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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Vernon View Post
    Hi
    just wondering if you may have been on her at this time!


    June 7th 1977

    LNG Challenger
    (now Asake Mari)

    Struck by ship LPG Lincolnshire while lying at anchor (or
    moored?) off the coast of Bahrain. Minor damagc to starbward
    rear quarter. No cargo released. Believed to be in LPG
    service when this occurred.

    Cheers


    Hi chaps,

    I was on the Lincolnshire as Deck Cadet between May and December 1977. I joined in Cape Town, on the tail end of a full dry dock. I remember the bump with the LNG Challenger well. We were to tie up the Challenger at anchor where we were to take on a cargo of propane. No major damage to either ship but, lots of red faces.

    That was a great trip on the 'Slinky Linkey'. Circumnavigated the globe with some great ports, including two of the Hawaiian islands, South America, States, Japan and Australia. Remember arriving in Japan (can't remember which port) the day after 'Elvis' had died. Posters everywhere - he was quite a celebrity out there.

    Regards, Brian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Sladovich View Post
    Hi chaps,

    I was on the Lincolnshire as Deck Cadet between May and December 1977.

    That was a great trip on the 'Slinky Linkey'. Circumnavigated the globe with some great ports, including two of the Hawaiian islands, South America, States, Japan and Australia. Remember arriving in Japan (can't remember which port) the day after 'Elvis' had died. Posters everywhere - he was quite a celebrity out there. Regards, Brian.


    Thanks Brian,sounds like a really memorable trip---for a gas tanker,that is! (Love that 'circumnavigated the globe' bit-Ar,me hearties !)


    Makes a change I should imagine from shuttling between gas installations in Algeria and Canvey Island every few weeks...........
    Best Regards
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    Of course, you can't have a forum about the Lincolnshire without a mention about the huge bottle of mercury in the cargo control room - ha ha ha !

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    Default Re: Bibbys LPG Tanker LINCOLNSHIRE

    Name is mike kelly nickname manxiesailed on lincolnshire 18/8/74 capetown to gijon 21/12/74 gp1

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    I was on the Lincolnshire in 78 as galley boy, nickname Murphy

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    MV Lincolnshire the story

    friday 17th of May 1974 merchant navy office Piarhead Liverpool given orders to join the mv Lincolnshire in corpus Christi Texas USA
    Sunday morning we arrived at the Piarhead we board a coach for London traveling through staffordshire we have a blowout two hrs later
    were on our way eventually arriving at the Seamens mission in the heart of london Docklands. Monday morning we
    transfer to Heathrow Airport where we take a flight on national airways brand new Boeing 747 jumbo named Linda to Miami we then get a
    connection flight on a DC10 to Dallas Texas and a further flight from dallas to corpus Christi arriving late Monday evening
    our accommodation was the sands & sea resort hotel 1013 shoreline blvd, unbeknowing to us at the time mv lincolnshire was going
    to be 3 days late I remember the average temperature being 125 we also got $11.00 spend per day we eventually set sail for the Persian Gulf
    Calling at capetown on the way arriving at kharg island in the gulf we loaded butane gas bound for buenos Ares Argentina
    again calling at Cape Town For supplies then our Atlanta crossing with an albatross in tow till the Falkland islands
    on arriving at buenos ares we went up the river to the refinery without discharging cargo at sea into barges the next day
    we went ashore for the day on our return the ship was listing shed hit the bottom when the tide went out
    She had some serious damage to pipe work, we was still on the opposite side of the river being held hostage by
    four port security people two with rifles they let one person go to the ship and bring back spirits cigarettes and money
    When they were satisfied they eventually let all of us cross in the boat to the other side of the river then on to the ship
    we set sail for capetown and universal engineers at sturrock dry dock. We spent four weeks in drydock two or three of the crew
    jumped ship one lad from Birkenhead gave me his belongings and camera to bring home. We had a good time in Cape Town for the
    four weeks but the segregation was a problem not been able to buy stuff cause the person serving you was the wrong color
    We passed our time by going to the Seamens mission and pirates night club eventually we set sail for the gulf after four months
    we arrived in the Persian Gulf waiting for our boat to pick us up and transfer us to Dubai ironically the first lad up the ladder
    was john from birkenhead he wasnt a happy chappy we stayed in Dubai overnight then got our flight to London Heathrow via kuwait and Beirut
    john did eventually call at our house in prescot and collect his belongings and camera

    I dedicate this short story to
    the memory of my good friend

    THOMAS VICTOR BLEASE PO.

