Officer after the first voyage.   After some leave I joined the "Ellora", sister ship to "Ellenga" from June 1961 until September 1962 when I went for my Master's ticket.

 

"ELLORA" IN THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

 

After Master's, I again went back to the "Ellenga" and sailed on her from 17th June 1963 until 21st July when she was handed over to Trident Tankers.    I remained on the ship under the Trident colours until I left in January 1964.   Although I was offered a Chief Officer's job there and then, I decided to return to the more refined and civilised lifestyle of B.I. where I had to wait a further three years to obtain the same rank.  

 

"ELLORA" IN TRIDENT COLOURS

Photograph taken by me from "Ellenga" when she had just been passed over to Trident in 1963

"Ellenga" was on her first outward voyage in Trident colours having been handed over in Falmouth on 1st August 1963.   "Ellora" is seen here laden and returning from the Gulf having been handed over to Trident also in Falmouth a month earlier.

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