    We flew out to every ship together and had some fantastic times and I have no doubt that had I stayed with bibbys shipping
    i would have been one of the crew on that fateful night September 1980 god rest

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    I did about 6 or 7 trips on the Lincolnshire 93/94,94/95, 99/2001.
    I did two stints with Bibby's I did enjoy my time with them. I was also on the Staffordshire several times ,Cheshire, Oxfordshire (new LPG)
    I used to get a good deal with Bibby's in the later years as they were very limited as to who would join the Lincoln. I would do my normal 4 trip and then get 3 months at home, in those days you dropped down to 80% salary when your leave was up, they never dropped my pay. They said she was going to scrap within 18 months so try and keep her running and spares were to be kept to the bare minimum. To avoid generator majors I would run a genny to now on death and just keep it as a banker.
    They decided to do a dry dock on her and extend her life by 2 more years. We actually were in the process of gas freeing her and where slow steaming for the breakers yard. We got just of Sri Lanka and got orders for Singapore and dry dock. On route asked for a spare gear order to keep her running.
    I asked for something like 16 new pistons for the Blackstones + a shed load more. Arrived in dry dock and next to bugger all spares.
    The super came onboard and told me he would give me a shore side guy to lend a hand to overhaul the Blackstones, Spares arrived and I had got a grand total of 4 new pistons and not a lot else.
    While on shore power we blacked out and I noticed at the back of the hotwell daylight streaming through the shell plating. I mentioned it to the powers that be and they gave a junior engineer the biggest tub of Belzona I have ever seen.
    I had a blazing row with the super and told him he was now playing with peoples lives. I was told to keep my mouth shut or I would be off. I went ashore and located a Lloyds surveyor and told him of my concerns. He attended the ship, net result was they ended up re plating areas of the hull and by the time the yard had finished the job they had replaced 30 tons of steel. I was that disgusted with the whole episode I walked off. I have never spoken to the C/Eng or the Master again since and the C/eng was a near neighbour were I lived in Wirral. She was scrap within 9 months of that docking. I heard she was loading a cargo of Nh3 Ammonia in Bahrain and they had an ESD, the back pressure caused the cargo headers to crack and also lifted the main deck in places. Lloyds attended and the outcome was. Sufficient repairs to complete loading, she sailed and discharged. On completion Lloyds told Bibby's they would revoke her Registery if they continued to try and trade her. She went for scrap in 2002. Truth be told she should have been srapped in 2000, she was disaster waiting to happen. It was all credit to the crews on her over the years they got as much out of her as they did.
    I enjoyed my time on her, hard working and usually a good bunch of lads but she was well past her sell by date. She certainly did not owe Bibby any money when she hit the beach.
    One of the saddest times on her was when we were up the Gulf in the summer at anchor with no A/C. The company said they were sending out 2 engine cadets .The oldman told them not to as we did not know when the spares were going to arrive to get the A/C going again. The office ignored the oldmans advice and they sent the two lads out. We were having a BBQ on the poop deck and one of the cadets was a no show. The other cadet was sent to see were he was. Poor kid came back and said he is asleep but I can't waken him. The lad had died of heat fatigue, but turned out it was a heart condition he had. When the family got his body back it was a closed casket as it took nearly 8 weeks to get him home. Mill owners & mine & Ship owners at least when we all cross the bar we will not be meeting to many of our former employers, hell is already full.
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    Just to let people know.

    There is a memorial and a statue being erected in Liverpool on the 15th September this year to the crew of the Derbyshire.

    It is being held at St. Nicholas Church, Liverpool, commencing at 1100 hrs on the Saturday.

    Some of the Bibby Line Facebook group are also having a small gettogether on the 14th and 15th in conjunction with attending the memorial.
    Paul Steel (Bibbys 1971 - 1984)
    Toronto City, Lincolnshire * 2, Dart America * 2, Dart Atlantic * 2, Herefordshire, Hampshire * 3, Wiltshire * 3, Staffordshire * 2, Devonshire, Berkshire

    Unofficial Bibby Gazette http://www.bibby-gazette.co.uk/

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